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Published on 23 January 2015: A new line of inquiry into the sexual abuse of children while in foster care will be initiated by the Royal Commission with public hearings expected to lift the lid on abuse of children while in out-of-home care (OOHC) and under government supervision.
Published on 21 January 2015: RCT answers some common questions about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - an independent, national investigation into the failings of state, religious and other institutions to protect children from sexual abuse.
Published on 14 January 2015: Problems arising from the decision in the Magistrates' Court in Robinson v SPI Electricity Pty Ltd continue to frustrate injured workers due to a onerous and strict requirement to correctly and fully fill out a claim form properly.
Published on 08 January 2015: Public debate on the best way to compensate abuse survivors is set to intensify. Ryan Carlisle Thomas Lawyers believes an independent redress scheme is needed to help survivors with the personal and financial struggles they face.
Published on 23 December 2014: Buying and selling houses and land now requires a due diligence checklist to accompany the usual section 32 vendor’s statement, under changes which came into force on 1 October 2014.
Published on 22 December 2014: The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse should hold public hearings in country Victoria, according to institutional abuse lawyer, Penny Savidis.
Published on 19 December 2014: The Scottish government has announced a national inquiry into historic cases of child abuse in care, following inquiries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Published on 10 December 2014: Many families in and around Hamilton, Warrnambool, Portland, Colac and Horsham are caught up in having to deal with the TAC when a member of their family is injured on the road.
Published on 09 December 2014: Survivors of sexual abuse in Victoria are hoping for major reforms and higher compensation payouts following a review of the Catholic Church’s Melbourne Response program.
Published on 28 November 2014: The revelations of sexual and other types of abuse within Yooralla reported in The Age and on ABC Four Corners are not isolated or atypical. They are symptomatic of systemic problems, particularly with out of home care.
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