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Menindee Lakes algal bloom kills ‘century-old fish’ in Australian environmental ‘disaster’ Shame On Australia.

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Bishop Blames The Victim, Claims ‘Immodest Dress’ Of Women Causes Sexual Assault | Michael Stone

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/12/bishop-blames-the-victim-claims-immodest-dress-of-women-causes-sexual-assault/

Andrew Broad to leave Parliament following dating website scandal🙊🙈🙉

Andrew Broad to leave Parliament following dating website scandal
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-18/andrew-broad-refunds-taxpayer-flights-amid-political-scandal/10629690

Woman threatened with jail time in elaborate tax scam for $5000 – 7 News

Woman threatened with jail time in elaborate tax scam for $5000 – 7 News

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The following is from ABC.net.au we would love to report much more however it’s almost like there’s something we can’t say George Pell removed from Pope Francis’s cardinal advisory body

The following is from ABC.net.au we would love to report much more however it’s almost like there’s something we can’t say


George Pell removed from Pope Francis’s cardinal advisory body

George Pell is one of three “more elderly cardinals” who have been removed by Pope Francis from his advisory body following a Vatican meeting this week.

Key points:

Cardinal Pell had been on leave from his advisory role to defend himself against historical child sex abuse charges

Cardinal Errazuriz has been accused by Chilean abuse survivors of covering up child sex abuse, which he denies

No move has been made to replace three outgoing cardinals from the advisory body

A Vatican News report on a meeting of the Pope’s Council of Cardinal Advisers this week said 77-year-old Cardinal Pell would no longer sit on the council.
“In October, the Pope had written to three of the more elderly cardinals: Cardinal Pell from Australia, Cardinal Errazuriz from Chile and Cardinal Monsengwo of Congo thanking them for their work,” Holy See press office director Greg Burke said.
“After a five-year term, these three have passed out for the moment.”
Mr Burke said the Pope had not named new cardinals to replace them on the advisory council, which was established in 2013 to help lead reform in the Vatican’s bureaucracy.
In May, Cardinal Pell pleaded not guilty to multiple historical sexual offence charges.
He had taken an indefinite leave of absence from his role as head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy in order to defend himself against those charges.
In a separate, unrelated matter, Javier Errazuriz, 85, has been accused by Chilean abuse survivors of having covered up for predator priests while he was archbishop of Santiago, a charge Cardinal Errazuriz has denied.
The third cardinal, 79-year-old Lauren Monsengwo Pasinya, had recently retired as archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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FACAA is preparing a submission to improve sentences handed down to those who commit family homicide. We want your opinions on what sentences family killers should receive, this is your chance to help us change the laws yet again !

FACAA is preparing a submission to improve sentences handed down to those who commit family homicide. We want your opinions on what sentences family killers should receive, this is your chance to help us change the laws yet again !

So once again FACAA’s incredibly successful legal reform campaign the Julia’s Justice campaign, has been asked to prepare a submission for the NSW Legal reform council. This time we are putting forward ideas to change sentences that are being handed down for homicide. Our focus will be on domestic and family violence based homicides.

We have until March to prepare this submission so we will be doing it right ! There will be several writers working together to get the voices of the FACAA members heard loud and clear in a way the sentencing council can’t possibly ignore !

Everytime the Julia’s Justice campaign has put a submission in we have helped change laws without fail ! To say that I am proud of this program is a massive understatement ! This is truly FACAA’s legacy program, having already helped to change over a dozen laws nationally including the legendary Children’s champions program.

So how can you our awesome members help ? Well, we want your ideas, we want your voices heard by those in power. What do you want the sentences to be for family and domestic violence, especially when a homicide takes place.

Please don’t just write “Kill em all” or “hang em high”. We understand your sentiments but the Government will want more. Perhaps think about some of the previous sentences handed down for family killers, if you have time, do some research.

Should suspected murderers be given bail, or should they be remanded in prison?

Do you think sentences are long enough?

Do you think there should be special provisions when a child is killed ?

