A sigh of relief seemed to have gone across the UK today – thanks to this announcement by the Australian PM:
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has issued an apology to people affected by Australia’s forced adoption policy between the 1950s and 1970s.
Tens of thousands of babies of unmarried, mostly teenage mothers, were thought to have been taken by the state and given to childless married couples.
Many women said they were coerced into signing away their children.
… practices that were unethical, dishonest and in many cases illegal.
The report was based on submissions by hundreds of women.
Here, we are publishing
- child snatching is one of Seven Deadly Syndromes and Seven Media Cover-Ups,
- Punishment without Crime and
we have submitted
- a portfolio of nine cases to the Education Select Committee when it looked into child ‘protection’
- over 1,200 signatures of the petition The Secrecy of the Family Courts should be lifted NOW to various people responsible
- with marvellous comments representing hundreds of families.
In its way of reporting the good news, the excellent blog Researching Reform points out that Australia has always been something of a leading light!
May the UK follow the footsteps of Australia soon!!! Meanwhile, we must be grateful for Slovakia, France and Belgium expressing their outrage over the ‘scandalous injustice’ of the Kingdom’s “lost children”.
And we must gather ‘virtual ammunition’ so that the Online Action Day on 28th March becomes effective for #paedobritain and #childsnatchbritain.
- Australian PM Apologizes for Forced Adoptions (world.time.com)
- Australia sorry for forced adoptions (bbc.co.uk)
- Australian PM Apologizes for Forced Adoptions (abcnews.go.com)
- You: Julia Gillard apologises to Australian mothers for forced adoptions (guardian.co.uk)
- Australia apologies for forced adoptions (edition.cnn.com)
- Apology for ‘shameful’ adoption past (smh.com.au)
- Victims of Australia’s forced adoption scandal in which single mothers were made to give up their babies to married couples finally offered apology (dailymail.co.uk)
- Australian PM apologizes for forced adoptions (miamiherald.com)
- Gillard delivers apology to victims of forced adoption (abc.net.au)
- Australian PM apologizes for forced adoptions (thestate.com)