This Saturday, the 19th September, marks the 11th anniversary of the NSW Government’s Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.
These were the words of the then Premier, Nathan Rees, in the 19 September 2009.
‘I say on behalf of the government, I am sorry for any hurt and distress you suffered in the care of the state. This should never have happened.
I’m sorry that some of you were physically, psychologically or sexually abused. This should never have happened.
I’m sorry for any lasting disadvantages you have experienced as a result of your childhood suffering. This should never have happened.
I’m sorry that many of you have been unable to return to your families and loved ones.’
Although we won’t be coming together this year, we still wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge the injustices of the past and show that we stand with Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.
It is also really important to celebrate the strength and courage of each of you. We recognise it was your hard work, commitment and care for each other that eventually won this recognition.
Last but not least, marking the Apology provides us with an opportunity to honour and remember those who are no longer with us. We remember them with great affection.