TRUE OPINION: 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.
TRUE OPINION: The unspeakable tragedy of Olga Edwards and the scores of women killed by selfish & cruel men in Australia during 2018
TRUE OPINION: About 70 women in total are believed to have been murdered by men, largely by their male partners or former partners in domestic violence incidents, in Australia during all of last year. It’s time we call out family violence against women as the national security problem it is, writes Tim Kent.
TRUE OPINION: 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.
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.
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.
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.
TRUE OPINION: When even the lawyers and judges making money from the justice system and its ever-revolving door of drug offenders no longer strongly believe in the laws they are meant to be prosecuting, is it time to start getting real and dealing with the absurdity that is the prohibition of drugs, wonders True Crime News Weekly columnist Miles Hunt.
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.
TRUE OPINION: Now that Barnaby Joyce has resigned as Australia’s deputy prime minister four months after True Crime News Weekly broke the news about the various serious scandals surrounding him, our correspondent Gary Johnston reflects on why Barnaby’s “private business” should be a continuing concern to the public at large.
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.
TRUE OPINION: With mainstream media and the Federal Government leading a racist moral panic about ‘African gangs’ apparently tormenting wide sections of Australian society, True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston shares his experiences of growing up with youth gangs on the mean streets of Glasgow and wonders why some groups of young men ‘become’ gangs.
TRUE OPINION: The Victorian Government has announced it will spend $345 million over three years on almost 500 new cells to deal with the state’s overcrowded jail system and increasing prison population. True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston wonders whether throwing hundreds of millions of dollars into a failed system is a wise move.