Last night in a speech to parliament the Federal Member for Bass, Ross Hart acknowledged the extraordinary work by advocates for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

 

Mr Hart said “Today is a day to honour not just those who had the political will to implement a royal commission but also those who argued against the weight of public opinion to garner support for victims and survivors”.

 

Yesterday’s National Apology increased the attention to all attending our responsibility to the children on Nauru. This morning Labor has written to the Government offering to negotiate on legislation that would enable asylum seekers to be resettled in New Zealand.

 

Mr Hart said “Just as we facilitated a system whereby the denial of sexual abuse and violence against the abused children was subject to today’s apology, we must face the fact that the potential for trauma, for damage to the children on Nauru should be enough to drive us to action”.

 

“We must act. We must listen to those advocating for their repatriation, medical assessment and treatment”.

 

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.