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Baby bounty plan outrages mum

LOST AND FOUND: Forced adoption victim Kerri Saint only met her father’s side of the family on Sunday.
LOST AND FOUND: Forced adoption victim Kerri Saint only met her father’s side of the family on Sunday. Arthur Gorrie

LEGALISED child stealing - that is how Imbil family campaigner Kerri Saint sees new moves to re-introduce forced adoption in Australia.

Only months after parliaments around the country apologised to Australia's stolen white generation for the cruel injustices of a corrupt adoption system, Ms Saint says conservative governments are heading back to the bad old days.

Worst of all is a New South Wales proposal to enact a "bounty" system of paying adoption agencies up to $37,000 for every child they can produce for adoption.

"That is tailor made for corruption and is bound to affect the judgement of those in charge," she said.

Kerri Saint knows she has a fight on her hands, defending the rights of parents to keep their children - even if they are poor or distressed.

A victim of forced adoption, Ms Saint still bears the physical and mental scars of her exploitation as a slave by adoptive parents in Brisbane in the 1960s.

She is up against popular celebrities and "star struck politicians" like Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

She picks up the latest Woman's Day magazine and reads with disgust about Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-lee Furness who is quoted as saying her "heart breaks that not all kids get the love hers do."

They celebrate their influence over Mr Abbott and laud the American system, which Ms Saint says is "legalised child stealing."

Then she turns a few pages to an article in which Nicole Kidman laments the "unsavoury playboy lifestyle" of the son she adopted with Tom Cruise, who raised him as a Scientologist.

"American parents who had to live out of their cars after losing their homes in the GFC had their children taken away.

"At Sunnybank, I know of children forcibly removed after a false report that the father had assaulted neighbours.

"A lot of parents have temporary or minor problems, but taking their children away is permanent."

She said Mr Abbott outraged her and fellow victims at Julia Gillard's apology to them, referring to the mothers there as "birth mothers."

"That word just means 'incubators. Poor people will be incubators for the rich.

"Australians used to help struggling people, now we kick them and steal their children."

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