Senate report calls for apology for forced adoption practices

The committee tabled its report, which also included 19 other recommendations, in the upper house on 29 February.

Australian Greens senator Rachel Siewert, who chaired the inquiry, broke down as she tabled the report which took 18 months to assemble from hours of testimony.

The report’s other recommendations included setting up government-funded peer support groups to help victims, money for family tracing services and new birth certificates for adoptees.

Committee member and Labor senator Carol Brown said women had been tricked into signing adoption papers and physically shackled to hospital beds.