The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Safely in Judicial Hands?

Dr. Gabrielle J. Appleby and Dr. Matthew T. Stubbs. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Safely in Judicial Hands? (2013) 24 PLR 81

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2013-21

7 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2013

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Gabrielle J. Appleby

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Matthew T. Stubbs

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: July 15, 2013

Abstract

The Prime Minister's announcement of a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the issuing of Letters Patent by the Governor-General on January 11, 2013, were historic steps acknowledging the extent of institutional abuse in Australia and towards the prevention of abuse in the future. The scope of the terms of reference, limited as they are to institutional responses to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse and not the abuse itself, has generated considerable public debate. What has not yet been addressed in detail is the question of whether the appointment of serving judges of State and Commonwealth courts to the Royal Commission is constitutionally valid.

Keywords: Royal Commission, child sexual abuse, January 11, 2013, Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Appleby, Gabrielle J. and Stubbs, Matthew T., The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Safely in Judicial Hands? (July 15, 2013). Dr. Gabrielle J. Appleby and Dr. Matthew T. Stubbs. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Safely in Judicial Hands? (2013) 24 PLR 81, U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2013-21, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2294195

Gabrielle J. Appleby (Contact Author)

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Matthew T. Stubbs

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HOME PAGE: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/matthew.stubbs

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