The Hall of Shame is a place where those in power are exposed for unethical and abhorrent behaviour in preying upon the most vulnerable in society. Their detestable behaviour epitomises corruption and injustice that our society actively fights.
These transgressions are concealed from the public eye because those in power abuse their elite standing to protect themselves. In sacrificing their publicly stated principles they have betrayed those people who entrusted them with power and responsibility. In setting an abysmal example they have betrayed their children. In abandoning their personal moral convictions, they have betrayed themselves.
The Hall's aim to use shame; the personal feeling of internal revulsion and self-condemnation that is the direct consequence of rejection by one's community. The ultimate purpose of the Hall is to promote public pressure on such individuals so that they amend their behaviour, and deter others.
Current residents of the Hall Of Shame are:
Thomas Ley was the NSW Minister for Justice from 1925 to 1928. In 1947, he was convicted of murdering his mistress’ lover, and suspected of earlier murders. He escaped the death penalty by being incarcerated in Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane, where he died at the age of 66.
Milton Orkopoulos was a Minister in the NSW Legislative Assembly as well as the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. On November 7th 2008, he was arrested and charged with over 36 counts of child prostitution, supplying illegal drugs and sexual assault. Convicted of 28 of those counts, he is currently serving a 13-year sentence.
Keith Wright was a Member of the QLD Legislative Assembly from 1965 to 1984. He was found to have abused a number of teenaged girls, aged 11 and 13 at the time of the act. Being convicted of these crimes, he spent over 5 years in gaol.
Rex Jackson was the Minister for Corrective Services for 2 years. During that time, he was accused of accepting money in exchange for the early release of the prisoners under his authority. After being convicted of these charges, the disgracedminister received 10 years and served three years in prison.