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Calls for an inquiry in to catholic clergy abuse have been called for in Victoria. But the Sydney Morning Herald posed the question though: “is an independent public inquiry into atholic sex abuse a priority? It thought  the temperature was tepid. It reported that the Victoria state government said it was deferring any decision on an inquiry into the subject until after another inquiry into the protection of vulnerable children reports in late January 2012. The current inquiry, chaired by retired Supreme Court judge Philip Cummins, is not investigating abuse within religious bodies in general. But the office of state Attorney-General Robert Clark says this inquiry might report on issues germane to clergy and church workers. What, then, the SMH asks other than employing a convenient delaying tactic, is stopping the government from proceeding? The questions that might or might not arise from Mr Cummins's findings do not preclude a more specific inquiry. ertainly, considerable public outrage should be sufficient grounds, in the SMH’s opinion and I would share that, alone for instigating an inquiry. As he ge reported Mr Clark has received at least five requests in the past two months for an inquiry. This included requests from a group of more than 30 victims, from a lawyer who wants an investigation into clergy abuses in Ballarat that led to at least 26 suicides, and from Victorian Labor MP Anne Barker, who has called for an inquiry similar to the one conducted by the Irish govern-ment. Ms Barker's suggestion is backed by Melbourne lawyer Judy Courtin, who writes on The ge's Opinion page that ''imminent action is paramount''.  As Ms Courtin points out, the Catholic Church's internal alternative-justice processes for dealing with alleged sex offenders are well isolated from the normal judiciary. For one, to find the appropriate legal entity to sue is not easy; and the church is further protected by the ''vicarious liability'' legal precedent that means, in effect, an employer or school authority cannot be held liable for a teacher's sexual assaults. I note the SMH  points out that 'Melbourne Response'', the Victorian version of the church's national ''Towards Healing'' investigative process, has compensated almost 300 victims of sexual abuse since it was established in 1996. But there are it said significant drawbacks: relatively low compensation rates; a deed of release preventing any further civil action; and no external review process. This is the price in my opinion paid unfortunately with some schemes of this nature for avoiding the anguish of court proceedings.  The SMH also adds that in July last year, the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, circulated a pastoral letter on sexual abuse that left no doubt of his strong personal convictions, and that it was time the church faced the truth and ''not attempt to disguise, diminish or avoid in any way those who have betrayed their sacred trust''. For all these reasons, the church should now be subjected to the independent scrutiny of a proper inquiry. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/editorial/child-abuse-and-the-church-no-more-excuses-20111013-1lmzo.html#ixzz1ah7BLtrp http://theage.com.au Alan Collins alc@verisona.com (0)2392492472


Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience of dealing with Personal Injury matters ranging from road traffic accidents to workplace injury and liability. She offers a sympathetic and professional approach to her clients’ problems and advises on funding options (including insurance and Conditional Fee Agreements.)

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