The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told two whistleblowers were dismissed from their positions at a home in Queensland.
The Royal Commission is examining Salvation Army boys homes in New South Wales and Queensland, with a primary focus on cases in the 1960s and 1970s.
Whistleblower Cliff Randall expressed concern about violence towards boys in the Alkira Salvation Army home at Indooroopilly in 1975.
The retired Major worked at the home as a “house parent” with his wife Marina between August 1973 and May 1975.
The Commission was told Cliff and Marina Randall were suddenly dismissed from their positions when they complained about an incident involving Major John McIver.
A boy swung around to avoid being flogged by Mr McIver causing the officer to break a cuff-link.
He attacked the boy in fury, dislocating his shoulder.
When the Randall’s asked for a car to take the boy to hospital, Cliff Randall told the Commission the request was refused.
“McIver did what used to be done in the old football days,” Major Randall said.
“He used a tennis ball under the armpit to pop the shoulder back in.
“This is dangerous, because you can damage the nerves in the shoulder area.
“The boy was in agony.”
The Randall’s were told to leave the home after they reported the incident to the Queensland Department of Children’s Services.
Cliff Randall has told the inquiry, another leader Captain Lawrence Wilson claimed he was medically trained.
He held “sick parades” where boys were forced to strip naked so he could touch their bodies.
Major Randall also remembers Wilson throwing a boy down a corridor.
“Captain Wilson told me the boys were ‘useless and bad’, and it had to be drummed into them that rules are rules,” he said.
When another boy reported being abused, the officer involved was quickly moved to a home in NSW.
The boy was later jailed for murder.
A victim of child sexual abuse has accused police officers of assaulting him when he complained about the actions of Salvation Army officers, including Captain Lawrence Wilson.
During his time in the Gill Memorial Home at Goulburn in NSW, a man known as GH says he was raped, beaten, and forced to eat his own vomit.
In 1972 he escaped and reported two Salvation Army officers to police, but he says nobody listened.
“The police just gave us a flogging by belting me across the neck and side of the head, and took us back to the home,” he said.
When the boys were taken back, they were flogged by a Salvation Army officer.
GH says he complained to police a second time and was beaten again.
He says after that, he never spoke out.
Lawyers representing the police force say a search is underway for the police officers allegedly involved.