Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse begins… What do you hope will come of it?

Indigenous expert welcomes Royal Commission

4 Apr 2013, 5:23 pm – Source: Malarndirri McCarthy, NITV News


Muriel Bamblett is a Yorta Yorta woman who has devoted her life to advocating for the rights of Aboriginal people in Australia, particularly Aboriginal children. She  has been the CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) since  1999 and was Chairperson from 1997-99.

Indigenous expert, Professor Muriel Bamblett has welcomed Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse’s call for information from previous reports on child abuse.

Ms Bamblett, head of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, advocates for the rights of Indigenous children and hopes the calls prompt Aboriginal people to speak up to the Royal Commission.

“I think we need to expose how bad it is that’s impacted on Aboriginal people, we know there’s an over representation of women in the criminal justice system who have a history of being abused. So institutionalisation has impacted on our people’s ability to heal.” Ms Bamblett said.

The historic Royal Commission has appointed six commissioners who will travel across the remote regions of the country. They also want to employ staff who work with the Indigenous community and will provide private rooms for those who wish to speak privately to the Commission.

Counsel assisting the Commission, Gail Furness, has also called for information from all past inquiries and legal cases should go to the Royal Commission.

“The Royal Commission into the response to Institutions to Child Sex Abuse is critical particularly for Aboriginal people.” said Ms Bamblett.

The Catholic Church has also announced its 13 member Truth, Justice and Healing Council this week , which includes the only Indigenous member former Magistrate Dr Sue Gordon. The council will prepare responses to ongoing enquiries from the Royal Commission.


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2 thoughts on “Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse begins… What do you hope will come of it?

  1. The problem with having private rooms in community is that once a member goes into meet with one of the investigators they are automatically outed and there is a real risk of shame job occurring. I don’t have a solution. But I can see a problem occurring with this strategy. Finally the other problem with this strategy is because of shame going to that room as a result of breach of privacy or implied victim of abuse I do think a large amount of people will not come forward. That means the data of incidents of abuse will potentially be under reported.

  2. Hi Derick
    I read your submission on Turana and Baltara To VictoriaN Inquiry welI done I wondered if you knew RC is doing public hearings into TB and Winlaton
    Starts 17th August
    best wishes & hooroo
    Leonie Sheedy

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