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‘Treated with disdain’: Affected families query Hawthorn review’s independence

The independence of the AFL’s proposed investigation into allegations against former Hawthorn coaches is being questioned by families interviewed for the club’s cultural safety review.

On Wednesday, two of the families confirmed to ABC Sport they had only learned the identities of the four-person investigative panel via media reports.

Responding to news that Bernard Quinn KC will chair a panel including barristers Tim Goodwin, Julie Buxton and Jacqualyn Turfrey, a member of one of the families interviewed by ABC Sport and for the Hawthorn review said she had been caught unawares by the announcement.

A member of another of the Hawthorn families said: “Nobody from the AFL has communicated with us at all on anything”.

She said her family had also been rocked by media reports claiming that former Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson, who has denied allegations against him, may commence his coaching duties at North Melbourne before the completion of the investigation.

“If the AFL allows that, it shows they truly don’t care about us,” she said.

“Gillon McLachlan has previously stated that our wellbeing is at the forefront, but it does not feel like that to us.

“The only consistent message we hear from both sides is that it’s unfair on the accused, as though what happened to us was fair, and that it’s all our fault for speaking to the media. The reality is the AFL and Hawthorn did not speak to us or give us any support after we contributed to the review.”

The AFL did not respond to ABC Sport’s request for clarification on Clarkson’s start date.

Lawyer Judy Courtin, who represents one of the Hawthorn families, said an inquiry established by and funded by the AFL could not hope to be independent.

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‘Treated with disdain’: Affected families query Hawthorn review’s independence

The independence of the AFL’s proposed investigation into allegations against former Hawthorn coaches is being questioned by families interviewed for the club’s cultural safety review.

On Wednesday, two of the families confirmed to ABC Sport they had only learned the identities of the four-person investigative panel via media reports.

Responding to news that Bernard Quinn KC will chair a panel including barristers Tim Goodwin, Julie Buxton and Jacqualyn Turfrey, a member of one of the families interviewed by ABC Sport and for the Hawthorn review said she had been caught unawares by the announcement.

A member of another of the Hawthorn families said: “Nobody from the AFL has communicated with us at all on anything”.

She said her family had also been rocked by media reports claiming that former Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson, who has denied allegations against him, may commence his coaching duties at North Melbourne before the completion of the investigation.

“If the AFL allows that, it shows they truly don’t care about us,” she said.

“Gillon McLachlan has previously stated that our wellbeing is at the forefront, but it does not feel like that to us.

“The only consistent message we hear from both sides is that it’s unfair on the accused, as though what happened to us was fair, and that it’s all our fault for speaking to the media. The reality is the AFL and Hawthorn did not speak to us or give us any support after we contributed to the review.”

The AFL did not respond to ABC Sport’s request for clarification on Clarkson’s start date.

Lawyer Judy Courtin, who represents one of the Hawthorn families, said an inquiry established by and funded by the AFL could not hope to be independent.

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‘Treated with disdain’: Affected families query Hawthorn review’s independence

The independence of the AFL’s proposed investigation into allegations against former Hawthorn coaches is being questioned by families interviewed for the club’s cultural safety review.

On Wednesday, two of the families confirmed to ABC Sport they had only learned the identities of the four-person investigative panel via media reports.

Responding to news that Bernard Quinn KC will chair a panel including barristers Tim Goodwin, Julie Buxton and Jacqualyn Turfrey, a member of one of the families interviewed by ABC Sport and for the Hawthorn review said she had been caught unawares by the announcement.

A member of another of the Hawthorn families said: “Nobody from the AFL has communicated with us at all on anything”.

She said her family had also been rocked by media reports claiming that former Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson, who has denied allegations against him, may commence his coaching duties at North Melbourne before the completion of the investigation.

“If the AFL allows that, it shows they truly don’t care about us,” she said.

“Gillon McLachlan has previously stated that our wellbeing is at the forefront, but it does not feel like that to us.

“The only consistent message we hear from both sides is that it’s unfair on the accused, as though what happened to us was fair, and that it’s all our fault for speaking to the media. The reality is the AFL and Hawthorn did not speak to us or give us any support after we contributed to the review.”

The AFL did not respond to ABC Sport’s request for clarification on Clarkson’s start date.

Lawyer Judy Courtin, who represents one of the Hawthorn families, said an inquiry established by and funded by the AFL could not hope to be independent.

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