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Dutton’s Child Sex Offender Register Proposal Is Political Fodder

by Paul Gregoire
As the nation was still recovering from the holiday season, Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton announced a proposal to establish a national public register of child sex offenders, which would make information about convicted criminals available online. Describing it...

Tough New Laws Against Child Sexual Abuse

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
A range of tough new laws to combat child sexual abuse in NSW came into effect on 1 December, which complete one of the most comprehensive overhauls of the state’s criminal laws in history. The recently enacted laws follow a...

It’s the Devil! Pope Claims Church is Being “Persecuted” over Child Sexual Abuse

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Pope Francis has responded to the tens of thousands of cases of child sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy worldwide by claiming the Church is being victimised. The Pope recently wrapped up a month-long meeting, or ‘Synod’, for...

Sydney Police Officer Charged with Child Sexual Assault

by Ugur Nedim
A Sydney police officer has been arrested and charged with a range of child sex offences, including attempted sexual intercourse with a child under 10, two counts of sexual intercourse with a child aged between the ages of 10 and...

Pope Defrocks Priest who Sexually Abused Children

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
In an exceptionally rare but welcomed move, Pope Francis (pictured) has defrocked a Chilean priest convicted of sexually assaulting children. It’s the toughest penalty available to the Pope – with the exception of ex-communication, and a sign the Church may...

Family Court ‘Expert’ Under Investigation

by Sonia Hickey
There are calls for change in the Australian family law system after an approved ‘expert’ was referred for investigation over allegations he prepared “grossly inaccurate” reports to be presented in evidence to support claims of child abuse and family violence....

Catholic Church Continues Refusal to Report Child Sexual Assaults

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Australia’s Catholic leaders have steadfastly refused to break the seal of confession, regardless of the consequences. Existing laws Section 127 of the New South Wales Evidence Act enables clergy “to refuse to disclose a religious confession made to him or...

Convicted Catholic Archbishop Resigns

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
The most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing a serious indictable offence has resigned amid intense public pressure. 67-year old Adelaide Archbishop Phillip Wilson stepped-down from his position yesterday, more than two months after being found...

The Impact of Social Media on a Fair Trial

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Social media can be a source of information and leisure, a way to connect with other people and a means to express views about a range of subjects – including those which invoke emotions such as anger and disgust. But...

NSW Passes Stronger Child Sexual Abuse Laws, But Priests Remain Protected

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
Late last night, the parliament of NSW passed one of the most comprehensive criminal justice reform packages in state history. The state’s attorney general Mark Speakman introduced the legislation designed to crackdown on child sexual predators into state parliament on...
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