Jason Parkinson joins Lateline

Lateline - 08/07/2008

Canberra-based lawyer Jason Parkinson says the Catholic Church has been avoiding its legal liabilities. He will be representing former students who are among more than 30 involved in abuse claims being brought against the Marist College in Canberra.

Transcript:

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Well now to our interview with Jason Parkinson, a Canberra-based lawyer who said the Catholic Church has been avoiding its legal liabilities.

He'll be representing former students who were more than among 30 being involved in abuse claims being brought against the Marist College in Canberra.

I spoke to Jason Parkinson in our Parliament House studio just a short time ago.

Jason Parkinson thanks for joining us.

JASON PARKINSON, LAWYER: Thanks very much, Tony.

TONY JONES: Now one thing that's come out clearly from Cardinal Pell's involvement in this latest case is just how hard the Church is prepared to fight against civil cases brought by victims in civil courts. I gather that's your experience?

JASON PARKINSON: It is Tony. What initially happens is the Church will try to dissuade you from going to the courts.

They'll offer that you should go through their Towards Healing program. But then if you show any reluctance to take part in their form of justice and you take your option to go to the courts, they fight very hard indeed.

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Courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Lateline, 2008

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