Australian Senate calls for an Inquiry into forced adoptions

The Australian Senate is to inquire into the Commonwealth’s role in the forced adoption policies from the 1940s to the 1980s. Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has won support of the Senate for the issue to be considered by the Community Affairs References Committee. The inquiry will be looking into and reporting on whether the Federal Government is in any way responsible for past adoption practices and policies, we have to prove that the Commonwealth allowed the States to breach the Constitution and the Common Law

This is an historical occasion. Never in the history of adoption world-wide has any Federal Government been interested in or ever given consideration to the natural mothers of children surrendered for adoption – UNTIL NOW. This will be the only chance we will have in our lifetime to speak and be heard. We will never get this opportunity again.

We are asking every parent, support groups and adoption related organizations Australia-wide if they would pass on the following information as they may not yet be aware of the inquiry.

Every mother, father, adoptee and family member has a legal right to this knowledge – irrespective of how/if they wish to personally deal with it.

To keep this information from any mother and those affected is to further perpetuate abuse and suffering.

And whether or not those affected wish to participate in the inquiry as part of their own personal healing process is entirely their own business, but it is imperative they must have this information otherwise we are no better than the industry that denied us our rights and took our choices away in the first place.

 Senate of Australia Parliamentary Inquiry

Commonwealth contribution to former forced adoption policies
and practices: Terms of Reference

That the following matters be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 April 2011:

(a) the role, if any, of the Commonwealth Government, its policies and practices in contributing to forced adoptions; and

(b) the potential role of the Commonwealth in developing a national framework to assist states and territories to address the consequences for the mothers, their families and children who were subject to forced adoption policies

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