Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Julia Gillard - Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse & Coverup in the Catholic Church



We petition the Governor-General of Australia Ms Quentin Bryce AC, and the Prime Minister of Australia Ms Julia Gillard to urgently create a national Royal Commission into the sexual abuse of children, and the alleged cover-up of perpetrators, in the Catholic Church in Australia.

It is clear from recent public statements by concerned individuals and organisations that only a national Royal Commission would have the power, reach and resources to produce thorough and reliable results.

Victims of abuse, past and continuing, within the church community deserve immediate and transparent resolution of their claims. The Catholic Church and Australia’s legal system have for too long failed to deal with these matters with the transparency, urgency and duty of care that our children deserve and to which they have a right.

We call for one inquiry, with the appropriate powers and sensitivity to deal with the testimonies of children, of adults abused as children, and of surviving witnesses in the case of the death of the victim.

The extended time between abuse and inquiry, and the patterns of abuse and repeated involvement of individual perpetrators, and the needs of the families of victims, demand suitable rules of evidence and investigation.

The inquiry needs the powers to counter possible interference and obstruction by the Church hierarchy. It requires independence of the police forces which have existed in parallel to this appalling history of abuse and have to date been largely ineffective in breaking the systems in the Catholic Church which have seen it perpetuated.

Only a fully resourced Royal Commission, with the power to cross state boundaries in following the movement of perpetrators, and with scope to investigate internationally as necessary, will be effective in bringing justice to victims, and in revealing and ending the patterns of abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church in Australia.

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  • Committee Secretary Standing Committee on Petitions Parliament House CANBERRA
    The Committee Secretariat:
  • Member for Eden-Monaro (NSW)
    Hon. Mike Kelly MP
  • Member for Grayndler (NSW)
    Hon Anthony Albanese MP
  • Member for Page (NSW)
    Hon Janelle Saffin MP
  • Member for Lingiari
    Hon.Warren Snowdon MP
  • Member for Blair
    Hon. Shayne Neumann MP
  • Member for Perth
    Hon Stephen Smith MP
  • Member for Oxley
    Hon. Bernie Ripoll MP
  • Member for Fremantle
    Hon. Melissa Parke MP
  • Member for Hindmarsh
    Hon. Steve Georganas MP
  • Member for Rankin
    Hon. Craig Emerson MP
  • Member for McEwen
    Hon. Rob Mitchell MP
  • Member for Kingsford Smith
    Hon Peter Garrett MP
  • Member for Parramatta
    Hon. Julie Owens MP
  • Attorney General of Australia
    Nicola Roxon
  • Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
    Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC
  • Member for Brand (WA)
    Hon. Gary Gray MP
  • Member for Lilley (Qld)
    Hon Wayne Swan MP
  • Prime Minister of Australia
    Hon Julia Gillard MP
  • Member for New England
    Mr Tony Windsor MP
  • Committee Secretary Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights
    Jeanette Radcliffe
  • Committee Secretary Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement
    Ms Fiona Bowring-Greer
  • Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
    Hon Jenny Macklin MP
  • Member for Greenway
    Hon. Michelle Rowland MP
  • Member for Corangamite
    Hon Darren Cheeseman MP
  • Member for La Trobe
    Hon Laura Smyth MP
  • Member for Robertson
    Hon Deborah O'Neill MP
  • Member for Lindsay
    Hon David Bradbury MP
  • Member for Moreton
    Hon Graham Perrett MP
  • Member for Banks (NSW)
    Hon Daryl Melham MP
  • Member for Deakin
    Hon Mike Symon MP
  • Member for Petrie
    Hon Yvette D'Ath MP
  • Member for Reid
    Hon John Murphy MP
  • MP for Parramatta
    Julie Owens

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