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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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October 18, 2017

The Weinstein Saga – What good can come from this Hollywood horror?

It’s hard to ignore the Harvey Weinstein headlines circulating in the media; they are as offensive and abrupt as many might assume the man to be. I, like many, have been following the developments in this Hollywood horror story over the course of the past few weeks. I have felt a gamut of emotions – […]

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October 12, 2017

Elder abuse on the rise: Shocking Gold Coast findings

The number of people in aged care in Australia has skyrocketed over the past decade. Australian’s are enjoying longer and healthier lives. Unfortunately, these gains in health have been accompanied by unacceptably high levels of elder abuse in aged care facilities. A troubling trend A report by the Department of Health recently revealed that on […]

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October 5, 2017

Elder abuse: The telltale signs

In the 1970s, 8% of the population was over the age of 65. This figure grew to 13% in 2001, and it’s predicted that over-65s will make up 25% of the population by 2042. That’s a growth from 2.5 million to 6.2 million. Rise in population, rise in abuse While the increase in the numbers […]

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September 28, 2017

Department of Veteran’s Affairs: Catastrophic negligence

Fifty-six… That’s the number of Australian Veterans who have taken their lives this year. They are fifty-six too many, but sadly these victims are neither the first nor the last. Over the past 41 years, veterans and their families have been crying out to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA), desperately seeking help – help […]

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