- Mabuiag Island nurse rape -
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Callous treatment of sex-assault victim
COMMENT. By: Tony Koch IN February 2008, an experienced 28-year-old remote area nurse from Sydney was sent to Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait. There is no police officer or doctor on the island. She was on her own. On arrival, she... read more
Nurse slams rapist's jail sentence
By: Tony Koch, Sarah Elks THE 30-year-old nurse victim of a violent rape on Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait two years ago has criticised the six-year sentence the perpetrator received and the judge's recommendation that he be eligible for... read more
Watchdog turns into lapdog
COMMENT THE Mabuiag Island rape scandal is just another example of how impotent Queensland's Crime and Misconduct Commission has become. The organisation, which costs taxpayers $40 million a year, handed the case of the nurse raped in quarters... read more
Our writer takes out top News Award
THE Australian's Tony Koch was last night awarded the major prize at the 4th annual News Awards, capping off an evening of success for the newspaper in a number of categories. Koch was awarded the Sir Keith Murdoch Award for Excellence in Journalism... read more
Our writers honoured
THE Australian has scooped the Queensland Media Awards, with Tony Koch named as Queensland journalist of the year. Koch, The Australian's chief reporter in Queensland, took out Saturday night's top prize after winning three other major awards. He and... read more
Most health staff quarters `unsafe'
AN audit of the 1237 staff accommodation facilities owned by Queensland Health revealed that more than half did not meet criteria acceptable as safe in the event of a security breach, burglary or fire. Health Minister Stephen Robertson yesterday tabled... read more
Nurse lashes out at rape strike claims
A NURSE allegedly raped on a remote Torres Strait island three months ago has accused bureaucrats of implying she would not have been attacked if she had been more sensitive to indigenous culture. The nurse, who has made her career in remote, indigenous... read more