Radio shock jock Alan Jones has declared Australia needs stolen generations to prevent children growing up in homes exposed to drug and alcohol abuse.
Jones made the comments on his 2GB radio show on Monday morning after a caller declared the minute's silence and commemorations at the Indigenous All Stars rugby league match "a load of twaddle".
Before the game on Saturday night, the national anthem was sung in an indigenous language before it was sung again in English and a minute's silence was held to remember the stolen generation.
"When are they going to believe that half the stolen generation were taken for their own protection?" asked 2GB listener, Dell.
“Correct. To look after them. And we need Stolen Generations," Jones replied on the program.
“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.
"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."
The comments come after the annual Close The Gap report was released on Tuesday, which aims to improve the health and life expectancy of Indigenous Australians.
Close The Gap was introduced by COAG (Council Of Australian Governments) in 2008 when then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered a national apology to the stolen generation.
"For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry," Rudd said during the speech in parliament.
"To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry."
On Q&A on Monday night Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said she didn't know if Jones "is getting more and more senile day by day".
"He might be offended by that but he is a big promoter of free speech and he won't have a problem with it.
"I think he might," Host Tony Jones replied.
"They were very serious comments he said today and extremely hurtful," Hanson-Young said.
"Indigenous children at the moment are 10 times more likely to be living out of home right now. That is a shame on our national character in terms of how we look after the next generation of young Indigenous people and we do have to tackle that. I don't think it's helped."
Jones' controversial comments on Monday are not the first to cause public outrage. The radio shock jock claimed Adam Goodes "always plays the victim" after the footballer called out racism following his infamous 'war cry' dance.
"I mean, there are 71 Indigenous players," Jones said on Sunrise in 2015.
"They're booing Adam Goodes because they don't like him and they don't like his behaviour."
Jones was also forced to apologise on air for his comments in the lead up to the Cronulla riots for calling Lebanese men "mongrels" and "vermins" who "simply rape, pillage and plunder a nation that's taken them in''.
The Australian media watchdog ACMA found Jones' comments were "likely to encourage violence or brutality and to vilify people of Lebanese and Middle-Eastern backgrounds on the basis of ethnicity".Suggest a correction