Tag: "The Human Headline"
By Trevor Smith
Australia Bureau Chief
BYRON BAY, NSW –– Further to our October article about Derryn Hinch “The Human Headline,” Derryn triumphantly returned to the airwaves on Melbourne’s 3AW on December 22 last year. Hinch’s switchboard on the first program back was packed with well wishers and supporters.
Opening with the words, “As I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted,” Hinch told his audience, “I handled it; I didn’t get bored.” But being under house arrest was tough he said. “I was made a non-person.” Was five months punishment worth it to try and change what Hinch regards as a bad law? “My bloody oath it was. And if necessary, if an obscenely bad law does not change, I would do it again,” he said.
Hinch was unrepentant about naming pedophiles, telling listeners in his opening editorial: “In my weekly sessions with case managers from the Department of Corrections, they did their job and tried to get me to pledge that I would never do such a thing again. I pointed out, with respect, if seven High Court Judges, and other judges from the Supreme Court and Magistrates’ Court hadn’t convinced me that what I did was wrong then they didn’t have much of a show.”
He argued that the toll on the victims of pedophiles is worse than the excuses used by courts to protect their identities. “One judge talked about the ‘emotional and psychological effect on the respondent if material is published.’ What about the victims –– and future victims? What about the emotional and psychological effects on them…whenever released on parole they must be on such a short leash they could well attack again.”