EXCLUSIVE: Social commentator Prue MacSween has not been booked on Sunrise since her comments surrounding the removal of Indigenous children triggered a backlash.
In a discussion on children’s minister David Gillespie proposing white families adopt at-risk Indigenous children, MacSween said, “Don’t worry about the people who decry and handwring and say, ‘This will be another Stolen Generation.’ Just like the first Stolen Generation, where a lot of children were taken because it was for their well-being, we need to do it again, perhaps.”
The segment triggered Live to Air protests at Martin Place and the Gold Coast demanding apologies and this week Alaskan rockers Portugal. The Man withdrew from a scheduled appearance.
A Seven spokesperson confirmed MacSween has been a regular on Sunrise for a decade, between 1 and 3 times a week. But she has not appeared since mid-March and Sunrise is not currently featuring her.
While Sunrise addressed the topic more comprehensively with community leaders the following week, MacSween’s quiet removal from Sunrise may be the strongest response yet that producers did not back her opinion. She still appears on Today Extra.
In 2010 the show apologised for her use of the word “retard” during a debate about education for children with special needs, acknowledging “We do believe it belongs to a different era.”
Media watchdog ACMA is also formally investigating the segment following “significant amount of community concern.”