Senate debates

Wednesday, 21 March 2018


Forced Adoption

3:44 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senator Moore, move:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises that 21 March 2018, marks the 5-year anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions;

(b) acknowledges:

  (i) the unethical, dishonest and sometimes illegal practices that occurred,

  (ii) the ongoing pain and suffering of the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters affected by these practices,

  (iii) the ramifications of these practices for entire families, and

  (iv) the years of work, advocacy and commitment by mothers and their supporters to get the impacts of past practices and policies of forced adoption addressed; and

(c) resolves to continue to do all in its power to make sure these practices are never repeated.

Question agreed to.