EVENT: Cuts to Victims Compensation NEWCASTLE EMERGENCY FORUM

EVENT: Cuts to Victims Compensation NEWCASTLE EMERGENCY FORUM

Victims of crime and their advocates respond.  The NSW Government has announced its bill to completely overhaul the NSW Victims Compensation Scheme. Their bill is called the victims rights and support bill – it is available here. My office has been contacted by many...
Hunter Church Sexual Abuse Inquiry Begins

Hunter Church Sexual Abuse Inquiry Begins

Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the Police investigation of certain child sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle My office continues to work with victims and survivors of abuse and their support groups, and many...
Catholic Priest not charged for failure to report child sex allegations

Catholic Priest not charged for failure to report child sex allegations

The Greens have criticised the decision by the office of the DPP to not charge a Catholic brother who allegedly failed to report child sex allegations to police in the 1970s because it was ‘‘not in the public interest’’ and despite a ‘‘prima facie case’’ against him....

Catholic Church and Child Sexual Abuse [Question Time]

This speech was delivered on 28 February 2013 in the NSW Upper House.  You can read the full debate online here. CATHOLIC CHURCH AND CHILD SEXUAL AB– USE Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE: My question is directed to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. What action...
Churches protected by trust laws

Churches protected by trust laws

The Victorian inquiry into sexual abuse in religious organisations is likely to recommend a reform of property trust laws which allow churches to avoid being sued. ABC Lateline –  25/02/2013 – Hamish Fitzsimmons Read more about our work on this issue here:...