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It's 30 years ago this year that Squad 7/86 graduated from the Victoria Police Academy. I went to work at Collingwood Police Station with Facit manual typewriters, carbon paper, big leather-bound registers for prisoners and charges laid, no fax machine, no photocopier and a brand new thing called a VDU where we could send off requests for rego checks and wait while someone at the other end read the request, looked up the info, typed it in and sent it back to us.
"What an amazing country we are part of," he said.
"Because we welcomed Deng, we sheltered him, we gave him clothes, food and a chance to learn, and he seized that opportunity, and now he is working in his community giving back to those who, like him, once had no voice."
The Premier said Australia owed a large part of its character to the success of people like Mr Adut.
"And to our kindness, compassion in sharing our luck and giving them a chance," he said.
"Deng is what happens when generosity meets opportunity."
So is this.
I'm sure Michael Baird means well, but he is a bloody idiot.
Mr Baird warned of the dangers of what he called anti-immigration politics in Australia.....
What anti-immigration politics? From whom? In Australia? There is no credible political force arising in Australia on an anti-immigration platform. And for the groups that form on the fringes, do you really want to telegraph the government's intention to respond and engage in dialogue?
We have a relatively successful immigration program because we manage it. Mike Baird says:
he feared what would happen if refugees were turned away.
We know what will happen because it's been happening for decades. We have fewer refugee places than applicants. What happens Mike is that Australia has the benefits of a managed migration scheme with public support and a humanitarian scheme that's as generous as we can manage. Why do you want to invite the usual suspects to get stuck into an argument that wouldn't be stirring up people if not for you and your Australia Day Address?
Premier Baird, you're inviting all sort of comparisons by raising a single case study of an apparently successful well integrated young man. Last year 1.1 million persons of unknown background invaded Europe. This girl can tell you about at least 1,000 of them.
Here are Australia's immigration statistics Mr Baird, doesn't look like it's coming to a crashing anti-immigration halt.
The source countries.
You'll note that we find negligible numbers of skilled migrants who can meet the needs of our economy from the Middle East. There are two major streams of migration into Australia - the migration program above, and the humanitarian program:
Demand always exceeds the number of places in our humanitarian visa program.
During the Rudd/Gillard years we couldn't offer places to the most needy, nor could we properly screen the self-selectors. Because of the Rudd/Gillard open borders policy more dubious claimants could select themselves for a share of "our luck". In light of Europe, do you want to go back to this?
Our problem has been fixed and is under control. There is no push to lower immigration numbers. So who is Mr Baird using the focus and emotion of Australia Day to fight against?
During times of tension like now, when we can see the results of uncontrolled immigration in Europe, we need leaders who can reassure us that they understand the risks in immigration, that they've learned from Europe, that Rudd and Gillard's mistakes are a thing of the past and that it won't happen again. Then shut up and get on with it.
Baird's moral vanity in lecturing resident hard-working Australians about "sharing our luck" is every bit as likely to inflame emotions as the imagined "anti-immigration politics" he's shadow-boxing with.
Give us controlled immigration. Filter out and deport those of poor character who are unlikely - in our judgement - to assimilate. That would include anyone who won't publicly renounce Islamism. And most of all, manage the processes tightly so that when incidents of criminal behaviour or conduct evincing poor character from non-residents are detected, the deportations are swift and the processes biased towards our protection.
Otherwise Mike, you've no place leading and protecting us. Go and work for the Red Cross.
PS - Mike you're a father. I know you wouldn't let people you don't know have free access to your home. You have to put your family first. It's like that when you're the boss of a state. We expect you to put us first.
Just like this little girl who grew up in a community. She felt safe in that community. She knew its norms and routines and was protected by its laws.
Let her words into your heart mate.
"I only want to end with one message: Men, please, help your women. Help your children. I am so scared. My friends have the same fear. We are shocked that this has happened. I hope this video can convince you, and that this terrible events can stop."
TRANSCRIPT: Hello, you can read the newspapers but this video is about the real situation in Germany. I would like to tell everyone about this on Youtube and Facebook. I am almost 16. I would like everyone to know what is going on, what I am authentically feeling at this moment.
And I am so scared everywhere. For example, if my family and I go out together, or if I see a movie with my friends. Usually I stay at home, but sometimes I stay out until 6 pm in winter, and it is so scary. It is just very hard to live day-to-day life as a woman.
