This morning, Dr Russell Pridgeon made a brief appearance in the Brisbane Magistrate’s court related to charges laid against him as part of the Australian Federal Police Operation Noetic.
To greet him walking into the court were a number of supporters who had flown in from around the country. A red carpet was provided for him to walk down on his way into court as an obvious sign of his supporters’ appreciation. There were a number of banners calling for a Royal Commission, protection of children, and a standout banner reading Operation No Ethics, an obvious dig at the Australian Federal Police.
On his way out of court, Dr Pridgeon was met by a small barrage of reporters along with his supporters. He addressed them with a speech which reiterated what he has previously said in regard charges laid against him The coverage provided in mainstream media has been sparse, however his full speech follows:
This case is not about child stealing, it is about child protection. It’s about the desperate efforts of good people, good law abiding Australians, desperately trying to protect children from the worst sort of sexual abuse. We are not criminals. There is no law in Australia against protecting children from rape. We are not criminals. We have a right to protect our children. We have a right to protect our children even against court ordered child sexual abuse. Family Court ordered child sexual abuse. We have a duty to protect our children. If we didn’t protect these children we would be breaking the law. The criminal code, section 260 I think it is [note SECT 286], demands that we protect children, keep them safe, and we’ve done that, yet we are being charged with crimes. The people who have abused these children are not being charged, they are being protected, they are being protected by the AFP. The AFP are denying this abuse, even though they know that these children have been abused. This denial is absolutely blatant, and absolutely brazen. It’s quite wrong.
Raping children is a crime. It is an abomination. Ordinary decent Australians regard it with horror and disgust, but the AFP apparently do not. And the public servants who were supposed to protect these children did not. Apparently they don’t regard child sexual abuse as a problem here. The child protectors, we the child protectors are being prosecuted by the very people who failed to protect these children in the first place. This is a crime to hide a crime. The AFP knows the full effect of these children’s abuse. They have access to the police databases. They have taken our computers, they’ve taken all our documentation, and that documentation that was leaked with the description and evidence of the children’s abuse. Yet they do nothing, yet they continue to lie about the children’s abuse. They say the abuse did not occur, it occurred! The descriptions that we have of the children’s disclosures are graphic; they are horrendous. They know this, and yet they lie. The AFP know what we know. They know that these children have been sexually abused. We protected these children from abuse. Whatever we’ve done, we can say that we have given these children four years of freedom from rape. These children made 40 plus disclosures to 13 different adults. When they were between the ages of 4 and 5, over a period of about 18 months, only one of those adults was ever interviewed by the police. This wasn’t an investigation, it’s not a bona-fide investigation. It was a cover up. Those witnesses were excluded from testifying in the family court, which then gave custody of the children.
Professor Freda Briggs did a report on these children. She was so disgusted with what she found, she made a complaint to the Crime and Misconduct Commission. The Crime and Misconduct Commission found that the officers who dealt with this case had done an inadequate and poor quality investigation. Nonetheless there was no remedial action, nothing would be investigated, but the narrative, the false narrative that these children were never abused, continues.
Incestuous child sexual abuse, is a crime of secrecy. It occurs in the privacy of the family home. It occurs behind closed doors. There are no witnesses. If we choose to disbelieve the children, then we commit the perfect crime. Our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, promised the children of Australia, that they would be believed, and they would be protected, and that’s what we did. We believed these children. We believed them and we protected them.
This is a very dark moment in the history of the Australian Federal Police. Their behaviour is appalling. They have shamed Australia.