Church tax exemption & choir founder charged with child sex offence

Tax concessions granted to religious organisations see the Federal Government miss out on taxing $30 billion of their revenue each year, according to an article ...

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Royal Commission turns attention to performing arts

Police were first alerted to child abuse allegations against Sydney dance teacher, Grant Davies, in 2007, but it was another six years before Davies was ...

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Fury at Pell’s comments & Mulkearns admits failings

“It’s a sad story and it wasn’t of much interest to me,” said Cardinal George Pell of his response at the time sexual abuse allegations ...

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Pell decision angers survivors & Hollingworth’s flawed response

Child abuse survivors were enraged this month by Justice Peter McClellan’s decision to allow Cardinal George Pell to give evidence to the Royal Commission via ...

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National Redress Scheme for Child Sexual Abuse Victims Short-Changes Abuse Sufferers

The idea of a National Redress Scheme (NRS) for victims represents a positive step forward and is something I have proposed for a long time. ...

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Lacklustre support for national redress & former teacher pleads guilty

Hopes that the Federal Government may throw its weight behind the establishment of a national redress scheme for child abuse victims have suffered a setback. While ...

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National redress scheme decision imminent & Catholic Church supports convicted priests

Will Australia adopt a national redress scheme to support child sex abuse survivors? We will know by the end of January 2016, news.com.au has reported. The ...

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Justice in sight for Parra Girls & Royal Commission wraps up big year

The law is finally catching up with alleged perpetrators of violence at the Parramatta Girls’ Training Home, with the Daily Telegraph reporting last month that ...

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Pell’s appearance postponed & Jehovah’s Witnesses rebuked

Pell’s Royal Commission appearance postponed and Jehovah’s Witnesses rebuked for inaction. Cardinal George Pell’s much anticipated appearance in the witness box at the Child Abuse Royal ...

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No action on paedophile priest, and vandals target Pell

Shocking details of a priest who abused children in the confessional and threatened parishioners at gunpoint emerged at the Child Abuse Royal Commission last month. Source: Flickr.com Doveton ...

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SA fails to back national redress scheme and Brisbane Grammar in Royal Commission’s sights

South Australia is the nation’s meanest state, spending only about $1.2 million on compensation payments to people who have been abused in state care. This ...

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Attorney General promises victims short changed by government will have compensation reassessed

The NSW government is still promising to top up the claims of thousands of victims of crime who were short changed by the new victims ...

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Former teacher of Ben Venue Public School charged for assaulting 18 students in the 70s

New England police have charged  71 year old man, Ian Berryman with dozens of child sexual abuse offences involving 18 different complainants. The police investigation ...

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Almost 50 victims come forward to police in largest ever investigation into Parramatta Girl's Home abusers

Around 50 women have come forward to police detectives to report abuse and rape at Parramatta Girls Training School as children in the 60's and 70's. Strike ...

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Victims get back their compensation awards after Kelso Lawyers challenge Commissioner of Victims Rights

For decades it has been standard procedure for the Commissioner of Victims Rights to require the return of victims compensation awards paid under the NSW Government's victims of crime compensation ...

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Church tax exemption & choir founder charged with child sex offence

Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2016 by Peter Kelso

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Tax concessions granted to religious organisations see the Federal Government miss out on taxing $30 billion of their revenue each year, according to an article in The Age.                       Image: … Continue reading

Royal Commission turns attention to performing arts

Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016 by Peter Kelso

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Police were first alerted to child abuse allegations against Sydney dance teacher, Grant Davies, in 2007, but it was another six years before Davies was arrested on multiple child sex charges in 2013, the Royal Commission was told this month. … Continue reading

Fury at Pell’s comments & Mulkearns admits failings

Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 by Peter Kelso

George Pell

“It’s a sad story and it wasn’t of much interest to me,” said Cardinal George Pell of his response at the time sexual abuse allegations were first being aired against paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, the former Ballarat priest who has … Continue reading

Pell decision angers survivors & Hollingworth’s flawed response

Posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 by Peter Kelso

Cardinal George Pell

Child abuse survivors were enraged this month by Justice Peter McClellan’s decision to allow Cardinal George Pell to give evidence to the Royal Commission via video link. Pell’s $20,000-a-day lawyer had argued vigorously that his client should be excused from … Continue reading

National Redress Scheme for Child Sexual Abuse Victims Short-Changes Abuse Sufferers

Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Peter Kelso

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The idea of a National Redress Scheme (NRS) for victims represents a positive step forward and is something I have proposed for a long time. A model for an NRS has now been recommended by the Child Abuse Royal Commission … Continue reading

Lacklustre support for national redress & former teacher pleads guilty

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 by Peter Kelso

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Hopes that the Federal Government may throw its weight behind the establishment of a national redress scheme for child abuse victims have suffered a setback. While the government announced its support for a nationally consistent scheme, it promised only to enter … Continue reading

