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Seven Virtues to STOP Sexual Abuse

The Seven Virtues to STOP Institutional Sexual Abuse The Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse identified a number of systemic issues within institutions which have led to abuse occurring. Identifying the systemic issues provides us with an opportunity to act to address deficiencies within institutions and to ensure such issues are not repeated in the future. What might be some ways to stop institutional sexual...

Teacher Arrested Trinity Grammar

Another Teacher Discovered and Arrested for Attempted Child Abuse It was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald today in an article by Mary Ward, that a teacher otherwise employed by Trinity Grammar School had been charged with on-line grooming of what he believed to be a 13 year old girl. There is no suggestion that any student attending Trinity Grammar had been subject to any abusive...

Making Employment Decisions

Making Employment Decisions Under Pressure and on the Fly – Consider the Consequences Carefully The current pandemic of Covid-19 has caused both Government and Business to respond swiftly to the crisis in a multitude of ways. Just as the need of having to adapt quickly is paramount, knee-jerk responses are still to be avoided when making employment decisions. Many businesses have had to put staff off,...

BoysTown Abuse

Justice Denied - Sexual Abuse BoysTown This article appeared on ABC news as an Exclusive by Josh Robertson and Henry Zwartz and also this website. At the base of Mount Misery, developers are turning the site of Australia’s largest child abuse/Boys Town abuse cases into a housing estate. Property searches give only a glimpse of how much money was made by the Catholic order that ran BoysTown, after it sold...

Sports Contract

To Sign or Not to Sign: First read the fine print, then get independent advice The Australian sporting world is watching which way the ball will bounce in the signing of the young superstar Joseph Suaali to Rugby Australia, and what will be the terms of his contract. It brings to mind the complexity of such negotiations, and how young sport stars just commencing their career...

Sports Abuse

Selected Silence; Sporting Heroes Speak Out Against a System of Sports Abuse Selection. It is the one word that every athlete longs to hear, and the one that holds power over their every move. All sporting codes, be they football, athletics, skating, tennis, swimming, equestrian, dance or motor sport; selection dictates success or obscurity. The mantra is always to not make waves that can destroy...

Brother Neil Richards

w Former Christian Brother, Brother Desmond Eric “Neil” Richards, commonly known as Brother Neil Richards or Brother Neil, abused his trusted position as a Brother, teacher and principal and committed shocking crimes against children over a 20-year period from the 1960s to 1980s. Decades later he has finally been brought to justice for various crimes as further details of his abuse continue to emerge. Brother Neil...

Equestrian Jump Fall

Heeding teen’s horrific equestrian jump fall ‘could have saved Olivia and Caitlyn’s lives’ The family of Olympic equestrian hopeful Chelsea Higgins realised just how lucky she had been when they heard about the falls that killed two of the promising young riders she had competed against. The family of Olympic equestrian hopeful Chelsea Higgins realised just how lucky she had been when they heard about the...

Fight Against Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Another Leader Stands Up to be Counted in the Fight Against Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Sigmund Leon Sokolowski In alignment with the fight against institutional child sexual abuse, it was noted in The Age newspaper on 20 June 2020 in an article by Journalist Simone Fox Koob, that the former Australian Idol winner, Natalie Gauci has commenced a Civil Claim in Victoria against the Catholic Archdiocese...

Australia Retains Moody’s AAA

Australia - One Of Only Ten (10) Countries to Retain Moody's AAA Rating Australia continues to be a standout in a world fraught with a complexity of issues never before faced. Moody’s Investors Service has maintained a stable outlook for Australian Government finances going forward as Australia retains Moody's AAA rating. Australia’s economic strength, governance and health management during the pandemic has shown resilience. Although it...

New Bankruptcy Guidelines

New Bankruptcy Guidelines As They Relate to the Covid-19 Impact on Business and Individuals The Australian Taxation Office regularly issues notices to assist businesses keep up to date with changes to regulations. In the time of Covid-19 especially, we feel that it is important to keep up to date with both your obligations and your rights. Here is a recent directive from the ATO as to...

Malka Leifer Fit to Stand Trial

Malka Leifer is Mentally Fit to Stand Trial, but What About the Mental Well-being of the Victims? It is concerning to note that repeated claims of poor mental health and depression have been the defence of Malka Leifer against extradition to stand trial in Australia, where she has been indicted on 74 charges of sexual abuse and rape during her tenure as Headmistress at a...

Poor Attempts at Compensation

Poor Attempts at Compensation for Child Sex Abuse are Endemic: There is a better alternative to inadequate Institutionally Based Redress Schemes Al Jazeera reported on 2 June 2020 that “as a result of a unanimous decision taken by the German Bishops' Conference” victims of child sex abuse and violence in the Catholic Diocese of Augsburg will receive up to €75,000 each. This very modest attempt at...

Patterns of Abuse

Pattern of Abuse and Church Sex Abuse Sadly Repeated in Poland – Second Film Released in Honour of Victims of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse One year after Tomasz Sekielski’s ground-breaking release of “Tell No One”, a second film, “Playing Hide and Seek”, was released on YouTube on 17 May 2020. Since its release on YouTube a year ago the first self funded documentary, “Tell No One”,...

Christian Brothers Sexual Abuse

The Christian Brothers and Sexual Abuse in Australian Institutions History of Christian Brothers The Christian Brothers are a religious group which is part of the Catholic Church. It was founded in 1802 in Ireland to provide for poor boys education and welfare. The organisation has a long history in Australia. The first Christian Brothers travelled to Australia in 1843 and remained here until 1847. It 1868...