Just another interesting note about Pell. Again, not related to the Risdale case, but to later on when he was archbishop.
He had, what was known at the time, as a 'Church Gestapo' working for him. He set very strict rules about how a mass service was to be conducted, and he sent his spies out to every single church to make sure this was being followed. And there were ramifications for those that didn't.
These spies would also interview regular parishioners, go through the books at the Presbytery, interview students at the school... The whole lot. Essentially, he knew every single detail about every parish. He was a control freak, but I guess you could also call that a thorough management style.
But I guess there mustn't have been any sexual abuse cases during the 90's, because surely a man with that much of an obsession with knowing details wouldn't have let that slide...