in the report of the Senate Inquiry into forced adoptions tabled today.
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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.