Under the Common Law system, individuals found guilty of criminal acts are entitled to appeal that conviction. As is his right, under Common Law convicted paedophile George Pell, is seeking to appeal the jury decision reached against him on historic child sexual abuse allegations.
Is an appeal up to the High Court of Australia a possibility by Pell and his backers should the Court of Appeal not be favourable? Considering the almost unlimited financial resources of his former employer and, of his gaggle of deep pocketed supporters, a High Court appeal is not beyond consideration.
Should this become a reality, it would provide Jane and John Australia with yet another example of the gulf between them and the rich and powerful under our legal system. In this, the second millennium, the concept of “Justice and equality for all before the Law” has been damaged on too many occasions by the undue influence money and, power can have.
Hopefully any decisions coming from the Pell appeal will not cause further damage to the belief of “Justice and equality for all before the law”.
Barry Swan, Balgownie
PULL YOUR WEIGHT
Without any doubt at all, our Public Hospital System is in an underfunded, understaffed crisis.
Last Friday night I had a first hand experience of the Third World Hospital that is treating the sick of Wollongong.
What our Politicians should do is hold an inquiry into why people who pay huge contributions to Private Hospitals cannot go there for emergency treatment.
It's true nobody can front up to a private hospital for any
treatment at all, in an emergency. Everyone must go to Wollongong Hospital for assessment before any sort of treatment is commenced.
In America a contributor to Private Health Funds can present to any private hospital for treatment, but no way can this be done in Australia. Just what are contributors paying for?
Make private hospitals pull their weight for a change and start treating contributors in emergencies.
Dave Cox, Corrimal
WHAT AN INSULT
In response to the letter by Denise Meredith `A Badge of Pride' (Illawarra Mercury, Friday March 1, 2019), according to Denise Meredith what Dr Kerryn Phelps MP for Wentworth, Labor and Greens pushed through the Federal Parliament regarding the Medivac Bill, is correct. However, what an insult to the 64 medical professionals on Nauru to treat asylum seekers of which the Morrison Coalition government funds.
To carry on about a humanitarian crisis in Australia's detention centres is seriously hypocritical. When Labor was in office (2007-2013) we had 50,000 people in detention which included 8,000 children while 1200 people drowned at sea. Yet, like all lefties you were totally silent just like Dr Phelps, Labor and Greens.
Adrian Devlin, Fairy Meadow
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