After 5 years, 1,200 witness accounts and more than 8,000 private sessions with survivors, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its final report on 15 December 2017.
Today Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP and fellow Labor colleagues, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, the Hon Jenny Macklin MP, the Hon Richard Marles MP and Senator Claire Moore attended a special morning tea organised by the
Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) to thank the Royal Commissioners involved in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Mr Clare who is a Patron of CLAN said it was moving to see so many people who were neglected and abused in homes and orphanages come together to celebrate the work of the Royal Commission.
“The Royal Commission has done an extraordinary job in shining a light on a dark and terrible part of our past and recommended changes to ensure it never happens again.”
“The Royal Commission has done its job, now the politicians have to do their job – and implement its recommendations,” Mr Clare said.
Ms Leonie Sheedy co-founder of CLAN, a support and advocacy group for close to half a million Australians said, “Care Leavers will be forever grateful to Royal Commission Chair the Hon Justice Peter McClellan, his five Commissioners andthe Royal Commission staff for their tireless pursuit of the truth about how institutions have historically responded to the sexual abuse of children.”
The final report of the Royal Commission included 409 individual recommendations, and spans 17 volumes.
Legislation to establish a redress scheme was only introduced to the Parliament in October 2017. The Turnbull Government ignored the recommendation of the Royal Commission for a national scheme, and instead chose to proceed with an opt-in model which has to be negotiated with States and Institutions.
To date, not one State and not one Institution has indicated that they will join the Scheme.
Labor is very concerned about some elements of the proposed scheme and has referred the legislation establishing the redress scheme to a Senate Inquiry, so that everyone has an opportunity to give feedback about the scheme.
That Senate Inquiry is due to report back to the Parliament by 13 March 2018.
ISSUED: Friday, 9 February 2018
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