The Australian Senate is holding an Inquiry into the "Commonwealth contribution to former forced adoption policies and practices". The Senate Community Affairs Committee has called for public submissions by 28 February 2011 and will report by 30 April.
Advocacy groups have been calling for a national inquiry into the past practice of forcing unmarried mothers to give up their babies, and the Western Australian Parliament issued a formal apology to affected women.
The Inquiry will cover Commonwealth Government policies and practices contributing to forced adoptions and role in developing a national framework to help address the consequences for the mothers, their families and children who were subject to forced adoption policies.
I encourage anyone was affected by these practices to make a submission so that the Government and the wider community can better understand the impacts, and ensure this does not occur again.