Do you think the sentences should be served consecutively or concurrently?
Say 2 people are murdered and the killer receives 20 years for each murder, at the moment they would serve them concurrently which means serving them both at the same time, so in effect they would only serve 10 years. If the law stated they should serve them consecutively, one after the other, they would serve 20 years for each murder. 40 years behind bars.

Do you think offenders should be eligible for parole after a specified time?

Whatever it is that you want said please either comment below, or if you prefer inbox us, or even email us (Info@Facaaus.org ).

We will bring everyone’s ideas to the table and discuss them compiling our eventual list of recommendations from your ideas. We will then take them to the sentencing council. There is no limit to how many recommendations we can or will make, so please don’t be afraid to let us know what you think !

We want your voice to be heard and together we can make the changes needed to bring justice back to our legal system.

Here we go again FACAA, once again we’ve been asked to help shape the future of this nation and once again we want to hear from each and every one of you !

We are the voice for the voiceless and we will have your voices heard ! Help us change the sentencing laws !
What sentences do you want handed down for those who murder their families ?

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Isn’t it funny that when you’re a kid you can’t wait to grow up, but when you’re an adult you miss those days when you were a kid with few responsibilities.😁🌞

He is then alleged to have driven her to bush land in Pumicestone Passage where she was sexually assaulted. After the assault, the little girl was driven back to North Lakes and left at the shopping centre.

A 7 year old girl has been kidnapped from her local Kmart and sexually assaulted. A 26 year old father of twin girls has been charged following investigations

An innocent 7 year old girl has been kidnapped from her local Kmart and sexually assaulted allegedly by a 26 year old father. The man lured the seven-year-old girl from her mother when she was momentarily out of sight in Kmart at Westfield North Lakes on Saturday December 8.

He is then alleged to have driven her to bush land in Pumicestone Passage where she was sexually assaulted. After the assault, the little girl was driven back to North Lakes and left at the shopping centre.

The man was identified by police and has been charged. The girl’s alleged abduction was the subject of a widely spread Facebook post yesterday that warned parents to watch their children in crowded stores at all times.

Magistrate Trevor Morgan forced the public and media to leave the courtroom after police prosecutors applied for the court to be closed, taking the unusual step of citing the fact there was a child victim in the case as a reason to close the court.

So in other words he and the police prosecuter, wanted to protect the identity of the defendant, well done Judge Morgan way to keep the identity of an alleged child kidnapper secret. Why ?
We hope that if he is found guilty the orders will be removed.

The matter was adjourned until tomorrow.

Please don’t ask,“where was the mother?” Because we have all had children walk off on us at department stores and there is only one person to blame for this incident.

Please don’t mention political agendas or gender neutral bathrooms, as none of them have anything to do with this case what so ever.

This is a case about a cold and calculating monster who allegedly grabbed an innocent little girl while she was at her local K-mart with her mother. He chose to lure her away so he could use her for his own perverted sexual gratification, allegedly, of course, and he did so quickly and in a manner so as not to alert authorities or the girl’s mother and then after allegedly sexually assaulting the child he returned her to the shopping centre from where he took her just over an hour earlier.

While we are in no way blaming the parents of the little girl, we will say please watch your kids closely because the age of the innocent shopping trip are long gone.

There are predators out there who will make it their mission to lure children away from their parents. Please talk to your children about never talking to, or leaving with, anyone. Always stay where Mum or Dad can see you.

We can only hope this little girl will heal from her ordeal, as always if anyone knows the family of the innocent angel involved please let them know FACAA have some exceptional schools in the Brisbane area and would love to help her and her immediate family heal from this ordeal with our Phoenix program.

Sadly, there are bad people in this world and we, as parents, have a duty to warn our children about them and teach them to never

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) Investigation into two two nuns at ‘ St James Catholic School ‘ who allegedly embezzled 500,000 from funds but church and archdiocese chose not to press for criminal charges against the sisters, Monsignor Meyers said: Instead, they plan to “address the situation internally through the investigation, restitution and sanctions on the sisters.”and coverup the theft #AceNewsDesk reports

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Even though Australia receives more snow than Switzerland, many Australians have never seen snow.  What a country.

Even though Australia receives more snow than Switzerland, many Australians have never seen snow. What a country.

