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Complaints about paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale ‘ignored’ by senior clergy

Posted December 11, 2015 15:06:18

The current Bishop of Brisbane ignored complaints about notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Youngster Sexual Abuse has heard.

Bishop Brian Finnigan was the secretary to the Bishop of Ballarat in the 1980s.

In 1981, he took a phone call from concerned parents in Mortlake about Gerald Ridsdale.

Counsel Assisting Angus Steward read a statement from the parents.

“We mentioned that the enquiry was related to the security of our son,” he study.

“We asked Father Finnigan whether or not we required to be concerned about the welfare of our youngster in relation to Father Ridsdale.

“He stated that there was no require for concern and there had been no reports of improper behaviour by Ridsdale.”

Beneath cross-examination from royal commissioner Justice Peter McClennan, Bishop Finnigan mentioned he had no memory of the conversation and did not refer the complaint.

Justice McClennan: A person comes to you and says they are concerned about the security of their child. Does that not lead to you the greatest alarm?

Bishop Finnigan: On reflection it ought to have, but at the time I didn’t twig to it.

Justice McClennan: When a person comes to you, a member of your church, and says they are concerned about the safety of their kid, was it not incumbent on you to do what ever you could to make certain that the child was protected?

Bishop Finnegan: I’d accept that now, but at the time, as I said, they have been going to adhere to it up with the Bishop and they weren’t going to tell me the detail, apparently because they mentioned they had been going to speak to the Bishop privately, so I left it at that.

Justice McClennan: Nicely, at the extremely least to help the youngster, wouldn’t you go to the Bishop and say, ‘Bishop there’s anything you must know, this message has been conveyed to me’?

Bishop Finnigan: I ought to have but I did not due to the fact, as I stated, they had been going to get in touch with the Bishop.

It was then place to Bishop Finnigan that the parents wanted him to place them in contact with Bishop Ronald Mulkearns.

“Oh no, I would not interpret it that way at all,” replied Bishop Finnigan.

Bishop Finnigan told the commission he did not inform Bishop Mulkearns of the 1981 complaint, nor did he organise a meeting among the Bishop and the loved ones.

Bishop Mulkearns knew of formal complaints about Gerald Ridsdale molesting young boys as early as 1976.

Far more on this story:

Subjects: royal-commissions, catholic, kid-abuse, sexual-offences, ballarat-3350, brisbane-4000, vic

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CFMEU members protest outdoors Melbourne court ahead of look by senior officials

Posted December 08, 2015 09:10:18

A huge contingent of police has gathered outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court ahead of an look by union heavyweights John Setka and Shaun Reardon.

Police have been out in force which includes on horseback, outside the court as dozens of CFMEU members gathered to show their support for the state secretary Setka and his deputy Reardon who have been each charged with blackmail on the weekend.

CFMEU members marched outside the court shouting: “Johnny Setka, here to remain! Shaun Reardon, here to keep!”

The charges are linked to a long-operating dispute with concrete firm Boral.

The men had been arrested and charged by a taskforce set up to investigate matters arising from the royal commission into trade union corruption.

The men are expected to seem in court shortly.

Subjects: courts-and-trials, law-crime-and-justice, unions, melbourne-3000

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Kamitsis ‘ingratiating herself’ with senior police at expense of NT taxpayers, court told

By Felicity James

Posted November 26, 2015 23:10:48

The former chairwoman of NT Crime Stoppers, Alexandra ‘Xana’ Kamitsis, has been “ingratiating herself” with senior police officers at the expense of Northern Territory taxpayers, a court has been told.

Crown prosecutor David Morters has alleged Kamitsis, through her organization Latitude Travel, submitted fraudulent invoices to a Well being Division scheme, which provides pensioners concessions on travel.

In closing submissions, Mr Morters stated Kamitsis invoiced the Well being Department for amounts higher than actual travel fees, passing the benefits onto loved ones and buddies, including former NT police commissioner John McRoberts.

“What she is carrying out is ingratiating herself with senior police officers, one of which she admits having an intimate relationship with, at the complete expense of Northern Territory taxpayers,” Mr Morters said.

Mr Morters mentioned Kamitsis had admitted in agreed information to obtaining an “intimate partnership” with Mr McRoberts and becoming a “buddy” of NT Assistant Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker.

He told the jury that in some instances, Kamitsis submitted invoices for “bogus” travel expenses soon after she had already booked and paid for a less costly flight for the relevant pensioner.

Mr Morters referred to admissions Kamitsis produced in statements of agreed facts about how she spent money obtained from the Wellness Department’s pensioner concession unit.

Kamitsis has admitted she “dispersed” pensioner travel concession funds as shown in flow charts tendered in court, which depict the cash getting spent on friends and household, service fees and commission payments.

In one example, Mr Morters said the flow charts showed Kamitsis received a pensioner travel concession payment of $ 2,319 for Jeanette Carter, but the actual cost of Ms Carter’s flight was about $ 800.

The charts showed remaining funds had been spent on a $ 1,000 transfer to a “trip file” in the name of Mr McRoberts and a $ 407.91 service charge.

“In effect, she receives double the compensation she was entitled to,” Mr Morters told the jury.

“She transfers a lot more than half more than to her really close friend, Mr McRoberts.”

Court documents shown to the jury, such as emails amongst Kamitsis and Mr McRoberts, suggest the funds were used to pay for a flight for Mr McRoberts in September 2010, so he could attend the AFL grand final.

“They make it quite clear that what this trip is all about is to facilitate Mr McRoberts going to the grand final re-run in Victoria,” Mr Morters stated.

Flow charts shown to the jury also depict pensioner travel concession payments being spent on a $ 746 flight upgrade for Mr Chalker and a $ 758.49 service charge.

“Her state of mind is, I am going to take $ 758.49 as a service charge, at least 5 occasions what she is entitled to,” Mr Morters said.

A statement to the court from Mr Chalker stated he was told Kamitsis organised a flight upgrade for him and Mr McRoberts in 2010 when they were travelling back to Darwin from Canberra.

“I was not conscious that there was any financial cost for the upgrade,” Mr Chalker mentioned in his statutory declaration.

Kamitsis has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts of getting a benefit by deception and has elected not to give oral evidence in the trial.

Justice Dean Mildren has told the jury Kamitsis has “no case to answer” in relation to an alternative 17 counts of stealing, which would have been deemed if the jury discovered Kamitsis not guilty of fraud.

Justice Mildren mentioned the contract amongst the Overall health Division and Latitude Travel did not oblige Kamitsis to deal with the money she received below the pensioner travel concession scheme in a specific way.

Topics: courts-and-trials, darwin-0800, nt

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