Australian PM Gillard greets members of audience as Opposition leader Abbott follows at National Apology for Forced Adoptions ceremony in Canberra

 
Australian PM Gillard greets members of audience as Opposition leader Abbott follows at National Apology for Forced Adoptions ceremony in Canberra
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (C) greets members of the audience as Opposition leader Tony Abbott follows as she arrives to the National Apology for Forced Adoptions ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra March 21, 2013 in this picture provided by the Australian Attorney-General's Department. Gillard has apologised to victims of Australia's policy of forced adoption that saw as many as 150,000 babies of unmarried, mostly teenage mothers, taken by the state and given to childless married couples between the 1950s and the mid-1970s. Gillard told hundreds of people at a special ceremony in Canberra on Thursday, including those directly affected by the policy, that "we acknowledge your loss and grief," and "we apologise". REUTERS/Penny Bradfield/Attorney-General's Department/Handout