Australian Story – Joanne McCarthy Before The Storm

ABC’s acclaimed Australian Story program recently profiled Newcastle Herald reporter and Royal Commission campaigner Joanne McCarthy.

Last year Joanne won Australia’s top journalism award for her relentless work in exposing the criminal behaviour of paedophiles within the catholic church and other institutions in the Newcastle and regional NSW area.

Joanne’s story is deeply moving. Her and the Newcastle Herald’s tireless dedication to helping victims achieve justice is inspirational. We will never be able to thank Jo enough.

We’ve got a link to the show here, so give yourself half an hour and a box of tissues and prepare to be amazed by the tenacity of one women who singlehandedly started the national campaign for justice.

Joanne McCarthy - Royal Commission

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About Peter Kelso


I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I have been admitted to practice since 1984. I am the principal and founder of Kelso Lawyers which has operated in Newcastle since 1986.

I have been an advocate for compensation for victims of abuse since the commencement of the Victims Compensation Tribunal in New South Wales in 1988. I conduct the largest victims practice in New South Wales. I have a high level of engagement with numerous NGOs such as woman’s refuges, sexual assault services, community organisations and healing centres.

On 31 October 2012 I was a finalist for the Justice Medal, presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.


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