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Parliamentary Apology for Past Adoption Practices (25 October 2012)

Parliament of Victoria

25 October 2012
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
25 October 2012

On 25 October 2012 at 11.30 am, the Premier of Victoria, Ted Baillieu, Opposition leader Daniel Andrews and Nationals leader Peter Ryan addressed a joint sitting of the Victorian Parliament to apologise officially to all those who were affected by the forced adoption practices in the state between the 1950s and the 1970s.

The Apology was an outcome of the Federal Senate Inquiry into forced adoption practices, which found that up to 250,000 babies were forcibly removed from their predominantly young mothers.


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Victoria apologises for forced adoptions', in ABC News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 25 October 2012,; Parliamentary Apology for Past Adoption Practices,

Prepared by: Rosemary Francis