31/1/2013 Media Update

This month has seen media focus remain on the upcoming Royal Commission following release of the Terms of Reference and announcement of the commissioners.

Children's Court processes have also been criticised, with calls made for drastic and urgent reforms.

Evidence given in the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Sexual Abuse of Children has continued to be reported, while domestic violence and foster care stories have again been published – albeit in small numbers.

Below are examples of noteworthy reporting of issues facing our sector during January 2013.

Royal Commission

The Australian – Abusers 'must pay for inquiry's costs' (10/1/2013)

The Conversation – Royal Commission into Child Abuse terms of reference: experts respond (11/1/2013)

The Conversation – Royal commission has the power to bring justice to victims of sexual abuse (14/1/2013)

The Conversation – Royal commission faces challenges but provides an opportunity for change (14/1/2013)

The Australian – Sex abuse inquiry to cost $100m (14/1/2013)

Herald Sun – Royal Commissioners to hold first meeting ahead of inquiry into sex abuse (14/1/2013)

The Age – Together is the only way to end child abuse (16/1/2013)

The Australian – No hiding behind payouts for abuse: inquiry chief (17/1/2013)

The Australian – Bishop 'sat on' claims of priest abuse (17/1/2013)

The Age – Sex abuse inquiry facing 'huge' task (17/1/2013)

The Age – Child sex abuse link to celibacy (24/1/2013)

Hume Weekly – Catholic sex abuse inquiry: Former Gladstone Park priest tells of Catholics ‘horror’ (28/1/2013)

The Age – The truth about sex abuse (31/1/2013)


Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry

ABC – Church sexual abuse inquiry resumes (23/1/2013)

ABC – Abuse inquiry hears allegations of cover ups (23/1/2013)


Domestic Violence

ABC – GPs the front line in reporting domestic violence (7/1/2013)


Juvenile Justice

The Australian – Crisis call for children's court reform (9/1/2013)

The Australian – Kids prefer jail to abuse at home, says magistrate Roger Clisdell (8/1/2013)


Foster Care

Monash Weekly – Nurturing love, affection (14/1/2013)



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