Tag Archives: Gregory Sirtes

What Senior Managers Said (Or: It Was Him, Sir)

Image: Phillip Hare (left) The Chief Executive Officer of the New South Wales branch of the YMCA, Phillip Hare (see previous posting) has attempted to pass responsibility onto other staff. He has finally admitted, after denials, that the YMCA’s recruitment … Continue reading

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What the Staff Said (Or: He Was So Cute)

Evidence presented to the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, by six former staff members, gives the lie to claims by the YMCA’s lawyer, Gregory Sirtes (pictured above), that the organisation boasted “industry-leading practices.” The director of the Early Childhood … Continue reading

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What the Parents Said (Or: We’re Not Just Stirrers)

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, at its “case study” hearings on YMCA child-care worker, Jonathan Lord, has heard evidence from parents of children abused by him. The grooming process used by Lord was revealed by … 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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