Friday, 5 May 2017

Daily Telegraph: Everyone thinks the gay judges at @NCATNSW must be kiddy fiddlers. THE COURT OF GAY CHILD SEX PEDOSEXUAL LOVE MUST END. OZZIES CALL FOR GAY JUDGE MASS FIRING!

Rapists, paedophiles, killers, wife beaters and baby bashers cleared to work with children

Our analysis of NCAT ­appeals finalised over the past 12 months shows a small but significant number of individuals being granted clearances against the express wishes of the Children’s Guardian, which denied the clearance and then asked the Tribunal not to grant it on appeal.
These include at least 15 cases ranging from instances of child abuse, violent sexual assaults and, in one case, the murder of a police officer.
Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard said the cases identified were both “deeply concerning” and may have failed the “commonsense test”.
Mr Hazzard said he would ask the state’s Attorney General Gabrielle Upton to review the decisions.
“Logically, there can’t be too may circumstances where allowing a murderer to work with children could be considered a sensible option,” Mr Hazzard said, referring to the case of a woman recently awarded a WWCC, despite being on parole until August 30, 2017 for a bashing murder.
The tribunal heard the woman, whose identity is suppressed, was a reformed drug addict who had changed her life while serving a 12-year jail sentence.
Ms Upton said the 15 cases highlighted were concerning and that she had requested a “full report into the circumstances” of each matter.
Children are in peril as people with criminals records have been allowed access to work with them.
Only a small number of cases are heard at the tribunal, according to the Children’s Guardian’s most recent annual report.
During the 2013-2014 period there were 420,499 ­applications for a WWCC, of which 221 cases were barred or queried.
The report stated that 83 cases went for appeal and of the 44 cases heard during the reporting period, 16 clearances were granted.
In many cases, the people applying for a WWCC already work or come into contact with children.
Under new WWCC laws introduced in 2013, anyone volunteering or working in a paid capacity with children, including foster carers, must obtain a WWCC.
The ­influx of applications — more than 700,000 — has seen some people facing sudden uncertainty with their careers or personal lives as they become flagged for historic offences.
One case identified is a 72-year-old man who is a priest’s assistant in his local Catholic Church and vice-president of his swimming club.
He came to the guardian’s attention when he recently applied for a new WWCC after more than a decade with the club.
He has been working with the club and other organisations for more than a decade but was only ­recently flagged when applying for a new WWCC.
In 1963 he was convicted of fondling two 13-year-old boys in a toilet ­cubicle, but the tribunal said it was comfortable he was no more a risk to children than any other male his age.
While each appeal judgment is a public document, the names of people seeking a WWCC are anonymised to protect the identities of their victims and children involved.
The Sunday Telegraph is campaigning to protect children.
The tribunal ruled that in another case a man convicted of having sex with and indecently assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 1989 should be granted a WWCC because the incident was “opportunistic” and did not involve any force.
In many of the appeal cases, the tribunal found the applicants were no longer an ­“appreciable risk” to children because, in some cases, decades had passed since their ­offences.
Other factors taken into account were whether they remained on the police radar for other convictions, or whether they continued to use drugs or alcohol, both seen as triggers for offences.
One case involved a man who physically assaulted a 17-year-old victim, then, a year later, dangled his partner’s baby by one leg (he claimed the baby was laughing).
Years later he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison.
The tribunal awarded him a WWCC after finding he had sufficiently rehabilitated himself and ceased using ­alcohol.
This was despite him suffering an ­alcoholic relapse in 2006 and assaulting a police officer.
Asked to comment, the tribunal said there were avenues of appeal available to people who believed the body had “erred in its decision”.
Experts and the NSW ­Opposition have backed The Sunday Telegraph’sconcerns.
Loopholes we have identified include:
 A person who ­applies online for a WWCC can immediately start working, a process that is beneficial for most people without criminal records but is open to exploitation
 The criminal history screening process does not cover any offences committed overseas
 Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) involving a child are not automatically assessed by the Children’s Guardian because the files are not held by a central police ­database.
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PROTECT OUR KIDS

The Sunday Telegraph demands:
 Working With Children checks must include foreign criminal records and apprehended violence orders
 Workers must get a new clearance if they change jobs
 Government review of NCAT rulings and Children Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012

Would you trust these people with your kids?

