Tag Archives: Gail Furness

Why the Delay? (Or: We’ll Let You Know – Sometime)

The next hearings of the Australian royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, focusing on four Salvation Army Boys’ Homes (Riverview, Bexley,  Gill Memorial Boys’ Home and Alkira), is due to start in a week. In fact there … Continue reading

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Salvation Army’s Royal Commission Appearance Hypocrisy (Or: Shut This Guy Up Somehow)

Image: Civilized kangaroo (Source: http://www.alef.net) The Australian Salvation Army officials (Eastern Territory – Queensland and New South Wales States and the Australian Capital Territory) are due to appear before the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. The … Continue reading

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Freedom Catering Group (Or: Feeding the Rich)

Image: A “Hearty” meal for the homeless, courtesy of the soup kitchen. There is one truth about the Salvation Army’s Children’s Homes which is the most undeniable. Knowledge of it is virtually proof that a person was in one of … Continue reading

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The Commission’s First Year (Or: Acting Now Rather Than Later)

Image: Counsel Assisting, Gail “Snow White” Furness addresses the Royal Commission (Source: Daily Telegraph) The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today considered a 105 page report by Counsel Assisting, Gail “Snow White” Furness (see previous … Continue reading

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The Organizational Culture (Or: My Organisation – Right or Wrong)

The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse has completed its second “case study” – the YMCA and Jonathan Lord (see previous postings). The enquiry focused on how he managed to slip past the YMCA’s filter for … Continue reading

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Ms. Nolan’s PowerPoint Presentation (Or: What Was The Question Again?)

You’ve got to hand it to YMCA operations manager, Ann Mary Nolan. She’s one cool cucumber. Most media reported that the chief commissioner, Peter McClellan (see previous posting) became “testy”, and showed “obvious exasperation” about her evasion of answering questions … Continue reading

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What Mr. Whitely Said (Or: Lies Upon Lies)

YMCA general manager of children’s services, Liam Whitley, gave evidence to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, during which, like his boss, Phillip Hare (see previous posting), he attempted to shift blame for shortcomings onto … Continue reading

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Wind-Up Of Session 2 (Or: Promoting Incompetence)

Image: Lord’s boss, Jacqui Barnat (Image source: Sydney Morning Herald) The YMCA official who recruited convicted paedophile, Jonathan Lord, has coolly adhered to the line that she did everything correctly, and that her inconsistent evidence was only given “to the … Continue reading

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The YMCA Defence (Or: He Fooled Us All)

The YMCA is only a small player in the child care industry in Australia. About 1 million children are in such care. The YMCA, in NSW caters for about 11,000 children at about 100 centres, and employs about 500 staff, … Continue reading

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Where Are We Now, Friends (Or: The Silence Is Deafening)

The reason given by the federal government for appointing six commissioners to the Royal Commission was that the enormous volume of work would require multiple hearings being conducted simultaneously. So far, only a single hearing has been held with all … Continue reading

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