Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse
Sarah Breusch, solicitor and clinical teacher at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, was given the prestigious opportunity to participate in a legal practitioner panel discussion as part of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse at Parliament House in Sydney.
Sarah made a submission to the Inquiry with the assistance of Law on the Beach students in February this year and was pleased to be able to engage with the process further.
The panel discussion focused on a number of legal issues arisen in the Inquiry, in particular circumstances in which older people are victims of financial abuse. Significant discussion took place in relation to powers of attorney, and the steps that might be taken to better safeguard older people from abuse. Education, as well as increased civil and criminal sanctions, were all considered by the panel.
The purpose of the session was to identify areas of agreement between stakeholders that might inform the committee’s recommendations. The panel discussion was one of two discussions in the day’s hearing and the panel included legal practitioners from around NSW.
The submission, and Sarah’s participation in the Inquiry, was also featured in The Newcastle Herald on Wednesday 16 March in an article, ‘Greed behind elder abuse’.
Congratulations Sarah on this important opportunity.