No escape from inquiry: state

The Australian

Milanda Rout
From:The Australian
November 28, 2012

INSTITUTIONS that have closed should not be immune to examination by the royal commission into child sexual abuse and the inquiry should be structured into different “themes” such as religious organisations, schools and children’s homes.

These are some of the recommendations of the NSW government in its submission to Attorney-General Nicola Roxon on the terms of reference for the commission, one of hundreds received.

Premier Barry O’Farrell has also signalled to Ms Roxon he would support a joint commission and be prepared to issue concurrent terms of reference in order to avoid later arguments about constitutional limits of the inquiry’s functions and powers.

The submission also says NSW has been assured by Ms Roxon the commonwealth will not seek state funding for the joint commission. It states NSW will not ask for contributions for the “significant cost implications” arising from agencies giving evidence and needing legal representation.

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