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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Redress hearing, Christian Brothers update, Frankly Speaking and more

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Royal Commission to hold hearing into redress and civil litigation

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing next week in Sydney looking into redress for child abuse survivors and possible reform to the way in which child abuse cases are treated in the courts.

The hearing will start on Wednesday 25 March 2015 at 10:00am.

In January Justice Peter McClellan, Chair of the Commission, released a major consultation paper which laid out the options and costs of providing redress for the many thousands of abuse survivors around Australia.

Read Justice McClellan's statement and the consultation paper here

At the hearing next Thursday TJHC CEO Francis Sullivan will speak to the Commission about the Church's submission on redress.

 
Read TJHC redress submission here
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Frankly speaking...

This week the Royal Commission announced it will hold a public hearing, starting next Wednesday in Sydney, into possible redress schemes for survivors of child sexual abuse.

To me, the issue of redress is at the very heart of the Commission's work and this hearing will be a significant milestone along the path to delivering justice for abuse survivors.

The hearing will see institutions, including the Catholic Church and governments, talk about what they think fair and compassionate redress for survivors of child sexual abuse should look like.

During the hearing we will hopefully hear from all governments, most for the first time, on how they intend to approach redress for survivors abused in government-run homes, orphanages and other institutions.

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Christian Brothers continue to review settlement claims

The Christian Brothers Oceania has released a fourth update on its commitment to re-examine settlements with former students at its West Australian orphanages and farm schools

The commitment to review past settlements was made during the Royal Commission hearing in May last year and has now seen 40 of some 110 requested for reviews finalised.

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Pints of Faith

Francis Sullivan joined the conversation at the Hotel Soho in Hobart last Thursday with around 50 people to talk about the Royal Commission and the work of the Truth Justice and Healing Council. Pints of Faith is a monthly event held by Catholic Youth Ministry in both Hobart and Launceston.

The target audience is young adults but this conversation was open to all ages including from schools, parishes and the broader community.

"We will not be rid of child sex abuse in this generation. The shadows cast, last a long time," he said. "But we are working on significant reform that will make the church a safer place for children and other vulnerable people."

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