Variety of experts sought for child abuse commission

Canberra Times

November 27, 2012

The overwhelming response to the royal commission on child sex abuse has highlighted the need for multiple commissioners, some with expertise in child protection, the Attorney-General Nicola Roxon says.

After submissions closed on Monday, the federal government has less than four weeks to set the terms of reference for the royal commission on how child sex abuse allegations have been handled by religious, community and state institutions.

The tight deadline reflects Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s wish for the inquiry, which is likely to take years and involve thousands of individuals, to be established by the end of this year so it can begin work in early 2013.

Ms Roxon told Parliament on Monday the ”overwhelming” response had ”enthusiastically come from all corners of the country”.

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