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10th Anniversary of the National Apology for Forced Adoptions display

Forced Adoptions Apology

About the display

On 21 March 2013, former Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard AC offered an apology on behalf of the nation to Australians affected by forced adoption and removal practices between 1950 and 1975.

She delivered the apology in the Great Hall of Parliament House. The apology acknowledged that the forced separation of mothers from babies ‘created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering'.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the apology, Parliament House has curated an audio-visual display of speeches given in the Great Hall on 21 March 2013. The display includes the full Apology delivered by former Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard AC and responses from former MP the Hon Steve Irons and former Senator Rachel Siewert.

While you’re at Parliament House you can also see a copy of the Apology on display near the Presiding Officer’s Exhibition Area on level 1.

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Image: AUSPIC, Department of Parliamentary Services, Parliament of Australia

Dates: 18 March to 16 April 2023

Cost: Free

Venue: Theatre Viewing Room 1

Parking: Free for 1 hour, then parking rates apply

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