The Victorian government has said it will appoint a royal commissioner to investigate allegations of a paedophile network involving a royal family member and former royal commissioner.
The Victorian Labor government has called for a royal inquiry into child abuse involving the royal family.
“This is not a witch-hunt,” Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said on Thursday.
But he said the inquiry was needed because of “serious questions” surrounding the paedophile rings.
“These were not isolated incidents.
They are a serious matter of concern and a matter that needs to be investigated by a royal Commissioner,” Mr Andrews said.
Premier Daniel Andrews says royal commission is needed to look at claims of child abuse by a former royal commission member.
#VictorianPremier @DanielAParty @POTUS_DrewDrewpic.twitter.com/gJZGk5s0w7Premier (@MPDDanielAus) April 4, 2019 The premier said he would ask the chief justice of the Victorian Supreme Court to conduct a royal report on the allegations.
In a statement, the Victorian Premier said the royal commission would be held in an open session of the state’s Upper House and would include a panel of experts and representatives of victims and witnesses.
“I would be seeking the advice of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in terms of any legal options that may be available to the state, and I would request that all parties involved to attend the royal report,” Mr Baird said.
“The public deserves to know the truth about what happened to these young people.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has called on the Chief Judge of the Federal Court to hold a royal review into the allegations surrounding the royal child abuse inquiry.
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