ADELAIDE EVENT - Breaking the Adoption Taboo In Australia


Guest Speakers: Mark Johns, Tony Pasin MP and Dr Jeremy Sammut

Why are children in dysfunctional families abused and neglected despite being reported many times to child protection authorities? Why are children further damaged by being cycled in and out of unstable foster care? Why are there so few adoptions in Australia despite the thousands of children in long-term care?

Adoption has been internationally proven as the best way to provide a safe, stable and loving family life for children who are unable to live with their biological parents. However, in relation to comparable countries, Australia has very low rates of adoption.

To coincide with National Adoption Awareness Week, this special event will examine the issues raised by CIS Research Fellow Dr Jeremy Sammut’s new book, The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children (Connor Court).

Copies of Dr Jeremy Sammut’s book will be available for purchase on the night.


Mark Johns, South Australia’s State Coroner, was appointed in September 2005.  At the time of his appointment he had been a legal practitioner for more than 25 years, practising predominantly in public law. Mark moved from the Attorney General’s Department and Department of Justice where he had been the Chief Executive for a period of 12 months. Prior to this time, Mark was Assistant Crown Solicitor, Advising Section at the Crown Solicitor’s Office for a period of nine years.

Tony Pasin MP is the federal member for the South Australian seat of Barker. Prior to entering parliament, Tony was a Councillor in Mount Gambier, South Australia from 2003 to 2010. He has degrees in law and economics from Flinders University.

Dr Jeremy Sammut is a research fellow in the Social Foundations Programme at The Centre for Independent Studies and author of The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children.


Event details:

Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Address: State Library of South Australia – The Old Circulation Library Room

Corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue

  • The State Library is located at bus stop G1 on North Terrace.
  • The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.
  • The nearest carpark is Wilson’s car park, 251 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

Event enquiries: Jeremy Sammut | jsammut@cis.org.au

Media enquiries: Karla Pincott | media@cis.org.au