Welsh women have no reputation for being shrinking violets and the young
lass who emigrated from the Vale of Glamorgan in 1966 to become Prime
Minister of Australia has just announced a national inquiry into
institutional responses to the sexual abuse of children.
This was triggered by a statement from Detective Chief Inspector Peter
Fox of the New South Wales police force, who accused the Roman Catholic
Church of trying to silence investigations into allegations of abuse.
Chief Inspector Fox, who had investigated several cases of sexual
assault over 35 years, had called for a Royal Commission in an open letter.
"I can testify from my own experience that the church covers up,
silences victims, hinders police investigations, alerts offenders,
destroys evidence and moves priests to protect the good name of the
church," he wrote.
The leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott said he would support a
wide-ranging commission, but said the investigation should not focus
solely on the Catholic Church.
I think Senator Nick Xenophon, a Liberal Senator from South Australia,
would be an ideal member of the Royal Commission.
He is very knowledgeable about another religious organization which
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