Inquiry to recommend jail threat for cover-up, says newspaper

Findings due this week

Clergy who fail to report child abuse by their colleagues should face jail, a landmark State parliamentary inquiry is set to recommend, the Herald Sun reports.

After more than 160 hearings over nine months, Australia's first parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations will table its findings this week.

Sources have told the Herald Sun that the committee will recommend a new criminal offence be created for ministers of religion who fail to report physical or sexual abuse of children by other clergy.

Survivors of clergy child sex abuse said they would welcome the move to jail ministers of religion who shield their colleagues.

The Family and Community Development Committee, chaired by Liberal Upper House member Georgie Crozier, heard evidence from victims, their families, experts, and other professionals. Almost half of its hearings were held in camera.

Premier Denis Napthine's spokesman, Kathryn McFarlane, said the Government had yet to see the report.

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