In 2001 and 2002, anti-child-abuse campaigner Hetty Johnston’s shrill denunciations and savvy media manipulation were instrumental in the resignation of Governor General Peter Hollingworth, over claims he covered up and mishandled complaints of sexual abuse in the Anglican Church.
In recent months, Johnston has done the rounds of media interviews and opinion pieces sticking the boot into Bill Henson’s photographs of nude teenagers. She has been all over the media calling for tougher sentencing of kiddie fiddlers and child pornographers.
However, since Lateline two nights ago revealed that Catholic Cardinal George Pell covered up and mishandled complaints of sexual abuse in his church (gotta love the timing), Hetty has uttered not a peep on the subject.
Now why would that be?