Monday, 22 February 2010
Statements by Members
In November 2009 I made an apology speech in relation to Australian children in institutions. I outlined the terrible harm done to a constituent of mine, Sandra Pollard. She and other children were physically abused, raped, starved and used as human guinea pigs in a vaccination program. It was later shown that these vaccinations were given despite authorities knowing that there was a possible contamination with simian virus 40. This appalling treatment of vulnerable children was the subject of many inquiries, but Mr and Mrs Pollard are very concerned that, after all these inquiries, no-one in any government has ever been called to account for this disgraceful lack of supervision or protection of these poor children. If the Prime Minister were genuine and sincere about his apology, he would call for a full inquiry to find out why those charged with looking after these children’s welfare have never been identified and made to answer for their total neglect, incompetence and lack of compassion for these children.