13 June 2018Hot off the Press
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a national apology to victims 0f child sex abuse on October 22, as part of the Government’s response to the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Mr Turnbull said he would accept 104 out of the 122 recommendations made by the Royal Commission to the Federal Government, and that a national Office for Child Safety would be established this year.
Speaking to the press in Canberra, the Prime Minister said the “additional 18 recommendations have been noted” and stressed that the Government was not ruling them out.
Attorney-General Christian Porter said the remaining recommendations “required more work” with state counterparts, but that it should not delay the Government’s broader response.
According to Mr Porter, state and territory attorney-generals had agreed to implement standardised laws on mandatory reporting.
After the laws are standardised, he said the Government would consider amending the Uniforms Evidence Act, which provides some protections for confessions.
Mr Porter said the Act was not designed to protect confessions of a crime.