WE WEREN'T BIKERS MOLES

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When the adoption records opened up in QLD in 1991, there was extreme prejudice against mothers who had been shamed into silence and had never had a voice. Some adoptive parents and a handful of adoptees formed groups that were opposed to the opening of these records. Two of our mothers went to a public meeting at a Town Hall where the main speaker, a male adoptee, described us as 'like rats coming up drainpipes', or 'like the Avon lady turning up on our doorsteps'. These two mothers told them who they were and they were hounded out of the meeting.

In 1997 a well known journalist who had affiliations with this group, wrote an almost full page aricle in a major QLD newspaper, describing us as 'bikers moles' who wanted to 'seduce' our sons, and that we came in all shapes and sizes.

That's the level of ignorance, bigotry and hatred there was in QLD.

With scaremongering like that it's no wonder so many reunions failed in those early days.

QLD had a lot of forced adoptions in the 60s and 70s because of our free hospital system. Many pregnant single women came to QLD to take advantage of our free hospitals, but it also meant that the theft of newborn babies was a well oiled machine, and no one who was single and pregnant got out of hospital with their newborn baby.

The irony was that the five people who worked in the Dept in 1967 at least, weren't trained social workers, they were former nurses, who were doing nightschool, one at least came from the notorious Crown Street Hospital. They didn't have university degrees and they had no training in genetics, nobody did those days, and yet they were left in charge of determining the fates of thousands of babies. It was hap hazard guess work to say the least.

Many adoptees believe in myths. Most adoptive families had a boy first, then a girl. That was because more baby boys are born than baby girls, so the Dept insisted that the adoptive parents adopt a boy first, because otherwise they couldn't find a home for the surplus of baby boys.

Adoptive parents were very picky about the babies they wanted. First choice was a blue eyed baby girl with blond hair. They didn't want red headed babies, babies born with any kind of deformity or disability, or bi racial babies. They didn't want babies born because of rape, one night stands, prostitution or incest, they wanted pure babies born because of love. Tough luck about the thousands of starving orphans in Africa who would have perished in the 60s and 70s. They wanted white babies so they could pretend they were theirs. Xenophobia was alive and well in Australia those days.

QLD mothers were also given a police record, as there had to be a police report.

Pregnant teenagers were sometimes put into jail, I know two, one was raped at the age of 13, put into jail and forced to relinquish her baby at birth. That's how backward QLD was in the 1960s and 70s.

 

I DON'T KNOW WHY ANYONE HASN'T BEEN CHARGED WITH CHILD THEFT/TRAFFICKING.
IT'S NO WONDER SO MANY REUNIONS HAVE FAILED.
BEING TREATED AS BADLY AS WE WERE AFTER THE ADOPTION RECORDS OPENED WAS JUST AS TRAUMATIC AS THE ORIGINAL THEFT OF OUR BABIES.