Indigenous expert welcomes Royal Commission
4 Apr 2013, 5:23 pm – Source: Malarndirri McCarthy, NITV News
Muriel Bamblett is a Yorta Yorta woman who has devoted her life to advocating for the rights of Aboriginal people in Australia, particularly Aboriginal children. She has been the CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) since 1999 and was Chairperson from 1997-99.
Indigenous expert, Professor Muriel Bamblett has welcomed Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse’s call for information from previous reports on child abuse.
Ms Bamblett, head of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, advocates for the rights of Indigenous children and hopes the calls prompt Aboriginal people to speak up to the Royal Commission.
“I think we need to expose how bad it is that’s impacted on Aboriginal people, we know there’s an over representation of women in the criminal justice system who have a history of being abused. So institutionalisation has impacted on our people’s ability to heal.” Ms Bamblett said.
The historic Royal Commission has appointed six commissioners who will travel across the remote regions of the country. They also want to employ staff who work with the Indigenous community and will provide private rooms for those who wish to speak privately to the Commission.
Counsel assisting the Commission, Gail Furness, has also called for information from all past inquiries and legal cases should go to the Royal Commission.
“The Royal Commission into the response to Institutions to Child Sex Abuse is critical particularly for Aboriginal people.” said Ms Bamblett.
The Catholic Church has also announced its 13 member Truth, Justice and Healing Council this week , which includes the only Indigenous member former Magistrate Dr Sue Gordon. The council will prepare responses to ongoing enquiries from the Royal Commission.
– Royal Commission offers voice to Indigenous victims http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/24639043735/Royal-Commission-offers-voice-to-Indigenous-victim
– Abuse royal commission begins work http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1752632/Abuse-royal-commission-begins-work
– Give abuse inquiry time and money: Abbott http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1753124/Give-abuse-inquiry-time-and-money-Abbott
– Explainer: royal commission into child sex abuse http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1726168/Explainer-royal-commission-into-child-sex-abuse