Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse

Tomorrow we will see the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse report handed down. I would like to add my voice to the voice of the Attorney-General and the shadow Attorney-General and thank them both for their statements this morning.

It is going to be a bittersweet day for my community, and my thoughts obviously will be with the victim survivors of clergy abuse and their families and friends. All they ever wanted was justice, and I hope that happens. All they ever wanted was to be believed, and I hope that happens. All they ever wanted was a redress scheme that is accessible and has ongoing support and care for them, and I hope that happens. All they ever really, really wanted was that this not happen to another single child, and I think every single person in this chamber and in this state hopes for that — that there will never, ever be a need for another royal commission or inquiry such as this one.

It has taken a terrible toll on my community, but I am very proud of my community and how they have supported the victim survivors. As I said, my thoughts are with them, and I thank them all.