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Remember New South Wales Parliamentarian, Franca Arena?
She tried to expose the Parliamentary pedophile cover-up conspiracy here in 1996, nine years ago. Please take a look at the terrific summary [below] provided by Victoria police corruption author Raymond Hoser. He also outlines what happened to whistleblower Alistair Gaisford when in 1996 he blew the lid on pedophile rings involving Australian diplomats in south-east Asia.
[The following is an excerpt from Raymond Hoser's book ,
Victoria Police Corruption -2 - Including What the Media Didn't Tell You , published 1999]
(Also see our page focussing on how the media have treated Hoser and the information he has uncovered.)
REVELATIONS FROM THE OTHER SIDE
In New South Wales, the sheer magnitude of the pedophile network came out in part during the mid 1990's Police Royal Commission.
Police involved in all sorts of crime also protected child molestation networks in return for various favors.
One of those protected by Police was Colin John Fisk who in 1989 was charged with various drug offences. In return for a lenient sentence on the drug matters, he went informant on the Police protected pedophile rings.
However once an informant has 'lagged' on the Police, invariably the powers that be get their revenge. In Fisk's case this came on 3 April 1998. Unlike most of the previously mentioned child molesters, Fisk was sent to jail for at least nine years by NSW District Court Judge David Shillington.
Fisk had been arrested in May 1997 at a Snowy Mountains caravan park following a six month probe into his more recent activities. He was a self-confessed homosexual hebophile, or lover of teenage boys.
In the above case Fisk pled guilty to 24 counts of sexually abusing three under-age boys for almost 15 years. The charges included indecent assault, buggery and homosexual intercourse. However the charges represented just the tip of the iceberg of Fisk's activities. One of his victims a 14 year-old boy alleged he'd been sexually assaulted by Fisk more than 1,500 times.
The court had been told that three of the boys who'd had live-in sexual relation- ships with Fisk were psychologically scarred and physically injured by the assaults. One of the youths said he 'felt like shit', was suicidal and wanted to kill Fisk because he was still afraid of him.
One of Fisk's tactics was to drug his victims before attacking them in order to gain their submission.
In TV current affairs programs, Fisk said that during his years of NSW Police protection he had sex with between 200 and 300 young boys.
This was Alistair Gaisford. In 1996, he blew the lid on pedophile rings involving Australian diplomats in south-east Asia. Instead of getting to the heart of the problem, senior management in the department turned on Gaisford. He was suspended from duty, banned from entering his work at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and had his house raided by the Federal Police. The raid was allegedly because he was deemed a 'security risk' after he leaked material to the media.
Gaisford said that he was being 'treated like a criminal' as a message to others within the department not to assist in any inquiries into the matter.
Gaisford said that public servants in the department feared any inquiry into his allegations as they feared that the careers of a number of high-profile diplomats would be ruined.
The internal inquiry into the matter that ran into 1997 was a whitewash.
[gaiaguys note: please see this page for further information about Gaisford and the role Alexander Downer played in that matter.]
NSW MP Franca Arena in March 1996 alleged that there was a high level cover-up of pedophile activity involving at least two State MP's, a judge, several senior Police, lawyers, doctors, a socialite businessman and priests. It was reported in the Fairfax Sun-Herald that the whole lot was about to be exposed.
Her allegations about the Judge were referred to the Federal Police. They did nothing. In April 1996 a spokesman for the AFP said
'Those allegations are not substantiated'. (Heard that line before?).
Arena and others were disgusted by the whitewash.
In November 1996, Arena stood up in parliament and named retired Judge David Yeldham and former State MP and one-time Mayor of Wollongong, Frank Arkell as Police protected pedophiles. She went further and accused the Wood Royal Commission into the NSW Police as protecting his own by not investigating Yeldham. Immediately there was an outcry over Arena's alleged abuse of parliamentary privilege to 'slander' these two supposedly upstanding members of the community.
How dare anyone try to accuse a respected judge of such disgraceful conduct?
Arena countered that she'd used her parliamentary privilege 'as a last resort'.
Yeldham protested his innocence. He said 'I am appalled at any insinuation of pedophilia. .. I am not a pedophile and abhor pedophilia and all that it connotes'
Five days later Yeldham committed suicide by gassing himself to death.
It was then that the truth about Yeldham began to emerge.
In July 1995 a witness went to the NSW Police Royal Commission with evidence about Yeldham's criminal activities. A woman had approached the Royal Commission to complain that her 'young boy' had been sexually assaulted by Yeldham at Wynyard Railway Station in 1980.
