Australian senator calls for child abuse investigation

  • 21/10/2015
Liberal senator Bill Heffernan (AAP)
Liberal senator Bill Heffernan (AAP)

The Australian legal fraternity is being accused of turning a blind eye to a list of alleged child sex abusers, which includes the name of a former Australian Prime Minister.

Liberal senator Bill Heffernan says the document, which is part of a police file, names 28 prominent people as suspected paedophiles.

"We have in Australia, sadly, a compromise at the highest of levels – there is a former Prime Minister on this list," says Mr Heffernan.

"It's not so much the secret that's the problem, it's when a group of people such as the 28 people on this page keep each other's secrets that the institution becomes compromised." 

The senator also told the Sydney Morning Herald there were other "prominent" people named on the list, and that the document was given to him "by a police agency some time ago because no one seems to want to deal with them".

He said every Commonwealth attorney-general since Philip Ruddock had seen the list but no one had done anything about it.

Mr Heffernan is asking the Royal Commission into child sex abuse to investigate.

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