Former deputy premier to face sex abuse inquiry
A FORMER deputy premier will again take the stand on Tuesday to explain why he gave a positive reference to a man he knew to have sexually assaulted minors in his care.
Convicted paedophile Gregory Robert Knight was accused of rubbing and touching Year 7 and 8 students' bodies, including their penises, on two separate school camps for a school in South Australia three years before he came to teach in Queensland, where he abused boys at St Paul's School.
The SA government investigated and found Knight guilty of several counts of improper and disgraceful conduct stemming from the two camps. SA Police also investigated but decided they didn't have enough evidence to lay charges.
Following this investigation then South Australian Education Minister Dr Donald Hopgood, who later became deputy premier of the state, wrote Knight a positive reference for the time they spent together in the Noarlunga City Concert Band.
In his opening address to the child sex abuse royal commission last week, Counsel Assisting David Lloyd told the commission Dr Hopgood knew about the investigation findings and wrote the reference on parliamentary letterhead, although not ministerial letterhead.