Narelle Fraser Interviews

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  • 53 minutes 20 seconds
    Di McDonald

    This week鈥檚 podcast is dedicated to Di McDonald, who is launching Stalking Awareness Day Australia (SADA) on 24th May 2024.聽


    Di has been a guest of NFI a few times, and is a strong advocate for law reform regarding stalking legislation and Police response to reports of stalking.聽She鈥檚 lobbied MP鈥檚, organisations & the media in her mission to raise awareness of the offence of Stalking.聽


    Di鈥檚 story is very powerful and has been featured on programs including Australian Story and Insight and 7 of her recommendations she submitted to the Victorian Law Reform Commission鈥檚 Stalking enquiry, were accepted.聽Di鈥檚 passion has arisen from somehow surviving a stalker who鈥檚 offending was relentless and included humiliation, denigration, fear and terror, not only upon her, but her friends & family. What an incredible woman Di McDonald is.聽


    Congratulations on your pursuit for a safer community for us all.


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    21 May 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 48 minutes 31 seconds
    Selena (Sel) McCrickard - part 2

    Sel is a trauma informed lawyer and understands the stresses clients experience when navigating the Family Court system as unfortunately, she has experienced this on a personal level, so she really DOES understand the impacts. Sel is committed to trying to resolve聽family law matters in a timely way without court proceedings where possible.

    There鈥檚 so much I鈥檇 love to chat to Sel about today, because, in my podcast and policing world, I鈥檝e heard too many stories of those treated poorly by the court system, particularly in family court matters where the common themes seem to include humiliation, intimidation and feeling demeaned by defence lawyers.


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    14 May 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 52 minutes 46 seconds
    Selena (Sel) McCrickard - part 1

    Sel is a trauma informed lawyer and understands the stresses clients experience when navigating the Family Court system as unfortunately, she has experienced this on a personal level, so she really DOES understand the impacts. Sel is committed to trying to resolve聽family law matters in a timely way without court proceedings where possible.


    There鈥檚 so much I鈥檇 love to chat to Sel about today, because, in my podcast and policing world, I鈥檝e heard too many stories of those treated poorly by the court system, particularly in family court matters where the common themes seem to include humiliation, intimidation and feeling demeaned by defence lawyers.



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    7 May 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    Robin (Rob) Bailey - Intergraph - The Whole Story!

    In 1990 Assistant Commissioner Ray Shuey called Chief Inspector Rob Bailey to his office, as Rob had already managed one force-wide project called TRIM (the tape recording of formal interviews) in the 80鈥漵

    Rob was asked to select a group of selected people to investigate the potential to introduce Computer Aided Dispatch to the Victoria Police.

    Ultimately in 1996 Rob decommissioned D24 at Russell Street and a combined EMS was implemented at the Police Centre (in what was a car park) and at Tally Ho at Burwood.

    Rob was initially the Project Manager and at the end the project, after 6 years,聽was co-ordinator for the estimated cost of around $360m project;

    Rob talks about the great team & environment which was created & shares some stories about the evolution including the fact;

    路聽聽聽聽聽He was offered a bribe

    路聽聽聽聽聽he WITNESSED CORRUPTION

    路聽聽聽聽聽the difficulties in POLICE COMMAND NOT UNDERSTANDING THE CONCEPT;

    路聽聽聽聽聽THE EVALUATION PROCESS AND POLITICAL INTERFERENCE;

    路聽聽聽聽聽BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANS AND INTERRUPTIONS

    路聽聽聽聽聽FALSE ACCUSATION OF INTERGRAPH CAUSING DEATHS

    路聽聽聽聽聽FALSE INFORMATION PROVIDED TO THE CORONER

    路聽聽聽聽聽DEATH OF A WOMAN AND BABY

    路聽聽聽聽聽PERJURY AT THE CORONERS COURT

    路聽聽聽聽聽CORRUPTION AT TALLY HO CENTRE

    路聽聽聽聽聽The waste of time & resources into a ROYAL COMMISSION

    路聽聽聽聽聽MISINFORMATION BY THE MEDIA, PARTICULARLY 3AW


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    30 April 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 45 minutes 33 seconds
    Tammy Casselson part 2

