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Narelle Fraser Interviews

Examining the human side of the impact of crime


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  • 191. Justice Lee Judgement part 2

    01:10:18
    Over the next two weeks I'm providing some personal comments and thoughts on parts (certainly not all) of The Honourable Justice Michael Lee's judgement where he was the presiding judge in the Lehrman v Network 10 Trial Judgement which he handed down on 15th April 2024.  These are MY thoughts and opinions on Justice LEE's judgement and not about what I think about Bruce Lehrman or Brittany Higgins per se – it’s about how His Honour saw it and the lengths he went to, to try and help us all understand it a little better. Justice LEE has shown a deep understanding of the ‘humanness’ and complexities of human nature emotions, particularly regarding victims to a crime. He has shown fairness and transparency and has gone to great lengths to explain why he made the decisions he has. It showcases the depth of research and reference, particularly to case laws which assisted him in those decisions he made.  Bottom line is, alone, I feel he’s restored some faith in the community’s confidence in the judiciary.

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  • 190. Justice Lee Judgement part 1

    54:51
    Over the next two weeks I'm providing some personal comments and thoughts on parts (certainly not all) of The Honourable Justice Michael Lee's judgement where he was the presiding judge in the Lehrman v Network 10 Trial Judgement which he handed down on 15th April 2024.  These are MY thoughts and opinions on Justice LEE's judgement and not about what I think about Bruce Lehrman or Brittany Higgins per se – it’s about how His Honour saw it and the lengths he went to, to try and help us all understand it a little better. Justice LEE has shown a deep understanding of the ‘humanness’ and complexities of human nature emotions, particularly regarding victims to a crime. He has shown fairness and transparency and has gone to great lengths to explain why he made the decisions he has. It showcases the depth of research and reference, particularly to case laws which assisted him in those decisions he made.  Bottom line is, alone, I feel he’s restored some faith in the community’s confidence in the judiciary
  • 189. Pat Storer part 2

    50:30
    Pat Storer was a country policeman for the majority of his 45yr career with Victoria Police but it’s the last 15 which were his most rewarding at Violet Town Police Station. Pat didn’t have the luxury of being able to rely on specialist units/squads or services to help – most times it was up to Pat and Pat alone. Violet Town taught Pat the true meaning of inclusiveness and acceptance....
  • 188. Pat Storer part 1

    49:13
    Pat Storer was a country policeman for the majority of his 45yr career with Victoria Police but it’s the last 15 which were his most rewarding at Violet Town Police Station. Pat didn’t have the luxury of being able to rely on specialist units/squads or services to help – most times it was up to Pat and Pat alone. Violet Town taught Pat the true meaning of inclusiveness and acceptance....
  • 147. REVISITING PETER – FORMER PRISON OFFICER / part 2

    43:20
    ‘Peter’ was a prison officer for 12 years and in that 12 years he saw a lot. Part 1 of a fascinating interview with a Prison Officer who has worked at every major prison here in Victoria. He wants to improve many aspects including prison officer training and training programs for prisoners.An amazing insight
  • 146. REVISITING PETER – FORMER PRISON OFFICER / part 1

    42:00
    We revisit some of our best episodes.‘Peter’ was a prison officer for 12 years and in that 12 years he saw a lot. Part 1 of a fascinating interview with a Prison Officer who has worked at every major prison here in Victoria. He wants to improve many aspects including prison officer training and training programs for prisoners.An amazing insight
  • 186. Charlotte and Michelle

    01:25:40
    This week’s podcast is quite different. I talk with many partners of Police and today I have the pleasure of sharing with you 2 separate conversations I had with 2 women who give very different accounts of what it’s like being in/having been in, a relationship with a Police Officer. I need to point out as I often do, but I need to reiterate, these 2 women share their personal thoughts, feelings and experiences – it’s how they feel and their own personal opinions.      Charlotte shares with us the torment she endured not only during their marriage but afterwards, the violence, the threats, and the ways in which she says, her partner used his knowledge of the justice system to intimidate and belittle her and ultimately remove her children from her due to what she describes as lies, untruths and false statements in court documents and to the authorities. She also doesn’t hold back with what she thinks of his colleagues who sided with her partner and intimidated and threatened her.  Charlotte isn’t her real name and we’ve changed her voice slightly to protect her and their children. Then we have Michelle, who’s story is completely different. Michelle’s partner and father of their 4 children, joined the job with a belief he could help others not as fortunate as himself. Michelle noticed a change in her partner’s behavior from the very day he began at the Academy.  His 11yrs with Victoria Police resulted in substantial psychological injuries, to the point he’s been a patient in a psychiatric hospital and not just the once. Their relationship has survived, but it hanged the 2 of them and their kids as well – no one has come out unscathed.  Victoria Police broke him, and nearly broke his family too, but 12 years on, life has found new meaning for him, his wife & family.  You all know how much I love and miss Victoria Police. but by now I think you’ll know & appreciate there are parts of Victoria Police I will not gloss over and pretend they don’t exist or happen – BECAUSE THEY DO.   The only way we can improve anything in our lives is by sharing the good and the bad and not pretending it’s a perfect world, when it isn’t.  My guests today both contacted me separately, but I felt it was a good opportunity to share that good and the bad. I’m hoping today’s podcast gives those out there who feel they are alone, some encouragement and realization they are NOT alone. There are so many aspects to the lives my 2 guests with their respective partners which deserve more time than I can give them, but I wanted to give you a taste, an idea of their experiences in an educational, respectful, helpful way, albeit concise. We just address the tip of an iceberg with both my guests.