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Sexual Abuse: Statement By The Governor-General

The Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, has released a statement on sexual abuse allegations in the archdiocese of Brisbane.

Text of statement by the Governor-General.

Sexual abuse of children is totally abhorrent to me, and always has been. I believe it to be one of the most repugnant and serious of crimes. It can never be condoned or excused.

The community generally and more particularly those in positions of authority have a clear obligation to protect children from this vile activity and abuse of power. [Read more…]

Toowoomba Preparatory School: Statement By Governor-General Peter Hollingworth

The following statement has been released by the Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth.

Statement by the Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth.

The Governor-General, Dr Hollingworth, has taken note of the suggestion of the Premier of Queensland that he might spend some time with the victims of child abuse in Brisbane. He appreciates Mr Beattie’s suggestion, which anticipated his own thinking on the matter. [Read more…]

Howard Defends Hollingworth

The Prime Minister, John Howard, has defended the Governor-General, former Archbishop Peter Hollingworth, against calls for his resignation over his behaviour concerning sexual abuse claims at a Queensland school in 1990.

Critics of the Governor-General have argued this week that he failed to take prompt and appropriate action over abuse claims at the Toowoomba Preparatory School. Hollingworth has been accused of insensitivity, undue reliance on legal advice about the church’s insurance policies, and general indifference to the issue.

Speaking on ABC radio today with Clive Robertson, Howard argued that everyone has their critics: “I feel for him over that but I’ve always found him to be a very committed genuine conscientious person.” [Read more…]

Toowoomba Preparatory School: Statement by Governor-General Peter Hollingworth

The Governor-General, Dr. Peter Hollingworth, has denied being involved in a cover-up of allegations of sexual abuse at the Toowoomba Preparatory School in 1990, when he was the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane.

In a statement released today, Dr. Hollingworth says he had only an ex-officio role on the school council: “Naturally then, I had no involvement whatsoever in the normal conduct of the affairs of the School.” [Read more…]