Australia under pressure to probe church sex abuse
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard came under growing pressure on Monday to establish a national inquiry into paedophile priests in the Catholic Church, following allegations abuse was hushed up.
An inquiry was announced last week to investigate claims by a senior policeman that the Church in Hunter Valley in New South Wales destroyed evidence and silenced inquiries, but calls are growing for a nation-wide probe.
"I think the federal government needs to have a look at this and we need to take a national overview on these issues," government backbencher Doug Cameron told ABC television, describing the allegations as a "stain on our society".
Independent lawmaker Tony Windsor also urged Ms Gillard to establish a royal commission, or national inquiry, saying the idea of an investigation limited to the Hunter Valley was "pathetic".