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Public debates on sexual abuse : Comments

By Kevin Baker, published 19/4/2011

When does authority become complicit in sexual abuse? How much effort is enough?

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This is not the whole story on Hollingsworth. As I remember it what really cooked his goose was his remarks on national TV that it (the relationship of a teenage girl with a clergyman) was to a very large extent the fault of the girl herself.
Posted by Gorufus, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 7:48:46 AM
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There is a a difference between the Hollingsworth and Bryce circumstances . Hollingsworth was criticised priomarily for failing to deal adequately with a complaint of abuse prior to becoming Governor General , while Archbishop of Brisbane , when he had sufficient authority to deal with the complaint . The inappropriate remark which he made , after becoming Governor General , in the media about the teenage complainant , while serious , would not have led to major dissatisfaction with his performance in office as Governor General . Quentin Bryce , in her capacity as Governor of Queeensland , did not have constitutional power to act in response to the complaint made to her . As Governor , she could dismiss the Queensland government , only in very limited circumstances , chiefly , if the government had lost the power to continue governing . The circumstances in which Premier Jack Lang was dismissed were again different , and , if those circumstances arose again , it is doubtful whether a State Governor would dismiss the Premier .
Posted by jaylex, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 11:01:23 AM
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Is this a book lauch?
Posted by Kenny, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 11:29:21 AM
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An interesting topic to discuss, spoiled by point-scoring.
Posted by benk, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 4:40:28 PM
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"The community has a deep and reflective interest in debating issues of child abuse, sexual abuse and paedophilia. Some events spark debate and have consequences for parties involved. Other events do not provoke as much attention but should."

Because it's never about the best interests of the child but of position and profit, feminists and child support etc etc. Otherwise I have seen little interest in the community and nor are they allowed to be interested with the complete lack of transparency promoted in our laws.

This article also does not appear to have children or "abuse, sexual abuse and paedophilia" as a concern more than a useful tool to prove some point.
Posted by Jewely, Tuesday, 19 April 2011 5:20:37 PM
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Jewely

My sentiments exactly.

Just like a couple who want vengeance on each other, using their children, most debates on OLO and other public arenas regarding the welfare of children, devolve into point scoring by embittered posters.

Meanwhile the majority - great parents whether partnered or not, get on with caring for their children - thank the cosmos for that.
Posted by Ammonite, Wednesday, 20 April 2011 8:49:13 AM
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