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- Mandi on Gough Whitlam dead at 98 These shall not be forgotten years.I will never forget that powerful speech an aussie icon laid to rest. more
- Gloss on Gough Whitlam dead at 98 Al Black, I agree. Whitlam was arrogant and self-centred and deserved to be sacked over the Khemlani Affair, which he ... more
- Iain on Gough Whitlam dead at 98 Yes Gough was a significant figure in Australian history but more, much more, than that..he was a decent and generous man. A ... more
- shane on Gough Whitlam dead at 98 Gough Whitlam was one of the greatest Labor Primeministers of all time, Gough could see 20 in front of him, his most ... more
- Al Black on Gough Whitlam dead at 98 Gough Whitlam's government was so bad it had to be sacked, and his legacy was to inspire Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard to ... more
- Phil on Teachers, students to protest together Its amazing the schools are encouraging their students to protest against 'children in the detention' but can't offer a ... more
- Bernadette on Teachers, students to protest together Catholic Teachings regarding Social Justice are very clearly set out, that ALL people regardless of who they are should at ... more
- Parent on Teachers, students to protest together A fantastic opportunity for young men to analyse & discuss the abhorrent detention of children who have a strong likelihood ... more
- Jack on Teachers, students to protest together I'm a student at st Bernard's college. Yesterday as protest was one that was derived from our colleges faith as Christians, ... more
- Turn it up on Teachers, students to protest together To everyone here commenting that this is disgusting and wrong and the students did not have a decision in the matter, Turn ... more
- Lina johns on Teachers, students to protest together Nice to see that we have young people in our community who have a heart and truly believe in humanity (children should not ... more
- Michael on Teachers, students to protest together I was a student at St Bernards.I couldn't be more proud. Well done boys and well done Tony. All you people having a whinge ... more
- Pedro on Teachers, students to protest together As a parent of a former 2014 St Bernard's College student, I congratulate Mr Paatsch on taking this leadership for the young ... more
- Sue on Teachers, students to protest together Disgusting that school teachers are allowed to infect our children with their views. more
- IBARKER on Teachers, students to protest together There is only one person that should their mouths and hands taped,that should be the TEACHER. more
- Flash on Teachers, students to protest together Brain washing, and the media doesn't. For your information and if you read the articles. Its completely option. I love ... more
- student on Teachers, students to protest together I am a student of the school in question and I can confidently say most of the opinions presented on this site are ... more
- jenny on Teachers, students to protest together when I was a kid at school my opinion was neither asked for or even valued. the issue of children in detention is so ... more
- Gloria on Teachers, students to protest together So typical of Catholic teaching, brainwash kids whilst they're young! more
- damien O'Neil on Teachers, students to protest together This bloke woukld have to be a member of the greens?? Doesn't have a clue and he is charge of teaching 1,400 students. God ... more
Prime Minister Julia Gillard announces a Royal Commission into child sex abuse
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a Royal Commission into child sex abuse within religious organisations, non-religious organisations and state care.
3AW presenters Neil Mitchell and Derryn Hinch were among the chorus of calls for Ms Gillard to act.
At a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra this afternoon, Ms Gillard said a Royal Commission was the best way to ensure victims of child sex abuse had 'their voices heard and claims investigated'.
"I commend the victims involved for having the courage to speak out," Ms Gillard said.
"I believe we must do everything we can to make sure that what has happened in the past is never allowed to happen again."
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has issued a statement saying those who wish to be kept advised on the establishment of the Royal Commission, or those who would like their details pass onto the Secretariat of the Royal Commission can telephone 1800 099 340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An announcement on the proposed Commissioner and detailed terms of reference will be made in coming weeks.
Derryn Hinch, who championed calls for a Royal Commission, congratulated Ms Gillard on her move, but said he hoped the government didn't collaborate too closely with the Church.
Give PMcredit for action on Royal Commission.The Hunch came true. I leave 3AW a happy man. For many this has been a long battle.— Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) November 12, 2012
Neil Mitchell last week also called for the Gillard government to step in and announce a Royal Commission.
"We need a Royal Commission, a Federal Commission, and that commission needs to subpoena and put on their stand everybody from Archbishop George Pell down," he said.
The Prime Minister has warned the inquiry could take years.
This will be the first Royal Commission Ms Gillard has called during her Prime Ministerial tenure.
Should you require immediate or crisis support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. The Government has also established a 'Find and Connect' support service to provide counselling and support to those affected by child abuse which can be contacted on 1800 161 109.
NEIL MITCHELL: The Church needs to be put in the witness box. The community is owed the truth. The followers of the church are owed the truth. Their victims more than anything are owed that little satisfaction.
CHURCH ABUSE: Bill Shorten has told Neil Mitchell he feared he could have been a victim of a predatory priest in his youth. Mr Shorten said he had been asked to be an altar boy by his local priest, who turned out to be an abuser.
There is nothing genuine in this from Gillard. Like her Gender bias agenda, this is yet another issue that she sees will distract the voting public from her own sorrowful under-performance, lies and backstabbing.Jake Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 7:51 AM
Typically gutless comment from keyboard hero.
Unfortunately this gives Hinch sycophants such as feral Cheryly the opportunity to vent their anti Catholic bigotry.Gavan Tuesday 13 November, 2012 - 6:03 PM
Another in this "INEPT so called minority "GOVERNMENT" to devert the real "TOPICS". It will not work "JULIAR" I repeat "JULIAR". Wake us Auusies and do not get "SUCKED" IN BY THIS "LIAR".IAN Tuesday 13 November, 2012 - 3:41 PM
WOW, The two biggies, the Government Versus The Catholic Church.
Why not a Royal Commission into the bullying tactics of the Taxation department that goes on everyday leaving innocent people with PTSD.caz Tuesday 13 November, 2012 - 2:37 PM
When is the world gonna wake up and realize theres no such thing as God
Well if there's no such thing as God, how come you know what his name is, huh?Smart Alec Tuesday 13 November, 2012 - 2:18 PM
Cheryl, taking a leaf out of Julia's book i see getting abusive when ever this Governments antics are questioned.Stephen Tuesday 13 November, 2012 - 1:36 PM