Banking Royal Commission – Issues Facing Remote Communities

The Banking Royal Commission Round 4 hearings will focus on issues affecting Australians who live in remote and regional communities. The hearings will be heard in two locations: Brisbane: Monday 25 June – Friday 29 June 2018 Darwin: Monday 2 July – Friday 6 July 2018 The hearing will focus on issues relating to: Farming Read more about Banking Royal Commission – Issues Facing Remote Communities[…]

Third Round of Banking Royal Commission Hearings to Focus on Lending to Small and Medium Businesses

Widespread misconduct in Banking Industry The Banking Royal Commission has so far revealed widespread misconduct in relation to consumer lending and financial advice provided by financial institutions. We expect that this trend will follow onto the third round of public hearings which will commence on 21 May 2018. This round will cover important issues in relation to the conduct Read more about Third Round of Banking Royal Commission Hearings to Focus on Lending to Small and Medium Businesses[…]

First Round of Banking Royal Commission Reveals Systemic Issues in the Banking Industry

Customers are falling victim to the misconduct of banks with evidence being presented at the Banking Royal Commission (BRC) of fraudulent conduct, approval of inappropriate loans and excessive interest rates. The first round of public hearings have finished with the big four banks (NAB, Westpac, ANZ and CBA) being scrutinised by the Commission over its inappropriate Read more about First Round of Banking Royal Commission Reveals Systemic Issues in the Banking Industry[…]

Australia Criticised for ‘Serious Shortcomings’ in Human Rights Record

The latest Human Rights Watch report released yesterday provides extensive criticism of Australia’s Human Rights records. O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors agrees with many of the findings having represented clients whose human rights have been neglected by institutions. The HRW report has identified some crucial areas as follows. Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Australia Read more about Australia Criticised for ‘Serious Shortcomings’ in Human Rights Record[…]

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors: Year in Review

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors has had a remarkable year in 2017. We are proud of the wide range of successes that we’ve had this year that span from our involvement in Royal Commissions to our successful outcomes for clients in both criminal and civil cases and our pro bono work. A year filled with Read more about O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors: Year in Review[…]

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse held its final sitting today. The five year inquiry has concluded with the final report to be presented to the Governor-General tomorrow. O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors, led by Peter O’Brien, has been heavily involved in this Commission having represented key individuals involved in the case Read more about Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse[…]

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Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was announced in November, 2017. It is expected to start early 2018 with a 12 month time frame to complete its inquiries. The Government has initiated this Banking Royal Commission with the goal of strengthening the industry and to keep Australian banks accountable to the Australian Read more about Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry[…]

Royal Commission finds sexual abuse rife in the Australian Defence Force

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its report into the Australian Defence Force (ADF) this week. The Commission’s discoveries are horrific. It found that at the institutions investigated, the HMAS Leeuwin, the Army Apprentice School in Balcombe and the ADF Cadets, child sexual abuse was widespread. These children wanted to Read more about Royal Commission finds sexual abuse rife in the Australian Defence Force[…]

Improper practices in youth detention: a national crisis?

In the wake of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, we have been heartened to see other State and Territory governments conduct reports into the conditions of their own juvenile detention centres. However, what has emerged from these reports are chilling stories of abuse, self-harm & the Read more about Improper practices in youth detention: a national crisis?[…]

Victoria passes new legislation reversing onus of proof for child abuse matters

In recent days the Victorian government passed an Australian-first piece of legislation that signals a huge reform in how child abuse cases are to be prosecuted. Entitled the Wrongs Amendment (Organisational Child Abuse) Act 2017, it has the effect of reversing the onus of proof onto organisations accused of failing to prevent child abuse. This Read more about Victoria passes new legislation reversing onus of proof for child abuse matters[…]