- Demetriou: Bump is not dead
- Demetriou: Drug policy has saved AFL players' lives
- Salvos frustrated by students' undercover homeless stunt
- A must-listen insight into the pressures our paramedics face
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- Craig Thomson dumps Julia Gillard: the ultimate insult
- Marijuana legalisation for medical use?
- Father demands answers after five year old goes missing on school bus
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- bc on Demetriou: Drug policy has saved AFL ... old fat car again wheres the thrid strike tuck caught by the police not the afl nobody ever hears about three strikers ... more
- Andrew on Demetriou: Drug policy has saved AFL ... So a player can have two strikes and no coach is aware of it. What would happen if that player goes to another club - that ... more
- Erzsebet on Melbourne mother & daughter's breast ... Jane is a very dear friend of mine and her experiences are a fine example of strength and determination to prevent any ... more
- Matt - proudly Un-Australian on Demetriou: Drug policy has saved AFL ... After a disastrous report who do you turn to? Your number 1 fanboy in the media, chief puppet Mitchell. The game is awash ... more
- Margaret on A must-listen insight into the ... We have 2 paramedics in our family. They both complain about people who call an ambulance then block emergency rooms with ... more
- Shane W on Salvos frustrated by students' ... Just thick, what more can you say? more
- Peggy on A must-listen insight into the ... We depend on paramedics to be the difference between life and death and we don't give them the necessary tools to do their ... more
- attn mr & ms work snob on A must-listen insight into the ... That's just typical of the jumped up, blue quasi labourers.In the last 20 years since gentrification,these so called ... more
- Peter on Father demands answers after five year ... Why are the parents letting a five your old in prep, travel on the school bus without supervision from his older sibling who ... more
- kelly on A must-listen insight into the ... lets try to remember that the paramedics we rely on so much are HUMAN, with human reactions and emotions....and stop ... more
- Melbourne Parameic on A must-listen insight into the ... I'm a paramedic with Ambulance Victoria and I want to thank "Al" for coming forward with his personal experiences working as ... more
- sharon on Father demands answers after five year ... The bus driver and the company are ok. I think the parents are thinking of what could have happend. BUT ALL IS WELL THAT ... more
- Steve on Father demands answers after five year ... The Parents should have been at the child's bus stop. When the kid didn't get off then ask the bus driver where he is before ... more
- Wayne on A must-listen insight into the ... I agree 100% I to was a Paramedic for 17 years, I had signs and symptoms of burn out and PTSD in 2000, QAS didn't help and ... more
- lorraine on Father demands answers after five year ... the buses are diesel the boy is a preppie and it is a big day for all these little ones its a long day for them more
- Mark on Father demands answers after five year ... Wow I didn't know we where using American school buses in Victoria, so who was picking up the 5 year old when they got to ... more
- Dorothy Cherry on A must-listen insight into the ... How true are these words after 35yrs in the health system a cuppa and a good talk was the best thing to help you sleep when ... more
- Jane on Father demands answers after five year ... don't people realise that it's just not practical for all parents, especially in rural areas, to pick up and drop off their ... more
- Ross on A must-listen insight into the ... Beautifully said Al. Thank you. I too have flashbacks of certain smells and sights after only five years in the job. The ... more
- Fanto J Weir on Father demands answers after five year ... PTV is the official body regulating these matters.No comment appears to have been sought from them. more
Serious questions about the decency & culpability of the Catholic Church
There are now deeply serious allegations and questions across much of Australia about the decency, morality and culpability of the Catholic Church.
This has now reached a point where it needs to be taken up a notch.
In Victoria, we know the Police believe the Church has deliberately frustrated attempts to investigate paedophile priests.
The Victoria Police made this point: if a child is abused by a stranger in a Church, the Police are called, but if a child is abused by a priest, it is covered up and the Police aren’t told.
