David Shoebridge MLC - A Greens Members of the NSW Upper House
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The Greens are calling on all MPs in the NSW Parliament to be given a conscience vote on a motion tabled in the NSW Upper House calling for a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in religious and non religious organisations in NSW.
The text of the motion is below.
"This issue needs to be above party politics and all MPs need to be
allowed to vote with their conscience, not as directed by party bosses.
"Child sexual abuse and the needs of survivors and families of victims should trump party politics, but this will never happen unless party discipline is relaxed to allow the issue to be debated on its merits.
"Many MPs from other parties are willing to quietly say they support a
Royal Commission but are stuck toeing the party line.
"My colleagues in the Greens have come to support a Royal Commission on its merits and we are simply asking that all other MPs be given the same opportunity.
"The motion calling for a Royal Commission has been given priority in
the Parliamentary calendar and will likely come on for a vote in
"People in the community can often be jaded by politics as usual in NSW and this is a chance for politicians to rise above petty rivalry and speak from the heart," Mr Shoebridge said.
Text of Notice of Motion
8. Mr Shoebridge to move—
1. That this House notes that:
(a) survivors of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and other
organizations have long campaigned for a public inquiry,
(b) internal investigations by churches and other organisations have
proven wholly inadequate in achieving justice for victims of child
(c) the existing legal framework has proven incapable of dealing with
the ongoing legacy of sexual abuse within the church and other
(d) there is a growing body of evidence that the Catholic Church in
particular was aware of the abuse being committed and chose not to alert
authorities or to take other steps to protect children in its care,
(e) a truly independent inquiry is the only way to uncover the truth of
what happened to many young people within churches, in orphanages, children's homes and other organizations,
(f) the unwillingness of governments to date to take these concerns
seriously has further injured many victims who have been seeking the truth, and
(g) a Royal Commission is urgently needed to thoroughly investigate
this matter of serious public importance.
2. That this House calls on the Government to:
(a) recognise the urgent need for victims and their families to have
prompt and meaningful access to justice, and
(b) immediately take steps to establish a Royal Commission into
religious and other organizations handling of child sexual abuse.