Saturday, August 29, 2015

Loophole has taxpayers forking out for MP homes


A 7 News investigation has uncovered dozens of politicians using taxpayer funds to pay their Canberra mortgages.

While Prime Minister Tony Abbott today gave Scott Morrison a friendly dressing down for standing on the brickies' work in Injinoo, dozens of MPs are working the system to pay off their own properties in Canberra.

After Treasurer Joe Hockey made headlines for using his travel allowance to pay rent to his wife, a 7 News investigation has found 64 of Parliament's 226 MPs - or almost one third - are doing the same thing.

SCROLL DOWN FOR A FULL LIST OF THE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENTS WHO OWN PROPERTY IN CANBERRA OR QUEANBEYAN
After Treasurer Joe Hockey made headlines for using his travel allowance to pay rent to his wife, a 7 News investigation has found 64 of Parliament's 226 MPs - or almost one third - are doing the same thing. Photo: AAP
Politicians from both sides are helping themselves to the taxpayer-funded allowance to help pay off Canberra investment properties owned by themselves or their spouses.

Some of them are houses, most of them are apartments in suburbs surrounding Parliament House, turning MPs into the property kings of Canberra.

"Look, it's clearly within the rules but the rules need to be changed to be much more transparent," Senator Nick Xenophon told 7 News.

Under the entitlements rules, Members of Parliament are paid $271 for accommodation each night they stay in Canberra whether they stay in a hotel, a friend's house or their own.

No questions asked, no receipts required.

"This is not the way the way the rest of the world handles travel allowances," said Professor Allan Fels from the University of Melbourne.

That $271 Canberra allowance becomes $1355 each sitting week.
And with 19 of those a year, that's more than $25,745 annually - enough to repay a $400,000 loan.
With 64 MPs doing it, it's costing taxpayers $1.64 million a year.
Put another way, the payment is about double that of the Newstart allowance and $500 a month more than the aged pension.

Tony Abbott says he wants the current review of MPs entitlements to bring them in line with community standards and it's clear from the community's perspective that this allowance is far from standard.

"Politicians should catch up with how ordinary people have their travel allowances dealt with," said Professor Allan Fels.

"And maybe, just maybe it might restore a bit of faith in politicians," said Senator Xenophon.

Here is the list of MP and Senators who have declared they own, part own or their spouses own property in Canberra or Queanbeyan.
Eric Abetz
Anthony Albanese
Chris Back
Cory Bernardi
Catryna Bilyk
Bronwyn Bishop
Julie Bishop
George Brandis
Andrew Broad
Mal Brough
Tony Burke
Mark Butler
Doug Cameron
Matt Canavan
Kim Carr
Michaelia Cash
Jim Chalmers
Julie Collins
Pat Conroy
Mathias Cormann
Mark Coulton
Peter Dutton
Kate Ellis
Warren Entsch
David Fawcett
Joel Fitzgibbon
Gary Gray
Jill Hall
Chris Hayes
Bill Heffernan
Joe Hockey
Stephen Jones
Michael Keenan
Chris Ketter
Andrew Laming
Allanah Mactiernan
Richard Marles
Russel Matheson
Andrew Nikolic
Brendan O'Connor
Barry O'Sullivan
Stephen Parry
Nova Peris
Keith Pitt
Tanya Plibersek
Helen Polley
Christian Porter
Jane Prentice
Melissa Price
Linda Reynolds
Amanda Rishworth
Phillip Ruddock
Bruce Scott
Nigel Scullion
Rachel Siewert
Warren Snowdon
Glen Sterle
Sharman Stone
Ann Sudmalis
Dan Tehan
Warren Truss
Malcolm Turnbull
Matt Williams
Ken Wyatt

au.news.yahoo.com  27 Aug 2015

Another win for the corporate criminal (tax cheating) elite.

If anyone from the masses would embark on a similar venture the tax department would shut them down.

A 'loophole' is (by design) a deliberate way for the corporate elite to enjoy what the 'normal' people cannot.

Australia is truly a corporate criminal's paradise, where the balance of figures is mopped up by the herd population.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Why Australia's PM Tony Abbott should be dismissed

Apart from being (deliberately or not) an absolute moron in public, an (alleged) criminal, in the form of a budgie smuggler, and a total tool giving the impression of not being aware of anything in politics, according to the "PARLIAMENT of AUSTRALIA he should NOT be in office.

