Australian Associated Press via The Guardian
May 5, 2020
The federal attorney general says two separate reports on abuse in the Melbourne and Ballarat dioceses can now be released in full
A royal commission’s findings about Cardinal George Pell’s knowledge of historical child sexual abuse complaints will be released within days.
The federal attorney general, Christian Porter, says he has been advised that the two royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse reports can now be published in full.
Porter said that would happen within days, although he would not give a specific release date.
“The advice is that it is now okay to publish the unredacted version,” he told the ABC on Tuesday.
Porter said he would read the reports and consider the final legal advice, but did not expect there to be any problem with the release of the documents.
“They’ve only just arrived with me now that that advice has been received, so it’s just a matter of process from here and that will be a matter of days.”
The reports into the Catholic church’s response to abuse complaints and allegations in the Melbourne archdiocese and Victoria’s Ballarat diocese were released in December 2017.
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