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.
The first item is a five and a half minute professional quality video interview with former nurse Fiona Peate, a long time friend of Sue. “I want to talk to people who have known Sue who can show that she is not an evil person,” says Shaine, one of the group. “I’ve come across strangers who still believe Sue killed her first husband,” he says incredulously.
Fiona refers to Sue as “very kind, very welcoming,” with a great sense of humour. “We got on great…and I never ever saw her be spiteful to anyone….It was never sniping as has been said in the press…”
Another video on the channel, ‘Action on the Hobart Waterfront’, shows the producers displaying mannequins painted red, handing out leaflets and explaining to visitors on their way off the ferry from the MONA art museum the background to the case.
The team took an interest in the case about a year ago and has since intensified its focus, and is adamant that “Sue didn’t get a fair trial,” and has become concerned that “there is something bigger going on in this case beyond what you’d expect. It’s not just a miscarriage of justice.” Shaine believes there is a culture of impunity that has been able to develop unchecked by a weak and compliant political class that has no appetite for reform. He was also made suspicious by the “over-reaction” of TasPol to things like Colin McLaren and Eve Ash’s work on the case.
The group intends to release video content on a regular basis, amplifying the voice of those who believe there has been a gross miscarriage of justice. Those voices were not heard during Sue’s original trial or subsequent appeals.