A witness at the Royal Commission, code-named CC13 said that Yeldham then a 36-year-old barrister had masturbated in front of him when he was 15 years old. CC13 said he later accepted money from Yeldham to have sex in his chambers
There were also other serious allegations against Yeldham.
As it turned out, Yeldham's behavior seemed to be quite well-known among Sydney's Police and the gay community. Although a married man, Yeldham led a double life indulging in public exhibitionism and frequenting 'the'Wall' in Darlinghurst where he bought sex from young men and schoolboys. On at least seven separate occasions Yeldham's criminal activities had been described to the Wood Royal Commission.
In one case, he'd unknowingly solicited a young lawyer who lodged a complaint against him. The matter wasn't followed up.
In 1989, the NSW Chief Justice Murray Gleeson told the chairman of the ICAC that knowledge of Yeldham's child-sex activities had been known for years. ICAC began to investigate but abandoned their inquiries after Yeldham retired as a judge. Apparently to them, his child sex activities were now OK as he was no longer a
judge. ICAC said that they had no charter to investigate private individuals, which Yeldham now was. Their statement wasn't entirely true as Yeldham still stood in from time to time in his judicial role, including in the controversial NME hospital licence application case, where it was alleged that one side had used information they had on Yeldham to extract the decision they wanted.
Gleeson later said that the judicial commission didn't investigate Yeldham as he thought it was ICAC's responsibility.
Police had apprehended Yeldham on several occasions over an 11 year period but had not charged him as a result of his stating that he'd be 'on side' when sitting as a judge.
It was the NSW 'Special Branch' Police who seemed to be protecting Yeldham. They were called in whenever he was arrested and sought his release. They drove Yeldham home and ensured that records were either 'lost' or falsified.
Special Branch members apparently had dirt files on a number of judges and other officials in positions of power in order to blackmail them into doing as they wanted, particularly in terms of protecting Police rackets and corruption.
In 1995, Yeldham's activities were brought to the attention of the new chairman of the ICAC, Ian Temby. He refused to reopen inquiries.
In an editorial dated 12 December 1996, The Sydney Morning Herald stated,
'The truth is appalling. It appears that special branch were covering up for the judge for it's own purposes. We may never know if any of his judgements were tainted by improper influence, but the evidence suggests that he should never have been on the bench, never in a position of honour and public influence'.
Meanwhile the evidence against Yeldham's hidden pedophile activities continued to mount. In March 1997, a highly ranked officer with the NSW Police recanted earlier evidence to the Wood Royal Commission about the special branch and Yeldham. He confirmed that Yeldham had been protected by the Police in return for his being 'on side'.
It was certain that people had been improperly jailed as a result.
The Former NSW Attorney General Frank Walker also said he'd told the Chief Justice Laurence Street in 1980 about an incident involving Yeldham and an 11- year-old boy. Street, who'd earlier denied such knowledge told the media that his denials may have arisen due to 'a defect in my memory'. A former Attorney General Terry Shehan also confirmed prior knowledge of Yeldham's misdeeds.
In August 1997, Wood released his Royal Commission Report into Police protection of pedophiles. He denied any impropriety on his part.
Most interesting perhaps is that following Arena's revelations in parliament about Yeldham's activities, he was called before the Royal Commission where he made full and frank admissions of some of his illegal acts including sex with boys in public toilets. It was shortly after this that he suicided.
Meanwhile, for her role in blowing the whistle and exposing the official cover-up of pedophile activity involving Yeldham and others, Arena lost her Labor pre-selection and her seat at the next State election.
ONE OF YELDHAM'S VICTIMS
The lIIawrra Mercury revealed in 1997 .that a young man who was arrested with Yeldham in a Central Railway Station toilet by Transit Police Officers for indecent behavior was the same man who was later the subject of an appeal in a serious criminal matter which was heard by the NSW Court of Appeal which comprised a number of Judges including David Yeldham; (the man was sent to jail).
On Friday 29 August 1997 Richard Ackland wrote in the Australian Financial Review at page 25
'...the (earlier) ICAC Investigation (into Yeldham) ...amounted to nothing. He was not even interviewed by the ICAC. The Royal Commission asked Temby (the former ICAC Commissioner why this was so. The answer was illuminating: 'The function of the [ICAC] was to investigate corruption, not crime'. Somebody from the ICAC could have gone to ask him whether information which the Police had concerning him had been used to sway him from the proper Course of judicial duty. That would surely have been pointless.'
