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State apology over adoptions

Nanjing Night Net

THE Tasmanian Parliament will formally apologise to victims of forced adoptions by the end of the year.

Premier Lara Giddings said some “complexities” still had to be worked out, but she did not believe it would expose taxpayers to the threat of compensation.

Western Australia was the first state to apologise in 2010 and was followed by South Australia last month.

“The South Australian government has pursued this issue and we believe we can apologise and any other issues that come out of that we can work through,” Ms Giddings said yesterday.

Forced adoptions happened from the 1950s until the 1980s and it is estimated about 3000 occurred in Tasmania.

Ms Giddings said an apology would be “a very symbolic and significant move forward”.

“I hope that does help to heal that pain.”

She also indicated the apology may be supported by funding for counselling services.

She made the commitment during her address to the Tasmanian Labor conference in Hobart yesterday.

In her speech she emphasised the government’s focus on turning around the state’s unemployment rate which she said was too high.

“It is jobs that stand at the centre of what we are doing now, and it is jobs that determine what we will do in the future,” Ms Giddings told the party faithful.

She said the minority government had magnified the difficulty of governing the state, but it was better than handing power to the Liberal Party.

“It might have been easier, but it would not have been better. Nor would it have been the right thing to do for Tasmania.”

Speaking afterwards, Ms Giddings denied the announcements about major social reforms were designed to distract from the state’s economic woes.

“Things happen at the right time for the right reason,” she said.

Lara Giddings

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