Free service to aid abuse commission

Canberra Times

April 3, 2013

Barney Zwartz
Religion editor, The Age.

Victims of clergy child-sex abuse and others will be given free legal advice so they can engage with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which holds its first hearing on Wednesday in Melbourne.

Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the free service would give legal, advice including help with submissions and advice on confidentiality agreements.

The announcement came as Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council, named the council’s 12 members and told Fairfax Media that the council was already providing documents and files to the commission.

Mr Dreyfus said legal advice would be offered through the National Association of Community Legal Centres on a free nationwide telephone service, with some face-to-face help available in some locations yet to be identified.

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