Out of the last 23 years in Australia, the Coalition of the Liberal Party and The Nationals has been the Federal Government for 17 of them. During that time there has been a drift in Australian society away from accountability, transparency, and certainly away from evidence-based policy, writes Rudy Terwilliger.
The Catholic Church – which has enabled the rape and sexual abuse of thousands of children and brought upon the world arch-villain paedophile, George Pell – is still claiming that its so-called special relationship with God means priests shouldn’t report incidents of child abuse told to them during confession.
A fortnight ago, a prominent member of the “ex-gay movement” in America announced he had left his wife of 34 years and was now in a relationship with a man as he could no longer deny his “non-negotiable” needs. As a ‘gay conversion therapist’ it is likely though that David Matheson has heaped untold damage to countless of other gay men prior to his own ‘coming out’, writes Tim Kent.
Teenagers, Jack and Jennifer Edwards, were killed mid-last year at their Western Sydney home in what police say was a ‘planned attack’ by their estranged father, John Edwards. There was also a third victim. Their heartbroken mother, Olga Edwards, committed suicide just a month ago, unable to face the trauma of living without her children. Questions are now being asked as to why the 68-year-old financial services worker was able to have possession of not one but two powerful handguns given his history and background, writes Tim Kent.
Recent scandals in Victoria have highlighted the need for reforms in the way complaints against police are looked at. True Crime News Weekly’s Melbourne correspondent, Gary Johnston, explains why it’s finally time for police accountability to go further than officers simply investigating their colleagues.