Law body fears rush on abuse

The Australian

Milanda Rout
From:The Australian
November 30, 2012

THE peak body representing 69,000 lawyers across the nation has raised alarm bells at the rushed nature of the the royal commission into child sex abuse, saying Julia Gillard should consider taking extra time to properly establish it.

In its submission to Attorney-General Nicola Roxon on the inquiry’s terms of reference, the Law Council of Australia says it is concerned about the tight timeframe and that allowing more time would facilitate a greater understanding of what is required from the commission.

“Given the sensitivity of the subject matter, the council considers that a longer timeframe for consultation and for consideration of relevant issues should be allowed,” the council says. “This would help to ensure that the terms of reference and the form of the royal commission will best facilitate the outcomes sought.”

The Prime Minister announced three weeks ago she wanted the terms of reference set by the end of the year and stakeholders were given only a week to provide input.

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