WELL DONE: Former Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
WELL DONE: Former Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Peter Brew-Bevan

Praise for Gillard over abuse inquiry

TWENTY years ago, who would have thought in our wildest dreams that a cardinal in the Roman Catholic church would be charged with child molestation?

George Pell must now be allowed due process and the presumption of innocence.

But spare a thought for the victims of these crimes, who are finally getting some closure from the recent spate of convictions of paedophile priests.

They have lived with the trauma for years, struggling to get some form of compensation and admission of wrongdoing from one of the most powerful and richest institutions in the world with little or no success.

The perpetrators of these crimes must have thought they were untouchable until a courageous woman named Julia Gillard established a royal commission into institutionalised sexual abuse of children when every government before had failed.

Her decision in doing this must surely rank as a milestone in Australian political and legal history.

Remember Julia herself was the victim of a relentless campaign of personal derogatory attacks perpetrated by the extreme right and methodically executed by their well-known henchmen (and women) in the right-wing media.

She has never been given adequate credit for having the balls to establish the inquiry, so from all caring Australians, good one, Julia, you've improved the lives of many people.

KEITH DUNCAN

Pimlico



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