Confounding Testimony Overshadows Salvation Army’s Appeal For Funding

Salvation Army Commissioner James Condon expressed his shock and betrayal at the evidence delivered to the Royal Commission in his address at the national launch of the Red Shield Appeal. He states that “trust has been betrayed”.

This comes as former Personnel Chief Peter Farthing delivered a confusing testimony at the recent hearings into the case of Officer Colin Haggar. After admitting to the sexual assault of an 8 year old girl in 1989, Haggar was counselled by Farthing for 18 months while dismissed from the Salvation Army.

Inexplicably, Haggar was later reinstated to the institution and bizarrely passed a Working with Children check as Farthing failed to declare the incident. The Daily Telegraph details the story with the Commission exposing that Farthing wrote to Haggar upon his reinstatement “May we say we are delighted with this outcome.”


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About Peter Kelso

I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I have been admitted to practice since 1984. I am the principal and founder of Kelso Lawyers which has operated in Newcastle since 1986.

I have been an advocate for compensation for victims of abuse since the commencement of the Victims Compensation Tribunal in New South Wales in 1988. I conduct the largest victims practice in New South Wales. I have a high level of engagement with numerous NGOs such as woman’s refuges, sexual assault services, community organisations and healing centres.

On 31 October 2012 I was a finalist for the Justice Medal, presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.

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