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Ryan Carlisle Thomas appears before Senate Redress Committee Ryan Carlisle Thomas appears before Senate Redress Committee

Published on 06 March 2018: Ryan Carlisle Thomas Partner, Penny Savidis, was invited to appear before the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs regarding the proposed Commonwealth redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

Super fund insurance: a case study in obstruction Super fund insurance: a case study in obstruction

Published on 15 February 2018: As the Royal Commission into financial services swings into gear, we present a case study in procedural delays that amounts to obstruction by a super fund in meeting its obligations to a genuinely ill member.

Penny Savidis speaks to Jon Faine about flaws in redress scheme Penny Savidis speaks to Jon Faine about flaws in redress scheme

Published on 14 February 2018: Penny Savidis, head of our institutional abuse team, speaks to Jon Faine on ABC radio about the proposed national redress fund for survivors of abuse and some of its fundamental flaws.

Catholic Church has $30 billion. What about redress? Catholic Church has $30 billion. What about redress?

Published on 13 February 2018: A recent investigation undertaken by the Age has revealed that the Catholic Church currently owns real estate and other assets in Australia to the estimated value of $30 billion. In Victoria, the Church owns an estimated $7 billion in real estate.

Royal Commission must probe Super delays on disability payouts Royal Commission must probe Super delays on disability payouts

Published on 12 February 2018: As the Financial Services Royal Commission kicks off today, it will have a lot on its plate. Not the least of its concerns should be the appalling way in which superannuation funds often treat their clients.

National apology to survivors welcomed, but redress the key National apology to survivors welcomed, but redress the key

Published on 09 February 2018: The Prime Minister has announced he will make a national apology to survivors of child abuse but concerns remain that non-state institutions such as churches and charities, states and territories have not joined the national redress scheme.

Unnecessary delays by insurers are making injured workers wait Unnecessary delays by insurers are making injured workers wait

Published on 07 February 2018: Injured workers are entitled to receive information that is collected about their claim in a timely manner from insurers and self-insurers but this requirement is increasingly being ignored in some situations, and for specious reasons.

NZ announces royal commission into state abuse NZ announces royal commission into state abuse

Published on 05 February 2018: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that the New Zealand Government will hold a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the abuse committed against children by the state between 1950 and 1999.

The top 5 things cyclists want drivers to know The top 5 things cyclists want drivers to know

Published on 02 February 2018: As lawyers working with clients who have experienced road trauma and personal injury, we see the harsh reality of cycling accident statistics on a daily basis when clients seek compensation and assistance to manage life with serious injuries.

Senate should tackle big gaps in National Redress Scheme Senate should tackle big gaps in National Redress Scheme

Published on 01 February 2018: Under the current proposed national redress scheme to compensate survivors of institutional abuse, those who have suffered from physical abuse or have longer criminal records will be excluded from compensation and counselling.

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