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Police pursue ‘active’ leads’ into William Tyrrell’s disappearance – 21/12/2018

William Tyrrell disappeared more than 4 years ago without a trace, but the Coroner’s Court heard there is a chance he’s still alive.

The Sydney Morning Herald – NSW Police searching ‘active leads’ into William Tyrrell’s disappearance

‘Cult leader’ ordered to pay blogger’s legal costs – 07/12/2018

The Sydney Morning Herald – Cult Leader uses defamation case to inflict pain on blogger

Front page of The Northern Star. Source: The Northern Star
Senior Lawyer Stewart O’Connell. Source: The Northern Star

Principal Solicitor Peter O’Brien interviewed on Channel 7 news- 07/11/2018

Peter O’Brien speaking at an SBS Forum on Juvenile Justice.   

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Newcastle Anglican diocese- 23/11/2016

Peter O’Brien questions former Newcastle dean Graeme Lawrence during the Royal Commission.


O’Brien puts it to Lawrence that others have said he was a paedophile.

“I totally reject that,” Lawrence says.

He denies being questioned in 1997 about allegations against him and has denied the evidence of others that he was the person at the end of a child sexual abuse hotline run by the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

“I was not handling a hotline,” Lawrence said.

O’Brien: “You were the fox in charge of the hen house.”


“You were protecting priests from allegations of child sexual abuse.”

“I did not.”

Asked whether he had “any inclination” to either a priest or a complainant” in any matter, Lawrence said: “I don’t recall any approaches.”

Read the full blog from Day 15 of the Royal Commission in the Newcastle Herald here.

Solicitor Stewart O’ Connell featuring in the Serge Benhayon Defamation case- 23/10/2018

Defamation Trial Esther Rockett
Courtesy of The Northern Star

Self-styled healer Serge Benhayon leads ‘socially harmful cult’: jury

SMH – Self-styled healer Serge Benhayon leads ‘socially harmful cult’: jury

Northern Star – Defamation loss for universal medicine founder

Aboriginal boy sues Alice Springs newspaper for defamation

ABC News – Centralian Advocate sued for using Aboriginal child’s photo to illustrate ‘youth crisis’ story

ABC Media Watch – NT newspaper settles after using Indigenous child as the face of youth crime

Media Watch mentions Peter O’Brien during their cover of the Centralian Advocate story.

The Guardian – Centralian Advocate settles out of court over front-age photo of Aboriginal boy

@IndigenousX – NT Defamation Case in Supreme Court

PressFrom – Central Advocate sued for using Aboriginal child’s photo to illustrate ‘youth crisis’ story

Bail granted for client

SMH – Man accused of killing intruder granted bail for second time

Benjamin Batterham, left, leaves Newcastle Local Court with solicitor Peter O'Brien during a previous hearing
Source: SMH

Dylan Voller & Jake Roper’s Civil claim against NT government

SBS News – Don Dale inmates paid $100k for abuse

Interview with Dylan Voller

SMH – Dylan Voller told 60 Minutes he felt he was ‘going mad’ in NT youth detention

Voller's lawyer, Peter O'Brien.
Source: SMH

60 Minutes – Dylan Voller reveals his side of the story that shocked the nation

Northern Territory Royal Commission

ABC News – Lawyers at Royal Commission into NT youth detention include actor, solicitors-general

ABC News – Peter O’Brien: Justice reinvestment an opportunity for Australia to be better as a nation

ABC News – Royal Commission: Youth officer ‘indifferent to basic human needs’ of teen inmate

Abuse of young people at Don Dale – Dylan Voller, photographed in restraints and a spit hood, was football-loving teenager

Triple J – Same guards in the charge of former Don Dale prisoner lawyer says

Peter O’Brien’s cross-examination of Cardinal George Pell during the Abuse Royal Commission, March 2016

Cardinal George Pell testifies from Rome for Abuse Royal Commission: day four


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