Shadow of Doubt Screening by CLA at ANU on Human Rights Day
On Tuesday night 10 December 2013, International Human Rights Day and the 10th anniversary of Civil Liberties Australia (CLA), both Eve Ash and I spoke at a CLA sponsored forum in the Coombs Theatre at ANU on the Sue Neill-Fraser case. The AFI-nominated documentary Shadow of Doubt was screened for the audience of 100 persons, which included police, academics, lawyers, politicians, political staffers, clerics and CLA and community members. The reaction of the audience throughout the movie was quite audible, more so than in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. There was also a great deal of interest and audience interaction and many probing and insightful questions from the floor. When I asked for a show of hands on how many people believed that there now must be some doubt about the safety of the conviction, everyone, bar one woman, put their hands up. A former Attorney-General of the ACT expressed his concern about the case in very "direct" language. The Hon. Andrew Wilkie was in attendance and spoke from the floor, which was certainly not planned. The next day, Mr Wilkie also made a public statement which was picked up by The Mercury and the Tasmanian Times in which he too expressed concerns and called for an inquiry into the conviction. See http://www.cla.asn.au/News/wilkie-mhr-joins-calls-for-inquiry-2/?zoom_highlight=wilkie. The number of prominent and highly respected people who have expressed concern about this case continues to grow.
The feedback from the night has been one of overwhelming concern and disbelief as to what appears to have happened in this case. There is even talk of other forums in Canberra on the issue.
Sky News will also be running a story on the case, and Mr Wilkie's involvement, tomorrow.
A big thank you to Mr Bill Rowlings OAM and Dr Kris Klugman OAM of CLA for hosting this event.