Children Amendment Legislation Bill 2019 – Second Reading Debate

I had the opportunity to speak in support of the Children Legislation Amendment Bill 2019. This bill means that priests and spiritual leaders are added to the list of mandated reports to child protection and the confessional seal lifted for suspected abuse.

This is a significant issue in Ballarat and I felt compelled to speak in favour of this bill during its passage.

I would like to thank the many psychologists, counsellors, social workers, social organisations and community organisations that support survivors of sexual abuse in our community.

Why are we doing this? To protect children. There will be no loopholes or excuses for anyone who works with children and young people who are being abused not to report it.