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Friday, August 17

"I just don't know what to say to you people."

So said the author of the report which provided the excuse for Australian PM John Howard to take-over Aboriginal communities.

Health worker Pat Anderson (right), co-authored the Little Children are Sacred report about child abuse.

"What the Prime Minister (John Howard) and federal Indigenous Affairs Minister (Mal) Brough have done is just a further form of abuse," Ms Anderson told a gathering of peak physicians convened in Sydney to address Aboriginal health.

"What we have is a prime minister and his ministers who don't have a heart.

"Their approach isn't going to nurture any kind of development ... nothing."

Speaking via telephone hook-up from Canberra, Ms Anderson, an Aboriginal health worker, said the Government's emergency interventions had left her "depressed and disheartened".

"I just don't know what to say to you people."

Ms Anderson's report, co-authored with Rex Wild QC, was used by the government to justify its dramatic intervention, but the authors say none of their 97 recommendations have been addressed.


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