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Profiting from child abuse

An opinion piece by David Shoebridge, originally published in the Newcastle Herald. TEN billion dollars is a lot of money. As it turns out, some corporations will do almost anything to access that kind of wealth, including the long-term mandatory detention of children seeking our country’s protection. Detention that we know will cause children irreparable […]

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EVENT The Joseph McCabe Lecture 2014

David Shoebridge MLC will deliver this year’s Joseph McCabe Lecture: ‘The Ellis Defence and Its Aftermath’. John Ellis is an abuse victim who attempted to sue the Catholic Church for compensation. He lost a High Court case with costs awarded against him. The Church’s argument was that the Church was an unincorporated association whose assets […]

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Operation Protea hearings: Day one

The first public hearing of the Police Integrity Commission “Operation Protea” today provided some idea of what was to come. The comprehensive opening statement from Counsel Assisting the Commission set out the scope of the inquiry as follows:  This is a public hearing under ss 32 and 33 of the Police Integrity Commission Act 1996 […]

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Second reading of bill to repeal the Ellis Defence

The full text of this speech is available here. A core principle of any modern, responsible democracy is that no individual or organisation is to be beyond the law. Tragically, this principle has not been applied when victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, or other officials of that church, have pursued civil claims. This […]

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