Brisbane indigenous groups have rallied against forced adoptions that are still happening six years after Kevin Rudd apologised to the stolen generations.
Aboriginal woman Sela Fusi took her own life in 2012, unable to cope with the forced removal of her two young daughters.
The children were taken days after she gave birth to her youngest baby at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in 2010.
Welfare officers alleged the girls were at risk of physical abuse from Ms Fusi’s partner, a claim she denied.
It’s been 17 years since the landmark “Bringing Them Home” report exposed the suffering of the Stolen Generations and six years since former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised.
But indigenous children are still being taken from their families at a disproportionate rate.
A small gathering of indigenous Australians protested outside Queensland’s parliament house on Monday, some touched by similar tragedies.
Ms Fusi’s mother Karen cared for the girls and fought to keep them in the federal court after her daughter’s death.
“In our generation they are still doing it and for us what they do is make us strong to fight them because we know we can’t live in the past,” Ms Fusi told AAP.
“People say we live in the past but we live in the future for a better education and life for our children.”
Across the country, indigenous children in Australia were 10 times more likely to be placed in out-of-home care than non-indigenous children, figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show.
In Queensland, the Australian Legislative Ethics Commission says that out of 6600 children in state care, 2300 are indigenous.
“This failed policy of child stealing from governments needs to stop, families must be supported to stay together and restoration of our stolen children must be the first priority of the federal government,” Mary Moore, from the Commission told AAP.
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