Friday, 22 April 2016

The Australian lawyer who grew up in state care

"Meet Peter Kelso, a lawyer who grew up in State care. Peter is the sole director of Kelso Lawyers."

News on Kelso`s website:
"Child abuse survivors were enraged this month by Justice Peter McClellan’s decision to allow Cardinal George Pell to give evidence to the Royal Commission via video link."

"Pell’s $20,000-a-day lawyer had argued vigorously that his client should be excused from travelling from Rome – where he heads the Vatican’s finance ministry — to appear before the Child Abuse Royal Commission."

"A medical report provided to the Commission, but not available publicly, claimed that Pell’s life would be at risk if he were to attempt a long-haul flight."

"The decision raised several issues, including Pell’s indefinite exclusion from Australia. If Pell were to return to Australia, he may face Federal contempt charges. The Royal Commission does have the option of holding a hearing in Rome – and sending Pell the bill – but this possibility has not been raised in the Commission."

"A WA doctor offered to assemble a voluntary medical retrieval team to accompany Pell on his flight back to Australia to face the Commission. In a letter published in Fairfax Media newspapers, Dr Richard Sallie said he would also happily pay for Pell’s first-class airfare. “It seems to me if he’s able to carry out his job as senior financial controller of the Catholic Church then he’s probably fit enough to travel,” "

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