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Peter Kelso

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Lawyer Peter Kelso is a passionate advocate for legal and regulatory reform to provide justice and compensation to child sexual abuse survivors. As a former State ward who experienced emotional and physical abuse while in foster care, Peter is well placed to provide a compassionate and informed view on the legal and regulatory issues around child abuse and protection.

Recent contributions

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Areas of expertise

  • The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and other similar enquiries both nationally and internationally
  • The proposal for a national redress scheme
  • Limitation periods for claims involving child abuse
  • The liability of religious and government institutions for the abuse of children in their care
  • Issues affecting former State wards and ‘Forgotten Australians’
  • Compensation for State-sanctioned slave labour in NSW

Peter's Media Features

Sex abuse redress scheme fast-tracked

The increase in institutions signed up to the Redress Scheme has lead to the fast-tracking of many Redress complaints. Peter is mentioned in relation to the mysterious Redress Scheme matrix.

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How much George Pell has cost the Catholic Church

Peter Kelso’s article on who will pay for Pell’s defence was mentioned in the Yahoo Finance article. The piece focused on the wealth of the Catholic Church, and the ongoing issues surrounding the church. 

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Royal Commission Hearing

Peter Kelso and his team were invited by the head of the Joint Select Committee on oversight of the implementation of redress related recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to speak in Sydney. The Kelso Lawyers team were invited to answer questions from the members of parliament on their submissions to the committee, particularly focusing on the Redress Scheme. Listen to their hearing by clicking this link.

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Govt department accused of intimidation over redress scheme

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Catholic publications are inviting the faithful to contribute to cardinal’s defence of child sexual abuse allegations

Walkey award-winning journalist Joanne McCarthy has highlighted Pell’s advertisement in the Catholic media, which is asking parishioners to donate to his legal fund. Peter Kelso is interviewed for the piece.

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Royal commission: Decision to block redress for some prisoners put under microscope

Peter Kelso speaks out against the proposed redress scheme which seeks to exclude child sex abuse victims who are criminals from receiving redress for their abuse.

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Sky News, Alan Jones & Peter Kelso

Alan Jones mentions Peter Kelso’s letter to the Royal Commission asking why they haven’t included Islam in their investigations. You can hear the segment by clicking this link.

Peter goes live on 2GB radio

Chris speaks with lawyer Peter Kelso, who’s questioning the Commission’s failure to investigate child abuse within the Islamic community.

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Islamic groups have dodged scrutiny by the Royal Commission into institutional child sex abuse

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Call for Perth Archbishop to give up pension in wake of child abuse royal commission

Peter Kelso has made the call for the Perth Archbishop to give up his pension as an apology to the victims he failed to protect in his role as Archbishop in Newcastle.

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Royal Commission Radio Interview

Peter Kelso is interviewed by Jill Emerson regarding his childhood abuse, and how his experiences have helped other victims come forward with stories of abuse.

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Peter Kelso fights for victims of ‘State-sanctioned slave labour’ in NSW

This article is in regards to Peter’s work for the victims of the Parramatta Girls Training School.

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Newcastle Solicitor says national agency needed to compensate child abuse victims

This article discusses Peter calling out for a revision of the national redress scheme and the need for the Catholic church to take responsibility for their actions.

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How love lies bleeding – a story of alleged domestic violence

This article discusses a domestic violence victim whom Peter represented.

Lydia's Media Features

Lydia Kelso of Kelso Lawyers said they were missing out on interest because of delayed compensation payments for sexual and physical assaults, including those suffered in state care

In this article, Lydia discusses the 2013 changes to compensation which slashed payment sizes but were promoted as a way to speed up claims by the government.