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Tuesday, 3 July 2018
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Landmark court decision will bring sick refugee child and family to Australia for medical treatment A sick two-year-old refugee girl will be flown to Australia within 48 hours for urgent medical treatment, following a Federal Court decision handed down today.
Friday, 29 June 2018
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Maurice Blackburn appoints Steve Bracks as Chair and announces more than 50% female Board representation Maurice Blackburn Lawyers has appointed former Victorian Premier the Honourable Steve Bracks AC as the new Chair of its Board. At the same time, the firm’s Board will be comprised of more than 50 per cent female representation for the first time.
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
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National inquiry into workplace sexual harassment a welcome opportunity for reform Lawyers have today welcomed the announcement of a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, saying the inquiry presented an important opportunity for reform, including addressing gender inequality within workplaces.
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
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South Australia leads the way in combating elder financial abuse Lawyers have today welcomed the announcement that legislation will be introduced in South Australia for the establishment of an adult safeguarding unit to investigate elder abuse.
Friday, 15 June 2018
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Safeguarding laws urgently needed for reporting elder financial abuse Lawyers have today called for safeguarding laws and the establishment of an agency that can act as a first port of call for professionals, individuals and families looking to report suspected financial abuse.
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
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Apology welcome, but wholehearted commitment to Royal Commission recommendations still missing Lawyers for abuse survivors have today welcomed the Federal Government’s latest update on implementing recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, but have urged all governments to adopt the entire suite of recommendations to ensure long-lasting reform for survivors.
Sunday, 10 June 2018
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Proposed NSW law change a major win for abuse survivors The NSW Government’s plans to join Victoria in changing the law so child abuse survivors can sue churches and other institutions is a significant development which must be repeated in every other state and territory, according to Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.
Friday, 8 June 2018
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All states must follow ACT lead in legislating to include the confessional in mandatory reporting of child sex abuse Lawyers for abuse survivors have today called on all state Attorney Generals to act urgently in following the lead of the ACT in legislating tough new mandatory reporting requirements on child sex abuse that include the confessional.
Thursday, 7 June 2018
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Maurice Blackburn welcomes TAC changes for injured Vic cyclists Victorian cyclists injured in road accidents with stationary vehicles will be able to access much needed Transport Accident Commission (TAC) benefits thanks to legislative changes introduced by the Andrews Labor Government.
Thursday, 31 May 2018
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Lawyers welcome Anglican Church, Scouts, Salvation Army and YMCA joining national redress scheme, others must follow suit Lawyers for abuse survivors have today welcomed confirmation that more institutions will join the national redress scheme, including the Anglican Church, Scouts, the Salvation Army and the YMCA, and urged other institutions to follow suit or risk losing their tax deductibility status.
Thursday, 31 May 2018
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Scouts NSW must show genuine compassion for abuse victims Maurice Blackburn Lawyers today welcomed Scouts Australia joining the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse, but warned its NSW division has treated victims poorly.
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
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Other institutions must follow Catholic Church in joining redress scheme or lose charity tax deductibility status Lawyers for abuse survivors have today welcomed the announcement that the Catholic Church will join the national redress scheme, saying state and federal governments must be prepared to take swift action if other institutions fail to follow suit.