IT was the apology she had long campaigned for but Christine Cole did not applaud it yesterday.
The Apology Alliance convenor was “disappointed” with Premier Barry O’Farrell’s speech as state parliament said sorry to mothers whose children were forcibly adopted between 1950 and 1980.
Ms Cole said tens of thousands of then unwed mothers, some of whom were drugged or restrained as babies were taken, would understand why she did not applaud the apology.
“I think the apology could have been a lot more powerful and could have focused a lot more on the mental health services that are needed,” Ms Cole said.
“Women were being tied to beds, drugged, had pillows and sheets put over their faces.”
The public gallery of parliament was filled as Mr O’Farrell said he acknowledged the pain that these women and children experienced.
“We say sorry for treating you cruelly and insensitively when what you most needed and deserved was care and support,” he said.
Ms Cole applauded Opposition Leader John Robertson, who said he respected “the many mothers who feel deeply that an apology without recompense does not go far enough”.
He said “adoption” was too sanitised, and “abduction” or “kidnapping” was more appropriate. http://www.news.com.au/national/tears-and-a-few-jeers-over-ofarrell-adoption-apology/story-fndo4bst-1226478391418
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