Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Royal Commission Reporting

I give notice that, on the next day of meeting, I will move —

That this House —
(1) notes —
(a) that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse highlighted the unconscionable abuse of children and made bespoke recommendations to all states, where most criminal and civil laws regarding child sexual abuse are legislated;
(b) the Government was required to report annually on its progress implementing these recommendations for five years following the Royal Commission, with the final report to be tabled in 2023, despite some recommendations not yet being addressed in their annual reporting;
(c) the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia report their state’s overall implementation status of the Royal Commission recommendations, with South Australia and Tasmania reporting each recommendation’s status, as opposed to blanket statements, creating accountability and transparency about progress or lack thereof implementing particular recommendations;
(d) the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence displays progress against each recommendation on their website, providing an excellent example of the way the Government could increase accountability and transparency;

(2) calls on the Government to —
(a) continue to report against the Royal Commission recommendations until all recommendations that have either been accepted, accepted in principle, or require further analysis are fulfilled or responded to; and
(b) create an online resource where the public can see the Government’s progress on each recommendation, rather than as an annual document that excludes recommendations it has not implemented.


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