Welcome to CLAN - Care Leavers Australia Network

If you need support to go to the Royal Commission to tell your story please contact CLAN on 1800 008 774 and we will be there with you!


 

 

 

The CLAN office will be closed on Friday 18th April and Monday 21st April due to the Easter Holidays.

The CLAN office will also be closed on Friday 25th April due to the ANZAC Day holiday.

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CLAN recently got in touch with a man - Barry Wilson, who was raised in St Augustines Orphanage, Highton, VIC and was sexually abused by the Christian Brothers.

CLAN learnt that he only had 6 weeks to live as he was suffering from a long battle of liver cancer and Barry thought he not get a chance to tell his story to the Royal Commission. CLAN organised for Barry to tell his story to the Royal Commission from his hospital bed.

Click HERE to read his story

Click HERE to read a story on the Christian Brothers willing to pay for Barry's funeral

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The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Perth commencing Monday 28 April 2014 into the experiences of a number of men who were resident at Christian Brothers’ residences in Western Australia and the responses of the Christian Brothers and relevant Western Australian State authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse at the residences.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  1. The experiences of a number of men who were resident at one or more of the residences operated by the Congregation of Christian Brothers (the Christian Brothers) in Western Australia: Castledare Junior Orphanage, St Vincent’s Orphanage Clontarf, St Mary’s Agricultural School Tardun and Bindoon Farm School (the Christian Brothers’ institutions).
  2. The response of the former Christian Brothers’ Province of Western Australia and South Australia and the current Province of Oceania and relevant Western Australian State authorities to complaints made about any member of the Christian Brothers who was engaged in teaching or other activities at each of the Christian Brothers’ institutions.
  3. The conduct of the claims made through Towards Healing, Redress WA, civil action and/or directly to the Christian Brothers for compensation or assistance by each of the residents and the experience of each in the relevant process
  4. The evidence and findings of other inquiries relating to the Christian Brothers’ institutions.
  5. Any other related matters.

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The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney commencing in Thursday 27 March 2014 into the handling by The Salvation Army (Eastern Territory) of claims of child sexual abuse between 1993 and 2014.

We are encouraging all Clannies to attend the Royal Commission hearings as we will be staging a protest from 8:30am at Governor Macquarie Tower.

Hope to see as many Clannies there as possible and please wear your CLAN badges to show your support.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  1. The policies, practices and procedures of The Salvation Army (Eastern Territory), between 1993 and 2014, for responding to claims of child sexual abuse at children’s homes it operated or elsewhere.
  2. The application and adequacy of these policies, practices and procedures between 1993 and 2014.
  3. The experience of people who made complaints to The Salvation Army (Eastern Territory) between 1993 and 2014.
  4. The policies, practices and procedures between 1989 and 2014 concerning the disciplining of officers of The Salvation Army (Eastern Territory) who were the subject of allegations of child sexual abuse.
  5. Any other related matters.

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Cardinal George Pell appeared as a witness to this Royal Commission public hearing on Monday 24th March.

Click HERE to view media articles about this hearing.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is as follows:

1. The response of the Catholic Church to:
     1. the complaint of child sexual abuse made by John Ellis under Towards Healing
     2. the review of the Towards Healing process in relation to John Ellis’ complaint
     3. the civil action commenced by John Ellis in relation to his complaint.
2. The hearing will also examine the experience of John Ellis in relation to:
      1. the Towards Healing process
      2. the review of the Towards Healing process in relation to his complaint
      3. the civil action commenced by him in relation to his complaint.

Below are photos from the protests throughout the week



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The Victorian SANO Police Taskforce has recently approached CLAN and are asking for anyone to provide information about any child sexual abuse that took place at the Ballarat Orphanage. They would like to hear from anyone who is willing to tell their individual story, and hopefully assist in the identification of those persons who were responsible for child sexual abuse at that location.

The SANO detectives are specialist investigators who are trained to deal with this type of complaint, and are willing to travel to speak with you.

If you have any information please contact the Victorian SANO Taskforce on 1800 110 007

If you have any concerns with contacting the Victorian SANO police taskforce, or if you have any questions regarding this please do not hesitate to contact CLAN on 1800 008 774. 

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Click HERE to read CLAN's media release about the protest held at the Royal Commission of the hearings for the Parramatta Girls Home and Hay Girls Institution.

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Click HERE to read CLAN's media release about the fitness of the Salvation Army to be a provider of services to any vulnerable persons today


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The Age printed an article in the Age on 17/2/14. The Salvos still don't get it! They say that "publicising the award was inappropriate" but not giving the award!

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The Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions will be displayed at the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

Dates: 14th March - 29th June 2014
Where: Western Australian Maritime Museum
Address: Victoria Quay, Fremantle
Time: Open daily - 9:30am-5pm

For more information please click HERE or call (08) 9431 8334 or www.museum.wa.gov.au

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Click HERE to view media articles about the Royal Commission hearing into the Parramatta and Hay Girls Homes

Click HERE to view media articles about the Royal Commission hearing into the Salvation Army’s response to child sexual abuse at boys’ Homes in Indooroopilly, Riverview and Goulburn.

Click HERE to view media articles and interviews about the Royal Commission hearing into the Towards Healing Scheme

Click HERE to view media articles and interviews about the Royal Commission hearing into the North Coast Children's Home

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Royal Commission Message to Australia and Thank You card

To date the Royal Commission has held over 1,000 private sessions. Many of those sessions were facilitated by stakeholders such as yourselves. Many individuals who have attended private sessions have wanted to commemorate their experience in some way.

From 2014, the Chair of the Royal Commission, Justice Peter McClellan, will offer people who have attended a private session a thank you card and invite anyone who has shared their story at a private session to provide a ‘Message to Australia’. There are more details on these two initiatives below.

From 10 February 2014, people attending a private session will receive a ‘thank you’ pack at the end of their private session.
If you, or an individual you have helped, attended a private session during 2013 and would like to receive a thank you card or provide your ‘Message to Australia’, please call the Royal Commission on 1800 099 340 or for more information CLICK HERE

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At long last Care Leavers have got a Royal Commission! Thank you to everyone who sent Royal Commission postcards, came to protests, wrote letters & never, ever gave up on our dream of a Royal Commission. The Committee of CLAN thanks each & every one of our members for their continuous support! Thank you to Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard for listening to our voices and for receiving our 10,000 postcards.

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The Royal Commission conducted its 3rd public hearing in Sydney starting Monday 18th November on the North Coast Children's Home, Lismore. Click HERE to view media of the public hearing

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The Royal Commission conducted its 4th public hearing in Sydney starting Monday 9th December on the Towards Healing process by the Catholic Church. Click HERE to view media of the public hearing

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The Royal Commission conducted its 5th public hearing in Sydney starting Tuesday 28th January on the Salvation Army’s response to child sexual abuse at boys’ Homes in Indooroopilly, Riverview and Goulburn. Click HERE to view media of the public hearing

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The Royal Commission conducted its 7th public hearing in Sydney starting on Monday 24th February on the Parramatta Girls Home and Hay Institution for Girls. Click HERE to view media of the public hearing

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CLAN had a meeting in our Melbourne office with the Salvation Army - South Eastern Territory Division which covers, VIC, TAS, SA and WA.

CLAN lobbied for the removal of the requirement of the 100 points of identity that the Salvation Army required in order to gain access to your records of your time in the Salvation Army orphanages and boys and girls Homes.

We are happy to announce that the Salvation Army South Eastern Territory Division has removed this requirement and made the process of getting your records much easier by removing the 100 points of identity required.

We thank the Salvation Army for meeting with CLAN and for agreeing to these important changes. If you would like more information please contact CLAN on 1800 008 774.

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CLAN's Memorial To People Who Died In 'Care'

Did you know that CLAN is collating a memorial of people who died in 'care'?

Click HERE to view the memorial of children who died in 'care'

CLAN has also made a memorial to members who have since died. Click HERE to view the memorial.

CLAN is also making a tribute to our ANZACS.

CLAN would like to honour and pay our respects to the men and women who were wards of the State and raised in orphanages, children’s Homes, boarded out (an earlier term for fostering), in training ships/hulks/reformatories and in foster care who fought for our country in WWI. At this stage we are only looking for people who were in WWI, and with more resources we will include other wars.

If you have a relative who was in ‘care’ and fought in WWI we invite you to place your relative’s name on CLAN’s honour board on our website. It would be helpful if you could provide us with their service number, date of birth and the orphanage(s) they were raised in.

Click HERE to view the memorial of people who were in 'care' and died serving our country in WWI and WWII

Please contact CLAN on 1800 008 774 if you would like to discuss adding names or information to our memorial pages.

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CAN YOU HELP FIND OUR FAMILIES?

CLAN has added a new section to its website called Can You Help Find Families - on the menu bar. In this section any CLAN member or any members of the police, or any lawyer/solicitor can request to have information put up on this section so CLAN members and their general public can help find information about from various orphanages, children's Homes or institutions.

CLAN member Raymond Wilson is looking for anyone that may remember him from Tally Ho Boys Home, VIC. Raymond remembers two cottages from Tally Ho (Scott and Mawson) and he also remembers the cottage parents Mr and Mrs Stevens/Stephens. Raymond was in Tally Ho around the 1960s-1970s era. If you have any information about Raymond Wilson please contact CLAN on 1800 008 774. The below photo is of Raymond as a child.


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CLAN member Ray Mottlee is looking for his brother Peter Mottlee born in 1960. He is also the brother of Brian Mottlee. If you have any information about Peter Mottlee please contact CLAN on 1800 008 774 and we will pass your details on to Ray. The below photo is of Ray Mottlee.


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CLAN member Jennifer Brown is looking for her birth parents. She was born on 14th September 1949 at the Sussex Maternity Hospital, Brighton, UK. Her mother's name is Gwendoline Elsie Surtees and her father's name is unknown. The below photo is of Jennifer Brown. She would love any information or a photograph of her parents. If you have any information please contact CLAN on 1800 008 774


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 Victorian Inquiry into Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations

Click HERE to view information about the inquiry

Click HERE to view the submission

CLAN's submission is also on the Parliament of Victoria's website and can be viewed HERE

Click HERE to view a list of 117 orphanages, children’s Homes and other institutions run by Churches and Charities that may be covered by the inquiry. If you were in any of these Homes you MAYBE covered by the inquiry.

Click HERE to view a list of 17 orphanages, children’s Homes and other institutions run by the Victorian State Government and people who were in these Homes will NOT be covered by the inquiry.

Click HERE to view media about the inquiry

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CLAN decided to send NSW, SA, VIC and Federal politicians a card for their birthday as these are the states where there are no Redress schemes. Inside the card we write that "Australian children in orphanages, children's Homes and foster care did not receive a card or have their birthday celebrated"

We sent 446 birthday cards to NSW, SA, VIC and Federal politicians for the months of January-December 2012!!

Click HERE to view the 446 politicians we sent birthday cards to.

Only 5 politicians acknowledged our birthday cards and thanked us for it. Click HERE to view the thank you list.




Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) is a support, advocacy, research and training group for people brought up in care away from their family as state wards or Home children raised in Children's Homes, orphanages or other institutions, or in foster care. CLAN is also for anyone who has a close family member who was placed in "care".

Many of these people are now middle-aged or older but still carry the burden of unresolved issues from this past. Our aim is to raise community awareness of these issues, and to campaign for government assistance to redress them. CLAN welcomes everyone who has been affected by the "care" system, regardless of your background or heritage - we are here to help.

Contact CLAN on 1800 008 774 or 0425-204-747 or email us at support@clan.org.au

 

CLAN is located at 463 Chapel Road, Bankstown, NSW, 2200 and all mail can be directed to CLAN PO Box 164, Georges Hall, NSW, 2198 

CLAN welcomes and needs donations, and all money received helps us to continue providing this essential service to all care leavers. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible. If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque or money order to CLAN Inc, PO Box 164 Georges Hall, NSW, 2198. We are also very happy to receive gifts of stamps.

CLAN's ABN:
67 736 746 011


CLAN News Flash!

