THE Alliance for Forgotten Australians (AFA) has commended the prime minister, minister Jenny Macklin and the attorney-general Nicola Roxon, on their announcement about the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, and congratulates the government on initiating this inquiry into the abuse of children in care in Australia.
That the Royal Commission will include six commissioners, each with three-year terms and a special unit to investigate cases of sexual assault and organisational cover-up where commission staff can gather material for referral to police authorities, will help ensure that the commission not only covers a broad spectrum of information that will be presented, but that a thorough and forensic approach is taken to identifying and punishing perpetrators of abuse.
AFA is a national group of organisations and individuals across Australia promoting the interests of the approximately 500,000 people (Forgotten Australians) who experienced many types of institutional and other out-of-home care as children in Australia in the last century.
We are very happy that one of the commissioners is to be Andrew Murray who, when a senator in the Australian parliament, helped to initiate and then worked tirelessly on the 2004 inquiry into children in institutional care.
And we also acknowledge other Forgotten Australians past and present who’ve been very dedicated advocates for the cause, including the late Wally Tusyn and Laurie Humphreys who gave so much of their time and energies to helping other Forgotten Australians.
As Forgotten Australians, we very much appreciate what the government is doing and are looking forward to working with the royal commission.