On Monday 7 July Frank Penhalluriack, joined by Member for Caulfield and Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services David Southwick MP and Founder and CEO of Tzedek Manny Waks, destroyed the mural painted by Rolf Harris in 1990 at the local hardware store Penhalluriack’s Building Supplies.
The famous mural was painted red following a London judge decision to sentence Rolf Harris to five years and nine months jail after a jury found him guilty of 12 charges of indecently assaulting four girls (now women) in the UK between 1968 and 1986.
“It’s difficult to imagine the emotions of an abused person. I invite any others who have been affected by immoral behaviour to join in painting the wall — whether or not they admit to suffering ignominy at the hands of other powerful men or women,” Mr Penhalluriack said.
Mr Waks added “The Rolf Harris case sends a very powerful message irrespective of who you are or the time that’s passed … justice will be served.”
“I commend Mr Penhalluriack for taking a public stand and providing strong advocacy against child abuse,” Mr Southwick said.
Image: David Southwick MP, Manny Waks, Frank Penhalluriack