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Friday, October 2, 2015

Fwd: Govt start to move on redress, new child protectorate in AD of Sydney, Pope meets abuse survivors, Frankly speaking and more


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Governments start to move on redress for child sexual abuse survivors

Governments from across Australia are starting to move on responding to the Royal Commission's redress proposals for survivors of child sexual abuse.

Last week state and territory attorneys-general sent a joint letter to federal Attorney-General, George Brandis, seeking clarification of the Commonwealth's position on the proposed redress scheme.

And this week there are reports the national redress scheme will be on the agenda for November's Council of Australian Governments meeting.

Abuse redress will be on COAG agenda
AAP - 29 September  2015

Speedy response to abuse redress scheme demanded
The Australian - 25 September  2015

Listen to ABC PM COAG story here
30 September 2015
 

 
Read TJHC media release
   
 

Frankly speaking...

This week we have seen some significant moves by governments around Australia to get an idea of how the federal government plans respond to the Royal Commission's proposal for a redress scheme for institutional child sexual abuse survivors.

Last Friday, state and territory attorneys-general sent a joint letter to federal Attorney-General, George Brandis, asking for clarification of the Commonwealth's position.

And this week there have been media reports suggesting the a national redress scheme will be discussed at the next Council of Australian Governments meeting in November..

I have also written to Prime Minister Turnbull requesting a meeting to discuss the redress proposal and to get an indication of where the Commonwealth government is headed.

Read full blog here

New Child Protection Office Part of Archdiocese of Sydney Review

Anthony Fisher, the Archbishop of Sydney, has announced a new child protection office as part of a widespread Archdiocesan review.

The new Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office will work with the Vicar General to achieve best practice when dealing with child protection, education, training, working with parishes and responding pastorally to survivors of abuse.

Headed by renowned child protection expert, Ms Karen Larkman, the office will also work closely with government statutory bodies including the NSW Ombudsman and the NSW Office of the Children's Guardian.

Read TJHC release here

 
Read Archdiocese media release here
   
 
 

Francis meets with child sexual abuse survivors

On the final day of Pope Francis' visit to the US he held a private meeting with sex abuse victims in Philadelphia.

After the meeting he told bishops that such crimes "must not be kept secret for any longer" and promised on behalf of the Church "the accountability of all."

'God weeps' Pope says, after meeting clergy sex abuse victims
SMH - 28 September 2015

Extract from transcript of CSA comments from Pope Francis to
travelling media on flight from USA to Rome

28 September 2015

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