Phillip Wilson, the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, has been convicted of covering up sexual abuse claims and may face up to two years in prison. He is now the world’s most senior Catholic to be convicted of the crime.
Wilson’s lawyers have been caught up in a years-long attempt to have the charges thrown out. They attempted to use the Archbishop’s alzheimers diagnosis as grounds, but failed. (The diagnosis was apparently not so severe that the Archbishop felt the need to resign from his position.)
Despite the conviction at the start of the week, Phillip Wilson remains the Archbishop of Adelaide. In a statement released on Wednesday, Wilson said he would hand over his administrative duties, but would wait to see if it was necessary to ‘take more formal steps’.
During the trial, one of Wilson’s defence teams central claims was that child sexual abuse was not considered a severe crime in the 1970’s, which is when Wilson first encountered the complaints.
Refugee Death on Manus
A Rohingya refugee from Myanmar has died on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in an offshore detention centre. The detention centre was once run by the Australian government. Australian officials sent the refugee to the detention centre almost five years ago. The 32 year old man jumped in front of a bus. He’s the seventh refugee to die on Manus Island since Australia began the scheme in 2013. The man had suffered for a long time from a medical problem and had previously sought treatment in Australia. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees called for “immediate action” from the Australian government.
Telstra had a massive outage this week, but it doesn’t know why. There was a fault with the 4G network, apparently, which overloaded the 3G network. The Commonwealth Bank and NAB said the outage affected many EFTPOS Services. Several train services in Victoria were cancelled because of communication difficulties. There was a similar outage on May 1. And a short outage of the triple-0 emergency line on the 4th of May.
Pauline does a backflip
The government’s plan for corporate tax cuts – which seemed like a sure thing – are in doubt again after Pauline Hanson said One Nation were withdrawing their support. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann now says it is unlikely that the tax cuts will ever pass. Hanson released an series of long-standing demands, and provided some vague reasoning for the withdrawal, including concerns the government was not paying down debt fast enough.
The cuts would reduce the tax rate to 25% for companies earning over $50 million a year.
Hanson’s demands include a reduction in the migration rate, making the banks pay for the royal commission, and greater assistance for pensioners.
The federal opposition has called on the government to release details of the original deal with One Nation. Penny Wong suggested that the government turned over their tax policy to the One Nation party, which Mathias Cormann called “a hysterical accusation”.
Commonwealth Athletes remain
Around 50 athletes from the Commonwealth games have remained in Australia illegally. Almost 200 others have visas and are applying for refugee status. The government has warned it will begin deporting those who are here illegally. Most of the refugees are from Uganda, Sierra Leone or Rwanda.
Athletes staying behind after international sporting events are common, although not at this scale. The London Olympic Games had just 21 people go missing, for example.
There was another school shooting in the United States this week. A suspected seventeen year old shooter killed ten people and wounded ten others. The suspected shooter is still alive and under police custody. It is alleged he had access to the guns through his father. It is the sixteenth school shooting this year in the States that has resulted in injury or death.
Anticipation mounts for Korea
Another week gone, another week of will they/won’t they debate around Trump and Kim Jong Un sitting down for a chat. Little has changed in a week, only that the two countries have swapped threats and ultimatums.
However, late last night North Korea allegedly destroyed a nuclear test site at Punggye-ri, detonating explosives in front of international media. The gesture is considered hugely symbolic, as all six of the North’s most recent controversial missile tests were sourced at this location. Importantly, destruction of the site is said to not change the North’s overall nuclear capacity.
Literary giant Philip Roth has died at the age of 85. He was prolific and well-regarded. The New York Times has called him the last of the great white males who literary work towered over the 20th century.
“And he couldn’t do it. He could not fucking die. How could he leave? How could he go? Everything he hated was here.”
Photo at the top thanks to Guardian Media Services.
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