Terms of Reference to be Announced Soon

Last Friday, the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard met with the Council of Australian Governments in Canberra. The Prime Minister said the Federal Government would bear the costs of the Royal Commission but “the states and territories would offer in-kind support.”

“We will continue that work and issue the terms of reference before the year is out,” the Prime Minister said. “We do want to start what will be an important Royal Commission for healing the members of our community and an important Royal Commission to learn lessons for the future.”  States and Territories expertise from past inquiries into child sex abuse will be shared with Canberra.

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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