Former child migrants to begin class action over school abuse
Lorna Knowles
ABC Radio News
13th March 2014
Updated 13th March 2014
, Former child migrants begin a landmark class action in the NSW Supreme Court tomorrow for abuse they allegedly suffered at Fairbridge Farm School. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 13/03/2014
Time for truth
Geoff Chambers and Janet Fife Yeomans, The Daily Telegraph
11th March 2014
Updated 11th March 2014
He stands accused of sex abuse at a Sydney girls home but insists that he’s innocent more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/03/2014
Everyone was abused, says NC Childrens Home survivor
Andy Parks, Northern Star
6th March 2014
Updated 6th March 2014
AS MORE revelations come out of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, one man is asking: What about other forms of abuse? more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/03/2014
Boys raped, beaten by Salvo carers
Nathan Klein, The Daily Telegraph
30th January 2014
Updated 30th January 2014
Salvation Army officers fondled boys penises while they were in the shower, frequently assaulted them and did nothing when told one of the boys in their care was raped, an inquest heard yesterday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 30/01/2014
Boys sadistically punished by Salvation Army officers
Peter Bodkin, The Daily Telegraph
29th January 2014
Updated 29th January 2014
Boys sent to live in Salvation Army Homes were subjected to brutal sexual abuse and daily rituals of forced labour and sadistic punishment from being locked in cages for days to eating their own vomit. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/01/2014
Shining the spotlight on Salvation Army abuse
Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Daily Telegraph
27th January 2014
Updated 27th January 2014
THE shocking cover up by the Salvation Army of the sexual and physical abuse of children at its boys Homes and orphanages will be investigated by the royal commission into child sex abuse starting tomorrow. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/01/2014
Men make up two thirds of Royal Commission victim briefings
Tom Nightingale
ABC News Radio
11th January 2014
Updated 11th January 2014
, The Royal Commission into institutional child sex abuse has conducted about 1,000 private briefings with victims so far. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 13/01/2014
Brutal
Lisa Backhouse
ABC Stateline
7th April 2006
Updated 7th April 2006
, Now to an issue that continues to haunt Queensland. It's 12 years since the notorious Westbrook Boys Home near Toowoomba was closed, following claims of torture and abuse. more ...
Historical Articles - Posted 06/01/2014
Not just about abuse: records access is key to Care Leavers identity
Cate O'Neill, The Conversation
20th December 2013
Updated 20th December 2013
You have the records of our abuse. So read the placards held by protesters outside hearings of the Royal Commission and the recent Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/12/2013
Marist Brothers leader Alexis Turton failed to act over alleged abuse
Dan Box
The Australian
17th December 2013
Updated 17th December 2013
, THE leader of a Catholic religious order failed to pass on allegations that one of his colleagues had sexually abused children to either the police or to the school where he knew the brother was teaching. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/12/2013
We will never get over it, says sex abuse victim
The Border Mail
15th November 2013
Updated 15th November 2013
DENNIS Hayes doubts child sexual abuse victims will ever get over the horror. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/12/2013
Abuse victim wants church to pay up
Nigel McNay, The Border Mail
15th November 2013
Updated 15th November 2013
GEOFF Steele says a Victorian report on clergy child sex abuse has missed its mark in failing to recommend compensation for victims like him. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/12/2013
Victim speaks out ahead of Salvos abuse inquiry
James Kelly
ABC News
12th December 2013
Updated 12th December 2013
, A Brisbane man is among dozens of people who hope to give evidence when the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse turns its attention to the Salvation Army.
Special thanks to CLAN member Wally for doing this interview and being so brave for speaking up more ...
Media Articles - Posted 13/12/2013
Wallsend, Belmont, Hamilton child sex allegations
Joanne McCarthy
The Newcastle Herald
11th December 2013
Updated 11th December 2013
, POLICE have laid fresh charges against an 82 year old man alleged to have sexually abused boys at the former Woodlands Children’s Home at Wallsend, and at premises at Belmont and Hamilton. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/12/2013
Hush fund: Catholic Church paid $43 million to keep abuse secret
Janet Fife-Yeomans
The Daily Telegraph
10th December 2013
Updated 10th December 2013
, THE Catholic Church has admitted paying at least $43 million in hush money to victims of its paedophile priests, as the churchs barrister outraged victims yesterday by quoting from the Bible. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/12/2013
Catholic Church sex abuse workers trained for two days, Royal Commission told
Thomas Oriti
ABC News
10th December 2013
Updated 10th December 2013
, An inquiry into child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church has heard the people involved in a pastoral and redress scheme for victims received two days of training. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/12/2013
Child sex abuse royal commission told schools and orphanages spark most Catholic Church complaints
Thomas Oriti
ABC News
9th December 2013
Updated 9th December 2013
, A public hearing in Sydney has been told the majority of complaints of abuse within the Catholic Church involve incidents at a school, college or orphanage. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/12/2013
Abuse survivors rally outside inquiry
Ninemsn
9th December 2013
Updated 9th December 2013
, Survivors of abuse by Catholic clergy have gathered outside the royal commission in Sydney to call for justice. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/12/2013
Child abuse protesters walk out of hearing after lawyer quotes Bible
Helen Davidson
The Guardian
9th December 2013
Updated 9th December 2013
, Victims of child abuse and their supporters walked out of a public hearing at the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse after the Catholic churchs legal representative quoted the Bible in his opening address. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/12/2013
Royal Commission: Survivors flee hearing in tears
Catherine Armitage
Sydney Morning Herald
9th December 2013
Updated 9th December 2013
, With this remark, the Catholic Church’s barrister, Peter Gray SC, had the hearing room at the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse erupting in anguish and anger. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/12/2013
Royal Commission focusses on Towards Healing program
Emily Bourke
ABCs The World Today
9th December 2013
Updated 9th December 2013
, The Royal Commission into Child Abuse has begun its final public inquiry of the year, with the spotlight on the Catholic Churchs controversial Towards Healing program. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/12/2013
Saviour in abuse saga
Danny Lannen
Geelong Advertiser
7th December 2013
Updated 7th December 2013
, Church abuse survivors formally inscribed their heartfelt thanks to a Catholic priest this week in a gesture believed to be an Australian first. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/12/2013
Accused charged with sex offences
Newcastle Herald
5th December 2013
Updated 5th December 2013
AN 82 year old Thornton man appeared before Maitland Local Court yesterday charged with 53 alleged historical sex offences against boys. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 05/12/2013
No reason for this bishop to smile
The Daily Telegraph
27th November 2013
Updated 27th November 2013
A smile is the last thing youd expect to see at the royal commission into child sex abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 27/11/2013
Anglican Church official Pat Comben quizzed in Royal Commission over response to child sex abuse at North Coast Childrens Home
Ashleigh Rapper, 7 News
25th November 2013
Updated 25th November 2013
The Royal Commission into child abuse has heard a former Anglican Church official responsible for responding to historic abuse claims did not pass on allegations to police. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/11/2013
Im not sure Im still a Christian, Anglican priest Pat Comben says
Dan Box, The Australian
25th November 2013
Updated 25th November 2013
THE priest who was at the centre of handling a group claim from abuse victims at an Anglican Church childrens home in NSW has quit, saying he is no longer sure he call himself a Christian. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/11/2013
Voices to be heard, at last
Jessica Grewal, Byron News
23rd November 2013
Updated 23rd November 2013
Since former Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the voices of children abused within the walls of the nations institutions would finally be heard, the royal commission has travelled to every state and territory and heard horror stories from more than 800 people. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/11/2013
Common name blunder left priest free to abuse young
The Daily Telegraph
22nd November 2013
Updated 22nd November 2013
Warning about an allegedly abuse priest called Brown were ignored because the name was too common, the royal commission into child sex abuse heard yesterday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/11/2013
Heavenly wish after living hell
AT four years of age I was made a ward of the state in Victoria. more ...
Letters to Newspapers - Posted 21/11/2013
Shame: Australian orphanage forces children to have sex with older residents
India TV
20th November 2013
Updated 20th November 2013
Children were beaten until they were bloodied, forced to eat their own vomit and have sex with older residents at an Australian orphanage Lismore in New South Wales the royal commission has heard. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/11/2013
Dormitory abuse while kids prayed
Herald Sun
20th November 2013
Updated 20th November 2013
, Children chanted prayers in their dark church dormitory while an Anglican minister fondled one of them under their bed clothes, the royal commission into NSW child sexual abuse heard yesterday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/11/2013
Kids suffered in utter hell witness tells
Jim O'Rourke
Courier Mail
19th November 2013
Updated 19th November 2013
, Children were beaten with pony whips and canes until they bled at a childrens Home run by the Anglican Church on the NSW north coast, the royal commission into child sexual abuse heard yesterday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 19/11/2013
Death of Care Leaver inspires poet Lemn Sissay to launch The Christmas Dinner... and he needs YOUR help
Ruth Dacey, Mancunian Matters
16th November 2013
Updated 16th November 2013
Award winning Manchester author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay is urging generous volunteers to help for The Christmas Dinner which will provide a festive extravaganza. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/11/2013
Anglican North Coast Childrens Home under Royal Commission spotlight
ABC AM Radio
18th November 2013
Updated 18th November 2013
When victims began to make claims of abuse at an Anglican run childrens home in Lismore in New South Wales in 2005, the Anglican Church argued it didn't have a duty of care to the orphans who were abused at the home. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/11/2013
Child abuse royal commission to focus on Anglican Church run North Coast Childrens Home in Lismore
Lucy McNally and Emily Bourke, ABC News
18th November 2013
Updated 18th November 2013
Hearings for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will reopen in Sydney today, with the focus on a New South Wales home run by the Anglican Church. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/11/2013
Royal commission hearing starts into Lismore childrens home
Ashleigh Raper, Yahoo 7
18th November 2013
Updated 18th November 2013
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard sexual and physical abuse was both severe and far reaching at a home run by the Anglican Church in northern New South Wales. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/11/2013
Anglican church examines more abuse cases on NSW north coast
ABC News
18th November 2013
Updated 18th November 2013
The Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse will be preparing to publicly examine the North Coast Childrens Home in Lismore. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/11/2013
Beaten, raped, starved by the church an Australian story
News.com.au
18th November 2013
Updated 18th November 2013
BEATEN till they bled. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/11/2013
Anglican Church denied it ran abusive home
Annette Blackwell, The Australian
18th November 2013
Updated 18th November 2013
THE Anglican church denied it had control of the NSW orphanage where children were horribly abused when victims sought compensation, a witness has told a hearing in Sydney. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/11/2013
Royal Commission to look at orphanage abuses
Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National
18th November 2013
Updated 18th November 2013
In 2009 the Australian government officially apologised for the mental, physical and sexual abuse suffered by children in state or religious run orphanages. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/11/2013
Kevin Rudds warm spirit leaves a lasting legacy
CLAN Patron - Richard Marles MP - Corio, Geelong Advertiser
15th November 2013
Updated 15th November 2013
JANUARY 14, 2010, was one of the most important days of my life. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/11/2013
Tears follow sex abuse report
Jennifer Chiu, Colac Herald
15th November 2013
Updated 15th November 2013
FORMER Colac woman Debra Wooby shed a tear this week as the Victorian Government promised to help child sexual abuse victims find justice. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/11/2013
Victims hope for truth in Vic report
Ninemsn
13th November 2013
Updated 13th November 2013
Care leavers have anxiously awaited the Victorian parliaments report into child sex abuse, but what they really hope for is action from organisations. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/11/2013
Validation is a start, say victims
Rachel Baxendale, The Australian
14th November 2013
Updated 14th November 2013
LEONIE Sheedy witnessed brutality almost every day of the 13 years she spent in a Catholic orphanage as a child. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/11/2013
Sex abuse families hear the words so badly wanted
Jane Lee, The Age
14th November 2013
Updated 14th November 2013
Chrissie and Anthony Foster showed the inquirys committee photographs of their daughter Emmas arms, bloodied by a suicide attempt after she was repeatedly abused by a Catholic priest. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/11/2013
Catholic church welcomes child abuse report but defends its patch
David Marr, The Guardian
14th November 2013
14th November 2013
The Catholic church will not go quietly. True, the archbishops of both Melbourne and Sydney have welcomed the Victorian report into clerical sex abuse. But they signalled at the same time that despite everything the church is still fighting to defend its patch. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/11/2013
Far reaching reform from scathing report
Fiona Henderson
14th November 2013
Updated 14th November 2013
, A tragic story of devastated lives. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/11/2013
Outside Parliament House, justice meets hope
Fiona Henderson
The Courier
14th November 2013
Updated 14th November 2013
, Ballarat group Moving Towards Justice joined the Rally of Hope on the Parliament House steps yesterday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/11/2013
Calls for action against church
Fiona Henderson
The Courier
14th November 2013
14th November 2013
, A LAWYER helping Ballarat’s clergy sexual abuse survivors says the state government must force the Catholic Church to become incorporated immediately. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/11/2013
Finding a way forward
Danny Lannen, Geelong Advertiser
2nd November 2013
Updated 2nd November 2013
Kevin Hyatts mind holds no memory of most of his displaced childhood but he just cant forget the night he was raped. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/11/2013
Fight to save former Ballarat Childrens Home
Rachel Afflick, The Ballarat Courier
13th October 2013
Updated 13th October 2013
FORMER Ballarat Childrens Home residents are preparing for a fight to save part of their history. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/10/2013
Protesters to persist
Herald Sun
15th October 2013
Updated 15th October 2013
Child abuse victims say they will continue to protest until the State Government recommends a compensation scheme that recognises their suffering and disadvantage. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/10/2013
Child abuse victims want compensation
Geelong Advertiser
15th October 2013
Updated 15th October 2013
CHILD abuse victims say they will continue to protest until the Victorian government recommends a compensation scheme that recognises their suffering and disadvantage. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/10/2013
Protesters to persist
Herald Sun
15th October 2013
Updated 15th October 2013
Child abuse victims say they will continue to protest until the State Government recommends a compensations scheme that recognises their suffering and disadvantage. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/10/2013
This wont just blow over
Kathleen Noonan, The Courier Mail
12th October 2013
Updated 12th October 2013
I am feeling insanely brave this spring morning, so thought we would leap right into religion, child sex abuse within the church, married clergy and female priests. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/10/2013
North Wales child abuse: National Crime Agency announces 11th arrest
The Guardian UK
10th October 2013
Updated 10th October 2013
Detectives investigating historic sexual abuse at children's homes in north Wales have arrested a man on suspicion of child cruelty and indecent assault. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/10/2013
Gills garden of reconciliation
Darry Fernance
Goulburn Post
9th October 2013
Updated 9th October 2013
, MUCH has been done to heal the wounds of the men who as youngsters suffered under the cruel regime of some staff at the Gill Memorial Boys Home. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/10/2013
Church attempted to conceal crimes, FoI
The Daily Telegraph
4th October 2013
Updated 4th October 2013
THE Catholic Church believed it had an understanding with the NSW police in 2003 that allowed them to conceal evidence against pedophile priests, a freedom of information (FoI) document reveals. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/10/2013
Catholic Church opts for reform
Barney Zwartz, Sydney Morning Herald
3rd October 2013
Updated 3rd October 2013
The Catholic Church will create independent strategies for handling clergy sex abuse complaints by the end of next year in response to widespread criticisms, it has told the royal commission. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 03/10/2013
Childrens Home residents urged to speak
Joanna McCarthy, Newcastle Herald
2nd October 2013
Updated 2nd October 2013
THE national organisation for children raised in institutions has urged former Hunter childrens home residents to speak to police after child sex charges against two people. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 03/10/2013
Woodlands abuse charges
Joanna McCarthy, Newcastle Herald
1st October 2013
Updated 2nd October 2013
TWO former volunteer carers at Woodlands childrens home have appeared in court charged with sexually abusing young children in the 1970s. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 02/10/2013
Royal Commissions calls for victims from the North Coast Childrens Home
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is calling on former residents of the North Coast Childrens Home, who suffered child sexual abuse, to come forward and tell their story. more ...
CLAN News Flash - Posted 02/10/2013
Forgotten Australians remembered
Aimee Volkofsky, ABC News Rural
27th September 2013
Updated 27th September 2013
Many grand old buildings dotted throughout regional Australia, are all that remains of a network of childrens homes that housed 500,000 impoverished and orphaned children, throughout the 20th Century. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 30/09/2013
Nuns accused of torture, sex assaults
Greg Roberts, The Age
29th August 2002
Updated 29th August 2002
The Catholic Church has distanced itself from allegations that children were sexually and physically abused over three decades at one of Queenslands best known church institutions. more ...
Historical Articles - Posted 30/09/2013
Childrens home survivors sue Govt for $500k
Bevan Hurley, New Zealand Herald
29th September 2013
Updated 29th September 2013
Former residents of a home for troubled kids have launched a $500,000 lawsuit against the Government for claims of physical and sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 30/09/2013
He ought to have known what was going on
David Marr, Sydney Morning Herald
21st September 2013
Updated 21st September 2013
George Pell ruled the Catholic church with an iron will and, even as victims of sex abuse came forward, steadfastly tried to protect it. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 30/09/2013
Sins of the Father - The Failings of Fr Anderson
Inside Queensland
March 1998
Updated March 1998
MANTELPIECES are great places for stickybeaks. What people put on their mantelpieces often says as much about them as can be gleaned from an hour of conversation. more ...
Historical Articles - Posted 30/09/2013
Pedophile preyed on Scouts, inquiry told. Complaints ignored
Annette Blackwell, Geelong Advertiser
17th September 2013
Updated 17th September 2013
A former Scout leader says he resigned from the organisation because it was more interested in protecting itself than acting on allegations of child abuse against convicted pedophile Steve Skip Larkins. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/09/2013
Lismore abuse survivor Richard Tommy Campion leads compensation charge against Anglican church
Emily Bourke, ABC News
25th September 2013
Updated 25th September 2013
more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/09/2013
Anglican Church run orphanage to be examined by Royal Commission
Mark Colvin and Emily Bourke, ABC PM Radio
25th September 2013
Updated 25th September 2013
The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse is preparing to turn its attention to the North Coast Children's Home in Lismore. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/09/2013
Victims get time to appeal compo
Sydney Morning Herald
25th September 2013
Updated 25th September 2013
Victims of crime who wanted to challenge compensation claims were given extra time to lodge an appeal - but were not told of the opportunity before it was too late to apply. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/09/2013
Submissions on Home abuse
The Daily Telegraph
13th September 2013
Updated 13th September 2013
The national Royal Commission into child sexual abuse wants people to contribute ideas and expertise on the best way to prevent children living in out of home care from being abused. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/09/2013
Orphanage burial site claim referred to Coroner, police
Rachel Afflick, The Ballarat Courier
14th August 2013
Updated 14th August 2013
The alleged burial of children at the former Ballarat Orphanage has been referred to the Coroner and Victoria Police. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/09/2013
Royal Commission to hear evidence from survivor of abuse in Salvation Army childrens home
Malarndirri McCarthy, NITV News
23rd September 2013
Updated 24th September 2013
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse will be examining case studies into the YMCA next month and the Salvation Army early next year. more ...
Multi Media - Posted 24/09/2013
Paedophile ring used boys home
Joanne McCarthy, Sydney Morning Herald
23rd September 2013
Updated 23rd September 2013
An organised ring of paedophiles believed to include Anglican and Catholic clergy used a Sunday afternoon childrens Christian program in the 1970s to sexually abuse boys at a church run Wallsend boys home. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 23/09/2013
Letter to Sydney Morning Herald: Paedophile ring used boys home
23rd September 2013
Updated 23rd September 2013
I congratulate the Wallsend boys Home Care Leaver and his wife for their courage in telling his story to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse and to reporter Joanne McCarthy. more ...
Letters to Newspapers - Posted 23/09/2013
An Apology from the Anglican Diocese of Grafton North Coast Childrens Home, Lismore.
The Anglican Diocese of Grafton apologises unreservedly to children who, in the past, suffered from sexual abuse, harsh punishment or a lack of appropriate and nurturing care while resident at the North Coast Childrens Home, Lismore. more ...
CLAN News Flash - Posted 23/09/2013
Woodlands boys abused by Christian paedophiles
Joanne McCarthy
Newcastle Herald
22nd September 2013
Updated 22nd September 2013
, AN organised ring of paedophiles, believed to include Anglican and Catholic clergy, used a Sunday afternoon childrens Christian program in the 1970s to sexually abuse boys at a church-run boys home in Wallsend. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/09/2013
From Middlemore to Molong
Penny Hyde, Inside History Magazine
March-April 2013 issue
Updated 20th September 2013
BEFORE his seventh birthday, Peter Bennett saw more of the world than most children his age would see in a lifetime.. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/09/2013
Royal Commission into sex abuse - child victim tells of Scouts dishonour
Janet Fife Yeomans, The Daily Telegraph
17th September 2013
Updated 17th September 2013
A YOUNG man who was the victim of a notorious paedophile as a young scout has set the tone for the child abuse royal commission with strong and moving testimony. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/09/2013
Shocking church child abuse investigation underway in Australia
Agence France Presse, The Raw Story
16th September 2013
Updated 16th September 2013
An Australian inquiry into church and institutional child abuse began public hearings Monday, with warnings that widespread and shocking allegations would be heard against places of worship, orphanages, community groups and schools. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/09/2013
Child sex victims call for compensation: Royal Commission
Newcastle Herald
17th September 2013
Updated 17th September 2013
VICTIMS have staked out the first public hearing of the Royal Commission into child sex abuse, demanding the institutions involved be made to pay compensation. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/09/2013
Support group for abuse victims makes its presence felt at royal commission
Helen Davidson, The Guardian
17th September 2013
Updated 17th September 2013
Members of CLAN describe their own suffering in childrens institutions as they gather in solidarity with witnesses. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/09/2013
Call for redress as commission opens
Sky News
16th September 2013
Updated 16th September 2013
Victims have staked out the first public hearing of the Royal Commission into child sex abuse, demanding the institutions involved be made to pay compensation. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/09/2013
North Coast abuse claims to be dealt with in November
Daniel Burdon, Northern Rivers Echo
17th September 2013
Updated 17th September 2013
THE handling of sex abuse complaints at the New South Wales North Coast Children's Home in Grafton will be investigated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in November. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/09/2013
Public hearings for royal commission into child sexual abuse in institutions begin
Diane McCracken, ABC 702 Sydney
16th September 2013
Updated 16th September 2013
A public hearing for the royal commission into child sexual abuse in institutions began in Sydney today and is focusing on a former Hunter region scout leader and foster care worker. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/09/2013
Shocking child sex abuse to be revealed
Janet Fife Yeomans, Daily Telegraph
16th September 2013
Updated 16th September 2013
The full extent of child sexual abuse will shock the nation when the royal commission begins its hearings today, advocacy groups and victims lawyers have warned. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/09/2013
Church rep says further abuse claims probable
TV NZ
17th September 2013
Updated 17th September 2013
A representative of the Catholic church believes further claims of child abuse within the church will likely surface with increased publicity over the issue. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/09/2013
The nation needs to be shocked by abuse commission
Hannah Belcher, SBS World News
15th September 2013
Updated 15th September 2013
Australia needs to be shocked by the Royal Commission into child sex abuse set to begin on Monday, advocates say. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/09/2013
Most children in care were abused, says advocacy group CLAN
Virginia Trioli, ABC Breakfast News
16th September 2013
Updated 16th September 2013
Leonie Sheedy from advocacy group Care Leavers Australia Network says most children who were in orphanages or foster care over the past 30 years were subject to abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/09/2013
Abuse commission cant investigate every allegation
Dan Box, The Australian
16th September 2013
Updated 16th September 2013
THE national royal commission into institutional child sex abuse will not be able to investigate every organisation within Australia where such abuse is alleged to have occurred. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/09/2013
Childhood stolen in a matter of minutes
Tammy Mills, The Border Mail
5th September 2013
Updated 5th September 2013
IT was one time, it lasted minutes and it damaged a nine year old forever. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/09/2013
Inquiry to challenge powerful bodies
Sky News
12th September 2013
Updated 12th September 2013
Stories have been gathered and parameters set, now Australia will see the behaviour of powerful institutions challenged as never before. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 13/09/2013
Church threatening sex abuse victims with court: solicitor
Catherine Armitage, The Sydney Morning Herald
7th September 2013
Updated 7th September 2013
The Catholic Church is pursuing hard-line legal tactics against victims of sex abuse in civil claims despite publicly promising to put victims needs first, lawyers say. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/09/2013
State must do more for abused children
Caroline Zielinski, The Age
9th September 2013
Updated 9th September 2013
The royal commission on child sex abuse is not enough to compensate abused children, according to a group representing former victims. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/09/2013
Child sex abuse accused to apply for bail
Ninemsn
30th August 2013
Updated 30th August 2013
A West Australian counsellor once considered a leading authority in mens health and now facing child sex abuse charges against boys, will apply for bail next week. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/09/2013
Twenty boys allegedly abused by Rockingham counsellor Allan Keith Huggins
97.3FM Coast Live
28th August 2013
Updated 28th August 2013
Police say there could be more victims yet to come forward after a Rockingham man faced his first set of charges for the sexual abuse of more than 20 young boys. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/09/2013
Predator punished - Second jail term for Salesian child abuse priest
Shannon Deery, Herald Sun
31st August 2013
Updated 31st August 2013
A DISGRACED former priest who plied young boys with cigarettes and alcohol before assaulting and raping them has been jailed for a second time. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/09/2013
Shining a light on our dark past
Carolyn Webb, The Age
30th August 2013
Updated 30th August 2013
Over seven years as a child living at Orana Methodist Home in Burwood, Jeanette Blick was sexually abused, injected with whooping cough in a university medical experiment and beaten for not eating her tea. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/09/2013
Abuse inquiry delayed
Barney Zwartz, The Age
28th August 2013
Updated 28th August 2013
The Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled child sexual abuse has had its deadline extended and will now report to Parliament on November 15. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/09/2013
Hope survives the pain
Karen Hardy, The Age
17th March 2013
Updated 17th March 2013
I often wonder what my mothers childhood would have been like. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 05/09/2013
Religious orders still refusing to contribute to redress scheme
RTE News Ireland
2nd September 2013
Updated 2nd September 2013
Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has said the State got nowhere in convincing Catholic religious orders to pay for half of the cost of residential abuse claims. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 05/09/2013
Bearing Witness for the Nation
Gary Tippet, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
15th August 2013
Updated 15th August 2013
Last year, following almost 20 years of revelations about child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church and other secular bodies, Australias then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a sweeping and, for many, long-awaited inquiry – a Royal Commission – into child sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 05/09/2013
Abuse inquiry to reopen for church officials
Dan Box, The Australian
28th August 2013
Updated 28th August 2013
A NSW inquiry into the alleged cover up of child abuse within the Catholic church will reopen its public hearings to consider evidence from two of the most senior Catholics officials in the country. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/08/2013
UK abuse probe team to visit Australia
David Young, Sydney Morning Herald
23rd August 2013
Updated 23rd August 2013
A public inquiry into historic institutional child abuse in Northern Ireland is to send a specialist team to Australia after almost 60 alleged victims or witnesses made contact. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 23/08/2013
Deadline for child sexual abuse inquiry extended again
ABC News
22nd August 2013
Updated 22nd August 2013
The State Government has again extended the reporting date for the special commission of inquiry into child sexual abuse in the Hunter. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 23/08/2013
Its never too late to say sorry
Murray Mottram, The Age
7th June 2002
Updated 7th June 2002
The story of Valda Hogan and her brothers reads like something out of Charles Dickens. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 21/08/2013
Abused and experimented on, survivors of Canadian Indian school receive apology from church
Deborah Hastings, New York Daily News
16th August 2013
16th August 2013
Placed on starvation level diets, subjected to medical experiments, survivors of Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Ontario receive personal apology from Presbyterian Church. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/08/2013
State to pursue religious orders for 250m Euros extra over abuse
Stepehen Collins, Irish Times
24th July 2013
Updated 24th July 2013
more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/08/2013
Orphans tortured by nuns for 90 years
BBC News Asia-Pacific
30th March 1998
30th March 1998
Neerkol in northern Queensland, scene of the torture according to a report. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/08/2013
Salvos settle $10m child sex abuse lawsuit
News.net.au
15th August 2013
Updated 15th August 2013
The Salvation Army has settled a $10 million lawsuit brought by an 80 year old Sydney man who claims he was abused while under the charitys care in the 1940s. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/08/2013
Abuser who got away with it to be focus of hearings
Catherine Armitage, Sydney Morning Herald
15th August 2013
Updated 15th August 2013
Steven Larkins was a 25 year old Scout leader when he got into bed with an 11 year old boy and indecently assaulted him in 1992. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/08/2013
Church condemns sex abuse inquiry
John Ferguson, The Australian
7th August 2013
7th August 2013
THE Catholic Church has accused high profile critics of its handling of child sex abuse cases of fabricating evidence and parliamentarians of failing to personally investigate crucial facts. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/08/2013
Commission will challenge church
Jennifer Chiu, Colac Herald
5th April 2013
Updated 5th April 2013
COLACS Catholic parish priest says he expects a royal commission into child sexual abuse will challenge the church. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/08/2013
Church fights back amid claims of blocking report
Barney Zwartz, The Age
10th August 2013
Updated 10th August 2013
The Catholic Salesians of Don Bosco order misled the Victorian inquiry into child sexual abuse about its attempts to suppress an independent report that criticised it, according to the report's author. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/08/2013
Church adviser says insurance company dictated protocol on how to treat victims of clerical abuse
Steve Cannane and Sashka Koloff, ABC Lateline
9th August 2013
Updated 9th August 2013
A psychologist who advised the Catholic Church committee that deals with sexual abuse says the churchs insurance company dictated how victims should be treated under the Towards Healing protocol. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/08/2013
Royal Commission calls for submissions on Towards Healing
Steve Cannane, ABC Lateline
8th August 2013
Updated 8th August 2013
The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse is taking submissions into the Catholic Churchs Towards Healing protocols which were introduced in 1996 to deal with abuse committed by clergy. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/08/2013
Royal Commission - Issues Paper No 3 - Child Safe Institutions
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,
8th August 2013
Updated 8th August 2013
The Royal Commission has released its third Issues Paper and is seeking submissions from interested parties by Friday 11 October 2013. more ...
CLAN News Flash - Posted 09/08/2013
Abused girls institution trauma
Madeline Hamilton, Eureka Street Magazine
4th August 2013
4th August 2013
On Fridays, when I push my two preschoolers in their double stroller to the Preston market, I pass the Anglicare office in Murray Road. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/08/2013
Im so grateful for the chance to tell my story
Richard Tommy Campion, The Daily Telegraph , 5th August 2013
Updated 5th August 2013

