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Royal commission on child sex abuse begins with Scouts
Ms Furness said the commission would examine four case studies this year, involving the Scouts, the YMCA, the Anglican diocese of Grafton over complaints about the North Coast Children's Home in 2006 and 2007, and the Towards Healing response of the Catholic Church in Australia.
A former Scouts group leader said NSW Scouts knew about Steven ''Skip'' Larkins but did not expel him because ''it would look bad'' to kick out a part Aboriginal. Armand Hoitink said in evidence that Larkins jailed last year had long been the subject of rumours and allegations but ''it was all about protecting Scouts, not about protecting children''.
''Many of the stories we are hearing will shock people,'' he said. The commission had already started preparing the interim report, due on June 30 next year.
She said the systemic issues arising from the Larkins case included Scouts policies and procedures, working with children checks, the workings of government departments, oversight of non government organisations, police procedures and sentencing by the courts.
About 10.30am, Ms Furness rose to begin the first of probably dozens of case studies over several years. In what is doubtless a careful political decision, none of the first three involve the Catholic Church.
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Larkins was jailed last year after he admitted assaulting two boys in the early 1990s, having child pornography, and falsifying documents to pass government checks. Police decided not to prosecute in 1998, despite the Director of Public Prosecutions deciding there was enough evidence.
prosecution and get a job running a non government agency looking after indigenous children?
In 2003 he applied for a working with children check so he could head the Hunter Aboriginal Child Services, which manages children in foster care. He was rated a medium risk, but overcame that with the aid of falsified documents.
Larkins and the Scouts were the first ''case study'', as the commission has chosen to work like an oil explorer, drilling deeply but narrowly into carefully chosen scenarios rather than a broad but unmanageable approach to cover the maximum number of accounts.
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He was charged with the 1990s assaults in 2011 after a Hunter employee found child pornography on a computer drive, and reported it to police.
This long awaited and momentous day for victims began with a measured introduction by commission president Justice Peter McClellan, who said that by last weekend staff had taken 4301 phone calls about abuse allegations. It had heard 398 people in private sessions, with 449 more lined up and nearly Red Prada Wallet 1200 waiting to be assessed.
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