The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie yesterday
attended the Victorian government’s apology to the men and women affected by the state’s forced adoption practices from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Senator McKenzie congratulated Premier Ted Baillieu and Minister Mary Wooldridge on the government’s practical assistance for those affected, and was moved by the sincere apologies.
“Deputy Premier Peter Ryan noted the devastating impacts these practices had on Victorian country towns, both for the unwed mothers and the adopted children.”
Senator McKenzie, who was a member of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into the Commonwealth contribution to former forced adoption policies and practices, said she was extremely proud to have witnessed the proceedings – a direct result of a key recommendation from the Senate inquiry.
“Yesterday’s apology recognises what happened throughout Victoria to thousands of women and children was wrong.
“The history books cannot be re-written and there will be lasting consequences.
“But yesterday was testament to those directly involved, who shed light on this dark chapter in the state’s history, and to the Victorian government for listening.”