Minister flayed for gaffe on abusers

The Australia

[Cummins Inquiry report]

John Ferguson and Sophie Gosper
From:The Australian
March 01, 201212:00AM

A MINISTERIAL gaffe where the rights of pedophiles were compared with those of victims yesterday triggered the intervention of Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu a day after a report found that a quarter of children could be suspected of having been abused.

Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge yesterday compared sex offenders’ rights with those of their victims.

“One of the things that is a real issue here is that we have to balance the rights of children and families and also with the rights of pedophiles,” she told 3AW.

Ms Wooldridge was criticised by welfare workers and attacked in parliament over the comment.

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