Royal commission into child sex abuse releases interim report, calls for extension and more funds

ABC News

The royal commission investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse has handed down its interim report, but says it has not yet compiled enough information to make any recommendations.

It is calling for an additional two years and $104 million in extra funding to complete the 70 public hearings they have identified as “essential”.

So far, only 13 of the hearings have been held. The commission has also conducted thousands of private sessions with individuals, but it says there are around 3,000 more on a waiting list.

The interim report says that despite legal obligations to report child abuse, it remains significantly under-reported in Australia.

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