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Friday 19 December  

Australian PM apologizes to forgotten generation

Published on 16 November 2009 - 2:22pm
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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has offered his apologies to the "forgotten generation" of children who were abused or neglected by the state in orphanages and children's homes between 1930 and 1970.

Many of the children came from poor families in Great Britain, some were sent by their parents with the promise of a better future in Australia. Others, often already in state care, were forcibly removed under the Child Migrants Programme. Some were told their parents were dead. Many parents were not told their children had been transported.

Many of the estimated half-a-million children involved were neglected by foster families, put in orphanages or used as cheap labour on farms. Prime Minister Rudd said it was "a shameful and ugly period" in Australian history.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is expected to make a similar apology in the New Year to the British children sent against their will to Australia and Canada.



  • photo by Downing Street (Flickr)


Arev Beilttog 16 November 2009 - 8:33pm
How about an apology to all the Aboriginals for past, and ongoing, mistreatment and abuse? Only Caucasians qualify for an apology?

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