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Doogan versus the Comrade – A win for the Coroner

By Thumper - 5 August 2005 6

In a intriguing battle, it was reported earlier that Maria Doogan wil remain to conduct the coronial inquest.

No link as yet but Doogan 1- comrade nil

i’m sure this is not the last we’ll hear of this decision so expect to hear the angry voice and more grave concerns.

ED – Evictor sent in the following one minute after Thumper

So – Supreme Court has handed down decision. Appeal against Coroner Doogan has been dismissed – she is free to continue the enquiry into the bushfires.

Wonder what the Comrades reaction will be to this one … Federal Court maybe?

News will obviously be released shortly but it has definately happened.

UPDATED: ABC Online now has reportage.

In the 70-page finding the court states some of the grounds relied upon by the applicants provided no basis for any perception of bias at all.

The judgment is here.

While we’re on it can anyone explain why the Bushfire recovery task force appears to be sponsoring the SC’s front page?

What’s Your opinion?


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6 Responses to
Doogan versus the Comrade – A win for the Coroner
True Wayfarer 8:58 pm 05 Aug 05

It is really pleasing to learn Marie is now back on board and we can get on with things.
I was a fulltime Seasonal Firefighter with
Fire Management Unit in Canberra, also long time vollie with SES and CFA.In the services we personally witnessed the post incident kerfuffle internally – a softer version with middle management in ESA tripping over themselves -compared to the full on humiliating legal fiasco in the newspapers. Why are beaurocrats (sic) so
soft and spineless. What is it about that line of work that attracts…well…largely cowardly types. Johnboy did I recall reading you’re with the SES? I’ve been watching the Marie dismisal procedure closely. Johnboy you’ll be pleased to know that I turned to your webpage (from Melbourne) to get the verdict on Marie because it wasn’t yet available elsewhere. Yes of course there are a mulittude of aspects to the post-2003 fire scenario. Foremost for me (at this late stage in the game) is I’m pleased to see so many suits being filed by victims of the fires – in their words “If you’d looked after us we wouldn’t need worry about all the hassle of suing you, beloved Stanhope” Wonder what ol’ Val Jefferies of Tharwa Brigade is
thinking now. For a long time it was suspected
by firies and vollies that people like Mike
Castle and Peter Lucas Smith would be up
for criminal prosecution after the inquest –
possibly even Comrade Stanhope himself. As
you say – “time will tell, eh”

bonfire 12:42 pm 05 Aug 05

well at least the inquest has not delivered an adverse comrade finding prior to the 2004 act election.

or maybe im just cynical.
im an mcp also, apparently.

Maelinar 12:37 pm 05 Aug 05

Just like the Australian Government is passing rescue bills to stranded adventurers, the comrade might be a little reluctant to put any more red tape in front of this if he started receiving the bills.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 12:34 pm 05 Aug 05

Yep, very clever, he must have been very deluded to think he would win that one.

I’m willing to bet that Supreme Court people & Ms. Doogan aren’t going to be invited to any of the comrade’s events for a while.

If he hadn’t intervened in the first place then
A) He wouldn’t look like a goose for objecting
B) We would probably have a completed inquiry by now
C) Serious questions about the management of fires would have been asked and potentially answered by now…heads may have rolled or suffered damage.

Instead we have delays and a comrade goose, oh well, just another chapter in the bizarre history of Canberra I guess.

johnboy 12:24 pm 05 Aug 05

nifty footwork by the Chief Minister to make this a direct defeat for his government when it could have remained a procedural matter.

he must have been playing for high stakes to take that risk.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 12:14 pm 05 Aug 05

You will find the bushfire recovery logo on a lot of government websites, I don’t think they paid for it to be there.

Common sense prevails….for now, but I can hear the rumble of grave concerns coming from a building near City Hill…

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