Adopt Perspective
Adopt Perspective
Mar 20, 2023
Julia Gillard - 10th Anniversary Apology for Forced Adoptions
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On 21st March 2013, the Australian Government delivered a formal apology to people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices. The apology was delivered by then Prime Minister, Julia Gillard in the Great Hall at Parliament House. The apology acknowledged the experiences of those affected, which created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering. Today is the 10th anniversary of the apology and states and territories around Australia are commemorating with events. We know that not everyone can make it to an anniversary event, so we’re dedicating this episode of Adopt Perspective to reflect on the apology and are joined by none other than the woman who delivered it, The Honourable Julia Gillard.

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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and the many lands that our clients now live on and we wish to acknowledge and show our respects to Elders past and present for their continuing connection to culture and the contributions they make to community. We acknowledge how much we have to learn from them and their unique understanding of connection and adoption and their recognition that at the base of every change is truth telling and healing.

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