Sara Hanson-Young has spoken at a symposium at the University of Newcastle. She has been very critical of the University's contract with Transfield Services, the company involved in the management of detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, where human rights abuses are alleged to have occurred.
She said that
‘The secrecy has spread a culture that festers away, very similar, I must say, to the experience that we’ve seen in relation to child abuse in religious institutions".
‘‘The cover-ups, the constant threats not to speak up about it, not to talk about it, it allows an abusive culture to fester.’’
‘‘The sense I’m getting, at least from the outside, is that the University’s management are willing to kind of turn a blind eye and keep the contract, but of course that’s only as long as they don’t believe there’s enough community pressure,’’ she said.
She offered to speak to Caroline McMillen about Transfield - hope she has better luck with meeting McMillen than we had - McMillen said she did not meet anonymous people, even though we gave her our names!!!
The management at the University of Newcastle are the supreme masters of turning a blind eye about anything that anyone reports that is even vaguely wrong at the university. A brief look at this website will confirm how desperately they destroy and gag anyone who reports misconduct or corruption.