Government to apologise for forced adoptions
Sydney Morning Herald
24th June 2012
Updated 25th June 2012
AUSTRALIANS who suffered the trauma of forced adoptions will get a formal apology from the federal government, after a heart-rending Senate report exposed the depth of the personal tragedy earlier this year.
Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has today confirmed a formal apology - like those issued to the indigenous Stolen Generations and former child migrants known as the Forgotten Australians - will be made.
Ms Roxon said the Senate hearings had confirmed a need for the Australian Government to acknowledge the suffering of parents and children involved.
“The Government recognises the pain and suffering of parents whose children were forcibly removed, and children separated from their parents,” she said.
“The apology will be delivered on behalf of the nation as a significant step in the healing process for those affected.
The formal acknowledgement by government was recommended by the Senate inquiry on the Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices.
The wording and delivery of the apology will be guided by a reference group that will include birth parents and adoptees affected by forced adoption, Ms Roxon said.
Former Family Court Judge and Adjunct Professor of Law at Monash University, Nahum Mushin, will chair the group.