The Queensland Government has welcomed today’s National Apology to Australians who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was moving to see people standing together across the nation in support of those who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
“It takes a great deal of strength for people who have gone through this abuse to watch this historic National Apology and I know this is an important step,” she said.
“I’d also like to recognise the families, friends and supporters who I know have travelled this very difficult journey with them.”
Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer hosted the community viewing event held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, alongside people who have experienced abuse and their supporters.
“Today’s Apology provides an important opportunity for all of us to continue to raise public awareness of the profound and lifelong impacts of institutional child sexual abuse,” she said.
“The Queensland Government is committed to supporting those who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse, which is why we recently moved to establish a new Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce.
“This Taskforce is headed by former Police Commissioner and Commissioner with the Royal Commission Bob Atkinson, who is in Canberra for today’s Apology.
“The work of this Taskforce will make sure the voices of those who experienced institutional sexual abuse continue to be heard as we implement the recommendations from the Royal Commission.”
Ms Farmer said the Royal Commission’s historic inquiry had revealed widespread, systemic failings of institutions to protect children and respond appropriately to child sexual abuse.
“As a government, we are committed to learning from past mistakes and that is why we have opted in to the National Redress Scheme,” she said.
“However I want to make it very clear that our participation in the National Redress Scheme and today’s National Apology is not the end of the conversation here in Queensland.
“We are making great progress, but we know we have more work to do.”
For more information on National Redress: 1800 737 377 or www.nationalredress.gov.au/
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Di Farmer