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The legal loophole of “vicarious liability” needs closing by the Royal Commission The legal loophole of “vicarious liability” needs closing by the Royal Commission

Published on 09 February 2015: Institutions should not be able to wipe their hands of legal responsibility for their subordinates’ actions when children are abused, but this does happen due to conservative interpretations of the legal concept of “vicarious liability” by the courts.

Rabbi only had regard to Jewish law on sexual abuse, not secular Rabbi only had regard to Jewish law on sexual abuse, not secular

Published on 06 February 2015: A Sydney rabbi has told the Royal Commission that he only had regard for Jewish legal principles, and not secular law, when he was told of allegations of child sexual abuse at a Yeshivah youth camp more than a decade ago.

Claims of sexual abuse still not reported on at Jewish centre Claims of sexual abuse still not reported on at Jewish centre

Published on 05 February 2015: The head rabbi of the conservative Jewish sect at the centre of the sexual abuse controversy currently under investigation by the Royal Commission today apologised for the suffering caused to those abused while under his care.

Free legal advice line for victims of road injury in western Victoria Free legal advice line for victims of road injury in western Victoria

Published on 05 February 2015: Western Victorian law firm Stringer Clark is now offering local people a free legal advisory service should they need advice in cases where they are caught up in a road accident.

Jewish abuse survivor says it as it is: sex with a child can never be consensual Jewish abuse survivor says it as it is: sex with a child can never be consensual

Published on 04 February 2015: A man known simply as AVB, who was sexually abused as a teenager while at Yeshivah Bondi in Sydney, gave an impassioned speech at today's hearings of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse about children never consenting to sex with adults.

Manny Waks’ father Zephaniah tells of the “war” waged on his family by Yeshivah Manny Waks’ father Zephaniah tells of the “war” waged on his family by Yeshivah

Published on 03 February 2015: Zephaniah Waks tells of the increasing isolation and ostracism that he and his family suffered at the hands of the Yeshivah religious community, once his son had revealed that an employee of the centre had sexually abused him.

Manny Waks reveals how isolated he felt when Yeshivah turned a blind eye to his abuse Manny Waks reveals how isolated he felt when Yeshivah turned a blind eye to his abuse

Published on 02 February 2015: It is appropriate that Manny Waks' statement starts the Royal Commission’s first day of hearings into the Yeshivah Centre. His courage is impressive, and you are reminded also of how lonely many survivors feel when they take their complaint to the police.

Dispute at International Flavours and Fragrances a taste of things to come Dispute at International Flavours and Fragrances a taste of things to come

Published on 31 January 2015: It was good to see determined industrial action achieve a breakthrough as workers at the International Flavours and Fragrances factory have now forced the company to haul in its Asia-Pacific management team to resume negotiations over a new wage deal.

Royal Commission calls for national Working With Children checks system Royal Commission calls for national Working With Children checks system

Published on 30 January 2015: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recommended a national overhaul of laws on pre-employment checks for people who work with children to ensure a uniform national approach.

Sexual abuse Royal Commission announces Ballarat public hearings Sexual abuse Royal Commission announces Ballarat public hearings

Published on 30 January 2015: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first public hearings in the regional Victorian city of Ballarat in May 2015.

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