I just want to say that I am not a racist. But one day, a terrible thing happened at the supermarket. I ran all the way home. I was so frightened for my life. There’s no other way to describe it.
My aunt and her friend have said you have to grow up. Why should we, children, have to grow up in such fear? It’s not just me, my friends too. You can see on Facebook, a 17 year old attacked, a 15 year old attacked, two 12-year olds attacked, so many. It is really so sad that this is happening … because of YOU PEOPLE. :(
I cannot understand why they do this. But more importantly, I cannot understand why Germany is doing nothing! Why is Germany standing by, watching, and then doing nothing? Please explain, why. Men of Germany, these people are killing your children, they are killing your women. We need your protection. We are so scared, we don’t want to be frightened to go to the grocery store alone after sunset. The politicians live alone in their villas, drink their cocktails, and do nothing. They do nothing! I do not know what world they live in, but please, people, please help us! Please, do something! I cannot understand why this is happening. One day, my friend and I were walking down the street, and a group of Arabs were protesting and demonstrating. They shouted, “Allah! Allah! Allah is the one God! Kill those infidels! Allah Allah!” What should I do? Should I wear a burka? Why should I have to convert to Islam?
It’s fine if you believe in Allah, but why do you want to make everyone else believe in Allah too? I just think it would be better if there were no religion. Stop trying to make everyone else believe in your God when they do not want to.
Please, people of Germany. Do something!
When I try to tell the authorities about what has happened, they hold their hand up towards me and they say it is a problem and then ignore it. and they laugh. It is unfair. They laugh at us. They say we are dumb. They think this not only of me, but of the entire state of Germany. They don’t care about our fear. Please help us. This is an emergency! There are more and more of them.
One time in summer, the Muslims said we were sluts for walking outside in a t-shirt.
Yes, we were wearing t-shirts. It’s summer!
Another day, I was wearing this. My friend and I purchased it while shopping hehe. If we feel like wearing it, we will wear it! And you Muslims have no right to physically assault or rape us for it! God willing, never in my life. You have no right to attack us because we are wearing t-shirts. You also have no right to rape.
The life of Germany has changed because these people cannot integrate. We give them so much help. We support them financially and they do not have to work. But they only want more babies and more welfare and more money. Men of Germany, please, patrol the streets and protect us. Do this for your women and your children. If you do that, I believe that we will have a chance.
This sort of action would be wonderful. We would be so grateful and thankful. So many thanks, if steadily, more men would come to protect us. We are so scared.
I am so upset about what Merkel has done.
Thank you, Angela Merkel, for killing Germany! I have no more respect for you, Merkel. I do not think you know what you have done. You do not see how our lives have changed. Open your eyes! Is this normal? Should I, a 16-year old who is almost 17, be so scared to walk outside my house? No, it is not normal. You have killed Germany!
This is the truth. We are no longer allowed to walk outside. We are no longer allowed to wear our clothes. We are no longer allowed to live the German life. This is the sad truth.
I think it’s about time to end this video. I believe I have given a full account from a normal person. I hope others can see this and understand.
I only want to end with one message: Men, please, help your women. Help your children. I am so scared. My friends have the same fear. We are shocked that this has happened. I hope this video can convince you, and that this terrible events can stop.
Bodies of victims after an overnight attack on a popular beachside restaurant in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Friday.CreditMohamed Abdiwahab/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least 14 civilians were killed and dozens were wounded after Islamist militants struck a popular beachside restaurant Thursday night in Somalia’s capital that had become a symbol of the city’s struggling renaissance, officials said.
Andrew Robb is the Trade Minister. Not a Tweet out of him.
I don't see other present or former MPs or ministers creating made-up hash-tags joining a personal interest with their portfolio. #ThaiMassageInfrastructure #TurboRedRoomHealthService
Bishop's fashion diplomacy under fire
BY LISA MARTIN
FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has been accused of using fashion diplomacy as a self-promotional tool.
LABOR senator Sam Dastyari took issue with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade devoting public diplomacy funds to a hashtag #fashiondiplomacy initiative in the wake of the Australia Network's demise.
The Abbott government axed the Australia Network - the ABC's international broadcasting arm - in 2014.
Senator Dastyari accused Ms Bishop of using the project for self promotion.
"I'm opposed to an initiative that's about glorifying the foreign minister," he told a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Thursday.
