24.8 C
Byron Shire
September 18, 2021

Newman’s claims ironic: Fitzgerald figure

Latest News

COVID update – sewage detection in East and South Lismore and Byron Bay

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people in the Lismore City and Byron Bay areas to get tested for COVID-19, after fragments of the virus were detected in samples from the East Lismore, South Lismore and Byron Bay sewage treatment plants.

Other News

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Will COVID Lose the Government their Next Erection ?

We are hearing about long covid and the many complex health issues that people are facing, long after the virus has passed through their system. I knew about that, but what I didn’t know about was that men who get covid are six times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Berry bright future

At 25, Sarah Montgomery has her feet planted firmly on the ground and her hands deep in the soil....

Sometimes you’ve just got to laugh

I confess to having no clinical or medical training, but my reading of some of the literature increasingly tells me that laughter, and the hormones that trigger it, is a powerful healing and comforting tool that serves to help us cope with stress, anxiety, trauma and the challenges associated with living and navigating modern life. 

On being prepared

In recent commentary on the Commonwealth’s proposed quarantine facility in Brisbane, Simon Birmingham said, ‘Whilst it will be used...

Ruination

I wholeheartedly agree with Brian Mollett (Letters 18 August). Until very recently Burringbar Street was a true representation of...

Printmakers make their mark at Tweed Regional Gallery

A new exhibition featuring the work of some of Australia’s leading printmakers has been installed and is ready to be enjoyed by visitors when the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre reopens tomorrow.

Newman
Queensland premier Campbell Newman. Photo from www.campbellnewman.com.au

A senior figure in the Fitzgerald inquiry says the premier’s likening of his bikie crackdown to the historic corruption probe is ironic.

Gary Crooke is a former Queensland integrity commissioner and was senior counsel assisting the Fitzgerald inquiry into corruption in the state in the 1980s.

He says Premier Campbell Newman’s claim on Thursday that his crackdown on bikies and sex offenders is in the same vein as Tony Fitzgerald’s war against corruption is ironic.

He says the premier’s new laws targeting bikie gangs and sex offenders introduce unheard-of, draconian penalties.

‘It is an irony because what the Fitzgerald inquiry had to grapple with was a government that was just heedless of any fundamental rights,’ he told ABC radio.

‘If it wanted to do things it would push ahead no matter what.’

Mr Newman told parliament Queensland was facing a similar situation today with criminal gangs, as it was in the 1980s with corruption.

‘We have a similar situation today. Not in government, not in public administration, but with criminal gang activity within our state,’ he told parliament.

‘We are going to fight back. That’s what this is all about.’

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said Queenslanders would one day applaud Mr Newman for being courageous, just like Mr Fitzgerald.

‘They will be saying in 25 years that this premier, this government has the guts and the determination to rid this state of criminal gangs once and for all,’ he told parliament.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. Some of those criminal gangs are political parties, police units and officers, corporations and agencies, who have succeeded till now in writing off people and ruining their lives all in an effort to cover up and keep covered.
    One good honest person has limited defenses against the dollar bill

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

The old slouch hat

‘This is my favourite,’ we say espite the painfully obvious fact that we all, from time to time enjoy a wide variety of hats. Jon Summers, Suffolk Park

The year 2000

I must answer David Heilpern. Remember 2000, how the computers were all to fail on NYE? How could so many get it so wrong? Why...

Viruses

Viruses are organisms at the edge of life and possess genes, evolve by natural selection, and reproduce by creating multiple copies of themselves through...

Goonellabah drive-thru COVID testing this weekend at GSAC

With the community in lockdown, Lismore City Council says it is important for to get tested for COVID-19, even if you only have the mildest of symptoms.