When The Game Is Malice, Belt Every Ball

SOMETIMES it’s best to leave a ball go through to the ‘keeper – especially when it’s been tampered with and a bodyline field has been set. That was my first reaction to ABC all-things-Mick monomaniac Louise Milligan’s report on Monday night’s Four Corners. Then it became a predictable theatrical meltdown when Andrew Bolt and Gerard Henderson weighed in. On second thoughts, no: this isn’t one for the gloveman. More on the issues they raised below. First, here’s what we know about schools everywhere, religious and state-run: there will be sexual improprieties – crimes, in other words; the chances of sexual impropriety increase significantly when a closeted homosexual is in charge of boys at a boys’ school; the only thing we can be vaguely glad about is when it doesn’t escalate to full-blown homosexual assault but is picked up before that can happen. One more thing: sexual improprieties in state schools are never reported by the ABC. Are we really to believe that in any given year there are no such breaches at all in Australia’s 7,092 government schools?

In a way, though, we should congratulate the ABC for shining a light on the risk posed by such men. Grooming of the kind endured by former St Kevin’s student Paris Street is no second-tier matter: this was a psychological assault. I would even say it was a life-threatening one. There are cases of boys treated this way whose mental health deteriorates catastrophically. On the letters of “reference” given to the magistrate during sentencing of offender Peter Kehoe, yes, it is true these were not “character references” as Milligan misleadingly called them. But nor were Headmaster Stephen Russell or Dean of Sport Luke Travers obliged to submit any references at all – even ones strictly understood to be for sentencing purposes only. They chose to do so. Why? I would be very surprised if a pastoral sense of responsibility to the fallen man wasn’t the key factor. Kehoe had been convicted, was sacked, was now unemployed and would never work in schools again. They may have decided the merits he had shown in previous years could be justly itemised for the benefit of his redemption. Christian forgiveness is always scandalous. If they were motivated by mateship or out of a belief that he was convicted for ‘mere’ words, they were not acting appropriately and deserve little sympathy.

Milligan’s attempt to craft an anti-Catholic feminist diatribe from one boy’s nightmare was both self-indulgent and peculiar. The transcript is 6770 words long. Of those, 2881 are about naughty chants and raps, adolescent boys being rude to girls and – incongruously – George Pell (well, it’s Louise Milligan reporting; she could work the Cardinal into an exposé on housing affordability or melting glaciers). The remaining 3889 words are about the Street case. It takes fully 19 and a half minutes before we meet Paris Street himself and hear his story – to which the remaining 28 minutes are devoted. The 20 minute intro about sexism is strange prolegomena in a report about a convicted homosexual groomer that mentions “further complaints” about two other homosexual groomers. What is the connection between St Kevin’s boys singing vulgar things about girls and a few of their number being targeted by male predators? This was Frankenjournalism. Two favourite ABC tropes – Catholic schoolboys as privileged monsters and Catholic schoolboys as abused victims – were just sewn together, then seasoned with a dash of Pell. A less egotistical and agenda-laden approach to such stories is long overdue. That will only happen when one or two non-leftists are hired by the ABC. LOL.

2007: the ABC provides a glowing character reference (as does a Labor successor) for Bob Collins.

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53 Responses to When The Game Is Malice, Belt Every Ball

  1. Tombell

    Yes I mentioned Collins in your St Kevin’s blog the other day. Amazing how the ABC always manages to see the “ good “ in leftie pedos.

  2. notafan

    Nicely put C L.

    I’m sure Milligan will enjoy reading.

  3. H B Bear

    Milligan is the very worst of the new journalist as activist.

  4. FelixKruell

    Why? I would be very surprised if a pastoral sense of responsibility to the fallen man wasn’t the key factor.

    It would have been good if the same pastoral sense of responsibility had been extended to the young victim. You know, the one they actually had a duty of care towards.

    All schools grapple with abuse issues. It’s how they deal with them that differentiates them. Time and time again, catholic schools have failed that test in the past, as the royal commission showed. I had hoped lessons had been learnt since. Clearly not.

  5. C.L.

    Yes, I noticed your link yesterday, Tombell, and thank you for it.
    I couldn’t remember who’d posted it, though.
    ————————–
    On letters of reference in cases like this, a suggestion: they should henceforth be prepared by a dedicated and trained diocesan official in consultation with former principals – on the strict understanding that they are only to assist a sentencing magistrate or judge.