    You wouldn鈥檛 believe that we鈥檙e recording this the day after the Victims of Crime Commissioner here in Victoria released her report titled 鈥楽ilenced and Sidelined鈥 which was a disturbing report/insight into how victims of crime are treated by the justice system 鈥 from their initial report to Police through to their experience in the court system and how we can improve that experience.聽 It was disturbing reading.聽 My guest today Tammy Casselson鈥檚 story just highlights and confirms what the Victim of Crime Commission found in her report.聽 What REALLY frustrates me is the fact that since 2016 there have been 7 reports into how victims are treated in the justice system and what can be done to improve their experience.聽 With all due respect to Fiona McCormack, the Victims of Crime Commissioner, nothing seems to have changed.聽 We just seem to be going round & round in circles.聽 And Tammy鈥檚 story is proof of that鈥︹︹︹︹


    Tammy Casseslon had it all 鈥 or so it appeared.聽 A carefree, happy childhood, happy upbringing, meets Mr Handsome, Mr Popular, Mr Nice Guy, Mr Life of the Party who also had a carefree happy childhood & happy upbringing. A happy life, right??!!聽 Tammy & her husband had 2 adorable children and everything just seemed perfect.聽


    But behind closed doors Tammy didn鈥檛 鈥渉ave it all鈥.聽 She was frightened.聽 Her husband鈥檚 behaviour was becoming more unpredictable 鈥 his bursts of anger, his yelling, his insults & his threats, not only towards her, but their children.


    Mr Handsome had become Mr Narcissist, Mr Abusive, Mr Vindictive, Mr Controlling, Mr Demeaning.聽聽 Like so many other survivors of D&FV, Tammy made excuses for his behaviour, not recognising or understanding the seriousness of his increasingly violent behaviour. 聽It wasn鈥檛 until an ill-fated attempt at taking his own life and ending up in hospital, Tammy found the courage to leave.聽 That鈥檚 when she realised his abuse had included financial abuse & discovered their finances were in shatters, non-existent.聽 He鈥檇 kept it secret from her that they had nothing 鈥 and Tammy and her children were homeless.聽 But homelessness was a safer option than staying.聽

    How does a successful, educated professional woman with a background in counselling, psychology, & teaching become homeless?


    Tammy was dragged through the court system where all the games her husband could have played, he did 鈥 along with his legal representatives whom she felt belittled and intimidated by.


    Tammy鈥檚 husband eventually did end his life but left a lot of heartache & 鈥渨hat ifs鈥.聽 鈥榃hat if鈥 they could have tried some type of amicable reconciliation, 鈥榳hat if鈥 their children & their father could have mended some of the damaged relationship, 鈥榳hat if鈥 he鈥檇 sought some help 鈥 his death became a senseless 聽void unable to be filled.聽 All because he refused to seek help.聽


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    23 April 2024, 8:40 pm
  • 44 minutes 23 seconds
    Tammy Casselson part 1

    You wouldn鈥檛 believe that we鈥檙e recording this the day after the Victims of Crime Commissioner here in Victoria released her report titled 鈥楽ilenced & Sidelined鈥 which was a disturbing report/insight into how victims of crime are treated by the justice system 鈥 from their initial report to Police through to their experience in the court system & how we can improve that experience.聽It was disturbing reading.聽My guest today Tammy Casselson鈥檚 story just highlights & confirms what the Victim of Crime Commission found in her report.聽What REALLY frustrates me is the fact that since 2016 there have been 7 reports into how victims are treated in the justice system & what can be done to improve their experience.聽With all due respect to Fiona McCormack, the Victims of Crime Commissioner, nothing seems to have changed.聽We just seem to be going round & round in circles.聽And Tammy鈥檚 story is proof of that鈥︹︹︹︹


    Tammy Casseslon had it all 鈥 or so it appeared.聽A carefree, happy childhood, happy upbringing, meets Mr Handsome, Mr Popular, Mr Nice Guy, Mr Life of the Party who also had a carefree happy childhood & happy upbringing. A happy life, right??!!聽Tammy & her husband had 2 adorable children & everything just seemed perfect.聽

    But behind closed doors Tammy didn鈥檛 鈥渉ave it all鈥.聽She was frightened.聽Her husband鈥檚 behaviour was becoming more unpredictable 鈥 his bursts of anger, his yelling, his insults & his threats, not only towards her, but their children.


