Welcome to another week.
Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has asked every territory to compensate victims of non recent child sexual abuse, in a bid to address the horrors faced by survivors who were abused as children within state and religious institutions. The move comes after Australia’s own inquiry into child sexual abuse recommended that the country implement a nationwide redress scheme.
Under Australia’s initiative, territories can sign up to the scheme, which then automatically allows churches, charities and other institutions to sign up. As you might imagine, some organisations, like the Catholic Church in Melbourne, are dragging their heels over the sign up process. Turnbull and the Attorney-General have been pressuring the church to join the scheme. Australia’s PM says he will publicly shame those institutions that fail to sign up.
Our question this week, then, is this: would you like our own independent inquiry into child sexual abuse to make the same recommendation?