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Just How Useless is Pru Goward?

July 4, 2012

Last night the ABC aired a shocking report exposing the level of child sex abuse that’s been allowed to run rampant in the remote Aboriginal community of Toomelah for years.

The report revealed that the extent of the sex abuse is so widespread, with victims as young as two years of age, that the police and other Government agencies don’t even bother to intervene.

The report included witness testimony from now adult victims who provided detailed accounts of the nature and the extent of the abuse and the way in which it has brought the community to its knees. 

Minister for Makeup and Mosman and also the Minister for Community Services and Women in NSW, and as such, the Minister responsible for the appalling state of affairs, Pru Goward appeared on the 7.30 report to explain her handling of the situation.

LEIGH SALES: Have you been out to Toomelah yourself to see the situation?

PRU GOWARD: I’ve certainly been to Moree, and I’ve met with my case workers there for a long period of time.

LEIGH SALES: Why not to Toomelah given the extent of the problems?

PRU GOWARD: I think it’s better to take advice from the experts and the professionals.

LEIGH SALES: But you’re the Minister – you don’t want to see this first hand, given the sorts of things that are being said are going on out in this place?

PRU GOWARD: I think it’s better for me to let the professionals deal with this. I will go to Toomelah and we’ve certainly considered that. The most important thing for me to do was to get some action happening. That’s what why I spent so much time with our case workers. They are very clear about what is expected of them. I’ve certainly spoken to residents in Toomelah.  I’ve spoken to them on the phone.

LEIGH SALES: With respect I guess people would say you’re speaking to people, these problems have been going on for years and years…

PRU GOWARD: Yes, they have.

Thank you Pru Goward.

 

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34 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2012 1:32 pm

    Goward is just the next ‘speak much, do nothing’ from the other side of the fence. Labor did nothing on this matter either!

  2. JAWS permalink
    July 4, 2012 1:59 pm

    I agree deknarf

    There are no votes in it really

    DoCs is a money drain without the prime political requirement of a co-related vote winning mechanism

  3. JAWS permalink
    July 4, 2012 2:04 pm

    “….The report revealed that the extent of the sex abuse is so widespread, with victims as young as two years of age, that the police and other Government agencies don’t even bother to intervene.”

    Everytime “intervention” and “Aborigines” are mentioned in the same breath the howls of abuse from the “Industry” begin.

    So people shrug their shoulders and just carry on with “life in the city” and cheer as their favourite Aboriginal footballer kicks a goal or scores a try.

  4. July 4, 2012 2:14 pm

    “I will go to Toomelah and we’ve certainly considered that.”

    What’s wrong with this sentence…?

    It sounds like what Pru was really thinking was:

    “I ought to go to Toomelah, but we haven’t really considered it”

    But as the words came out, attempted to kind of rework into a foward looking commitment that had never really been contemplated.

    Odd woman.

  5. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2012 2:19 pm

    “I will go to Toomelah and we’ve certainly considered that”…”but they don’t make a decent cafe latte, and the motel has only 2 stars”

  6. July 4, 2012 2:37 pm

    LOL @ TOM… 🙂

  7. July 4, 2012 2:39 pm

    “I will go to Toomelah and we’ve certainly considered that”…”but you can’t get Marie Claire and the people are so icky.”

  8. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2012 2:58 pm

    “I will go to Toomelah and we’ve certainly considered that”…”but I hear there are some dark coloured people there”

    “I will go to Toomelah and we’ve certainly considered that”…”but I’m not sure that chardonnay accompanies the witchetty grub”

  9. July 4, 2012 3:15 pm

    “I will go to Toomelah and we’ve certainly considered that”…

    ”…but where exactly is it…?”

  10. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2012 3:27 pm

    “I will go to Toomelah and we’ve certainly considered that”…”because isn’t that the place planned for a major transport hub, an inland metropolis… a new trading zone, somewhere that we can harness the vast energy reserves… hasn’t it been renamed Crapperville”?

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2012 3:36 pm

    Pru Coward (sic) is exactly that … as Sex Discrimination Commissioner she descrimated herself against men!

    She is a Fuckwit™ of the Highest Order … typical, “I’ve been everywhere and done I’ve done nothing” profile …

    … she was on ABC24 last night telling us all that because tradespeople now earn a lot of money there should be more women in the trades … when she was told that a lot of the trades involved strength and heavy lifting skills* … she just didn’t get it …

    * try lifting a gearbox out laid underneath it, Pru. Stupid, stupid woman … why does she get so much “air-time” anyway?

