Pyne urges Cairns to Have Say on Abuse Reporting Law

Member for Cairns Rob Pyne has called for members of the public to make submissions on his Bill to extend mandatory reporting of suspected cases of childhood sexual abuse to “Ministers of Religion” in all educational settings.

Mr. Pyne’s Bill, the Child Protection and Education Legislation (Reporting of Abuse) Amendment Bill 2017 is currently before the Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee and Education Committee. The committee is currently considering the bill and will receive submissions from the public up until next Tuesday the 13th of June. People can lodge submissions via the Committee’s website at

Mr Pyne concluded, “It is a view of the overwhelming majority of Australians that when someone in a position of power or authority suspects childhood sexual abuse that they report it to the police.”

People can make submissions to the Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee until next Tuesday the 13th of June.

The matter of reporting of childhood abuse has been on the agenda nationally with today to see a state funeral of child abuse campaigner Anthony Foster is in Melbourne. Mr Foster fought to ensure Government affording the same accountability and safety to children in Catholic School as they do in public education. Last week the Western Australian AMA also called for reporting of clergy abuse in that state.

Patricia Boylan from the North Queensland Clergy Abuse Reference Group can also be contacted for comment on 0438 774 498.


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