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It is alarming to victims of institutionalised child sexual abuse to learn that millions of dollars have been redirected from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that was initiated to helping them heal.
The Royal Commission was set up to right the significant wrongs of the past and it is essential that the Government does not diminish resources but allow this inquiry to do its job with appropriate resources.
The issues involved are enormously complex and the instances of abuse, and range of institutions involved, are numerous and broad in scope.
The Commission needs sufficient time and resources to consider the abuse that has occurred over decades and vitally important, determine sensible and practical recommendations to ensure that this abuse never happens again and that victims are looked after adequately.
Since it began 18 months ago, the Royal Commission has allowed hundreds of victims of institutionalised sexual abuse to share their stories and demonstrate the difficulties they have had pursuing their civil rights through the courts – it essential for their healing and for prevention of similar abuse in future that this work continues.
We do not devalue the importance of other inquiries such as the home insulation inquiry, which we hope will have important results to advance health and safety practices in this high risk industry and bring forward important findings for the families of people who have tragically died. However, we are deeply concerned that the Government appears to have siphoned resources from one inquiry to another.
We call upon the Government to demonstrate its support for this inquiry by ensuring that victims can continue to have their voices heard and proper policy responses formulated.