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Anglican Church and other institutions set to incorporate Anglican Church and other institutions set to incorporate

Published on 01 July 2015: The Anglican Church appears set to become a company after all five of the church’s dioceses voted for the change. This will see the Anglican Church become more accountable to survivors of child sexual abuse by removing some barriers faced by survivors.

In the wake of the Ballarat hearings, it’s still about Pell In the wake of the Ballarat hearings, it’s still about Pell

Published on 17 June 2015: Cardinal George Pell continues to dominate Commission hearings, with a second appearance, this time in person, now expected in Ballarat later this year.

Separating siblings in care continues today Separating siblings in care continues today

Published on 15 June 2015: A new report has found a high percentage of children placed in out-of-home care are being involuntarily separated from their siblings despite evidence showing the importance of maintaining sibling relationships.

Geelong Grammar and Warrnambool abuse survivors meet with Royal Commission Geelong Grammar and Warrnambool abuse survivors meet with Royal Commission

Published on 09 June 2015: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is continuing its work in western Victoria this week by making a public appeal for survivors of abuse from Geelong Grammar School to come forward.

Catholic Church in central Queensland reaches out to abuse survivors Catholic Church in central Queensland reaches out to abuse survivors

Published on 09 June 2015: A Catholic Church diocese in central Queensland is setting up a new support service to help child abuse survivors, but questions remain about how the system will work and how it will fit into existing approaches to assisting survivors on a national scale.

Irish child abuse survivors appeal redress decisions Irish child abuse survivors appeal redress decisions

Published on 05 June 2015: 47 survivors of child abuse in Ireland have appealed decisions by the body set up to monitor requests for help from the redress fund known as ‘Caranua’, but just three of the appeals have been upheld.

Scotland unveils millions for child abuse survivor support and national inquiry Scotland unveils millions for child abuse survivor support and national inquiry

Published on 05 June 2015: Survivors of institutional child abuse in Scotland will benefit from an extra £14.5 million in funding for a dedicated support service as a major historic abuse inquiry is launched.

The status of a de facto relationship during a legal battle can be complex The status of a de facto relationship during a legal battle can be complex

Published on 05 June 2015: The Family Court didn’t have the jurisdiction to deal with de facto couples until 2009, but these days it's just as common for disputes to arise in de facto relationships as there are in marriages.

Royal Commission looks at lessons learnt from previous inquiries Royal Commission looks at lessons learnt from previous inquiries

Published on 02 June 2015: Report released by The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - “Implementation of recommendations arising from previous inquiries of relevance to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse”

Child abusers should be stripped of priesthood - Bishop Child abusers should be stripped of priesthood - Bishop

Published on 29 May 2015: Speaking today at the final day of the current Ballarat Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual abuse hearings, Bishop Paul Bird stated that a conviction of child abuse should be met with laicization.

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