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Anglican Diocese of Grafton quits over ‘failings’ in child abuse complaints

An Anglican bishop has resigned over his failure to properly pass on child sex abuse complaints at a children’s home on the NSW north coast.

Bishop Keith Slater has stood down as the Archbishop of Grafton apologising for his ”past failings” in the management of claims of abuse at the North Coast Children’s Home in Lismore.

”I apologise to those who bravely came forward to tell their story of abuse and were turned away,” he said in a statement. ”I acknowledge the pain and further damage that this response may have caused.”

In 2006 the Anglican Diocese of Grafton received a number of claims alleging acts of ”physical, psychological and sexual abuse” at the home between the 1940s and the 1980s.

The alleged perpetrators included staff, visiting clergy, members of holiday host families and other residents.

Thirty-nine claims were settled in 2007 at which time seven other complainants came forward. Two others did not accept the conditions offered.

An audit of how these complaints were handled was undertaken in preparation for the Royal Commission into child sex abuse, with the initial findings indicating that the proper protocols ”had not always been applied”.

Bishop Slater said this included his failure to pass on some matters detailing sexual abuse at the home to the professional standards director.

Such a complaint is passed on to the director to ensure the ”complaint is managed and investigated in a way that provides support to the complainant”.

”I acknowledge and apologise for my past failings in the management of claims of abuse in the Diocese of Grafton,” he said. ”I acknowledge and apologise for the additional pain and damage that my decisions have caused to the survivors of abuse who came forward to share their story with me and seek assistance.”

He said all information was now with the professional standards director and police.

A statement on behalf of the Anglican Diocese of Grafton says it commends Bishop Slater for his ”honest acknowledgement of mistakes” and affirm him in his ”generosity and courage” in resigning.

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MEGA GALLERY: The week in pictures

Police cordoned off Lampe Avenue in Wagga Wagga, NSW on Friday in response to a seige with a woman, 27. Picture: Les Smith Runners in the 8km and 4km Mother’s Day Classic race along Warrnambool’s foreshore promenade. Photo: Damian White

This humpback whale put on a great show for near Port Macquarie on Tuesday morning.

Work continues on GPT’s $200 million West Keira shopping complex in the Wollongong City Council district.

Gai Waterhouse looking a little more joyous at the Scone races on Friday. Picture: Peter Stoop

The pint-sized Coalcliff cottage on the NSW south coast is not much bigger than a luxury motel room but it’s valued at between $1.6 million and $1.74 million.

Benson, the two-year-old golden retriever, has helped to curb truancy and bullying at Lake Illawarra High School since he enrolled at the school at the start of the year.

Kylie and Emil Baluch, SA Regional Affairs Minister Gail Gago, Michelle Baluch, Allan and Carlee Margatich at the opening of the Joy Baluch bridge near Port Augusta on Friday. Joy Baluch died on Tuesday after serving as mayor for nearly four decades.

The scene at Sunday morning’s pile up near Katoomba in NSW. Driver fatigue is suspected as a possible cause of the smash.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce visited Orange to take a tour of the city and meet some of the local residents. Picture: Steve Gosch.

Brian Harvey took this image of Ben Chifley Dam, Bathurst, NSW earlier this month showing the outbreak of blue-green algae.

The re-enactment of the Blue Mountains Crossing reached Springwood, NSW. John O’Sullivan is leading the group followed by former Sydney Morning Herald journalist Malcolm Brown.

Justice Peter Garling sentenced David Allan Harding to 27 years jail for murder on Thursday, saying he clearly knew what he was doing when he poured methylated spirits over lifelong friend Christine Anthony and set her alight in 2011.

Jasmine Jesberg and Danielle O’Keefe, both from Brisbane, in Wee Waa for the launch of the Daft Punk album on Friday night.

Samuel Tung of East Hills proposed to Christina Lavea just moments after she graduated with Class 318 as a Probationary Constable on Friday at the NSW Police Academy Attestation.

Students across the country underwent NAPLAN testing during the week. Here, Hasting Primary School teacher Brenda Curtis supervises Year 5C as they undertake the test.

Keith Dawson of Port Macquarie celebrated his 100th birthday with a dance and song.

Take a photo tour around regional Australia to view the week in photos. See the highs, lows, celebrations and tragedies faced by ordinary Australians.

Experts at the Ballarat Wildlife Park are at a loss to explain the death of 300-kilogram Gator, who died of a mystery illness after captivating tourists for nearly 40 years. Picture: Kate Healy

CFA volunteers fighting a fire in bushland at Heatleys Road, Curdievale in Victoria. Photo: Damian White.

Alice Knichala, Richard Tole, Noah Pinderand and Daniel Compston at the International Day Against Homophobia rally in Bendigo, Victoria.

A man in his 50s receives treatment after he was knocked over by a bull and pinned against the rails at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds in Bendigo.

Ollie Cox, Sam Webb and Brenton Apostolou of Girton Grammar in Bendigo celebrate after shaving their heads for a cure to cancer. Picture: Jodie Donnellan

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Tasmanian Health Minister Michelle O’Byrne cut a ribbon to open a “virtual healthcare” service. Picture: Ben McKay

Residents in Rosebery, Tasmania head to the hydrant to collect drinking water after their supply tested three times higher than the Australian drinking water guidelines for lead. Photo: Grant Wells.

