Tag Archives: Jonathan Lord

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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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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Wrapping Up The Lord Case Study (Or: Learning From the Masters)

Image: Catholic Education PR man, Mark Rix, with his mother, at a school function (Image Source: Catholic Education Office) They’re no fools, these officials of the YMCA (formerly known as the Young Men’s Christian Association). When they found they had … Continue reading

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What The Police Said (Or: We Did The Best We Could)

In previous evidence, on the Jonathan Lord case (see previous posting), at the second “case study” hearing by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, there were inconsistencies between that given by the YMCA and the New … Continue reading

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What Camp America Said (Or: Red Flags In The Cabin)

Jonathan Lord went to the U.S. under the Camp America scheme whereby young Australians work in the Summer Camp system there for a short time. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard that Lord, convicted … 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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