My blog for rants and observations about politics, especially Australian politics. Pet peeves include corruption in politics, science and medicine and the aggressive promotion of psychiatry. I've often wondered why it appears that scum rise to the top and smartest, most honest people leave or are marginalized. I'm also peeved about the victimization of asylum-seekers by the Australian govt. and the parlous state of federal politics in general.
- Lili Marlene (not my real name)
Has any journalist ever had the courage or the lack of regard for their career to ask former ALP Prime Ministers of Australia Bob Hawke or Paul Keating what and when they knew about the alleged child sex abuse activities of the late former ALP federal minister Bob Collins? It is too late to ask the over-rated Hawke, who died shortly before the recent federal election and will have a state memorial service in his honour next month at the Sydney Opera House, and will also soon have a new school in Perth named after him. I very much doubt that anyone has or will have the fortitude to ask the acid-tongued Keating what he knew, even though there has been an allegation reported that Keating's office was informed about Collins' activities when the ALP were in power (presumably during the Hawke/Keating era in the 1980s-1990s), to be told that they couldn't do anything without evidence. An allegation is counted as evidence when it is made in a court hearing, but like many men accused of child sex abuse crimes, Collins took his own life before he had to face a courtroom, saving the ALP and his supporters the trouble and dishonour of having to acknowledge any guilty findings of a court, and also denying his many alleged victims the "closure" and personal validation of a guilty finding. https://web.archive.org/web/20071224195947/http://bulletin.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=299532 https://web.archive.org/web/20071224195953/http://bulletin.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=301641
My list about famous people accused or convicted of sexual exploitation of young people or children now has more names added and additions to notes on other names. Interesting and disturbing stuff, and lots of Australian names, but also many names from outside the Anglophone world.