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POSTED 30-04-2018

$500 Million for Survivors of Child Sex Abuse

Queensland will pay its share to survivors of sexual abuse in government run institutions.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was an important milestone acknowledging the suffering of those abused in care. “Although no amount of money can return a lost childhood it is important that we acknowledge what these victims have been through,” the Premier said.

Queensland Government Joint Media Statement, 30 April 2018

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POSTED 27-03-2018

Pell's lawyer accuses journalist of 'poisoning the public's mind'

On Tuesday, ABC journalist Louise Milligan was questioned by Cardinal Pell's high-profile defence barrister Robert Richter, QC, who accused her of not conducting proper checks for a story about his client's alleged offences that aired on the 7.30 program.

An smh news report, 27 March 2018

POSTED 20-03-2018

Cardinal George Pell could face fresh charges after new witness statement emerges

Cardinal George Pell may face fresh charges after a sensational development during his committal hearing.

The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday that a witness, who was due to face cross examination, had supplied a new statement to police on Monday evening.

A smh report, 20 March 2018

POSTED 19-03-2018

ACT child sex abuse survivors to have access to national redress scheme

Survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions working under the ACT government will be eligible for support after the territory moved to opt into a new national redress scheme.

The scheme, operating from July 1, will provide access to counselling and psychological services, payments of up to $150,000, and direct responses from the institution where the abuse occurred.

A SMH report, 19 March 2018

POSTED 15-03-2018

Reformers urge Australian bishops to release report on child sexual abuse royal commission

Reform group Catholics for Renewal and prominent Catholic author Paul Collins say public release of the Truth Justice and Healing Council’s royal commission assessment report, delivered to bishops last week, is a test of whether Australia’s bishops have learnt the lessons of the royal commission and are prepared to include lay Catholics in decision-making.

A portnews report, 15 March 2018

POSTED 14-03-2018

Child sex abuse survivors given 'unrealistic' deadline for compensation

Survivors of child abuse will face an “especially unrealistic” deadline to decide whether to accept offers of compensation under the government’s redress scheme, lawyers and child protection advocates have warned.

The redress scheme legislation before parliament gives survivors 90 days to decide on a compensation offer once it is made by a church or institution.

The Guardian report, 14th March 2018

POSTED 13-03-2018

Political row over redress scheme for child sexual abuse

The federal government has curbed the power of the Senate to overhaul a new scheme that offers redress for victims of child sexual abuse, setting up a flashpoint over plans to cap compensation claims at $150,000 for each person.

Sunday morning herald report, 12 March 2018

POSTED 07-03-2018

DNA match brings Paddy Cannon's 60-year search for his family to an end

Paddy has finally found his family — all 67 of them: The Derrigs of County Mayo, north-west Ireland.

"It was a shock for them and shock for me, but a happy shock," he told 7.30.

A few years ago, he enlisted the aid of the charity, Child Migrants Trust, which helped to put his DNA on an international database.

It was a game-changer.

An ABC news report, 07 March 2018

POSTED 02-03-2018

Child migrants forcibly sent to Australia from UK after WWII to be compensated for abuse, neglect

Thousands of child migrants who were forcibly sent to Australia from Britain after World War II are likely to be compensated for the abuse and neglect they suffered.

ABC news report, 02 March 2018

POSTED 27-02-2018

Statement regarding reporting in Courier Mail, 27 February 2018

The Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod is committed to doing all that we can to provide fair, consistent and compassionate redress for people who were sexually abused as children in our care. This has been the unwavering commitment of the church as a response to the Royal Commission and our position will not be changing.

Click here for full statement:ucaqld.com.au, 27 February 2018

POSTED 26-02-2018

South Australia to opt in to National Redress Scheme for sex abuse victims

South Australia will opt into the National Redress Scheme for sexual abuse survivors after a deal was struck to recognise the state’s already established compensation scheme, Premier Jay Weatherill says.

Adelaidenow report, 26 February 2018

POSTED 24-02-2018

Sexual abuse survivors in Victoria to be able to sue churches as Government moves to end 'Ellis defence'

Survivors of sexual abuse will soon be able to sue churches in Victoria, as the State Government moves to close a legal loophole.

Currently, laws in the state prevent victims from being able to take legal action against some non-incorporated organisations, like churches.

ABC news report 24 February 2018

POSTED 16-02-2018

Call to give criminals redress for abuse

Excluding people convicted of serious crimes from access to redress for child sexual abuse amounts to "double punishment", a Senate inquiry has heard.

SBS news report 16 February 2018

POSTED 13-02-2018

Survivors respond to Ballarat Diocese meeting abuse compensation

Clergy abuse survivors are pushing for a more comprehensive redress model as the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat reveals it is confident in being in a financial position to meet all compensation claims.

The Courier report, 13 February 2018

POSTED 12-02-2018

Paul de Jersey accused of conflict of interest over role in sex abuse law review

Queensland Governor and former chief justice Paul de Jersey has come under fire for perceived conflict of interest over his role in a legal review 20 years ago that recommended maintaining legal limitations for child sex abuse claims.

ABC report 12 February 2018

POSTED 12-02-2018

The archbishop, the mansion and the beach house

At the same time the Catholic Church was fighting a family who refused to accept $55,000 compensation for each of their abused daughters, it purchased a Kew mansion for Archbishop Denis Hart now valued at $2.25 million.

theage report, 12 February 2018

POSTED 06-02-2018

Statement on past mental health practices – The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

"The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists commends the Queensland Government's acknowledgment of the past harmful mental health treatment of children in state care, and supports its commitment to meaningfully reconciling with all those affected."

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POSTED 02-01-2018

Australian church, take abuse commission report seriously or risk irrelevance

"In Australia, the bishops have no place to hide. This Royal Commission has exposed the dysfunction and obfuscation that typified the hierarchy's approach to the scandal. It has revealed the parlous state of moral leadership from those purporting to be leaders of character and virtue. It has unravelled a history of hypocrisy, shame and corruption," Francis Sullivan, CEO Australia's Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Article by Francis Sullivan, 19 December 2017

POSTED 14-12-2017

Final Sitting Opening Address by the Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

"The Commissioners thank each of the survivors who told us their story. ... Each survivor’s story is important to us. Their stories have helped us to identify what should be done to make institutions safer for children in the future. It has been a privilege for the Commissioners to sit with and listen to survivors. The survivors are remarkable people with a common concern to do what they can to ensure that other children are not abused. They deserve our nation’s thanks," The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM.

Final Sitting Address, 14 December 2017

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POSTED 04-12-2017

Australian Royal Commission itemises a 'National Tragedy'

"Sexual abuse of children has occurred in almost every type of institution in Australia where children lived or attended."

Article by Mark Brolly, The Tablet, 21 November 2017

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