These 15 applicants were banned from working with children by the NSW Children’s Guardian, but subsequently cleared by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal in just one year, 2014-15
 Woman on parole for a 2005 bashing murder with prior drug and assault convictions who had children removed from her care. NCAT SAID: She is unlikely to reuse drugs, has strong family ties and appears rehabilitated.
 Man with history of domestic violence, convicted of incest in 1981. Claims he believed the victim was 17 and not technically his daughter. NCAT SAID: He’s been of good behaviour since the incident and has overcome his abuse of alcohol.
 A Jehovah’s Witness convicted of publicly masturbating, while drunk, in front of four teenagers in 2005. NCAT SAID: He has no other criminal convictions, strong family ties, a religious commitment and poses no “appreciable risk” to children.
 Man convicted of assaulting a 17-year-old in 1988 and dangling a baby by one leg in 1989. Jailed for manslaughter in 2003. NCAT SAID: No convictions since 2006 when he had an alcoholic relapse and assaulted a police officer. Conduct otherwise good since then.
People with criminal records were given Working with Children Checks.
 Truckie who raped a 22-year-old woman in 1989 with prior convictions for assaulting police and resisting arrest. NCAT SAID: His conduct was “reprehensible” but the victim was not a child, he expressed remorse and he’s unlikely to reoffend.
 A man who had sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1982 when he was 25. Said he thought she was 15 at the time. The victim was a friend of his partner’s son. NCAT SAID: It remains his only criminal conviction and he needs the WWCC so his wife can continue running a childcare service from their home.
 72-year-old swimming coach and Catholic priest’s assistant who fondled two 13-year-old boys in a public toilet in 1963. Now Vice President of his swimming club. NCAT SAID: No subsequent convictions; risk is no higher than other men his age.
 A man with mild retardation convicted of indecency with a 9-year-old girl with a mental disability in 1987, when he was 19. NCAT SAID: He needs a WWCC to play on his church soccer team. The 9-year-old victim told police she consented. He has committed no further offences since then.
 Man convicted of indecent assault and sexual intercourse with a 13 year old girl in 1989, when he was 27. NCAT SAID: The offence was “opportunistic” and “did not involve force”. No later convictions.
 Man convicted of murdering a Queensland police officer in 1968, when he was 25. Also assaulted police. NCAT SAID: No longer drinks. Hasn’t come to police attention in 47 years and leads “an exemplary life”.
 Foster carer who raped a 16-year-old girl in 1978 who has convictions for assaulting his wife, dishonesty and malicious wounding. NCAT SAID: No subsequent sexual assaults, has given up drinking, has cared for 13 grandchildren.
 Man who sexually assaulted 17-year-old girl in 1996, when he was 22. Also assaulted a 14-year-old girl. NCAT SAID: No other serious offences. Unable to prove he has stopped drinking, but has not come to police attention since 1997.
 Former bikie who raped a 19-year-old woman in 1978. He later became a Christian and now works for a homeless charity. NCAT SAID: Experts say he is unlikely to reoffend unless he loses employment and returns to drugs and alcohol.
 Male medical worker who indecently assaulted an 18-year-old man during an examination in 2012. NCAT SAID: Victim was not a child. Offender has no prior record and does not pose a risk to children.
 Family day care worker convicted of assaulting her 14-year-old son in 2013. Also history of family violence, alcohol and attempted suicide. NCAT SAID: No evidence she posed a risk to other children — although Tribunal not convinced she is able to control her alcohol intake.
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