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NSW Ombudsman’s Submission (Or: Treading Softly)

Image Source: http://www.inkcinct.com.au  The submission from the New South Wales Ombudsman to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse is somewhat disappointing. It says more positive things about the Catholic Church’s “Towards Healing” process (to deal … Continue reading

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How The Paedophile-Catchers Responded (Or: Thanks, Mate)

Image: Retiring Detective Senior Sergeant, Chris O’Connor – Photo: Norm Oorloff There are those who support and advocate for victims of child sexual abuse. There are also those who get them justice. Most of the Australian general public are familiar … Continue reading

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The Second Case Study (Or: Tell Us Something We Don’t Already Know)

The second round of hearings by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has begun at its Sydney headquarters. It continues to take a “case study” approach whereby a single, well-documented case, which has been through … Continue reading

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Week Two Begins (Or: Need To Hear From You)

The Royal Commission has now finished the first hearings, so there is not a second week to report on. The enquiry will go into recess until at least Monday 21st October, when it is expected to have two weeks on … Continue reading

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The First Week’s Overview (Or: Nothing To Report Today, Boss)

Caption Coverage of the Royal Commission at the end of the week The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has been much-anticipated. After almost a year, it finally began public hearings at the beginning of last week. To the surprise … 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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The NSW Enquiry Revives Hearings in Sydney (Or: Stool Pigeon)

In a surprise move, the NSW government enquiry into clerical child sexual abuse in the Newcastle region has reconvened in Sydney to hear more detail on the previous evidence of Brian Lucas, the Secretary of the Australian (Catholic) Bishops’ Conference. … Continue reading

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Report of NSW Enquiry Delayed (Or: Forgeddaboud It)

Ms. Cunneen checks her to-do list The NSW Government enquiry has extended the deadline for Commissioner Margaret Cunneen to present her report. It was originally due by the end of September, but has now been delayed to sometime next year, … Continue reading

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A Fit and Proper Organisation? (Or: Who’s Really Responsible?)

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse will focus on institutional responses. This means, effectively, that there will be much consideration given to background checks, and monitoring, of people associated with organisations working with children. This is an obviously important … Continue reading

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Where To Now? (Or: Who Do We Trust?)

The Royal Commission warm-up acts, the NSW and Victorian enquiries, are finished, pending their reports next month. The Queensland enquiry, the Carmody Enquiry, was a real let down and is best forgotten about. The federal enquiry is not due to … Continue reading

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