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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The current troubles of Evo Media – publishers of SX Magazine, SameSame and Gay News Network – as first revealed by True Crime News Weekly reflect a bigger trend faced not just by gay and lesbian media, but all traditional media around the world, writes journalist, author and queer media watcher, Bill Calder.