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- ABC Four Courners, ABC Ultimo, 27 February 2012
Over five decades thousands of women gave up their newborn children for adoption. While they were supposed to make their decision freely, many claim they were coerced, bullied and their children were effectively stolen.
Contains interviews with Robin Turner; Jessica Loughlin and Nathan Sheens; Monica Jones; Margaret Freeman; Elspeth Browne, former Social Worker, Crown Street Hospital; Jan Kashin; Professor Shurlee Swain, Australian Catholic University; Professor Richard Chisholm, Legal Academic, Australian National University; Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens [Senate Committee chair]; Dr Geoff Rickarby, Psychiatrist; Dr Jules Black, Obstetrician; "Jan", former trainee social worker, Sydney Royal Hospital for Women and School of Social Work; Faye Nyssen; Patsy Gall; Martin Laverty, CEO Catholic Health; Paul Graham, Pasty Gall's son.
Story contains footage from Four Corners in 1970 showing Carramar's Matron Shirley Jones; news footage of Fiona Judd, Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne; Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett; Martin Laverty, CEO Catholic Health Care.
Website contains links to interview with Professor Shurlee Swain, ACU; Four Corners programmes 'The Unmarried Mother' (1965); 'The Chosen Child' (1966); 'Child of the Single Mother' (1970).