Newcastle Inquiry findings delayed till next year

The Special Commission of Inquiry into  matters relating to the Police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle won't hand down its findings until next year, according to an AAP report in The Newcaslte Herald.

The inquiry opened in February and was due to report to the government by September 30. But Premier Barry O'Farrell has told question time in the NSW Parliament that Commissioner Margaret Cunneen had sought an extension and would report on February 28 next year.

'We should all agree that it is obviously more important that the relevant matters are properly and thoroughly investigated,' he said. 'No one wants any shortcuts when it comes into matters as serious as these.'

Mr O'Farrell said the inquiry had more than a hundred private hearings with more than a hundred summons to produce its documents.

FULL STORY Newcastle Special Commission of Inquiry delays findings (Newcastle Herald)

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