LAST year I wrote an open letter to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse pleading to sit before them and speak of the physical and sexual abuse in an Anglican Church home I lived in as a child. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 05/08/2013
The Fox and his quarry
Dan Box, The Australian
2nd August 2013
Updated 2nd August 2013
ETECTIVE Chief Inspector Peter Fox looks at the 14 people sitting in the public gallery of Newcastle Supreme Court, then leans over to his wife, Penny, and whispers: Not much of an audience today. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 02/08/2013
Ron Green and his fellow orphanage kids revisit their childhood hell
Trent Dalton, The Australian
27th July 2013
27th July 2013
ITS hard to say what makes someone embark on a journey they know leads to pain or why someone might choose to trace it. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/07/2013
Abuse at St Francis Boys Home kept secret for 60 years
Nic Rigby, BBC News
20th July 2013
22nd July 2013
An ex resident of a Catholic orphanage in Bedfordshire has spoken for the first time about being sexually abused by a priest 60 years ago. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/07/2013
Attorney-General launches Royal Commission legal advisory service
Samantha Donovan, ABC News , 16th July 2013
Updated 17th July 2013

The Federal Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus, has launched a free national legal advisory service for people wanting to give evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The service will be run by the National Association of Community Legal Centres and will be independent of the Royal Commission and Government. more ...
Multi Media - Posted 17/07/2013
CATHOLICCARE DOESNT CARE!
Once again Cardinal Pell’s statements of care and concern have shown to be absolute and total lies as a 90 year old woman struggles to get one sentence about her childhood in a NSW orphanage. more ...
CLAN News Flash - Posted 20/06/2013
The gift of Madeleine
Edwina Mason, The Goulburn Post
20th June 2013
Updated 20th June 2013
THE community of Young and the many former Goulburn orphanage boys she cared for are this week mourning the passing of Sr Madeleine Lawrence, aged 110. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/06/2013
Good Shepherd Sisters denying history
Adele Chynoweth, OnLine Opinion
19th June 2013
Updated 19th June 2013
The recent claims, by lawyer and lobbyist Bryan Keon-Cohen, that the Catholic Church is a law unto itself in its resistance of governmental responses to child abuse, could be applied to Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 19/06/2013
Finally, someone to talk to
Catherine Armitage, Sydney Morning Herald , 15th June 2013
About 5000 people contacted the royal commission on child sexual abuse in its first few months. Catherine Armitage asked three of them to share their experiences. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/06/2013
Abuse victims want Salvos to pay
News.com.au
17th June 2013
Updated 17th June 2013
ORPHANS who say they were abused as children in Salvation Army homes are demanding compensation from the Christian charity. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/06/2013
Commission calls for more victims to come forward
Catherine Armitage, Sydney Morning Herald
16th June 2013
Updated 16th June 2013
In its first month of private hearings in Sydney, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has referred four matters to police and been warned that child sexual abuse continues in Australian institutions. more ...
- Posted 16/06/2013
Cardinal George Pell to appear before child sex abuse inquiry
News.com.au
26th May 2013
Updated 28th May 2013
THE world will be watching when Australias most senior Catholic faces Victorias child sex abuse inquiry tomorrow, a victim's advocate says. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/05/2013
Cardinal George Pell to give evidence at child abuse inquiry
The Guardian UK
27th May 2013
Updated 28th May 2013
Victorian premier urges Australias top Catholic to be open about churchs handling of abuse within its ranks. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/05/2013
Cardinal George Pell has confessed to creation of false documents and reprehensible cover ups of child sex abuse
Matt Johnston and Michelle Ainsworth, Herald Sun
27th May 2013
Updated 28th May 2013
CARDINAL George Pell has confessed false documents were created and priests took part in reprehensible cover ups of child sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/05/2013
Cardinal George Pell says sorry for abuse by clergy and admits celibacy is a factor
Miichelle Ainsworth and Annika Smethurst, Herald Sun
27th May 2013
Updated 28th May 2013
AUSTRALIAS most senior Catholic Cardinal George Pell has apologised for the sexual abuse that has occurred at the hands of clergy but has defended capped compensation arrangements. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/05/2013
Pell urged to be open at sex abuse inquiry
SBS News
27th May 2013
Updated 28th May 2013
Cardinal George Pell will be the final witness in the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse when he gives evidence on Monday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/05/2013
Pell blames inaction, loose entry standards
Jane Lee, The Age
27th May 2013
28th May 2013
Cardinal George Pell has acknowledged that senior figures in the Australian Catholic Church covered up evidence about child abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/05/2013
Cardinal Pell to appear before Victorian inquiry today
CathNews
26th May 2013
Updated 28th May 2013
Australias most senior Catholic, Cardinal Pell, has been urged to apologise for child sex crimes committed by members of the church when he fronts a Victorian parliamentary inquiry today, reports AAP in The Sydney Morning Herald. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/05/2013
Give us all the facts, Cardinal George Pell told by Denis Napthine
John Ferguson, The Australian
27th May 2013
28th May 2013
CARDINAL George Pell has been urged by the Victorian Premier to provide honest and forthright evidence to the state parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/05/2013
Hope Pell will reveal truth at Vic inquiry
Daniel Fogarty, The Australian
24th May 2013
Updated 27th May 2013
ANTHONY Foster hopes an uncomfortable and unfamiliar environment will open cracks in the armour of Australias most senior Catholic, bringing out the truth about the decades long child sexual abuse scandal. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 27/05/2013
Road to restoration begins for forgotten children farm school
Margaret Burin, ABC Ballarat
13th February 2012
27th May 2013
About 10 years ago Bacchus Marsh resident Malcolm Rogers began seeking answers to questions he had about his family history. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 27/05/2013
Tackling justice and compensation for abuse victims must not be delayed
Sydney Morning Herald
22nd May 2013
Updated 22nd May 2013
The three concurrent inquiries into institutional child abuse are uncovering terrible suffering and will soon enough prompt calls for fairer measures of compensation. The federal royal commission does not tackle issues of reparations. But admissions by institutions such as the Catholic Church need to be dealt with beyond the inquiries. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 24/05/2013
Letters to The Age about the Archbishop Hart appearing at the Victorian Inquiry into Child Abuse
The Age
22nd May 2013
Updated 22nd May 2013
more ...
Letters to Newspapers - Posted 24/05/2013
Hart admits 'awful blight'
Barney Zwartz, The Age
21st May 2013
Updated 21st May 2013
Paedophile priests in Melbourne were moved from parish to parish in a culture of secrecy and cover-up in which the Catholic Church was slow to act, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart said on Thursday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/05/2013
Ex-elite sportsman jailed over child sex
Loukas Founten, ABC News
20th May 2013
Updated 22nd May 2013
A former elite sportsman and youth worker has been jailed over child sex offences committed nearly three decades ago. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/05/2013
Archbishops intervention led to fall of Bishop
Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Australian
21st May 2013
Updated 22nd May 2013
THE countrys top Anglican, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, personally intervened days before the shock resignation of the Grafton bishop over his mishandling of abuse claims at a notorious children's home. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/05/2013
Sex abuse justice cannot be fast tracked
Michael Mullins, Eureka Street
12th May 2013
Updated 20th May 2013
Victims of church sexual abuse have suffered a setback, with reports that the NSW Victims Rights and Support Bill proposes a statute of limitations for people claiming compensation for violence including child abuse or sexual assault. Under the legislation, applications must be made within ten years of the act or, if the victim was a child when it occurred, within ten years after they turn 18. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/05/2013
NSW bishop resigns over sex abuse failings
Sydney Morning Herald
17th May 2013
Updated 20th May 2013
The head of the Anglican Diocese in Grafton has resigned over the way allegations of abuse at a NSW north coast childrens home were handled. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/05/2013
Traumatic, costly, complex, shocking: bring it on
Stuart Rintoul, The Australian
4th April 2013
20th May 2013
THE task we have is large, the issues are complex, royal commissioner Peter McClellan said, after setting out the magnitude of the inquiry into child sex abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/05/2013
Too late, says victim
Peter Weekes, Northern Star
18th May 2013
Updated 20th May 2013
THE resignation of Graftons Anglican Bishop yesterday over mishandling allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a Lismore childrens home has come too late for victims, one said last night. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/05/2013
Home of broken trust
Caroline Overington, The Australian
13th March 2009
Updated 20th May 2013
THERE was a time when Richard Tommy Campion was the most gregarious guy in the room. He liked a drink. He liked a laugh. He kept his hair long and favoured bold-coloured shirts. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/05/2013
Victim one of lucky few
Cathy Stubbs, Central Coast News
22nd September 2004
20th May 2013
LIZ Vicha considers herself one of the lucky ones but there was nothing lucky about her terrible childhood. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/05/2013
Wards to speak out
Cathy Stubbs, Central Coast News
22nd September 2004
20th May 2013
Liz Vicha outside Phillip House where she stayed as a state ward. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/05/2013
QC urges Royal Commission to address Victoria's statute of limitations
Simon Lauder, ABC AM Radio
13th May 2013
Updated 20th May 2013
A statute of limitations was in place in Victoria for decades giving young girls only one year to report sexual abuse against them or the case could not be prosecuted. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/05/2013
Belgian Church reveals 300 new child sex abuse complaints
Asia One
16th May 2013
20th May 2013
The Belgian Roman Catholic Church said Wednesday it had received more than 300 complaints of sexual abuse of minors in 2012. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/05/2013
Commission urged to address statute of limitations on rape cases
Simon Lauder, ABC News
13th May 2013
Updated 16th May 2013
Law experts are calling on the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse to remedy an "unjust" statute of limitations which is still being applied retrospectively. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/05/2013
NSW church abuse victims may miss compo
Tara Ravens, The Australian
8th May 2013
Updated 16th May 2013
MOST child abuse victims who emerge during the course of ongoing national and state inquiries won't be able to claim compensation in NSW, despite finally mustering the courage to come forward. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/05/2013
Child abuse action on the one hand, apathy on the other
David Hill, Sydney Morning Herald
16th May 2013
Updated 16th May 2013
Most of us warmly welcomed the federal government's decision to establish a royal commission on the abuse of children while in institutional care. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/05/2013
Cultural blindness in church abuse investigations
Suzanne Smith, ABC News
6th May 2013
Updated 16th May 2013
The Special Commission into sexual abuse in the Hunter is about the importance of a fundamental principle - the separation of church and state, writes Suzanne Smith. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/05/2013
Child sex charges for key figure in National Youth Week celebrations
Nigel Hunt, The Advertiser
13th May 2013
Updated 14th May 2013
A KEY figure in National Youth Week celebrations in South Australia has been charged with child sex offences. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/05/2013
No police resources for clergy sex inquiry in the Hunter, inquiry hears
Neil Keene, The Daily Telegraph
14th May 2013
Updated 14th May 2013
A LACK of resources - not an intent to protect the Catholic church - was why reports of child sex abuse by senior clergy in the Hunter were not dealt with quicker, an inquiry has heard. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/05/2013
Migrants stories sought
Duncan Abey, The Mercury
13th May 2013
Updated 14th May 2013
THE Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery wants to hear from any British child migrants living in the state, ahead of a national touring exhibition detailing a controversial mass relocation scheme that ran for a century from the 1860s. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/05/2013
Private Royal Commission sessions begin in Sydney on Tuesday
Sunshine Coast Daily
6th May 2013
13th May 2013
SURVIVORS of child sexual abuse will get the chance to tell their stories in face to face private sessions when the next phase of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse begins on Tuesday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 13/05/2013
Graham Rundles Story
Frances Jones, Story courtesy of Frances Jones' blog
2nd August 2012
Updated 13th May 2013
I have a family friend who was sexually abused as a child at Eden Park Boys Home, run by the Salvation Army. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 13/05/2013
Media Release: Private sessions to tell your story to the Royal Commission
6th May 2013
Updated 13th May 2013
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will commence an important phase of its operations next week with survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions being given the opportunity to relate their experiences directly to Commissioners in face to face private sessions. Click on the PDF link to view the media release. more ...
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Press Releases - Posted 13/05/2013
Time limit on child abuse victims defended
The Daily Telegraph
10th May 2013
Updated 10th May 2013
PREMIER Barry OFarrell has defended a 10 year time limit on child abuse claims, saying it brings NSW into line with other Australian states. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/05/2013
Pell to appear before Vic abuse inquiry
SBS World News
9th May 2013
Updated 10th May 2013
The Catholic Churchs Sydney and Melbourne archbishops will give evidence before a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/05/2013
Pell to appear before Vic abuse inquiry
Nine News
9th May 2013
Updated 10th May 2013
Australias most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, will appear before a Victorian child abuse inquiry. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/05/2013
Pell to front Victorian abuse inquiry
ABC News
9th May 2013
Updated 10th May 2013
Australias most senior Catholic will come before Victorias parliamentary inquiry into child sexual abuse later this month. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/05/2013
Police slam Catholic Church
Jane Lee with Barney Zwartz, The Age
11th October 2012
Updated 10th May 2013
VICTORIA Police has launched a scathing attack on the Catholic Church, accusing it of deliberately impeding its investigations into child abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/05/2013
Grieving mother Beverly Whymans tale of two sons
Padraic Murphy, Herald Sun
23rd September 2012
Updated 10th May 2013
BEVERLY Whyman is a grieving mother of two sons taken from her twice. The older boy dodged the death penalty over a US killing after becoming a cause celebre as a Stolen Generation victim. But now another of her sons is in legal trouble of his own. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/05/2013
Finally, the child victims can speak at the royal commission
Peter Fox, Herald Sun
4th April 2013
Updated 10th May 2013
OVER decades I have investigated and witnessed the terrible lifelong effect of child sexual abuse on victims and their families. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/05/2013
No forgiveness in silence
Andrew Purcell, The Saturday Age
23rd March 2013
Updated 10th May 2013
As Catholics around the world celebrate the election of Pope Francis, a new film exposes the extent of the Vaticans complicity in covering up sex crimes against children. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/05/2013
Bishops admit tragic mistake over pedophile
Stuart Rintoul, The Australian
30th April 2013
Updated 10th May 2013
MOVING one of the worst pedophiles in Australian history to new parishes for years after he was identified as an abuser was a tragic mistake, Catholic bishops have admitted. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/05/2013
Churchs wall of silence on sexual abuse
Michael McKenna and Amanda Gearing, The Australian
10th May 2013
Updated 10th May 2013
A SINGLE document was all it took to illuminate a dark secret in the Church of England. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/05/2013
Child sex abuse victims set to lose compensation
Anna Patty and Harriet Alexander, The Sydney Morning Herald
9th May 2013
Updated 9th May 2013
Victims of child sex abuse may no longer be able to claim compensation under changes to NSW laws that will also slash maximum payouts to victims of crime from $50,000 to $15,000. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/05/2013
Ex-state wards tell of abuse
Nick Toscano, The Age
28th April 2013
8th May 2013
Sometimes he would summon her to his office. Other times hed creep into her room while she was doing homework. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/05/2013
Bayswater boys home a jail
Dan Moss, Maroondah and Yarra Range Weekly
23rd April 2013
Updated 8th May 2013
MORE than 660 boys fled the Salvation Armys Bayswater Boys Home over its history, the state inquiry into child abuse heard this month. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/05/2013
Vic Catholic abuse complaints number 400
Ninemsn
3rd May 2013
7th May 2013
The Catholic Churchs national system for dealing with child abuse has received about 400 complaints in Victoria, a parliamentary inquiry has heard. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/05/2013
Vic pedophile cluster just an accident
Patrick Caruana and Daniel Fogarty, Sydney Morning Herald
3rd May 2013
7th May 2013
The Christian Brothers say it was an accident of history that four pedophiles taught at a small Victorian school at the same time. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/05/2013
Mistakes, failures in church abuse scandal
Weekly Times Now
3rd May 2013
7th May 2013
THE Catholic Church had the chance to stop Gerald Ridsdales sex crimes in 1975, but instead the priest was moved on. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/05/2013
Church doesnt buy sex abuse silence, inquiry told
Nine News
4th May 2013
Updated 7th May 2013
The organisations in charge of compensating Victorian Catholics abused by clergy have denied trying to buy the silence of victims and say they have nothing to hide. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/05/2013
Catholic Church officials take the stand at child abuse inquiry
Danny Morgan, ABC News
29th April 2013
Updated 7th May 2013
The Catholic Church admits more than 100 children across Western Victoria have been abused. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/05/2013
Catholic Church paid $30m to child abuse victims
Farming Ahead Online
30th April 2013
Updated 7th May 2013
The insurers of the Catholic Church say they have paid out $30 million to about 600 victims of child sexual abuse in Victoria. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/05/2013
Abused orphans want national compo scheme
Nine News
6th May 2013
Updated 7th May 2013
Survivors of abuse and neglect in orphanages are calling for a national compensation scheme and urging the Uniting Church to lead the way with a contribution. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/05/2013
Child sex abuse inquiry hears from Christian Brothers
ABC News
3rd May 2013
Updated 7th May 2013
The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been told the first alleged instance of abuse by a Christian Brother in Victoria was in 1934, but it wasn't reported until 65 years later. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/05/2013
No police in most Uniting abuse complaints
Ninemsn
22nd April 2013
Updated 6th May 2013
Most child sex abuse complaints brought to the Uniting Church have not been referred to police by the church, a Victorian inquiry has heard. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/05/2013
Catholic investigators deny abuse cover up
Patrick Caruana and Daniel Fogarty, Sydney Morning Herald
30th April 2013
Updated 6th May 2013
The commissioners in charge of investigating claims of child abuse in the Catholic Church in Melbourne deny they have helped cover up crimes. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/05/2013
Churchs dirty linen will never lose its stench
Alan Howe, Herald Sun
5th May 2013
Updated 6th May 2013
LAST week, the Catholic Church came clean. Sort of. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/05/2013
Christian Brothers spent $1million to defend paedophile
Barney Zwartz, The Age
3rd May 2013
Updated 3rd May 2013
The Christian Brothers Catholic order spent more than $1 million defending serial paedophile Robert Best, the order has told the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled child sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 03/05/2013
Christian Brothers handling of abuse complaints indefensible
The Australian
3rd May 2013
Updated 3rd May 2013
THE Christian Brothers admit they were aware of abuse complaints against two brothers at Ballarat in Victoria but failed to tell police. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 03/05/2013
Abuse victim won $450,000 payout
Barney Zwartz, The Age
30th April 2013
Updated 1st May 2013
Child rape victim Emma Foster received $450,000 compensation from the Catholic Church when the church limit was $50,000 because she took the church to court, the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled child sex abuse heard on Tuesday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 01/05/2013
Catholic Church facilitated abuse
Barney Zwartz, WA Today
30th April 2013
Updated 1st May 2013
The Catholic Church in Ballarat effectively facilitated child sexual abuse by leaving known paedophiles in ministry and was ''unChristlike'', former Ballarat Bishop Peter Connors conceded on Monday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 01/05/2013
Church commissioners deny covering up claims of sex abuse
The Australian
30th April 2013
Updated 1st May 2013
THE commissioners in charge of handling Melbourne abuse complaints against the Catholic Church deny they helped conceal crimes from police. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 01/05/2013
Exposed: The clause that contradicts Pell
Frank Walker, The sun Herald
9th June 2002
Updated 1st May 2013
A disabled woman who said she became pregnant after being raped by a Catholic priest had to sign a secrecy clause before the Church would pay her $15,000 compensation. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 01/05/2013
Church admits moving known paedophile priest
Rachel Carbonell, ABC News
29th April 2013
Updated 30th April 2013
A Victorian Inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard the former Bishop of Ballarat made a terrible mistake by allowing a known paedophile priest to continue working. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 30/04/2013
Salvos failed to report abuse
Danny Morgan, ABC Lateline
11th April 2013
Updated 30th April 2013
Victorias child abuse inquiry has heard that nearly five hundred children complained they were sexually abused in the Salvation Armys orphanages around Victoria but the Salvos havent reported a single complaint to police. Click on the link to view the program more ...
Media Articles - Posted 30/04/2013
Safe venues for abuse hearings
Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Mercury
4th April 2013
Updated 30th April 2013
MOTEL function rooms in regional towns will be used for child sex abuse victims to reveal their darkest and most painful secrets. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 30/04/2013
Pell to give evidence, Church to bring change
Carly Crawford, Herald Sun
2nd April 2013
29th April 2013
CARDINAL George Pell will appear at the Victorian inquiry into child abuse within weeks, as the Catholic Church proposes a new system for handling abuse complaints. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/04/2013
Church used blackmail, secrecy
Barney Zwartz, The Sydney Morning Herald
27th March 2013
Updated 29th April 2013
Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church gets covered up through a system of blackmail and sacred silence, according to the founder of the Broken Rites advocacy group, Chris Wilding. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/04/2013
Salvos pay $15m in sex claims
The Mercury
12th April 2013
29th April 2013
The Salvation Army did not go to police with almost 500 child sex abuse complaints against its officers, paying out $15 million as it dealt with claims privately, an inquiry has been told. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/04/2013
100,000 abused wanting to tell
Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Mercury
11th April 2013
29th April 2013
There are up to 100,000 victims of child sex abuse who will be making claims for compensation in the wake of the royal commission into institutionalised abused, says a leading lawyer. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/04/2013
Funding sought to help abused
Michelle Paine, The Sunday Tasmanian
7th April 2013
29th April 2013
CHILD protection campaigner Hetty Johnston has called for extra funding for Tasmanian survivors of abuse as the royal commission into child sex abuse begins its work. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/04/2013
Couldnt leave hospital until signed away
The Torch
10th April 2013
29th April 2013
At just 16, Pananias Christine Cole still lives with the consequences of the forced adoption of her baby daughter. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/04/2013
Healing Broken Souls
Barney Zwartz, The Age
3rd April 2013
Updated 26th April 2013
The stakes, and the expectations, are high for the royal commission into child sexual abuse, which begins today. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/04/2013
Families Wounded by War
CLAN member Frank (VIC), , Updated 23rd April 2013
My family was mortally wounded by war. And so were many other Australian families. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 23/04/2013
Abusers may be at large, says church
Barney Zwartz, The Age
23rd April 2013
Updated 23rd April 2013
Some child sex abusers might still be among Uniting Church clergy because of poor record keeping and failure to investigate cases, the church conceded on Monday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 23/04/2013
Uniting Church paid $2m to sex abuse victims
Stuart Rintoul and Pia Akerman, The Australian
23rd April 2013
Updated 23rd April 2013
THE Uniting Church has told a Victorian child abuse inquiry that it has paid about $2 million in compensation to abuse victims arising from 63 complaints in Victoria and Tasmania dating back to the 1940s. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 23/04/2013