"To me it looks like an opportunity for the minister to do 11 profile stories about fashion diplomacy."
Ms Bishop signed a memorandum of understanding between DFAT and the Australian Fashion Chamber at an Sydney event in September which attracted Australia's fashion elite.
Australia will have fashion events in New York, Paris, Istanbul, Jakarta and New Delhi to promote designers and labels.
Senator Dastyari asked officials whether fashion diplomacy was a better way of doing public diplomacy compared to the axed Australia Network.
Attorney-General George Brandis said it was a core function of DFAT to promote Australian industry, commerce, style and way of life.
Senator Brandis accused Senator Dastyari of ridiculing the Australian fashion industry with his "foolish line of questioning".
Senator Dastyari also inquired about Trade Minister Andrew Robb's involvement in the fashion diplomacy project.
DFAT officials had briefed him on the initiative but he was yet to participate in any of the events.
Visit to the United States
20 January 2016
I will visit New York, Washington and Los Angeles from 21 to 31 January 2016 for the 2016 G’Day USA program, Australia’s premier public and economic diplomacy program in the United States.
I will promote Australia’s high growth economy and sophisticated, innovative culture and the opportunities this offers to leaders in American politics, business and creative industries.
In Washington I will discuss with senior members of the Obama Administration, Congressional leaders and leading policy thinkers our shared interests and challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. I will reinforce Australia’s commitment to the Australia-US Alliance and the global fight against terrorism. I will also deliver the G’Day USA annual foreign policy speech co-hosted by the United States Studies Centre and the Center for New American Security on Australia’s role in Asia.
In New York I will deliver the annual G’Day USA address on innovation and economic diplomacy, which will provide an opportunity to showcase the Government’s $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.
In Los Angeles, I will be speaking at the University of California on foreign policy, and at RAND Corporation on the Middle East. I will also meet business leaders, including in the film and television industry.
I will attend the G’Day USA Los Angeles Gala which will honour Dr George Miller with a G’Day USA Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Australian creative arts sector and acclaimed global success, particularly through the Mad Max franchise.
Mr Joel Edgerton will be honoured with the G'Day USA Excellence in Film award in recognition of his critical success as a writer, actor and director, most recently with his film “The Gift”.
At Davos forum it’s no longer cool to be Australian
I used to be cool. Or at least I felt cooler than I feel now.
I’ve always worn my Australianness on my sleeve, on my head in the felted way. It was my ticket to acceptance once I left the Fatal Shore, and continued to be a helpful social lubrication for the 50 per cent of my life that I have lived outside Australia — in Britain, Europe and now Africa.
Recently, it feels like the mood has changed.
In a post-climate-change-agreement world, Australia seems like it is on the wrong side of history.....
I think Peter is on the money. Being cool was a core Rudd value. Let's face it, it's cool to give away money, nobody hates that guy. KRudd was a master. But he left us.
Gillard is now making a career out of deciding who gets free money for education. That is very, very cool. But Australia and Tim were too small for her.
Rudd and Gillard trashed the joint, but that's cool.
Peter's picking up on the "sensible adults are back in charge" vibe that descended on Australia during the Abbott years. Boring. No house fires from free insulation, no drownings from The Great Centrelink Sea Race, just boring parents in charge.
So. You know what's been happening with the world's cool kids?
Well, Peter reckons he knows what's their greatest fear.
Sorry, The Spectre of Donald Trump (maybe it's a movie?)
Apparently Donald Trump said very, very uncool things about immigration:
Perhaps it is because people feel safe inside this security cordon, or perhaps we have become inured to the threats, so used to the regular attacks, that we fear the unknown — the rise of the far Right — more than what we all know is the certainty of another terror attack.
What would happen if a charismatic far-Right candidate were to get control of a major developed nation? This scares many, and particularly terrifies Europeans. This concern isn’t helped by the spectre of the American presidential candidate Donald Trump. While the Republican frontrunner is almost certain to fall before the election, his words have been heard around the world.
Cool people say cool things about the Middle East and the tide of refugees fleeing it.
It's an all male tide which goes out leaving the women and children behind to deal with the Caliphate.
It's not cool to stay and fight Islamic State. It is cool to shape up to European police who night trample on their right to rape kuffar chicks. The new cool is weird, here's Peter:
And the mood here isn’t going Australia’s way either.
