Broadcaster Alan Jones has declared that Australia needs more stolen generations, saying that children brought up around alcohol abuse and drugs should be taken away from their parents.
The controversial 2GB breakfast host was discussing Saturday night's Indigenous All Stars rugby league match with a talk-back caller on Monday morning when he launched into a speech about the stolen generation - the children of Indigenous descent who were removed from their parents.
'We need Stolen Generations' says Alan Jones
Radio broadcaster Alan Jones tells listeners that children brought up around alcohol abuse and drugs "should be taken away" from their families "for their own benefit".
At the match, held at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, the national anthem was first sung in an Indigenous language, before a minute's silence was held to acknowledge the stolen generation, and the Indigenous All Stars players performed a war dance.
The 2GB listener, Dell, described the Indigenous commemorations at the start of the match as a "load of twaddle", to Jones' amusement.
Dell then criticised the "minute's silence for the stolen generation", asking, "When are they going to believe that half the stolen generation were taken for their own protection?"
Jones responded: "Correct. To look after them. And we need stolen generations.
"There are a whole heap of kids going before the courts now, or their families, mums going before the courts, and dads who are on top of the world with drugs or alcohol, and suddenly they go back into an environment where children are brought up in those circumstances," Jones said.
"Those children, for their own benefit, should be taken away.
"Yeah Dell, we've gone mad haven't we? We have gone mad. I just thought it was unbelievable."
Co-chair of Reconciliation Australia Professor Tom Calma said Jones' "racism" was a denial of rights and a denial of history.
"For decades Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have suffered wrongs and have had abuses committed against them.
"Many of our mob were removed from their families, banned from travelling freely, punished for speaking our languages and denied access to citizenship, education and health care," Professor Calma, the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner, said.
He added that reconciliation requires acknowledging injustices of the past making amends and ensuring they never happen again, calling on Australians to show "zero tolerance towards discrimination, prejudice and racism".
Between the 1890s and 1970s, thousands of Aboriginal children - particularly of mixed heritage - were removed from their homes and sent to foster homes or church-run missions.
They were not allowed to speak their traditional language and lost connections to their family and culture. Many experienced physical and sexual abuse.
Last week was the eight anniversary of prime minister Kevin Rudd's formal apology to the stolen generations.
"For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry," he said in his 2008 address.
"To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry."
Greens senator Rachel Siewert called on Jones to apologise for the "inappropriate" and "uninformed" comments, saying too many Indigenous children were still being removed from their homes.
"It is grossly inappropriate for Mr Jones to capitalise on the pain and suffering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples past and present who have [been] subject to removal decades ago and are having them removed now," she said in a statement on Monday.
"Such removals have caused generations of hurt and damage, we can't repeat it.
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 10 times more likely to be in out of home care, we need to be focusing on how to reduce that, not making ridiculous comments about the need to increase the number of kids going in to care."