Forgotten Australians Apology
Almost 1,000 men and women travelled from around Australia to hear Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull apologise for the abuse, neglect and suffering they endured in foster care and orphanages between the 1920s and 1970s.
Addressing the crowd who gathered in the Great Hall, Mr Rudd said the nation looked back in shame that so many children were left cold, hungry and alone.
Around 500,000 children, including thousands of child migrants, grew up in government-run institutions and foster care and many had been lobbying for for an apology from the Federal Government since it was recommended by a Senate committee in 2004.
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