  12. Tony permalink
    July 4, 2012 3:43 pm

    “I will go to Toomelah and we’ve certainly considered that . . .Oh, who’m I kidding? Fuck Toomelah!”

  13. el gordo permalink
    July 4, 2012 3:45 pm

    ‘…why does she get so much “air-time” anyway?’

    She knows people in high places.

  14. July 4, 2012 3:48 pm

    “She knows people in high places.”

    Sounds like Andrew Bolt. That’s how he gets his airtime too.

  15. July 4, 2012 3:48 pm

    “We will go to Toomelah and we will decide under what circumstances we go there…”

  16. Tony permalink
    July 4, 2012 3:50 pm

    “I did not get into politics to go to *ugh* Toomelah.”

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2012 3:53 pm

    She knows people in high places.

    And doesn’t want to know anyone lower than the Queen by the sound of it …

    Y’know its like ping pong … the ALP get in and make fkn fools of themselves … and then the LibNats get in and make fkn fools of themselves …. but ALWAYS at the taxpayer’s expense!

  18. Tony permalink
    July 4, 2012 3:54 pm

    “There will be no Toomelah visits under a government I lead follow.”

  19. Tony permalink
    July 4, 2012 4:03 pm

    (To the tune of Botany Bay)

    Singing Toomelah,Toomelah: Black People!
    Singing Toomelah, Toomelah, ay,
    Singing Toomelah, Toomelah: Black People!
    Think I’ll stay near Botany Bay.

  20. JAWS permalink
    July 4, 2012 4:11 pm

    “She knows people in high places.”

    Yes Eg

    Up until around 2007 she knew someone in a very high place very very very well indeed.

  21. July 4, 2012 4:12 pm

    Ugh, black people ….uuuuugh!

  22. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2012 4:17 pm

    ToSY???? Limericks??? Talent???

  23. JAWS permalink
    July 4, 2012 4:20 pm

    A friend of mine once opined to me that he thought part of the Aboriginal problem was that by white mans standards the Australian Aborigine are just nowhere near as physically attractive as the female American African Negro or the male American African Negro.

    Therefore they don’t get as much sympathy as other coloured races because they are just not damn sexy enough.

    I dunno

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2012 4:23 pm

    Pru Goward being handed a map and travel time to Toomelah …

  25. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2012 4:24 pm

    I dunno

    The only part of your post that makes sense, Wally … you must have some odd friends, BTW …

  26. gordo permalink
    July 4, 2012 4:35 pm

    Victor is handling himself well in that cubby house of unreason up the road.

  27. JAWS permalink
    July 4, 2012 5:10 pm

    I dunno TB

    But I do seem to recall someone saying that if the fishing boats currently landing on Christmas Island were full of lovely looking blonde blue eyed Swedish backpackers there would be a great deal more public sympathy for the plight of refugees.

    A bit of the same effect in relation to Aborigines.

    A lack of cuteness factor ?

  28. JAWS permalink
    July 4, 2012 5:12 pm

    Just wondering whether “Victor” has ever met “Splatterbottom” ?

    Kind of like not being able to find Clark Kent when Superman is around.

    Or am I barking up the wrong tree ?

  29. TB Queensland permalink
    July 4, 2012 5:16 pm

    Or am I barking up the wrong tree ?

    Yep … different altogether … I’d have a look at his debut in CW but I’ve got guests arriving soon …

    GO MAROONS!

    QUEENSLANDER!

  30. el gordo permalink
    July 4, 2012 5:16 pm

    LOL Jaws

  31. July 4, 2012 6:54 pm

    “Visits to Toomelah will always be lower under a Coalition government”

  32. James of North Melbourne permalink
    July 4, 2012 9:40 pm

    Nothing cuter than a little piccaninny.

    And Goward didn’t fight her way through those eyebrows to spend time in the Communities.

  33. July 4, 2012 9:59 pm

    Deknarf said, “Goward is just the next ‘speak much, do nothing’ from the other side of the fence. Labor did nothing on this matter either!”

    Absolutely. Ronald Regan had a great quote, a profoundly true quote. He said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help'”

    I love that quote. I use it as a pick-me-up whenever I’m feeling a bit blue.

  34. el gordo permalink
    July 4, 2012 10:07 pm

    Very nice Victor…I’ll take it away and use it wisely.

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