The voices here, at the top levels of politics and business, are vibrantly embracing what they see as the obligations to address the refugee crisis with humanity.
Welcoming refugees isn’t seen as a core Australian value.
And to put it frankly, Australia’s treatment of refugees, while seen from a policy perspective as being effective, isn’t seen as being cool.
It sounds almost like a crisis. A crisis of cool.
Peter don't worry mate, we were only uncool while Tony Abbott was running the show.
Chairman Mal is the quintessence of cool.
Once The Chairman reads this you can guarantee that for next year's Davos Forum, Coolness with be up with Innovation as core Malcolmite values. The cash giveaways will be back, don't get the sads.
Meanwhile, there are openings now for The Cool with Canada.
Justin Trudeau hobnobbed with celebrities at Davos in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum.
Canada's prime minister attended a private reception Wednesday hosted by Chinese business magnate and philanthropist Jack Ma. The roughly 40 guests included celebrity A-listers, such as U2 frontman Bono, and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Spacey, all attending the WEF.
Sources tell CBC News that Trudeau had the chance to chat with Bono, whose advocacy work on a variety of issues has made him a regular at the annual Davos summit, as well as House of Cards star Spacey, who plays the president of the United States in the popular Netflix series, and is speaking at the summit Thursday about the "theatricality of American politics in this election year."
(Oh My God!!!!! That is Kevin Spacey checking his phone!!!!! Imagine the two Kevins!!!!! Oh My God!!!!)
Oscar-nominated star DiCaprio, who received an award at the WEF summit on Tuesday for his work on environmental causes, arrived as Trudeau was about to leave, and they also had a brief chat.
Peter console your coolness with KRUDD The Wedding Crasher of global events.
What follows is an embarrassingly fawning puff-piece about Turnbull ostensibly written by David Crowe.
The headline gives you the premise - that the expressions of gratitude from the US to Prime Minister Turnbull undermine the "bid" to 'portray" Turnbull as weak.
Turnbull briefed the story to Crowe, it has details only Turnbull and closest of colleagues could know - that's where Turnbull's weakness of character comes racing into full screen view. Everything Obama, Ash Carter and Fighting Joe Dunford thanked Turnbull for was the result of a decision made under Tony Abbott's watch.
There are few weaker sorts of blokes than men on the make who take credit for work done by others. Turnbull's disconnection with reality comes out when he uses that ill-gotten gratitude as proof that he is strong. To trot all that out, put it together in an article for a newspaper and think you'll be proving the naysayers wrong is the act of a madman.
To David Crowe, from experience, if you're going to do what you've done here today pick a pretty one.
US gratitude undermines bid to portray Malcolm Turnbull as weak
When Barack Obama met Malcolm Turnbull in the White House on Tuesday, one of his first remarks was to thank Australia for the scale of its help in the war against Islamic State.
This was hardly surprising. US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter had opened his talks with Turnbull in the same way the previous day. In that meeting the first words from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US Marine General “Fighting Joe” Dunford, were: ‘‘Thank you.’’
“Keep in mind that in our fight against ISIL, Australia is the second-largest contributor of troops on the ground after the United States,” the US President said as he sat beside Turnbull in the Oval Office.
The letter from Carter in early December showed little appreciation of that key fact. It asked the same of all 60 coalition members, despite the vast differences in the commitments already made.
Oddly, the letter asked for more help in air operations. One of the recipients was New Zealand, which has no air force really capable of combat missions over Iraq.
The pro-forma nature of the request seemed to be news to the US President.
Turnbull has not said this, and perhaps no Australian leader or official ever would, but the second-biggest contributor to the war against Islamic State should expect more than a form letter if it is being asked to do more.
The letter was clearly aimed at European allies more than Australia. Yet this did not stop the malcontents within the Liberal Party from using it to take potshots at their new leader.
When Defence Minister Marise Payne confirmed last week that she had formally rejected Carter’s request, she managed to generate another round of headlines to fuel the dispute.
Turnbull’s message is exactly the same. Yet the bitter losers from last September’s leadership spill are fooling people into thinking that Turnbull is weak where Andrews and Tony Abbott were strong.
At no point in Turnbull’s meeting at the Pentagon this week did Carter ask for more Australian troops. Obama did not ask for more either.
