November 14, 2012
There ought to be a Royal Commission, and so say all of us. I think everyone will be very happy to see that decades of child abuse are finally being investigated by the highest moral authorities in the land (the ABC, the Fairfax press, and the Gillard government).
It would be a shame, though, to let this marvellous opportunity go past and miss any community groups. Some of the better suggestions I’ve heard today for the terms of reference for the forthcoming Commission are:
An investigation into every government-run hostel, mental home, orphanage and State government-level community services department that has neglected to report on, or act upon to prevent, child abuse, up to and including this year.
And as for a chair -- well, why not choose someone whose feminist credentials are apparently impeccable? I understand Peter Slipper is not doing much these days.
Philippa Martyr blogs at Transverse City
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