Child abuse royal commission: what has already been said

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What has already been said at the royal commission into child sex abuse.

“Until I began my work with the commission I did not adequately appreciate the devastation and long-lasting effect which sexual abuse, however inflicted, can have on an individual’s life.” – Justice Peter McClellan on opening the first public hearing.

“Unless we address this, we have no credibility.” – Deputy head of Christian Brothers Oceania Julian McDonald at a Perth hearing into two residences run by the order.

“Fifty years in the church and I do not know if I can even say I am a Christian.” – Pat Comben after two days of evidence on how he handled abuse survivor claims at an Anglican home in Lismore in northern NSW.

“We have historically provided a poor service for poor children. No government has ever really paid the money that it really requires to care for someone else’s child.” – Former Queensland senior welfare officer Janice Doyle.

“To work with kids and help them to experience life, love and friendships in an environment where there are no walls or boundaries.” – Pedophile Jonathan Lord listing his ambitions in his resume for a YMCA job.

“Why in the diocese of Lismore, then across all of Australia, then the world, why not one good fearless person could have stepped out against the depravities and wrongs that existed.” – What abuse survivor Jennifer Ingham wanted to ask a bishop.

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