News

Julia Gillard will make formal apology for forced adoptions

Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard Inga Williams

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard will formally apologise to the victims of past forced adoption practices in the new year.

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon announced on Wednesday the apology would be delivered on March 21 in Parliament House, Canberra.

Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania already have apologised to victims of forced adoptions.

The federal apology will include a ceremony for mothers and fathers who were forcibly separated from their children, those now adult children who were adopted, affected siblings and extended family members.

"The government recognises the pain and suffering of those affected by these policies and practices," said Ms Roxon.

"The apology will be offered on behalf of the nation as a significant step in the healing process for those affected."

Ms Roxon said advice on the wording of the apology and associated events had been received from the Forced Adoptions Apology Reference Group, which was chaired by former Family Court judge Nahum Mushin and included people directly affected by forced adoption.

Topics:  apology forced adoption julia gillard nicola roxon



Plenty of stories and beers to share at 100th anniversary

RSL Moreton District Honorary Life vice president Jock Henderson at the 100th anniversary celebration at Dovetails on Saturday.

Jock, 89, has rich history in British Royal Navy and Ipswich

1520 nappy changes: Life with identical twin babies

WELCOME HOME: Jay and Lalaine Pearce of Redbank Plains with their identical twins Layla and Miracle.

Chubby cheeks twins' only difference

Why Ipswich's best were honoured

International achievers Blake Murray (left) and Archie Graham were among Ipswich's sporting stars honoured at the 2017 City of Ipswich Sports Awards.

World class achievers recognised at prestigious awards function

Local Partners