NSW institutions can now be sued for abuse

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The NSW government has eliminated a legal defence used by churches to avoid being sued by victims of child sex abuse.

  • SBS
  • AAP

Victims of child sex abuse in NSW can now sue the church after the state government removed a legal roadblock used by institutions to avoid compensating survivors.

From January 1 churches will no longer be able to use the “Ellis defence” as a way of avoiding paying compensation.

In 2007 former altar boy John Ellis lost a landmark civil action against the Catholic Church over child sex abuse after it successfully argued it had no “legal personality” and was not a…

Mr Ellis is…

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