Submissions are invited on the draft Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care. The deadline to submit feedback is 30 April 2018.
In February this year, the Government officially launched the Royal Commission and the draft terms of reference for the inquiry.
Former Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand, Chair of the Royal Commission, has already been speaking with groups and individuals about the draft Terms of Reference. Now, the Royal Commission is inviting feedback from the wider Aotearoa New Zealand public.
In an interview with Radio NZ, Sir Anand Satyanand said it was the first time a Royal Commission had asked for the public's feedback on terms of reference, saying "Now we've reached the point where a broader scope of connection with the public can occur..."
Sir Anand Satyanand also spoke with Waatea News acknowledging the significant number of Māori and Pasifika who have been affected.
The draft Terms of Reference currently propose that the inquiry cover the time period from 1950 to 1999 and include physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. The focus is on abuse that occurred in state care and currently does not include abuse in religious or other non-government organisations unless people were placed in those institutions by the state.
For more information about the inquiry and to make a submission on the draft Terms of Reference, see the Royal Commission website: http://www.abuseinstatecare.royalcommission.govt.nz.
After the consultation, Sir Satyanand will present a report and his recommendations to the Minister of Internal Affairs. Once Cabinet has agreed to the final terms and the terms have been gazetted, the Royal Commission will begin.
Update: Sir Anand Satyanand has submitted his report to the Government about his consultation and recommendations on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission on Historical Abuse in Care. Minister for Internal Affairs and Children, Tracey Martin, said the report would not be released until after a Cabinet decision.
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