Today, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will make a national apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse at Parliament House in Canberra. It is not a hollow gesture.
It is important for us a nation. It is from all Australians. It provides formal acknowledgement of people who have suffered immense hurt.
Until there is recognition, it feels like people’s experiences are being denied and silenced.
It matters because it is the first time an Australian government will acknowledge the failures by governments, faith-based and other community organisations to keep children and young people safe, and to respond appropriately to allegations.