Prime Minister to apologise to child sexual abuse survivors

Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: AAP
Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: AAP

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a national apology to child sexual abuse survivors, victims and their families on October 22.

Mr Turnbull on Wednesday outlined the government’s formal response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Canberra.

“Now that we’ve uncovered the shocking truth, we must do everything in our power to honour the bravery of the thousands of people who came forward,” Mr Turnbull said.

The government has not rejected any of the royal commission’s recommendations, he said.

“We accept or accept in principle 104 of the remaining 122 recommendations directed wholly or in part to the Australian government,” Mr Turnbull said.

“The additional 18 recommendations have been noted as they require further consideration.”

He said the commission had revealed shocking abuse of children.

“It revealed that for too long the reporting of this abuse was met with indifference and denial by the very adults and institutions who were supposed to protect them,” Mr Turnbull said.

He confirmed Western Australia would sign up to the redress scheme before its start date on July 1, meaning every state and territory would be covered.

The government will also create a national office for child safety to report to parliament and develop a national strategy to prevent child sexual abuse.

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