Full text of the apology speech for institutional child sexual abuse as delivered in parliament on Monday:
National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
The achievements of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse are a tribute to the victims and survivors, their families and supporters. Their courage has helped create a culture of accountability and of trust in children’s voices that help all of us take responsibility for keeping children safe and well.
On Monday 22 October 2018, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, will deliver the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse at Parliament House in Canberra.
The Apology was developed on the advice of an independent, survivor-focused Reference Group and from consultations with communities throughout Australia from May to July 2018.
Seating for the event is limited and reserved places and travel assistance will be allocated through a national ballot. Entries for the ballot can be submitted on the Ballot page until midnight, Tuesday 25 September 2018.
National Apology Information Line – 1800 604 604 (open 9:00am-5:00pm AEST)
The National Apology Information Line – 1800 604 604 – enables survivors and their supporters to seek further information about all aspects of the Apology and the arrangements for its delivery.
Adelaide Now – 22nd October 2018
- Australia’s National Apology to victims of child sex abuse what happens from here
*please note that this is behind a paywall.
Daily Mail – 22nd October 2018
The Guardian – 22nd October 2018
- Scott Morrison’s national apology to Australian survivors and victims of child sexual abuse – full speech
- ‘Why was their trust betrayed?’: Australia apologises to child sexual abuse victims
- The national child abuse apology shows that institutions can heal, as well as harm
The Guardian – 21st October 2018