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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman
    Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
    The Honourable Tracy Davis

    Queensland Government to apologise for past forced adoptions

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
    The Honourable Tracy Davis

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    Queensland Government to apologise for past forced adoptions

    Premier Campbell Newman today announced that the Queensland Government will formally apologise to those affected by past forced adoption practices in an upcoming sitting of State Parliament.

    Mr Newman said forced adoption practices from the 1950s to 1970s had long term impacts for many of the women, men, children and extended families who were affected.

    “Past forced adoption practices were a devastating experience and are a very sad time in this State’s history,” Mr Newman said.

    “While we cannot change what happened in the past, we hope an apology will help ease the pain felt by those people who have been so deeply affected by this experience and assist in their healing process.”

    Earlier this year, a Commonwealth Senate Committee Inquiry found that forced adoptions were widespread in Australia during the 1950s to 1970s and the emotional damage caused by the practice remained prevalent to this day. Between 1951 and 1975 an estimated 140,000 to 150,000 adoptions took place in Australia, but it is unknown how many of these were forced adoptions.

    The Committee held a public hearing in Brisbane in April 2011 and heard evidence from individuals and groups about the impacts of past forced adoption practices and policies, which compelled or forced women to give up their child for adoption.

    Queensland has recognised the need for post-adoption support services and provides information, specialist counselling and support to people affected by past adoption practices.

    Communities Minister Tracy Davis said she would meet with representatives from adoption support groups to discuss their views about the apology and to seek their contribution into this important occasion.

    “Those who have been affected will be welcome to attend the apology at Parliament House and more information will be announced in the lead up to this significant day,” Ms Davis said.

    [ENDS] 23 August 2012

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