Royal Commission funding threat is unacceptable
20th Aug 2014
Any possibility that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse may have to conclude prematurely due to inadequate funding is unacceptable, the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) 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.
ALA spokesperson Dr Andrew Morrison SC said that the nationally-important work of the Royal Commission was vital for victims of abuse to be given a voice and to seek justice.
“The Australian Lawyers Alliance has strongly supported the work of the Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,” Dr Morrison said.
“The Royal Commission has called for an increase in funding to deal with the large number of victims who wish to be heard. The amount requested is just over $100 million, and an extension of time is also required.”
“The Royal Commission has also pointed out that it will have to stop hearing from victims in private in the near future if no government decision is announced.”
“This is unacceptable,” Dr Morrison said.
“This work is of national importance and to date a great deal has been done to expose institutional abuse and increase the likely hood of change.”