Calls to fund mother’s memorial in Sale
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath has called on the Labor Government to fund a memorial in Sale honouring the Federal and State Government apologies to families affected by forced adoption practices.
Ms Bath told the parliament the Federal Government had contributed $5000 to the Independent Regional Mothers group for the memorial but the State Government was yet to fund the project.
“This is a very worthwhile project and will provide a place for many of the families affected by these practices to sit and reflect in a peaceful environment,” Ms Bath said.
“It will acknowledge what these families have been through, also raise awareness of what has occurred in the past and recognise the apologies made.”
On Thursday, 25 October 2012 the Victorian Parliament formally apologised to the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who were profoundly harmed by past adoption practices in Victoria.
The apology acknowledged that thousands of Victorian babies were taken from their mothers without informed consent and that this loss caused immense grief to them all.
On 21 March 2013 the then Prime Minister apologised on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies.
“The memorial will be established in Victoria Park, Sale with the support of Wellington Shire, and is supported by many constituents in my area,” Ms Bath said.
“Independent Regional Mothers spokesperson Brenda Coughlan is becoming distressed that approval for funds from the State Government are taking an extended period of time and she is worried they won’t be forthcoming.
“This memorial is very important to many of my constituents and I ask the Minister to ensure funding is provided as a matter of urgency so this worthwhile project can go ahead.”