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Published on 16 December 2015: Today was to be the day the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard from Cardinal George Pell in person about his involvement in dealing with complaints of child abuse.
Published on 15 December 2015: The Royal Commission today heard testimony from two priests that has thrown further light on the relationship between Cardinel Pell and paedophile priest Gerald Risdale.
Published on 14 December 2015: The evidence of Bishop Brian Finnigan, former priest from the Diocese of Ballarat and current Auxiliary Bishop of Brisbane, was under scrutiny today at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse.
Published on 11 December 2015: The Royal Commission has heard testimony from two priests who had a direct connection with the notorious pedophile priest Father Risdale, neither of whom appeared to have a clear recollection of the nature of sexual abuse allegations made against him.
Published on 10 December 2015: The Catholic Church’s response to allegations of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Ballarat in the 80s and 90s was under the spotlight today at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Published on 09 December 2015: The AEU Victoria recently won millions of dollars in back-pay for over 40,000 teachers after the Federal Court found the Victorian Government had been making unlawful deductions from teachers’ salaries by requiring them to pay for access to laptops.
Published on 08 December 2015: Witness tells Commission about sexual and physical abuse by Christian Brothers at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat in the early 1970s.
Published on 08 December 2015: A company seeking to escape its obligations to its employees by shifting them onto sham third party contracts has been found by the High Court to be in breach of anti-sham laws.
Published on 07 December 2015: Hearings over the coming two weeks will focus on the response of the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat to allegations of child sexual abuse, including the movement of offending priests from one parish to another, as well as the response of Victoria Police.
Published on 04 December 2015: Bishop explains the culture of obedience and secrecy was more than just protecting the Church; clergy were protecting themselves, with real fear amongst clergy of being shunned and looked down upon should they rebel against this culture.
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