The Church says it welcomes the release of the Victorian Parliamentary Report into the handling of child sex abuse, due to be tabled today. Victims' advocates are urging a swift, bipartisan response, reports AAP in The Sydney Morning Herald.
Advocacy group Commission of Inquiry Now (COIN) president, Bryan Keon-Cohen, said politicians must not await the outcome of the national royal commission when considering any recommendations made by the Victorian committee.
The Victorian report is due to be tabled today after 12 months of submissions on the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations, which began in October last year.
In November, then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a royal commission into child sex abuse. The royal commission has broader terms of reference than the Victorian inquiry, which did not take in state institutions.
Dr Keon-Cohen said the Victorian government must act immediately on the inquiry's findings. "'It would be a gross injustice and unnecessary and wasteful if the Victorian parliament failed to respond properly to recommendations for reform,' he said yesterday.
The Church in Victoria today welcomed the release of the report of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Sexual Abuse.
Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, said: ‘It is our hope that the Inquiry’s recommendations will assist the healing of those who have been abused. Victims came forward to give their accounts, often at great personal cost, and they have high expectations of the Inquiry’s report. We are reviewing the report and look forward to contributing our views on the recommendations to the Government.’
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