Royal commission into child sex abuse begins today


Taylor Auerbach
Herald Sun
April 03, 2013

AUSTRALIA’S historic royal commission into child abuse begins in Melbourne today, supported by a formidable female legal duo.

The Federal Government has announced that NSW barrister Gail Furness SC and Victorian Melinda Richards will be counsel assisting the royal commission.

The pair has been recruited to investigate how institutions with a responsibility for children, including the Catholic Church, have reacted to and managed allegations of child sex abuse within their walls.

The royal commission will investigate where systems have failed child victims and make recommendations about how to prevent further abuse.

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