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Verbal abuse, sexual assault and a botched circumcision: Victims of government-run home expose federal politician who ignored alleged child abuse

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Federal politician Alasdair Webster has been exposed as the man in charge of a New South Wales government-run home, where an appalling child abuse scandal against defenceless boys allegedly took place decades ago.

In a 60 Minutes exclusive investigation, the 84-year-old politician, who has been honoured with an Order of Australia Medal for his services to politics and education, was last night revealed to have turned a blind eye to the physical and sexual assault that took place at Daruk Boys Home in the 1970s and early 1980s.

A look back at the pedophilia scandals that Swallowed Britain whole in 2014

In 2014, a series of often seemingly intertwining child sex abuse stories have engulfed the UK in what has become the biggest scandal of modern times.

DOLPHIN SQUARE, THE APARTMENT COMPLEX WHERE A SECRET RING OF POWERFUL PEDOPHILES ALLEGEDLY OPERATED FOR YEARS. PHOTO VIA FLICKR USER LYNDA

Rotherham between 1997 and 2013), politicians (the evidence of a pedophile ring operating within the corridors of Westminster during the 1980s is now incontrovertible after London´s Metropolitan Police described allegationsfrom an anonymous survivor as "credible and true" this month), and even employees of the Royal Family (British tabloid the Sunday People recently revealed that the House of Windsor was also implicated in abuses centered around accusations from a 16-year-old boy).

Child abuse inquiry: no-one has immunity from scrutiny

Opening the long-awaited inquiry into child sexual abuse, Judge Lowell Goddard pledges that “no matter how powerful”, no-one will be allowed to obstruct inquiries.

Admitting that the task ahead was “daunting”, Justice Goddard pledged that the inquiry panel would travel “from the corridors of Westminster to the poorest children’s homes in the country” to investigate historic abuse.

North Wales child abuse scandal

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‘Reopen investigation into Westminster pedophile whistleblower deaths’ – MP

‘Reopen investigation into Westminster pedophile whistleblower deaths’ – MPReuters/Russell Boyce © ReutersA Labour MP has demanded the government reopen an investigation into the suspicious deaths of two whistleblowers he believes were in possession of significant evidence relating to historic child sex abuse, which infiltrated the heart of Westminster.

John Mann, a Labour MP for Bassetlaw, has urged Home Secretary Theresa May to address state secrecy shrouding these allegations.

Mann believes the Official Secrets Act is obstructing ex-Special Branch police officials from stepping forward with vital information relating to sordid allegations regarding a child sex abuse ring affiliated with powerful Westminster elite figures throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

More than 200 people have come forward with allegations of historic abuse in North Wales care homes, police say – identifying nearly 100 alleged offenders.

The National Crime Agency investigation into historic allegations of abuse at North Wales care homes says it has received 200 allegations of offences (picture: Getty)In an update on the progress of Operation Pallial, the National Crime Agency-led investigation into the alleged abuse, officers said the number of people coming forward had increased by nearly 100.

Since Pallial began in November 2012, a total of 235 people have contact the Operation Pallial team, with 204 of them indicating a willingness to support the investigation.

Carl Beech: Trial of Westminster VIP paedophile ring accuser set to last months, judge warns

Potential jurors in the prosecution of a man accused of fabricating claims about a Westminster VIP paedophile ring have been warned the trial is likely to last several months.

Carl Beech, 51, from Gloucester, is facing 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud in a trial set to open at Newcastle Crown Court this week.

He is accused of making up child sex abuse claims involving former prime minister Edward Heath, ex-home secretary Leon Brittan and other prominent figures in politics, the army, security services and television. 

At least 40 UK politicians complicit in alleged Westminster 'pedophile ring' – report

At least 40 UK politicians complicit in alleged Westminster 'pedophile ring' – reportThe Palace of Westminster (Reuters / Kieran Doherty).

A whistleblower who kicked off UK police pedophile probe Operation Fernbridge believes as many as 40 British MPs and peers were involved in or turned a blind eye to child abuse.

Peter Mckelvie, a retired child protection team manager, who has spent more than 20 years compiling evidence of alleged child abuse by people in authority, believes ten current and former politicians are on the list and that there is enough evidence to arrest at least one senior politician, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Jillings report shows ‘extensive’ abuse at children’s homes

A report into failings at council-run children’s homes in north Wales, which was suppressed for almost 20 years, is finally published.

Bryn Estyn children's home in Wrexham (G)

The Jillings report, compiled in 1996, concluded that the abuse was “extensive” and took place over a “substantial number of years”.

It was shelved by the former Clwyd county council because insurers feared compensation claims. It is now being released online as an edited version.

Vic Police Force faces sex abuse allegations

DAVID HARDAKER: Just when it didn't need it, there's been more criticism today of the Victorian Police force and the way it's handled some serious investigations, but this time it's not about the drug squad, the underworld, or police corruption.

Instead, it's the Sexual Crimes Squad that's under fire after an investigation by the Victorian Ombudsman.

His report, which is yet to be made public, has recommended that several child sexual abuse cases be re-opened, and that two officers show cause why they should not be removed.

MPs linked to boys trafficked from Belfast to London, child sex abuse survivor says

MPs linked to boys trafficked from Belfast to London, child sex abuse survivor saysWestminster Abbey in central London (Reuters/Olivia Harris) © Reuters

Vulnerable young boys were taken from a children’s care home in Belfast in the 1970s, trafficked to London and abused by powerful figures who were part of a Westminster pedophile ring, a victim has claimed.

North Wales child abuse: 140 alleged victims

Police find “significant evidence of systemic and serious sexual and physical abuse of children” at north Wales care homes, including 140 allegations of offences against seven to 19 year olds.

North Wales Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency were reporting the progress of Operation Pallial, the investigation into the abuse of children in north Wales care homes between 1963 and 1992.

Since the investigation was triggered, alleged victims have come forward with 140 claims of abuse against a total of 84 individuals – covering locations in England, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.