Tag Archives | justice for victims

Illegal practice of blind reporting of child sexual abuse endorsed by NSW Police

Despite the Police Integrity Commission, the former DPP and now the Ombudsman declaring the practice illegal, the NSW police Minister has declared the government’s support for the practice of blind reporting of child sexual abuse. Blind reporting is where agencies or institutions who receive reports or allegations of child sexual abuse remove the victims name and […]

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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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Justice for Victims – getting traction

The Greens NSW campaign for justice for victims of child abuse: 1. Remove time limits for victims’ civil damages claims 2. Bring sentencing for past child abusers into the 21st century 3. Stop churches hiding their money in trusts You can find out more about this important reform package here.

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Greens launch 3 point reform package for victims of child sexual abuse

The NSW Greens have today released a 3 point reform package to better serve and support victims and survivors of past child sexual abuse in their pursuit of civil and criminal justice.  This reform package was designed in consultation with victims, support groups, lawyers and other stakeholders. 1. Remove time limits for victims’ civil damages […]

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Justice for Bowraville – draft double jeopardy law reform released

Almost a quarter of a century ago three Aboriginal children, Colleen Walker, Clinton Speedy-Duroux and Evelyn Greenup, were murdered in Bowraville and their killer still walks free.  The circumstances surrounding the three children’s murders have clear similarities, however the legal system at the time prevented all the murders being tried together.  This meant crucial evidence was missing from […]

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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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Opinion: Royal commission is a lasting legacy

In a year of so much ugly politics, it is time to remember some of the good . . . and to embrace the challenges ahead. As published in the Newcastle Herald. What a difference a year makes. On 16 September 2012 my office co-hosted a public forum with the Newcastle Herald where we asked the question: Is there […]

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