20 Nov 2016
The Anglican Church of Australia’s Standing Committee has urged its dioceses and organisations to continue to care for and support survivors of child sexual abuse. Standing Committee endorsed the action of the Anglican Primate of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier, in welcoming the proposed Commonwealth redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse announced by Federal Social Services Minister Christian Porter on November 4.
Archbishop Freier said the Anglican Church thought the proposal a very positive development, and he encouraged state governments to join with the Commonwealth so that Australia could have a truly national scheme that would better address the needs of survivors of child sexual abuse.
“However, there is still a considerable amount of detail to be released. While we await that detail, we strongly support the proposal in principle,” Standing Committee said.
The Standing Committee commits to work constructively with the Federal, State and Territory governments in bringing redress to survivors of child sexual abuse.