PM's thoughts with victims after Rolf Harris death
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says his thoughts are with survivors of sexual abuse in the wake of Rolf Harris's death.
The disgraced Australian entertainer died of neck cancer and "frailty of old age" on May 10, according to a death certificate seen by news agency PA.
He was 93.
Mr Albanese on Wednesday said his thoughts were with Harris's victims and other survivors of sexual abuse, who might be triggered by news of the convicted pedophile's death.
"My thoughts are with victims who, for today ... it will be a day in which traumatic experiences could be revisited," the prime minister told ABC TV.
"I hope that they - if they need support - reach out and they get it today.
"That is who my thoughts are with."
Deputy opposition leader Sussan Ley echoed Mr Albanese's sentiments, saying whenever an abuser made the news it could bring back awful memories for people who had experienced abuse.
"So today is a day to actually think of the victim-survivors of the heinous crimes that were committed by Rolf Harris, to remember them and to remember all victim-survivors, who are often re-traumatised on days like this," she said.
Harris was a prominent entertainer in the United Kingdom and Australia for more than five decades before his career derailed with revelations he indecently assaulted young girls.
Harris was in 2014 found guilty of 12 counts of assaulting four girls between 1968 and 1986.
Some of the girls were as young as seven or eight years old.
Harris was released from jail in 2017 after a jury was unable to reach verdicts on further charges against him.
He consistently maintained his innocence and sentencing judge said he had shown no remorse for the harm he caused his victims.
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