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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Newcastle hearing, Frankly Speaking, more....

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Catholic Church hearing starts in Newcastle

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse commenced its 43rd  hearingin Newcastle this week. The public hearing is inquiring into the response of Catholic Church authorities in the Maitland-Newcastle region to allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy and religious.

Statement from Bishop of Maitland Newcastle Bill Wright
30 August 2016

Statement from Marist Brothers
30 August 2016

Opinion: Francis Sullivan: Newcastle Herald
28 August 2016


Frankly speaking...

The Newcastle MaItland hearing started in Newcastle yesterday. It's the 13th time the Catholic Church has come before the Commission. We're now drawing towards the end of the public hearing process but what remains unresolved is the question of redress. The Commission has made well considered and finely crafted recommendations to governments  last year. Its high time for governments to act. 

Latest from the Council

Civil Litigation Report: Understanding the Queensland context

The Queensland Government released an issues paper calling for feedback on how the Royal Commission's civil litigation reform recommendations relating to claims for damages for harm arising from child sexual abuse in an institutional context might operate in Queensland. The Truth Justice and Healing Council is currently considering a response.

Read the issues paper

RC Reports Released: Criminal Justice Issues

The Royal Commission has released two research reports it commissioned on criminal justice issues that make significant findings about how child sexual abuse cases are handled in the criminal justice system.

An evaluation of how evidence is elicited from complainants of child sexual abuse examined the use and effectiveness of alternative measures for eliciting evidence from child sexual abuse complainants.

The impact of delayed reporting on the prosecution and outcomes of child sexual abuse cases examined how the criminal justice systems in New South Wales and South Australia deal with complaints of child sexual abuse reported to the police in childhood, compared with those in which the report is delayed until adulthood.

Royal Commission Statement and summary

Coming up

12 September: Case study 44, Fr Farrell  - Dioceses of Parramatta and Armidale
20 Sept 2016: St Aloysius College staff development day
31 September 2016: St Vincent De Paul social justice meeting
8 November 2016: Spirituality in the Pub, Notting Hill, Victoria

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