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Catherine Armitage

Catherine Armitage is a senior writer at The Sydney Morning Herald. In a long career in journalism she has covered a wide range of topics including business, science, social issues, education, higher education, legal affairs, ideas and the future. She is a former higher education editor and China correspondent and has received numerous awards and scholarships for her work. She is currently writing about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse. 9282 3330.

George Pell apologises to John Elllis, but can't look at him

Catherine Armitage In his last words at the child sex abuse Royal Commission, Cardinal George Pell apologised to the lawyer John Ellis for "the hurt caused him by the mistakes made, admitted by me and my Archdiocesan...

Cardinal Pell stands by actions to defend church against abuse payouts


Catherine Armitage Cardinal George Pell has said his instructions to ''vigorously'' and ''strenuously'' defend claims by John Ellis that he was abused were intended to discourage other claimants.

Royal commission: Cardinal George Pell says child abuse victims should be able to sue Catholic Church


Catherine Armitage For the first time Cardinal George Pell has acknowledged that the Catholic Church should be able to be sued over abuse by a priest.

In Parramatta Girls Home, children now play safely


Catherine Armitage "Lest we forget."

It happened at my school


Catherine Armitage When the Herald's editor-in-chief asked me to report on the child sexual abuse royal commission, I accepted it would take me to a land of trauma, grievous wrongs, ruined lives and things I wished I...

A shocking tale of child abuse at a NSW school

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Catherine Armitage The shocking past of a regional NSW school comes to the surface as a reign of sexual terror is revealed by Senior Writer Catherine Armitage, who was there.

Department imposes strict childcare conditions on YMCA NSW

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Catherine Armitage A government department has written to YMCA NSW expressing doubt that it is a child-safe organisation and imposing tough new conditions on its childcare licence based on evidence from the Royal...

Australian couple killed by Syrian rebels: family says

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Catherine Armitage, Rachel Olding An Australian man and his wife are being mourned by Sydney's Muslim community, as their reported deaths bring the number of Australians believed killed in the Syrian conflict to seven.

Epiphany Festival: Fishing for a year of good luck

 Epiphany Festival

Catherine Armitage Theodore Pasialis's feat in fishing a holy cross from the bottom of the ocean as part of the Greek Orthodox Church's celebration of the Epiphany is supposed to bring him a year's luck.

Sydney's South Sudanese community braces for further sad news of loved ones

Catherine Armitage, Peter Munro Asunta Manok left with her 10-year-old son Makuei for his first trip to her homeland the day the shooting started in South Sudan.

Author raises women's ire after predicting end to the boys' club

Catherine Armitage Plastic women are taking over the world, says author Hanna Rosin. You would think they would be happy but they hate her for pointing it out.

I did my best, Jonathan Lord's boss tells child abuse inquiry

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Catherine Armitage The supervisor who recruited and managed child sex abuser Jonathan Lord at a YMCA childcare centre in Sydney's south has remained defiant that she acted to the best of her ability.

Jonathan Lord listed seven-year-old as best friend on job application

Jonathan Lord

Catherine Armitage Jonathan Lord seemed like an “ideal candidate” when he applied to work at a US summer camp for children – except that he listed his best friend as a seven-year-old.

Sex abuse of children on rise, say police

Maria Rustja.

Catherine Armitage The NSW Police child sex abuse squad's caseload continues to increase, its commander, Superintendent Maria Rustja, has told the child sex abuse royal commission.

Child abuse victim unprepared for police questioning, says mother

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Catherine Armitage The excited eight year old thought he was going to McDonald's for a treat. But his mother took him instead to Hurstville Police Station.

YMCA should have suspected carer before abuse started, commission hears

Catherine Armitage It may look like an alphabet soup but it's every working parent's nightmare. Each pair of letters read out at the child sex abuse Royal Commission represents a boy aged between six and 11 whose...

Can't hold a candle to Opera House's 40th

Sydney Opera House 40th Birthday.

Catherine Armitage The celebrations as Sydney's icon of opera turns 40 are more Dame Edna than Dame Joan, with giant cupcakes, mini Hills Hoists, bouncing kangaroos and a lifesaver for each of her years.

More pain than our souls can bear, then the chance to heal


Catherine Armitage Brace, brace, brace.

More pain than our souls can bear, then the chance to heal

Catherine Armitage Brace, brace, brace.

Brawls shut Ivy nightclub

Leanne Edelsten, at the IVY Nightclub where she had an issue with the security guards  previously.Photography Brendan Espositosmh,31 august,2011

Catherine Armitage Sydney's exclusive Ivy nightclub was forced to close after riot police were called to a series of brawls that left a patron and a bouncer in hospital.