Terry Laidler is a psychologist and a former ABC Melbourne Drive presenter. He chaired the Victorian Road Safety Co-ordinating Council in the early 1990s through the Drink, Drive, Bloody Idiot campaign that saw a paradigm shift in road safety in the state.
The Wrong Questions
The real issues of how the failure of the Victorian hotel quarantine program became the SOURCE of the State’s lethal second wave of Covid-19 infections have been lost. Continue reading »
TERRY LAIDLER. Stop the Fires
The old paradigm we used for “fighting” fires has failed. The new paradigm has to be that we decide to “Stop the Fires” and the new question is not how do we contain or manage them or wait them out. It is: “How do we put these fires out?” Continue reading »
TERRY LAIDLER. Reconstructing Juvenile Justice – a 7 point plan
A major public storm has erupted in Victoria about the government’s decision to locate a new juvenile justice detention centre at Werribee in the city’s south west. Locals see it as demeaning to their neighbourhood, but, in my view, it’s the whole idea is wrong, NOT the site! Continue reading »
TERRY LAIDLER. ‘Catholic Clericalism’
I heard the Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, a man I counted as a good friend many years ago when I too was a Catholic priest, speaking to Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast yesterday [https://tinyurl.com/rn170207]. Rightly, in my opinion, he identified “clericalism” as important among the cultural factors that contributed to the appalling scale and Continue reading »
Terry Laidler. To Michael Pezzullo, Secretary, Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Dear Mr Pezzullo, Starting to get through to you, is it? Great! Forget your law of the land, let alone your direction of the government of the day drivel — neither of these is some sort of absolute that lets you suspend all moral judgment! For, make no mistake about it: the actions of you Continue reading »
Terry Laidler. What George Pell Might Have Said
What George Pell Might Have Said Meanwhile, in a parallel universe … “Your Honour Please could I start by making a statement that I hope will help the Commission and that I pray will give some solace to so many people I now know to have been traumatised by abuse suffered on an horrendous scale. Continue reading »
Terry Laidler. All Roads Lead TO Rome?
So, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will take Cardinal Pell’s final evidence next week by video link from Rome. Tim Minchin’s song and the associated crowd funding effort will allow some victims of abuse to attend, but both are symptoms of fairly widespread community disappointment. Commissioner McClellan was also clearly Continue reading »