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Clergy sex abuse compensation payouts roll on as cases finalised in mediation | The Courier



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The Roman Catholic Church is under siege from Victorian victims of clergy abuse with one lawyer involved in settling eight $1 million plus cases this year. Three of those cases in the process of being finalised involve the Ballarat diocese, resulting in payouts of more than $1.5 million, plus costs, including a Warrnambool schoolboy rape victim. Geelong-based barrister David O’Brien is now seen by many lawyers handling such cases as an essential part of any legal team. Mr O’Brien was previously a member of the State Parliament legislative council representing Western Victoria. During his time in parliament he took part in the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations which led to…

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