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George Pell: Guilty of child sexual assault

February 26, 2019

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Close confidante of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, has been found guilty of child sexual abuse.

A jury delivered the unanimous verdict on 11 December in Melbourne’s county court, but the result was subject to a suppression order and could not be reported until now.

Despite spending up to $2 million on a top legal team, bankrolled by a trust fund, the Cardinal lost his fight against the charges. He will not return to Rome and may end his days in a jail cell with his name on the sex offender’s register

He was found guilty of violent sex assaults against two young choirboys.

The jury of eight men and four women took three and half days to rule unanimously that the Cardinal, who stepped aside from his role in Rome when he was charged by Victoria Police in June 2017, attacked the boys just months after being appointed as Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996.

The offences occurred in December 1996 and early 1997 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, months after Pell was inaugurated as archbishop of Melbourne.

He was found guilty of five charges, one for penetration of a child under 16 and four of indecent assault involving a child under 16.

Pell looked down in shock as the verdict was handed down at 3.45pm on Tuesday, December 11, at the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne.

The 77-year-old could now face a sentence of between 10 and 14 years and has been remanded in custody

Good riddance.

 

 

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The Royal Commission: Unleashed!

February 4, 2019

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This is an open thread for youse to all add your insightful commentary into the findings of the Royal Commission into the financial services industry…

 

 

Serendipity and fate

January 7, 2019

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Believe it or not, I actually (occasionally) think a great deal about some of the comments made here on the blog, more recently taking some time to consider other’s points of view – especially when those views may challenge my own deep rooted beliefs.

Some folks here may be familiar with my contempt for christianity, especially those who seek to impose their christian-based beliefs on non-believers.  This has caused many ructions throughout my life; particularly in my childhood and formative years growing up in a religious household. Without going into further detail, the emotional and psychological damage this caused would be felt for many years afterward in many ways.

Obviously I’m not Robinson Crusoe in that regard and the damage inflicted by religious institutions on many other people (young and old and) numbers many hundreds of thousands.

My outspoke disdain towards christians has been called out on a couple of occasions on the blog as a form of bigotry, an accusation I’ve given pause to reflect upon.


 

Fate or serendipity (or both)

A few days ago on twitter, someone was asking someone else for some recommended podcasts to while away the hours and the name John O’Donohue was suggested; an Irish philosopher and poet.  Clearly having way too much time on my hands (I was on holiday after all) I decided to look up who this O’Donohue character was and checked out the link to his webpage.

I’ve never really been one for poetry, however some of his thoughts and observations about life (and death), living and consciousness really resonated with me and so I have been reading his works online and have just ordered one of his books – Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom. I may have discovered a new-found interest in poetry as a result. Or at least O’Donohue’s anyway.

To make such a discovery in such a random and unpremeditated way in some circles might be considered serendipity, however I may be forgiven for thinking other forces may be at work when I learnt that at the age of 52 O’Donohue passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep almost to this very day ten years ago. Coincidentally, being of the same age and a fellow Celt, this made listening to this fascinating interview all the more poignant; almost as if receiving a message from the past about living here and now.

If you have the time or inclination, I’d encourage you to listen to the podcast episode rather than reading the transcript as so much more meaning is conveyed in O’Donohue’s diction than just reading the words alone.


 

“Transience is the force of time that makes a ghost of every experience. There was never a dawn, regardless how beautiful or promising, that did not grow into a noontime. There was never a noon that did not fall into afternoon. There was never an afternoon that did not fade toward evening. There never was a day yet that did not get buried in the graveyard of the night. In this way transience makes a ghost out of everything that happens to us.”

John O’Donohue

 

Liberals in Complete Meltdown as internal fighting erupts!

December 3, 2018

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If you needed any further evidence that the right-wing faction within the Liberal party is little more than just a mob of bully boys and thugs then you need look no further than the current conduct of controversial right-wing backbencher and former used furniture salesman Craig Kelly.

