Barnaby On Heiner Affair: “Transparency Thwarted By Absolute Hypocrisy Of So-Called Champions Of Transparency”

23 Jun

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 23 June 2011:

Heiner Affair Still Under Wraps

Today, the Senate dealt with a matter of grave seriousness involving an incident where a girl who was allegedly raped at the John Oxley Youth Detention Centre in 1988 by 2 people.

Today, Senator Xenophon proposed a Senate inquiry into this matter which would have given the victim her opportunity to speak out under the rules of Parliamentary privilege.

It was bitterly disappointing to once more see the process of transparency thwarted by the absolute hypocrisy of the so-called champions of transparency and independence, Senator Fielding and the Greens.

The issues pertaining to the events surrounding an occurrence at a corrections centre in Queensland once more have drawn a dark pall over our Chamber as an unholy amalgam was brought together to preclude a lady from a process that the Parliament of this nation should have given to her.

You can leave this Parliament in dignity or you can leave in disgrace. Senators should reflect strongly on which alternative they choose.

I’d like to refer to a speech I gave on this matter in 2007 when I first attempted to table the Rofe report:

I have crossed the floor on the legal rights of David Hicks. I was part of the reason the legal rights of the West Papuan refugees were preserved. But it is only now, when the people in a position of power are threatened, that there are those who state it is smear and muckraking. Fiat justitia ruat caelum: though heaven may fall, justice will be done. This issue has seen the attempt to use the mechanisms available in Queensland, and they have obfuscated, contrived and corrupted the process. Public ventilation of these crimes is crucial in bringing this issue out of its contrived maze and into the light of conclusion. … A proper investigation may dispel these. I seek leave to move that the documents in the Rofe report now be tabled.

Senate Hansard, 19 September 2007

The response was this:

Leave not granted.

There’s a very good reason why this despicable affair remains hushed up.

It would bring down the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce.

A great mate of the bloke who appointed her.  KRudd.

And mother-in-law of the PM-in-waiting (and the man already planning to steal your super), Bill Shorten.

For more on the Heiner Affair, see here.

UPDATE:

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Family First Senator, and sexual abuse survivor Steve Fielding, has been dumped as the patron of White Balloon Day, an awareness campaign for child sexual abuse victims, on his last day in Parliament, for failing to support a Senate inquiry into sexual abuse.

Greens and government Senators also failed to back Independent Senator Nick Xenophon’s motion for a Senate committee to investigate the alleged pack rape of a 14-year-old girl at the John Oxley Youth Detention Centre in Queensland in 1988.

An inquiry into the case was shut down by the Queensland Goss government in 1990, with documents controversially shredded. Last year the victim was paid $120,000 in ‘‘hush money.’’ There has been four investigations into the case to date.

Leader of the Nationals in the Senate Barnaby Joyce was outraged Senator Fielding and the Greens did not support the bill.

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5 Responses to “Barnaby On Heiner Affair: “Transparency Thwarted By Absolute Hypocrisy Of So-Called Champions Of Transparency””

  1. Douglas Darby June 28, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Someone please plead with Fielding or whoever is running Family First

  2. Old Fritz June 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Senator Madigan had voted in favour. But when the Greens control the Senate, there will be no chance. Shame on Fielding and the Family First Party. Fielding had dealings with the ALP and Rudd in Aboriginal apology. I will go and dump the FFP where-ever I go!

    • Jenny June 30, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      I understand that moves are now afoot to expel Steve Fielding from Family First.

      If they wish to command any moral authority, they are left will little choice

      • The Blissful Ignoramus June 30, 2011 at 11:28 am #

        Thanks for letting us know Jenny. Would greatly appreciate any further updates you may come across.

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