Queensland

Feb 18, 2014

How the royal commission can help Toowoomba to heal — again

In 2008 Toowoomba was rocked by a second paedophilia scandal in seven years. Local journalist Amanda Gearing says, maybe this time, the royal commission can help put the city back together.

The news in 2008 that more than a dozen primary school girls at a Toowoomba private school had been sexually assaulted at school by a staff member was surprising.

After all, it had only been seven years since a national media scandal had erupted in the city over the sexual abuse of children at the Toowoomba Preparatory School. That landmark civil action in 2001 had led to an inquiry, which subsequently found the actions of the then-governor-general untenable when he allowed a self-confessed paedophile priest to remain in the parish of Dalby, on the Darling Downs.

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