13 Nov 2012

No need for NZ to follow Australia on abuse inquiry

12:08 pm on 13 November 2012

Prime Minister John Key does not see the need for an inquiry into child sex abuse, like the one announced in Australia on Monday.

The federal government is setting up a Royal Commission to investigate the way institutions, including schools, foster homes and churches, have handled cases of child abuse.

Mr Key says a lot of work has already been done in New Zealand to prepare a white paper for vulnerable children.

He says the level of child abuse is too high, but programmes are being put in place to address that.

Police Minister Anne Tolley says a sex offender register she is proposing would help keep track of offenders.