NSW Government May Avoid Scrutiny Over Parra Girls’ Home

The Royal Commission’s Case Study 7 on Parramatta Girls’ Training School and the Institution for Girls in Hay is due to commence hearing on Wednesday 26 February 2014. It will be a timely opportunity for the Royal Commission to consider the disparity between redress paid by religious institutions compared with that paid by the State.

 The girls in Parramatta and Hay were subject to some of the most brutal physical and sexual abuse of any of the Forgotten Australians. The State government issued a formal apology in 2009, but it has never offered redress for anyone in its care. In fact the State government last year slashed the amount of compensation payable to victims of crime.

 It appears no-one from the State will be called to give evidence. Instead the Crown Solicitor will read out a statement from the Bar Table. This means there will be no cross-examination of anyone from the State.

View Peter Kelso’s Letter to the Chair  of the Royal Commission, The Honourable Justice Peter McClelland AM.

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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