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National Apology to Forgotten Australians
An historic apology
On 16 November 2009, on behalf of the Australian Government, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered an unqualified apology to Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants who suffered abuse or neglect in care. He was supported by the (then) Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull. The Great Hall at Parliament House in Canberra was filled with Forgotten Australians and their supporters.
To view the National Apology by Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull, click here
For the transcript of Kevin Rudd's apology, click here
The Australian Government's website about the apology and the history projects can be found here.
Apologies from the States and Territories
QLD Government & Churches Apology - 25 August 1999
The 'Apology to those harmed in Queensland institutions during their childhood', given by the Queensland Government and Church leaders following the Forde Inquiry can be accessed here.
SA Children in State Care Apology - 17 June 2008
The transcript of parliamentary proceedings where The Hon M.D. Rann, then Premier, moved a motion for an apology to the child victims of abuse while in state care can be accessed here.
NSW Premier's Apology - 19 September 2009
Link to Find & Connect's page describing the apology delivered by then NSW Premier Nathan Rees at a ceremony at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, can be accessed here.
ACT Statement of Regret - 17 November 2009
The full hansard transcript of Jon Stanhope's speech on behalf of the ACT Legislative Assembly to the Forgotten Australians can be accessed here.
WA Parliament's apology for the removal of children from unmarried mothers - 19 October 2010
Link to Find & Connect's page describing the apology delivered by the WA Parliament for the removal of children from unmarried mothers (including a link to hansard) can be accessed here.
WA Premier's Apology to the victims of abuse at St Andrew's Hostel, Katanning - 19 September 2012
Link to Find & Connect's page describing the apology delivered by then WA Premier, the Hon Colin Barnett MLA, to those people who had been abused in St Andrew's Hostel, Katanning, and their families, can be accessed here.
Tasmanian Apology to People Hurt by Past Forced Adoption Practices - 18 October 2012
Link to Find & Connect's page describing the apology to people hurt by past forced adoption practices by the Tasmanian House of Assembly can be accessed here.
Victorian Parliamentary Apology for Past Adoption Practices - 25 October 2012
The Victorian Parliament's formal apology to the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters affected by past forced adoption practices in Victoria can be accessed here.
British Apology to Child Migrants
On the 24th of February 2010, the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued an Apology to the Child Migrants. The speech can be viewed here.
Apology from the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane
The Anglican Diocese of Brisbane has made an apology to those who have been harmed by sexual abuse in the Anglican Church of Australia. The apology is available here.
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