  6. John64

    That hagiography that TheirABC produced for Bob Collins is truly sickening.

    These sorts of things – and Jon Stephens and Richard Downing et al – need to be rammed down the neck of TheirABC every time the likes of Louise Milligan position themselves on the high moral ground in judgement of others.

  7. Cassie of Sydney

    “Then it became a predictable theatrical meltdown when Andrew Bolt and Gerard Henderson weighed in. “

    Absolutely…I watched that Bolt episode on Tuesday night. However I knew….as soon as I heard Bolt utter the words “hit on” that there would be trouble…..progressive activist organisations such as Sleeping Midgets have professional Sky Watchers….ready to pounce at people like Bolt, Kenny and Dean at any opportunity. I hope Sky management have stood by Bolt. To me..this whole St Kevin’s drama is a beat up…designed by their ABC and Fatty Milligan to further humilate Catholics Who who said sectarianism is dead in this country? The old Protestant sectarianism and disdain towards Catholics and the Catholic Church had nothing..and I mean nothing….on this new rabid far-left progressive sectarianism.

    Methinks that Milligan is getting worried about Pell and the High Court….very worried.

  8. Pyrmonter

    @ CL

    Better than a Four Corners – an entire Royal Commission. Extensively covered at the time: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-16/sex-offender-named-in-debelle-report/5748578

  9. candy

    Ms Milligan has evidence in this case. Real, physical evidence of messages and letters and people alive to give evidence, everything you need to pronounce guilt.

    I hope she can see the difference to the G. Pell case.

    Most importantly, it seems as if the lad is getting appropriate counselling and assistance now, his mother sounds very caring. At 14 or 15, he has time on his side to recover and be aware of manipulators in the future.

  10. notafan

    Because everyone reads royal Commission papers.

    Oh wait.

  11. notafan

    Not to mention suggesting that there was a RC on a single matter in Adelaide is demonstrably false.

  12. cuckoo

    The Katoomba circus school case, in which historic sex abuse allegations of an absurd nature (satanic rituals, etc.) were recently thrown out by the court, is yet to appear on the ABC news website. Funny that. Just as a search on that same website for ‘Carl Beech’ turns up nothing, except an article on…climate change. And a search on ‘Operation Midland’ only yields the original 2015 story breathlessly detailing the absurd claims against various establishment Tories.

  13. Cassie of Sydney

    “cuckoo
    #3329423, posted on February 20, 2020 at 11:50 am
    The Katoomba circus school case, in which historic sex abuse allegations of an absurd nature (satanic rituals, etc.) were recently thrown out by the court”

    I remember reading about those absurd allegations about the Katoomba circus school eighteen months ago and I remember thinking that they were ludicrous. And now they have been thrown out of court….but not before the lives and livelihood of the family who ran the school have been utterly and forever destroyed.

  14. I_am_not_a_robot

    … the chances of sexual impropriety increase significantly when a closeted homosexual is in charge of boys …

    It follows that if George Pell was homosexual the the jury verdict was most likely correct.

  15. I_am_not_a_robot

    … the chances of sexual impropriety increase significantly when a closeted homosexual is in charge of boys …
    It follows that if George Pell was homosexual then the jury verdict was most likely correct.

  16. Jock

    I know we are not supposed to ask. The homosexual community goes ballistic on this. And I know this Kehoe was a teacher/coach of some sort with duty of care and legal sanctions, But does it stop being “grooming” when the lad turns 16? Exactly when does it stop being “grooming” and turn in to “pick up”?

    BTW I recall a number of young long haired male teachers , not just grooming under 16 female students but bonking, them back in the early 70s (showing my age) . The teachers at Cromer etc were not alone.

  17. IainC

    Four Corners now seems to have developed a well deserved reputation as the antipodean replacement for the UK’s News of the World.

  18. max

    It really is worth emphasising the point made at the beginning here: this is a Milligan/ ABC crusade against the church. The only stories on sex abuse given prominence on the ABC are those which serve this animus.

