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Clea Rose as convenient distraction?

By johnboy - 1 August 2006 13

The ABC informs us that Our Brave Leader, Jon Stanhope, is going to order an inquest into the death of Clea Rose in the wake of coronial dis-interest in the case. Also the Canberra Times is on the story.

A desperate attempt to get school closures off the front page? Or a genuine desire to explore the issues surrounding police pursuits?

Discuss…

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13 Responses to
Clea Rose as convenient distraction?
LurkerGal 10:36 am 03 Aug 06

Thumper: F*&K yeah! Comin’ along to save the motherf*&king day yeah.

Thumper 8:32 am 03 Aug 06

Like Team America?

VYBerlinaV8 8:29 am 03 Aug 06

I think we should arm the police with bazookas to blow the shit out of anyone who tries to get away…(oh sorry, I forgot it was Cynical Thursday).

Thumper 1:21 pm 02 Aug 06

As a fundamental, most people flee from the police because they have done something wrong.

Or they are just complete dickheads.

johnboy 12:48 pm 02 Aug 06

I think as a fundamental, if people run from the police, the police need to find out why.

That comes at a cost and I think an inquiry and examination of the costs need to be looked at.

But many criminals ARE stupid enough to drive suspiciously and if they can get away by exceeding the speed limit they will.

Thumper 12:39 pm 02 Aug 06

In an update, Ross Dunn, father of Clea, has welcomed the inquest.

From the ABC:

The father of hit and run victim Clea Rose has welcomed pledges by the ACT Government that an inquest will be held into her death.

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says he will direct an inquiry to be held if the coroner chooses not to pursue one.

The coroner, Ron Cahill, says a decision will be made shortly.

Father Ross Dunn says serious questions about her death remain unresolved.

Four teenagers have been convicted over the death but Mr Dunn says questions remain about the police pursuit leading up to the incident.

“The actual utility of the police pursuit concept, as a concept in anything but extremely serious crimes, there’s this big question mark over that,” he said.

“For instance the number of people who get hurt, property damage or even killed in connection with police pursuits, not just in Australia but overseas as well.”

Special G 9:56 pm 01 Aug 06

Pandy, It has been pointed out to many people on this site that the Police in the ACT now are the same ones you will get under any other system. ACT Police and a bunch of other agencies formed the AFP in the first place.

Chris S – If you were a hoon and knew that if you drove a certain way so that Police would not chase/catch you, I reckon it would be the first place you would go.

Pandy 9:37 pm 01 Aug 06

If Sonic wants control over the plod, he should get his own rather than the rent a mob he has now.

Mr Evil 1:59 pm 01 Aug 06

He certainly could have done this earlier, but he didn’t need the smokescreen back then.

Thumper 11:55 am 01 Aug 06

In conjunction with the ‘Walk for a Rose’ or whatever it was called, Mr Hedgehog has pulled out a politically expedient trump card by using a previous tragedy.

This could have been done a long time ago, not simply when it is designed to gain the most political leverage it possibly can.

Have a look at the government as it blunder along like a blind man in a dark room. We’ve had the budget that ate Canberra, school closures, Corbell’s dodgy dealings, Hargreaves DUI, factional voting, party in fighting over school closures, Stanhope’s incredible rant about anti terrorism laws (again) and a sense that no-one really knows what they are doing.

No wonder he wants an inquiry….

Chris S 11:37 am 01 Aug 06

I think that probably Clea’s family and supporters have finally made an impact, and as noted above, the timing is probably right for Stanhope.

Those calling for an inquest are rightly pointing out that there needs to be some investigation into the way in which Police handle car chases.

I’m of the view that, in this case, the cops probably did the right thing. However, regular reviews of SOPs should always happen after something goes wrong; it’s also important that this is done in public.

I think the AFP’s claim that doing so would alert the baddies to what they can get away with is a bit of a furphy – these incidents are not planned, and each set of circumstances are different, so the hoons would not be able to have a pre-set strategy in place.

barking toad 10:27 am 01 Aug 06

It’s being reported on breaking news at news.com.au that sad simon is investigating whether he has the powers to order a coronial inquest.

But the report in the crimes has the mayor saying he will order one and override the coroner’s office.

More incompetence? Left hand not knowing what the right is doing?

Thumper 10:09 am 01 Aug 06

Another pointless exercise I would suggest.

I seem to recall a rather large fire that had a coronial inquest that the government tried to stop , or at least waylay, in everyway possible.

Amazing double standards as usual.

If he were fair dinkum about it all it he would have been sprouting it to all sundry many months ago.

Call me cycnical but one must ask, why now?

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