Four months into his leadership, Turnbull is adjusting his thinking on international security. His speech this week showed a greater emphasis on the military operations against Islamic State, reflecting his talks in Baghdad with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last weekend. The Iraqi leader, who earned an engineering PhD from the University of Manchester in the 1980s, does not want foreign troops on the front line because he wants Iraqis to see their own troops winning against Islamic State. Turnbull’s stance reflects that message.
Turnbull has shifted carefully on another key point. Last year he was too reluctant to link terrorism with Islam. This week he said nobody should be “too delicate” to say that terrorism has something to do with Islam.
Turnbull does not endorse Abbott’s inflammatory call for a reformation of Islam, given that a prime minister has to work with the Muslim community rather than enrage it, but he no longer denies the obvious link between the religion and terrorism.
You would not know it from some of the domestic sniping and media coverage, but there is an underlying consistency to Australia’s message in Washington notwithstanding the shift in power from Abbott to Turnbull. The retaking of Mosul, Iraq’s second city, was a subject in this week’s talks because it is the next stage of the war against Islamic State. Turnbull does not rule out more assistance. For now, however, he is putting weight on the view of the Abadi. One of the ideas Turnbull is now canvassing, a “partition” of parts of Syria and Iraq, is obviously contentious. The word conjures images of forced relocations.
Yet the experience in Sinjar, where Islamic State was driven from the town, shows that a victory by Shi’ites or Kurds can be followed by reprisals against Sunnis. Without a political settlement there can only be a spiral of violence. When the concept came up this week, Obama saw the link with an earlier suggestion from Vice-President Joe Biden.
This week shows it is well past time to move beyond the bickering over Australian troops in Iraq, where a troop count is the only measure of loyalty to the US.
It should be more obvious than ever that the domestic dispute is about wounding Turnbull rather than Islamic State.
We'll leave the last words to this love song deddi-cashion from David to Mal
In the lead up to the 2013 federal election, amid a fierce political debate between the major parties over the roll out of the National Broadband Network, an ABC editor-journalist was directed by his boss to find any story he could that was critical of the Labor Party’s NBN Plan in order to provide “insurance” against attacks on the ABC by the Coalition.
The explosive revelations are contained in a secretly-made recording of a meeting between Nick Ross, the ABC’s former Games and Technology Editor, and Bruce Belsham, the Head of ABC’s Current Affairs division.
I stand by it now. With Nick Ross's new evidence, there must be a proper enquiry into the ABC.
The ABC did very well out of the Rudd/Gillard Governments - as a result you'd hope it was extra careful about bias.
SATURDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2013
The ABC tells us it was pleased with the extra financial support that the Rudd and Gillard governments gifted to it. On the other hand, the ABC had contingency plans to deal with widely expected funding cuts should the coalition win government.
The ABC should have been aware of the potential conflict of interest it could be accused of in any perceived reporting that favoured Labor. Where actual complaints of bias were made to the ABC you'd hope the ABC would act swiftly to correct the perception. And where newsworthy events that reflected poorly on Labor happened,you'd hope the ABC would be assiduous in covering them.
In the context of an extra $190M in ABC funding that the Gillard Government decided on in June this year - smack bang in the middle of the search warrant reports in other media - the absence of any reporting at all on the issue takes on potentially sinister overtones.
ABC Managing Director Mark Scott was equipped with 102 pages of "priority briefing notes" prepared by ABC staffers when he fronted the October 2012 Senate Estimates hearings.
His briefing notes were released under FOI in May this year.
Page One of 102 pages recorded how well the ABC had done out of the Rudd years.
The ABC wanted an extra TV network - ABC3 - and it got its way with $67M.
The ABC wanted more money for its local drama producing mates - they're very expensive if you want to see them happy and smiling. $70 million extra for that.
$15.3 was found for ABC Open - along with an extra $13.6 for some capital spending. All in all the ABC was very happy.
In 2013 under Ms Gillard the ABC was hit with the lucky stick again! Here's the official statement reporting that the Gillard goverment found an extra $190M for its ABC - this was first published by then Minister Steven Conroy's office in June 2013 - right in the middle of the ABC's non-reporting of the Victoria Police search warrant proceedings.
The ABC is primarily financed by the federal government through triennial funding arrangements. In the 2013-14 Budget, the government is providing the ABC with an additional $30 million over three years to meet the growing demand for its digital services. The ABC will also receive $69.4 million over four years from 2012-13 to expand its news and current affairs services. In addition, the government will provide a loan of $90 million over three years to the ABC to assist with the construction of a purpose-built ABC facility at Southbank, Melbourne.