Healing Be Damned
Stephen Crittenden, The Global Mail
12th February 2013
Updated 23rd April 2013
The next pope will need to come to grips with the generations of systemic sexual abuse within the Catholic church. But in Australia, the spotlight is now on the credibility of protocols set up by the church to handle such claims. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 23/04/2013
Restoring The Faith
Stephen Crittenden, The Global Mail
15th November 2012
Updated 23rd April 2013
A royal commission into child sexual abuse could go a long way to acknowledging the pain of victims, and allowing Christians to once more have faith in their institutions. But how should the terms of inquiry be framed, and how long might the cleansing take? more ...
Media Articles - Posted 23/04/2013
NZ court to rule on extradition case next month
Dominique Schwartz, Australia Network News
12th April 2013
Updated 18th April 2013
A former Catholic brother wanted in Australia on 252 charges of child sexual abuse won't know until next month whether he will be extradited from New Zealand. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/04/2013
The Dark Records of Broken Lives
Stephen Crittenden, The Global Mail
17th April 2013
Updated 17th April 2013
The role of record-keeping is close to the centre of what the royal commission into abuse is all about: the battle between the Closed and the Open Society. But at least in some cases documents have been subpoenaed only as far back as 1970. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/04/2013
Royal Commission can overcome perceptions of conflict of interest Expert
Alison Caldwell, ABCs The World Today
15th April 2013
16th April 2013
The Federal Government has defended a commissioner appointed to the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse despite some of those Australians planning to give evidence to the commission calling on him to resign because hes too close to the Catholic Church. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/04/2013
Call for royal commissioner to be dropped
Alison Caldwell, ABC News
15th April 2013
Updated 16th April 2013
A support group for victims of child sexual abuse is calling for one of the six people on the royal commission to resign or be removed from the panel. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/04/2013
Call to remove sex abuse commissioner
The Sydney Morning Herald
15th April 2013
Updated 16th April 2013
The federal government has rejected a call for the removal of one of six royal commissioners investigating child sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/04/2013
Royal commission counselling pledge
Catherine Armitage, Brisbane Times
13th April 2013
Updated 15th April 2013
The federal government is to spend an unprecedented $44 million on counselling for people who relive traumatic childhood experiences for the royal commission into child sex abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/04/2013
Salvo abuse claims dealt with privately
SBS World News
11th April 2013
Updated 12th April 2013
The Salvation Army dealt with 500 child sex abuse complaints privately to avoid further distress to victims, a Victorian inquiry has been told. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/04/2013
Salvos deny endemic child sex abuse
ABC News
11th April 2013
Updated 12th April 2013
The Salvation Army has admitted it has received close to 500 complaints from children who were sexually abused in its orphanages around Victoria. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/04/2013
Salvos paid up but did not investigate abuse
Stuart Rintoul, The Australian
12th April 2013
Updated 12th April 2013
VICTIMS of abuse in Salvation Army childrens homes have condemned the organisation for not investigating allegations of abuse, after it revealed it had paid out more than $15 million in compensation and received 470 complaints, and that 50 officers had been named as abusers. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/04/2013
Abuse concerns
The Australian
12th April 2013
Updated 12th April 2013
CHILD abuse is being over-reported, according to Australian Institute of Family Studies director Alan Hayes after finding a gulf between notifications of abuse and abuse being substantiated (Reports of abuse fall short of reality, 11/4). more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/04/2013
Churches to count the cost of abuse - 100,000 victims to sue
Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Daily Telegraph
12th April 2013
Updated 12th April 2013
UP to 100,000 people will make claims for compensation in the wake of the royal commission into institutionalised abuse, according to a leading lawyer. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/04/2013
Ashamed Salvation Army paid $15m to child sex abuse victims, inquiry told
Stuart Rintoul, The Australian
11th April 2013
Updated 11th April 2013
THE Salvation Army has told a Victorian sex abuse inquiry it is ashamed of the treatment of children that occurred in its homes, as it revealed it has paid out more than $15 million to victims and that 50 Salvation Army officers had been named as abusers. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/04/2013
Salvation Army forced to defend handling of child sex complaints
Barney Zwartz, The Age
11th April 2013
Updated 11th April 2013
The Salvation Army has had 473 complaints about abuse in its Victorian childrens home and has spent nearly $20 million settling them. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/04/2013
Multiple deaths at boys Home were no accident
Robert Chesal, Radio Netherlands Worldwide
28th June 2012
Updated 9th April 2013
more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/04/2013
Inquiry told of risk posed by school aged sex offenders
Peta Carlyon, ABC News
5th April 2013
Updated 8th April 2013
Victorias parliamentary inquiry into child abuse has heard confronting evidence about child sex offenders. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
Church heads ostracised victims
Barney Zwartz, The Age
5th April 2013
Updated 8th April 2013
Catholic Church leaders in Australia were contributing to the ostracism and scapegoating of child sex abuse victims, showing little leadership and very little will to know, the Victorian inquiry into how the churches handled sex abuse was told on Thursday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
Royal Commission into Catholic Church child abuse should run as long as needed, says cop
Tory Shepherd, The Courier Mail
3rd April 2013
Updated 8th April 2013
THE police officer whose revelations sparked the Royal Commission that began today says he has no problem that the deadlines are already likely to blow out. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
Poor records hide truth from state wards
Nine News
5th April 2013
8th April 2013
A state ward trying to piece together their identity was told by the Victorian Department of Human Services their file had been found but there was nothing in it. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
Poor record keeping holds back pursuits of justice
Barney Zwartz, The Age
6th April 2013
Updated 8th April 2013
Incompetent record keeping is depriving thousands of Victorians of life changing information, but the Department of Human Services has a profound conflict of interest because fixing the problem would allow a rush of lawsuits, a parliamentary inquiry was told on Friday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
Church must end the silence on child abuse
Peter Rolfe, Herald Sun
5th April 2013
Updated 8th April 2013
CHILD safety commissioner Bernie Geary has called for changes to Victorian law to force priests to report sex offenders to police, even if they learn of crimes at confession. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
Australia launches massive child abuse inquiry
Michael Madigan, Winnipeg Free Press
5th April 2013
Updated 8th April 2013
Australias grubbiest little secret was dragged out of the shadows and into the spotlight this week. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
Probe into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse
NTDTV
4th April 2013
8th April 2013
Australias royal commission into institutional child sex abuse started on Wednesday, and said it would take years to hear from more than 5000 people who want to testify. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
At least 5000 will want to appear at commission
Jason Murphy, Australian Financial Review
3rd April 2013
8th April 2013
The Royal Commission into Child Abuse would probably hear from thousands of people, take several years and cost many millions of dollars, its chair, Peter McClellan, said on Wednesday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
CLAN welcomes Royal Commission
K Rock FM
4th April 2013
Updated 8th April 2013
Victims rights groups have described the opening of the Royal Commission into institutional child sex abuse as a momentous day. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
Gillard launches sex abuse inquiry
UK Morning Star
3rd April 2013
Updated 8th April 2013
Australia began a national inquiry into child sex abuse today. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
Bracks apologises for state wards treatment
ABC News
9th August 2006
8th April 2013
Victorias Premier Steve Bracks has made a formal apology in Parliament to those Victorians who suffered abuse or neglect while in institutional care. more ...
Historical Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
Some deaths in SA care suspicious: commissioner
ABC News
7th November 2005
Updated 8th April 2013
Commissioner Ted Mullighan, who is investigating deaths in state care in South Australia, has revealed that foul play may been involved in the deaths of eight wards of the state. more ...
Historical Articles - Posted 08/04/2013
Royal commission: victims to speak, for as long as it takes
Amber Jamieson, Crikey
3rd April 2013
Updated 4th April 2013
Over 5000 victims of child sexual abuse in institutions or those who bore witness or knew of cover-ups of said abuse  are expected to give evidence to the royal commission over the next year, according to the opening remarks by chair Justice Peter McClellan. They will speak, many told Crikey this morning, for as long as it takes. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/04/2013
Royal Commission a time to tell the truth
Celine Foenander, ABC Gippsland
3rd April 2013
Updated 4th April 2013
A group which represents children who grew up in orphanages, childrens homes and foster care is calling on its members to be brave enough to tell their story to a Royal Commission. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/04/2013
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Banners said You have the records of our abuse
Erin Marie, Herald Sun
3rd April 2013
Updated 4th April 2013
VICTIMS of child sex abuse wept openly in the street as the Royal Commission commenced its long awaited hearing this morning. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/04/2013
Abuse royal commission begins work
Patrick Caruana and Genevieve Gannon, 7 News
3rd April 2013
Updated 4th April 2013
Finally, the powerful people are here to help. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/04/2013
All abusers must be punished: victims
The Australian
3rd April 2013
4th April 2013
AN abuse victims advocate says nobody should be spared punishment for crimes against children, be they a charity, church, government or a 99-year-old individual. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/04/2013
Silence is not golden, these terrible stories must be told
Patrick Carlyon, Herald Sun
3rd April 2013
Updated 4th April 2013
IT was the start of the end of the silence, and wasnt it a racket? more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/04/2013
Children betrayed: now for the healing
Barney Zwartz, Canberra Times
4th April 2013
Updated 4th April 2013
The royal commission into child sex abuse is now operating. It expects more than 5000 people to share their experiences, has already spent more than $22 million, and is unlikely to complete its task by the end of 2015 as requested. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/04/2013
Royal commission has to name and shame
Stuart Rintoul, The Australian
2nd April 2013
Updated 3rd April 2013
VICTIM advocates have urged the child sexual abuse royal commission to use its powers aggressively to go to the heart of institutional cover up, while also expressing the hope the inquiry does not become adversarial. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 03/04/2013
Call for royal commission into abused wards of state
Paul Heinrichs, The Age
29th August 2004
Updated 3rd April 2013
A national child advocacy group has called for a royal commission on former wards of state abused in institutional care. more ...
Historical Articles - Posted 03/04/2013
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Banners said You have the records of our abuse
Erin Marie Herald, The Daily Telegraph
3rd April 2013
Updated 3rd April 2013
VICTIMS of child sex abuse wept openly in the street as the Royal Commission commenced its long awaited hearing this morning. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 03/04/2013
Former priest publishes explosive confession
Robert Ovadia, 7 News
28th March 2013
Updated 2nd April 2013
On the eve of Easter, and a week out from a Royal Commission, a former priest has published explosive allegations about cover-ups, sexuality and hypocrisy in Australia's Catholic Church. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 02/04/2013
Flood of tales for abuse inquiry
Judith Ireland, Canberra Times
31st March 2013
2nd April 2013
Victims groups are bracing for a flood of people wanting to give evidence about child sexual abuse, as the royal commission holds its first sitting in Melbourne this week. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 02/04/2013
Inquiry feels weight of great expectations
Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Daily Telegraph
2nd April 2013
Updated 2nd April 2013
NEVER has the burden on any group of people been greater. Victims of institutionalised sex abuse when they were at their most vulnerable - young, usually alone and unable to even talk about what happened never mind find someone to believe them - finally have something, someone, to pin their hopes on. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 02/04/2013
Media Release from Attorney General Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC
22nd March 2013 Measures passed by Parliament this week will give the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse flexibility to receive information and evidence in private sessions from those affected by child abuse in institutions. more ...
Press Releases - Posted 27/03/2013
Protesters rally together to fight sex abuse laws
Jennifer Chiu, The Colac Herald
27th March 2013
Updated 27th March 2013
Campaigners have started a petition to remove a statute of limitations rule after state prosecutors dropped a Colac sexual abuse case from the 1970s. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 27/03/2013
Protesters angry at dropping of case
Jane Lee, The Age
26th March 2013
Updated 26th March 2013
Child abuse victims have protested outside the Office of Public Prosecutions over the discontinuation of a case against an alleged attacker. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/03/2013
Abuse victim wants Vic govt to sue church
Patrick Caruana, The Australian
25th March 2013
Updated 26th March 2013
A VICTIM of clerical sexual abuse has urged the Victorian government to launch legal action against the Catholic Church. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/03/2013
Abused foster kids compensated in Sweden
Herald Sun
23rd March 2013
Updated 25th March 2013
SWEDEN has begun paying out 250,000 kronor ($A37,400) in compensation to Swedes who suffered abuse as foster children between 1920 and 1980, after rampant physical and sexual abuse was revealed. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/03/2013
Royal Commission into child sexual abuse first hearing on April 3
The Australian
22nd March 2013
Updated 25th March 2013
THE Royal Commission into child sexual abuse will hold its first hearing in Melbourne next month. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/03/2013
A speech by CLAN Patron Steve Irons MP on Forgotten Australians
Presented at the House Debates
19th March 2012
Updated 22nd March 2013
Members in this place would be aware of the work I have done for the forgotten Australians. Following my recent newsletter to my electorate, I would like to update the House on the forgotten Australians and on a personal experience. I have a particular affinity and empathy for the forgotten Australians as a result of my own family history. Tonight, with the indulgence of the House, I would like to talk about a positive event that has recently happened in my life. more ...
Latest CLAN News - Posted 22/03/2013
Gillards sorry ovation
Jessica Marszalek, Geelong Advertiser
22nd March 2013
22nd March 2013
MOTHERS, fathers, daughters and sons sat and sobbed yesterday as their plights as the victims of forced adoptions was revealed to Australia and they got their long awaited apology. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/03/2013
Sad, sorry day brings closure
Danny Lannen, Geelong Advertiser
21st March 2013
22nd March 2013
GEELONGS Thelma Adams hopes todays Federal Government apology to people affected by forced adoptions will deliver closure while breaking down barriers many mothers have endured. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/03/2013
Sorry wont ease pain
Danny Lannen, Geelong Advertiser
20th December 2012
22nd March 2013
NEWTOWNS Karen Field doesn't expect much healing to come from an Australian Government apology for her daughter's forced adoption but will welcome further easing of the stigma and shame. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/03/2013
NSW hotline to help abused seniors
The Daily Telegraph
21st March 2013
Updated 21st March 2013
ELDERLY people in NSW who have suffered abuse now have access to a telephone helpline. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 21/03/2013
PM to apologise to forced adoption victims
The Daily Telegraph
21st March 2013
Updated 21st March 2013
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard will offer a national apology to victims of past forced adoption practices on Thursday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 21/03/2013
Calls for paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale to face child sex abuse royal commission
Carly Crawford, Herald Sun
18th March 2013
Updated 19th March 2013
ONE of Australias worst paedophiles - Catholic priest Gerald Ridsdale - could be freed in months. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 19/03/2013
No justice for alleged rape victim
Jennifer Chiu, Colac Herald
13th March 2013
Updated 13th March 2013
A FORMER Colac woman fears she will never get justice against the man she says raped her in an Elliminyt orphanage four decades ago. more ...
- Posted 13/03/2013
Dumped child sexual assault case raises concerns about effectiveness of Royal Commission
Simon Lauder, ABC News AM Radio
11th March 2013
Updated 11th March 2013
Click on the link to listen to CLAN member Debra Woobys story where her sexual assault case has been thrown out of court because of Statute of Limitations and is concerned about the effectiveness of Royal Commission. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/03/2013
Former Colac man on orphanage sex charges
Alex White, Colac Herald
30th November 2012
11th March 2013
A FORMER Colac man will stand trial on sexual assault and rape charges alleged to have happened at a Colac orphanage in the 1970s. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/03/2013
Parliamentary inquiry witness says Salvos flogged boys
Mitchell Toy, Herald Sun
5th February 2013
Updated 11th March 2013
BOYS were beaten with barbed wire whips and nail studded sticks at Salvation Army homes in the 1960s, a former resident told a parliamentary inquiry yesterday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/03/2013
VIC OPP urged to explain discontinued sex abuse case
ABC World Today
11th March 2013
Updated 11th March 2013
Click on the link to listen to the case of CLAN member Debra Wooby where the VIC OPP needs to explain her discontinued sexual abuse case. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/03/2013
Letters to the editor: Convent of the Good Shepherd (Albert Park).
The Age
26th February 2013
Updated 4th March 2013
The following are letters to the editor about the treatment of girls in the Convent of the Good Shepherd (Albert Park). more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/03/2013
Brothers cant accept pedophiles guilt
Patrick Caruana, Herald Sun
1st March 2013
4th March 2013
Many Christian brothers refuse to accept that one of their ranks is guilty of the child sex crimes for which he was convicted, a Victorian inquiry has been told. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/03/2013
Regret over Nazareth House abuse compensation
Mark Daly, BBC News Scotland
2nd March 2013
Updated 4th March 2013
The former Scottish First Minister Lord McConnell has told of his regret that almost ten years on since he made a landmark apology to historic child abuse victims in Scotland, they have yet to see redress. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/03/2013
Wolston Park - Barbara & Dr Adele Chynoweth
Amanda Dell, 612 ABC Brisbane
20th September 2012
Updated 13th March 2013
Did you know that Queensland children were sent to adult psychiatric institutions from the 1950's right through until the 1980's? Those who are still alive after this experience claim they were subject to abuse and neglect, yet their suffering has never been acknowledged, and compensation has never been paid. more ...
Multi Media - Posted 04/03/2013
Most cardinals compromised by sex abuse scandal: victims
Barney Zwartz, The Age
4th March 2013
Updated 4th March 2013
Cardinal George Pell must not become pope because it would rub salt into the wounds of clergy sex abuse victims, according to leaders of the world's biggest victim advocacy group. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/03/2013
New pope could learn lessons from Aust
Julian Drape, The Telegraph
28th February 2013
Updated 28th February 2013
ONE of the harshest critics of outgoing Pope Benedict XVI says his replacement could learn valuable lessons from Australia's royal commission into child sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/02/2013
An unforgettable time: Gill Home boy reflects on experience
Goulburn Post
18th January 2013
Updated 27th January 2013
Clem Apted spent four years from 1958 at the Gill Home for Boys in Goulburn with his brother after his mother died. He feels the Salvation Armys national apology to children in their care was a poor effort and today tells his story. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 27/02/2013
Churches protected by trust laws
Hamish Fitzsimmons, ABC News
26th February 2013
26th February 2013
The Victorian inquiry into sexual abuse in religious organisations is likely to recommend a reform of property trust laws which allow churches to avoid being sued. more ...
Multi Media - Posted 26/02/2013
Appeal lenient child abuse sentence, DPP urged
Pia Akerman, The Australian
26th February 2013
26th February 2013
THE NSW Director of Public Prosecutions has been urged to take a stand against lenient sentences for child abusers and appeal a sentence handed down for attacks against a young boy more than 50 years ago. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/02/2013
Ireland apologises for slave labour at Magdalene Laundries
Harry McDonald, The Guardian UK
19th February 2013
Updated 25th February 2013
Taoiseach Enda Kenny forced into finally saying sorry for the hurt and trauma caused to up to 10,000 Magdalene women more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/02/2013
Irish PM apologises to women incarcerated in Magdalene laundries
The Australian
20th February 2013
Updated 25th February 2013
IRELAND ignored the mistreatment of thousands of women who were incarcerated within Catholic nun operated laundries and must pay the survivors compensation, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said in an emotional state apology for the decades of abuses in the so called Magdalene Laundries. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/02/2013
The truth about sex abuse
Barney Zwartz, The Age
31st January 2013
Updated 25th February 2013
Australia now has two inquiries into the sexual abuse of children by clergy. Will they be the circuit breaker that triggers the changes so many Catholics want or will the church retreat behind a wall of obstruction and concealment? more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/02/2013
A very Irish sort of hell
The Age
5th April 2003
Mary Norris lived in one of the barbaric Magdalene laundries, a place for immoral Irish girls, and now the subject of a film. She tells Angela Lambert reality was a thousand times worse than the film. more ...
Historical Articles - Posted 25/02/2013
Insight into child migrant experience
Allison Jess, ABC Goulburn Murray
22nd February 2013
Updated 25th February 2013
So many were sold the same stories of Australia; that it was oranges and sunshine, kangaroos, riding horses and picking fruit off trees... And then that shock of arriving and realising that none of that was going to happen and that you were sent off to a remote institution to become a farmer or a farmers wife. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/02/2013
Man jailed for orphanage child sex crimes
ABC News
22nd February 2013
22nd February 2013
A 73 year old Sydney man has been jailed over a series of child sex offences, with the first dating back more than 50 years. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/02/2013
A plaything for the priests
Barney Zwartz, The Age
16th February 2013
Updated 18th February 2013
MAX Johnson spent his childhood moving from orphanage to orphanage, but the worst was the last, Morning Star in Mount Eliza, where he was raped repeatedly as a plaything - one of many - for some of the Franciscans who ran it. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/02/2013
Priest blasts church's response to child abuse
Stuart Rintoul, The Australian
16th February 2013
Updated 18th February 2013
THE first practising priest to address Victorias child abuse inquiry has accused the Catholic church of a culture of denial that betrayed the institution as well as victims. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/02/2013
Church has culture of abuse denial: priest
SBS World News
15th February 2013
Updated 18th February 2013
A priest has told a Victorian inquiry there is extraordinary denial within the Catholic Church hierarchy about sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/02/2013
Church has culture of abuse denial: priest
Patrick Caruana, Herald Sun
15th February 2013
Updated 15th February 2013
A CATHOLIC priest says the church has a culture of denial and asset protection in dealing with victims of sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/02/2013
Church's abuse response heartless, says priest
Barney Zwartz, The Age
15th February 2013
Updated 15th February 2013
One of Victorias most senior Catholic priests says the churchs abuse procedures have failed and must be closed down. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/02/2013
Priest tells abuse inquiry that church needs to change
Danny Lannen, The Geelong Advertiser
15th February 2013
Updated 15th February 2013
GEELONG parish priest Fr Kevin Dillon has told a parliamentary inquiry into institutional abuse the Catholic Church needs to lose its arrogance dealing with victims. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/02/2013
Victorian sex abuse inquiry granted extension
Stuart Rintoul, The Australian
15th February 2013
Updated 15th February 2013
VICTORIAS sex abuse inquiry has been extended to September, despite the looming federal royal commission, with inquiry head Georgie Crozier saying the probe is making significant progress. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/02/2013
Sex abuse inquiry gets deadline extension
ABC News
15th February 2013
Updated 15th February 2013
A Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sexual abuse has been granted an extension due to the number of victims who have come forward. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/02/2013