    Mr Handsome had become Mr Narcissist, Mr Abusive, Mr Vindictive, Mr Controlling, Mr Demeaning.聽聽Like so many other survivors of D&FV, Tammy made excuses for his behaviour, not recognising or understanding the seriousness of his increasingly violent behaviour.聽It wasn鈥檛 until an ill-fated attempt at taking his own life & ending up in hospital, Tammy found the courage to leave.聽That鈥檚 when she realised his abuse had included financial abuse & discovered their finances were in shatters, non-existent.聽He鈥檇 kept it secret from her that they had nothing 鈥 & Tammy & her children were homeless.聽But homelessness was a safer option than staying.聽

    How does a successful, educated professional woman with a background in counselling, psychology, & teaching become homeless?


    Tammy was dragged through the court system where all the games her husband could have played, he did 鈥 along with his legal representatives whom she felt belittled & intimidated by.


    Tammy鈥檚 husband eventually did end his life but left a lot of heartache & 鈥渨hat ifs鈥.聽鈥榃hat if鈥 they could have tried some type of amicable reconciliation, 鈥榳hat if鈥 their children & their father could have mended some of the damaged relationship, 鈥榳hat if鈥 he鈥檇 sought some help 鈥 his death became a senseless聽void unable to be filled.聽All because he refused to seek help.聽聽


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    16 April 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 43 minutes 53 seconds
    Peter Eames Part 2

    Last year I interviewed Peter 鈥楲ucky鈥 Lukaitis a Policeman from Castlemaine, who was involved in a siege at Kangaroo Flat, here in Victoria, where 4 Police were shot (thankfully all survived).聽There were many heroic efforts on this day which have resulted in a number of bravery awards, not only for Police, but also members of the public who put their own lives at risk to assist Police who had been shot and lay injured, unable to move.聽After a 19hr stand off, the SOG were deployed and located the gunman, John Wason, deceased in his home after turning his gun on himself.聽

    One of the Policeman shot (not once but twice) was Senior Constable Peter Eames, my guest today.聽Peter was one of the first to arrive at the scene & was attempting to converse with the gunman when he was shot, first in the chest & then in his leg.聽聽Miraculously Peter survived, as did the other 4 Police who were subsequently shot.聽聽聽This siege remains the single largest number of Police shot in the one incident in Victoria鈥檚 history.聽

    But on talking to Peter, the siege pales into insignificance (would you believe) compared with the trauma and grief he endured in Egypt on 12th January 2006.聽

    Peter was part of a 90 strong contingent of Australians, made up of police and emergency workers and their friends and relatives, who were on a professional and cultural exchange with Egyptian police, organised through the Egyptian Federation of Victoria and organised twice a year since 1990.

    Peter was on a bus which overturned on a desert road around 45k from Cairo where 6 people died, 2 of those being Peter鈥檚 B-I-L Mark and nephew Drew.聽Many more were injured. Peter miraculously survived (again!!) and was taken to Cairo hospital for treatment for broken bones/ribs, cuts and bruises.


    Welcome Peter and thanks so much for your time


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    9 April 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 47 minutes 29 seconds
    Peter Eames Part 1

    Last year I interviewed Peter 鈥楲ucky鈥 Lukaitis a Policeman from Castlemaine, who was involved in a siege at Kangaroo Flat, here in Victoria, where 4 Police were shot (thankfully all survived).聽There were many heroic efforts on this day which have resulted in a number of bravery awards, not only for Police, but also members of the public who put their own lives at risk to assist Police who had been shot and lay injured, unable to move.聽After a 19hr stand off, the SOG were deployed and located the gunman, John Wason, deceased in his home after turning his gun on himself.聽

