Inquiry blasts universities’ response to sexual violence

A landmark senate inquiry into sexual consent laws has recommended the Australian federal government immediately establish an independent taskforce to hold universities and colleges to account on sexual violence, writes Claudia Long for ABC News.

In a unanimous set of recommendations, senators from across the political divide joined together to urge Education Minister Jason Clare to act swiftly to help protect students. The committee condemned the university sector, its regulator the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, the peak body Universities Australia and university colleges.

Senators also called for major changes around how the justice system treats victim-survivors, sex and consent education and law reform. In an impassioned speech to the senate, committee chair and Queensland Liberal Senator Paul Scarr said the evidence showed the sector could not be trusted to improve its response.
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