    For two days running this was the lead from morning till night on radio and TV. The principal now dispatched – you can bet they think he should be replaced with a woman – they’re moving on to the Edmund Rice Foundation, and to other members of the school hierarchy. Because nothing will satisfy them until the Catholic church has been remade in the image of modern feminism.

  19. notafan

    Robot

    It still had to actually happen.

    Also grooming predators are a type. Usually educated middle class etc

    Sudden spur of the moment attackers are a different type. Uneducated, history of employment, unskilled etc.

    Therefore I don’t agree with your hypothesis.

  20. notafan

    Jock

    Age of consent where there is an ‘in loco parentis role’ is 18.

    And rightly so.

  21. Bruce

    And, here in slightly soggy Queensland, we had our own “pillar of society”, Labor’s Keith Wright, put away for a stretch.

    Interestingly, he died in 2015, in Vietnam. Did he “catch something” or did someone’s dad catch him?

    A few years ago, a Queensland Copper was informed he was being investigated about his “stash” of child pornography on his home computer.

    Conundrum: Face the music with all the legal tools at his disposal, run, or swallow his gun.

    He chose the latter. Apparently, such events are not exactly once in a millennium occurrences.

  22. Cynic of Ayr

    Russell and Travers may, or may not, have been friends of Kehoe.
    If they were, I see no problem with the two supporting their friend.
    There was a similar stink when Abbott visited Pell.
    If one is friends with someone, one is either friend, or not. It’s continuation or cessation does not rely on the opinion of braindead people like Louise Milligan.
    If one’s friend turns out to commit some heinous crime, it is up to the State to determine guilt and punishment, not Louise Milligan, and not the friend.
    The friend can either decide to continue the friendship, or end it. That is entirely up to the friend, and no business of anyone else, including the Cat readers.
    Continuing the friendship, despite Louise Milligan’s learned opinion to the contrary, does NOT indicate, nor prove, that the friend, in any way, condones the crime.

  23. Russell and Travers may, or may not, have been friends of Kehoe.
    If they were, I see no problem with the two supporting their friend.

    That is rubbish, Cynic. As leaders within a school, you don’t get to value your friendships over the duty of care you have to your students. The kids come first, due to the position you fill. They made an obvious mistake, and now they have paid the price.

  24. What is the connection between St Kevin’s boys singing vulgar things about girls and a few of their number being targeted by male predators?

    A lack of respect for those less powerful than themselves, which is evidently a problem of the school culture.

    Single sex boys schools are an experiment whose time has just about passed, there are too many flaws in the system. The problem is that if every school is co-ed, girls’ performances drop off.

  25. min

    Caring mums would not name a boy so . Not as bad as Callum Murray but it would take a strong self assured person to weather that name. Perhaps it was where he was conceived. I know a woman in a caring profession had sex with a 17 year old student when she was his teacher.
    My boys, now reaching 60 knew as they told me when you had to keep your back to the wall at a better known private school. Why did the boy continue with coach?

  26. Tim Neilson

    m0nty
    #3329614, posted on February 20, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    This is, of course, complete bullshit.

    As CL has noted, Kehoe had been convicted, was sacked, was now unemployed and would never work in schools again. There’s absolutely no reason to think that Russell and Travers’ actions would in any way expose any kid to any risk. Their duty of care is utterly irrelevant to this issue.

    No-one, as far as I’m aware, is suggesting that Russell and Travers’ statements were in any way false. I don’t see why truth should be suppressed, even if the truth isn’t conducive to fashionable outcomes. The fact that they didn’t gutlessly abandon a friend is to my mind commendable, not something to be deplored.

    [Disclosure: Kehoe was a middle distance coach at Melbourne University Athletics Club during most of my time at MUAC. I wasn’t a middle distance runner so didn’t have a lot to do with him but I got on well with him and thought highly of him. I was stunned to read about the accusations.]

  27. candy

    How do you weed out these powerful predators then at interview? They can’t be asked if they are homosexual, that would definitely be discrimination.
    Female teachers form inappropriate relationships with young girl students too, some cases up here in Qld of late.
    Perhaps all single sex schools face this risk, and those in charge are just not equipped to deal with it or feel they must tread very quietly because of the homophobic aspect, but at the risk of the student’s safety?

  28. Yeah righto Tim, good post. He didn’t groom you personally, so you’re on his side automatically along with your other elite mates. Yeesh.

