Changes to Legislation

Legislation to amend the Royal Commissions Act 1902 has been introduced into Federal Parliament. The bill will enable one or more of the six commissioners to conduct hearings. At present, the Act only allows hearings to be conducted by all six commissioners sitting together or by a quorum. The bill will also allow the commissioners to hear child sexual abuse victims in less formal private sessions with a support person present; victims can remain anonymous and information which could be used to identify them will not be used. They will not have to give their evidence under oath. The new legislation will formalise these features which have been talked about in the media over the last three months.

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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