For immediate release
November 30, 2017
CLAN asks: Where is the thanks to the Royal Commission?
The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse will deliver its final report on Friday, December 15 2017, but the Federal Government has no plans to host a public acknowledgement of this historic event.
CLAN CEO Leonie Sheedy said the Royal Commission will hold its final public sitting in Sydney on December 14 and, the following day, present its final report to the Governor-General. But, the Turnbull Government has not announced where the presentation will take place, and whether the public will be invited.
There needs to be a formal acknowledgement and thankyou from the Prime Minister for the Royal Commission?s work,? Ms Sheedy said. CLAN believes this should be a public event at Parliament House that is bi-partisan, inclusive and open to all those people whose lives have been touched by the Royal Commission.
During the past five years, the Royal Commission has shone a light into the dark and destructive evil at work in many of Australia's Orphanages, Children's Homes and Foster Care.
'Care Leavers will be forever grateful to Royal Commission Chair the Hon Justice Peter McClellan, his five Commissioners and the Royal Commission staff for their tireless pursuit of the truth about how institutions have historically responded to the sexual abuse of children.
'We now have evidence that many institutions were more concerned about their own reputations than the safety and happiness of vulnerable children in their care.
'As Justice McClellan has acknowledged, many Care Leavers had their first chance to share their own story of abuse when they appeared in public or private sessions at the Royal Commission. Importantly, too, it was the first time many people had their story of abuse believed.
'CLAN would like to publically acknowledge Justice McClellan for his hard work and dedication during the past five years and we will be hosting our own thankyou afternoon tea in Canberra (venue to be announced), complete with Thankyou Cake brought all the way from Geelong to mark this important and historic occasion.'