The inquiry won’t hesitate to exercise its powers to compel production of evidence

Justice Peter McClellan has announced that the work of the six Royal Commissioners has begun.  He described the task as complex, large and taking time, he pledged to exercise the Commission’s powers to compel production of evidence, even if confidentiality agreements had been signed.  He also declared that the Commission would be public where possible and have the “broadest geographical reach”. However, he also said the Commission would not make recommendations on compensation for victims.

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Source: The Australian

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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