Vet’s alarming find inside violently ill French bulldog – 7 News

Vet’s alarming find inside violently ill French bulldog – 7 News

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Meet Rich Fogarty, child sexual abuse survivor and FACAA rep. In 2019 he is helping FACAA take the fight to end child abuse to a whole new level !

Meet Rich Fogarty, child sexual abuse survivor and FACAA rep. In 2019 he is helping FACAA take the fight to end child abuse to a whole new level !

“I was built out of my childhood. While much of my personality was forged from a need to be noticed and loved in a crowd of kids, it has made me strive for success in everything I do, and cherish the ones I love. All of us take something from our upbringing, whether it is good or bad. I wouldn’t change the way I was raised, despite the darkness that sometimes crept into my childhood, because I am proud of whom I have become”. – Rich Fogarty, spoken like a true survivor !

Rich was raised in various hotels across New South Wales, Richard and his brother, Rob, spent their afternoons avoiding a rabble of bikies, prostitutes, drunks and drug addicts who frequented the cheap establishments. While their parents worked day and night running hotel restaurants and bars, Richard and Rob ran across hotel roofs, hurled rocks at cars and antagonised hotel guests for their own entertainment.

When a family friend was commissioned to take care of the boys while Richard’s parents were working, Richard made sure he took care of Rob in more critical ways. Richard he was four or five years old when this family friend began sexually abusing him. “I took it upon myself to protect Rob from that sort of danger,” he says. “I would deliberately fight with him to get him to take off. It was my secret, my pain, and not something I could share with anyone else. It was 30 years until I could even speak openly about what happened.”

Much of Richard’s childhood is a blur. The abuse caused him to shut out what happened in those dark years. “The good stuff I remember,” he says. “Our mum filled our lives with love, loyalty and even animals to try and make life as normal as possible. We had a farm out the back of our hotel that we invited all the local kids to. The bad stuff about my childhood I try to forget. I had a rough time in school while this was going on, because I couldn’t trust anyone. It takes that from you, the abuse. You lose the capacity to interact normally with others.”

Normality returned to Richard’s life when the family moved from the hotel where they were staying into another in Mathoura. When the family friend followed the family to that hotel Richard was about six, he was able to escape the abuse a second time when his mother and father sent him and Rob away to stay with his grandparents in Tamworth. The demons that haunted Richard still pursued him.

In about 1990 Rich was being bullied by kids at his school and like a lot of bullying victims he felt powerless to stop their bashings and harassment and so he was forced to run away. This left him feeling powerless and wanting a way to fight back, wanting to stand up for himself he went down to a local fight night.

The night just happened to be headlined by an old friend he hadn’t seen in years, seeing his friend in the main event inspired him and changed the direction of his life forever. He started up martial arts, in particular Mas Oyama’s Kyokoshin Karate which is in some circles called “The hardest Karate”. The thing was he was good, very good and went on to win several knockdown and points sparring titles.

He would then go on and learn all different styles of martial arts including Kickboxing, Thai Boxing, Boxing and Ring Karate. Over a 14 year fight career Richard represented and won state, national titles.

Richard to this day is involved in the martial arts industry as a specialty striking coach whom has worked with some of the worlds best combat sport athletes and coaches in MMA, Muay Thai and Boxing. You can see in the poster he holds pads for UFC and FACAA rep Jake “The Celtic kid” Matthews, UFC heavyweight sensation and friend of FACAA Mark “The SuperSamoan” Hunt, UFC’s Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson, UFC Lightweight legend Donald “Cowboy” Cerone and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, in getting ready for this article Rich sent us photos of himself training Diego “The Dream” Sanchez, Alistair Overeem, the list goes on and on and on. He has held pads for and coaches the whos who of UFC superstars. To say that he is at the top of his profession is an understatement, there are very few out there who can boast such a client list like Rich can.

He now teaches out of Steel City Boxing a martial arts gym in Newcastle, he is an approved FACAA coach and next year will be helping us raise much needed funds to help end child abuse once and for all. I can’t say too much but all I will say is 2019 is ours and we are willing to fight for it !

