Apologies Received

This page presents the apologies received from Governments and Past Providers of Institutional Care following Inquiries into Care Leavers. Please click on the more link to view the whole apology.


Apology: Anglican Church of Australia
Regarding: Senate Inquiry
1st April 2010
The Anglican Church of Australia sincerely apologises to the children whose experiences in institutional and out-of-home care provided by the Anglican Church caused them hurt, distress, and harm. ... more
Apology: Shared Government and Church Apology
Regarding: South Australian Inquiry
2008
Shared Government and Church Apology to those harmed in State Care in South Australia during their Childhood. We the Government of South Australia and the Churches recognize that some children and young people who were placed in our care suffered abuse that has impacted on their lives. This should never have happened. ... more
Apology: Premier, The Hon. Mike Rann
Regarding:
17th June 2008
On 17 June 2008, South Australia issued a formal apology to those who suffered or witnessed abuse or neglect in State care. The apology took the form of a motion moved by the Premier, the Hon. Mike Rann, in the State legislative assembly. The wording on the apology parchment was slightly different to the apology motion, which read: ... more
Apology: Canadian Prime Minister
Regarding:
11th June 2008
On 11 June 2008, the Canadian Prime Minister offered a full apology on behalf of Canadians for the Indian Residential Schools system. ... more
Apology: The Benevolent Society supports the Senate's Forgotten Australians report
Regarding: Senate Inquiry
January 2007
The Benevolent Society has a strong commitment to working with children and their families in need of support. It is because of this commitment that we wish to make a public statement of apology about past practices in our provision of residential care. The Board and staff feel strongly that we should acknowledge our history and the role that we played in providing any inadequate care for children placed with us. ... more
Apology: Premier Steven Bracks
Regarding:
9th August 2006
The Victorian apology was delivered in the Victorian parliament on 9 August 2006 by the then Premier Steve Bracks. The standing orders of the parliament were suspended to allow the Premier, the leaders of the Liberal and National parties and the Minister for Community Services to make statements. The apology was: ... more
Apology: NSW Government
Regarding: Senate Inquiry
June 2005
The government of New South Wales apologises for any physical, psychological and social harm caused to the children, and hurt and distress experienced by them while in the care of the State. We make this apology in the hope that it may help the process of healing. ... more
Apology: NSW Minister for Community Services
Regarding:
23rd June 2005
On 23 June 2005, the NSW Minister for Community Services apologised in the form of an answer to a question without notice in the NSW Legislative Assembly. ... more
Apology: Premier Paul Lennon
Regarding: Tasmanian Inquiry
17th May 2005
The apology was delivered on 17 May 2005 in the form of a motion moved by the then Premier Mr Paul Lennon in the Tasmanian Legislative Assembly; the leaders of the opposition and minor parties and a number of other members also spoke to the motion. It read: ... more
Apology:
Regarding:
7th April 2005
On 7 April 2005, Western Australia issued an apology to 'people who were harmed in institutional care' over the period covered by the Forgotten Australians report. The apology took the form of a parliamentary statement of apology. The statement read: ... more
Apology:
Regarding:
25th August 1999
On August 25 1999 the Queensland government, together with representatives of religious authorities including the Catholic and Anglican churches and the Salvation Army, issued a formal apology for instances of past abuse and neglect in Queensland institutions. The apology was given in direct response to the findings of the State's Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions (the Forde Inquiry), which reported on 31 May 1999. The apology was: ... more
Apology: Irish Prime Minister
Regarding:
11th May 1999
On 11 May 1999, the Irish Government apologised to victims of child abuse and the Taoiseach, Mr. Ahern, announced the establishment of a commission of inquiry and other measures. In the course of a special statement, he said: ... more

Apologies Received

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