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.”