Royal Commission into child abuse needs more time



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 on Monday that it will need to extend its final reporting date by two years to December 2017 to finish its job.

The two year extension will cost $104 million.

“If the royal commission is not extended we will not be able to hold a private session for any person who contacts us after September this year,” the report said.

“This will mean we will not be able to meet the demand generated by our national public awareness campaign.”

The extension will allow for an additional 3000 private sessions, bringing the commission’s total to 7000.

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