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Pell requires aim at reports doubting legitimacy of his illness

Posted December 13, 2015 17:03:53

Catholic Cardinal George Pell has attacked reports casting doubt on the legitimacy on his illness, which has stopped him appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Kid Sexual Abuse.

Cardinal Pell was to appear at the inquiry on Wednesday but his lawyer told the hearing on Friday that Cardinal Pell was unwell and could not travel to give proof in person.

He released a statement this afternoon in which he stated the commission had reviewed and accepted the medical evidence tendered, and mentioned reports referring to an “alleged” illness had been misleading and mischievous.

“The royal commission reviewed this healthcare proof and accepted it as grounds for deferring Cardinal Pell’s attendance until February,” mentioned the statement, attributed to an unnamed spokesperson for Cardinal Pell.

“The commission also needed this individual details to be treated as confidential.”

Cardinal Pell stated he was nonetheless working and could give proof by video hyperlink, but was as well ill for a extended-haul flight from Rome to Australia.

He said the commission had asked — not ordered — him to appear in February, and he denied refusing to attend or face victims.

“Claims that Cardinal Pell is refusing to attend the royal commission or to face victims of sexual abuse are false and ridiculous,” the statement stated.

“Cardinal Pell’s whole career is a story of stepping up to meet challenges, not avoiding them.

“Above all, he wants to do every thing that he can to help survivors in obtaining justice and healing, and understands the significance of his evidence for them.”

Subjects: royal-commissions, catholic, religion-and-beliefs, neighborhood-and-society, law-crime-and-justice, holy-see-vatican-city-state, australia

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Victorian Labor requires legal action against member amid allegations of branch stacking

Posted December 10, 2015 22:18:35

Connected Story: Labor members to have cards torn up over membership irregularities
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The conflict more than branch stacking in the Victorian division of the Labor Celebration has intensified, with the party taking legal action to force a dissident member to destroy records he says prove widespread stacking is occurring.

The ABC has been told the celebration will seek in an injunction in the Supreme Court on Friday to force Eric Dearricott, a rebel member of its administrative committee, to destroy the records, which he says are evidence of the widespread use of pre-paid present cards to stack Victorian branches.

Mr Dearricott has long agitated against what he claims is the manipulation of celebration membership to advantage Labor powerbrokers, particularly in the party heartland of the western and northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Celebration officials have claimed Mr Dearricott improperly accessed membership records, such as names, addresses, payment particulars and internet protocol addresses, and last month lawyers for the celebration demanded Mr Dearricott destroy the records.

Mr Dearricott claims he was entitled to access the information, and was truly asked by the celebration to study the records to determine regardless of whether rorting was occurring.

Media reports have alleged widespread use of the pre-paid gift cards — which can be bought and utilised without the purchaser providing any identification — to sign up ALP members with out their information, or to spend for huge numbers of memberships to cement manage of branches in several Victorian electorates.

Nevertheless, in leaks to other media outlets, opposing sources apparently aligned to the party hierarchy have denied that the rorting is widespread or systemic, and mentioned the party was operating to stamp out the practice.

A recent investigation at the behest of the administrative committee, carried out by the right’s Garth Head and the left’s Liz Beattie, determined that widespread membership rorting making use of pre-paid cards was not occurring.

Nevertheless, critics have suggested Mr Head and Ms Beattie’s report did not expose the accurate extent of the difficulty.

Legal action comes as celebration prepares for Wills pre-selection

The ABC revealed earlier this year that a former staffer to party heavyweight Senator Stephen Conroy, Haykel Handal, had been kicked out of the party for utilizing the pre-paid cards to sign up numerous members.

The ABC also revealed that a Moreland City councillor linked to alleged Italian organised crime figures, Michael Teti, utilized the office of former federal Labor Senator and acolyte of Senator Conroy, Mehmet Tillem, to improperly sign up folks to the Labor Party with no their understanding.

The ABC does not recommend Mr Tillem knew of Mr Teti’s links to the alleged crime figures or the alleged branch stacking.

The legal action against Mr Dearricott also comes as the celebration prepares for a potentially bruising pre-selection ballot in the formerly rock-solid Labor-held electorate of Wills.

The pre-selection, triggered by the impending retirement of MP Kelvin Thomson, is shaping up as a battle between Mr Tillem, reviled by some in the celebration as an archetypal Labor factional operator, and whoever emerges as the candidate of the anti-Tillem forces, who are agitating for a neighborhood, female candidate who will hold off the encroaching tide of Greens help.

Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten is generally described as an ally of Senator Conroy’s but is believed to be contemplating backing a female candidate against Mr Tillem, due to Labor’s stated goal of ladies filling 50 per cent of all celebration positions by 2025.

Both Mr Dearricott and the ALP’s state assistant secretary, Kosmos Samaras, have refused to comment.

Topics: alp, political-parties, state-parliament, courts-and-trials, vic

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Australia wins day-evening Test, requires series against New Zealand

Updated November 29, 2015 21:35:15

Shaun Marsh bats on day three in Adelaide Photo: Series sealed … Shaun Marsh bats on day three in Adelaide. (Getty Images: Quinn Rooney)
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Map: Adelaide 5000

In India a couple of days ago, a Test against South Africa that ended in three days provoked outsized criticism from across the world for its turning wicket. In Adelaide, a Test between Australia and New Zealand ended on its third evening and was met with worldwide praise.

External Link: Australia v New Zealand third Test scoreboard

Across 75 Test matches since 1884, only one other Adelaide Oval match has finished in three days – when a rain-ruined pitch in 1951 saw 22 wickets fall on the first day, and the West Indies eventually chase 233 to beat Arthur Morris’ Australians on Christmas Day.

The lush pitch and outfield designed to protect the new pink cricket ball added juice for the bowlers, but also added intrigue to a series that had been played on batting paradises. And with 123,736 people in the gate – more than last year’s Test managed in a five-day thriller – you doubt the administrators are ruing lost time.

It was Australia who ended this arm wrestle victorious, with the unlikely figure of Shaun Marsh central to a difficult run-chase of 187, completed under floodlights with three wickets to spare in a final stanza that was equal parts tension and hilarity.

As befits their reputation, New Zealand refused to give up even when the match was against them. They looked like they would struggle when they were bowled out for an insufficient 208, and looked gone when Australia got to within a dozen runs of the target with only five down.

But a long period of becalming bowling brought them the wickets of Marsh for 49 and Peter Nevill for 10, and had Peter Siddle been caught first ball from his midwicket flick that so nearly went to hand, anything could have happened.

Even with two runs to defend, New Zealand stacked seven men in the cordon and dragged out the end, Tim Southee making Siddle and Mitchell Starc sweat.

Fittingly it was Siddle who scored the winning runs, adding to the mixed emotions of celebrating his return to the first-choice XI and mourning the death of his grandmother. It would also have been fitting for man of the match Josh Hazlewood to have been in the middle, after he set up the win with a career-best 6 for 70 to go with his first-innings 3 for 66.

More to come.

Topics: cricket, sport, adelaide-5000, sa, australia, new-zealand

First posted November 29, 2015 21:19:28

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