It's NOT because he has a striking resemblance to the TV icon 'Strop' played by John Cornell, of the famous Paul Hogan show, it's because he has dual citizenship.



But will his colleagues oust such a good little subservient puppet they put in office ??? !!! ???

Most likely NOT!

With reference to a case that the legal community is all to aware of namely: Sue v Hill, dual 'citizenship' contravenes Section 44(i) of the (Australian) Constitution.

Ref:

http://www.aph.gov.au/about_parliament/parliamentary_departments/parliamentary_library/publications_archive/archive/section44
  • Heather Hill was elected to the Senate in 1998. Her election was challenged in the High Court on the grounds that she held dual citizenship of Australia and the United Kingdom. The High Court in its 1999 decision, Sue v Hill ([1999] HCA 30), agreed that the dual citizenship made Heather Hill s election invalid because it contravened section 44(i.) of the Constitution.


 So another (alleged) crim in office, and NOTHING is being done.

Stay tuned to the Bachelor instead... It'll make you 'feel' good.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Notice to all pretend sheriffs in Victoria



According to law, as stated in the current listing of Victorian Acts, under the SHERIFF ACT 2009 - SECTION 51 states:

Offence to impersonate sheriff, deputy sheriff, sheriff's officer or justice employee
 
A person must not impersonate the sheriff, the deputy sheriff, a sheriff's officer or an appropriately trained justice employee.

Penalty:     6 months imprisonment.

ref:  http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_act/sa200985/s51.html
________________________________

It's a bit of a bugger if you're not really a sheriff isn't it ??? !!! ???

Note: The actual validity of law (read the Act) or any other Acts is put aside.

AFP to be investigated over its refusal to examine whether Bronwyn Bishop broke the law

Bronwyn Bishop following her resignation as speaker. Bronwyn Bishop following her resignation as speaker. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
 
The Australian Federal Police's refusal to examine whether Bronwyn Bishop broke any laws by chartering a taxpayer-funded helicopter to a Liberal Party fundraiser is under investigation.

A loophole that allows federal politicians to secretly repay wrongly claimed entitlements without the public knowing will also be scrutinised by the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Labor and members of the public asked the AFP to investigate Mrs Bishop's helicopter ride in July at the height of the furore over the former speaker's lavish spending habits. Mrs Bishop eventually resigned.

But the AFP refused to investigate - citing the so-called 'Minchin Protocol' - and referred the complaints to the Department of Finance.

The protocol was introduced by former Liberal senator Nick Minchin in 1998. It lets bureaucrats decide whether allegations of wrongdoing are credible and MPs are usually allowed to quietly repay funds they were not entitled to access.

A letter from the Ombudsman's office to a member of the public unhappy with the AFP's actions shows there are grounds for an investigation into the AFP's general use of the Minchin Protocol, as well as its explanation for refusing to investigate Mrs Bishop's spending.

The Ombudsman's operations director, Anne-Maree Harrison, has been assigned the investigation.

The Ombudsman has powers to investigate government departments but does not have the power to overturn a decision or compel an agency to take any action. However its findings have the potential to further embarrass the Abbott government, which has been reeling from damaging stories about the spending habits of a number of high-profile MPs.

Mrs Bishop's critics have questioned whether she committed a criminal offence by signing a form stating the $5000 chopper ride from Melbourne to a Liberal Party fundraiser in Geelong was for official purposes.

The original complaint to the Ombudsman was made by Tony Yegles, the co-publisher of the No Fibs citizen journalism website.

"The protocol is not a legal process," Mr Yegles wrote. "It is an administrative process. It has no standing in law. The AFP is not bound by that protocol nor do they fall under any legal obligations to refer to it."
An AFP spokesperson said the AFP have been notified of the Ombudsman's interest in the matter and "will cooperate with their investigation".

"While this process occurs the AFP has no further comment," the spokesperson said.

smh.com.au 24 Aug 2015

More criminal actions from the business commonly known as the Australian Federal Police.

It seems quite clearly that criminals run the country.
 
The concealment of a crime is a crime itself.
 
