Media Releases

Public hearing into Commonwealth, State and Territory governments

Public hearing into Commonwealth, State and Territory governments

On 14 November 2016 the Royal Commission announced a series of public hearings to be held in Sydney to inquire into the current policies and procedures relating to child protection and child safety of various institutions.

Date: February 21 2017

Submissions on records and recordkeeping published

Submissions on records and recordkeeping published

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published more than 40 submissions on records and recordkeeping practices in relation to child sexual abuse in institutions.

Date: February 20 2017

Report into RG Dance and the Australian Institute of Music released

Report into RG Dance and the Australian Institute of Music released

The Royal Commission’s report of Case Study 37 - The responses of the Australian Institute of Music and RG Dance to allegations of child sexual abuse - was released today.

Date: February 16 2017

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Jury reasoning in joint and separate trials of institutional child sexual abuse: an empirical study

Early in our work we identified Criminal Justice as a key issue for consideration by the Royal Commission.

Date: May 25

National Council of Churches in Australia Conference

I recently conducted a private session with the mother of a boy from a Catholic school. The events the mother related occurred only a few years ago.

Date: September 10

Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Conference 2015

When delivering the Mayo Lecture at James Cook University in 1996, Sir Anthony Mason commenced by reminding his audience that judges do make law.

Date: September 04

Triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia

I speak to you today as the Royal Commission enters the second half of its five year term. As you are probably aware the Commission was originally tasked to finish at the end of this year.

Date: July 15

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)

One year has passed since I spoke with you in Sydney. At that time the Commonwealth Government had just received the Royal Commission’s interim report which detailed both the work we had already completed and the work we believed necessary to fulfil our terms of reference.

Date: July 04

14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

Justice for victims is an elusive concept. In the civil context redress schemes providing modest money compensation without the need to prove a breach of a duty of care are commonly believed to be appropriate.

Date: March 31

Long term outcomes of Forgotten Australians study

Today is an important day for the people who we have come to know as the Forgotten Australians.

Date: February 18

Redress and civil litigation

It is just over two years ago since the Royal Commission was appointed. In that time the Commissioners have spoken with over 2,850 survivors in private sessions.

Date: January 30

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