By Mark Leibold-Pool/The Australian Capital Territory The media is in the grip of a media frenzy about the royal commissions into sexual assault in Victoria and South Australia.
While the ABC is doing a good job covering the royal inquiries, it is missing the opportunity to do more, the ABC’s chief political correspondent and political correspondent, Mark Lebovich, said.
“The problem is we’ve got a very small number of people who have a vested interest in the royal investigations and they’re trying to push through some of the recommendations that are very, very significant, particularly the ones about child protection and the family violence commission,” he said.
“It’s very difficult for us to deal with the public and it’s very, not difficult for people to talk about this, but the media doesn’t get involved.”
Lebovitz said the ABC has been trying to engage with the community in Victoria, which is still recovering from the devastating floods in 2018, to talk to victims of sexual assault and violence.
“I don’t think we’ve had an issue in Victoria where we’ve actually had the opportunity, as a result of that, to address the issue in the community,” he told the ABC.
“What we’ve tried to do is to work with community groups to understand how the community might be impacted by what is going on.”
Leivovich said the royal inquiry into the deaths of two teenagers who were found dead in their beds at the Gold Coast in the mid-1980s was not going to be a popular topic with the Australian public.
They don’t believe it has the right to do that.” “
They don’t like it because it implies that they can be involved in a judicial process.
They don’t believe it has the right to do that.”
It was an important issue, but not a controversial one, Lebovelli said.
It was also important to the royal commissioners, Leibovich said.
The ABC’s political editor, Paul Kelly, was more sympathetic to the concerns of victims, saying it was important for the royal and royal commission to address what is happening to survivors.
“One of the big issues for survivors of sexual violence is that, of course, there are no formal criminal investigations and there is no judicial process,” Kelly said.
Lebivitz said while the ABC was not able to provide a lot of information to the public about the coronavirus epidemic, it was trying to reach people.
“We’re working with community organisations to try and talk to people about the virus and how they might be affected by coronaviruses and what their experiences are and how that might impact on them,” he noted.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be holding its first public hearings on April 29.
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