Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has named the commissioners and terms of reference for the nationwide inquiry into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which will include submissions relating to abuse in the Catholic Church.
She said the six commissioners will be led by Justice Peter McClellan
of the New South Wales Supreme Court, who worked as counsel assisting
the Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia.
They will also comprise prominent Catholic layman Robert Fitzgerald, a
former NSW State President of the St Vincent de Paul Society and
Caritas Australia national committee member; former Australian Democrats
Senator Andrew Murray, who was instrumental in raising the plight of
British child migrants; Family Court judge Jennifer Coate, a former
president of the Children's Court in Victoria; former Queensland police
commissioner Bob Atkinson; and indigenous consultant psychiatrist
Professor Helen Milroy of Western Australia.