Child abuse commission needs more time, money

Newcastle Herald

THE federal government is being urged to give the royal commission into child sex abuse more time and money to finish its job or risk squandering the opportunity and insulting the victims.

The commission tabled a report yesterday, saying it needs another $104million and an extra two years to do its job and reach more vulnerable groups.

Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive Francis Sullivan says the inquiry must be given the time and resources it wants.

‘‘To not finish the job properly and completely would be an insult to all the victims of abuse and one of the greatest lost opportunities of our generation,’’ he said. …

THE scale of child sexual abuse in Australian institutions could be far wider than expected and the potential for it to happen still exists.

The child sex abuse royal commission also says in its interim report, released yesterday, that it will need to extend its final reporting date by two years to December 2017 to finish its job.

The time extension will allow it to hear from survivors who have never disclosed their abuse to anyone.

The interim report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse comes midway through the time originally set for the final report.

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