Well of course they lie, as usual, it's their "standard PR tech."
The only win they can claim on this is that they did not get hit as hard as they feared and deserved. But this event is no win for them: no way.
There are practical and ethical reasons why the Ozzie Ombudsman watered down his draft report in the presentation of his final report . . . but what a master stroke it was to "leak" the draft report to slam the cult.
He has very clearly and cleverly put everyone on notice of what he is continuing to investigate and very clearly calling for evidence of the violations he cited that he can act on! Anyone with intelligence can read the fact that, under the law he has to operate, most of the evidence he has so far been presented with, though he agrees to its factuality, is beyond the 6 years statute of limitation and cannot be acted on by the Office he represents.
Achieving the outcome achieved so far by our intrepid Ozzies is wonderful . . . face the fact that they have achieved an ONGOING INVESTIGATION INTO THE CULT BY A GOVERNMENT AGENCY. And further, they have achieved a hugely wounding exposure of the cults dangers to more and more media and public. Just ask the honest question: how many people have been further turned off and against the cult by this latest campaign by our gang? That alone is a huge win.
But my question of you PR is, why the hell are you selling the Cof$ story that this is a win for them?
Nick Xenophon called the report disappointing. Tony Ortega said they dodged a bullet. The story can be spun either way. I'm all for optimism and perseverence, but I'm so over drinking the Kool Aid and calling a disappointing outcome a huge win. For years I believed there was a big man in the sky who was strong enough and cared enough to heal my disabled daughter. I believed that OTs could do the same shit. I just want to call a spade a spade, and if it has shit on it I'll say so.
So spin it however you want, the result does not make me want to jump for joy and party and that is the truth. I believe there is more the Ombudsman could have done and that is the truth. I feel how I feel and that is the truth. Is that clear enough for you? Or perhaps I'm just an SP. I no longer know or care.