Judicial College of Victoria

Addressing the Judicial College of Victoria's Historical Sexual Offences program - meeting and managing community expectations

Date: August 19

Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies Conference

Addressing the needs of those who have experienced abuse in care as children — implications of findings from the Royal Commission.

Date: August 15

Legal Aid NSW Criminal Law Conference

A Royal Commission is the most significant method of inquiry available to governments. It may investigate individual and institutional conduct. It is often used to determine whether criminal conduct may have been committed.

Date: June 02

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Disassociation

The Great War was to become known as the “war to end all wars”. That prophecy was wrong. The world continues to stumble from one violent tragedy to another.

Date: November 30

ANZATSA 7th Biennial Conference

The Royal Commission first sat in public in April 2013. On that occasion I emphasised that Australians of recent generations have lived through a period of rapid change across many aspects of society.

Date: November 05

National Council of Churches in Australia Conference

I recently conducted a private session with the mother of a boy from a Catholic school.

Date: September 10

Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Conference 2015

When delivering the Mayo Lecture at James Cook University in 1996, Sir Anthony Mason commenced by reminding his audience that judges do make law.

Date: September 04

Triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia

I speak to you today as the Royal Commission enters the second half of its five year term. As you are probably aware the Commission was originally tasked to finish at the end of this year.

Date: July 15

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)

One year has passed since I spoke with you in Sydney. At that time the Commonwealth Government had just received the Royal Commission’s interim report which detailed both the work we had already completed and the work we believed necessary to fulfil our terms of reference.

Date: July 04

14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

Justice for victims is an elusive concept. In the civil context redress schemes providing modest money compensation without the need to prove a breach of a duty of care are commonly believed to be appropriate.

Date: March 31

Long term outcomes of Forgotten Australians study

Today is an important day for the people who we have come to know as the Forgotten Australians.

Date: February 18

Redress and civil litigation

It is just over two years ago since the Royal Commission was appointed. In that time the Commissioners have spoken with over 2,850 survivors in private sessions.

Date: January 30

Blue Knot Day 2014

Blue Knot Day is a reminder that there are many Australians who are survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.

Date: October 27

14th International Criminal Law Congress 2014

In 1984, John (not his real name), an 11 year old boy, started as a Year 7 boarder at a prestigious Sydney school.

Date: October 09

Care Leavers Australia Network 2014

When we first started our work the Commissioners decided that it was essential that we meet with representatives of the various organisations which support survivors.

Date: July 05

International Men's Health Symposium 2014

Improving Responses to Men Sexually Abused in Childhood: Confronting the Complexity

Date: June 12

2014 Families Australia Oration

On 10 April 1874, the New York Times carried an account of the evidence given by a nine year old girl in the Supreme Court of New York on the previous day. It was the chilling story...

Date: March 31

13th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect Melbourne 2013

Frank was born in Southern Europe. His parents were poor. They were devout members of the Catholic Church. When Frank was...

Date: November 12

Bravehearts White Balloon Day Brisbane 2013

I am pleased to be here with you today to help bring public attention to White Balloon Day and mark its significance in National Child Protection Week. Bravehearts and the...

Date: September 06