Thursday, 20 March 2014
I, and also on behalf of Senators Boyce, Moore and Siewert, move:
That, on the first anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions on 21 March 2014, the Senate:
(a) acknowledges the ongoing pain and suffering of the mothers, children and fathers affected by the unethical, dishonest and sometimes illegal practices of the past;
(b) commends the National Archives of Australia, the Institute of Family Studies, the Department of Social Services and members of the Forced Adoptions Implementation Working Group for their work in the past 12 months to realise the recommendations of the Community Affairs References Committee report; and
(c) resolves to continue to do all in its power to make sure these practices are never repeated.
Question agreed to.