Oz Judiciary upholds democratic Rights
by peptide Monday, Jul 14 2008, 10:32pm
The world, but particularly Australia, remembers the dark day when police-state tactics were introduced to the nation by the most incompetent government the state of NSW has ever known. The APEC summit was utilised to impose the most draconian policing/laws this peaceful nation has ever seen. The blackshirt State Premier, Morris ‘il duce’ Iemma today lost his case to impose additional draconian laws on the good people of NSW. Iemma hurriedly passed laws in parliament for the Pope’s visit and WYD that effectively impinged on the civil liberties of citizens.
The laws related to the relative and subjective terms ‘annoy’ and ‘inconvenience.’ Any Australian or other citizen attending the World Youth Day could be fined up to $5500 for the charge of ‘annoying’ or ‘inconveniencing’ anyone at the WYD; notwithstanding the completely vague and subjective nature of the offences.
Today, the citizens protest group, The NoToPope Coalition, won their challenge in the Federal Court. Morris ‘il duce’ Iemma has been exposed as not only the most incompetent politician the state has ever known but the frustrated fascist he really is; the little Caesar thought it his prerogative to oppress the people whenever he saw fit – hail Caesar!
We hope today’s decision by the Federal Court sends a message to the USA whose judiciary has been under siege from exactly the same ultra-conservative forces. The Australian people have removed a conservative Federal Government and are now in the process of restoring traditional Oz values trashed by John Howard and his conservative ministers.
Today’s decision is a victory for DEMOCRACY in Australia and hopefully around the WORLD!
Jail Bush, Blair and Howard.
We are One
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Grieving father to confront Cardinal Pell
by Tom Arup via reed - SMH Tuesday, Jul 15 2008, 10:56am
THE parents of two girls who were repeatedly raped by a Melbourne priest are flying to Sydney from London to face Cardinal George Pell in time for Sunday's World Youth Day final Mass.
Anthony Foster, whose daughters were raped by Kevin O'Donnell when they were in primary school, alleges Cardinal Pell stalled the family's compensation claim against the Catholic Church when he was archbishop of Melbourne.
Earlier this year, the eldest daughter, Emma, took her own life after a long battle with drug addiction, which Mr Foster attributed directly to her rape as a schoolgirl. His second daughter, Katherine, who developed a heavy drinking habit, was hit by a drunk driver in 1999 and left physically and mentally disabled and requiring 24-hour care.
Last night, Mr Foster told the ABC's Lateline program that last week's revelations that Cardinal Pell allegedly obstructed a sexual abuse case against another priest had sparked him into action.
He said he hoped he could support others with sexual abuse claims and change the church's attitudes to compensating victims.
"I want them to set up a system that provides a life-time help to victims, that begs forgiveness to victims," Mr Foster said.
Mr Foster said an apology by the Pope to victims of sexual abuse in the church would not be satisfactory unless it was backed up by structural change.
"An apology is not enough unless it is backed up with action, unless he removes all obstacles to continuing support for victims," Mr Foster said.
"They should come to us and beg for forgiveness."
His daughters were raped over five years by O'Donnell when they attended Sacred Heart Primary School in Oakleigh between 1988 and 1993.
In 1996 O'Donnell was convicted of abusing 11 boys and one girl, aged between 8 and 14, between 1946 and 1977, and sentenced to 15 months in prison. He died after his release in 1997.
Initially offered $50,000 by Cardinal Pell under his "Towards Healing" program, the Fosters pursued their case via the legal system for eight years, culminating in a six-figure settlement with the church in 2006 - one of the largest of its kind in the country.
In 1998, when Emma was 16, Cardinal Pell wrote to her, saying: "It is my hope that my offer will be accepted by you as a preferable alternative to legal proceedings and that it too will assist you with your future."
"On behalf of the Catholic Church and personally, I apologise to you and to those around you for the wrongs and hurt you have suffered at the hands of Father Kevin O'Donnell. I offer you my prayers."
Mr Foster last night claimed this apology was removed by lawyers for the church in 2002 during the court case over compensation.
"Emma carried the pain of her abuse for all her life until it ended recently," he told the ABC. "We really want to make sure that in her name and her memory something is done for other victims."
A spokesman said the church did not have enough time to respond to the story last night or whether Cardinal Pell or the Pope will meet Mr Foster.
Last week Cardinal Pell was accused by Anthony Jones of attempting to cover up a non-consensual sexual experience with Father Terrence Goodall, by ignoring the results of a church investigation.
Cardinal Pell denies the accusations and has referred the case to an independent panel.
© 2008 The Sydney Morning Herald
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