Campbell Newman
Campbell Newman

Apology for forced adoptions

QUEENSLAND will apologise to the mothers and children who fell victim to 20 years of forced adoptions.

Premier Campbell Newman will formally invite those affected by the adoptions to Parliament House where he will deliver a public apology in the next few months.

This year, a Senate committee inquiry found that forced adoptions were widespread in Australia between the 1950s and 1970s.

Between 1951 and 1975, an estimated 140,000 to 150,000 adoptions took place in Australia, but it is unknown how many of these were forced.

Mothers who were forced to give up their children, their children and advocacy groups provided evidence during the inquiry at a public hearing in Brisbane.

Mr Newman told parliament on Thursday23/8 he would publicly apologise for the controversial practices.

"Past forced adoption practices were a devastating experience and are a very sad time in this State's history," Mr Newman said. "To those who have been affected we say this - whilst we cannot change what happened in the past - we hope an apology will acknowledge the role of past Queensland governments in practices that are now recognised - and rightly so - as wrong."