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
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
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
I recently conducted a private session with the mother of a boy from a Catholic school.
Date: September 10
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
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
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
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
Today is an important day for the people who we have come to know as the Forgotten Australians.
Date: February 18
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 is a reminder that there are many Australians who are survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.
Date: October 27
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
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
Improving Responses to Men Sexually Abused in Childhood: Confronting the Complexity
Date: June 12
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
Frank was born in Southern Europe. His parents were poor. They were devout members of the Catholic Church. When Frank was...
Date: November 12
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