To say Rich has overcome his childhood is an understatement, like a true survivor he took what would have crushed most people and turned them to addictions and other forms of self medication and used the pain and used the demons that haunted him to help him become a man of strength and unstoppable tenacity ! If he wants it he works his tail to the bone until he gets it and nothing will stand in his way and that is the exact never say die attitude and resilience we want to instil in the FACAA kids that come to us to overcome their ordeals.

Thank you for coming on board with FACAA Rich, we know that with your help we will do great things and take this fight to previously unseen levels !

We are going to end child abuse once and for all, with Rich’s help and the help of all the FACAA reps (who every Saturday night you will meet a new one of and hear their truly inspirational stories), who we like to call the FACAA Army we will take this fight to end child abuse, once and for all, straight to the front lines and we will force them back !

If you don’t believe us, or don’t want to help…that’s cool….. just don’t get in our way !

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NSW will now no longer allow child sex offenders to get reduced sentences thanks to “Good character” references, thanks to Victim’s services, the state government and various victim’s rights groups like FACAA ! 

NSW will now no longer allow child sex offenders to get reduced sentences thanks to “Good character” references, thanks to Victim’s services, the state government and various victim’s rights groups like FACAA !

How long have we been saying that child abusers are not people of good character and do not deserve to get character references ? Well now in NSW they cant !

So how did this happen ?
Well, we all remember the Royal Commission kicked off by the then Prime Minister Labor’s Julia Gillard, this led to the largest amount of wholesale changes made to the state’s criminal codes in relation to child abuse in the history of Australian law.

NSW has been leading the way in implementing the changes recommended by the Royal Commission. This has been spearheaded by a group of great people working together, in particular The commissioner for Victim’s services Mahashini Krishna. Mahashini has been integral in bringing in the changes recommended by the Royal Commission and her department at Victim’s services have been amazing in their handling of not only the recommendations but the influx of clients they have received as a result of the Royal Commission empowering survivors to seek the justice they deserve.

Mahashini has worked in conjunction with NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who both appear to have a real passion for helpinging to reform NSW’s legal system, particularly Mr Speakman. He has brought in new law, after new law, all aimed at fighting child abuse.

Talking to Mahashini about the changes that are coming in, (and there are plenty, don’t worry FACAA will update you on them all), you can see the passion in her eyes when she speaks about them, she genuinely wants what is best for survivors of child abuse and wants to do all she can to help inprove the system for all survivors of child abuse. These changes that are being implemented are huge and could not have been done without the hard work of all at Victim’s services.

So, what is happening is now when child abusers have used their “good character” or positions of power (as in teachers or people in authority) to get access to children (like priests or scout masters) then that “good character” cannot be mentioned in their attempt to get a reduced sentence, during sentencing submissions.

This is AWESOME news ! We at FACAA have been saying this, for years ! You guys our awesome members told us you wanted it, we said it over and over in our submissions and we said it loud and clear at the round table discussions for NSW’s responses to the Royal Commission (which we were so proud to represent the FACAA members at) and NOW it is a law !

AND WE COULDN’T BE PROUDER.

Once again the FACAA legal reform campaign has succeeded in getting the job done, getting your voices heard. Along with the other charities represented at those incredible round tables like enough is enough, our good mates at SAMSN, National child protection alliance, NSW Police force, Kara House, Bravehearts and of course Victim’s services and the Royal Commission itself !

We could not be prouder to not only be a part of this elite group of child protection professionals but to also have played a role in bringing in these changes.

Victim’s services are doing an incredible job at spearheading the campaigns to bring these changes in, in convening the round table discussions and the list goes on.

We at FACAA will not only continue to report to you our members on the huge changes coming in right now, but also continue to help make those changes happen !

No more “good character” references for child sex offenders !!!!!!
They certainly are not of good character, so it has always amazed us that they could call friends in high places to write these references for them, in an attempt to lessen their sentences.

This is so awesome… be proud FACAArmy this would not have happened without your valued input and constant support!
Together, we are making the changes that need to happen… now this must go nationwide.

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https://www.justice.nsw.gov.au/Pages/media-news/media-releases/2018/landmark-child-sexual-abuse-laws-in-force.aspx