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The Weekly’s adoption breakfast

Deborra-lee Furness headed a star-studded guest list at a breakfast launching National Adoption Awareness week in Sydney on Monday.

She was joined by Rebecca Gibney, Sandra Sully, Layne Beachley, Professor Kerryn Phelps and MP Bronwyn Bishop, as well as actor Jack Thompson, who gave a passionate speech about the opportunities and love he was given by his adopted family.

Deborra-lee talked about the live-changing nature of adoption, and asked the Australian government to take the issue more seriously.

Deborra-lee Furness at the National Adoption Awareness week breakfast.

Deborra-lee spoke passionately about adoption at the event.

Deborra-lee and Rebecca Gibney.

*The Weekly’s* editor-in-chief Helen McCabe with Rebecca Gibney.

The Weekly’s editor-in-chief Helen McCabe with Rebecca Gibney.

Deborra-lee, Bronwyn Bishop and Professor Kerryn Phelps.

Layne Beachley said she would not be a professional surfer if she had not been adopted.

Jack Thompson, an adoptee, described himself as “a child of the community”.

Adoptee Layne Beachley.

Deborra-lee Furness.

Deborra-lee Furness.

Deborra-lee Furness.

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