Social Issues

White voices, black issues: the problem with the media

Posted on: Wed 21 Mar 2018

Recently, a talk segment, aired on a commercial TV breakfast program, suggested that at-risk Aboriginal children should be removed from their families and adopted by non-Indigenous families.

It comes days after an article was published suggesting that Aboriginal children should be forcibly removed from their parents, following the alleged rape of a toddler in Tennant Creek.

Radio Adelaide broadcasters, Alexis West and Victor Weetra, explain to Small Change‘s Lisa Burns their reactions to this coverage, the importance of including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices on issues that affect First Nations peoples, and how media makers’ personal biases shape coverage of these issues.

Produced by Lisa Burns

Image supplied and approved for use by SACOSS, Alexis West and Victor Weetra

Listen to our interview with Narungga Elder Tauto Sansbury, about how to support at-risk children and families.

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