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Stephen Roche named one of Toowoomba’s most influential people in 2018


Stephen Roche has been named one of Toowoomba’s most influential people in 2018. In The Chronicle newspaper’s Power 100, he’s come in at number 42 amongst a group of truly talented locals.

Stephen is a solicitor, human rights activist and author known for his influential work fighting for survivors of institutional sexual abuse.

In 2001, he was a member of the legal team that won the landmark case against Toowoomba Prep School. The outcome set a compensation record and led to the resignation of the Governor-General at the time. Roche’s book about the case, Don’t Tell, was published in 2011 and was made into a film in 2017.

The case was the catalyst for the Blue Card background check system. It also pre-dated the historic Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse by more than a decade.

Roche, who holds a Masters of Laws degree, has also been involved in high-profile cases taking on multinational companies. He remains as committed as ever to fighting for people’s rights.

Written by Shine Lawyers on August 13, 2018. Last modified: October 15, 2018.

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