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Speeches

The Royal Commission’s Chair, The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, spoke at a range of events and activities across Australia to inform, educate and facilitate discussions about the Royal Commissions work, its research and child sexual abuse in Institutional contexts. The speeches can be read below.

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Final sitting address

14 December 2017

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse gave his final address to publicly mark the conclusion of the five-year inquiry.

Portrait of The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan

Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science Seminar

14 November 2017

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, addressed the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science Seminar in Melbourne on Tuesday 14 November 2017.

Portrait of The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan

Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy 30th Year Anniversary Conference

30 September 2017

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, addressed the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP) 30th Anniversary Conference in Sydney on Saturday 30 September 2017.

Close up of The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan at the Royal Commission

2017 ODPP Victims' Voices Conference: Making Stronger Connections

2 August 2017

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission addressed the ODPP Victims' Voices Conference - Making Stronger Connections in Sydney on Wednesday 2 August, 2017.

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State funeral of Anthony Foster

7 June 2017

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission, delivered a eulogy at the state funeral of Anthony Foster in Melbourne on Wednesday 7 June, 2017

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National Council of Churches

16 May 2017

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission addressed the National Council of Churches in Melbourne on Tuesday 16 May, 2017.

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Modern Prosecutor Conference

13 April 2017

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, addressed the Modern Prosecutor Conference in Melbourne on Thursday 13 April, 2017.

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Australian Lawyers Alliance NSW Annual State Conference

17 March 2017

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, addressed the Australian Lawyers Alliance 2017 NSW State Conference in Sydney on Friday 17 March, 2017.

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan speaking at a lecturn

Judicial College of Victoria

19 August 2016

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressed the Judicial College of Victoria's Historical Sexual Offences program - meeting and managing community expectations

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Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies Conference

15 August 2016

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressed the needs of those who have experienced abuse in care as children — implications of findings from the Royal Commission.

The scales of justice

Legal Aid NSW Criminal Law Conference

2 June 2016

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressing the Legal Aid NSW Criminal Law conference.

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan speaking at a lecturn

Jury reasoning in joint and separate trials of institutional child sexual abuse: an empirical study

25 May 2016

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressed the Launch of Jury reasoning in joint and separate trials of institutional child sexual abuse: An empirical study.

Registrations for private sessions closed

Announcement by the Chair of the Royal Commission

29 April 2016

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse announced the closing registrations for private sessions.

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International Society for the Study of Trauma and Disassociation

30 November 2015

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressed the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation - "Broken Structures, Broken Selves: Complex Trauma in the 21st Century".

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan speaking at a lecturn

ANZATSA 7th Biennial Conference

5 November 2015

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressed the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse 7th Biennial International Research, Theory & Practice Conference.

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National Council of Churches in Australia Conference

10 September 2015

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressed the National Council of Churches in Australia - Safe as Churches 7th Conference.

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Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Conference 2015

4 September 2015

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressing the Supreme Court of New South Wales Annual Conference 2015.

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Triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia

15 July 2015

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressing the Triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia..

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan speaking at a lecturn

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN)

4 July 2015

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressing the Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) conference.

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14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

31 March 2015

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressed the 14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect - cultural responsiveness in a multi-agency world.

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Long term outcomes of Forgotten Australians study

18 February 2015

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressing the launch of the Long term outcomes of Forgotten Australians study.

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan speaking in front of a microphone

Redress and civil litigation

30 January 2015

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressing redress and civil litigation.

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Blue Knot Day 2014

27 October 2014

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressing Blue Knot National Awareness Day - Adults surviving child abuse.

Scales of justice

14th International Criminal Law Congress 2014

9 October 2014

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressing the 14th International Criminal Law Congress on sexual abuse.

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Care Leavers Australia Network 2014

5 July 2014

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressed the Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) 14th Australasian Conference.

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan speaking at a lecturn

International Men's Health Symposium 2014

12 June 2014

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressed the International Men's Health Week Symposium - Improving responses to men sexually abused in childhood - confronting the complexity.

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2014 Families Australia Oration

30 March 2014

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse addressed the 2014 Families Australia Oration at the Child Aware Approaches Conference.

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13th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect Melbourne 2013

12 November 2013

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse aAddressing the 13th Australasian Conference on child abuse and neglect.

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Bravehearts White Balloon Day Brisbane 2013

6 September 2013

Addressing the Bravehearts White Balloon Day in Brisbane for National Child Protection Week.

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