So there you have it. Every one apparently looked the other way. (The Judicial Commission, the ICAC and the Police). There will not be an open inquiry into how and why Yeldham was given such comprehensive protection by those in positions of power.
The next NSW judge captured in the investigative net was District Court Judge Philip Ronald Bell. His being charged with child sex offences came after Arena provided a big box of explosive documents to NSW Police Commissioner Ryan in October 1997 with further evidence of pedophile activity.
Although Bell wasn't one of those named in Arena's documents; inquiries had led to him. He was charged by NSW Police with three counts of indecent assault and two of buggery of a juvenile. The offences were allegedly committed between February 1966 and July 1970 on former child prostitute Roger Byrne, Who was in his early teens at the time. Byrne had approached NSW Police Royal Commission investigators about the matter in 1996 which when the Royal Commission was still interviewing people..
The charges against Bell were laid on 30 October 1998.
The three day committal in front of magistrate Malcolm Beveridge was heard on 20-22 April 1999. At the end of the hearing, Beveridge said that he didn't think a jury would believe the word of Byrne over that of a District Court judge and he directed Bell be acquitted.
THE LORD MAYOR
Francis (Frank) Neville Arkell was supposedly a model civil servant. He was an Alderman on Wollongong Council for 30 years and Lord Mayor for a record 17. He also did a stint as the local state MP commencing in 1984. His best attribute was self-promotion and this he obviously did well, judging by the number of good news stories that appeared about him in the media.
Following Arena's naming him in State Parliament as a child molester, like
Yeldham, Arkell protested his innocence. He said,
'Anyone who interferes with a young person, girl or boy, should be locked up and the key thrown away'.
However it wasn't quite so easy for Arkell to dismiss the allegations.
You see the body of evidence against him had been mounting for several years. As far back as December 1994, NSW MP Deirdre Grusovin had read in NSW parliament a Statutory Declaration from child molester Colin Fisk (see earlier). Fisk named Arkell as a child molester. Arkell had denied the allegations then as well. Fisk also said that Arkell was a regular visitor at a boy brothel in Sydney.
In May 1996 the NSW Police Royal Commission was given evidence by a 37 year-old witness known as W26.
'I saw a black LTD with personalized plates parked just near the men's toilets and I encountered the person who I now know as Frank Arkell in one of those cubicles... if memory serves me correct, I had an act of gross indecency performed on me and I was asked to sit on the face of Frank Arkell ... There was a period where his penis was between my legs and there were instances of oral sex.'
But Arkell wasn't alone in his activities.
Along with fellow former Lord Mayor Tony Bevan, Christian Brother Michael Evans, Catholic Priest Father Peter Comensoli and Wollongong Alderman Brian William Tobin, Arkell made Wollongong the unofficial child molestation capital of NSW.
Another Royal Commission witness said that when he was aged 10 and 11, he was a member of Bevan's 'mail order' pedophile ring. The witness said that Bevan took him to a 15th floor penthouse in Wollongong where he had both oral and anal sex with Arkell.
Arkell who was only referred to in the Royal Commission by his code-name 'W1' never appeared to give evidence. Through his lawyer he successfully argued 'ill health'. In September 1996, the Royal Commission found Police negligent for not investigating Arkell, but then let Arkell off the hook by claiming his pedophile activities were outside their terms of reference. Following the lifting of the suppression order on Arkell's name, Arkell again protested his innocence.
Officially Arkell said he was a 'bachelor by choice'. In reality his marital status probably reflected his sexual preferences.
THE FIRST REVELATIONS
These came as far back as 1983. This was when Peter Cullen was a reporter for the lIIawarra Mercury. One of his contacts was Bevan who fed him stories. One day Bevan called Cullen to his office and played a 45 minute tape to him. Cullen later recalled,
'I'll tell you, what I heard, it shocked me ... it was lewd, disgusting. Basically Arkell was asking this boy for sex. I listened and couldn't believe what I was hearing. I'd known Arkell for a long time. I knew his
mannerisms, his speech, 'Righteo, righteo, righteo!' He was always saying that. It was him. Definitely.'
Cullen took the tape and played it to his editor. He was worried about being sued for defamation. The story never ran. Thus as a result of Australia's archaic defamation laws a known child molester was able to carry on his activities for another decade without fear of prosecution.
