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As a result of agitation by individuals and community groups drawing attention to the lifelong issues on some individuals of the impact of society’s practices of separating children from parents and/or siblings, Senate Working Parties were established which resulted in a number of Senate Community Affairs Reference  Committee Reports.

Adoption Community

2012    Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices.
The Senate marks the first anniversary of the
National Apology for Forced Adoptions

Donor Conception

2012    Inquiry into Access by Donor-conceived People to Information about Donors - Parliament of Victoria - Law Reform Committee

2011    Donor Conception Practices in Australia

Forgotten Australians including Child Migrants

Experiences common to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants include abandonment and loss, grief through separation from their parents and siblings, and loss of identity. Former Child Migrants also lost their connection to their country and culture.

In addition, many children suffered from neglect, exploitation, mistreatment and physical and sexual assault at the hands of their caregivers.  

These experiences were documented in three separate Senate Community Affairs Reports:

2001    Lost Innocents; Righting the Record.  Report on Child Migration.

2004   Forgotten Australians: A report on Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care.

2009    Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians Revisited


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

In May 1995, the National inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families was conducted in response to efforts by key Aboriginal agencies and communities to increase public attention to this issue.

1997    Bringing them home: The Stolen Children Report.

Further information about this Report is available on the Australian Human Rights Commission website