Priests, penitents, confessions…and children

The Royal Commission into Abused Children will run into a minefield of conflicting rights and law: rules of evidence and of witnesses (including, perhaps, children), rights of the child, of religion and religions, of private counsellors. Kirsty Magarey explores this complex world that the drafters of terms of reference are wrestling with, pointing out that how the RCAC is set up will be crucial in determining how well it can do its job.

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