It looks like the criminal elite - masquerading as 'public servants' get away with crime, yet again!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Earth heading for 'mini ice age' within 15 years

Research has predicted a new solar 'Maunder minimum' in the 2030s

London policemen on ice skates on the frozen River Thames circa 1900
 
London policemen on ice skates on the frozen River Thames circa 1900 Photo: Getty Images
The earth is 15 years from a period of low solar activity similar to that last seen during the "mini ice-age" of the 17th century, when the Thames froze.
Solar researchers at the University of Northumbria have created a new model of the sun's activity which they claim produces "unprecedentedly accurate predictions".
They said fluid movements within the sun, which are thought to create 11-year cycles in the weather, will converge in the 2030s.
Solar activity will fall by 60 per cent as two waves of fluid "effectively cancel each other out", Prof Valentina Zharkova said in a presentation to the National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno.
“[In the cycle between 2030 and around 2040] the two waves exactly mirror each other – peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the sun," she said.

"Their interaction will be disruptive, or they will nearly cancel each other.

"We predict that this will lead to the properties of a ‘Maunder minimum'".

Maunder minimum, indicating low sunspot activity, was the name given to the period between 1645 and 1715, when Europe and North America experienced very cold winters.



A frost fair on the Thames (Alamy)
 
In England during this "Little Ice Age", River Thames frost fairs were held. In the winter of 1683-84 the Thames froze over for seven weeks, during which it was "passable by foot", according to historical records.
Prof Zharkova said scientists had known about one dynamo caused by convecting fluids deep within the sun, but her research appeared to have uncovered another.

"We found magnetic wave components appearing in pairs, originating in two different layers in the sun’s interior," she said.

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"They both have a frequency of approximately 11 years, although this frequency is slightly different, and they are offset in time.

"Over the cycle, the waves fluctuate between the northern and southern hemispheres of the Sun. Combining both waves together and comparing to real data for the current solar cycle, we found that our predictions showed an accuracy of 97 per cent.

"Effectively, when the waves are approximately in phase, they can show strong interaction, or resonance, and we have strong solar activity.

"When they are out of phase, we have solar minimums. When there is full phase separation, we have the conditions last seen during the Maunder minimum, 370 years ago."

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article inaccurately stated that scientists have predicted bitterly cold winters in the 2030s, "similar to freezing conditions of the late 17th century". In fact, the research focused solely on solar activity, and did not made any prediction about its possible future climate effects. We are happy to make this clear.
 
telegraph.co.uk 11 Jul 2015




So, how are the corporate fraudsters commonly referred to as the 'government' going to modify the Sun with the plebs tax dollars taken to 'combat' global warming? 

Monday, August 24, 2015

How traffic cameras are monitoring more than just your driving

Every morning at around 2am a computer in the Winchester police headquarters in Belconnen whirs to life. It sets up a secure connection to the motor registry in Dickson where it begins downloading thousands of records containing the names, dates of birth, addresses, licence and registration details of every person who owns or drives a vehicle in the ACT.

The motor registry data is then compared to the police's own list of outstanding warrants, stolen vehicles, wanted sex offenders or suspects in criminal investigations.

Armed with a hard drive containing the combined dataset, specially equipped squad cars fitted with licence plate scanners hit the streets and start hunting for hits – pings against the data that could identify someone that might need to be taken off the road.

Along Hindmarsh Drive and Athllon Drive in the city's south, fixed cameras are also watching.

Welcome to the world of Automatic Number Plate Recognition, or ANPR, where sophisticated tools and software are making it easier than ever for police to track the movement of members of the community.

Initially sold to the public as road safety measures, the systems are increasingly finding uses far beyond their initial design. And plans to dramatically increase the number of cameras on Canberra's and the nation's streets have some experts worried.

While still relatively small in scale in the ACT, plate scanning is a booming industry globally. In the last decade police forces have been able to triple or quadruple their previous arrest rates for mostly road safety related offences thanks to introducing the technology. Some of the most extensive networks allow police to track vehicles in real time from one side of a city to the other with pinpoint accuracy.

Cameras mounted on a vehicle or fixed to a pole or building can capture six or more images of licence plates every second, convert them into text using optical character recognition software, and check them against data stored in the system's memory.

In Canberra the systems have been a huge success. In the first three months of operating the RAPID system (now known as ANPR) police picked up 469 unregistered or uninsured vehicles, 147 unlicensed drivers, 69 suspended drivers and 22 disqualified drivers.

ACT registration stickers have become largely unnecessary too in the age of ANPR.