    The moment that a “friend” betrays the trust of the school you help to run with such hurtful consequences, he should cease being a friend. That is a line beyond which a person should not be a friend any more.

    Or not, if tribal loyalty is stronger than your sense of responsibility.

  29. candy

    Yeah righto Tim, good post. He didn’t groom you personally, so you’re on his side

    Monty
    Are you saying Tom is on the p…phile side?

  30. Tim Neilson

    m0nty
    #3329678, posted on February 20, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    The moment that a “friend” betrays the trust of the school you help to run with such hurtful consequences, he should cease being a friend.

    Or not, if tribal loyalty is stronger than your sense of responsibility.

    No contradiction here!

    He’s hurt the school you’re associated with, so you should burn him as a person, and not make a truthful statement which has zero risk of harming anyone else.

    But it’s important not to be “tribal”.

  31. Lee

    Single sex boys schools are an experiment whose time has just about passed, there are too many flaws in the system. The problem is that if every school is co-ed, girls’ performances drop off.

    There are girls-only schools too, obviously.

    Are you saying we should away with them as well?

    Or is it one rule for boys, a different one for girls?

  32. Tim Neilson

    I suspect that monty’s problem is that he’s got no idea what being a “friend” to someone means. Sad, really.

    It doesn’t mean being “on his side”, let alone being “on his side automatically”.

    If Russell or Travers’ actions could have harmed anyone else or could have hindered justice then of course they would have been wrong to take those actions.

    But that wasn’t the case. They weren’t trying to condone his actions or to shield him from the proper consequences of those actions. They were merely saying things which (so far as I’m aware) were truthful and were potentially relevant in determining what those proper consequences were.

    This whole lynch mob cancel culture mentality has gone way too far.

    I hope that if monty ever gets accused of something which inspires popular revulsion, he’ll discover that his family and acquaintances don’t share his concept of what friendship should mean.

  33. He’s hurt the school you’re associated with, so you should burn him as a person, and not make a truthful statement which has zero risk of harming anyone else.

    Clearly it did hurt other people, because he had to resign in disgrace due to the harm he caused.

    There are girls-only schools too, obviously.

    Are you saying we should away with them as well?

    Or is it one rule for boys, a different one for girls?

    It is an established fact that girls do better at single-sex schools and boys do better at co-ed schools. Not sure how to solve that problem. Perhaps single-sex boy schools need to have a good hard look at how they educate boys.

  34. I hope that if monty ever gets accused of something which inspires popular revulsion, he’ll discover that his family and acquaintances don’t share his concept of what friendship should mean.

    Kehoe was not just accused but convicted. When you are convicted for rock spider behaviour, you lose certain benefits of the doubt when it comes to social niceties.

    Why is it always that the Cat ends up defending the worst kinds of people long beyond normal people’s level of revulsion? It’s a disease you lot have.

  35. Tim Neilson

    Clearly it did hurt other people, because he had to resign in disgrace due to the harm he caused.

    Yes, that’s absolutely correct! In this day and age, no-one ever gets hounded out of any position by a witch-hunting lynch mob. Never!

    Why is it always that the Cat ends up defending the worst kinds of people long beyond normal people’s level of revulsion? It’s a disease you lot have.

    Once again, the failure to think logically.

    Not one of my comments has “defended” Kehoe. I’ve defended Russell and Travers’ actions in being willing to give (presumably) truthful testimony that doesn’t harm anyone else.

    Or do you think Russell and Travers are “the worst kinds of people”? I hope you’re not that far gone with the lynch mob mentality.

  36. Tim Neilson

    Clearly it did hurt other people, because he had to resign in disgrace due to the harm he caused.

    PS I ought to add, I’m assuming that monty was referring there to Russell or Travers – if he was referring to Kehoe he’s unable to think logically, because that statement (if it was meant to refer to Kehoe) is utterly irrelevant as a response to what I wrote.

  37. FelixKruell

    Tim:

    They weren’t trying to condone his actions or to shield him from the proper consequences of those actions. They were merely saying things which (so far as I’m aware) were truthful and were potentially relevant in determining what those proper consequences were.

