PM apologises to Australian mothers for 'forced adoptions'

The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has delivered an historic national apology to the thousands of unmarried mothers, who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades.

More than 800 people, many of them in tears, heard the apology in the Great Hall of Parliament House as Ms Gillard apologised for the 'forced adoptions and responded with a standing ovation.