On 3 September 2006, the Melbourne Writers' Festival debated the issue of the stolen generations. Professor of Politics at La Trobe University, Robert Manne, prepared some background materials.
In his opening statements to the Documentary Collection, Manne explained its purpose:
For several years Andrew Bolt has been informing his readers in the Melbourne Herald Sun that the claim that between 1900 and 1970 thousands of mixed descent aboriginal children were removed from their mothers, families and communities involuntarily and without justifiable cause for racist reasons is an un-Australian, left-wing myth.
This collection is based on a selection of documents in government archives and some representative testimonies from those who experienced the removals directly. Its purpose is to allow those attending the debate to assess Bolt's claim.