The Australian Greens welcome cross-party support for a motion acknowledging the fifth anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions.
“It was a great privilege to stand with survivors of forced adoption five years ago when the government apologised for its past practices of Forced Adoption, Australian Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“We must continue to acknowledge and remember the ongoing pain and suffering of the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters affected by these practices and never repeat them.
“The ramifications of these practices for entire families are still ongoing and we must also acknowledge 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.
“All Parliamentarian need to continue to make sure these practices are never repeated in this country.
“We also need to continue to invest in support services to people affected by these practices and implement all the recommendations of the Senate Committee report on the Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices.