March 5th 2014 – Royal Commission Stories That Matter

How the Media is Reporting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse

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ABC’s Lateline program produced this story on The Commission’s hearing into abuse at the St Ann’s school in Adelaide. A paedophile bus driver preyed on up to 30 children in an incomprehensible act. St Ann’s was a special needs school, the students powerless to the abuse with an inability to speak or verbally communicate.

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Former Bishop of Toowoomba William Morris speaks out against his former colleagues, strongly condemning the church and its reprehensible negligence. Morris was extricated from the catholic church after helping to secure compensation totalling 3 million dollars for victims of sexual abuse in his area.

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Abuse victim Wilma Robb courageously presents to the Royal Commission with her story. This video gives a good insight into the process that victims can expect when delivering evidence. Wilma’s passionate delivery is an inspiration to us all.

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Emma Hannigan from SBS World News interviews “Dawn” – a child sexual abuse victim from a state run institution in NSW. She gives an emotional account of her courageous battle in Parramatta Girls Home. You’ll be shocked by her revelations.

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Sky News deliver an overview of the enquiry into the Catholic Church’s response to teacher Gerard Burns’ sexual abuse of 13 girls at a Toowoomba Primary School. The details emerging of the nature of Burns’ crimes defy belief.

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Fay Hillary’s heartbreaking account of her hellish experience at Parramatta Girls. It’s difficult not to break into tears as Fay explains the depth of pain.

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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