Blaxell findings highlight importance of a Royal Commission: Greens
Following the release of the Blaxell report, the Greens have repeated their call for a Royal Commission into abuse committed against children who were wards of the state.
WA Greens Child Protection Spokesperson Alison Xamon said the Blaxell report had highlighted how widespread the systemic failure was within some of these institutions.
“Reading the Blaxell report is an extremely distressing experience, to realize how many people spoke up, or attempted to speak up, and how they were ignored, or worse, threatened, by those in authority,” Ms Xamon said.
“While this report is comprehensive it has really only begun to touch the extent of alleged abuse which has occurred within this state.
“I have no doubt that this pattern of malign influence and coverup was not isolated to the hostels examined by Justice Blaxell.
“All those who have abused the children in their care, or who colluded through their failure to act, must be brought to account.
“What is especially concerning is how recently many of these acts occurred. Although for many adults subject to abuse who are still alive today even abuse committed decades ago continues to haunt and scar.
“We need to be absolutely determined in our efforts to ensure that none of the people who committed abuse remain in positions of influence today.
“The Premier has shown leadership in calling for the Blaxell Inquiry in the first place.
“I now call upon him to continue to show leadership by calling for a comprehensive Royal Commission.
“When I first called for a Royal Commission, earlier this year, the Premier said he would consider it after the Inquiry reported.
“That time is now. And I hope that the Premier will give serious consideration to this in order to address the multiple injustices that the Redress scheme began to uncover.”
Extract from Hansard [COUNCIL — Tuesday, 12 June 2012] p3294d-3295a Hon Alison Xamon
ROYAL COMMISSION INTO ALLEGED ABUSE IN STATE INSTITUTIONS
Notice of Motion
Hon Alison Xamon gave notice that at the next sitting of the house she would move —
(1) That this house calls upon the Premier to initiate a royal commission into alleged abuses committed in institutions that housed wards of the state during the period 1945 to 1975 inclusive, including, but not limited to, the following institutions —
(a) Bindoon Boys Town;
(b) Bridgewater Care and Assessment Centre;
(e) Fairbridge Farm School;
(g) Home of the Good Shepherd;
(h) Longmore Remand and Assessment Centre;
(j) Mt Lawley Receiving Home;
(l) Nazareth House;
(m) New Norcia;
(p) Parkerville Children and Youth Care;
(r) Roelands Mission;
(s) Salvation Army Home at Seaforth;
(t) Sister Kate’s;
(u) St Joseph’s Orphanage;
(v) Swan Girls Home;
(w) Swan Boys Orphanage;
(y) Tardun Farm School; and
(2) That the terms of reference for the royal commission include, but not be limited to, the following —
(a) To determine the long-term impact any identified abuses have had upon the cohort of children subject to these abuses including mental, physical and financial costs;
(b) To address what services and compensation need to be made available to address these impacts;
(c) To identify what circumstances and conditions enabled these abuses to occur and to identify where these circumstances and conditions still exist and how they can be addressed; and,
(d) To identify any perpetrators who may still be working with children and, as such, may still pose a risk to children. calls upon the Premier to initiate a royal commission into alleged abuses committed in institutions that housed wards of the state during the period 1945 to 1975
Hon Alison Xamon MLC
Member for the East Metropolitan Region
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