In seven years 17 serving and former NSW police officers have committed suicide. In fact, more NSW police have died from suicide while on duty than from any other cause.

These articles examined the traumas officers face on a daily basis and the challenge of making it acceptable for them to ask for help.

March 9, 2007: Training to spot police in distress

May 1, 2007: It’s OK to cry: NSW police chief

May 2, 2007: When thin blue line snaps

May 5, 2007: Hidden scars of a career facing society’s horrors

May 7, 2007: Cops struggle to cope with problems

* Support is available for anyone who may be distressed, by calling SANE Helpline 1800 18 7263 or Lifeline 131 114.

STAR CITY casino allowed a 31-year-old bank clerk earning $44,000 a year to lose $8.5million of stolen money in its high-roller room, despite believing the source of his funds was suspicious and monitoring him for nearly a year.

Erick Tjandra, a pathological gambler, stole $10.4 million from his employer, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, gambling most of it away at the casino.

While staff had concerns about his behaviour and funding, no meaningful action was ever taken by the casino’s managers.

The details of the case have been revealed in the Casino Control Authority’s triennial report, which also found a single call from a Star City cashier to the federal anti-money laundering body, Austrac, led to the end of Tjandra’s 11-month gambling run.

AN ADVENTURE pilot who died with his passenger in a jet fighter crash in October had a history of complaints and investigations into his flying and aircraft maintenance – but after the crash the air safety authority denied all knowledge of his record.

Documents obtained from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority under freedom-of-information laws reveal it conducted at least two investigations and received at least five complaints about the pilot, Nick Costin, but let him continue his air adventure business.


Rape victims can throw up or be brought to tears by the tactics of opposing lawyers.

Katy’s stepfather had sexually abused her from the age of nine until she left home at 21. He was initially found guilty of indecent assault and rape, but the conviction was overturned on appeal and a retrial ordered.

“The defence barrister’s style was deplorable,” Katy says of the retrial. ” He intimidated me the whole time. He would yell at me and come up really close to question me. I was surprised at his level of animosity. He called me every name under the sun. I was just a piece of shit to him.”

Katy describes the trials flatly, without emotion. She says she is describing incidents from a past life: the “younger Katy” who was repeatedly sexually assaulted and had to go through the trauma of multiple court cases.

Reference to this article in a book by Evan Whitton.


The “crisis in care” series examined the problems within the Victorian Department of Human Services and the impact these problems had on the children, young people, parents and carers who have to deal with the department. The articles were written with William Birnbauer and published in The Sunday Age.

The series received a special commendation at the 2004 Media Peace Awards of the United Nations Association of Australia and was a finalist at the 2004 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission media awards.

July 4, 2004: Slipping away: youth on drugs

July 11, 2004: Did political correctness kill little Jed?

End of state care too abrupt: report

July 18, 2004: Appoint a children’s champion, Vic told

Bracks fails to deliver over Jed

August 22, 2004: Seeds of another stolen generation

An inter-racial success story

Young deaths a backdrop to bitter power play

Women’s refuge facing closure

August 29, 2004: Investigate all child deaths, state told

Pictures provide small window on unspeakable pain