stolen generations. It was a speech that captured the spirit of a moment – that the time had come to acknowledge the devastating impact the assimilationist policy of removing Aboriginal children from their families had inflicted.It was a time to make a promise, as the then prime minister Kevin Rudd said, to learn from the mistakes of the past.This commemoration usually comes close to coinciding with the Closing the Gap report card that has support from governments of both colours and provides an opportunity to reflect on the state of Indigenous affairs. In Malcolm Turnbull’s first speech on this occasion as the prime minister, he gave the usual overview. Some things had improved – infant mortality rates are declining (but there’s still a long way to go) – and new targets had been set on childhood education since the old ones expired without being met. Four of the eight targets for literacy and numeracy have been met. And there was a long way to go on others – particularly incarceration rates and employment. We need to work together; there has to be bipartisan support.Stolen generations hail the power of ‘collective healing’ Read moreBut there is an important statistic missing from the Closing the Gap report and its absence masks one of the key areas of crisis facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families – the continuing removal of Indigenous children from their families.