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con­fi­den­tial or face ex­com­mu­ni­ca­tion. SA’s At­tor­ney­Gen­eral Vickie Chap­man said the State Govern­ment was re­spon­si­ble for a to­tal 104 rec­om­men­da­tions stem­ming from the Royal Com­mis­sion. It has ac­cepted 66 and is con­sid­er­ing 37.

One rec­om­men­da­tion, re­quir­ing a sin­gle body to as­sess ap­pli­ca­tions for care providers and au­dit their stan­dards, has been re­jected.

The Govern­ment ar­gues these func­tions are cov­ered by a num­ber of bod­ies, un­der the same piece of leg­is­la­tion.

Angli­can Arch­bishop Smith said the Dio­cese of Ade­laide had come to the con­clu­sion that it was more im­por­tant to do “ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing we can to pro­tect chil­dren than to pro­tect the seal of the con­fes­sional”.

“In Oc­to­ber last year the Synod of the Angli­can Dio­cese of Ade­laide ap­proved changes, with­out any dis­sent­ing voices, which re­lease Angli­can clergy from the seal of the con­fes­sional in sit­u­a­tions where child sex­ual abuse or the abuse of vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple is con­fessed, where that abuse has not been pre­vi­ously re­ported,” he said.

He said while private con­fes­sion was im­por­tant “this change that has been made merely al­lows us to be very clear that we are pro­tect­ing chil­dren.”

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