After years of campaigning for a formal apology, thalidomide survivors today received the words they deserved to hear long ago.
In a speech in Parliament on November 29, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese delivered the historic national apology to thalidomide survivors and their families, decades after the morning sickness drug was withdrawn from sale because it caused birth defects.
Albanese used the apology to announce that a survivor support program would be reopened for those affected by thalidomide who haven't previously come forward. While there are more than 140 people registered as thalidomide survivors in Australia, the exact number is not known.
For the survivors today, the apology was welcomed, the director of Thalidomide Group Australia Lisa McManus saying, "We just need to bathe in the glory of what's just been delivered to us."