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In 1974


SHIT, DAVID SAID. Look at this!

Julia Gillard was announcing the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The whole country wanted those sinister priests to be held to account.

I figured she’d dressed for the moment: navy jacket over discreet white top, fine gold chain and earrings. She took questions from journalists and answered each with fine dispatch.

Yes, she said, people must know that we are looking not only at those who committed the crimes but also those who averted their eyes, who let the children down.

And yes, we will be looking at government schools where necessary.

God, I thought, I hope they don’t come after us.

David continued marvelling, incredulous and elated. I couldn’t tell him what I was thinking. He probably hardly remembers that year and those girls. He’d say, Don’t be silly, Susie-pet.



THE DAY IT all started, I had gone home with Jane. We were sitting on the... Read more

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