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The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption

© Copyright 2013 Marian Quartly, Shurlee Swain, Denise Cuthbert All rights reserved. Apart from any uses permitted by Australia’s Copyright Act 1968, no part of this book may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the copyright owners. Inquiries should be directed to the publisher.

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National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry:


Quartly, Marian, author.


The market in babies : stories of Australian adoption / Marian Quartly, Shurlee Swain and Denise Cuthbert.


9781921867866 (paperback)



Intercountry adoption--Australia--History.

Interracial adoption--Australia--History.

Wrongful adoption--Australia--History.

Australia--Social conditions.

Other Authors/Contributors:

Swain, Shurlee, author. Cuthbert, Denise, author.

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The Market in Babies: Stories of Australian Adoption

   by Marian Quartly, Shurlee Swain, Denise Cuthbert