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No legal impediment to release of Pell report, says Victorian Attorney-General

No legal barriers prevent the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse publishing in full its findings into the conduct of George Pell, the Victorian government says.

Attorney-General Jill Hennessy has written to her federal counterpart, Christian Porter, informing him there are no investigations by Victoria Police or planned prosecutions that require the previously redacted findings to remain hidden.

Cardinal George Pell arriving at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Sydney after being freed.

Cardinal George Pell arriving at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Sydney after being freed.Credit:AAP

The advice puts renewed pressure on the federal government to make public the royal commission findings examining Cardinal Pell’s knowledge of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests when he was in the Ballarat diocese; the epicentre of clerical abuse in Australia.

“The removal of redactions is entirely a matter for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,” a state government spokeswoman said.

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