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7-18-2020 00:27  Write a comment

Riddoch gallery under cloud board members resign, CEO replaced


Members of Riddoch gallery who were accused of helping cover up child sex abuse at the Riddoch Boys Home have resigned.

The gallery closed just before midnight, and three trustees have since been relieved of their roles.

But director of Riddoch and the Riddoch community, Brian Taylor, remains president.

Mr Taylor was asked to step aside at the request of the government, with the Liberal Party backing up the request.

"We have put a message out through the Riddoch Gallery to those of us involved in that gallery who were involved in the Riddoch scandal... we are no longer part of this institution. That is the end of that institution and we're pleased to say the doors are closed now," he said.

"We are delighted to take the responsibility that comes with being president from Riddoch Gallery."

He says the decision to step aside was not made lightly and he accepts the allegations against those who took part in cover-up.

"It's just a horrible thing to have to deal with in today's society... you can only deal with so many terrible decisions in your life and it's not a matter of choice. It's a choice," he said.

The gallery's owner Riddoch community leader, Tony Moore, who stepped down just over 24 hours earlier, says members of the gallery were involved in a cover-up operation.

Mr Moore also says he did no
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