Sunrise host Samantha Armytage and commentator Prue MacSween to be sued over Indigenous adoption segment


Key points:

  • The action is being led by Aboriginal elder Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor
  • Eight complainants have taken the action after Australian Human Rights Commission negotiations broke down
  • A Channel Seven spokeswoman said the network was not aware of any actual claim being filed, so could not comment on the case

Sunrise host Samantha Armytage and commentator Prue MacSween are facing a racial vilification lawsuit over a controversial segment on Indigenous adoption aired by the Seven Network.

The potential Federal Court action comes after settlement negotiations collapsed in a group racial discrimination complaint filed in the Australian Human Rights Commission.

During a March 2018 broadcast, Armytage and panellists on the breakfast TV show discussed Aboriginal adoption.

MacSween stated: "Just like the first Stolen Generation, where a lot of children were taken because it was for their wellbeing, we need to do it again."

The Federal Court action is being led by Aboriginal elder Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor, the group's lawyers said in a statement on Thursday.

They said the eight Aboriginal complainants were forced to take the action after the commission negotiations broke down.

"This shameful, profoundly hurtful and devastating display of racism was broadcast by a commercial television station into homes right across Australia.

"The dignity of all Aboriginal people and children was violated in our very own homes and loungerooms around Australia."

A Seven spokeswoman said the network was not aware of any actual claim being filed at this stage so could not comment on the case.

"Seven settled the original matter in late 2019 in the Federal Court with the Yirrkala community and the Yolngu families and offered an unreserved apology on-air shortly after," the spokeswoman said.

After negotiations broke down the group had 60 days to file a case in the Federal Court.

AAP understands law firm Susan Moriarty will file proceedings on their behalf once they receive a certificate stating the initial negotiations were unresolvable.

(Source)


4 comments


  • Carolyn Anderson

    Sam you were only stating what others think, i have 3 aboriginal grandchildren in my care, due to drug use, my daughter non aboriginal father’s aboriginal. What hope do the kids haveif they’re not taken from parents that cant raise them properly.


  • Belinda

    Samantha Armitage does not have Children she doesn’t understand the loss a Mother would feel.


  • Yolande Kenward

    I have posted this post for you & our global Justice for All group where we work across the world on common freemason issues such as to reform child protection. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1801007996819352/


  • paije mcgegor

    Samantha you should be ashamed of yourself. This is disgusting. You have no rights or obviously understanding of the corruption and abuse not to mention the neglect children taken by CPS endure. IAM OUTRAGED!


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