Tag Archives: YMCA

Salvos and Child Slave Labour (Or: Why Child Protection Advocates Should Worry about Work for the Dole)

In the UK, there is a currently a vigorous and growing protest movement against the Workfare program. It’s been led by the Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty. The name of the campaign is Boycott Workfare (www.boycottworkfare.org). Australians would use the phrase … Continue reading

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Commission Revisits “Towards Healing” (Or: Re-Writing History For Fun And Profit)

Image based on: http://www.fruitycuties.com The chief commissioner of the Australian royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, Peter McClellan, and his counsel assisting, Gail “Snow White” Furness, have been very kind to the Catholic Church. They have given … Continue reading

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The YMCA Gets Another Chance (Or: But Only In Secret)

Image: Opening of the HIA enquiry in Northern Ireland 13th January 2014 (Source: http://www.news.com.au) The Australian royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse was due to resume a hearing today on the YMCA abuses. However, Chief Commissioner Peter … Continue reading

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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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Kroc Children’s Parties (Or: With Apologies To Our American Friends)

A photo essay today. In Australia, most people hold children’s birthday parties at home. A few use the McDonald’s birthday party service. In America, they have the additional option of a Kroc Center party. Kroc Centers are facilities run by … Continue reading

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The Salvation Army Kroc Centers (Or: Crying Poor)

Image: The Salvation Army Kroc Centers mascot (McKroc?) Watch out YMCA, the Salvation Army is moving in. Salvation Army “Kroc Centers” are being built all over the U.S. They are named in honour of the founder of McDonalds restaurants, Ray … Continue reading

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The Victorian State Parliamentary Enquiry Report (Or: Better Than We Thought Possible)

The Victorian state Parliamentary Enquiry into child sexual abuse by clergy has presented its 800 page report to the Victorian Parliament.  It is entitled “Betrayal of Trust”. It contains recommendations hoped for, but not necessarily expected, to control the excesses … Continue reading

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