Issues part 2

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Many of these issues were addressed by a Model Bill canvassed in 1963 in all States in an attempt to reach uniformity, and it was to be the reforming zeal of Victoria in the 50’s that was to lead to far reaching changes when the new Act was proclaimed in 1966. Although not all of the Model Bill was adopted by all of the States, it was a major step toward a modern, more accountable national adoption practice.
The 50’s reviews had led to the State reforms of the 60’s that, in turn, led to the liberating 1973 supporting mother's benefit of the Whitlam government’s Federal reforms. The new benefit was payable after a six-month waiting period, during which time the States remained responsible for the single mother's income support under the Commonwealth-State cost-sharing arrangements introduced in 1968.

By 1973 Single Mums had come a long way. They had gained financial independence and community acceptance. But there was more work to be done to be fair to the adopted and their natural mothers. In Victoria, it took until March 2013 for them to have access to each other’s files and it showed the inherent bias toward the adopting couples still existed.

 

Many of these issues were addressed by a Model Bill canvassed in 1963 in all States in an attempt to reach uniformity, and it was to be the reforming zeal of Victoria in the 50’s that was to lead to far reaching changes when the new Act was proclaimed in 1966.