Former De La Salle Revesby Student Awarded $1.5 Million for Child Sexual Abuse
On 5 October 2018, the Supreme Court of New South Wales entered Judgment in favour of a Plaintiff who was the victim of child sexual abuse in the amount of $1,548,488.75 plus costs.
The Judgment was adopted from the findings of former Judge of the District Court of New South Wales and Justice of the ACT Supreme Court, Ms Margaret Sidis. Also, Ms Sidis was...
Making Employment Decisions Under Pressure and on the Fly – Consider the Consequences Carefully
The current pandemic of Covid-19 has caused both Government and Business to respond swiftly to the crisis in a multitude of ways. Just as the need of having to adapt quickly is paramount, knee-jerk responses are still to be avoided when making employment decisions.
Many businesses have had to put staff off,...
Justice Denied - Sexual Abuse BoysTown
This article appeared on ABC news as an Exclusive by Josh Robertson and Henry Zwartz and also this website.
At the base of Mount Misery, developers are turning the site of Australia’s largest child abuse case into a housing estate.
Property searches give only a glimpse of how much money was made by the Catholic order that ran BoysTown, after it sold the land...
To Sign or Not to Sign: First read the fine print, then get independent advice
The Australian sporting world is watching which way the ball will bounce in the signing of the young superstar Joseph Suaali to Rugby Australia, and what will be the terms of his contract.
It brings to mind the complexity of such negotiations, and how young sport stars just commencing their career...
Selected Silence; Sporting Heroes Speak Out Against a System of Sports Abuse
Selection. It is the one word that every athlete longs to hear, and the one that holds power over their every move. All sporting codes, be they football, athletics, skating, tennis, swimming, equestrian, dance or motor sport; selection dictates success or obscurity. The mantra is always to not make waves that can destroy...
Former Christian Brother, Brother Desmond Eric “Neil” Richards, commonly known as Brother Neil Richards or Brother Neil, abused his trusted position as a Brother, teacher and principal and committed shocking crimes against children over a 20-year period from the 1960s to 1980s. Decades later he has finally been brought to justice for various crimes as further details of his abuse continue to emerge.
Heeding teen’s horrific equestrian jump fall ‘could have saved Olivia and Caitlyn’s lives’
The family of Olympic equestrian hopeful Chelsea Higgins realised just how lucky she had been when they heard about the falls that killed two of the promising young riders she had competed against.
The family of Olympic equestrian hopeful Chelsea Higgins realised just how lucky she had been when they heard about the...
Koffels2020-06-29T14:53:59+10:00Another Leader Stands Up to be Counted in the Fight Against Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
Sigmund Leon Sokolowski
In alignment with the fight against institutional child sexual abuse, it was noted in The Age newspaper on 20 June 2020 in an article by Journalist Simone Fox Koob, that the former Australian Idol winner, Natalie Gauci has commenced a Civil Claim in Victoria against the Catholic Archdiocese...
Australia - One Of Only Ten (10) Countries to Retain Moody's AAA Rating
Australia continues to be a standout in a world fraught with a complexity of issues never before faced. Moody’s Investors Service has maintained a stable outlook for Australian Government finances going forward as Australia retains Moody's AAA rating.
Australia’s economic strength, governance and health management during the pandemic has shown resilience. Although it...
New Bankruptcy Guidelines As They Relate to the Covid-19 Impact on Business and Individuals
The Australian Taxation Office regularly issues notices to assist businesses keep up to date with changes to regulations. In the time of Covid-19 especially, we feel that it is important to keep up to date with both your obligations and your rights.
Here is a recent directive from the ATO as to...
Malka Leifer is Mentally Fit to Stand Trial, but What About the Mental Well-being of the Victims?
It is concerning to note that repeated claims of poor mental health and depression have been the defence of Malka Leifer against extradition to stand trial in Australia, where she has been indicted on 74 charges of sexual abuse and rape during her tenure as Headmistress at a...
Poor Attempts at Compensation for Child Sex Abuse are Endemic: There is a better alternative to inadequate Institutionally Based Redress Schemes
Al Jazeera reported on 2 June 2020 that “as a result of a unanimous decision taken by the German Bishops' Conference” victims of child sex abuse and violence in the Catholic Diocese of Augsburg will receive up to €75,000 each.
This very modest attempt at...
Pattern of Abuse and Church Sex Abuse Sadly Repeated in Poland – Second Film Released in Honour of Victims of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
One year after Tomasz Sekielski’s ground-breaking release of “Tell No One”, a second film, “Playing Hide and Seek”, was released on YouTube on 17 May 2020.
Since its release on YouTube a year ago the first self funded documentary, “Tell No One”,...
The Christian Brothers and Sexual Abuse in Australian Institutions
History of Christian Brothers
The Christian Brothers are a religious group which is part of the Catholic Church. It was founded in 1802 in Ireland to provide for poor boys education and welfare. The organisation has a long history in Australia. The first Christian Brothers travelled to Australia in 1843 and remained here until 1847. It 1868...
There is a clear link between abuse in childhood and destructive behaviours in adulthood
It has been reported on the news carrier, BBC World, that UK comedian Tony Slattery recently revealed that he too was the victim of Child Sexual Abuse by a priest when he was just 8 years old.
A comedy star of the 80s and 90’s his personal issues caused him to withdraw...
Many people still hold traditional concepts about getting a divorce, but today it is no longer based on finding fault, or apportioning blame to one party or another. It is simply about the irrevocable breakdown of the relationship. The relationship does not have to be one of a traditional marriage, it can be a long standing defacto relationship where the finances and interdependencies are...
The Unredacted Report into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: What is the right thing to do, when should those in authority step up?
At last we have the unredacted report of the Commissions’ findings as to the responses to questioning of Cardinal George Pell. In their report, The Commission into Child Sexual Abuse advises that they reject the claims of Cardinal Pell as to his lack...