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Australian Greens welcome formal apology to Forgotten Australians and former child migrants

The Australian Greens welcome the announcement of a formal apology by the Australian Government to the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants.

The federal government today announced the apology will take place at a special remembrance event in Parliament House in Canberra on 16 November 2009.

"I welcome the news of an official apology to more than 500,000 Australians - many of whom suffered abuse and neglect while in out-of-home care last century," Greens Community Services Spokesperson, Rachel Siewert said.

"As the Chair of the third and most recent Inquiry (Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians Revisited 2009) I congratulate the government for its timely action following the release of the report and the inclusive approach it has taken on such an important unresolved issue," Senator Siewert said.

"It's enabled us to work directly with both Forgotten Australians and former child migrants, and across parties, where there was overwhelming bipartisan support to deal with this unfinished chapter of our nation's history.

"I believe this is a significant step forward in the healing process, as it will acknowledge for the first time that what happened in the past was both real and wrong.

"The apology follows unanimous calls to start this healing process heard during this most recent Inquiry in June, and I comment the government's prompt response to its findings."

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