Terms of Reference Talks About Compensation

It’s no accident that compensation is specifically mentioned in the terms of reference. It’s also no accident that the terms of reference suggest that the Australian taxpayers will not be paying the bill.

The commissioners are specifically authorised and required to inquire into “what institutions and government should do… (to ensure) justice for victims through the provision of redress by institutions…”

It’s no surprise that the Australian Government has deliberately drafted the words “redress by institutions”. The words “by institutions” send the clear message that Australian taxpayers will not be paying a cent. This message is directed to the perpetrating institutions which the public and legal profession know is a reference to the Catholic Church.

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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