Gordon Brown Apologizes To ‘Forgotten Australians’
February 24, 2010
The children generally came from impoverished families, were told they were orphaned, and separated from siblings.
From there they were most commonly sent to orphanages, and were often abused.
“To all those former child migrants and their families, to those here with us today and those across the world, to each and every one I say we are truly sorry. They were let down,” Brown said in an official statement.
“We are sorry that they were allowed to be sent away at the time they were most vulnerable. We are sorry that instead of caring for them this country turned its back. And we are sorry that it has taken so long for this important day to come and for the full and unconditional apology that is justly deserved.”
Brown has said that he will personally meet with any of the now-grown children who were sent away to offer a one on one apology.
More than 7,000 children between 3 and 14 were sent away as part of the child migration program after WWII, and the practice continued until 1967.