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We’re apologising for forced adoptions

By johnboy - 19 July 2012 37

This morning the Greens got in early calling for a formal apology “to those affected by forced adoption practices from the ACT Government”.

“The mothers, their children and the families who were adversely affected by these past adoption practices have suffered long-term anguish over what was a disgraceful policy of immediate removal of babies following birth, and I hope this apology goes some way to healing the immense hurt caused.

“In 2010 a Greens motion was passed in the Assembly that called on the ACT Government to apologise on behalf of the ACT Legislative Assembly and the community to those ACT residents who have been affected by the forcible removal practices.

And voila, Joy Burch has just announced in an emailed statement that the apology will be made:

The ACT Government will make a statement of apology in the Legislative Assembly during the August sitting to the victims of forced adoptions.

This has been planned since the Australian Parliament’s Senate Inquiry on the Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices recommended in February that Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments make a statement of apology to parents whose children were forcibly removed and to the children who were separated from their parents.

Furthermore, as early as October 2010 I committed in the Legislative Assembly that the ACT Government would make a statement of apology to the victims of forced adoptions. The ACT Government believed it was useful to wait until the Senate Inquiry had made its recommendations to ensure a nationally consistent approach, and since the Committee’s report we have been working towards making this statement during the August sittings.

While any forced adoptions that occurred in the ACT pre-dated self-government, and thus did not occur under the jurisdiction of an ACT government, the ACT Labor Government believes it is important to acknowledge the impact these policy decisions had, irrespective of which government was responsible.

Just as the ACT was the first jurisdiction to issue a statement of apology to the Stolen Generation in 1997, at a time when the Howard Liberal Government refused to, the ACT Labor Government is determined not to allow this Assembly term end without acknowledging the victims of forced adoptions.

I welcomed Commonwealth Attorney-General Nicola Roxon’s announcement in June 2012 that the Federal Government would be making a formal apology – like those issued to the indigenous Stolen Generations and former child migrants known as the Forgotten Australians – to the victims of forced adoptions.

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We’re apologising for forced adoptions
caf 11:02 pm 19 Jul 12

gooterz said :

I’m pretty dam sure that no one was forced by the government to hand over their child. (Wouldn’t the rest of the family complain) instead its more likely they were convinced to hand over their child so their child could have a better life (Australia couldnt afford the welfare.

It doesn’t matter how “dam sure” you are, your baseless speculation is dead wrong. Why don’t you have a read of the report of the Senate inquiry and inform yourself?

Jethro 10:32 pm 19 Jul 12

Will we apologise to the current generation of kids forced to live at home with violent junkies because DOCs believes the best place for a child is always at home?

cranky 8:49 pm 19 Jul 12

PC gone stark raving mad.

Knew a couple of girls who gave up their babies in the 60’s. The kids were certainly far better off with caring adoptive parents than living with their mothers, unemployable if with children, and paid bugger all via social security.

That the ACT Gov has bought into this is a nonsense. Govco did not exist when this system was in place, and should butt out. They are not apologising on my behalf.

How_Canberran 6:49 pm 19 Jul 12

Have we decided to surf the ‘sorry’ wave just because the South Australian Premier apologised for the same thing on Wednesday?

I-filed 6:43 pm 19 Jul 12

I support an apology to all the parents in developing countries who were forced to give their children up for adoption, only because they could not feed them – because those Canberra adoptive parents, who could have supported those kids in their own countries and their own cultures for a few dollars a week, chose to remove them instead. What’s the difference between overseas adoption from poor countries and the Stolen Generation?

gooterz 6:38 pm 19 Jul 12

EvanJames said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

What is the nature of these forced adoptions? Why were they forced?

I’m assuming it was single mothers, which was a very shocking thing right up until the 60s. They’d often be shipped off to another town to have their babies, and often the babies were taken away as soon as they were born and given to a “proper” couple.

Yeah they should have done what they do now.
Let the single mothers live on welfare and drop out of school and roam around the mall pushing a pram in trashy clothes.

I’m pretty dam sure that no one was forced by the government to hand over their child. (Wouldn’t the rest of the family complain) instead its more likely they were convinced to hand over their child so their child could have a better life (Australia couldnt afford the welfare.

Next thing you know we’ll be saying sorry to homosexuals for not letting them marry for the past 2000 years.

EvanJames 4:09 pm 19 Jul 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

What is the nature of these forced adoptions? Why were they forced?

I’m assuming it was single mothers, which was a very shocking thing right up until the 60s. They’d often be shipped off to another town to have their babies, and often the babies were taken away as soon as they were born and given to a “proper” couple.

Mysteryman 4:05 pm 19 Jul 12

neanderthalsis said :

PM said :

Out of curiosity, how many forced adoptions have there been since 1989?

There has been quite a few forced adoptions of greens policy by labor in the last few years.

Gold. And accurate, too.

caf 3:58 pm 19 Jul 12

PM said :

Out of curiosity, how many forced adoptions have there been since 1989?

If you’d read beyond the headline, you’d have seen this:

While any forced adoptions that occurred in the ACT pre-dated self-government, and thus did not occur under the jurisdiction of an ACT government, the ACT Labor Government believes it is important to acknowledge the impact these policy decisions had, irrespective of which government was responsible.

Tetranitrate 3:29 pm 19 Jul 12

neanderthalsis said :

PM said :

Out of curiosity, how many forced adoptions have there been since 1989?

There has been quite a few forced adoptions of greens policy by labor in the last few years.

badum tss.

CrocodileGandhi 3:28 pm 19 Jul 12

neanderthalsis said :

PM said :

Out of curiosity, how many forced adoptions have there been since 1989?

There has been quite a few forced adoptions of greens policy by labor in the last few years.

HAHAHAHAHA! SATIRE!

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 3:25 pm 19 Jul 12

What is the nature of these forced adoptions? Why were they forced?

HenryBG 3:23 pm 19 Jul 12

PM said :

Out of curiosity, how many forced adoptions have there been since 1989?

None.

But you’re missing the point: this move will enable a couple of dozen ACT Govt. bureaucrats to pad out their CVs with yet more reams of PC gibberish describing all the wonderful inclusive and diverse and multicultural things they’ve done.

neanderthalsis 3:22 pm 19 Jul 12

PM said :

Out of curiosity, how many forced adoptions have there been since 1989?

There has been quite a few forced adoptions of greens policy by labor in the last few years.

PM 3:18 pm 19 Jul 12

Out of curiosity, how many forced adoptions have there been since 1989?

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