On their own photos of number plates stored in secure servers would seem to represent few obvious privacy concerns. But it is when that data is paired with other databases the technology starts to raise concerns.

Elsewhere, ANPR has been credited with helping to track terrorists, find and capture violent criminals and dramatically reduce the number of illegal vehicles on the roads. It has been wildly popular in a number of countries, particularly in Britain, where the unconstrained growth of closed circuit television camera networks has led to millions of licence plates captured and tracked every single day.

In many cases, systems that were sold to local communities for relatively benign purposes such as parking security, toll roads or catching speeding drivers, have since been incorporated into the British police's vast surveillance network, and there are plans to do the same thing here.

Board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation Roger Clarke, says the trend has been growing rapidly under the noses of the general public, and has already started in Canberra.

"CrimTrac has been trying to co-ordinate state and territory police for quite some time to try and get mass surveillance in any state they can get into so they can then use that as a beachhead and say, 'well every other state uses it, why don't you?' that's how it started in the UK.

"In Canberra the Greens and the government accepted the nonsense put to them by police (when point-to-point cameras were installed. [The government] wants to get a massive surveillance database just like the UK, the likes of which we've never had before."

ACT Policing says no location data is attached to images from its mobile ANPR systems.

"It is important to note no location information is stored, and the data is therefore not used for evidential or Intel gathering purposes," a spokesman said.

But fixed cameras, be they private or otherwise, are a different story.

The federal government certainly seems to think linking up camera networks is a good idea, promising before the last federal election to set up a voluntary registry of private CCTV cameras that law enforcement officers would be able to tap into, vastly expanding their own surveillance reach.

The ACT has been an enthusiastic adopter of plate reader technology in Australia, first trialling it around the year 2000 at the time large networks were being set up around London and Northern Island to help police deal with the threat of Irish Republican Army bombings.

Canberra currently has a small number of specific ANPR equipped cameras – 14 mounted in ANPR police vehicles and two point-to-point camera zones along Hindmarsh and Athllon drives. It is also used on average speed cameras on the Hume Highway just beyond the ACT border.

But the ACT government is currently considering a report recommending the installation of CCTV cameras placed every 1000 metres along most of the territory's major roads, starting with Northbourne Avenue, potentially within the next year.

Roads where traffic monitoring cameras are being considered


The report, prepared by AECOM for the ACT government in early 2013, found the ACT's current traffic management systems inadequate, and suggested a staged rollout of a sophisticated integrated traffic management system of 119 CCTV cameras, as well as variable speed signs and monitoring stations.

School of Law assistant professor at the University of Canberra Bruce Arnold has been studying the growth of number plate scanning globally and says Canberrans should be concerned about the plans, even if cameras are not initially equipped to scan licence plates.

"There are obvious privacy concerns, because potentially you're able to track everyone in the ACT who's using a car, in most cases a simple software upgrade at a later date is all this is required to add the capability," Mr Arnold says.

"Once it's in place you are left with this fairly expensive network, and you have to justify why it's there, so people come along and say, 'for an extra $5 million we can add functionality, we will be able to catch child molesters or drug traffickers' and so it gets expanded and linked to other data."

"There are votes in security so the temptation will be to integrate the data from this with other sources such as face recognition systems, from the sorts of cameras like we're already seeing in Garema Place and East Row. You could for example track the car I'm travelling in, and then using face recognition you could track me walking around in Garema Place."

Evidence both locally and further afield suggests that where data collection systems have the potential to be used by police or other government agencies for surveillance, sooner or later they will be.

In July 2014 police admitted they had been using data from the ACT's MyWay electronic bus tickets to monitor the movements of Canberrans. Since the MyWay system came into place in 2010 the Australian Federal Police have requested information on bus passengers 27 times, with 16 of those requests resulting in data being handed over.

And members of the public might be surprised just how far the cameras that police are already accessing can reach. When two cars slammed into each other head-on in March 2013, killing an 84-year-old man in one of the vehicles, it was unclear from the scene exactly what happened and who was at fault. But a camera on a passing Action bus recorded the entire incident.

After a lengthy public debate about privacy concerns ahead of the installation of point-to-point speed cameras and assurances that they would not be used for mass surveillance, a damning ACT Auditor-General's report released in March last year found that since they began operating in 2012, police had made 22 requests for images from the cameras, all of which were approved.

