Origins SPSA Inc
Response to Recommendations of the
Final Report into Forced Adoption
Origins SPSA Inc welcomes the committee recommendation for a national framework to address consequences
of former forced adoption practices. We hope that such will support service provisions including, specialized health treatment,
uniform adoption legislation, free information, historical research, education to bring about public awareness of past forced
adoption practices, redress and a number of other services to enhance the lives of those affected.
Origins SPSA Inc acknowledges there will be some for whom a sincere apology and acknowledgment of
past forced adoption practices will be sufficient, though the majority of members of Origins have the mandate that an apology
from the Federal and State governments will be meaningful and effective only if it consists in a sincere effort to provide
tangible mechanisms and not mere words to those impacted by past forced adoption practices.
Origins SPSA Inc would expect nothing less than full disclosure of unlawful and harmful past forced
adoption practice, as an integral component of any apology delivered by Federal and State governments.
Recommendation 4 – 7
Origins SPSA Inc welcomes these recommendations.
Origins SPSA Inc recommends that Medicare should subsidize the treatment of professional counseling
and psychiatric treatment for those affected. Professional support should be not distributed through and by past adoption
providers – or currently existing agencies that have effectively denied past practices – unless such publicly
funded agencies and organisations acknowledge their failure to date to interpret the true nature of adoption, their past practices,
and the harm they have inflicted on their clients.
Origins SPSA Inc welcomes this recommendation provided it excludes past forced adoption providers
and past forced adoption denialists and apologists. We welcome funding of any agency that does not discriminate on the grounds
of race, religion, sex or creed or against those clients affected by multiple issues as definitively identifying as members
of one or a combination of such groups as the Stolen Generations, Forgotten Australians, Child Migrants etc.
Origins SPSA Inc welcomes this recommendation, as state and territory governments played an integral
role in past forced adoption practices and should therefore take responsibility for the latter.
Origins SPSA Inc welcomes this recommendation as state and territory governments played an integral
role in past forced adoption practices and should therefore take responsibility by establishing redress schemes to demonstrate
contrition for such past negligent and unlawful practices.
Along with state and territory governments who played an integral role in past forced adoption practices,
religious and non-religious organisations should also take responsibility and establish redress schemes to show contrition
for such past negligent and unlawful practices. We would also recommend that there are others for whom redress would not suffice
but who would wish to take action through the Supreme Courts. We therefore recommend that the states should put in a moratorium
bypassing the Statute of Limitations to provide those who wish to proceed with legal action the opportunity to test their
Recommendation 12 – 15
Origins SPSA Inc welcomes this recommendation
Origins SPSA Inc welcomes this recommendation providing it is delivered without discriminatory or
Origins SPSA Inc welcomes this recommendation provided it is delivered without discriminatory or
financial conditions and that past providers of adoption services are not included.
Recommendation 19 – 20
Origins SPSA Inc welcomes this recommendation
The committees and branches of Origins SPSA Inc would like to thank the Community Affairs References
Committee for the care and compassion they have shown towards submitters to the Inquiry. We would also like to thank the committee
for the months of hard work around the testing time it has endured in attempting to deliver a balanced and unbiased report
given that forced adoption is such an emotionally charged issue. We thank the committee for its patience in dealing with those
who have suffered due to forced adoption trauma.
We would also like to express our disappointment that the following comments published in the report
by the committee, were not followed up by the committee to establish whether such allegations were well founded or scurrilous
attempts to divert attention away from the seriously unlawful nature of the issues brought before the committee.
“The committee notes that there have been “deep division” with certain groups and
that there were allegations of “bullying” re: people and groups.[Footnote]
The latter statement has been interpreted by some to mean that Origins SPSA Inc was the offending
body of such allegations.
For the sake of setting the record straight, as Origins is a professional organisation it will respond
vigorously to any unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations of such a nature.
During the length of the Inquiry, Origins provided public venues including a Facebook group, where
people could connect to discuss the issues and support one another to submit to the Inquiry. There were a number of individuals
who – due to their emotional problems and ignorance of the trauma associated with forced adoption – made comments
that inflamed others. This resulted in conflict between mothers and adoptees, no doubt due to the pressure of the Inquiry,
and some responded in a way that provoked or hurt others who were unaware of the extent of the trauma of some group members.
For example, the adoption language being used by newcomers inflamed mothers who believe that their children were in fact kidnapped
from them. And that also did not help the situation.
The committee of Origins would like to emphasize that we are an unfunded organization, run by volunteers,
with very limited resources. We provided what we thought would be a service to submitters to help with information pertaining
to past forced adoption practices and the Inquiry but found it difficult to contain some of the emotions being expressed in
forums which our members facilitated. For the first time many were finding a public voice to express a lifetime of abuse which
they typically suffered in silence.
Origins found it necessary to close down the forums on a number of occasions due to certain individuals
who continually entered them seemingly deliberately to inflame certain other members of the same. The committee trusted posters
to use the Origins resources with integrity; however this has occasionally not been the case. Nevertheless, where there have
been problems resulting in conflict, moderators have always endeavored to contain them as speedily as possible.
The committee of Origins would also like to convey that we have been the subject of a number of
unfounded and unwarranted attacks – not only on the integrity of our organization – including slanderous and libelous
allegations that have witnessed certain individuals attempt to sully the reputation of particular committee members to their
employers, politicians and other organisations.
We understand that some people have been disturbed by the dredging up of difficult issues due to
the concerted “hate campaign” to which they have been subjected.
We have sought legal advice on the matter and will pursue this issue privately if it continues beyond
the scope of the Inquiry.
Regarding our commitment to our members and future clients, Origins SPSA Inc will continue to provide
services to the public, as it has done for nearly two decades, whether it is funded or not.