Aided and abetted by his right wing cronies Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison, Craig Kelly is in the fight of his political life less he face an embarrassing return to flogging dining tables and filing cabinets.

Conservative and moderate factions in the Liberal Party are tearing each other apart with Conservatives attempting to stack the deck so that Kelly is preselected for the safe southern Sydney seat of Hughes.

This from the mob that only moments earlier argued that “members were selected on merit” in the face of accusations of misogyny and bullying.

In an extraordinary twist of internal blackmail, Kelly has threatened to run as an independent if he is not preselected for Hughes – clearly aware that his political career is finished if he’s not parachuted into the safe seat.

The sense of entitlement and barely repressed seething anger is strong with Craig Kelly and he let rip with an explosive tirade after being snubbed by fellow Liberal party colleagues on Sunday night.

According to our “exclusive sources,” apparently Kelly sauntered into a local gymnastics club and spotted a group of Liberal politicians who were there to hand out awards to club members.

The group included Lee Evans, a Liberal member of the NSW Parliament, and Carmelo Pesce, the Liberal mayor of the Sutherland Shire Council.

When Kelly extended his hand to greet the mayor, Pesce put his hand behind his back.

“You’re a f—ing prick!” Kelly shouted at Pesce.

“Are you f—ing kidding me? You’re not going to f—ing shake my hand?”

Pesce refused to speak but Kelly – who had spent much of Sunday trying to save his career – didn’t take the hint:

“What? Do you mean you’re not going to f—ing shake my hand.”

Eventually Pesce relented and told Kelly he “couldn’t stomach” the thought of shaking his hand.

“You’re a disgrace for what you’re doing to the party,” Pesce told Kelly.

“You’re the disgrace,” Kelly shot back.

Gymnastics coach Graham Spooner intervened and told the men to cool it. So did Evans.

The incident marks just another episode in what is rapidly becoming a series of almost daily catastrophes for the Morrison Government.

 

 

Livid Liberal Party members unite to Expel Malcolm Turnbull

November 21, 2018

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Livid Liberal Party members are pushing to expel Malcolm Turnbull from the party in an extraordinary move sparked by his support of a grass-roots campaign to force Tony Abbott out of parliament.

Earlier this week, the Roseville branch of the Liberal Party voted to boot Turnbull from the party by an overwhelming vote of 16 to two.

According to our exclusive sources, the shock move was triggered after Malcolm Turnbull threw his support behind the ‘Vote Tony Out’ campaign which is gathering momentum to force Tony Abbott out of the seat of Warringah.

In passing the motion, branch sources cited Mr Turnbull’s failure to support the party during the Wentworth by-election, as well as his knifing of Mr Abbott and Brendan Nelson during his time in parliament.

The motion will go before the Liberal Party’s Federal Electorate Conference – and if successful – will move to the party’s state council.

 

Woo woo! Magic Bus!

November 7, 2018

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Wentworth Votes!

October 19, 2018

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All eyes will be on Wentworth this weekend as the local posh people head to the polls in their twin sets, pearls and mean pursed lips.

Home to Malcolm Turnbull, a once popular politician who has since ditched politics in favour of a reclusive lifestyle in New York, Wentworth is one of Australia’s wealthiest electorates. It takes in the affluent eastern suburbs of Sydney including Australia’s richest post code of Point Piper and has been held by the Liberal Party since Federation.

Malcolm remains a popular and high profile individual in the electorate and according to the mood on the street, there is palpable resentment over the way he was assassinated by Peter Dutton and his co-conspirators.

Despite being urged to support the Liberal Party contender Dave Sharma, Malcolm has been uncharacteristically silent, no doubt enjoying a fair serving of schadenfreude over the perilous state of affairs the Liberals now find themselves in.

If, as polls are suggesting, the Libs lose Wentworth it will be a mortal wound for Scott Morrison who is already on life support after a series of gaffes earlier this week.

Times are so desperate they even resuscitated the rotten corpse of serial liar and war criminal the lying rodent to campaign on their behalf.

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