Under ACT law, images captured by roadside cameras must be deleted within 14 days if they are not linked to an offence while those that might be are uploaded to a police database. But the auditor's report found that around a quarter of images uploaded to the database and subsequently dismissed were still being retained.

A separate audit in 2010 by the Australian Information Commissioner of the ANPR system found ACT Policing's publicity campaigns had not discussed the system's ability to be used to track people of interest, and police were reluctant to publicise those additional functions too widely, for fear their effectiveness may be reduced.

Looking further afield gives in insight into where privacy issues can arise.

In 2011 in the United States a Northern Virginia man reported his wife missing, prompting police to enter her plate number into their system. The system detected her car at an apartment complex nearby and police were sent to investigate. When they arrived they found the car parked outside with a note on its windscreen that suggested she was in apartment 3C, and asking that they not tow away her vehicle. When they knocked on the door, the woman came out of the bedroom. They advised her to call her husband.

But potentially even more concerning than law enforcement use is the rise of data aggregators harvesting and selling licence plate information to private investigators, debt collectors or anyone else willing to pay.

Private company TLO has begun selling access to its database of more than a billion vehicle sightings in the US, allowing customers to request a report on a vehicle showing where it went, when and its most recently detected location.

In July 2013 the American Civil Liberties Union sent 587 requests for information to police departments around the country asking how and why they use ANPR technology. The resulting report, "You are Being Tracked", found not only was police data leaking out and ending up in private databases (no such breach has been reported in the ACT), but a plethora of private businesses from parking garages to airports, toll roads and security firms were also recording and storing vast databases of licence plate data. One of the biggest users of this data is repossession agents wanting to track down debtors. TLO's website claims the company adds 50 million sightings to its database every month.

"If not properly secured, license plate reader databases open the door to abusive tracking, enabling anyone with access to pry into the lives of his boss, his ex-wife, or his romantic, political, or workplace rivals," that report warned.

While there have been no suggestions that the data is being used improperly in Canberra, a number of other businesses around the city have begun recording the details of their visitors, including the National Portrait Gallery, that scans the plates of every vehicle that enters its carpark.

"It is standard technology used in many new car parks in shopping centres and other public spaces … The data is only used in relation to parking," a gallery spokeswoman said, but noted the information could be passed to the police in the event of an incident or accident.

Cameras have also been going in along the Majura Parkway construction zone, and their success has encouraged the government to look at installing more, according to Justice Minister Shane Rattenbury.

"The ability to see the road network and minimise congestion and maximise the efficiency of the network offers real opportunity for commuters to get a better run across the city … but unfettered access clearly is not an acceptable outcome," Mr Rattenbury said.

"It is important that that data can be used, but that it be used in a way that is consistent with privacy principles. Those concerns (about mass surveillance) are fair enough, and this is not about having mass surveillance, I'd expect those principles to be applied across any further use of cameras."

But looking at where its financial priorities lie provides an insight into how important the ACT government views surveillance technology.

The strained 2013-14 budget included big hits to some areas including ACT Policing, which had about 10 per cent or $15 million slashed from its total annual allocation of $150 million over four years. At the same time the union was warning the cuts would result in up to 45 job losses, an extra $5m was found to expand the More Police Safer Roads initiative which included increasing the number of ANPR equipped cars to four.

According to a police spokesman, there are now 14 ANPR equipped cars on the ACT's streets.

The technology is already in use in a number of other states and territories, and there have been several attempts to link up these individual systems.

To see where the ACT's embryonic deployment of the technology could lead to, the small land-locked county of Surrey in the Britain provides a useful case study.

In 2001 Surrey Police introduced one van and four ANPR cameras, staffed by six officers. Using data on vehicles linked to terrorism or major crime, Surrey's ANPR intercept team rapidly increased their number of arrests to 100 per officer per year, four times the British national average. Additional funds to the program began to flow.

By 2013 that number had grown to 168 cameras at 38 sites reporting 3400 positive hits a day for vehicles of interest. Last year Surrey Police also entered into a joint project with the University of Surrey to develop sophisticated convoy analysis software that allows officers to track not just an individual vehicle, but to identify any others who may have been following a similar route and could therefore have been travelling with them. Convoy analysis is already in limited use in both Britain and the United States.

