- National apology to Australian survivors of institutional child sexual abuse welcomed
- Apology follows McGowan Labor Government's apology to survivors in June 2018
- Redress scheme to support survivors of institutional child sexual abuse
The Western Australian Government has welcomed the national apology made today by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Australian survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
The Prime Minister made the national apology in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission).
Western Australia has strongly supported the Royal Commission. It was the first State in the country to formally apologise to child sexual abuse survivors, with the Premier Mark McGowan delivering an apology in Parliament in June this year.
The Royal Commission completed its five-year inquiry in December 2017.
Of the 409 recommendations put forward by the Royal Commission, 310 are applicable to Western Australia. Of these, 289 have been accepted or accepted in principle by the State Government and 21 are subject to further consideration. No recommendations have been rejected.
Work on implementing the recommendations has already begun in Western Australia, and is being carried out in a staged approach. The State Government will report annually on its progress.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"While an apology cannot undo the horrific actions of the past, it is an important starting point to making amends and rebuilding trust.
"That is why I chose as Premier to formally apologise to Western Australian survivors of institutional sexual abuse earlier this year.
"The Prime Minister's national apology indicates the strong commitment across Australia to ensuring children are kept safe, and Western Australia is playing an integral role in that."
Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk:
"The national apology sends an important message across the country that sexual abuse of children results in lifelong trauma, and can never be tolerated.
"It is only when we work together across governments, private and public institutions, and within our community that we can ensure the widespread abuses reported to the Royal Commission never happen again."
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"The McGowan Labor Government announced it would be joining the National Redress Scheme in June this year to provide an easier and less traumatic pathway for survivors who would otherwise have to go through an onerous and costly litigation process.
"People who experienced sexual abuse in WA institutions can now submit their applications to the scheme."
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