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- Tony on Father wants dog put down after attack Get over it and move on Trevor Oliver!. If you weren't so belligerent about having this dog killed maybe your whole family ... more
- Butterfly K on Smart Meter installer unleashes tirade Good on you Darren, we need to stand up for our rights as human beings & not as sheep - like many who have already had them ... more
- Paul on Smart Meter installer unleashes tirade Grant, there is no proof that the power companies own the meter. In my case (and plenty of others) I was told to have an ... more
- john on Labor deal with Pies is 'ridiculous' Neil, Neil, 1958 was 55 years ago, time to get over it, just because the melbourne football club was offered the Westpac ... more
- Simon on Smart Meter installer unleashes tirade Darren, you are Tool of the Week - congrats! Confronting people, being aggressive and obnoxious and then squealing to ... more
- Smarty on Smart Meter installer unleashes tirade Neil,Your a pig, here we have a bloke pushed to far doing a job he is paid to do from a government who is supposed to be ... more
- Mary on Smart Meter installer unleashes tirade i heard this today on the radio, ive had a similar thing happen to me with a rude smart meter installer, ignoring my ... more
- Grant on Smart Meter installer unleashes tirade What an idiot. You don't own the electricity meter, and you must provide access to the meter, it is part and parcel of being ... more
- michael mazur on Smart Meter installer unleashes tirade These things are spy meters. Already in the US home appliances are coming onto the market smart meter ready, that is, they ... more
- Coldkettle on Smart Meter installer unleashes tirade Smart meters are not compulsory. There is no Victorian legislation in existance that compels anyone to have a smart meter on ... more
- jeff on Smart Meter installer unleashes tirade Darren you're an idiot. you refused it because its "dangerous" but I'm sure you have a baby monitor for your baby which ... more
- Peter Jeffries on Mum tells of Black Rock 'bike rage' ... So registering bicycles will prevent road rage too? If we start registering bikes now, no child will be living in poverty by ... more
- Visionary on Mum tells of Black Rock 'bike rage' ... This stupid woman should of been charged with dangerous driving for doing an illegal u turn and nearly killing the cyclist. more
- richard on Mum tells of Black Rock 'bike rage' ... Rachel Wilson should have been aware not to do an unsafe U-turn and, the cyclist should have blasted her but didn't need to ... more
- Mark on Mum tells of Black Rock 'bike rage' ... Cyclists and drivers alike ignore red lights on both pedestrian crossings in Black Rock - the sooner we get registration for ... more
- Lisa on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl Horrified to hear, at 3:17 today, "Drive's" commentator say that "Australia doesn't support 'premeditated' violence against ... more
- andrew on Mum tells of Black Rock 'bike rage' ... She almost ran him over which could have killed him. No one should be punched, but why isn't the driver being ... more
- Lee on Ticket inspector body-slams teen girl Why are people defending a violent fare evader? I don't care how old someone is or what gender they are. If you respond ... more
- Nick on Mum tells of Black Rock 'bike rage' ... Some idiot does a (probably) illegal U-turn almost killing someone in the process and then gets upset when they go berserk. ... more
- Peter Hollister on Smart Meter installer unleashes tirade Neil you should be ashamed airing this rubbish.Did 3AW actually check the story before airing. Darren you seem to be lying ... 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