Extension of Royal Commission best hope for reform
2nd Jul 2014
The work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is the best hope for major reform in this area, the Australian Lawyers Alliance said today.
In the light of the revelations from the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the work done to date, the Australian Lawyers Alliance strongly supports the Royal Commission’s request for a two year extension of time and $104 million in additional funding.
“The work of the Royal Commission has shone light on a very dark part of Australian institutional history and its continued work is our best hope for major reform in this area,” said Dr Andrew Morrison SC, Australian Lawyers Alliance spokesperson.
“The extension of time is essential to the Commission’s continued work and success.”
“It is critical that the government acts on the recommendations issued in the interim report in order to commence addressing justice for victims and structural reform.”
“Reform can, and must, commence to remedy the gross breaches of human rights that have occurred.”
“Through the Royal Commission, victims have been given a voice.”
Now, government needs to address current obstacles to justice for victims and ensure that such a commission of inquiry is never again required.”