Crean Reiterates Call For Hollingworth To Resign

The Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean, has reiterated his call for the Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, to resign.

Crean’s call came after the Governor-General denied an allegation of rape, following the lifting of a suppression order by the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Text of media statement from the Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean.

Regardless of the outcome of the case revealed today by the lifting of a suppression order by the Supreme Court of Victoria, it is clear that a profound human tragedy has occurred. [Read more…]


Hollingworth Denies Rape Allegation

The Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, has denied raping a woman in the 1960s.

Hollingworth released a public statement this afternoon. The statement was also released on video. [Read more…]


No Grounds For Terminating Governor-General: Howard

Prime Minister John Howard has held a press conference at the Pierre Hotel, New York.

The conference followed Howard’s visit to President Bush’s ranch in Texas, en route to the United Kingdom and Doha.

Howard was questioned about the position of the Governor-General.

Transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s New York press conference. [Read more…]


Howard In USA; Fields Questions On Hollingworth

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has fielded questions about the Anglican Church report on the Governor-General’s handling of sex abuse allegations.

In an interview in the United States at the start of his visit to President Bush’s ranch in Texas, Howard has denied he is protecting a friend.

Responding to other questions, Howard reiterated Australia’s “niche expertise” in the rebuilding of Iraq. [Read more…]


Democrats Call On Hollingworth To Step Down

The Australian Democrats have called on Governor-General Peter Hollingworth to step down.

This is the text of a media release by the leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Andrew Bartlett.

Justice for Abused Children in Care

Senator Andrew BartlettThe Australian Democrats today said an investigation revealing the Anglican Church in Brisbane under Peter Hollingworth acted unfairly in dealing with complaints of sexual abuse confirmed serious concerns over Dr Hollingworth’s fitness to remain as Australian Governor-General.

Democrats’ Leader, Senator Andrew Bartlett, today repeated his calls for Dr Hollingworth to step down as Governor-General in the wake of the report’s conclusions. [Read more…]


Howard Says He Has No Regrets About Hollingworth

Prime Minister John Howard says he has no regrets about appointing Governor-General Peter Hollingworth.

Howard commented on the Governor-General during a doorstop interview at Sydney Airport, prior to his departure for the United States.

Transcript of Prime Minister John Howard’s Sydney Airport doorstop. [Read more…]


ALP Calls For Hollingworth To Resign

The Leader of the Federal Opposition, Simon Crean, has renewed his call for the Governor-General, Peter Hollingworth, to resign, following the release of The Report of the Board of Inquiry into Past Handling of Complains of Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church Diocese of Brisbane.

Crean said it was important “that our society must lift the veil of secrecy that has hung over allegations of child sexual abuse for too long”. [Read more…]