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Don Hopwood (right) with SA Premier Jay Weatherill and former Premier Lynn Arnold – the kiddy fiddlers are at every level of schools, governments and all manner of other institutions

  • Dr Hopgood accepted that he was aware by 14 June 1978, when he made the decision to rescind the dismissal of Mr Knight, that there was an unchallenged finding by a delegate of the Department of Education, of which Dr Hopgood was the Minister, that Mr Knight had sexually assaulted as many as three boys under his care.
  • Dr Hopgood accepted that he was aware by 14 June 1978, when he made the decision to rescind the dismissal of Mr Knight, that there was an unchallenged finding by a delegate of the Department of Education, of which Dr Hopgood was the Minister, that Mr Knight had sexually assaulted as many as three boys under his care.
  • Dr Hopgood knew that by rescinding the dismissal, unless he took any further action there was no impediment to Mr Knight obtaining a teaching position at any non-government school in South Australia or at any other school in any other state or territory in Australia.The effect of rescinding the dismissal was that Mr Knight’s registration as a teacher in South Australia remained current.
  • Dr Hopgood accepted that he took no steps to inform the Teacher Registration Board in South Australia of the findings of the Mayfield inquiry into the conduct of Mr Knight.
  • As Minister for Education, Dr Hopgood accepted that his principal obligations included protecting the welfare and advancing the interests of school students in the state and non-state school system in South Australia.
  • Dr Hopgood accepted that in rescinding the dismissal of Mr Knight and failing notify the SA Teacher Registration Board, he acted in disregard for the welfare of students at non-government South Australian schools and at schools in other states and territories in Australia.

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