Clergy sex abuse survivors to give evidence, priest to speak at inquiry
Tom McIlroy, The Ballarat Courier
15th February 2013
Updated 15th February 2013
REPRESENTATIVES of more than 30 survivors of clergy sexual abuse will give evidence to a Victorian inquiry when it returns to Ballarat on February 28. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/02/2013
Senior church figures ordered to attend sex abuse inquiry
Paul Dibby, The Sydney Morning Herald
13th February 2013
Updated 14th February 2013
The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, is among a number of senior church figures who have been ordered to appear at the NSW Commission of Inquiry into the alleged cover up of child sex abuse by the Catholic Church in the Maitland Newcastle region. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/02/2013
Sex abuse victims giving evidence at Royal Commission can remain anonymous
Jessica Marszalek, The Daily Telegraph
13th February 2013
Updated 13th February 2013
THOSE giving personal stories of child sex abuse to the Royal Commission will be allowed to remain anonymous in private sessions. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 13/02/2013
Historical article about a notorious pedophile transferred to other states
First published in August 2005 The following are articles from various sources about a notorious pedophile who was transferred from WA to VIC under a parole transfer scheme. more ...
Historical Articles - Posted 13/02/2013
Former priests front court of child sex counts
Mark Russell, The Age
8th February 2013
Updated 11th February 2013
Two former priests - the first people to be charged by a new police taskforce investigating allegations raised at the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse - have appeared in court. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/02/2013
Abbott gave reference for priest later struck off
The Financial Review
8th February 2013
11th February 2013
Tony Abbott first met John Nestor at the St Patricks seminary in Manly in 1984, when they were training for the Catholic priesthood. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/02/2013
16 years jail for worst paedophile
Christiana Jones, The Weekend West Australian
2nd February 2013
Updated 11th February 2013
Almost 50 years after committing some of the worst sex crimes against children in WA, a 73 year old self-confessed paedophile was finally jailed yesterday 0 for 16 years amid tears and cheers from his victims. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/02/2013
Taskforce Sano makes another arrest
ABC News
7th February 2013
Updated 8th February 2013
A Burwood man has been charged with sexual abuse dating back to the 1970s. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/02/2013
First arrests in church sex probe
Stuart Rintoul, The Australian
7th February 2013
8th February 2013
A VICTORIAN police taskforce set up to deal with allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy has made its first arrests. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 08/02/2013
Tony Abbott vouched for Catholic priest later struck off by Vatican
The Daily Telegraph
6th February 2013
Updated 7th February 2013
OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott vouched in court for the good character of a Catholic priest later struck off the clergy list by the Vatican following a child abuse case. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/02/2013
Survivor claims boys disappeared
Danny Lannen, Geelong Advertiser
6th February 2013
Updated 6th February 2013
AN abuse survivor who lives in Geelong remains haunted by the mystery disappearances of fellow state wards in his time at the former Bayswater Boys Home in eastern Melbourne. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/02/2013
First arrests by sex crime taskforce
Nino Bucci, The Age
6th February 2013
6th February 2013
Two elderly men have been charged with child sex offences after an investigation by a newly-established Victoria Police taskforce. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/02/2013
Two arrested by Taskforce Sano
Natalie Webster, Victoria Police
6th February 2013
Updated 6th February 2013
Detectives from Taskforce Sano and Fawkner Sex Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team today arrested two men in relation to an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse of children. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/02/2013
Claims that children killed at Salvo home
Melissa Iaria, The Australian
4th February 2013
5th February 2013
POLICE should reopen an investigation to look for the bodies of children who allegedly disappeared after being badly beaten at a Salvation Army childrens home in Melbourne decades ago, an abuse survivor says. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 05/02/2013
Search boys' homes for corpses: ex ward
Barney Zwartz, The Age
5th Februrary 2013
5th February 2013
POLICE should revisit the grounds of Salvation Army orphanages with ground-thermal imaging and cadaver dogs to look for corpses of boys beaten to death, a former ward of state told the Victorian inquiry into clergy sex abuse on Monday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 05/02/2013
Parliamentary inquiry witness says Salvos flogged boys
Mitchell Toy, Herald Sun
5th February 2013
5th Februrary 2013
BOYS were beaten with barbed wire whips and nail studded sticks at Salvation Army homes in the 1960s, a former resident told a parliamentary inquiry yesterday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 05/02/2013
Paedophile jailed 50 years after crimes
Christiana Jones, The West Australian
1st February 2013
4th February 2013
Fifty years after preying on young children, including his own, a 73 year old man has been jailed for 16 years, prompting tears and jubilation from his victims. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/02/2013
Institutional child abuse: Brightons house of horrors Save
Teresa Murphy, Bayside Review Local
29th January 2013
4th February 2013
AMELIA SMITH endured 10 years of sexual abuse and incomprehensible brutality at the Melbourne Orphanage in Brighton ... then her baby was stolen. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/02/2013
Institutional child abuse inquiry: This horror actually happened
The Weekly Review Bayside
29th January 2013
Updated 29th January 2013
CARE leaver Amelia Smith says she has been looking forward to the royal commission on institutional child abuse for a long time. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/01/2013
Stories sought about child abuse victims
Alex McConachie, The Daily Advertiser
25th January 2013
Updated 25th January 2013
CARE Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) co-founder Leonie Sheedy has visited the Riverina this week searching for stories of those affected by child abuse in orphanages and foster homes. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/01/2013
PM: We want your voice to be heard - Abuse victims get day in court
Margaret Linley, Geelong Advertiser
12th January 2013
Updated 12th January 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday announced the appointment of NSW Supreme Court judge Peter McClellan to lead the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/01/2013
Man pleads guilty to decades old child sexual abuse
ABC News
18th January 2013
Updated 21st January 2013
A 73-year-old man will be sentenced next month for sexually abusing six children, including four of his own. Sincere thank you to CLAN member Cheryle Warner for having the courage to go forward to the WA police about her abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 21/01/2013
Huge task facing Royal Commission: McClellan
Harriet Alexander, Sydney Morning Herald
16th January 2013
Updated 17th January 2013
The head of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has described the task facing the body as huge after the six commissioners met for the first time in Sydney on Wednesday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/01/2013
No hiding behind payouts for abuse: inquiry chief
Milanda Rout and Rick Morton, The Australian
17th January 2013
Updated 17th January 2013
THE head of Julia Gillards royal commission into child sex abuse has issued a fiery opening warning to churches, state governments and other institutions that he will not let them hide behind confidentiality agreements with their victims. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/01/2013
Sex abuse inquiry facing huge task
Harriet Alexander, The Age
17th January 2013
Updated 17th January 2013
THE head of the royal commission into child sexual abuse has described the task facing the body as huge after the six commissioners met for the first time in Sydney on Wednesday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/01/2013
Child abuse inquiry criticised
Bianca Hall and Jane Lee, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald/Canberra Times
16th January 2013
Updated 16th January 2013
Churches and charities should pay compensation directly to survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and the terms of reference should be broadened, says the chief executive of the group of those formerly in child institutions. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/01/2013
Compo for abuse to end soon
Dinah Arndt, The Examiner
5th January 2013
16th January 2013
A landmark compensation scheme set up for Tasmanians who were abused while in state care will close next month. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/01/2013
Calling for a Royal Commission
Leonie Sheedy, ABC 4 Corners
18th August 2003
15th January 2013
CLAN co-founder and Executive Officer called for a Royal Commission several years and wrote a letter to ABCs 4 Corners back in August 2003. Click on to read the comments. more ...
Letters to Newspapers - Posted 15/01/2013
Sweeping powers for abuse inquiry
David Crowe, The Australian
12th January 2013
15th January 2013
SWEEPING legal powers have been granted to the royal commission into child sexual abuse, in a move to hear from as many victims as possible, despite victims' concerns about waiving confidentiality deeds on events dating back decades. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/01/2013
Abuse inquiry prepares for a mammoth challenge
The Australian
12th January 2013
15th January 2013
ON paper, the Gillard government appears to have set down sensible terms of reference for its royal commission into child sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/01/2013
Churches and victims give inquiry support
Milanda Rout, The Australian
12th January 2013
15th January 2013
SIX days after Julia Gillard announced her sweeping - and rather ill-defined - royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse last November, law firms started circling victims for potential clients. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/01/2013
Catholic commission set up to advise on sex abuse
Barney Zwartz, The Age
13th December 2012
Updated 13th December 2012
THE Catholic Church has set up a new Truth, Justice and Healing Commission to advise its bishops and run its dealings with the forthcoming royal commission on child sex abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/01/2013
Victims may need support to testify at child sex abuse inquiry
Milanda Rout and David Crowe, The Australian
15th January 2013
Updated 15th January 2013
AUSTRALIAS peak legal body says it is not clea whether the royal commission into child sexual abuse has the power to override confidentiality agreements, despite assurances from the Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, that all survivors can be heard. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/01/2013
Gillard meets with child sex abuse victims
ABC News
13th January 2013
13th January 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has hosted a morning tea for victims of child sexual abuse, a day after announcing the terms of reference for the royal commission into the issue. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 13/01/2013
The hell house
Mark Russell and Jared Lynch, The Age
13th January 2013
Updated 13th January 2013
This country mansion seemingly offered an idyllic setting to educate Catholic boys, but behind closed doors, Rupertswood was anything but peaceful. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 13/01/2013
Victims groups embrace framework
Lauren Wilson and Rick Morton, The Australian
12th January 2013
Updated 12th January 2013
Click on the link to view a PDF copy with information of the Royal Commission regarding what it will investigate and cover and the 6 commissioners.
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Media Articles - Posted 12/01/2013
PM Julia Gillard announces terms of reference for royal commission on child abuse
AAP
11th January 2013
Updated 11th January 2013
NSW Supreme Court judge Peter McClellan has been appointed to head a royal commission into child sexual abuse more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/01/2013
Unit to target child sex abusers
Bianca Hall, The Age
11th January 2013
Updated 11th January 2013
An investigative unit designed to prosecute sex offenders will be established as part of the royal commission on the sexual abuse of children due to begin later this year. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/01/2013
Priest allegedly indecently assaulted two boys on eight separate occasions
Rick Morton, The Australian
11th January 2013
Updated 11th January 2013
A RETIRED Catholic priest has been charged with eight counts of indecently assaulting two boys in the 1960s in a police investigation that has already charged six other priests with child sexual offences in the Hunter Valley region of NSW. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/01/2013
Royal Commission to get special abuse unit
Anna Henderson, ABC News
11th January 2013
11th January 2013
The Federal Government has announced plans for a special unit to investigate child sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/01/2013
Too many blind to vile crime of child sex abuse: PM
Judith Ireland and Bianca Hall, The Age
11th January 2013
Updated 11th January 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said too many people have turned a blind eye to the shocking crime of child sexual abuse, as she announced the terms of reference for the royal commission in Sydney on Friday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/01/2013
Wide-ranging powers for sex abuse commission
Steve Lewis, The Advertiser
11th January 2013
Updated 11th January 2013
THE most comprehensive investigation ever into child abuse in Australia will be headed by a NSW Supreme Court judge and is expected to take evidence from overseas witnesses. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/01/2013
Retired priest on charge of hiding sex crimes
Joanne McCarthy, Sydney Morning Herald
5th January 2013
Updated 5th January 2013
A PRIEST from the Hunter Valley who retired more than 15 years ago has become the second Catholic priest in Australia charged with concealing child sex crimes. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 05/01/2013
Priest wants families probed in child sexual abuse inquiry
Toni Mcrae, Fraser Coast Chronicle
29th December 2012
Updated 29th December 2012
THE head of the largest Catholic congregation on the Fraser Coast has cautioned people against believing the Royal Commission into child sex abuse was going to end the brutalisation of minors. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/12/2012
Gag orders could hamper abuse royal commission
Tom Nightingale, ABC
29th December 2012
Updated 29th December 2012
Support groups have warned that the upcoming Royal Commission into child sexual abuse could be held back by legal gag orders. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/12/2012
Cardinal says sorry to victims of abuse
Sky News
24th December 2012
Updated 24th December 2012
Australias most senior Catholic has apologised to those who have suffered at the hands of priests and religious teachers. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 24/12/2012
Submissions made for child sex abuse royal commission terms
News Mail
21st December 2012
Updated 21st December 2012
MORE than 800 individuals and groups have made submissions as the Federal Government continues work on the make up and terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 21/12/2012
Royal commission: A lifetimes wait for redress
Melissa Cunningham, Brimbank Weekly
20th November 2012
20th November 2012
A ST ALBANS resident who endured years of abuse in children's homes in the 1950s has welcomed the royal commission into institutional abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/12/2012
Long History of suffering at Ballarat Orphanage
Tom McIlroy, The Courier
16th December 2012
Updated 18th December 2012
MORE than 25 children aged between two and 15 died as a result of abuse or neglect at the former Ballarat Orphanage, an inquiry will hear today. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/12/2012
Cash must be part of abuse compo: inquiry
Genevieve Gannon, The Australian
17th December 2012
Updated 18th December 2012
VICTIMS of institutional abuse must be financially compensated as part of a broader acknowledgment of wrongdoing, a parliamentary inquiry has heard. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/12/2012
Reports of rape will air
Danny Lannen, Geelong Advertiser
17th December 2012
Updated 18th December 2012
ACCOUNTS of beatings and sexual assaults from Geelong orphanages will be part of a submission to the Victorian Government's inquiry on handling of institutional child abuse today. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/12/2012
Prison better than homes: abused boys
Barney Zwartz, The Age
17th December 2012
Updated 18th December 2012
Boys from Victorian orphanages who later ended in up prison said that was not nearly as bad as the boys' homes, the state inquiry into how the churches handled sex abuse heard on Monday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/12/2012
Paedophile ring 'lent out boys'
Barney Zwartz, The Age
18th December 2012
Updated 18th December 2012
BAYSWATER Boys' Home was a paedophiles' paradise, with several unexplained deaths and missing boys, and others lent to outside paedophiles, a leading abuse lawyer said on Monday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/12/2012
Salvos showed overt hostility to victims
Pia Akerman, The Australian
18th December 2012
18th December 2012
THE Salvation Army has been accused of responding with overt hostility to people who were sexually abused as children within its care. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/12/2012
'Strong messages' sent by 720 responses to royal commission
APN Newsdesk, Fraser Coast Chronicle
28th November 2012
Updated 17th December 2012
THE royal commission into child sex abuse needs as much time as necessary to get it right, the Federal Government has been told. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/12/2012
Call for Royal Commission scope to widen, to consider plight of orphaned children
Simon Lauder, ABC Radio
17th December 2012
Updated 17th December 2012
The Care Leavers of Australia Network says the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse wont be good enough unless its widened to investigate all forms of child abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/12/2012
Australian commission to investigate child sex abuse allegations
Stephen Crittenden, National Catholic Reporter
5th December 2012
Updated 14th December
Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced Nov. 12 that a national royal commission would investigate institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse in Australia. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/12/2012
Ballarat Diocese prepares its records ahead of sex abuse inquiry
Tom McIlroy, The Courier
5th December 2012
Updated 14th December 2012
BALLARATS Catholic Bishop Paul Bird has welcomed tomorrow’s sitting of a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into institutional child sexual abuse and said he was committed to improved safety standards. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/12/2012
Don't bar offenders' stories of abuse
Meg Perkins, the Courier Mail
30th November 2012
Updated 14th December 2012
THE royal commission into child sexual abuse will miss very important evidence if it does not include a mechanism for convicted offenders, especially those in prison, to tell their stories. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/12/2012
Child Migrants Trust UK Office Relocation
Child Migrants Trust, www.childmigrantstrust.com
6th December 2012
Updated 12th December 2012
The UK office of the Child Migrants Trust is moving to larger premises. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/12/2012
Can the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse Ever be Healed?
Elizabeth Tucker, Pedestrian
6th December 2012
Updated 12th December 2012
Last month the Prime Minister announced that she would be recommending a Royal Commission to the Governor-General that will be investigating institutional responses to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/12/2012
First regional hearings into child sex abuse
Tom McIlroy, Great Lakes Advocate
7th December 2012
Updated 12th December 2012
More than seven months after it was established, Victoria’s parliamentary inquiry into child sexual abuse by members of religious organisations will hold its first regional hearings in Ballarat today. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/12/2012
Catholic commission to advise on child sex abuse
Barney Zwartz, The Age
12th December 2012
12th December 2012
The Catholic Church has set up a new Truth, Justice and Healing Commission to advise its bishops and run its dealings with the forthcoming royal commission on child sex abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/12/2012
Submissions to abuse inquiry call for multiple commissioners
Judith Ireland, The Age
28th November 2012
Updated 10th December 2012
The federal government says there has been an overwhelming response to its call for feedback about the arrangements for the royal commission on child abuse. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Families Minister Jenny Macklin said on Wednesday that more than 720 individuals and organisations had been in contact about the terms of reference. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/12/2012
Biggest moments of 2012 #12. Fox rocks church
Anthony Sharwood, News.com.au
5th December 2012
Updated 10th December 2012
WHAT HAPPENED He'd had enough. Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox of the NSW Police had investigated too many cases of child sex abuse over the length of his career to keep silent any longer. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/12/2012
Abuse inquiries prompt spike in counsellor calls
ABC News, ABC News
7th December 2012
Updated 10th December 2012
Hunter Valley telephone counsellors are dealing with an increase in people disclosing child sex abuse, stemming from the announcement of State and Federal inquiries. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/12/2012
Scrap time limits on child sex abuse cases, urges head of bishops
Peter Munro, Sydney Morning Herald
27th November 2012
Updated 6th December 2012
THE head of Australia's Catholic bishops says alleged child sexual abuse offenders, including members of the clergy, should be barred from using statutory limitation restrictions to escape justice for their victims. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/12/2012
The fight goes on for Forgotten Australians
Admin, The West Australian
12th November 2012
Updated 6th December 2012
On the third anniversary of the national apology to the Forgotten Australians, justice is still being pursued by many of them and the organisations that support them. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/12/2012
Australias own Oranges and Sunshine victims remain forgotten
Woolly Days, Woolly Days
1st September 2011
Updated 3rd December 2012
I saw the Jim Loach film Oranges and Sunshine last week. The film tells the moving story of the forced migration of children from the UK, a paternalistic government program from the 1940s to the 1960s that saw 130,000 children removed to Commonwealth countries, mostly to Australia. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 03/12/2012
Police launch sex abuse taskforce
Rachel Wells, The Age
30th November 2012
Updated 3rd December 2012
Victoria Police announced on Friday it has launched a new taskforce to investigate new and historical allegations of child sexual abuse that have emanated from the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into child sex abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 03/12/2012
CLAN's response to the Royal Commission Consultation Paper
CLAN, CLAN
28th November 2012
Updated 29th November 2012
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Latest CLAN News - Posted 29/11/2012
720 Public consultation contributions received
Joint Media Release from Minister for Families and Community Hon. Jenny Macklin and Attorney General Nicola Roxon MP, 28th November 2012 More than 720 individuals and organisations have provided input to the Government to assist with the establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses of Child Sexual Abuse. more ...
Press Releases - Posted 28/11/2012
For victim of abuse, moment of truth arrives
Stephanie Zevenbergen, Sunbury & Macedon Ranges Weekly
20th November 2012
Updated 28th November 2012
A HUME resident who endured 15 years in state care has welcomed the federal governments announcement of a royal commission into child abuse more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/11/2012
Abuse survivors flood helplines
Jill Stark, Sydney Morning Herald
24th November 2012
Updated 27th November 2012
Suicide helplines, psychologists and victim support groups are struggling to keep up with a surge in demand for counselling, as the royal commission into child sexual abuse triggers renewed trauma for survivors. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 27/11/2012
Speech from CLAN Patron Former Sen. Andrew Murray
19th June 2002
Parliament House, Canberra
more ...
Speeches - Posted 27/11/2012
Ward records in rat-infested storage
Belinda Merhab, The Courier Mail
02 March 2012
Updated 27th November 2012
HUNDREDS of thousands of boxes containing historical records about former wards of the state, including sex assault allegations, are being held in rat-infested, flooded storage facilities, the Victorian Ombudsman has found. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 27/11/2012
Royal Commission: Inquiry spells end to fairytales
Andrea Cozza and Melissa Cunningham, The Melton Weekly
20th November 2012
Updated 27th November 2012
A ROCKBANK woman who suffered years of abuse in an orphanage has welcomed the federal royal commission into institutional abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 27/11/2012
Trial on child sex charges
Karen Matthews, The Geelong Advertisers , 27th November 2012
A FORMER Colac man has been committed to stand trial on child sex charges alleged to have occurred at the former St Cuthberts Childrens Home, Colac, in the 1970s. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 27/11/2012
The impact of the sex abuse Royal Commission on rural Australia
Jessica Swann, ABC Rural
21st November 2012
Updated 26th November 2012
In rural Australia the Church still plays an important role in bringing the community together, but when the Church is under intense scrutiny, rural parishioners question their faith in God and in the Catholic Church. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/11/2012
A Message from Jenny Macklin - Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse
Press Release from Hon. Jenny Macklin
21st November 2012
Updated 26th November 2012
The Hon. Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, sent out the following e-mail on 17th November: more ...
Press Releases - Posted 26/11/2012
Help lines swamped by calls from abuse victims
Margaret Paul, ABC News
24th November 2012
Updated 26th November 2012
Support groups say they have been overwhelmed with phone calls from sexual assault victims since a royal commission into institutional abuse was announced more than a week ago. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/11/2012
Having lived through hell I hope true light is now about to shine
Tommy Campion, The Telegraph
15th November 2012
updated 26 November 2012
