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Media release: Kids more important than confessionals

Key recommendations from the child abuse Royal Commission handed down today outline essential criminal justice reforms required to provide justice for victims. Something is wrong in our criminal justice system when the defendant was not convicted of any child sexual assault charge in over half of finalised prosecutions. Given the immense trauma of the court […]

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Victims need law reform, not church guidelines

Victims need law reform, not church guidelines The Truth, Justice and Healing Council of the Catholic Church has today released their non-binding guidelines for responding to civil claims for child sexual abuse following harsh criticism of existing practices from victims and the Royal Commission. These guidelines have no legal force and do not bind any […]

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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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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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Everyone agrees – it’s time to repeal the Ellis Defence

Despite his well-documented and early involvement in the case that lead to the development of what we now know as the “Ellis Defence” Cardinal George Pell has recently come out of the Federal Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse saying that the Catholic Church needs to be able to be sued by […]

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SPEECH – Hunters Hill Congregational Church Property Trust Bill 2013

The video above is David’s speech to the NSW Legislative Council on the Hunters Hill Congregational Church Property trust Bill 2013, where he details the problems with the proposed approach to lifting the genuine administrative burdens of property law. The issue highlights the problem that rises with the trust structure proposed for the Hunters Hill Congregational Church. […]

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