The Fifth Anniversary of the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants should be held on the 16th of November each year, however the Fifth Anniversary of the National Apology to Victorians in 2014 was held on the 14th at the Melbourne Cricket Ground ..Open Place Support Service for Forgotten Australians held the event . About one hundred people attended attend the event Light Lunch provided.The Guest speaker was The Hon, Jenny Macklin MP. Three Forgotten Australians shared a little of their story, one minute silence for all those who have passed away and no longer with us today, The next Anniversary event looks to be held every five to tens years. A gift bag was given to all who attend the event , Booklet, DVD and Fifth Anniversary National Apology Pin.
No tears just smiles ,laughs and hugs as everyone just enjoying the moment.There is much more needs to be done on the level to provide Redress to all Victorians
Watch the video and listen to The Hon Jenny Macklin's MP speech to the Forgotten Australians.
Senate acknowledges fifth anniversary of the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014 The Australian Greens have welcomed cross-party support for a motion acknowledging the fifth anniversary of the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.
The motion was jointly moved by Senator Rachel Siewert and Senator Claire Moore.
"The apology to more than 500,000 Forgotten Australians and former child migrants in 2009 remains a significant milestone in our history, as the Commonwealth acknowledged and apologised for the pain and suffering of Australians while in institutional care," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.
"The apology was an important step in the healing process for those who experienced distress, neglect, abuse and assault, whilst in care and this motion reaffirms the Parliament's commitment to supporting those people and families who continue to be affected.
"The Community Affairs References Committee‘s Inquiry Lost innocents and forgotten Australians revisited made 16 recommendations to ensure concrete steps of redress and support were taken along with the Apology itself.
"The Senate has called for Australia's governments and former providers to work towards the implementation of the remaining recommendations, including the sensitive issues of redress, identity documentation and the need for responsive support for health and housing.
"Forgotten Australians and former child migrants continue to suffer as a result of the abuse and neglect they received whilst in care, it is essential that support services are provided and the redress is provided.
"The cross-party support for this motion is a strong show of commitment from the Parliament to ensure we continue to build on the Apology, and I encourage all levels of government and former providers to redouble efforts to implement the remaining recommendations, Senator Siewert concluded.concluded.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd(then) 3rd Anniversary of the Apology to the Forgotten Australians 2012
The First Anniversary of the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants was 16th of November 2010 at Victorian Parliament House Melbourne , about a hundred people attended to watch by video The Hon Jenny Macklin speech from Canberra , light lunch provided .