Thursday, August 12, 2004

Committee urges charges be laid against former Labor ministers

High Profile individuals implicated in the shredding and cover up of the Heiner Affair scandal
A federal parliamentary committee has recommended members of Queensland's former Goss Labor cabinet be charged over the destruction of child abuse evidence.

The committee has not named the people it thinks should be charged. Yeah Right?

The House of Representatives committee is headed by Liberal Bronwyn Bishop and says its hearings into the Heiner Affair revealed a culture of concealment and collusion that covered up the abuse of children in detention and protected the offenders.

The committee says documents relating to the affair and subsequent inquiry 14 years ago were illegally shredded.

It has recommended that members of the Queensland cabinet at the time be charged under the criminal code.

The committee has cited the case of Pastor Douglas Ensbey as a precedent for laying charges.

Ensbey was convicted and sentenced for destroying evidence after he cut up a female parishioner's diary that detailed the sexual abuse she suffered.

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie has dismissed the recommendation as a stunt.

Mr Beattie says he is not surprised by the recommendation.

"Do you ever expect that Bronwyn Bishop, who is the Liberal Party hatchet person on this committee, would have recommended anything else," he said.

"I mean, the Labor members are obviously not excited by it all, this is the Liberal conservative majority trying to set up an election issue prior to the federal campaign.

"They did it last time on electoral issues this is just a Liberal Party stunt."

The 20 year old Heiner Affair - illegal shredding of documents and subsequent cover-up by the Queensland State Government.

By Political Corruption 12 August 04


Qld puts forward national child abuse strategy
A proposal for a national strategy to prevent child abuse will be put before communities and disability services ministers in Tasmania today.

Spanking-ban critics offer compromise?
London: An unlikely alliance of lawyers, child professionals and politicians is condemning as unworkable plans to "jail" parents in Britain who administer anything stronger than a light smack to their children.

International No-Smacking Day April 30 2004
If it's a crime to assault children, or adults for that matter, then the punishment is the crime. Punishment, threats and smacking only get short-term results, if any result at all.

Domestic violence biggest risk factor for Vic women
A new report into the effects of domestic violence on Victorian women shows it is responsible for more ill health and premature deaths than any other risk factor for women aged between 15 and 45.

Three slaps? Three bad lessons!
A MOTHER became a convicted criminal yesterday, for smacking her three-year-old son at a supermarket. She lost control after her son threw a tantrum in the middle of Coles at Dee Why.

Parents face cure for delinquent offspring
There are usually better ways of introducing parents to better Parent Effectiveness Training and not necessarily in an election year or when delinquent offspring have already got into trouble.

No excuse for Indigenous violence: Quartermaine
The acting head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission says domestic violence in Indigenous communities has reached epidemic proportions.

Jordan's death could have been prevented
His extensive facial injuries and fractured ribs suggested he had been dragged face down over carpet or a sofa and punched hard in the abdomen. It was (alleged) Hoerler then set about crushing Jordan's little toes one by one with a fan clamp but was that true?

But there are Keys!
Charles Dickens said, "Life is a secret and you haven't got the key." "And you never will have." True, that you cannot see or know your future! But there are keys and you may need them in order to survive. Also the skills you have are the resources you have to survive events that occur in your life. Some people don't get through it. Some people do. Some people have better results than others do.

Valuing children now!
The 2001 legislation specified where a child could legally be hit, which only perpetuates the view that physical punishment is normal and a parent's right, Bernadette Saunders, of the Child Abuse and Family Violence Research Unit at Monash University, says.

Development problems hit 1 in 4 kids: study
Australian of the Year Fiona Stanley has described the results of a groundbreaking study into child development as frightening.

WHEN THE PUNISHMENT IS THE CRIME AND PLANTING THE SEED In New South Wales today if you get into trouble with the law you have little or no defence. Unless you're wealthy enough to get yourself a lawyer and even then the odds you will escape justice are minimal because of the infrastructure and resource of the government opposed to your Legal Aid Status. I am not saying Legal Aid cannot help you but I am saying they have become overworked and under resourced.

Zero Tolerance for Families
A three-strikes plan, which uses the threat of fines and jail to (force) parents to meet their parental obligations after divorce, could be introduced under a draft proposal from the parliamentary committee charged with reviewing the Family Law Act.

Australia to tackle child abuse and rescue impoverished children?
A national report on child protection in the Northern Territory has blasted the system, saying it has abandoned the most impoverished children and families in Australia.

ATSIC call to smack kids?
The ATSIC commissioner said the high levels of regulation was not unlike the attention focused on Aboriginal families that led to the creation of a Stolen Generation of Aboriginal people. Mr Hill said he did not condone violence and admitted he did not smack his own children, but he stressed he wanted the issue of child discipline debated among Aboriginal people and community leaders.

No-Smacking Day for Children in NSW
Patmalar Ambikapathy the Children's Commissioner, HOBART Tasmania spoke to Gregory Kable a caseworker at Justice Action at the Controlling Crime Conference at Redfern in Sydney yesterday and we both realised how parallel our ideas about crime prevention were.

States to cooperate on school curriculums but social skills don't rate? State and territory education ministers say Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson's heavy-handed threats to school funding will not assist their ambitious initiative to develop consistent school curriculum’s in key subjects.

NSW education professor warns further commitment needed
The author of a report on the New South Wales education system has urged the major political parties to do more for education in the election campaign.

Fiona Stanley, the children's crusader
It is all about prevention. As Fiona Stanley sees it, with one in five Australian teenagers experiencing significant mental health problems, there are just not enough treatment services to cope with the demand.

Parents call for feedback on social skills
Parents are calling for the same level of feedback on their children's social development as on their academic progress, according to a national survey.

Alcohol is just the beginning
People who start using alcohol by their mid teens are more than twice as likely as others to experiment with different drugs and to become dependent on drugs a major Australian study has found.

The punishment: Is the 'crime'
The punishment is the crime according to retired chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia Justice Alistair Nicholson. "Smacking a child ought to be seen as assault".

Australian prisons are fast becoming the new asylums of the third millennium. The prison industry is booming, while Australia spends far less on mental health services than similar countries.

The Seed
Respect, you only get out what you have put in. What about Life Skills, Communication and Conflict Resolution. Evolution, perhaps some children and adults miss the whole or part of the course. I did, and so how surprised do you think I was when I realised my parents missed the course as well. Things like Compromise, Win Win, Empathy, and Love. Invisible energy and other skills like public speaking, how to Relate, Assuming, Blaming, Forgiveness, Freedom and Discrimination. This is how I learned respect. If you don't know what it is then how do you relate?