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Redress payouts for abuse survivors fall short of estimates

The National Redress Scheme, running for more than two years, has been plagued by delays with survivors of child sexual abuse reporting poor process and unfair decision making, according to the federal opposition. An estimated 60,000 survivors of institutional abuse are expected to seek redress, but the number of claims made so far is just over 7000. “Government has been ... Read More »

Un-redacted royal commission report says Cardinal Pell knew of Church abuse in Ballarat, Melbourne

UPDATE CARDINAL George Pell says he is “surprised” by critical findings of the child abuse royal commission, claiming they are “not supported by evidence”. He was surprised by the statements in the report about the earlier transfers of Gerald Ridsdale discussed by the Ballarat Diocesan consultors in 1977 and 1982. “The Consultors who gave evidence on the meetings in 1977 ... Read More »

Toowoomba mum tells royal commission she was urged to abort disabled son

TOOWOOMBA mother Toni Mitchell fronted the Disability Royal Commission gripping the hand of her son Joshy, and explained how she had to justify her son’s life – even before he was born. “It’s highly likely that your son has Down syndrome,” Ms Mitchell was told by a medical staffer during a prenatal screening. “People were murmuring and I was still ... Read More »

Former royal commissioner Susan Pascoe to lead new church disaster response council

SUSAN Pascoe has been named chair of the new Catholic Emergency Relief Australia Advisory Council that will co-ordinate the Church’s ongoing response to the bushfire crisis and future national emergencies. Ms Pascoe’s appointment adds to her long list of contributions to public life that includes serving as a 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commissioner and as the inaugural Australian Charities and ... Read More »

Royal Commission into Aged Care begins, reports of neglect, abuse, and drugs pour in

SOME of Australia’s largest aged-care providers have submitted tens of thousands of incident reports of abuse, neglect and poor care to the royal commission into the quality and safety of aged care that opened on Friday (January 18). Amongst the flood of information received by the commission is evidence that some elderly nursing home residents have been doped for years ... Read More »

Aged care advocates calling for royal commission to have broad scope

LEADING advocates for Australia’s ageing population have urged that the Royal Commission into aged care should have powers to examine beyond shocking cases of abuse and neglect highlighted in recent media reports. The Brisbane-based chairman of the Global Ageing Network (GAN) Marcus Riley said a royal commission should broaden its scope to examine connected issues in social policy, the legal ... Read More »

ACU Vice-Chancellor critical of the way Royal Commission was conducted

ONE of the 11 members of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council has delivered a sharp and wide-ranging criticism of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, describing it as “a flawed body” and its final report “a flawed document”. On the day that the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia formally responded to the Royal ... Read More »

Archbishop offers heartfelt apology to abuse victims as Catholic Church responds to Royal Commission

ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AUSTRALIAN Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has offered a heartfelt apology to traumatised victims of child sexual abuse and their families. Today (August 31) as the ACBC and Catholic Religious Australia publishes a joint response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, Archbishop Coleridge says “there is no-one in the Church who hasn’t ... Read More »

‘Words are not enough’: Australian Bishops welcome Pope’s letter on abuse but call for action

Pope Francis

THE Catholic bishops of Australia have welcomed Pope Francis’ letter to Catholics regarding sexual abuse in the Church. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the letter, released on August 20, included important words from Pope Francis, but noted words were not enough. “Now is the time for action on many levels – one of which is ... Read More »

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