The Australian Government has appointed an independent, survivor-focused Reference Group.
The Reference Group will advise the Australian Government on the form and content of the National Apology.
The members of the Reference Group are:
- The Hon Cheryl Edwardes AM (Chair)
- Ms Caroline Carroll OAM
- Ms Sharon Claydon MP
- Ms Christine Foster
- Senator Derryn Hinch
- Mr Craig Hughes-Cashmore
- Mr Steve Irons MP
- Ms Hetty Johnston AM
- Ms Leonie Sheedy OAM
- Senator Rachel Siewert
- Mr Richard Weston.
The diverse membership of the Reference Group ensures the views of a broad range of victims and survivors, their families and Members of Parliament from across Australia are represented.
The Secretariat supporting this Reference Group is based in the Attorney-General’s Department.