ROYAL COMMISSION: TERMS OF REFERENCE AND COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCED

Families Australia congratulates the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, on her announcement today of the Terms of Reference and naming the six Commissioners who will steer the Royal Commission through a landmark process.

The Royal Commission represents a major step forward in promoting the wellbeing and safety of Australia’s children and young people, of acknowledging and responding to Australia’s history of abuse of children and young people in out-of-home care and in outlining better ways of responding to children and young people who have been abused.

Families Australia’s CEO Brian Babington has said that the Royal Commission needs to ‘examine the barriers to truth that result from the ineffective handling of child abuse cases and investigate the extent of collusion between authorities who had, and have, a duty of care toward children.’

‘Justice McClellan and his co-Commissioners will have a vitally important role in recommending ways to remedy past injustices. In the past, we had physical institutions and systems and now we have greater use of technology that can hide perpetrators and protect them. Hence, the Royal Commission’s recommendations need to include structures that will prevent cover-ups’ he said.

Families Australia is pleased that separate investigation units will be established to work alongside the Commission to enable police to investigate allegations of abuse and prosecute as appropriate.

Families Australia is a national, member-based, not-for-profit, peak organisation which works to promote a national policy environment in which the needs and interests of children and families, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised, can be heard and addressed.

Contact Brian Babington, Chief Executive Officer
Suite 3, 7 National Circuit, Barton, ACT, 2600
M: 0417 550 149
P: 02 6273 4885
www.familiesaustralia.org.au