Malcolm Turnbull Apology

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I was down
Nobody took my ground
Just when I thought I stand alone
All I said that life was just for fun
I forget that I’m your man

You knocked my heart and I woke up
Filled my life with lots of care
Took my hand and lift me up
Hugging me when I’m in doubt oh
My apologies

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Because love will keep us there
With the vow to defend the holy one
Keep us with your coat of love

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You’ve got the winning smile
I never thought you’d still forgive
Someone like me who’s ugly strategy
Wrecked my life I almost died

But you knocked my heart and I woke up
Filled my life with lots of care
Took my hand and lift me up
Hugging me when I’m in doubt oh
My apologies

I was looking for your love
Because love will keep us there
With the vow to defend the holy one
Keep us with your coat of love
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Picture: AAP

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will make a national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse by the end of the year.

“As a nation, we must mark this occasion in a form that reflects the wishes of survivors and that affords them the dignity to which they were entitled as children, but which was denied to them by the very people who were tasked with their care,” Mr Turnbull told parliament on Thursday.

Providing an update on the government’s response to the royal commission report released in mid-December, Mr Turnbull said a survivor-focused reference group will be appointed to advise on the form and content of the apology.

“Reading some of the witness statements, it is clear that being heard and being believed means so much to the survivors,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Three words – ‘I believe you’ – coming after years, decades, of authorities’ denial of responsibility.”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten suggested the government host an event at Parliament House to thank and recognise survivors.

The government will roll out a redress scheme for survivors from July 1. One was recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Mr Turnbull urged the states, territories and non-government organisations not to delay signing up to the scheme, saying only maximum participation would allow it to be successful.

He will discuss the scheme with state and territory leaders at the Council of Australian Governments Meeting in Canberra on Friday.

The chair of the parliamentary committee overseeing the national response to the inquiry, Senator Derryn Hinch, said he was holding his fire on any criticism of the states and churches.

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“If the states and the institutions haven’t signed up in the next three weeks I will unload like you’ve never heard before,” Senator Hinch said, adding extra pressure was needed on NSW and Victoria.

The government has already provided $52.1 million for administration and initial counselling costs.

“I’m looking at NSW and Victoria, especially,” Senator Hinch said in Canberra on Thursday.

Liberal senator Linda Reynolds is confident of bipartisan support for the scheme.

“There is nothing more important for any of this parliament, and state parliaments in particular, than to ensure our children are safe,” she said.

As part of its other responses to the royal commission’s recommendations, the federal government has already changed statutory limitations periods where the commonwealth is a defendant.

It has also developed a nationally-agreed set of principles to make organisations safer for children and begun work on a national database to share “working with children” data.


https://thewest.com.au/politics/federal-politics/child-abuse-survivors-to-be-offered-apology-from-prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-ng-b88738275z

[MEET THE ROYAL COMMISSION:]

The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM

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Chair of the Royal Commission and Judge of Appeal in New South Wales

Justice Jennifer Coate

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Judge of the Family Court of Australia

Commissioner Bob Atkinson AO APM

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Former Queensland Police Service Commissioner

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM

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Productivity Commissioner

Commissioner Helen Milroy

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Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Commissioner Andrew Murray

Commissioner Andrew Murray »

Former Senator for Western Australia

Ms Gail Furness SC

Ms Gail Furness SC »

Senior Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission

Counsel Assisting appointed by the Commonwealth Attorney-General who appeared at a Royal Commission hearing

  • Angus Stewart SC
  • Jeremy Kirk SC
  • Sophie David SC
  • Andrew Naylor
  • Caroline Spruce
  • David Barrow
  • David Lloyd
  • Hayley Bennett
  • Juliet Lucy
  • Madeleine Ellicott
  • Maria Gerace
  • Naomi Sharp
  • Peggy Dwyer
  • Simeon Beckett
  • Stephen Free

https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/commissioners