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Former Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns gives evidence in court Former Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns gives evidence in court

Published on 29 July 2015: The former Catholic Bishop of Ballarat Ronald Mulkearns has appeared as a witness in a Geelong court to give evidence in a child sex case which dates back to the 1970s.

Redress can’t wait: A bipartisan approach is necessary Redress can’t wait: A bipartisan approach is necessary

Published on 27 July 2015: As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse gears up to make recommendations about redress and civil litigation, predicted to be announced in August 2015, Labor has confirmed that they will act on those recommendations.

Employer grilled on employee entitlements Employer grilled on employee entitlements

Published on 24 July 2015: While employment contracts are meant to be the result of negotiation between two equal parties, in practice employees are often simply handed contracts, which they're expected to sign with no questions asked.

Royal Commission reaches half way point and will focus on criminal law reform Royal Commission reaches half way point and will focus on criminal law reform

Published on 07 July 2015: On Saturday, The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM addressed the Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s progress to date.

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.

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