I thank the Good Lord for such a brilliant outcome in such a short time. Thanks also to everyone who helped collect signatures, encouraged us to keep at it and all those who signed. Hopefully now the Government will act according to the will of the people and increase the penalty thus deterring those within the institutions who would protect the wolves rather than our children.
Harsher penalties for concealing child sex abuse could be in place by the end of the year now Maitland Pastor Bob Cotton has notched up enough signatures to table the matter in parliament.
Pastor Cotton and fellow advocates have amassed 13,000 signatures on a petition pushing for an increase in the maximum jail sentence for concealing child sex abuse, which he hopes to have submitted in State Parliament in the next week.
The petition calls for the maximum penalty for the offence to be increased from two years jail to five years.
Half the signatures were gathered in the past two weeks following meetings Pastor Cotton had with Attorney General Mark Speakman and Police Minister Troy Grant.