The National Library of Australia, QLD State Library and QLD Parliamentary Library now have copies of my new book Australia’s Paedophile Protection Racket and the book has now gone international as per the book review by UK Barrister Phillip Taylor.
This article is an update of the book’s progression since it was published on the 28th of September 2020. As I wrote in the last update, I sent copies to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and told them the book was a formal complaint regarding government and judicial corruption. (Click here to read more) At this point, I haven’t had a response from them.
Below is the latest book review by Phillip Taylor who is a barrister in the UK. He has done hundreds of book reviews mostly on legal books. (Click here to see on Phillip Taylor’s Flickr page)
“SAILING EXTREMELY CLOSE TO THE WIND”:
A COURAGEOUS STATEMENT WHICH ILLUSTRATES WHY WE NEED FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN AN ERA OF CORRUPTION ACROSS THE WORLD
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE, Head of Richmond Green Chambers, Reviews Editor, “The Barrister”, and Mediator
Sides are not being taken in the quest by author Shane Dowling who seeks to uncover points of view about what he calls “Australia’s Paedophile Protection Racket”. This is a paperback book published by Shane which should be viewed in both its historic and its jurisdictional perspectives by both Australian and Commonwealth lawyers.
For those readers unfamiliar with what Dowling submits, these are his main points from his book:
“Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on the 3rd September 2019 that 28% of paedophiles convicted of federal laws do not go to jail so the government is introducing mandatory sentencing laws. By June 2020 when the new laws were passed by the government it had risen to 39%. The minimum inference that can be drawn is that Australian judges and magistrates are running a paedophile protection racket otherwise they would be doing their jobs and jailing the convicted paedophiles.”
This is strong stuff with substantial implications for the law of defamation should the allegations be untrue. It must be for the individual to draw his or her own conclusions on what is a clear political policy.
Dowling offers two disturbing examples:
- Judge John North gave a confessed paedophile who abused two young girls a suspended sentence due to the paedophile suffering high cholesterol, sleeping problems, having had no sex education and then protected his identity with a suppression order in November 2017; and
- Convicted paedophile Robert Crick who sexually abused his 5-year-old grandson avoided jail in May 2020 after the Court of Appeal in NSW felt sorry for him because of his claimed health issues and they were worried he might catch the Coronavirus in jail.
The book follows campaigning journalist Dowling, who specialises in judicial and government corruption, as he submits names: 15 judges, 2 registrars and 1 magistrate as either known paedophiles or suspected paedophiles in an email sent to all the judges of the Supreme Court of NSW and relevant authorities. In this review I am intending throughout to be extremely careful to avoid any form of defamation, intentional or implied.
The documented evidence, Dowling concludes, “shows Chief Justice Tom Bathurst abusing his position and ordering court staff to stitch Shane Dowling up for 2 jail sentences”. Dowling continues stating that “there is an attempt for a third sentence”, writing “but they still can’t stop Shane Dowling exercising his right to political communication and free speech which is the real danger to the likes of Bathurst and Co”. In an era where freedom of speech is under attack across the world, I formed the view that Shane’s book should be read and evaluated by those who know more about this issue than I do.
Dowling makes further allegations, stating that there was a $2.2 million mafia bribe to NSW judges reported by the ABC and Fairfax Media in 2015 which Justice David Davies confirmed was true. The evidence for this point is given by a discussion with Dowling in the Supreme Court of NSW on the 30th November 2015. Dowling reported:
“Justice Davies said the bribe took place “30 or 40 years ago” in a clear attempt to downplay it as old news. I responded with words to the effect “it didn’t happen that long ago as one of the judges has only recently retired and there are other judges still on the bench”. Justice Davies then sat there like a stunned mullet and said nothing.” Whether this allegation is correct I do not know.
At the beginning of the review, I said I would not take sides as I do not know enough about the arguments put forward. However, I read the book with great interest for two reasons of jurisprudence: one, that we have freedom of expression as long as the defamation laws are not broken; and two, that if anything is correct in the book it highlights what many members of the judiciary know- there is massive corruption on a worldwide basis yet common law jurisdictions have always attempted to stamp out such corruption for it is a bad day for the world if such overt corruption is allowed to flourish. We need more books to try to set the record straight, but I just wonder how many are actually taking any notice today of what is being written: only time will tell.
End of the book review. (Click here to see on Phillip Taylor’s Flickr page)
As I said at the beginning there is now a copy of the book at the National Library of Australia (Click here to see), QLD State Library (Click here to see) and QLD Parliamentary Library which I believe is only available for politicians and their staff.
Amazon.com.au currently has the book for $44 which is the recommended price, and they have free postage. The Book Depository has it listed for $46 with free postage worldwide, TheNile.com.au has it listed for $46.81 plus postage and others have it at varying prices such as Booktopia, Fishpond.com.au, Angus & Robertson, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.
People who prefer to go to bookshops to buy the book should be able to order it at most bookshops. If money is a bit tight you can also ask your local library to buy a copy.
The reason for publishing the book is to help drive the issues raised in the book and also help fund the work I do as a journalist on this website. With old media companies contracting and reducing the number of journalists they employ it is important that independent journalists fill the void but at the moment there is no financial model that really works for independent journalists to survive. Publishing books will hopefully be a financial model that works and helps fund the journalist work I do on this website.
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