TRUE OPINION: Be Afraid! The Politics of Fear
LAW & ORDER

TRUE OPINION: Be Afraid! The Politics of Fear

TRUE OPINION: It was the supposed riot in Melbourne a few weeks ago on the streets of Collingwood involving almost 200 angry rap fans. Africans. Pacific Islanders. A bloke who had his leg amputated after a car sped at him in a targeted hit. Except, it turned out, he never lost a limb. Our Melbourne correspondent, Gary Johnston, takes a look at what else the local media may have got wrong for its own reasons. [READ MORE]

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TRUE OPINION: Confess or be damned!
SEX OFFENDERS

TRUE OPINION: Confess or be damned!

TRUE OPINION: The Catholic Church is refusing to comply with the key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse – to report to authorities any confessions to priests from guilty parties who have admitted committing or enabling sexual abuse. Is it really on spiritual grounds, or is it the last bastion of protection and concealment? Tim Kent with his view. [READ MORE]

TRUE OPINION: Sniffer dogs need to sniff off
DRUGS

TRUE OPINION: Sniffer dogs need to sniff off

TRUE OPINION: When dogs are used to enforce laws, it is more reminiscent of the Stasi or a Police State than a free democratic society. Yet in New South Wales, the police regularly use drug detection dogs on citizens – mainly young people and those attending festivals or outdoor music events. True Crime News Weekly columnist, Miles Hunt, says it’s finally time to put an end to it all. [READ MORE]

TRUE OPINION: #MeToo, Breaking a Few Eggs, and the Impossible Fight for Justice in Sexual Harassment Matters
FEATURED

TRUE OPINION: #MeToo, Breaking a Few Eggs, and the Impossible Fight for Justice in Sexual Harassment Matters

TRUE OPINION: With ever more women openly discussing their experiences of sexual harassment, assault and rape at the alleged hands of powerful men, should we devote much time for the small number of males who may have been potentially wrongly accused? Our new True Crime News Weekly columnist and lawyer, Miles Hunt, wonders what side of history we really want to be on. [READ MORE]

TRUE OPINION: Melbourne's House of Card-Board
NEWS

TRUE OPINION: Melbourne’s House of Card-Board

TRUE OPINION: Real, successful criminals – scoundrels who’d happily divest you of your possessions in the most pitiless manner imaginable – rarely carry bags marked ‘swag’, and have their faces covered by a stocking mask. These days, crooks wear suits, have letters after their name and, to all extents and purposes, purport to be respected members of the community. Nowhere is this more evident than in real estate development. [READ MORE]

TRUE OPINION: Pell & the Pall of Secrets
MEDIA & POLITICS

TRUE OPINION: Pell & the Pall of Secrets

TRUE OPINION: There is an extraordinary amount of information being hidden concerning the trial of Catholic Church leader, George Pell. Key aspects of the case, and related offences, are apparently subject to a suppression order by the courts. This aspect of the trial ought to be discussed, writes an academic with an interest in child abuse cases under the pen name of Lady Diodati. [READ MORE]