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First anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions
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SENATOR CLAIRE MOORE SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN, CARERS AND COMMUNITIES LEADER OF OPPOSITION BUSINESS IN THE SENATE

SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

MEDIA RELEASE

FIRST ANNIVERSARY » OF THE NATIONAL « APOLOGY » FOR FORCED ADOPTIONS

One year ago today, 21st of March 2013, the National « Apology » for Forced Adoptions was delivered by the then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, acknowledging the pain and loss suffered by mothers, children and fathers as a result of the policies and practices that forced the separation of mothers from their babies.

On this first « anniversary » of the National « Apology » for Forced Adoptions we acknowledge the mothers who for many years fought for the truth to be heard.

“Mothers spoke about their harrowing accounts, their memories, their recollections. Pain and suffering, loss, grief, disempowerment, stigmatisation and guilt were the legacy of their experiences,” said Claire Moore.

“This does not minimise the pain and suffering of the children, the fathers and the extended families, who also suffered from the effects of these policies and practices.”

“The journeys of healing for all affected are just beginning.”

“I would like to commend the Australian Institute of Family Studies as they have done some outstanding work in their scoping study on Forced Adoption Support Services, which is with the Minister.”

The National Archives of Australia Forced Adoptions History Project website ( http://forcedadoptions.naa.gov.au/ ) was launched yesterday at Parliament House.

Claire Moore said, “We need to continue to raise awareness across our communities as there are still many people quietly suffering, unaware that they are not alone, they are not different, they do not need to be isolated.”

Today, across the country, there will be events, gatherings, meetings and commemorations to acknowledge the first « anniversary » of the National « Apology for Forced Adoptions.

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