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The Royal Commission into the abuse of children, which is due to start in Melbourne tomorrow, is having trouble dealing with the number of people who want to give evidence. Read more:

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Commission not coping with number of victims

The Royal Commission into the abuse of children, which is due to start in Melbourne tomorrow, is having trouble dealing with the number of people who want to give evidence.

Abuse royal commission holds 1st sitting

The royal commission into institutional sexual abuse begins today.

It'll hold its first sitting in Melbourne, but the flood of victims' stories will have to wait because no evidence will be tendered.

Instead, chair Justice Peter McClellan will outline how the commission will conduct its hearings and counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness SC will make an opening statement.

The commission is expected to provide an interim report on institutional responses to abuse, by the end of June next year.

Lawyers appointed to steer abuse inquiry

THE federal government has appointed two lawyers, Gail Furness and Melinda Richards, to steer the direction of the child sexual abuse royal commission.

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first hearing in Melbourne's County Court today.

Free service to aid abuse commission

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 said 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.

"It is important to ensure that people understand their legal rights and are given every assistance to make their evidence count," Mr Dreyfus said.

He confirmed Sydney barrister Gail Furness as senior counsel assisting the commission, and Melbourne barrister Melinda Richards as junior counsel.

Bank of Melbourne chief Elizabeth Proust is among the list of prominent names who will form the Truth, Justice and Healing Council set up late last year by the Catholic Church to liaise with the commission. Former NSW Supreme Court judge Barry O'Keefe was named as chairman.

Mr Sullivan said the councillors, who were chosen "for their willingness to give the church frank and independent advice", had expertise in child sexual abuse, paedophilia, trauma, mental illness, suicide and public policy.

The other councillors are retired magistrate Sue Gordon, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Perth child protection expert Professor Maria Harries, Sane Australia CEO Jack Heath, Monash University social work professor Rosemary Sheehan, former South Australian community welfare minister Greg Crafter, Brigidine Sisters psychologist Maree Marsh, Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Bill Wright, Australian Catholic University vice-chancellor Greg Craven, Queensland psychiatrist Marian Sullivan and Melbourne educator Stephen Elder.

 

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