I love Triple M's Hot Breakfast Radio. I listen to it every
morning on the way to work.
Eddie, Luke, Mick and Rosie are funny,
intelligent and seem like decent people. Their view of life and
their reasonableness is what attracts so many of us to them.
They are not shock jocks abusing people just to get headlines.
They speak interestingly about the issues of the day. You may
disagree with them sometimes but you know their hearts are in the
right place. And you forgive them errors because breakfast radio is
largely unscripted and they are flying by the seat of their pants
most of the time. They are rightly top of the ratings.
So it was incredibly disappointing to hear their exchange with
Derryn Hinch on their show this morning.
Eddie asked an important question which is whether not naming
people because of identifying the kids was "the biggest
furphy" in the discussion around naming sex offenders. He said
to Mr Hinch he would come back after commercials and let him
I waited the ad break for the answer. Mr Hinch declared not
naming offenders was wrong, with no real explanation as to why, and
launched straight into a personal attack on Cardinal Pell and the
suggestion that Priests needed insurance. He never answered the
direct question fully.
And that is the problem. People listen to Mr Hinch and form
their views around what one loud person says in the media. The
issue with getting moral guidance from Mr Hinch is that he will
abuse people and say they are all wrong, but it is just the one
loud voice among the crowd that is getting heard. Personally, I
have not been to gaol for breaking orders of the Court. I do not
know anyone socially who has. To me, it is not a badge of
And so now I will answer the question from the standpoint of
someone who is elbow deep in these issues every day. It is so
blindingly obvious that naming a father who has committed incest as
a sex offender will blight the life of their victim. The father
will be in gaol and never have contact again, but the child may
grow up with a sense of shame made worse by everyone knowing about
the crimes that they have had perpetrated on them. And never be
able to move on. How would that make you feel? What about if you
were a kid?
It is ludicrous to suggest that it is otherwise than harmful to
I am not acting for Cardinal Pell and have not read the
transcript of what he said. But if what Mr Hinch said is right,
then surely victims would be better off if priests had insurance.
If victims cannot get compensation from the Church because of
business structures, then would it not be better if they were able
to claim from an insurance policy? Life is a bit more complex than
Both of those points that Mr Hinch made were, in my opinion,
against the rights of victims of sexual assault.
We all know that is not what Triple M's Hot Breakfast stands
for. I do wonder why they are so keen on Hinch as they are much
better without him.
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