Voiceless Victim Invited to Tea with the Prime Minister
January 11, 2013
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Who would have imagined as little as twelve months ago, that Australian victims would be about to start work on their submissions to the Royal Commission into institutional child sex abuse we were told so many times would never happen.
And that we would be generally pretty happy with its newly announced Terms of Reference and Commissioners.
And that Australian child sexual abuse victims, heartlessly excluded from the 2008 papal apology in Sydney that was supposedly addressed to us and for our benefit, would be the guests of honour at a morning tea with the Prime Minister.
That, dear friends, is the surreal situation we will find ourselves in tomorrow at Kirribilli House, Sydney.
The cuppa and bikkies we consume tomorrow will not just fill the bellies of the representative few.
They will fill the hearts of all victims with a hitherto foreign emotion.
It is called hope.
We know Julia is using us for a photo opp.
We know there is a healthy dose of political expediency in her announcement.
But at the end of the day, this gutsy woman, Julia Gillard, was the first Prime Minister in Australian history to make the call to a Cardinal Prince of the church and tell him “You’re not going to like this mate, but I’m doing it anyway.”
I will carry all of you with me in my heart tomorrow.
You will all be there, where you deserve to be.
Guests of honour, invited by the Prime Minister.
No longer neglected.
No longer abandoned.
No longer voiceless.