in the report of the Senate Inquiry into forced adoptions tabled today.
tagged with Ethics
This was a time when false pride and the pretensions of good name sometimes counted more than love in even the otherwise best of families.
- Terry Sweetman, The Sunday Mail, 4 March 2012 commenting on past attitudes to unwed mothers
Justice making is a task of the whole community. It involves acknowledging wrong doing in the past and preventing harms in the present and future. It is necessarily a multi-layered process—legal, therapeutic, ethical and spiritual (in its broadest sense). Restitution is important, as much has been lost by many. This can be specific and general. Ultimately, however, justice making must aim at restoring right relationships among the various parties. At Jigsaw Queensland we believe this can be best achieved through a restorative justice approach, avoiding both the monetary and emotional costs of winners and losers in an adversarial justice system, while at the same time engaging the community as active participants rather than onlookers.
This sums up my feelings about not being given my birth father’s name. Jean has done a great job with this docu. Adoption is a lifelong issue.
The reporter in the Australian newspaper covering the Queensland flood Inquiry just referred to ‘the four accused Wivenhoe Dam engineers’. Freudian slip or trial by media confirmed? The public deserves better than this.
in the Australian media is beginning to really annoy me. As is creating a headline out of a partisan quote. Opinion is everywhere, who will try to present the facts?