Clinical nurses Elissa Shaw and Linda Wynwood instruct Emma Hicks, of St Brendan-Shaw College in Tasmania, on how to operate laparoscopic surgery instruments and Hannah Bantick, of Reece High School, about air ventilation. Picture: Jason Hollister

Queenstown woman Charlee Pryor at Lake Barrington in Tasmania after she was winched out of the bush by a search helicopter after she went missing.

Resident Anne Andrews and Cr Jodie Harrison in the Butterfly Cave at West Wallsend, Lake Macquarie, which has been declared an Aboriginal Place. Picture Peter Stoop

Scone Cup – Finish of race 7 – The Emirates Park Scone Cup – No 3, Speediness, ridden by Christian Reith, No 7 Mouro, ridden by Glyn Schofield, second. Picture: Peter Stoop

Charles Sturt University students in Orange in the wreck of a mangled car as firefighter Chris Sanders talks of the dangers of drink-driving.

Rusty gears up for the RSPCA’S Million Paws Walk this Sunday with Launceston receptionist Hayley Stepchuck. Picture: Scott Gelston

Jean Barton, 94, of Yackandandah in Victoria hitches a ride with Kevin Hammond in a sidecar attached to his 1937 VB Ariel 600. Picture: John Russell

Sam, Howard, Lynne, Olivia and James Morey of Albury rehabilitated their collie rough Molly after she had a stroke.

Newcastle resident Renee Blakemore with an iPhone photo of her dog Tattie, which died following an attack by three Staffordshire bull terriers. Her other dog Spud was also attacked. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Breast Cancer Network Australia volunteer Ann Krause with Baker’s Delight Target Centre staff in Warrnambool Shae Whitehead and Donna Rowan, showing their pink icing buns on sale to raise money for breast cancer research. Photo: Damian White

Maree Crabbe of Warrnambool has contributed to a timely documentary, Love & Sex In An Age Of Pornography.

Storm clouds build over Warrnambool’s Lady Bay as autumn turns from toasty to chilly.

Artist John Barter with his work Caravansara which is on show at the Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm in Victoria.

Dozens attended the Celebration of Books in Clunes, Victoria.

Neil Burridge and Kevin Wright were part of the team that helped build the tunnel from the Anne Caudle Centre to the Bendigo Hospital. Picture: Jim Aldersey

Elmore Harness Track come and try day in Victoria. Picture: Brendan McCarthy

A 22-year-old driver lost control and made a mess of this bus shelter in Bendigo.

Ryan Slater and Peter Marios serve customer Trevor Slater at their new bagel burgers food van, which began business on Friday night in Ballarat. Picture: Kate Healy

New leads in missing toddler case

Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday complex in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007.British police say they have more than 20 suspects in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who vanished from a family holiday in Portugal six years ago.

According to the Daily Mail, a review from Scotland Yard into how the case was handled by Portuguese authorities, identified dozens of fresh leads.

British police said work was under way to support police in Portugal, even though they had closed their investigation into the disappearance.

They new leads included “forensic opportunities” and several “people of interest”, which included Britons, who had not been eliminated from the case.

The Mail reported Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann were “greatly encouraged” by the review.  Madeleine vanished from her family’s vacation home in Portugal’s Algarve region on May 3, 2007, days before her fourth birthday.  She was snatched from the family’s hotel room while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant.

The McCanns recently went back to the coastal town of Praia da Luz on the anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance.

Officials in Lisbon have said they would not reopen the case unless new evidence was presented, while British police are confident the latest breakthrough could result in new and significant evidence.

But the Mail has reported a diplomatic row could be heating up, as Portuguese officials are refusing to reopen the case.

A source told the Mail it was like a “mexican stand-off”.

“It’s a chicken-and-egg situation. Significant new evidence can be found if the leads uncovered by the Yard are investigated.

“There are two major obstacles to a joint investigation: the money to fund it in Portugal and the loss of face they would suffer from having to agree to such an inquiry.”

The case has generated intense media interest in Britain.

British police launched Operation Grange in 2011, to try to solve the puzzle.


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Agents wonder which suburbs will jump first at budget downsizing offer

The new initiative included in the recent budget will apply to those moving into smaller houses, apartments and retirement villages.Experts are divided about the effect of a new government strategy to encourage retirees to downsize from their large homes.

The budget initiative means pensioners who have lived in their home for 25 years will be able to have up to $200,000 of the sale proceeds quarantined from the Centrelink means test for the age pension. It will apply to those moving into smaller houses, apartments and retirement villages but not aged care.

For some, the loss of the pension is one of the big disincentives to downsizing – along with stamp duty and the upheaval involved.

Raine & Horne South Hurstville principal Michael Platyrrahos said no amount of urging – government, family or otherwise – would encourage older residents to leave big homes in his area.

”Being a lot of Europeans around here, their usual comment is ‘They’ll take me out in a box’,” Mr Platyrrahos said.

But some Sydney agents thought it could help free up large homes for young families.

