Origins Supporting People Separated by Adoption

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The landmark conference was held at Liverpool Hospital in 2002 and co presented with CLAN.
Senator Murray was keen to work with Origins and to call for a Senate Inquiry into illegal adoption. It was at this time that Lily Arthur stood as a Federal candidate for the Democrats Party for the seat of Prospect lobbying not only Senator Murray and Aidan Ridgeway, but also senators from the Liberal and Labor parties.
It was at this time that Care Leaver Australia Network CLAN was evolving and Senator Murray put his efforts into a senate inquiry for what is now known as Forgotten Australians in 2003, leaving Origins to find another political ally.
2002; Meetings were held in Canberra with Jan McLucas (Labor MP) to discuss a national inquiry for forced adoption.
2003; Origins presented 3 submissions from NSW, Qld and Victoria to this Inquiry calling for a national inquiry into illegal adoption.
2004; Saw the release of the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee report on Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as children .
2004; Also saw Origins lobbying the Liberal Party senators Connie Ferravanti –Wells, Marise Payne, Helen Coonan and Tony Abbott with Lily Arthur standing as a Liberal candidate for the federal election on the issue of forced adoption. Senator Ferravanti -Wells visiting the Origins office at Bonnyrigg to discuss how to go about gaining support for a national Inquiry.
2004; Origins in conjunction with the mental health Association of Queensland Origins held its second National Mental Health Conference on forced adoption the Stolen generations and the Forgotten Australians
December. The landmark court case of Arthur versus Queensland raised national interest in the issue of forced adoption and gained widespread media publicity on the issue with Lily Arthur’s story being recorded in a national magazine Woman’s Day.


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