Tag Archives | justice for victims

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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Pell has been charged, the Vatican’s immunity must now end

With Cardinal George Pell today charged with multiple counts of historic child sex abuse, the Greens are renewing the call for Australia to end its diplomatic protection of the Vatican. Greens MP’s have written to the Federal, NSW and Victorian Attorney Generals urging them to implement an extradition treaty with the Vatican and put an […]

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Justice for Victims in Bathurst

Last night in Bathurst we hosted a meeting with the local community to address their concerns about the lack of a Royal Commission hearing in the area, especially as this relates to the sexual abuse of boys at St Stanislaus College. There was strong agreement at the meeting that the Church and school leadership has […]

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Making them answer for their sins

Australia allows the Catholic Church to protect sexual predators, and any information the church holds on its own illegal activity, from the law. We let it do this by granting protections afforded to no other religious group. It is time this ended. In 1973 the Australian government granted the Vatican (called the Holy See in […]

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Child safety must trump scripture classes in NSW schools

Fresh revelations of deeply inappropriate material being taught to children at unregulated and unsupervised school scripture classes requires the new Education Minister to act. He must put children first and suspend school scripture until he has released a hidden NSW government report into scripture classes and can prove that children are safe in these school […]

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Bring justice to victims of abuse by lifting time limitations

It is time to act now and remove the statute of limitations for all compensation claims relating to historical child abuse. This can, and should, be done as soon as the NSW Parliament returns. Victoria has already done it. Anything less is failing victims and survivors of abuse. They have been through enough and deserve far better […]

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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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