"Today, we confront a question too awful to ask, let alone answer - why were not the children of our nation loved, nurtured and protected?" The conservative government is yet to take a call on adopting the 409 recommendations made by the institutional child sexual abuse commission. "Strengthen us to act with justice towards survivors, to listen to our children and to implement policies which create safer communities".
"We believe you", Morrison said, while addressing victims, survivors and their families in Parliament.
"The National Apology today and the apologies made by institutions during the life of the Royal Commission and since have been an important validation of the courage of survivors of abuse in seeking truth, justice and healing".More news: Matt Groening's Disenchantment gets two-season renewal at Netflix
"So today, we gather in this chamber in humility, not just as representatives of the people of this country, but as fathers, as mothers, as siblings, friends, workmates and, in some cases, indeed, as victims and survivors".
Military veterans criticised him on Monday during and after his national apology to child sex abuse victims because he did not mention their suffering. Sorry. To the parents whose trust was betrayed and who have struggled to pick up the pieces.
He said it was sorry that dare not ask for forgiveness but rather "seeks to reach out in compassion into the darkness, where you have lived for so long" and assured them: "I believe you, we believe you, your country believes you".More news: Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Doesn't Try Competing with Husband Will Smith
It was after a four-year-long royal commission that prime minister offered the official apology. "And we honour you", he said. The government plans a national museum to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of child sexual abuse, displaying the history so the nation does not forget the untold horrors they experienced. This inquiry uncovered that tens of thousands of children suffered sexual abuse in the institutions mentioned by the Prime Minister.
The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told the gathering "our nation let you down".
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It is rare for the Australian government to issue a national apology, which is reserved for egregious misdeeds where the state has played a role. "It will be with me and all care leavers until the day that they put the lid on the coffin", Sheedy told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Monday.