    The quotes from the paper suggest that one of them at least went beyond that…

    When Kehoe’s victim, year 9 student Paris Street, returned to St Kevin’s after a brief spell at another school, he was made to meet Mr Travers, Four Corners reported. During that meeting, which was documented by a school psychologist, Mr Travers said he “felt obliged” to support Kehoe.

    “As a friend, I did not want him to be convicted,” Mr Travers said, according to the ABC.

  38. Tim Neilson

    FelixKruell
    #3329799, posted on February 20, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    When Kehoe’s victim, year 9 student Paris Street, returned to St Kevin’s after a brief spell at another school, he was made to meet Mr Travers, Four Corners reported. During that meeting, which was documented by a school psychologist, Mr Travers said he “felt obliged” to support Kehoe.

    “As a friend, I did not want him to be convicted,” Mr Travers said, according to the ABC.

    Thanks – I hadn’t seen that.

    I’ll reserve judgement about it since that extract doesn’t in itself disclose any specific impropriety, but yes it’s not like just giving some character testimony in court. It looks potentially questionable on its face.

  39. Snoopy

    Monty

    It is an established fact that girls do better at single-sex schools and boys do better at co-ed schools.

    Got a reputable link for that fact?

  40. notafan

    Travers did that without the schools knowledge or support and was disciplined for it.

    Long before Milligan began her malicious campaign

  41. notafan

    If the principal had resigned five years ago money might have a point, but no he resigned after the abc report this week.
    That’s political not because of harm.

    PS the only one harmed was the victim and his family.

  42. And Monty is clearly arguing ‘single sex boy’s schools but never ever employ homosexuals’

  43. LBLoveday

    Cynic of Ayr,

    I’ve always liked a Hell’s Angels motto:
    “Your brother may not always be right, but he is always your brother”

  44. Squirrel

    “….sexual improprieties in state schools are never reported by the ABC. Are we really to believe that in any given year there are no such breaches at all in Australia’s 7,092 government schools?”

    A very good point – but, of course, if the ABC was ever to turn its laser-like attention to this issue, the explanation would be the failure of the evil, elitist, reactionary federal government to provide even more bounteous funding, a-la-Gonski.

    In the meantime, Our ABC will just go on with their important work of smashing the patriarchy and (other people’s) privilege.

  45. Boambee John

    Or not, if tribal loyalty is stronger than your sense of responsibility.

    Tribal loyalty? You mean how the ALP stuck with Collins, Wright, Orkopoulos and the rest of their ilk in the party?

    Let whoever is without sin cast the first stone m0nty.

  46. TBH

    Monty

    It is an established fact that girls do better at single-sex schools and boys do better at co-ed schools.

    Got a reputable link for that fact?

    Yes, as a father of a lad at an all-boys school (and with a daughter at an all-girls school), I’d be particularly interested in this research. What I can say is that the all-boys school do consistently well at ATAR level here in WA, as do the all-girls schools. My son’s school has been fantastic for him and he loves being there.

  47. Porter

    The ABC has not yet apologised for promoting pedastry.

  48. Porter

    The victim’s father said he did not notify the school of the incident as the perp was no longer working there. The headmaster however rang the father the minute he heard.

  49. Porter

    Milligan had no evidence of her own. The boy is now 20 and there was a conviction. So it’s just a bit of revenge by the young man and Milligan. I don’t condone homosexual predators but I sure as hell don’t condone destroying innocent people for other people’s crimes either. The boy was being groomed, yes, but the boy was playing along before someone thankfully intervened. And then he went back to the school. Methinks there is more to this than Milligan’s smear piece.
    The timing is interesting.
    As is the psycho cognitive dissonance in her weirdo wank piece which CL pointed out.

  50. John A

    Tim Neilson
    #3329810, posted on February 20, 2020 at 5:49 pm
    quoting Felix:

    “As a friend, I did not want him to be convicted,” Mr Travers said, according to the ABC.

    Thanks – I hadn’t seen that.

    I’ll reserve judgement about it since that extract doesn’t in itself disclose any specific impropriety, but yes it’s not like just giving some character testimony in court. It looks potentially questionable on its face.

    Of course, nobody would want a friend to be convicted, of anything!

    But was it an on-air quote, or was it a paraphrase? Was it a highly edited sound bite? On the ABC’s past history, I would have my doubts about the colour applied by the ABC to Mr Travers’ character.

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