In Commissioner McClellan's opening statement at the start of the this month's final Royal Commission case study he implored governments and the community to get behind a national redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors.
"After this year the community's resources, both government and institutional, should be focused on providing effective redress and implementing regulatory and other changes designed to ensure that so far as possible no child is abused in an institutional context in the future.
"Survivors have waited too long for an effective response to their suffering and the future protection of Australian children must be given the highest priority," he told the Commission.
It has been a busy week – the start of the Royal Commission's final public hearing and a long flight back from Rome where I spoke at a child protection conference and at Plenary sessions of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Sadly, at this stage it is hard to have confidence that bishops and other leaders are universally on board with all aspects of the abuse scandal within the Church.
Meanwhile, the Royal Commission is well into its 57th and final hearing, after almost four years of public hearings. There is plenty of work to do yet, but this marks the end of the public hearings and the push for policy reform.
The Royal Commission's public hearing into the nature, cause and impact of child sexual abuse across all institutions started in Sydney this week. This is likely to be the Commission's final public hearing.
In a statement during the opening Commissioner McClellan said survivors have been waiting too long for an effective response to their suffering.
"The future protection of Australian children must now be given the highest priority," he said.
Children have been allegedly sexually abused in more than 4000 institutions. "It is remarkable that failures have occurred in so many institutions."