National redress scheme decision imminent & Catholic Church supports convicted priests

Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Peter Kelso

National redress scheme supporters

Will Australia adopt a national redress scheme to support child sex abuse survivors? We will know by the end of January 2016, news.com.au has reported. The Child Abuse Royal Commission recommended last year that a national redress scheme, which is … Continue reading

Justice in sight for Parra Girls & Royal Commission wraps up big year

Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 by Peter Kelso

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The law is finally catching up with alleged perpetrators of violence at the Parramatta Girls’ Training Home, with the Daily Telegraph reporting last month that police had searched the homes of former bosses Frank Valentine and Noel Greenaway. This is … Continue reading

Pell’s appearance postponed & Jehovah’s Witnesses rebuked

Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 by Peter Kelso

Cardinal George Pell

Pell’s Royal Commission appearance postponed and Jehovah’s Witnesses rebuked for inaction. Cardinal George Pell’s much anticipated appearance in the witness box at the Child Abuse Royal Commission this month has been postponed.                 … Continue reading

No action on paedophile priest, and vandals target Pell

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2015 by Peter Kelso

Interior of a old church in Melbourne

Shocking details of a priest who abused children in the confessional and threatened parishioners at gunpoint emerged at the Child Abuse Royal Commission last month. Source: Flickr.com Doveton parish priest Father Peter Searson molested children in the confessional, and sexually abused … Continue reading

SA fails to back national redress scheme and Brisbane Grammar in Royal Commission’s sights

Posted on Monday, December 7th, 2015 by Peter Kelso

Courtroom in session for redress scheme hearing

South Australia is the nation’s meanest state, spending only about $1.2 million on compensation payments to people who have been abused in state care. This is a far cry from the responses of other states, which have spent up to … Continue reading

Attorney General promises victims short changed by government will have compensation reassessed

Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 by Peter Kelso

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The NSW government is still promising to top up the claims of thousands of victims of crime who were short changed by the new victims support scheme; a scheme which reduced compensation payouts by tens of thousands of dollars for some. … Continue reading

Former teacher of Ben Venue Public School charged for assaulting 18 students in the 70s

Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 by Peter Kelso

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New England police have charged  71 year old man, Ian Berryman with dozens of child sexual abuse offences involving 18 different complainants. The police investigation was sparked by a referral in 2013 from the Royal Commission after evidence was provided by … Continue reading

Almost 50 victims come forward to police in largest ever investigation into Parramatta Girl’s Home abusers

Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 by Peter Kelso

Parramatta GTS

Around 50 women have come forward to police detectives to report abuse and rape at Parramatta Girls Training School as children in the 60’s and 70’s. Strike Force Bilvo has been established to investigate the claims, focusing on two former officers, Frank Valentine and … Continue reading

Victims get back their compensation awards after Kelso Lawyers challenge Commissioner of Victims Rights

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 by Peter Kelso

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For decades it has been standard procedure for the Commissioner of Victims Rights to require the return of victims compensation awards paid under the NSW Government’s victims of crime compensation scheme if the applicant also receives money from another source in relation to the same act of violence; such … Continue reading

The Commonwealth Government refuses to take part in a National Redress Scheme sparking outrage across Australia

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2015 by Peter Kelso

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Chair of the Royal Commission, Justice McClellan has publicly declared his disappointment at the Commonwealth Government’s refusal to support a national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child abuse. The Commonwealth were invited to present their submissions on this issue during this week’s … Continue reading

Kelso Lawyers’ Submissions on Redress and Civil Litigation

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 by Peter Kelso

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The Royal Commission recently released a consultation paper on Redress and Civil Litigation for victims of abuse in institutions. If implemented, the changes proposed have the potential to enhance access to justice for survivors of abuse.  Kelso Lawyers have provided … Continue reading

Limitation Periods: Victims have waited long enough for justice. The time for law reform is NOW

Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by Peter Kelso

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Kelso Lawyers call for the complete removal of the limitation period for claims involving child abuse, the setting aside of deeds of release, the making of churches’ property trusts liable for the actions of priests and the establishment of a … Continue reading

Abuse, lies and cover-ups: The truth exposed about the dark past of Knox Grammar

Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by Peter Kelso

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Over two weeks the Royal Commission heard shocking evidence revealing a dark history of child sexual abuse and cover ups at the prestigious Sydney boys school, Knox Grammar. Victims and their parents gave evidence of the abuse and the devastating … Continue reading

Death list reveals blood on the hands of the Catholic Church

Posted on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by Peter Kelso

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A group in the Hunter has compiled a list of more than 30 former Catholic school boys all of whom have two things in common – they were raped by Catholic paedophiles and they died from suicide or drug-related deaths. The group … Continue reading

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