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Australia is to apologise for the appalling treatment meted out to thousands of boys and girls shipped to its shores as orphans

The British orphans were shipped to Australia where they were forced to labour, and subjected to vicious sexual assault by the Catholic Church. They had the same experience as the indigenous children in the colonized land, and now suffer the same problems faced by individuals subjected to residential schools. Except this only happened for one generation, and is not magnified by enduring racist policies as in the case of the indigenous peoples (by still magnified by classist policies). And there was not the simultaneous attack on the language and culture. Both are atrocious.

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