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Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 78—That the Senate—

 (a) recognises the grief and anguish suffered by thousands of mothers who were victims of the forced adoption policies of the recent past;

 (b) acknowledges the recent apology given by the Western Australian Parliament to those mothers whose children were removed and given up for adoption from the late 1940s to the 1980s in that state; and

 (c) urges the Australian Government to commence the process of developing a national apology in consultation with state and territory governments, mothers and their families, experts and advocacy groups.

Statement by leave: The Minister for Small Business (Senator Sherry), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and negatived.