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April 20, 2018

Veterans Finally Being Given Access to Compensation

From 1 May 2018, veterans with mental health issues will be able to access payments from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs including accessing income support while they are waiting for their compensation claim to be processed. “This is a significant step forward in assisting our most vulnerable citizens. Lack of access to justice and support […]

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March 15, 2018

Compensating victims of child sexual abuse: Where is the National Redress Scheme?

Since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed down its final report, Shine Lawyers has strongly supported the recommendation to implement a national redress scheme, providing compensation for victims of institutional sexual abuse. Shine first made a submission in relation to the scheme in May 2015 and stands by this recommendation […]

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February 23, 2018

Be the solution: O-week advice you need to hear

You’ve finished school, and enjoyed three months of sunbaking and basking in the glory (or responsibilities) of adulthood. You’ve worked a part-time job, gallivanted all over the city and now it’s time for a new education. For some, O-week will be one of the most exciting and cherished times of their youth. But unfortunately for […]

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February 6, 2018

What Safer Internet Day means to an abuse lawyer

Safer Internet Day in 2018 is about creating, connecting and sharing respect under the motto “a better internet starts with you”. I like to think of this as a call to action for every individual and every organisation/ institution to consider what we all can do to make the internet, which is now a huge […]

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December 18, 2017

Final report released: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Just over five years ago, the Julia Gillard leadership announced the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Courageous individuals – victims, journalists, lawyers and campaigners – came together to take on the powerful institutions that committed unquestionable acts of abuse and concealment. Years of investigations culminated earlier today, when the Royal Commission […]

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December 15, 2017

Stephen Roche: How a simple coffee with an old friend showed me the power of the Royal Commission

An opinion piece by Stephen Roche They say no good deed goes unnoticed. When you’re working hard someone is always watching. It’s a lesson hard to be mindful of. Not because we chug away at life aimlessly, but because sometimes, it’s easy to forget the significance and privilege a lawyer has in affecting change. My […]

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November 22, 2017

Western Australia abolishes time limits for victims of abuse

“Limitation laws have no place in a just society.” – Lisa Flynn, Shine Lawyers’ Abuse Law National Special Counsel.   The Western Australian Government today announced its first steps towards removing laws from the statute of limitations that have severely impacted abuse victims’ access to civil justice in Western Australia. “This is a significant achievement […]

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November 15, 2017

What happens at schoolies doesn’t always stay at schoolies

You’ve just finished your exams, you’re heading off on your first ‘adult’ holiday with your mates – without parental supervision and you’re signing up for a week of late nights, drinking and some pretty wicked parties. You’re hoping to make memories that will last a lifetime but what you DON’T want, are memories that last […]

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October 27, 2017

NSW court pilot program: Giving a voice to child victims of sexual abuse

Less than 20 percent of reported child sexual assaults proceed to court. This signals a remarkable disproportionality between reports of abuse and prosecution of alleged perpetrators. Victims and families are often deterred from bringing charges by the prospect of lengthy court proceedings. Even if charges are brought, giving evidence against a perpetrator can be particularly […]

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