November 29, 2012
THE Australian Commission for Human Rights has called on Julia Gillard to include children who have been sexually abused in foster care in her national inquiry.
In a submission to the Gillard government on the terms of reference for the royal commission, the AHRC says institutions and organisations are responsible for placing those children in care.
The AHRC also wants an indigenous person and a person with a disability to be among the multiple commissioners. …
Details of the AHRC submission emerged as the Catholic Church was understood to be preparing to announce the establishment of a “working group” to formally convey its views on the royal commission.
The November plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is discussing this week the church’s strategy to ensure a national, uniform position on the commission is conveyed. This will remove any confusion over who will speak for the church and is likely to ensure that Cardinal George Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, does not assume official national responsibility as a spokesman on the issue.
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