WHEN I saw Prime Minister Julia Gillard on TV announcing there would be a royal commission into child abuse in churches and other institutions I was overwhelmed. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/11/2012
Cracking the vows of silence
Rick Feneley, Paul Bibby, Barney Zwartz and Jane Lee, Sydney Morning Herald
17th November 2012
Updated 26th November 2012
Members of the small parish were furious. Word had gone around that money from the Christmas collection had been used to help pay the legal costs of a local priest accused of repeatedly raping an altar boy. It was December 2004. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/11/2012
Orphange cruelty: Where smiling was banned
Howard Jones, The Border Mail
17th November 2012
Updated 26th November 2012
MAUREEN Cuskelly remembers being forbidden to smile when she was in an orphanage in her teens. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/11/2012
CLAN volunteer get special reward for effort
The Torch
21st November 2012
Updated 26th November 2012
Every week Geoff Meyers drives the 75km from his Wollongong home to do odd jobs around the Bankstown office of Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN). more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/11/2012
Records to be kept
Herald Sun
25th November 2012
Updated 25th November 2012
The nations record keeper will prevent the disposal of the government agency records that might be relevant to the royal commission into sex abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/11/2012
Joy at abuse probe - No hiding for guilty
Mick Roberts, The Torch Bankstown
21st November 2012
Updated 21st November 2012
Bankstowns community leaders have welcomed Prime Minister Julia Gillards announcement of a Royal Commission into institutional responses to instances of child sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 21/11/2012
Victims to be able to sue church
Phillip Coorey and Jacqueline Maley, Sydney Morning Herald
20th November 2012
Updated 20th November 2012
VICTIMS of sexual abuse would be able to sue the Catholic Church for compensation as a result of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Child Sexual Abuse, legal experts say. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/11/2012
Stories of lost childhoods permanently recorded on third anniversary of Apology
Joint media release - Brendan O Connor MP - Acting Minister for Families, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs with Sen. Claire Moore - QLD,
16th November 2012
Updated 20th November 2012
From today, a comprehensive record of personal stories from more than 200 Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants will have a permanent place in the National Library of Australia. more ...
Press Releases - Posted 20/11/2012
Church welcomes abuse inquiry
Antony Dubber, Goulburn Post
16th November 2012
Updated 20th November 2012
THE Administrator of the Canberra/Goulburn Catholic Archdiocese has come out in support of a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/11/2012
Archbishop: I wont breach confession
Andrew Tillett, The West Australian
17th November 2012
Updated 20th November 2012
The head of the Catholic Church in Perth warns that forcing priests to report sex offenders could be counterproductive and still put children at risk. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/11/2012
Victims must come forward to give evidence says ABC broadcaster
Andrew O Connor, 7.30 WA
16th November 2012
Updated 20th November 2012
ABC broadcaster Eoin Cameron, a victim of abuse at a Catholic institution, says its crucial others should come forward to reveal the true extent of child abuse. more ...
Multi Media - Posted 20/11/2012
In the shadow of evil
Catherine Masters and Greg Ansley, New Zealand Herald
17th November 2012
Updated 19th November 2012
The Catholic church in Tokomaru Bay, Gisborne, is like many in small-town New Zealand - a picture of safety and innocence. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 19/11/2012
Our fight for truth to set them free
Mandy Squires, Geelong Advertiser
17th November 2012
THESE are the words of Geelongs outspoken Catholic priest, Father Kevin Dillon, in response to news this week of a royal commission into institutional abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 19/11/2012
Commission should review all forms of abuse
ABC News
14th November 2012
Updated 14th November 2012
The ACT Public Advocate says the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into sexual abuse should be broadened to include emotional abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/11/2012
Baillieu earns some credit over the child sex scandal
Opinion piece from Josh Gordon, Brisbane Times
15th November 2012
Updated 16th November 2012
It was the Victorian decision that finally got the ball rolling. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/11/2012
Priests should report abuse confessions: O Farrell
Lexi Metherell, ABC News
14th November 2012
Updated 16th November 2012
The New South Wales Premier Barry O Farrell says priests need to be subject to mandatory reporting laws just like doctors and teachers and they must be made to disclose crimes revealed to them in the confessional. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/11/2012
Royal commission to consider confessional seal
Simon Cullen, ABC News
14th November 2012
Updated 16th November 2012
The royal commission into child sex abuse is likely to consider whether Catholic priests should be forced to tell police about crimes against children told to them in the confessional. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/11/2012
A Royal Commission into child abuse: how do we measure its effectiveness or success?
Jane Wangmann, The Conversation
15th November 2012
Updated 16th November 2012
Since Mondays announcement of the creation of a Royal Commission into institutional child abuse there has been some discussion about what this might achieve. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/11/2012
Abuse victims from orphanages and foster care to seek compensation through
Timothy McDonald, ABC News ABC AM Radio
15th November 2012
Updated 16th November 2012
The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse may have been sparked by incidents within the Catholic Church, but theyre not the only organisation that will be subject to scrutiny. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 16/11/2012
Commission will take years, regular reporting and many commissioners: Roxon
Sabra Lane, ABC AM
14th November 2012
Updated 15th November 2012
The Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon is consulting with her state counterparts, deciding the scope and scale of the Royal Commission into child abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 15/11/2012
A chance to clear the air
Stuart Rintoul, The Australian
14th November 2012
14th November 2012
WHEN Leonie Sheedys phone rang, it was a staff member in the office of federal Families and Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/11/2012
State-care victims to come forward
Jane Lee, The Age
14th November 2012
14th November 2012
THE royal commission on child abuse will expose hundreds more victims who have been attacked in state care to the present day, victims advocates say. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/11/2012
PM announces child abuse royal commission
Katina Curtis, The Australian
12th November 2012
Updated 13th November 2012
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has made the call for a royal commission to uncover the truth into child sexual abuse but its scope will move beyond the Catholic church and target all institutions. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 13/11/2012
Unreported deaths linked to paedophile brotherhood
Rory Callinan, Sydney Morning Herald
9th November 2012
12th November 2012
A GROUP of religious brothers led by an alpha paedophile are suspected of the unreported bashing deaths of two boys and the sexual abuse of more than 40 wards of the state and others at homes for the mentally impaired over three decades in Victoria, an inquiry into child abuse is expected to be told on Friday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Premier orders inquiry into church child sex cover-up
Josephine Tovey and Sean Nicholls, Sydney Morning Herald
9th November 2012
12th November 2012
The senior police officer alleging widespread cover-ups by the Catholic church over child sexual abuse has labelled the response by the state government as a slap in the face for victims. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Cops own sex abuse case delayed: priest
The Daily Telegraph
10th November 2012
12th November 2012
A SENIOR NSW police officer who reported being sexually abused by clergy has been waiting more than a year for police to take action, a former Catholic priest says. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Chair defends legal powers amid calls for a royal commission
Thom Mcilroy, The Courier
9th November 2012
12th November 2012
The chair of the Victorian parliamentary inquiry yesterday defended its terms of reference and legal powers amid growing calls for a national royal commission into child sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Ballarats forgotten war orphans remembered with new avenue
Jordan Oliver, The Courier
9th November 2012
12th November 2012
A forgotten war memorial for Ballarats orphan soliders has finally received the recognition it deserves. Read on for CLANs letter to this article
more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Victorian inquiry seeks access to Catholic abuse files
Simon Lauder, ABC News - PM with Mark Colvin
9th November 2012
12th November 2012
A Victorian parliamentary inquiry is seeking access to the Catholic Churchs own files on hundreds of cases of sexual abuse. The inquiry can compel the church to produce the documents if it doesnt comply. Today the inquiry heard more shocking allegations about the extent of abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Foster care adults call for royal commission into orphan abuse
4ZZZFM
22nd October 2012
12th November 2012
The Federal Government is reportedly considering holding a royal commission into orphans who were abused in state care, after an advocacy group for adults raised in foster care petitioned the Prime Minister for an inquiry into the matter. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Police attack churchs handling of abuse complaints
Peta Carlyon, ABC Ballarat
30th October 2012
12th November 2012
A senior Victorian police officer has given damning evidence about the Catholic Churchs handling of alleged cases of child abuse within its ranks. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Catholic order had pedophile ring in VIC
Belinda Merhab, Brisbane Times
9th November 2012
12th November 2012
A pedophile ring within a Catholic religious order in Victoria subjected boys as young as seven to pack rapes and severe beatings and covered up two killings, a victims advocate claims. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Calls to widen clergy inquiry across state
Sean Nicholls and Josephine Tovey, Sydney Morning Herald
10th November 2012
12th November 2012
A SPECIAL commission of inquiry with the powers of a royal commission will examine claims of interference in police investigations of alleged paedophile priests in the Hunter region and could lead to a state-wide examination of clergy child sex abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Inquiry to see list of paedophile priests
The Telegraph
12th November 2012
12th November 2012
A VICTIMS group will present to the Victorian government inquiry into sex abuse by priests a list of 18 convicted paedophile priests who were moved from parish to parish or further away, where they continued offending. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Greens back national church child sex abuse inquiry
The Telegraph
11th November 2012
12th November 2012
THE Australian Greens have joined a growing chorus demanding a royal commission be set up to investigate claims of child abuse in the Catholic Church. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Psychologist feared pedophiles held power
Channel Nine News
12th November 2012
Updated 12th November 2012
A psychologist who met dozens of child abuse victims claims three quarters of the Brothers from the St John of God order were suspected to be involved in the scandal. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Church sex victims want investigation
Ian Kirkwood, Newcastle Herald
12th November 2012
Updated 12th November 2012
A PLANE flying over Lower Hunter skies yesterday towing a banner saying Royal Commission now spoke volumes for victims of Catholic paedophile priests. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Greens back national church sex inquiry
SBS World News
11th November 2012
12th November 2012
The Australian Greens have backed calls for a national royal commission into allegations of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Group says Australian priests abused boys
UPI.com
8th November 2012
12th November 2012
Australian police are investigating a group of priests who ran an orphanage for young boys and are suspected of alleged sexual abuse of the children. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Letter to the Editor: Put research online
The Age
10th November 2012
Updated 12th November 2012
CARE Leavers Australia Network, the national support and advocacy network for people who were in orphanages and children's homes, recently provided research to the Victorian inquiry into the Catholic Church. The research, from the Victoria Police Gazettes, shows children who absconded from Victorian institutions. Over a nine-year period, 1528 Victorian children ran away from church, charity and government homes. Most were in government-run orphanages like Turana, Royal Park Depot and Winlaton. more ...
Letters to Newspapers - Posted 12/11/2012
Forced Adoption Apology Information
Read on for information on how to obtain a copy of the forced adoption apology DVD from the different states. more ...
Multi Media - Posted 12/11/2012
The fight goes on for Forgotten Australians
CLAN Patron Steve Irons MP, 12th November 2012
Updated 12th November 2012
On the third anniversary of the national apology to the Forgotten Australians, justice is still being pursued by many of them and the organisations that support them. more ...
CLAN News Flash - Posted 12/11/2012
Pressure mounts for Royal Commission into sex abuse within the Catholic Church
Ken McGregor, The Telegraph
12th November 2012
12th November 2012
FEDERAL Labor backbenchers have joined independent MPs and the Greens to call on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to establish a royal commission into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/11/2012
Brothers pack raped boys
Rory Callinan, The Age
9th November 2012
Updated 9th November 2012
A GROUP of 15 religious brothers led by an alpha paedophile is suspected of the unreported deaths of two boys and the sexual abuse of more than 40 others. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/11/2012
NSW Premier pressed for abuse inquiry
Sky News
9th November 2012
9th November 2012
A senior police investigator has publicly challenged NSW Premier Barry to launch a royal commission into child sex abuse by clergy, saying the premier is lucky his own children havent become victims too. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/11/2012
Detective challenges O'Farrell over Catholic abuse claims
Suzanne Smith, ABC News
9th November 2012
Updated 9th November 2012
A senior serving police officer has challenged New South Wales Premier Barry O Farrell to set up a Royal Commission into sex abuse in the Catholic Church, alleging the Church hierarchy covers up for paedophile priests, silences investigations, and destroys crucial evidence to avoid prosecutions. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 09/11/2012
Abuse inquiry effectiveness queried
Jane Lee, The Age
6th November 2012
Updated 6th November 2012
MOST of the evidence given to a state inquiry into child abuse has not been published more than a month after the deadline for submissions closed. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/11/2012
OPINION: Clergy abuse inquiry shockingly shallow
Barney Zwartz, The Age
7th November 2012
7th November 2012
IT SEEMS the parliamentary inquiry into the churches handling of clergy sex abuse has learnt at least one thing from submissions about the Catholic Church: how to operate in as much secrecy as it can manage while apparently doing the minimum it can get away with. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/11/2012
Tears and relief after adoption apology
Danielle McKay, ABC News
19th October 2012
Updated 6th November 2012
Tasmanian women who suffered under forced adoption policies say a formal apology will allow more healing. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/11/2012
Govt considers Royal Commission into abuse
Sally McGlew, Hills Gazette
5th November 2012
Updated 6th November 2012
more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/11/2012
Child protection inquiry's examination of Heiner Affair likely to call Kevin Rudd, Wayne Goss as witnesses
Michael Madigan, Courier Mail
1st November 2012
2nd November 2012
FORMER Prime Minister Kevin Rudd may join old colleagues from the Goss Government on the witness stand over the summer break as one of Queenslands most enduring conspiracy theories - the Heiner Affair - gets another examination. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 02/11/2012
Orphanage disgrace
Sally McGlew, Canning Times
30th October 2012
31st October 2012
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has given hope to orphans abused in state care in Western Australia. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 31/10/2012
Ex police investigators could hinder healing process
Jane Lee, The Age
12th October 2012
31st October 2012
THE Catholic church has employed former police officers to investigate child abuse claims, prompting concerns that victims with criminal records may be dissuaded from speaking out. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 31/10/2012
Support for church sex child abuse royal commission
Joanne McCarthy, Newcastle Herald
30th October 2012
30th October 2012
A VICTORIAN lawyer specialising in child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy has slammed the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse in churches and supported the Heralds Shine the Light campaign for a royal commission.
Read on for a comment from CLAN more ...
Media Articles - Posted 30/10/2012
Opinion: Punishment, penance should come via a royal commission
Michael Short, The Age
27th October 2012
Updated 29th October 2012
ONE of the most fundamental responsibilities of government is to protect the communitys most vulnerable citizens. Children are achingly vulnerable. They have a right to be able to trust adults who exercise direct institutional power over them. Schools and the church are two of the most powerful institutions. Children are at their mercy. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/10/2012
Catholic Churchs claims on child abuse dismissed as laughable
Stuart Rintoul, The Australian
19th October 2012
Updated 29th October 2012
LAWYERS at the centre of a class action against the Christian Brothers and Sisters of Mercy religious orders say claims by the Catholic Church that it is committed to facing up to child abuse are laughable. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/10/2012
Call for a Royal Commission: Police slam church at abuse inquiry
Channel Ten News
19th October 2012
29th October 2012
State inquiry into sexual abuse hears Victoria Police evidence the Catholic Church has been focused on internal church issues such as legal liability and public relations. Click on the link to view the video. more ...
Multi Media - Posted 29/10/2012
One in 20 priests an abuser, inquiry told
Barney Zwartz, The Age
23rd October 2012
Updated 23rd October 2012
AT LEAST one in 20 Catholic priests in Melbourne is a child sex abuser, although the real figure is probably one in 15, the state inquiry into the churches' handling of sex abuse was told yesterday. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 23/10/2012
Orphans heartened by PM vow
Pia Akerman, The Australian
22nd October 2012
23rd October 2012
CLAN has bombarded the Prime Minister's office with Royal Commission postcards and the Hon. Jenny Macklin- Families Minister has responded to CLAN. ORPHANS who were abused in state care in Australia have taken heart from a fresh pledge by the Gillard government to consider their calls for a royal commission. more ...
CLAN News Flash - Posted 23/10/2012
Questions demand royal commission
Barney Zwartz, The Age
20th October 2012
22nd October 2012
AS GEORGIE Crozier MLC stood yesterday to open public proceedings in the state inquiry into church sex abuse, eyes turned to a dignified man in a grey suit in the third row of the gallery - legal adviser Frank Vincent - who many think should have been the one doing the talking. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/10/2012
Inquiry into Catholic Church abuse begins
Danny Morgan, ABC News
19th October 2012
Updated 19th October 2012
A Victorian parliamentary committee will today hold the first public hearings in a landmark inquiry into child sex abuse within religious organisations. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 19/10/2012
Orphanage museum brings Australian to Owatonna
Ashley Stewart, Owatonna Peoples Press
25th August 2012
10th October 2012
For 58 year old Australian Leonie Sheedy, stepping on the grounds of the Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum in Owatonna last weekend provided peace, serenity and a sense of familiarity. This story made the front page of the Owatonna Peoples Press newspaper. There will be a report about this visit in the next newsletter more ...
CLAN News Flash - Posted 11/10/2012
More support for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants
Hon. Jenny Macklin - Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs,
17th August 2012
A new national network of support services will help Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants access counselling, trace their past and reconnect with family where possible. more ...
CLAN News Flash - Posted 11/10/2012
Is Australian Child Abuse Different?
Joanna Penglase and Richard Hil, New Matilda
13th July 2009
Updated 5th October 2012
Australian churches and governments systematically abused the children in their care for decades. Now the time has come to take responsibility, write Richard Hil and Joanna Penglase more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/10/2012
Abuse inquiry not enough
Danny Lannen, Geelong Advertiser
28th September 2012
Updated 2nd October 2012
CARE Leavers Australia Network wants a state inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations to become a prelude to a Royal Commission. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 02/10/2012
Media Release: Time for a conscience vote on a Royal Commission
David Shoebridge MLC - A Greens Members of the NSW Upper House, The Greens are calling on all MPs in the NSW Parliament to be given a conscience vote on a motion tabled in the NSW Upper House calling for a Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in religious and non religious organisations in NSW. more ...
Press Releases - Posted 27/09/2012
Department goes in pursuit of whistleblowers
Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie, The Age
20th September 2012
Updated 24th September 2012
THE Victorian government is spending thousands of dollars hunting whistleblowers behind leaks about the abuse of disabled people in state care, and the alleged cover ups. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 24/09/2012
History that cannot be ignored
Antony Dubber, Goulburn Post
21st September 2012
24th September 2012
FORGIVENESS is sometimes a hard thing to do. But this is what had to be done when a museum dedicated to the former Gill Boys Home (belonging to the Salvation Army) was opened on Saturday at the McDermott Centre. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 24/09/2012
Parliament apologises for forced adoptions
Josephine Tovey, Sydney Morning Herald
20th September 2012
Updated 20th September 2012
The State Government has this morning said sorry for the trauma, grief and pain caused by so called forced adoptions in this state, in which thousands of babies were removed from women who did not want to give them up, to a mixed reaction from those affected. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 20/09/2012
Australian man searches for Albany roots
Emily Gruenke, Albany Enterprise
29th August 2012
Updated 19th September 2012
Many families in Albany have deep roots here. Generations live within blocks of each other and many work with each other. For one Australian man, his Albany roots exist, but are loosely tied to him by his name. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 19/09/2012
Hundreds attend forum calling for Royal Commission
Ian Kirkwood, Newcastle Herald
16th September 2012
Updated 17th September 2012
OVER 400 people attended a forum in Newcastle today calling for a Royal Commission into the Catholic churchs handling of child sexual abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 17/09/2012
Sexual Abuse: The Response of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
, Updated 10th September 2012
The following letter and booklet was sent to all NSW Members of Parliament from the Archdiocese of Sydney summarising the practices and procedures that the Archdiocese of Sydney follows in responding to sexual abuse.
Click on the PDF link to view the letter and first page of the booklet
» Click here to download PDF
Media Articles - Posted 11/09/2012
NSW Government Apology for Forced Adoption
4th September 2012
Updated 10th September 2012
The Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, today announced that the NSW Government will issue an official apology for past forced adoption practices.
Click on the PDF link to view the press release
» Click here to download PDF
Press Releases - Posted 10/09/2012
Church receives 1500 complaints of abuse
Dan Box, The Australian
3rd September 2012
Updated 4th September 2012
THE Catholic Church has received at least 1500 complaints of abuse by priests across Australia, about a third of which are thought to relate to alleged child abuse. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/09/2012
The Forgotten Ones
Christine Kenneally, The Monthly
August 2012
Half a million Australians lost their childhoods to institutions. Many still dont know why there were there, or who they are. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 03/09/2012
Fight for sexual abuse inquest
Priyal Dadhania, Sydney City News
23rd August 2012
23rd August 2012
Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) is fighting for an inquest into sexual abuse inflicted on Care Leavers while in orphanages. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 24/08/2012
Victorian Catholic Church says sorry over child sex abuse
Daniel Fogarty, AAP
21st August 2012
Updated 21st August 2012
VICTORIAS most senior Catholics have apologised for the sexual abuse of children under the church's care. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 21/08/2012
Sandras story one of pain, despair and hope
Amy Remeikis, Brisbane Times
19th August 2012
20th August 2012
At 15 years old, Sandra Robinson had escaped from every institution and home the state government had placed her. more ...
- Posted 20/08/2012
Wish to see birth parents
Eugene Boisvert, Sunraysia Daily
11th August 2012
Updated 14th August 2012
A WOMAN whose birth parents gave her up for adoption in Merbein in the 1950s is keen to get a photograph of them before she dies of cancer. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 14/08/2012
Abused orphans take fight for justice to UN
Reid Sexton and Barney Zwartz, The Age
6th August 2012
6th August 2012
ORPHANS abused in state care in Australia are taking their complaints to the United Nations Committee against Torture, hoping it will recommend better compensation and understanding. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 07/08/2012
CLAN takes its case to the UN
Prue Bentley, ABC Radio Ballarat
6th August 2012
Updated 7th August 2012
Orphans abused in state care in Australia have fought hard for recognition.
Click on the link to listen to the interview with CLAN Executive Officer Leonie Sheedy and Prue Bentley. more ...
Multi Media - Posted 07/08/2012
Media Release from The Greens NSW - Royal Commission Required into Church Sexual Abuse

