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.
2012 Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices.
The Senate marks the first anniversary of the
National Apology for Forced Adoptions
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:
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.
Further information about this Report is available on the Australian Human Rights Commission website