Catholic Church and Child Sexual Abuse [Speech]

This speech was delivered on 29 May 2013 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the original speech online here.   CATHOLIC CHURCH AND CHILD SEXUAL AB– USE Mr DAVID SHOEBRIDGE [4.37 a.m.]: Anthony and Chrissie Foster had a good idea of what to expect from...
OPINION: Support bill an attack on sexual abuse victims

OPINION: Support bill an attack on sexual abuse victims

This is a reprint of an opinion piece initially published in the Newcastle Herald. MANY victims and survivors of abuse began this year with a sense of hope. Finally there was a comprehensive Royal Commission into abuse in institutions which would give them an...
Victims of Crime betrayed by O’Farrell and Fred Nile

Victims of Crime betrayed by O’Farrell and Fred Nile

At 4:30am on Thursday morning the O’Farrell government, with the support of the Shooters MPs and Fred Nile, have forced through harsh retrospective cuts to the rights of victims of crime. The complete debate including contributions by all speakers is available...
Planned Victims Compensation Cuts – TAKE ACTION

Planned Victims Compensation Cuts – TAKE ACTION

Following on from today’s forum with survivors of abuse, their supporters and advocates, there was a strong sense of community concern about the proposed changes to victims compensation that are embodied in the Victims Rights and Support Bill 2013 which is...
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...