Viewing entries posted in February 2012
A different type of blog entry today. One dedicated to a special person constantly in my thoughts. It is just so important to believe and to have hope. The quote is from your "special book". It is a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow entitled "In the Harbour: Becalmed":
"Far better is it to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat". Theodore Roosevelt
It seems at last that Australians, and more importantly the Chamberlains themselves, will more than likely be offered some closure in the 32 year old Azaria Chamberlain case. Evidence on dingos and their sometimes aggressive and harmful interaction with humans was presented to the Coroner in Darwin yesterday and a decision is due some time later this year.
Today's quotes are courtesy of Mr Tom Bailey who contributed both quotes in the comment thread on my recent Tasmanian Times contribution on "An Imbalance of Power?". They very much appealed to me. Thanks Tom!
The Examiner today published an article "Etter takes a shot at state justice system" in relation to my recent "Imbalance of Power?" blog entry and the publication of it on the Tasmanian Times website on 23 February. Unfortunately, after contact from her and a carefully worded email from me, the reporter misquoted me on an important point i.e. what I based my comments on. However, upon being contacted, she has offered to publish a correction. See Examiner article
Apologies to those who have been keenly following my blog. The stats indicate that the blog is by far the webpage attracting most attention. It has been an interesting week to say the least. I am very keen to do a blog entry every day, time and priorities permitting. The absence of the daily blog is an indication of lots of things going on for me behind the scenes.
"Power is the pivot on which everything hinges. He who has the power is always right; the weaker is always wrong" Niccolo Machiavelli
The above statement "Dingo Didn't Act Alone" is the headline from the front page of yesterday's NT News. Interesting that after 32 years, there is still lingering disbelief about her innocence. I lived in the NT for 11 years, whilst working with the NT Police, so I am well aware of "Top End" community views on this issue. Another coronial inquiry will convene in Darwin next Friday to look specifically at the issue of dingo involvement and past cases of dingo attacks on humans and babies. An interesting and useful chronology of events on what is probably the most talked about criminal case in Australian history is provided in the article. Your Link
Having experienced the Mallard matter first-hand in WA, where Andrew Mallard was eventually freed after spending 12 years in gaol for a murder that he did not commit, and having seen the critical role that the outspoken and determined John Quigley MP (at one stage, the Shadow Attorney-General) played in ensuring eventual justice in the matter, I am wondering whether there might be a John Quigley equivalent here in Tassie???? Having said that, I do appreciate the need to allow due process to run its course, to embrace the concept of separation of powers and to avoid contempt of court issues!! Timing is always critical but important opportunities may be lost.
I have often cited the well known saying "The pen is mightier than the sword!". In this vein, I hope to document for posterity the lessons learned throughout my very interesting career, which involved 30 years in policing, in various jurisdictions of Australia. Whilst I had some spare time towards the end of last year, I put together an outline/structure for an autobiography and have made some inquiries on how best to progress such a work. I will be working on this, as time permits. The other book that has been lurking in my brain for some years now is a crime novel involving policing, policewomen, court and forensic science. More recent events have made me also think about writing a true crime novel which analyses and dissects in great detail what can occur in a high profile criminal case, particularly in a small and close-knit city like Hobart.