Thursday, 6 November 2014

Independent Review of Compensation Arrangements Under The Melbourne Response

The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart has appointed a retired Federal Court Judge, The Hon Donnell Ryan QC to conduct and independent review of  the processes available under the Melbourne Response for compensating victims of sexual abuse by priests, lay persons and religious under the control  of the Melbourne Archdiocese.

Whilst it is good to see that the Melbourne Archdiocese has finally decided to take this action it is unclear how well they are advertising the request for submissions.  Submissions are invited both oral and written from victims and their relatives, counsellors, clinicians, legal advisers and other persons with experience of the Melbourne Response or views about its operation to date and how it may be improved.  However, prior to making a submission it it necessary to request an opportunity to make a submission and this must be done in writing prior to 21st November 2014.

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