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David Shoebridge’s 3-Point Reform Package for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse (Or: Tear Down Those Walls)

New South Wales parliamentarian (right): “I’m thinking of voting against the NSW Greens’ 3 point reform package for victims of child sexual abuse. What do you think?” Political adviser (left): “I think that would be a most … courageous … decision.” A … Continue reading

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Royal Commission Must Urgently Investigate a Potential “Catholic Mafia” Within Australian Law Enforcement (Or: Peter Fox is no Liar and We Know It)

Yesterday, the NSW Special Commission of Enquiry handed down its final report. The commission of enquiry was established by former NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell, soon after Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox came forward in late 2012 expressing concern about how … Continue reading

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The Catholic Church’s Submission on “Towards Healing” (Or: Top Spinner)

The Catholic Church’s PR unit, set up to deal with fall-out from the Royal Commission, has managed to get in first with its arguments, before the commission holds hearings on the discredited “Towards Healing” program at the end of the … Continue reading

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More on the New South Wales Enquiry Proceedings (Or: Silence is Platinum)

Adelaide Catholic Archbishop, Philip Wilson (pictured above) was director of Religious Education for the Newcastle-Maitland diocese and a teacher at the St. Pius X High School in Newcastle at the time of serious abuses there (see previous posting). Peter Gogarty … Continue reading

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Shreddergate 2: (Or Will You Be Wanting That Shredded?)

Proceedings at the New South Wales Government enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse should be rather lively when it resumes public hearings next week. Local Greens upper-house politician, David Shoebridge MLC, has obtained documents under the Freedom of Information laws, … Continue reading

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Some Laws that Need to be Changed (Or: The Spirit is Willing but the Law is Weak)

Bit of a diatribe today about the need for several changes to existing laws. This is a real-time account. Since some people will not read this entry until the royal commission is concluded, they will have the benefit of reading … Continue reading

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The Ellis Defence (Or: You Can’t Catch Me I’m the Gingerbread Man)

John Ellis, a Sydney lawyer who has represented child abuse victims and who is himself a victim of clerical abuse, noted that, “the hush money deals are no longer church policy.” This reflects the position of the Catholic Church’s chief … Continue reading

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