By Allyson Horn
Priests in Queensland will now be compelled to break the seal of confession to report child sexual abuse or face three years in jail.
New laws passed through Queensland Parliament will force members of the clergy to report known or suspected cases of abuse to police.
The legislation means religious institutions and their members are no longer able to use the sanctity of confessional as a defense or excuse in child sex abuse matters.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said the laws would ensure better protection for vulnerable children.
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