Senate debates

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


Child Sexual Abuse

5:13 pm

Photo of James McGrathJames McGrath (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister) Share this | Hansard source

Thank you. The government supports the very important work of the royal commission. The commission is independent, directs its own processes and conducts its own investigations. The inquiry is ongoing. The Australian Embassy to the Holy See ensures that the Vatican is aware of the work and mandate of the commission. The embassy has assisted with document requests and the taking of evidence from Vatican officials in Rome and is unaware of any outstanding requests made by the commission. Because of the commission's independence, a motion to request the production of documents should not be directed at the federal government.


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