The federal parliament has offered a formal apology to survivors of thalidomide and their families, with the government announcing a number of programs.
* Full and unreserved apology to all thalidomide survivors, their families, loved ones and carers
* Australian Thalidomide Survivors Support Program will be reopened. The program is a lifetime support package which includes a one-off lump sum payment in recognition of pain and suffering, as well as ongoing annual payments
* Payments will be increased through indexation for all current and future applicants who qualify
* On Thursday, Health Minister Mark Butler will unveil a national memorial on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra
* The national site of recognition will promote education and awareness of the thalidomide tragedy
Australian Associated Press