While the US and British experiences may sound paranoid or improbable in Australia, there is significant appetite to roll out systems on a similar scale here.

In June 2008 CrimTrac began work on a scoping study for a nationally connected licence plate scanning network that would allow law enforcement, national security and road transport authorities to track vehicles across the entire country. While the study found implementing such a vast network would be expensive and faced potential technical and legislative difficulties, ahead of the last federal election the Coalition announced its intention to try again.

In its policy to tackle crime, the now Abbott government pledged to commission an urgent scoping study for the rollout of a licence plate scanning network to be operated by CrimTrac for the approaches to airsides and waterfronts.

"This will enable law enforcement and criminal intelligence agencies to identify people and organisations whose attendance at these locations may be unauthorised or suspicious," the policy document claimed.
The document also extolled the virtues of Britain's vast network of CCTV cameras in solving murders and other crimes, and pledged an extra $50 million for local Australian communities to follow British  neighbourhoods and install more cameras. According to a spokeswoman for Justice Minister Michael Keenan's office, nearly $20 million of that money had already been spent by the end of 2014.

CrimTrac's CEO Doug Smith told a Senate estimates hearing in November 2013 that it would be relatively simple to set-up a national database of vehicles of interest that could be accessed by ANPR systems around the country, but said technology, privacy and other issues had been found to be a serious concern when considered in 2008.

"Probably the best example you could use as an analogy is the one that is used in Britain, which is a single national system. It is a very extensive and intrusive system, and the board did not have the appetite at the time and did not approve that particular request," Mr Smith said.

The Privacy Foundation's Roger Clarke remains skeptical.

"This is now mature technology that has been around for a number of years and there is plenty of forward compatibility built into this system. It's quite ripe for function creep to occur because it's easily done, and for governments and police, it's easy to see the attraction."

canberratimes.com.au 24 Jul 2015

This is an indication of how authorities are treating their residents - as inhabitants of a 'penal colony'.

You may have freedom of movement, but your EVERY move WILL be recorded.

Australian are still living the (legal) reality of a penal colony, but are blissfully unaware of this.

Why it’s so great to be a paedophile priest in Australia?



Australia is usually referred to as the ‘lucky country’.

That may apply to some, but more often than not, not for many others.

The authorities 'forget' to teach you in school that it’s a country setup by invasion, war and genocide with orders from the English empire, where the people of this continent were officially put under Martial Law from 1788 to 1828.

But alas we digress.

In Australia ‘catholic’ priests have been abusing children for many generations, and it’s only now that this is surfacing, where the true extent of these heinous crimes is still being hidden by the ‘authorities’.

So why is it so great being a person of the (loin) cloth?

Well for starters:

  • You have a great ‘lifestyle’ syphoning from tax payers funds,
  • Your purchases (car, etc) are tax free,
  • You get extra cash for weddings, funerals etc,
  • The plebs that earn their money through blood sweat and tears put in on your tray every Sunday (for spinning a bit of BS about a ‘supreme being’ that created everything), you do not have to declare and spend up big on booze and strippers,
  • You get to prey on innocent children, and threaten them (as a person of 'authority) if they say anything.
But wait there’s also these perks as well(?):

  • You have the full support of corrupt politicians and law makers that are part of the ‘brotherhood’,
  • You have the Australian police ‘force’ concealing your crimes for decades, as the ‘brotherhood’ takes over again.
And here’s the icing on the cake(?):

  • If you’re part of a farce called a ‘royal commission’, you will not spend any jail time whatsoever,
  • If you do end up in court (which is for show anyway), you might be judged by a (professional colleague) fellow paedophile ‘judge’(who's part of the 'brotherhood' anyway), where the sentence will reflect your common bond.

So does it really pay to be a paedophile priest in Australia?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Catholic priest who also works as a police chaplain charged with child sex offences in Kempsey in 1980s

A Catholic priest and part-time police chaplain has been charged with historical child sex offences in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.

In February, police began an investigation into allegations against the Catholic priest, who is also a part-time police chaplain.

It is alleged the offences took place in the Lismore Diocese in the 1980s.

Police said the investigation was referenced at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The priest was arrested today and taken to Kempsey Police Station where he was charged with nine offences.

He was refused bail and is expected to appear before Kempsey Local Court tomorrow.

abc.net.au 9 Jul 2015

What's worse is that the police are also in on it.