Iris remembers a man arriving at her home on Cherbourg Reserve when she was 12 years old. He announced that in two days, a truck would arrive to take Iris, her mother and siblings to a house in the community.

Iris recalls her mothers’ tears when the man refused her request to wait until Iris’s father returned from work the following week. “I couldn’t imagine what my father felt coming home to an empty house that was his home,” she says sadly. “You were just expected to accept it because you’re under the Act of the Queensland government.”

I couldn’t imagine what my father felt coming home to an empty house that was his home.