31st July 2012
Updated 6th August 2012
Following further credible evidence released today suggesting senior members of the Catholic Church have failed to report child sexual assault to police, a Royal Commission is now required, according to Greens NSW MP and Justice spokesperson David Shoebridge. more ...
Press Releases - Posted 06/08/2012
Australian Orphans Take Concerns to UN
Canadian Orphan Charity News
6th August 2012
8th August 2012
Soon after a significant transformation of New South Wales foster care system was announced, a group of Australian orphans are bringing the abuse they suffered to light at the United Nations. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/08/2012
Children were abused in Australian orphanages for over 80 years
Banished babies in Australia
17th August 2010
Updated 6th August 2012
Orphanages and juvenile detention centres in Queensland, Australia, have subjected children to serious physical, sexual and emotional abuse for more than 80 years. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 05/08/2012
Chopper- My first stint behind bars
Mark Read, Herald Sun
2nd October 2011
Updated 11th July 2012
SENT to Turana Boys Home in 1970, violence became second nature to Mark Chopper Read. He writes about his first experience of detention. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 11/07/2012
CLANs Response to ABCs Four Corners Investigation
CLAN an advocacy and support group for those who spent some or all of their time in church, charity or state institutional homes is also a strong advocate for the establishment of a Royal Commission into not only sexual abuse by the Catholic Church but also by the Salvation Army, Anglicans, Brethern, Methodists, Presbyterians, Sydney City Mission and others who under the guise of religion and trust raped, digitally raped, and committed all types of sexual perversions upon children who were entrusted to their care. more ...
Letters to Newspapers - Posted 09/07/2012
Unholy silence, a royal commission is needed
Paul Kennedy, ABC News
4th July 2012
6th July 2012
The ABC Four Corners report Unholy Silence exposed yet again terrible ways the Catholic Church covers up clergy sex crimes. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 06/07/2012
Calls for Royal Commission over alleged cover up of Catholic abuse
Tom Allard, Sydney Morning Herald
4th July 2012
Updated 4th July 2012
THREE of Australias most senior Catholic clergy failed to tell authorities of evidence they received that a priest had repeatedly sexually abused boys as young as 10 in NSW. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 04/07/2012
Feedback to ABCs Four Corners
4th July 2012
4th July 2012
(CLAN), an advocacy and support group for those who spent some or all of their time in church, charity or state institutional homes is also a strong advocate for the establishment of a Royal Commission into not only sexual abuse by the Catholic Church but also by the Salvation Army, Anglicans, Brethern, Methodists, Presbyterians, Sydney City Mission and others who under the guise of religion and trust raped, digitally raped, and committed all types of sexual perversions upon children who were entrusted to their care. Priests, nuns, Salvation Army officers, and workers of all denominations have a sad and sorry history of abusive practices. more ...
CLAN News Flash - Posted 04/07/2012
Helping Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants trace their past
The Hon. Jenny Macklin Minister for Family, Communities and Indigenous Affairs
28th June 2012
Updated 2nd July 2012
Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants will get more help to access their personal records and reconnect with family where possible, with more than $380,000 in additional funding from the Gillard Government. more ...
Press Releases - Posted 02/07/2012
Breaking Silence
Trent Dalton, Q Weekend
June 9
Updated 2nd July 2012
The sign rests on the carpet of Richard Tommy Campions bedroom. Bold block letters, ANGLICAN CHURCH DUTY OF CARE CHILD ABUSE COVER UP. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 02/07/2012
Forced adoption apology a significant step for healing
Dan Harrison, The Age
23rd June 2012
Updated 26th June 2012
THE federal government will make a formal apology to parents and children separated by forced adoption. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/06/2012
Government to apologise for forced adoptions
Misha Schubert, Sydney Morning Herald
24th June 2012
Updated 25th June 2012
AUSTRALIANS who suffered the trauma of forced adoptions will get a formal apology from the federal government, after a heart rending Senate report exposed the depth of the personal tragedy earlier this year. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 25/06/2012
Victim recounts life of hell
Tom Davis, Geraldton Newspaper
18th June 2012
Updated 22nd June 2012
November 30, 1939, is a date that will forever be ingrained in the mind of former Tardun Farm School orphan John Walsh.
Thank you to CLAN member John for doing this interview more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/06/2012
Bob breaks silence on sad Bindoon past
In My Community
2nd June 2012
Updated 18th June 2012
THE cheerful, charismatic and sharp witted 71 year old man in front of me breaks down. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/06/2012
Maltese Australian in Queens list
Times of Malta
13th June 2012
Updated 18th June 2012
Malta born David Henry Plowman was among the 762 Australians included in this years Queens birthday honours list. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/06/2012
Child abuse spectre over 26 institutions
Joseph Catanzaro and Kate Bastians, The West Australian
11th June 2012
Updated 12th June 2012
More than 20 WA institutions have been implicated in cases of child abuse and neglect, The West Australian can reveal.
Click on the PDF link to view a list of WA institutions involved. more ...
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Media Articles - Posted 12/06/2012
State wards call for action
Brendan Donohoe, Channel Seven News
4th June 2012
Updated 6th June 2012
Click on the link to view a story from Channel 7 news about the protest outside Andrea Cootes MLC office. more ...
Multi Media - Posted 06/06/2012
Royal Commission Statement

