March 26, 2018
By Laura Walters
The Anglican and Catholic Churches of New Zealand are making a last push to have those abused in faith-based institutions included in the scope of the Government’s Royal Commission of Inquiry into State Abuse.
But the prime minister said the primary purpose of the inquiry was to hold the state to account, and there was a risk of “diluting” that responsibility if non-state institutions were included.
Last month, Children’s Minister Tracey Martin and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the draft terms of reference, and scope, of the inquiry.
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