Bevan would have sex with boys from Sydney's Kings Cross. He'd then rate them for things like youth, attractiveness and willingness before shopping the kids to his clients including Arkell.
After Tony Bevan died of terminal cancer he left a collection of 89 tapes that incriminated Arkell. The Royal Commission got 49 of them. They fingered several men including Arkell. It was thought that Bevan had decided to exact revenge on Arkell after the two men fell out over a property deal.
In April 1996, two Royal Commission investigators visited respected businessman Brian Tobin. Within hours he'd gassed himself to death in his car. Two weeks later when Bevan's lover, Peter Foretic was due to give evidence to the commis- sion, the 41 year old committed suicide. His witness summons was, in his top pocket.
The commission was also hearing evidence from boys about the headmaster of Rice College, Michael Evans and his child-sex activities. Evans had been revealed as a pedophile by the lIIawarra Mercury in 1993. He committed suicide in his car in December the following year.
Arkell's number was up in 1997 when he was charged with a series of sex offences against boys. These included unlawfully administering a stupefying drug to commit an indecent assault and buggery. In relation to a second victim Arkell was charged with unlawfully administering a stupefying drug and with having sexual intercourse with him without his consent. There were also charges relating to a third victim. More charges were likely.
One of the victims, John Mori said that Arkell had befriended him at 12 and raped him at 17. He said that the incident in 1984 had ruined his life and caused a mental breakdown.
On 26 June 1998 Arkell again avoided prosecution for his offences. He was bludgeoned to death in the granny flat beside his mother's home in Wollongong.
Police said that they thought the killer was someone with a vendetta against child molesters. In December 1997 Trevor John Parkin of Glebe Point Road, Glebe was disemboweled in his home. He too was a pedophile. Two weeks before Arkell's death shopkeeper and batchelor David John O'Hearn had been viciously murdered. He had been disemboweled, decapitated and his hand was chopped off. The word 'Satan' was smeared in blood on the wall. O'Hearn's family said that he wasn't a pedophile. Arkell's barrister Phillip Boulten said that Arkell had been in fear for his life following O'Hearn's murder.
On 2 July 1998 Arkell was buried at a Wollongong cemetery. On the grave there were no flowers. However on the front fence of Arkell's house someone had sprayed the words,
'W1 YOU ARE A WANKER'
FROM THE OTHER SIDE
THE HOLY SEE
The Murray River forms the border between NSW and Victoria. If you believe the official hype from the Victoria Police and their friends in the media, you'd think that NSW is full of crime and corruption, while on the Victorian side of the river every- thing is as holy as the Vatican.
Some people jokingly refer to the river as 'The Holy See'.
The reality is quite different. In spite of what appears in the media and from the propaganda departments of governments there is no evidence to suggest that there is any less (or more) corruption in the Victoria Police than their NSW counterparts.
For that matter all available evidence indicates that corruption within the Police forces in all Australian States is prety much the same. This means that it is endemic. The reasons for this include the similar culture throughout the nation and the correspondingly similar culture of corruption within the various Police forces. The Police 'brotherhood' is alive and well in all states.
Most people when asked about Police corruption usually say they think that their own State's Police force is the most corrupt. The reason here is that they see most evidence of this, either in their day to day lives or reported in the media.
It is relatively unusual for any but the most significant Police corruption to be reported in a newspaper from another state. Thus people from one state rarely get any indication of problems elsewhere.
However as one who has made a study of Police corruption Australia-wide I can assure readers that the problems are general.
These include all the 'usual' things like Police involvement in the illicit drug trade, vice, arson, murder, forgeries, frauds, drink-driving, assaults, robberies, set- ups, perjury, corruption of the judiciary and so on.
Now I'm not saying all Police do this, far from it. However these acts form an integral part of the Australian Police culture and those officers who shun these acts are themselves usually shunned by their Police brotherhood.
To give a complete overview of Police corruption in other Australian states or overseas is beyond the scope of this book. Each Australian State warrants several books detailing Police corruption in recent times. I do not have the time, money or resources to 'do this. However in recent times there have been books detailing aspects of Police corruption in some of these states. These include Can of Worms 2, by Evan Whitton (Queensland), Mickleberg Stitch and Split Image by Avon Lovell (Western Australia) and Neddy by Arthur Stanley Smith (NSW).
These books only scratch the surface of what goes on in terms of Police corruption in the relevant jurisdictions.
For shocking insight into New South Wales Corruption surrounding the current Federal Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives click here.
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