South Australia

Dec 12, 2012

Spectre of child protection inquiry hangs over SA Premier

As SA Premier Jay Weatherill enters the run up to the 2014 election, he's dogged by a high-profile inquiry into alleged cover-ups of sexual abuse at an Adelaide school. InDailyeditor David Washington explains.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill is a relatively rare breed — a calm and optimistic politician — but he is realistic enough to go into the new year knowing his government is in peril.

The government’s performance this week, in the wake of royal commission powers being given to an inquiry into an alleged cover-up of s-xual abuse at an Adelaide school, has been unconvincing at a time when it needs to be clear and assured. It enters the final cycle of this term with the emotive issue of protecting children hanging over its head.

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5 thoughts on “Spectre of child protection inquiry hangs over SA Premier

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Thanx for this informative report and analysis.

    Both uses of ‘in relation to’ should be replaced with ‘about’.

  2. green-orange

    A media beat up, aided by the mendacious state government.

    It is a long standing policy not to report arrests because the school can be sued for libel if the case does not go through to court (the case did not actually go to court until many months later).

    It is the responsibility of the police, who are doing the investigation and prosecution, to inform parents. If the school were to do so they are likely to damage a prosecution case.

    SAPOL, as is often the case, are trying to pin the blame for their incompetece onto others.

  3. Hamis Hill

    And when the preliminary findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse emerge during this same period those findings will be “Hanging over the head of the SA labor premier” as well?

  4. Edward James

    Report and informing what is the difference? Why are some comments moderated. Edward James

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