We publish this self-explanatory letter we wrote to Tasmania’s Attorney-General, The Hon. Elise Archer, to demonstrate the State’s callous disregard for transparency and for ensuring that justice is served in the case of Sue Neill-Fraser.
It has been two weeks (email March 24) since I requested your response – as part of our continuing coverage of the case – to the Etter Selby papers that were tabled in Parliament on August 31, 2021, concerning the Sue Neill-Fraser case.
On previous occasions you cited the matter being before the courts as the reason for avoiding comment. But this case has not been before the courts since her appeal was dismissed last November yet you have not engaged with the case of your own volition. As to her seeking special leave to appeal, I referenced legal advice that shows the High Court has not yet been engaged. (see below)
In seeking your comments as part of our continuing coverage of the case, I draw your attention to some of the most disturbing and documented findings in the Etter Selby papers:
New and Concerning Evidence in the Etter Selby papers, August 2021
# What TasPOL knew and ignored from late 2008 about Meaghan Vass and Her Associate Sam Devine. A saga of defective investigation, failure to disclose and why that matters
# Crown Failure to Disclose a Critical Handwritten Note
# The Misleading of the CCA by the DPP – The Grey Dinghy seen alongside the Four Winds
# There was No Evidence of Blood in the Four Winds Dinghy
# The Red Jacket in the Sue Neill-Fraser Case – Yet Another Example of Non-Disclosure
You would be aware of numerous calls for an independent review – and there are well over 30,000 signatories to the petition wanting a review of her case.
Your silence and inaction on the matter lends credence to the notion that Tasmania’s legal system is just ‘going through the motions’ but not really wanting Neill-Fraser ‘getting out’. No-one in the politico-legal community, it seems, wants an enquiry; that is telling. The public can only come to the conclusion that as Attorney-General you have no confidence in how Tasmania’s legal system has handled this case and can not defend it from valid criticism.
This correspondence is now on the record and available to any future review or enquiry into the case; in the meantime it will be published on wrongfulconvictionsreport.org
Reference: High Court listings of Applicants seeking leave to appeal does not include Neill-Fraser
Andrew L. Urban