In 2013-14, government funding to the ABC will total $1.05 billion.
You can add the Australia Network contract worth $233M over the next decade - gifted to the ABC in perpetuity after Julia Gillard's intervention.
Mark Scott and the team were thrilled with Labor. How about the coalition, what impact did the ABC plan for - what did the ABC itself think of the prospect of having the coalition in charge.
Mark Scott carried these public statements from his Chairman Justice Jim Spiegelman in his pack of Senate Estimates papers.
So - Labor financially good for the ABC. The Coalition would probably mean cuts to its funding.
Pretty strong motivation to look after their 190M dollar girl.
Now the ABC has another PM in the Rudd/Gillard mould
Any signs the ABC's editorial stance might have favoured Chairman Mal over ABBOTT ABBOTT ABBOTT?
Perish the thought. Mark Scott knows the difference between right and wrong Prime Minister.
Remember, Malcolm wouldn't lead a Communications Ministry that wasn’tas committed to Malcolm as Malcolm is.
SLEDGING our political and public leaders is a favourite Australian pastime, but in recent years mistrust of government, political parties, corporate Australia and yes, even sections of The Church has hit an all-time high.
Whether it be allegations of misbehaviour in the Commonwealth Bank or the NSW Liberal Party, which resulted in 10 MPs resigning from the party, or in our sports bodies, improper and sometimes criminal conduct seems to be everywhere.
The politicisation of tribunals and royal commissions only serves to reinforce this public sentiment, particularly in relation to the Church. Partly that's because a small number of individuals have done the wrong thing, but equally its because of the way a powerful investigative tribunal was used to pursue a clearly anti-Church agenda.
I suspect if you set up an investigation into any part of our society, you might find some examples of outrageous and terrible behaviour. Imagine what you might find in a Royal Commission into political parties, the finance sector or property development.
All of us, the Church included are tired of seeing those in power trampling on communities through improper and unlawful conduct. That is why we need a permanent independent national body to investigate allegations of misbehaviour across the board, wherever it hides. Learning from the experiences of the NSW ICAC, a national independent body with the power to examine allegations of wrongdoing in our political, business, religious and social institutions and sporting codes will restore our faith in the governance of those institutions.
If we had a strong independent national misbehaviour watchdog which was empowered to investigate sporting bodies we may not have seen some of the scandals we have in recent times.
This approach stands in contrast to that of the former government, which was to target organisations opposed to them while turning a blind eye to those who support them. Using a tribunal to interrogate one church in particular did not address the need for high-quality governance in all of our institutions; it merely provided a vehicle for those who stand against us to undermine us.
The investigation was announced amid promises of improving outcomes for all Australians, but instead became a political witch-hunt focussed on the Church. After its initial period of operation it was granted an extension of two years. And it was headed by an Atheist, a known supporter of the Greens, whose staff accepted an invitation to be guest speaker at a Greens party fundraiser. Big red flag.
I’m appalled by the behaviour of rogue individuals in some parishes, just as I’m appalled at the allegations to come out of the banking sector and in the NSW Liberal Party. But with extensive resources including dedicated investigators, access to all the records, hundreds of witnesses, extensive budgets and looking at a period of over 30 years, the inquiry uncovered only relatively few individuals.
The Church recognises that in any part of society there is potential for misconduct, but using taxpayer funds to attack one section of the community does not address the need to stamp out misconduct across all institutions, without bias.
The Church is an institution without equal in Australia. We are there with Australians at every stage of their lives, from births and baptisms, weddings right through to funerals. Our Military Chaplains were among the first ashore at Gallipoli and remain on active service in the Middle East. We are open to constructive criticism, but it's not constructive to single one institution out when misconduct is everywhere.
From the ashes of a biased and politically motivated process, we may be able to salvage something and even deliver some sensible reform where it's needed.
The question for this government is whether it can put the political approach of its predecessors behind it and take a wider view of the need to stamp out unlawful conduct across the board, rather than simply targeting The Church.
A test of its ability to do so will be its willingness to embrace a permanent independent misconduct commission.
Cardinal G is the Head of The Church in Australia
Reckon The Church would get away with an OpEd piece like that run in a major daily newspaper without a massive backlash?