In a ceremony in Canberra this week, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull offered apologies for Australia’s treatment of the “Lost Innocents” –  children who were sent forcibly from England to Australia to relieve burdens on England’s social welfare system – as well as other children placed in foster care and state institutions who were also subjected to neglect and abuse. Here’s a transcript of PM Rudd’s speech; here’s a story by Mark McDonald in the New York Times with additional links and materials.