Thursday, 25 April 2013
We know that people, and women particularly, do not feel safe on public transport at night. Given this it is amazing that the new Public Transport Victoria organisation thinks it is a good idea to move V/Line inspectors from on-board night-time security duties to morning ticketing policing. This is in the interests of reducing fare evasion from 9.4 percent to 7 percent in the next year or two. If this is at the expense of the safety of passengers on trains it will prove to be a false economy.
Being innocent until proven guilty is one of the pillars of our judicial system. However being allowed to go overseas for two months for a family holiday when the prosecution initially opposed an overseas trip as an unacceptable risk must leave victims feeling that their interests and rights come second to those of alleged offenders. Mr Cooper has been charged with sexually assaulting two males and will face court in August. It is to be hoped that the prosecution is now in possession of additional information that makes an overseas trip an acceptable option for the alleged offender.
Monday, 1 April 2013
The Royal Commission on child sexual abuse at a session at the County Court of Victoria on Wednesday will outline its plans for dealing with the information it will hear during the next few years. It will not take evidence but will look at how it will operate. This is the first major sitting since the appointment of the six commissioners in January.