Like many Australians I have been deeply disturbed by recent statements by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox of the NSW Police and by Deputy Police Commissioner Graham Ashton of the Victorian Police concerning institutional resistance to investigations of cases of child abuse.
Any form of child abuse is intolerable at any time and under any circumstance.
For these reasons I support the current Carmody Commission of Inquiry in Queensland.
Also for these reasons, I support the current Newcastle/Hunter and Victorian inquiries into child abuse involving the Catholic Church.
If either of these independent inquiries conclude that there is evidence of institutional resistance on the part of the Catholic Church or that more resources are needed to deal with these matters, then I believe this would constitute a clear case for a national Royal Commission.
Under any such Royal Commission, there should be an open examination of what has occurred in the past; what further reforms are necessary for the future as well as addressing the key question of appropriate compensation for victims.
Consideration should also be given to other institutions of care as well where there have been a pattern of allegations of systematic abuse.
Finally, no commissions of inquiry of any type should in any way divert resources from the proper protection of children today.