The Owls aims to keep the Australian government honest and accountable in the realm of child sex abuse.
We are specifically interested in keeping watch on the progress of recommendations made in 2017 by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The government invested $380 million into the Commission and it made 409 recommendations for change, across state, federal and territory governments.
That’s a lot of recommendations. Some changes were more important than others.
Four years have passed since the recommendations were made. How many have been enacted? What kind of recommendations are still languishing? Why can’t they get up?
These are the question the Owls want answered. But finding the answers is a challenge.
With respect to the Federal Government, the Commission directed it to make 206 changes. To date, 122 recommendations have stalled. Annual reports indicate which ones are languishing, but there’s little information on why they’re not progressing.
State annual reports also raise issues. In 2018 the Queensland government agreed, in-principle, to make 274 changes. Four years later only 138 are complete, representing half of its quota.
A new annual report, tabled in May, does not delineate which recommendations are still up for review, so the public is left to wonder what’s happened. As a result, it’s impossible for Queenslanders to know which specific laws and policies have stalled.
The Owls of Justice want reporting integrity and accountability as part of a more transparent future.
Survivors deserve to see action.
Money donated to the Owls goes to employing legal researchers to find out:
The Owls was incorporated in March 2021. As a new organisation, we’re interested in spreading the word. If you’d like to join our cause or donate, please use our Contact portal.
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Lyn is a dynamic operator in the non-profit sector and comes to this role with a wealth of experience in financial management systems and committee management team experience. Read more about Lyn below.
Alison has three years’ experience on the management team of a charitable creative writing organisation and the same for a gymnastics club, the first in Australia to cater for special needs children. To learn more, scroll down.
Claire brings a wealth of experience and skills to this management role, including grant-writing, mentoring and working in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. For more on Claire, see below.
I have been actively involved with community roles for many years starting with pastoral care with disadvantaged families in South Australia ensuring families had sufficient clothing for their needs. On moving to Queensland I became involved with the local community groups and joined Rotary International. I have held the roles of Secretary, Treasurer and President. Through Rotary I was ia mentor with the Rotary International/Shell Livewire Program mentoring young adults, managed Maleny Show food stall, assisted as treasurer for the Walk for Mental Health at Mooloolaba and the Masked Ball at Bli Bli Castle (for an African AIDS orphanage in Welkom), been a raffle ticket seller for the Duck Race, to name just a few.
Professionally, I have had my own Property Management Business, mentored a friend into their business, been a self employed BAS Agent as well as Office Manager for an International Corporation, Financial Manager and a Senior Asset Manager. I have a wealth of experience in financial management.
I firmly believe a system needs to be in place to ensure that the 409 recommendations by the Royal Commission are implemented. As the recommendations cover state and federal jurisdictions and no consistency is demonstrated to record those recommendations that have been completed and those that are still outstanding, the system needs to address time frames and actions and any reason that these cannot be met.
This is of extreme importance to prevent the current generation experiencing the abuse of prior generations and also needs to provide an understanding of what constitutes abuse.
My background is with journalism, but I’ve also sailed the world, worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language, secured degrees in arts and law, as well as a Masters in Creative Writing. I set up Australia’s first gymnastics club catering solely for kids with special needs, and for several years worked as secretary of the Sunshine Coast Literary Association, a charity helping writers with resources and skills development. I am looking forward to bringing my legal research skills, my love of team work and my yen for social justice to this role. Here is why I’ve become an Owl.
My career path has taken many fascinating turns, but to all my roles I’ve brought an unflinching sense of enthusiasm, intelligence and humour. Starting out as a musician, I became a newspaper owner and editor, before migrating to Australia and working in the field of research and development. From 2016 I’ve been the managing director of Forbes Meisner, which offers bespoke R&D Tax Incentive Administration along with project development and management services to clients across Australia. More recently I’ve also served as business mentor at the Innovation Centre on the Sunshine Coast and joined the board of Interchange, an organisation that empowers and supports local businesses focussed on generating positive social impact. My passion for protecting Australia’s wildlife led me to found the Wildlife Rescue Sunshine Coast Inc. Don’t be surprised if you call me while I’m out rescuing a kangaroo or possum. My motto is that talk changes nothing. Getting active will.