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Who is protected by the Royal Commissionís private hearings? The case of Wolston Park Hospital survivors : Comments

By Adele Chynoweth, published 22/3/2016

We would be wrong to assume that all survivors want to speak privately. One group of women survivors has lobbied, for their experiences to be heard as a public case study by the Commission.

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It's a no brainer, if we are to assume anything whatsoever, it is that these victims of the most heinous abuse, want their privacy protected!

And may have no real problem with selected material being disclosed, one would think, as just raw data that in no way identifies them?

And for the purpose of a genuinely helpful public inquiry, all that's actually needed!

Even so, I believe there will be pedophiles in priests or so called reporters clothing, with an obsession to hear all the laid bare, and endlessly repeated, gory and most intimate details, which to be frank, are quite a turn on for hiding in plain sight, deviants?

These victims have already been traumatized beyond belief and just don't need the sensationalists and scandal pages, probing for "INTERESTING FACTS"or photo opportunities!
Rhrosty.
Posted by Rhrosty, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 8:25:40 AM
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Some are most probability to traumatized to go to an open hearing, particularly the Wolston Park ladies. Not all of them feel this way as some would relish the chance to tell the public of the horrific things that happened there.This is where choice comes in and should not of been taken away by the ruling of the Royal Commission.I am glad Dr Adel Chynoweth wrote this opinion piece because this has been purposely kept secret by the Queensland Government for decades. Christine W
Posted by ChristineW, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 5:43:28 PM
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Maybe some beaurocrats have blood on their hands and it is cruel what was done then and are doing now. Omitted from Forde Inquiry and barely mentioned at Senate Inquiry, even though a recommendation was made to QLD Gov. for a Grace payment that was ignored. Seems the Royal Commission is more interested in finding out what was going on in Elite Private Schools then what happened to State Ward Children under Qld Gov. care that they locked up with Criminally Insane Patients. The denial of an investigation denies the public of knowing what was done to children in their name and using their tax payers money to do so. There was a Culture of Depravity allowed to exist there and Medical Malpractice and Child Abuse doesn't even begin to address the issue. I would like to know what happened to State Ward Children that didn't make it out of there and what they really died from. If the public really knew the truth they would be horrified. Leanne Morning.
Posted by Morning, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 6:34:41 AM
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There is also the issue of copyright - the private sessions were setup outside the usual court requirement - this included copyright which the court does not have to seek your permission in respect of its use however the private sessions are outside that and your ownership of copyright can not be extinguished without your permission. As such I understand that the Commission has a responsibility to return your copyright information if you request it from them - they can use it until they have finished with it and then it must be returned to you the rightful owner before the Commission completes its work.
Posted by JohnBS1, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 3:01:06 PM
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