IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 2009
The Prime Minister of Australia on wife beating and rape.
"Under no circumstances is sexual violence permissible or acceptable in Australia - under no circumstances," Mr Rudd said.
"Australia will not tolerate these sort of remarks. They don't belong in modern Australia, and he should stand up, repudiate them and apologise."
The Prime Minister of Australia on children sexually abused and raped by Catholic clergy.
"This is a matter for the church and I respect the internal judgements of the church. I don’t stand outside the church and provide them with public lectures in terms of how they should behave..."
It is with regret that there is a need to seek a public apology in regards the serious breaches of the sworn oaths of both the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd and the Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce.
On 17 July 2008 the Prime Minister responded to a question posed by David Speers of SKY News.
SPEERS: Just quickly Prime Minister your meeting the Pope today. The apology issue, the victims of sex abuse within the church. How important is an apology from the Pope in your view?
PM: This is a matter for the church and I respect the internal judgements of the church. I don't stand outside the church and provide them with public lectures in terms of how they should behave. I've noted carefully what his Holiness has said in the United States. Obviously that was a source of great comfort and healing in the United States. I'm like all Australians very much looking forward to what the Pope has to say here in Australia as well, as I am to my own conversation with the Pope later this morning.
reference: PM.Gov.au - interview
http://www.pm.gov.au/media/Interview/2008/interview_0363.cfm NOTE: that this page has moved several times and my not be available at this address. On each occasion that it has moved I have been able to locate it at a new or different URI.
The Prime Ministers words leave no doubt that an apology by the Pope and the sexual abuse of individual Australians by Catholic clergy are clearly matters for the Catholic church.
Since this unfortunate response I have sought a retraction and an apology from the Prime Minister, however to this time no response has been forthcoming in that regard.
I have also communicated with the Governor General seeking a retraction, apology and intervention, however her response has been that protocol does not permit her to intervene.
No further responses to subsequent communications to both the Prime Minister and the Governor General have been received to this date.
As an Australian I believe that both the Prime Minister and the Governor General have through their actions failed the people of Australia and in doing so have breached their sworn oaths to truly serve the Commonwealth of Australia, her land and her people.
In the Prime Ministers instance this failure is evident through his deferral of the criminal matters of the sexual abuse of citizens of Australia committed in Australia to the Pope as head of the Catholic Church or as the head of a foreign nation.
The Governor General also failed to truly serve the Commonwealth of Australia, her land and her people through failing to uphold her sworn oath to the people of Australia and to intervene when made aware of the circumstance.
Those many Australians who have been subjected to sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church as well as ordinary Australians find this an abhorrent action; an action which breaches the principals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and our concept of Australia as a just and fair nation.
The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia and the sworn oaths of office of both the Prime Minister and the Governor General simply do not give them the right to delegate or trade to an external entity the rights of individual Australians due to the nature of the crime committed against them.
The perceived right by the Prime Minister for the Catholic Church to deal with sexual abuse victims in whatever manner it chooses is a clear act of abandonment of the principals of jurisprudence and the democratic principals we live by.
These actions do put the right, the responsibility and the authority of the Catholic Church and or the head of a foreign nation before the rights of the people and the law of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Australians have the understanding that the law of The Commonwealth is our ruling law and they expect our Prime Ministers and Governor Generals to uphold that right for each and every Australian without exception.
Our Constitution simply does not provide the power or the right to delegate or trade the legal rights of Australians to an external authority such as the Catholic Church or the Vatican State simply because they have been sexually abused by a member of the Catholic clergy.
In doing as he has done the Prime Minister has placed the rights of the Catholic Church above the Constitutional right of every individual Australian and that his actions do require a public retraction and clarification as well as a public apology by both the Prime Minister and the Governor General as the only appropriate manner to rectify the continuation of these unethical and un-Constitutional actions else they should both be brought to account for their abandonment of their sworn oaths to the people of the Commonwealth of Australia.
John A. Brown
My Broken Society