June 2012
The Senate Inquiry into Institutional Care in 2004 outlined in Recommendation 11 the need for a Royal Commission to be conducted into the abuse and neglect of children raised in orphanages, childrens Homes and other institutions run by Churches, Charities and the State Government. Click on the PDF link to read the entire statement
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CLAN News Flash - Posted 04/06/2012
Release of Report on Justice for Victims of Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church
David Shoebridge MLC,
28th May 2012
Updated 31st May 2012
A report was released today into proposed legislation granting victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic Church new remedies to sue the Churchs property trusts to overcome defences the Church has used to deny victims the right to just compensation. more ...
Press Releases - Posted 31/05/2012
Greens campaign to help abuse victims get church assets
Anna Patty, Sydney Morning Herald
29th May 2012
Updated 29th May 2012
VICTIMS of alleged sex abuse at the hands of Catholic priests claim they have been denied adequate compensation because the church has its assets locked up in property trusts.

Read on for CLAN's reply to the article more ...

Media Articles - Posted 29/05/2012
Forgotten Aussies to get access to records
Ninemsn
29th May 2012
The so called Forgotten Australians will soon have access to 140,000 new records, a Senate hearing has been told. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/05/2012
Claims meeting over state ward abuse
John Dagge, Sunday Herald Sun
27th May 2012
Updated 28th May 2012
, 27th May 2012
THE State Government has agreed to meet lawyers representing more than 30 former state wards who suffered abuse in an attempt to resolve compensation claims. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/05/2012
Child migrant abuse revealed
Joseph Catanzaro, The West Australian
28th May 2012
Updated 28th May 2012
The full extent of sexual, physical and psychological abuse suffered by hundreds of child migrants sent forcibly to Fairbridge Farm School in Pinjarra can be revealed for the first time. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 28/05/2012
Greens urge reconsideration of child migrant case
ABC South West WA
29th April 2011
The West Australian Government has been accused of lacking compassion in its failure to compensate a 91 year old child migrant. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 22/05/2012
Responding to Forgotten Australians
Shurlee Swain, Leonie Sheedy & Cate ONeill, Journal of Australian Studies
16th March 2012
In the last fifteen years the experiences of children in out of home care in Australia have been the subject of three national enquiries. Each of the reports engage explicitly with history, affirming its importance to personal and national identity and make recommendations in relation to archives, record keeping and memorials, in order that the history not be forgotten. more ...
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Media Articles - Posted 15/05/2012
100 years ago in 1912
Geelong Advertiser
14th May 2012
Incorrigible orphan boy James Stuart Carey, 13, was taken into custody on a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm on St Augustines Orphanages Brother Kelly, who came to the watchhouse to take the young boy back to the orphanage. more ...
Historical Articles - Posted 14/05/2012
Cast abuse net wider, victim pleads
Benjamin Millar, Brimbank Weekly
24th April 2012
Updated 24th April 2012
A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into sexual abuse by churches and other non government organisations doesn't go nearly far enough, according to a St Albans man who spent six years in childrens homes in the 1950s. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 24/04/2012
Let our histories be visible
Adele Chynoweth, National Museum of Australia
April 2012
Updated 24th April 2012
In 2004, at the official hearings of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee as part of the Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care, Leonie Sheedy, cofounder of the Care Leavers of Australia Network, demanded that there be space made available for an exhibition about the experiences of children who grew up in orphanages, Get the dinosaurs out of the Australian museum, for once, and dedicate it to orphanages and children. Let our histories be visible more ...
Media Articles - Posted 24/04/2012
Media Statement, Inquiry into handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations
Hon. Ted Baillieu and Attorney General Hon. Robert Clark,
17th April 2012
The Victorian Coalition Government today announced the establishment of a Parliamentary inquiry into matters relating to the handling of alleged criminal abuse of children by religious and other organisations.
Click on the link to view the PDF version of the media release. more ...
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Press Releases - Posted 19/04/2012
Why are we not holding the government accountable for sex abuse?
Angela Sdrinis, The Age
19th April 2011
While much has been written and said about the Victorian Governments parliamentary inquiry, little has been said of the failure to include in the current terms of reference an investigation of the Governments role in the handling of child sex abuse allegations. more ...
Letters to Newspapers - Posted 19/04/2012
Opinons from the public about the sex abuse inquiry
The Age
19th April 2011
Six MPs with no legal knowledge or expertise in cross examination. No incentive to go outside Spring Street and hear real stories not good enough. They will progressively close down the whole scandal. A government far too nervous, responding half heartedly and only when pushed. Perhaps needing the church's support for reelection? Not good enough. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 19/04/2012
Greens support Royal Commission into child abuse
Senator Christine Milne,
8th November 2005
The Greens unreservedly support the creation of a royal commission into child sexual assault in Australia. Anecdotal evidence suggests that up to one in 10 Australian children are the victims of child sexual assault and that most of these occur in the home. That is the shocking reality of child sexual abuse. more ...
Press Releases - Posted 19/04/2012
Grandmother tells of overcoming orphanage abuse
Anthea Cannon, Geelong Advertiser
18th April 2012
Updated 18th April 2012
EIGHTY eight. For a year that was all an eight year old Saundra Chapman knew herself as.
Thank you to CLAN member Saundra for doing this interview. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/04/2012
Inquiry into Catholic Church in Victoria
St Mary of the Angels, Geelong
1st April 2012
Senior Melbourne Catholic clergy have broken ranks by backing a call for an independent inquiry into the handling of abuse complaints. Please click on the PDF link to view the article more ...
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Media Articles - Posted 03/04/2012
Past residents fight for orphanage
Ryan Sheales, ABC News
2nd April 2012
A number of former residents from the Ballarat orphanage are fighting to stop developers from demolishing their old home. more ...
Multi Media - Posted 02/04/2012
Can do spirit sees orphans pool make way for a flash facility
Danny Lannen, Geelong Advertiser
27th March 2012
ABOUT three years ago Charlie The Ratbag Orphan Walker rang St Augustines orphanage old boys association president Dennis Fogarty hotly indignant. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/03/2012
Vals hopes for her lost years
Danny Lannen, Geelong Advertiser
9th March 2012
WHEN Val Noble arrived at Geelongs St Catherines orphanage in 1937, seven formative years of her life had already been consigned to a blank. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 26/03/2012
Seeking information about father
Gippsland Times AN 84 year old Melbourne woman is seeking information about her father. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 19/03/2012
Orphan searches for mystery years
Danny Lannen, Geelong Advertiser WHEN Val Noble arrived at Geelongs St Catherines orphanage in 1937, seven formative years of her life had already been consigned to a blank.
Please note a correction in the article, Val was fostered out before she was sent to St. Catherines.
CLAN encourages all members and supporters to add their comments to the story. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 12/03/2012
Wards Deserve Better
Letter from VIC CLAN member Frank Golding, to the Age CLAN member Frank Golding recently wrote a letter The Age about the findings that DHS are withholding personal records and files.
THE state Ombudsman has reported that the records on state wards held by the Department of Human Services are shambolic. more ...
Letters to Newspapers - Posted 06/03/2012
Ombudsman criticises Victoria's poor storage of records relating to wards of the state
ABC Radio National
1st March 2012
Victorias Ombudsman has handed down a scathing report into the management and maintenance of records relating to former wards of the state.
Click on the link below to listen to the interview from Victorian CLAN members Frank and Valma. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 02/03/2012
Wards of the state hit by piecemeal record keeping
Freya Mieche, ABC News
1st March 2012
The Victorian Ombudsman has found that the Department of Human Services has failed to come to grips with a vast archive of documents relating to former wards of the state. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 01/03/2012
Rays long search for Fields family
Wendy Lavender, Kalgoorlie Miner
25th November 2011
When Ray Prosser arrives in Kalgoorlie Boulder on Monday, it be the end of a very long search, but may also be a new beginning. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 29/11/2011
Boys Home residents seek compo - Wards sue over abuse
Angus Thompson, Adelaide Now
20th November 2011
Updated 20th November 2011
A GROUP of former state wards is suing the Victorian Government over abuse they say they suffered while living in care. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 21/11/2011
Franks fight over abuse
Sarah Crawford
NT News
2011
Updated 2011
, A survivor of a notorious boys Home where inmates were bashed and raped is fighting for compensation. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 10/06/2011
Historian records tales of 30,000 children who called Renwick home
Jackie Meyers
Southern Highland News
18th October 2009
Updated 18th October 2009
, IT is the site earmarked for a major Landcom residential development, but Renwick was once the home base for displaced and orphaned children and wards of the state. more ...
Media Articles - Posted 18/10/2010
$26.5 million for a National Find and Connect Service for all Care Leavers

12th May 2010
The Federal Government has announced $26.5 million for Care Leavers in the Federal Budget. Read on for Jenny Macklin MP annoucement media release and CLANs media release in response to the great news. more ...
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CLAN Press Releases - Posted 12/08/2010
CLAN Hat
The CLAN hat can be purchased for $15. more ...
Latest CLAN News - Posted 26/10/2009

Recent or Upcoming Protests

Victorian Silent Protest - Monday 14th April 2014
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Department of Human Service
Address: 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Please wear your CLAN badges to show your support

 
Victorian Silent Protest - Tuesday 11th February 2014
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: In front of DHS
Address: 50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne


Please wear your CLAN badges to show your support

 
NSW Silent Protest - Sunday 8th December
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Salvation Army Sydney Congress Hall
Address: 140 Elizabeth St, Sydney

Please wear your CLAN badges to show your support!

Also please be aware of Church service being conducted during our silent protests.

Click here to view photos from the day
Victorian Silent Protest - Monday 2nd December 2013
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Uniting Care
Address: 130 Little Collins St, Melbourne

Please wear your CLAN badges to show your support!

Also please be aware of Church service being conducted during our silent protests. 

Click here to view photos from the day
NSW Silent Protest - Sunday 24th November
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Scots Presbyterian Church
Address: 44 Margaret St, Sydney (near Wynyard station)

Please wear your CLAN badges to show your support!

Also please be aware of Church service being conducted during our silent protests.

 
Victorian Silent Protest - Sunday 3rd November
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Where: St Patricks Cathedral
Address: 1 Cathedral St, East Melbourne

Please wear your CLAN badges to show your support!

Also please be aware of Church service being conducted during our silent protests.

Click here to view photos from the day
Victorian Silent Protest - Monday 14th October 2013
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: In front of the offices of the Department of Human Services
Address: 50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne


Please wear your CLAN badges to show your support!

Click HERE to view an article from Herald Sun (15/10) about this protest

Click here to view photos from the day

Events

Gill Boys Home Reunion - 4th and 5th October 2014
Time: 10:30am
Where: Belmore Park


This year we will be holding our get - together on the 4th and 5th of October.

Once again we will meet in Belmore Park at the Band Pavilion at 10.30. We'll be going to have lunch at the RSL Club and then for those who have not seen the new memorials we'll go to the Gill for a look. I hope to get us permission to go through the Gill as it is planned for it to be demolished.

Also, I'll hopefully be able to show the full version of the Salvation Army apology and give everyone an unedited copy. Dinner that night back at the RSL or Workers Club and breakfast on the 5th at the Rose Café. Can those attending please being any memorabilia or photos that we can see.

For further information please phone Jim on (07) 3822 1518

Looking forward to seeing all ex - Gill boys and friends.

 
Tally Ho Boys' Home Reunion - Sunday August 17, 2014
Time: 10.30am-1.3Opm
Where: 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

A light lunch will be provided

Tally Ho Boys please RSVP to CLAN 1800 008 774 by Friday 8th, 2014

 
Riverview Boys Home Reunion - Sunday August 3rd, 2014
Time: 10.30am-2.00pm
Where: Salvation Army's Riverview Farm Address: Endeavour Road, Riverview, QLD

R.S.V.P. Bob 0411 418 931

 
Orana Care Leavers Reunion - Friday 25th April 2014
Time: 12:00-4:00pm
Where: Rentoul Hall - 16 Livingstone Close, Burwood.

Lunch will be provided. All family and friends welcome.

Please RSVP to Rita on 0417 952 381 or rsidlauskas@lentarauc.org.au for catering by 9 April 2014.

Some funding is available for travel or accommodation costs to assist Care Leavers to attend the reunion.

 
Ballarat Orphanage Veterans Reunion 2014 pre 1960 era - 3rd, 4th and 5th February 2014
Time: Various times


February 3rd 2014 - Lunch and get together at Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt St, Ballarat from 10am-3pm

February 4th 2014- 11am visit to Arthur Kenny Ave of Honor, Fussell St, Mount Xavier to view the new signage.

February 5th 2014 - Bus trip to Queenscliff. 9:15am depart civic Hall, Ballarat. $20 per person. Morning tea provided.

Please ring or email Sharon guy to book if you are coming to lunch or the bus trip.

Phone (03) 5337 3392 or 0417 490 963

Email: sharon.guy@cafs.org.au

Please note that some assistance is available so that you can attend these events.

Friends and family are welcome.

 
Salvation Army public hearings at the Royal Commission - 28th January 2013
Time: Meet at 8.30am
Where: Governor Macquarie Tower
Click here to view photos from the day
Towards Healing public hearing - Monday 9th December 2013
Time: Meeting at 8:30am
Where: Governor Macquarie Tower - 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

The Royal Commission will conduct its 4th public hearing in Sydney starting Monday 9th December on the Torwards Healing process by the Catholic Church.

CLAN members will be meeting at Governor Macquarie Tower at 1 Farrer Place, Sydney from 8:30am on the day.

We hope to see many Clannies and please wear your CLAN badges to show your support!

Please note: Circular Quay is the closest railway station to Farrer Place.

Click here to view photos from the day
North Coast Children's Home Public Hearing at the Royal Commission - Monday 18th November 2013
Time: Meeting at 8:30am
Where: Governor Macquarie Tower - 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

 

The Royal Commission is conducting its 3rd public hearing in Sydney starting Monday 18th November on the North Coast Children's Home, Lismore.

 

This is the first time in Australia's history that a children's Home/orphanage will be in the spotlight of the nation disclosing the horrid crimes and the cruelty inflicting upon innocent children who deserved to be given care and protection.

Click here to view photos from the day
CLAN's Working Bee 2013 - 27th June 2013
Where: CLAN Office

CLAN held a working bee and all staff and some volunteers helped out on the day to clean and organise the office.

Special thanks to our volunteers Geoff, Steve, Michael and Max for their muscles and all their wonderful help.

Click here to view photos from the day
Cardinal Pell appearing at the Victorian Inquiry -
Click here to view photos from the day
First Sitting of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - Wednesday 3rd April 2013
Time: 10am
Where: e County Court of Victoria, 250 William Street, Melbourne

All Commissioners were present and The Chair, Justice McClellan AM, provided information on the work of the Royal Commission including the future conduct of public and private hearings. Senior Counsel assisting will also deliver an opening statement. There will be no evidence taken at this first sitting and there will be no appearances for the purpose of seeking leave to appear.

Click here to view photos from the day
Public Forum and Rally in Newcastle - The Need for a Royal Commission into Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church and other institutions - Sunday 16th September 2012
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Where: Newcastle Panthers (Auditorium 2) 309 King St, Newcastle West

Come join: Survivors of abuse and their families, journalist and author Peter Fitzsimmons, Newcastle Herald journalist Joanne McCarthy, Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge, Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper, Member for Swansea Garry Edwards, and Andrew Morrison SC.

Bill Wright, Bishop for Maitland/Newcastle has been invited to address the meeting.


Click here to view photos from the day
CLAN's Australian Orphanage Museum comes to Goulburn - Saturday 15th September 2012
Time: 10:30am
Where: McDermott Centre - 163 Auburn St, Goulburn NSW

The Hon. Pru Goward MP – NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, and Minister for Women opened a display of the Australian Orphanage Museum.

Items from Australia’s Orphanage Museum from all around Australia was on display.


Click here to view photos from the day
Exhibition of items from CLAN's National Orphanage Museum at Geelong Historical Week - 22nd April 2012
Time: 10:00am
Where: McCurdy Road, Herne Hill
Click here to view photos from the day
Ballarat Orphanage Rally - 31st March 2012
Time: 10:00am
Click here to view photos from the day

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