From Evelyn Robinson:
Some people outside of Australia have asked me when things are going to take place on the 19th of October so that they can arrange to acknowledge the apology wherever they are in the world. The apology is taking place in Perth, Western Australia and so if you visit the world clock web site you can work out what time it will be where you are. [Note: Perth is exactly 12 hours EARLIER THAN US EST time.]
For those who are interested, this is the plan for the day:
Everyone will meet at the pergola on the southern side of Parliament at 2.00 pm and then flowers will be laid in the sunken garden for all the children lost to adoption. At 2.30 there will be a short speech and then one minute's silence will be observed for all the mothers in Australia and around the world who have lost children to adoption. At 2.40 everyone will make their way through the main entrance to the House to hear the apology, which is expected to start at 3.00.
It is likely that the apology will be transmitted live on the government web site. [We will hope for a rerun!]
Please be assured that those of us who are present for this historical event will be thinking of all of you who are not able to be there.