This is the first part of an in-depth essay by Paul Collits on the stinking swamp of bigotry in which Daniel Andrews’ police force is mired.
Reforming VicPol in a Post Pell Environment
Written by Paul Collits
Accepting that the Victorian institutions involved in getting Pell need reforming, this two part essay explores the uncanny parallels between the Pell case here and similar cases in the UK, and draws lessons from these in charting a course towards reform.
Since the Australian High Court’s legal exoneration of George Cardinal Pell, debates have taken off in many directions. The baying mob has spoken through graffiti and on social media. Media pundits have had their say. The Cardinal’s supporter groups online have been overjoyed but are still angry. International observers have suggested Australia’s justice system has dodged a bullet in having its reputation for the rule of law saved by the bell. Politicians and others where perennially grieve for victims of abuse have mumbled and grumbled. “We still believe you, indeed now, more than ever we believe you”, they chant.
Many want answers to the question – how did this happen in Australia? There are now increasingly audible demands for an inquiry, or inquiries, into the key arms of the legal system in Victoria. These demands are growing by the day.