Now in New South Wales, a senior Police officer alleges the same thing. He says there has been evidence destroyed, priests under suspicion protected and cover ups.
He says it reaches to very high levels in the Church, and when he started to get to the heart of the investigation he was taken off the case.
His name is Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, so he is no junior officer. This is some of what he told ABC television about the cover ups by the Church:
”The greatest frustration is that there is so much power and organisation behind the scenes that Police don’t have the powers to go in and seize documents and have them disclose things to us.”
”I have definite information of some covering up, certainly to a number of diocese bishops. It potentially goes even higher than that.”
Victoria Police say the same thing.
Now this is what is happening. In New South Wales, they say it is a matter for Police, and in Victoria we have a piddling little inquiry run by a few backbenchers in the parliament.
That is wrong. Deeply wrong.
It continues the appearance of cover ups. The politicians must be taken out of this. It must become a federal issue. It must become Julia Gillard’s problem.
We need judges overseeing this. We need full powers for those judges, not politicians, we need forensic examination of what has happened, who is culpable, and whether the Church is trying at all to fix this.
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.
We need these people in the box, under oath, questioned by skilled barristers. Nowhere to hide or evade.
No moral authority, just simple truth is what we want. This must be done now.
It covers more than half the country, it needs to be federal. The state governments have proved they are not up for it.
We have had Royal Commissions, Federal Royal Commissions on grain storage, insurance and rental of accommodation.
This is far more important. This demands a Federal Royal Commission with full powers to establish the extent of the conspiracy to cover up.
This is now Julia Gillard’s problem and this gives her a chance to show strong leadership. She is keen to protect women and stand up for women.
Fair enough. It’s time to stand up for the kids.
Neil Mitchell , your words "the Police arenâ??t told." about child abuse by priests says a lot, but sadly, about the bad advice the victims seem to be given by the organisations that are supposed to be fighting for them. I think that the Police and the Church should both be involved when it comes to religious paedophiles, preferably the police first. When no action seems to be taken, or done very slowly when the Church is contacted first, why, in seemingly a lot of cases, don't the victims then go down the road to the Police station to report the crime, and see the judicial side of justice move faster than the religious? The answer came a few days ago when a spokesman for Broken rites when asked about the secrecy of the confessional said that it was a non-issue. "The real issue is when victims or their families complain about abuse, the church authorities fail to arrange an interview between the victim and police." WE WANT TO REPORT A CRIME
BUT THOSE CONNECTED WITH THE CRIMINAL WON'T COME TO THE POLICE STATION TO INTRODUCE US, SO WE CAN"T REPORT THE CRIME! Get real!! No, not you Mitchell, Broken Rites.John of Sydney Friday 16 November, 2012 - 8:23 PM
I can't believe the number of peope who are defending the catholic church and these filthy priests and the hierachy that are still covering it up.Willow Monday 12 November, 2012 - 11:52 AM
Mitchell's Usual anti-Catholic Bias, the ones who are anti-Catholic are the paedophiles within the Church hierarchy. At least, in terms of breaching the teachings of the Church's founder.Ajax Monday 12 November, 2012 - 10:40 AM
I want every single paedophile to be brought forward - the government and all its institutions they covered up, orphanages, aborigines -- open the lid on ALL of it, not just the catholic church. Disgraceful through the years, every one knew but no one said a word --- Hypocrites..cherry Monday 12 November, 2012 - 8:12 AM
I do not understand where some Police Officers get their facts from. It has been extreme media attention lately ,including a Senior detective interview : That every time members of the force moved in on these pedophiles They were told by higher authorities to surrender files and move on
This could only come from the Government.
]Judges even stopped proceedings declaring it was not in the public interest Some people have long memoriesDominic Lombardo Monday 12 November, 2012 - 6:47 AM
For those defending the paedophile priests and brothers you are pigs for those that actually believe in a god of any religion you are illogical fools.Cheryl Friday 9 November, 2012 - 9:40 PM