Sue Neill-Fraser out on parole

Sue Neill-Fraser was released on parole this morning and driven to the parole office in Hobart by her two daughters, Sarah Bowles and Emma Fraser-Meeker, reported the ABC.  Continue reading

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The truth will set you free … from totalitarianism – Tasmania please note

“When a society loses the desire to know the truth, that is a precursor to totalitarianism,” observed author, Holocaust survivor and political philosopher Hanna Arendt (1906 – 1975). Tasmanian society is now seeing that observation come closer to realisation around them.  If we look at the totalitarian-like behaviours of the joint enterprise that has arisen there consisting of the police, the courts, the bureaucrats, the political class (all largely unscrutinised by the local media), we can expect decisions such as the one last week which we have labelled the ‘Clayton’s review’ of police surveillance in prisons, triggered by the case of solicitor Jeff Thompson. Do you feel safe speaking out against them?  Continue reading

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Danocracy in Victoria – on the record in Battleground Melbourne

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews truncated democracy with his repressive (mis)management of the Covid response. It’s hard to believe what was done to people protesting Covid-driven restrictions of their freedoms – but seeing Battleground Melbourne is believing. It’s a reminder and a warning …  Continue reading

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Clayton’s review into police prison surveillance

The terms of reference for an inquiry into the unlawful use of surveillance devices in Risdon Prison downplay any wrongdoing by Tasmania Police involved in the operation, reports David Killick in the Hobart Mercury today (Sept. 30, 2022). 

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Sue Is Innocent – new YouTube channel

A small group of activists in Hobart, with a small investment and a big target – Tasmania’s legal establishment – has launched ‘Sue Is Innocent’, a YouTube channel that intends to give an audio-visual voice to the concerns of Sue Neill-Fraser’s supporters.  Continue reading

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Parole for Sue Neill-Fraser doesn’t correct the miscarriage of justice

Andrew L. Urban.

 She’s on parole. But Sue Neill-Fraser’s 2010 conviction for the 2009 murder of her partner Bob Chappell remains undisturbed – and controversially unjust. Her two appeals were dismissed; her two High Court applications seeking leave to appeal were refused. Yet … there are  many reasons why Neill-Fraser’s conviction must be overturned.  Continue reading

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Sue Neill-Fraser paroled

It’s been a bitter-sweet day for wrongful convictions today (16/9/22) with Derek Bromley’s leave to appeal his 38 year old murder conviction referred to the full Court (as we reported earlier) and Sue Neill-Fraser granted parole after 13 years in jail. Continue reading

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Derek Bromley leave to appeal referred to full Court

The High Court today (16/9/22) referred the application seeking leave against Derek Bromley’s murder conviction to the full Court; the matter will be heard early next year at a date to be scheduled. Continue reading

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Illegal TasPol snooping to be reviewed by TasPol defender Michael O’Farrell SC

Andrew L. Urban.

That great State of renowned legal probity and justice, Tasmania, has announced its response to Brett J’s judgement that police illegally recorded prison conversations for two months: it has tasked a defender of TasPol to conduct an “independent” review. Tsk tsk … take this wet lettuce leaf and smack their wrist. That sardonic response reflects the local paper’s reporting of the matter. Continue reading

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Risk in ‘no body, no parole’ law

Andrew L. Urban.

Immediately after the Chris Dawson guilty verdict was announced this week, Lyn Dawson’s brother Greg Simms called on Dawson to do the decent thing and reveal the location of her body, to allow the family to give Lyn a proper burial. A plea has been made for NSW to introduce legislation similar to Queensland’s “no body, no parole” law in recognition of the anguish suffered by surviving relatives and friends of murder victims. But there is a grave risk of injustice in such a law unless it is carefully designed.  Continue reading

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