Royal Commission to hold public hearing in Canberra

Royal Commission to hold public hearing in Canberra

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Canberra commencing Tuesday 10 June 2014.

The hearing will look into the response of the Marist Brothers to allegations of child sexual abuse in schools in the ACT, NSW and Queensland.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to examine:

  1. The responses of the Marist Brothers, including schools operated by it, to allegations of child sexual abuse regarding Brother John Chute (aka Brother Kostka) and former Brother ZA.
  2. The steps taken by the Marist Brothers, including schools operated by it, to report allegations of child sexual abuse regarding Brother John Chute and former Brother ZA to the police.
  3. The response of agencies, including the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, to reports of child sexual abuse regarding Brother John Chute and former Brother ZA.
  4. The settling of compensation claims by Catholic Church Insurance and the Marist Brothers regarding allegations of child sexual abuse made against Brother John Chute and former Brother ZA.
  5. Any related matters.

Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by 30 May 2014.

For more information on lodging your submission email solicitor@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

The public hearing will be streamed live to the public via webcast.

Interested individuals and organisations are encouraged to view the proceedings via the webcast.

More information

For more information see the Case Study 13, June 2014, Canberra webpage.