…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The people who hoped that with the election of Liberal National Party government the things in Queensland will start changing for the better, better for the ordinary, decent Queenslanders that is, and have another reason to regret their naivete. The Heiner inquiry is a good example. I wrote about it on 4th April this year. [Fog of Chaos – The Ghost of Heiner]
I was pessimistic then and I am even more pessimistic now. The victim of the rape is an Aborigine and, it seems, a relatively independent person, which is obviously anathema to the professional feminists. Furthermore, she is not exactly a poster child for the Aboriginal welfare industry, which is mostly, but not exclusively, run for the benefit of the parasites of the Left inclination. The original infection started with the so called conservative government, but the boil properly festered under the Wayne Goss’ Labor government. The truth about it would not increase the electoral chances of neither the Australian Labor Party, nor the Liberal National Party; so do not expect any T-shirts, media campaigns or ‘Get Up’ petitions.
The Queensland government established a commission into the cover-up, as promised during election campaign, but appointed as the head of the commission of inquiry Mr Tim Carmody, who happened to be the head of the Crime Commission when the Heiner allegations were referred to him already sometime last century and who happened to take no action. The mind boggles. Is Mr Carmody to investigate his own possible nonfeasance? Aren’t there some senior lawyers untainted by the association, financial or political, with the former government ? After more than twenty years of Labor, perhaps not.
I am not suggesting that a person who made his living from the government by protecting that government would necessarily keep on protecting the government. Far from it; after all, there are honest people, lawyers even, somewhere, allegedly. Pity the Premier Newman disregarded the saying – justice is not only to be done, but ought to be seen to be done, in favour of another – never appoint a commission of inquiry unless you know what they will find.
Mr Piers Akerman now shares my misgivings:
Queensland justice has not changed under Premier Campbell Newman, if a ruling by former Queensland Crime Commissioner Tim Carmody is any indication.
Yesterday afternoon Carmody refused to step aside from presiding over an inquiry into child protection, which includes the notorious Heiner Affair, after ruling that the Crime Commission he headed was not “government”.
Under Section 3E of the terms of reference of the inquiry, Carmody’s commission is instructed to look into the government’s response to the alleged sexual assault of children at detention centres in Queensland.
The Heiner Affair involves the pack rape of a 14-year-old Aboriginal girl while she was a ward of the state juvenile system and an inmate at the John Oxley youth detention centre, and the subsequent shredding of documents relating to the rape that had been provided to former magistrate Noel Heiner as part of an inquiry he was conducting.
His ability to effectively examine his own role in the Heiner Affair was called into question by legal counsel Michael Bosscher, acting for former union official and chief whistleblower Kevin Lindeberg and respected former journalist Bruce Grundy.
When Carmody was head of the Crime Commission between 1997 and 2001, the Heiner allegations were referred to him directly but no action was taken.
Bosscher submitted that Carmody could end up judging his own response to the affair if he was allowed to preside over the 3E part of the inquiry.
In his ruling on the recusal application, Carmody said he interpreted the term government to refer to the political executive or the premier and his cabinet.
Carmody’s ruling duds the taxpayers and thwarts the intent of the premier who made the Heiner investigation an election promise – unless Newman never intended justice to prevail. [Full article]