THE Victorian government’s report into institutionalised child abuse has been put back almost two months.
The bi-partisan Family and Community Development Committee overseeing the inquiry has had its reporting deadline extended from September 30 to November 15.
Committee chairman Georgie Crozier said they were “acutely aware” of the inquiry’s importance to victims, who were awaiting the report with anticipation.
She said the committee had sought extra information as part of its deliberations, and analysis of some issues was still continuing.
“Deliberations are progressing well and it was a unanimous decision of the committee to seek this extension.”
Ballarat victim Peter Blenkiron said he hoped the delayed report would drive home to the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse the need for interim measures until both inquiries were able to release their recommendations.
“I think it (the delay) is OK if it’s heading towards the right outcome and stops the suicides but they need to hurry up slowly,” Mr Blenkiron said.
“Survivors at the moment are trying to support other survivors and I have a fear that there will be more suicides.”
Mr Blenkiron said he understood the committee had a big task ahead of it and had to be thorough.
“We want them to put the systems in place so that hopefully nothing like this ever happens again.
“But we also want to keep people alive.”
The committee will present recommendations in a written report to the state government on November 15.
The government has until May to act on those proposals.
The royal commission is currently holding private hearings in Melbourne.