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POSTED 17-05-2017

Meet the taxi driver going back to his childhood for the chance to perform with the Royal Ballet

Paul Morewood is one of a group of Brisbaneamateur dancers taking part in We All Dance, a workshop series facilitated by the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) to coincide with The Royal Ballet's visit to Australia.

ABC report, 17 May 2017

POSTED 10-05-2017

Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

The Turnbull Government’s redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse in institutional settings is planned to commence in 2018.

media, 09 May 2017

POSTED 11-04-2017

Catalyst for Renewal Incorporated – Where to from here?

An unreserved ‘call to action’ from Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council. He calls on members of the Catholic Church to no longer be bystanders and to hold the church hierarchy to account for their “avoidance of the truth and a failed attempt to divert the public from the scale of the abuse and the depths to which Church officials had sunk as they tried to keep it hidden”.

Full speech delivered on 10 March 2017

Truth Justice and Healing Council

POSTED 05-04-2017

Anti-DV advocate appointed Qld mediator

A well-known domestic violence prevention campaigner will lead the reconciliation process between the Queensland government and women inappropriately placed in a state asylum as children.

Article by Alexandra Patrikios, Australian Associated Press 4 April 2017
Queensland Government media statement 4 April 2017

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POSTED 29-03-2017

Royal commission into sexual abuse: Issue of redress must be a priority, commissioner says.

Victims have waited too long for a response to their suffering and protection of children should be a top priority in Australia, says the chair of the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

ABC News, 27 March 2017

POSTED 06-02-2017

Child sex abuse royal commission: Data reveals extent of Catholic allegations

The Australian Catholic Church has released "grim" data revealing 7 per cent of priests, working between 1950 and 2009, have been accused of child sex crimes.

ABC report, 06 February 2017

POSTED 15-12-2016

New package to help improve aged care for care leavers launched

Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants, Stolen Generations and their families will benefit from an aged care resource package launched today.

Deptt of health website, 15 December 2016

POSTED 05-11-2016

Child sex abuse inquiry can only hope to better manage problem which it can not solve

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has played a pivotal role in uncovering hundreds of stories of child abuse which may have remained untold.

Courier-mail report 05 November 2016

POSTED 05-11-2016

Child sex abuse redress scheme finally gives survivors the respect they deserve

The Federal Government's announcement it will set up a national redress scheme for survivors of abuse is much-needed and long overdue.

Article by Michelle James for ABC news 05 November 2016

POSTED 04-11-2016

Australia announces $150,000 compensation for institutional child abuse victims, fails to oblige states and churches with opt-in scheme

In a first, Australian government has announced that survivors of institutional child abuse would be eligible for compensation up to $150,000 as part of a national redress scheme announced by the federal government. 

Brisbane News report 04 November 2016

POSTED 08-10-2016

99 candles in Ballarat

The powerful story of betrayal, denial and hope of Catholic sex abuse victims in Ballarat, Australia. Song available on CD. Based on factual interviews and real life experiences.

Song by Ian Whitehead, YouTube, Published on 08 October 2016

POSTED 14-09-2016

Abuse Royal Commission: Frank Ryan asked victim’s father not to go to police

The father of a boy who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest was asked by a senior cleric not to go to police and told that to do so might be harmful to his child.

The Australian report  13 September 2016

POSTED 07-09-2016

Pedophile at house after NSW 13yo's death

After 13-year-old Andrew Nash took his own life, a now-notorious pedophile Marist brother turned up to his house and asked his mother whether the boy had left a note.

Article by Rebekah Ison for Yahoo news, 06 September 2016

POSTED 05-09-2016

Hope that paedophile priest could be 'cured' was 'unrealistic'

A Maitland-Newcastle Diocesan official sent a priest who admitted to being attracted to young boys to a psychiatrist with the hope that he could be "cured," the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard on Friday. 

CathNews report, 05 September 2016

POSTED 31-08-2016

Abuse inquiry hears evidence of serial paedophile Catholic priest in NSW

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard harrowing details about the dark past of the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Diocese in New South Wales. Catholic priest Vincent Ryan was the focus of the first day of a highly-anticipated public hearing.

ABC News Podcast , 31 August 2016

POSTED 23-08-2016

Survivors of abuse in child care institutions protest for nationwide apology from police

Adults abused as children while staying in orphanages, children's homes, foster care and other care institutions have launched a campaign for a nationwide apology from police.

Article by Tom Nightingale for ABC news, 23 August 2016

POSTED 17-08-2016

Tears as sex abuse statute of limitations Bill introduced in Parliament

The Queensland Parliament took a step forward in giving institutional child sex abuse survivors greater, and fairer grounds for seeking civil justice, but for the LNP and cross bench, it did not go far enough.

Article by Amy Remeikis, Brisbane Times 17 August 2016

POSTED 17-08-2016

George Pell: police consider whether to charge cardinal over child abuse claims

Victoria police are considering whether to charge Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, with historical child sexual abuse offences.

msn news report, 17 August 2016

POSTED 16-08-2016

State introduces bill to remove time limit for legal action against child abuse in institutions

The State Government has introduced a bill to remove the time limit for undertaking legal action in cases of child abuse in institutions.

Clare Armstrong, The Courier-Mail 16 August 2016

POSTED 15-08-2016

They destroyed Denis Ryan's police career. Now they admit he was right all along

"My own circumstances have been distinctly grim since I left the force but as dark as some of those days have been, they have no parallel with those forced to endure the pain and suffering of sexual abuse." Denis Ryan

Article by John Silvester, The Age 12 August 2016

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