”This is targeting the baby boomer generation and above – that post-war era generation that makes up about 19 per cent of the population,” LJ Hooker deputy chairman L. Janusz Hooker said. ”That group owns a significantly large proportion of dwellings out there because it is a much wealthier generation than the current one.

”All that property has been locked up for 25 years and this incentive is to try to get some turnover in this stock … that’s got to be a good thing.”

The three-year trial will start on July 1 next year. It will cost about $112.4 million, and the government expects about 30,000 pensioners to benefit.

Inner west agent Simon Pilcher said it could encourage potential downsizers in his region.

”Once grown-up children get the message through to their folks, it will have an effect,” Mr Pilcher said. ”Particularly in those areas that are going through generational change and gentrification.

”So, suburbs that have been settled for longer, from Glebe, Balmain, Erskineville and Haberfield … I’d be surprised if we don’t see more stock coming onto the market as a result of that.”

Some senior citizens groups said the policy had merit, though there were concerns about its conditions. The scheme involves eligible downsizers putting a minimum of 80 per cent of the excess sale proceeds from the sale of their former home into a special account, up to $200,000 (plus earned interest).

The National Seniors Australia chief executive, Michael O’Neill, said many would be reluctant to have such a large amount of money inaccessible. Once the money was withdrawn, it would no longer be exempt from the age pension means test.

The national research director of property analysts RP Data, Tim Lawless, said the 25-year-ownership rule would rule out too many. ”This pilot may be a bit of a dud unless there are some tweaks to the rules,” Mr Lawless said.

Australian Property Monitors senior economist Andrew Wilson said few Sydneysiders would take advantage of the scheme.

”The value of typically established suburbs in Sydney would be such that the difference in downsizing would provide enough capital to offset any income disadvantage from the pension, although this would obviously depend on on personal circumstances,” Dr Wilson said. ”This is likely to be a narrowly focused welfare initiative that will have negligible, if any, impact on the Sydney housing market.”

He thought it would be more relevant to single-income pensioners in the middle-ring suburbs of Melbourne.

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Apartment of the week: Potts Point

16 & 17/5 Oak Lane, Potts Point, is for sale with price hopes of more than $1.2 million. 16 & 17/5 Oak Lane, Potts Point.

16 & 17/5 Oak Lane, Potts Point.

It’s like being on the set of Friends. That’s the agent’s take on this funky loft-style penthouse and he couldn’t better describe it unless he mentioned the views. For the couples inspecting it last weekend, though, there was no need to mention the outlook.

Three huge banks of timber sash windows across the western wall of this apartment deliver the big city and harbour vista that buyers covet. The Opera House is nicely framed by the Harbour Bridge and Botanic Gardens while the city skyline silhouettes at sunset.

Light is another feature. No fewer than 27 skylights stud the ceiling, flooding both levels in light. And then there’s the space – 190 square metres of it. The previous owner amalgamated two apartments and used the roof space to add a mezzanine level that houses a vast bedroom space, lounging area and study zone.

The other bedrooms are on entry level. Both are doubles, one with a large walk-in wardrobe and mosaic-tiled en suite. The main bedroom and its raised circular spa en suite share the spectacular view.

A bonus of this apartment is the size of the kitchen. Open to the combined living-dining area, it has two long walls lined in seamless stainless-steel benchtops with a gas hob and mirrored splashbacks to maximise the view.

It’s the exposed brick wall, steel girders and balustrades and the mezzanine layout that bring to mind a New York loft. The palette of rust, navy and grey gives the interior a masculine feel and while there is a little work needed (some bathroom tiling and a fresh coat of paint), the apartment is a knockout.

The price guide is held back by the lack of car space and the access: there are six flights of stairs to this penthouse and one more to the shared rooftop terrace (more Spartan than swank).Details

16 & 17/5 Oak Lane, Potts Point

Price guide: $1.2 million+

Built 1940s Renovated 1991

Size 190 sq m (internal)

Strata levy $2319 a quarter

Auction May 30

Inspect Sat, 11-11.45am; Wed, 5-5.30pm

Agent Richardson & Wrench Elizabeth Bay/Potts Point, 0412 044 822

Last traded for $950,000 in 2003

Highest recorded apartment price in Potts Point (past 12 months) $6.4 million for 7/1 Grantham Street in June

Auction clearance rate 48 per cent

$1.33 million for 605/7 Rockwall Crescent in April;

$1,551,000 for 3/50 Victoria Street in March;

$1.2 million for 71/3 Wylde Street in March.

Source: Australian Property Monitors, 1800 817 616; homepriceguide苏州美甲学校.au

Potts Point has been the culture club of Sydney for decades. Its proximity to the city, Opera House and east side galleries draws singles, couples and more recently, families. Cafes, restaurants and delis along tree-lined Macleay Street serve as kitchens to the generally well-healed. Sharing its border with Kings Cross adds a welcome frisson.

Serviced by buses and trains from Kings Cross station to the city and Bondi.

Close to the city (three kilometres away); Boy Charlton harbourside pool; the Botanic Gardens; St Vincent’s Hospital and medical rooms; and Gelato Messina.

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