Call for churches to be included in state abuse inquiry

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 30 Apr 2018, 8:29AM
Both the Catholic and Anglican churches want to be included in the inquiry, but the Government's indicated they won't be. (Photo \ Getty Images)

Call for churches to be included in state abuse inquiry

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 30 Apr 2018, 8:29AM

A last-ditch call for the royal inquiry into abuse in state care to be expanded to include churches.

The terms that govern the inquiry haven't been decided, with public submissions closing at midnight.

Both the Catholic and Anglican churches want to be included in the inquiry, but the Government's indicated they won't be.

Victim and survivor John says he was sexually abused when he was 14-years-old at the Catholic school he went to.
He told Mike Hosking it can't be left up to churches to interrogate their own ranks.

"They've been covering up abuse for over 50 years. All the way to the bishops and his crimes themselves today have still not been reported to police so these people can't be trusted to investigate themselves."

LISTEN ABOVE AS JOHN SPEAKS WITH MIKE HOSKING