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Margo O’Byrne / Left Unsaid


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Text Box: Forgotten Australians (now Remembered)





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   Margo’s book was quoted from, and her story highlighted in the Senate speech delivered by Senator Rachel Siewert

   (watch on youtube)

    and in the House of Representatives speech delivered by the Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke.    

Forgotten Australians      


The Australian Government  apologised to Forgotten Australians and Lost Innocents officially on the 16th of November 2009.


The Australian Government acknowledges that the abuse and neglect suffered by many children in institutional or other out-of-home care during the last century was unacceptable.


Sunday 30 August 2009 marks the anniversaries of the landmark tabling of the Senate Community Affairs Committee’s Lost Innocents – Righting the Record (2001) and Forgotten Australians: A report on Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as children (2004) reports.


The Australian Government believes it is now time to apologise.

The Australian Government issued a formal statement of acknowledgement and apology, on behalf of the nation, to Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. In the spirit of the bipartisan nature of the Senate Inquiry reports, the Government worked with the Opposition to develop the remembrance event.


In Australia, around half a million children grew up in ‘care’ during the twentieth century. They grew up with daily brutal physical and emotional abuse in the sterile environment of an institution. Children were most often treated as criminals when their only ‘crime’ was the deprivation of one of the most fundamental of human needs – the love and care of their parents.

Orphans of the Living, Joanna Penglase, Fremantle Arts Centre Press


Recent reports provide detailed evidence of these appalling circumstances. Left Unsaid gives a voice to two of these children.

Forgotten Australians Report: The Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care by the Australian Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee

The Forde Report - on the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions


CLAN (Care Leavers Australia Network) is a self funding organisation run by volunteers offering a support system to meet the needs of care leavers.

A portion of the sale of each book will be donated to this organisation




Margo O’Byrne / Left Unsaid

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