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Mothers who have lost children to adoption in Australia are demanding justice  

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What they have known for 27 years

An estimated 150,000 children were removed from their mothers over the period from 1950 to 2000 when adoption practices at this time had been deemed unlawful by the New South Wales Parliamentary Inquiry Report “Releasing the Past”, the report was the result of a two and a half year Inquiry into past adoption practices.

In Response to this contentious issue the  Federal Government's proposal was to include an apology to mothers who have lost children to "forced" or unlawful adoption practices into the Apology given on 16th November 2009 to the "Forgotten Australians and the Child Migrants,

This apology had been intended to include mothers and their children, lost to adoption, and was in the opinion of the committee of Origins and their members an afterthought, negating our experiences. It was also an insult to the target groups who have already had 3 Senate Inquiries between them.

An acceptance of this apology without our own Inquiry would have meant that serious crimes committed against us and our children would be “swept under the historical carpet forever”, and as an organisation committed to the pursuit of human rights and justice Origins Inc could allow that to happen

As an example the NSW Government has had nearly a decade to acknowledge and apologise to mothers and their adopted children since the tabling of the "Releasing The Past Report Adoption Inquiry 2000"

A report that was delivered after two and a half years of parliamentary investigation that found it’s adoption practices from 1950-2000 unlawful and unethical, and still to date has done nothing by way of acknowledgement, reconciliation or redress by the State to the 86 000, NSW mothers affected by these practices.

At a brief encounter by Origins with the NSW Minister for Department of Community Services Linda Burney at the Forgotten Australians Apology in Canberra, when she was asked what the NSW government was going to do about the apology for mothers and children affected by NSW adoption practices.

Her reply was "what inquiry", an off hand remark resulting in a slap across the faces of over 160 000 people affected by adoption in NSW, and further proof that one of the greatest human rights abuses in that state was not worth the bother of a follow up

Adding insult to injury an apology was not even included in the nineteen recommendations from that Inquiry whether or not it was asked for.

When asked by the Chairman of the Inquiry into Adoption Practices “Do you think an apology made by the relevant government agencies would assist the women?

Dr RICKARBY: MB BS FRANZCP Member.of the Faculty of Child Psychiatry RANZCP MANZAP Consultant Psychiatrist Replied:

"I think it would be seen as tokenism. I would think that many of the mothers might be even insulted by it. I think some of the large religious organisations who ran their antenatal homes and who had practices that were very harsh; I think an apology that is sincere and comprehensive from them might do a great deal of help towards the mothers, but I think today's government agencies putting out an apology for what was not done back then is not helpful."

p. 72 – Rickarby Interim Report Inquiry into Adoption Practices 27/08/1198 Parliament NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues

A litany of major crimes and human rights abuses were committed against 150 000 mothers and their children across this country and now it is their turn to finally be acknowledged through a Senate Inquiry into Past , Present and Future Adoption Practices   mothers and adoptees who have suffered decades of misery, to a lifetime of unresolved injustice are demanding it

So on behalf of Australian mothers and their children Origins Inc is asking that you sign our Petition

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Origins SPSA Inc is an unfunded organisation that relies on the memberships and donations of those that support adoption advocacy. It has not been funded by Federal, State or Church to promote adoption awareness and to the support the aims and objectives of Origins. We rely on those that believe in truth and justice for those affected by past practices, we have a large resource library that is considered to be a national asset that has enabled us to make Federal and State governments accountable for past unlawful practices .  To support us make a donation or join us, a link is available at the bottom of this page to make a contribution