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Parramatta and Hay Hearings (Or: Hold Your Head High)

When people from two, vastly different cultures meet for the first time, the results can be awkward, even volatile. Scholars have written extensively on the problem of cross-cultural communication in the business and other contexts, but it’s not too much … Continue reading

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Day Three (Or: It’s Our Business)

Image: Governor-General and Chief Scout of Australia, Quentin Bryce (right), formally appoints Tony Abbott as the new Australian Prime Minister, in Canberra today (Image source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/tony-abbott-has-been-sworn-in-as-the-nation8217s-28th-prime-minister/story-fni0xqrb-1226721744714). Scouts Australia continues to be the focus of attention from the Royal Commission into … Continue reading

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On the Eve of Battle (Or: It’s ON!)

At almost 12 months since the Royal Commission was announced by former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, public hearings will commence tomorrow. The battle will begin. As churches sharpen their financial swords, others sharpen their pens. There will be much comment, … Continue reading

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The Royal Commission Announces Public Hearings (Or: Who Let This Happen?)

Image: Steven Larkins The Australian Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse has announced its first public hearings will commence on 16th September, in Sydney. It will consider the case of convicted paedophile, Steven Larkins (pictured above), with a particular focus … Continue reading

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Kinchela (Aboriginal) Boys Home (Or: History Ignored is History Repeated)

Image: The Kinchela gate is now in the National Museum (Image source: http://www.nma.gov.au/collections/highlights/kinchela_boys_home_gate) NOTE: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are respectfully advised that the following article contains images and names of people who are deceased. The Kinchela Boys’ Home … Continue reading

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The Power of T-Shirts (Or: George Pell Is Easily Annoyed)

Image: Many thanks to “JohnB” Cardinal George Pell and Catholic Church in Australia are very sensitive to criticism. They are also very influential in Australian politics, and have not hesitated to use that power. There are two glaring examples of … Continue reading

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NSW Enquiry Ends (Or: That’s All Folks, For Now!)

The NSW Government enquiry into cover-ups of child sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Church’s Newcastle-Maitland diocese ended today with evidence from Maureen O’Hearn who ran the “healing and support” unit. Tears again flowed at the enquiry when she … Continue reading

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