The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has announced the names of six Commissioners and the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Royal Commission will be led by Justice Peter McClellan, currently Chief Judge at Common Law of the Supreme Court of NSW.
He will be assisted by the former Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson; Justice Jennifer Coate, the Victorian Coroner; Robert Fitzgerald, a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission; Professor Helen Milroy, a consultatn psychiatrist; and Andrew Murray, former Democrats Senator.
The Royal Commission will not examine child sexual abuse in families.
Gillard was joined by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Families Minister Jenny Macklin at her press conference.
- Listen to Gillard, Macklin & Roxon announce the details of the Royal Commission (43m)
- Listen to reaction from Hetty Johnson of Bravehearts (12m)
- Royal Commission Terms of Reference (PDF) – see text below
- An explanation of the Terms of Reference (PDF)
- Website of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Statement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Government Formally Establishes Royal Commission
On my advice, today the Governor-General has appointed a six member Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Child sexual abuse is an evil crime.
Anyone who has ever suffered child abuse deserves to have their voices heard and their claims investigated.
The Royal Commission will inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse and related matters.
It will investigate where systems have failed to protect children, and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions. [Read more…]