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POSTED 04-07-2014

The Australian:Salvation Army admits abuse of boys is its greatest failure: inquiry

The Salvation Army will review every compensation payment it has made to the victims of child sex abuse by its staff, after the royal commission unveiled evidence of the “greatest failure” in the church’s history.

The Australian, June 23 2014

POSTED 04-07-2014

News.com.au:The Salvation Army has sacked an officer accused of child abuse just months after publicly rewarding him

THE Salvation Army has sacked an officer accused at the royal commission of child abuse — six months after giving him a silver award.

For more information please read the article in News.com.au,  June 23 2014

POSTED 04-07-2014

ABC:Royal Commission needs more time and money

In this podcast by ABC the Royal Commission into the treatment of child sexual abuse by institutions has received so much evidence that it needs two more years and another 104 million dollars to deal with it all.

ABC Podcast,  30th June 2014

POSTED 03-07-2014

CathNews: Lismore bishop apologises for abuse

Lismore's Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett has publicly apologised to the victims of child sexual abuse for the 'heinous' crimes of the past, The Northern Star reports.

CathNews 24 June 2014

POSTED 03-07-2014

ABC News: Royal Commission urged not to make finding of widespread abuse by Salvation Army

In this podcast by the ABC News the lawyer for the Salvation Army has told the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse it should not make a finding of widespread abuse at the hands of the charity's officers. By the Salvation Army's own calculations 157 children in its care since the late 19th century claim to have been abused.

ABC News 23 July 2014

POSTED 03-07-2014

Penrith City Gazette: Royal commission: Salvos deny sexual abuse widespread

The Salvation Army has denied that sexual abuse was widespread in the organisation, despite more than 100 survivors coming forward with horrendous tales of suffering allegedly endured at the hands of officers.

Penrith City Gazette, 24 June 2014

POSTED 02-07-2014

ABC PM: Vatican made mistakes in reinstating Nestor: Archbishop Wilson

In this podcast by the ABC's PM program the former bishop of Wollongong has returned to the witness box of the child abuse Royal Commission for a second day to answer questions about how he handled the case of a Catholic priest who was accused of child abuse in the 1990s, but not defrocked for more than a decade.

ABC PM Podcast 25th June 2014

POSTED 02-07-2014

ABC News: Royal commission hears of gaps in canon law process

In this podcast by ABC News the child abuse royal commission has heard that there a fundamental flaws in the Catholic Church's own laws around how it assessed the evidence around abuse claims brought against priests.

ABC News 26th June 2014

POSTED 24-04-2014

Lotus Place CQ is Launched

A new Resource Centre 'Lotus Place CQ' has opened in Rockhampton! It is the third centre to open in Queensland offering a dedicated support service for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants (the others are in Brisbane and Townsville).

For more info please read the article in The Morning Bulletin, 24 April 2014

POSTED 31-03-2014

Pope's New Commission a Positive Step on Clergy Sexual Abuse

"When Vatican initiatives involve clergy sexual abuse, Catholic Church reform-minded, survivor-supporting movements like Voice of the Faithful® react with guarded optimism."

Voice of the Faithful media release 25 March 2014

POSTED 17-02-2014

Royal Commission to probe Brisbane Catholic school

Today the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will shift its hearings from Sydney to Brisbane, to examine a recent case involving a Catholic primary school.

Report by Cathy Van Extel, ABC Radio National, 17 February 2014

POSTED 16-01-2014

Forgotten Australian shares her heartbreaking story

Lee was adopted at birth, lost her adopted mother at seven years old and was ripped away from her adopted father at eight. She still bares the emotional scars today.

Article by Jorge Branco in the Caboolture News, 14 January 2014

Photo: Vicki Wood, Caboolture News.

POSTED 27-12-2013

Townsville Bulletin - For Gavin, heartache lingers on

Article published in the Townville Bulletin on Friday 27th December 2014, featuring people accessing services through Lotus Place North Queensland.

Click here to read the full article

POSTED 21-11-2013

Victorian Government Moves on Child Abuse Report

The Victorian Government says it will move immediately to draft legislation to reflect the recommendations of a damning Victorian Parliamentary report into the handling of child abuse particularly within the Catholic Church.

Click here to read the full article

POSTED 21-11-2013

Victorian inquiry finds ‘institutional failure’ at all levels of Catholic church

Cardinal George Pell has been criticised in the Victorian parliamentary report, which claims he 'minimalised and trivialised' issue of child abuse.

Click here to read the full story 

POSTED 21-11-2013

Royal Commission Public Healing: Towards Healing process

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing Monday 9 December 2013. The public hearing will look into the Towards Healing process adopted by the Catholic Church in responding to allegations of child sexual abuse

Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said individuals and organisations, who believe that they have an interest in the Scope and Purpose of the public hearing, are invited to lodge an application for leave to appear.

Click here for further information

POSTED 22-03-2013

National apology for forced adoptions

On 21 March 2013 the Prime Minister Julia Gillard apologised on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices. The national apology was delivered in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.

Attorney-General's Department

ABC news article 21 March 2013

POSTED 11-03-2013

Queensland's apology to children abused in adult psychiatric care

Sue Treweek was an undersized teenager when she was wrongly locked up in a notorious adult psychiatric institution in Brisbane, living among murderers and rapists.

Article by Liz Minchin and audio interviews by Steve Austin from 612 ABC Brisbane 11 March 2013.

Photo of Sue Treweek and her family from ABC website.

POSTED 21-01-2013

Commission on child sex abuse faces 'huge task'

Article by Harriet Alexander in the Canberra Times 17 January 2013

POSTED 27-11-2012

Queensland Apology for Forced Adoption Policies and Practices

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman delivers an apology for those effected by the forced adoption policy at Parliament House in Brisbane. Mr Newman apologised to thousands of mothers and children torn apart between the 1950s and 70s - a practice supported by the state.

Link to Queensland Government website.

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