    One of the Policeman shot (not once but twice) was Senior Constable Peter Eames, my guest today.聽Peter was one of the first to arrive at the scene & was attempting to converse with the gunman when he was shot, first in the chest & then in his leg.聽聽Miraculously Peter survived, as did the other 4 Police who were subsequently shot.聽聽聽This siege remains the single largest number of Police shot in the one incident in Victoria鈥檚 history.聽

    But on talking to Peter, the siege pales into insignificance (would you believe) compared with the trauma and grief he endured in Egypt on 12th January 2006.聽

    Peter was part of a 90 strong contingent of Australians, made up of police and emergency workers and their friends and relatives, who were on a professional and cultural exchange with Egyptian police, organised through the Egyptian Federation of Victoria and organised twice a year since 1990.

    Peter was on a bus which overturned on a desert road around 45k from Cairo where 6 people died, 2 of those being Peter鈥檚 B-I-L Mark and nephew Drew.聽Many more were injured. Peter miraculously survived (again!!) and was taken to Cairo hospital for treatment for broken bones/ribs, cuts and bruises.


    Welcome Peter and thanks so much for your time



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    2 April 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 45 minutes 34 seconds
    DR LEAH WILLIAMS part 3

    Kathleen Folbigg was convicted for the deaths of her 4 young children (all babies) in NSW over a 10 year period and in 2003 was convicted of the murder of 3 of them and manslaughter of one child.聽


    Always maintaining her innocence, she was initially sentenced to 40yrs in prison (reduced to 30yrs on appeal) however after 2 decades in jail, she was pardoned and in Dec 2023 had her convictions quashed following a judicial inquiry that found there was reasonable doubt with regard to her guilt.聽That finding was informed by new scientific evidence that had been unavailable at the time of her trial and other crucial evidence relating to Folbigg鈥檚 diaries which were presented by the prosecution as akin to confessions.


    We鈥檒l chat a little about this case but what I鈥檓 more interested in is how Dr Williams feels about the way media cover criminal processes such as Kathleen Folbigg鈥檚 trials, how they portray criminals and the influence (and danger) they can have in swaying public opinion.


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    26 March 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 48 minutes 58 seconds
    DR LEAH WILLIAMS part 2

    Kathleen Folbigg was convicted for the deaths of her 4 young children (all babies) in NSW over a 10 year period and in 2003 was convicted of the murder of 3 of them and manslaughter of one child.聽


    Always maintaining her innocence, she was initially sentenced to 40yrs in prison (reduced to 30yrs on appeal) however after 2 decades in jail, she was pardoned and in Dec 2023 had her convictions quashed following a judicial inquiry that found there was reasonable doubt with regard to her guilt.聽That finding was informed by new scientific evidence that had been unavailable at the time of her trial and other crucial evidence relating to Folbigg鈥檚 diaries which were presented by the prosecution as akin to confessions.


    We鈥檒l chat a little about this case but what I鈥檓 more interested in is how Dr Williams feels about the way media cover criminal processes such as Kathleen Folbigg鈥檚 trials, how they portray criminals and the influence (and danger) they can have in swaying public opinion.


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    18 March 2024, 7:00 pm
  • 41 minutes 55 seconds
    DR LEAH WILLIAMS

    Kathleen Folbigg was convicted for the deaths of her 4 young children (all babies) in NSW over a 10 year period and in 2003 was convicted of the murder of 3 of them and manslaughter of one child.聽


    Always maintaining her innocence, she was initially sentenced to 40yrs in prison (reduced to 30yrs on appeal) however after 2 decades in jail, she was pardoned and in Dec 2023 had her convictions quashed following a judicial inquiry that found there was reasonable doubt with regard to her guilt.聽That finding was informed by new scientific evidence that had been unavailable at the time of her trial and other crucial evidence relating to Folbigg鈥檚 diaries which were presented by the prosecution as akin to confessions.


    We鈥檒l chat a little about this case but what I鈥檓 more interested in is how Dr Williams feels about the way media cover criminal processes such as Kathleen Folbigg鈥檚 trials, how they portray criminals and the influence (and danger) they can have in swaying public opinion.



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    12 March 2024, 9:41 pm
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