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Forward to the past as Kevin Duggan flies in to run the Eastman Board of Inquiry

By johnboy - 7 September 2012 5

Simon Corbell has announced the appointment of Mr Kevin Duggan AM QC RFD as an acting Judge of the ACT Supreme Court and as the Board of Inquiry into the conviction of Mr Eastman.

“Before being appointed as the Board of Inquiry, Mr Duggan must first be appointed as an Acting
Judge of the Supreme Court,” said Mr Corbell.

“Mr Duggan’s criminal law and judicial experience, both in the South Australian Supreme Court and in the military, gives him a varied and extensive career which holds him in good stead for the role of heading up such a wide ranging Inquiry,” said Mr Corbell.

Prior to his retirement in 2011, Mr Duggan served as a Supreme Court Judge in South Australia for over 20 years.

In addition to his role as a Supreme Court Judge, he was the Judge Advocate General for the Australian Defence Force from 1996 to 2001.

During his judicial career, Mr Duggan was chairperson of various court committees, including the Joint Courts Criminal Law Committee and the Joint Courts Criminal Legislation Committee.

Mr Duggan held the rank of Major General in the Army Reserve and, upon his retirement from the Army, was appointed a member of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal. He was the Honorary Colonel of the Adelaide Universities Regiment from 2003 to 2010.

In 2002, he was made a member of the Order of Australia in the military division of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

From 1971 to 1979, Mr Duggan served as the Chief Prosecutor for South Australia, and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1979.

His experience also extends to serving as an associate to Sir Edward McTiernan of the High Court of Australia, as well as eight years in private practice as a barrister where he regularly appeared as defence counsel.

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Forward to the past as Kevin Duggan flies in to run the Eastman Board of Inquiry
HenryBG 5:39 pm 01 Oct 12

DDsmash said :

I would just love to know whose idea was operation Seville, who OK’d this crazy idea. One long shot I heard off a local lawyer years ago was that when they were setting up the AFP they brought in consultants from the FBI/CIA and this is a method they used in America to infiltrate drug rings way back when. If so that means it was approved buy some minister.
I just see it for what it is , entrapment on a grand scale and as you point out Banco it would be dismissed as mistakes were made and ruhbarb ruhbarb but god I would love to know.

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DDsmash 9:37 am 12 Sep 12

I would just love to know whose idea was operation Seville, who OK’d this crazy idea. One long shot I heard off a local lawyer years ago was that when they were setting up the AFP they brought in consultants from the FBI/CIA and this is a method they used in America to infiltrate drug rings way back when. If so that means it was approved buy some minister.
I just see it for what it is , entrapment on a grand scale and as you point out Banco it would be dismissed as mistakes were made and ruhbarb ruhbarb but god I would love to know.

DDsmash 9:05 am 10 Sep 12

Well we can only hope, I grew up in Downer and was witness to a lot of corrupt police behaviour.

banco 3:53 pm 09 Sep 12

DDsmash said :

This is long over due, I am really hoping that they look into the AFP’s operation Seville, Eastman’s conviction justified or not distracted everyone from what the hell the AFP they were doing growing and distributing marijuana,as seen in the early 80’s Chris Masters report called Police Crop, maybe we will get some answers and find out if Winchester, Ninnes and Best and co were instructed to grow the drugs or was there was really a rouge element within the AFP that was involved with the Griffith mafia and that maybe Eastman knew of this,maybe thats why he said to Winchester he would get him. We can only hope the truth about this period will be revealed.

I doubt it. Every good public servant knows that if you want to avoid accountability for something it’s not necessary to stop all inquiries it’s just necessary to delay them long enough so that the evidence in lost, people’s memories have faded, responsible officers have safely retired etc. Then in the unlikely event that something untoward does still come to light years later it’s: “mistakes were made but that was a long time ago, let’s move on”.

DDsmash 6:43 am 08 Sep 12

This is long over due, I am really hoping that they look into the AFP’s operation Seville, Eastman’s conviction justified or not distracted everyone from what the hell the AFP they were doing growing and distributing marijuana,as seen in the early 80’s Chris Masters report called Police Crop, maybe we will get some answers and find out if Winchester, Ninnes and Best and co were instructed to grow the drugs or was there was really a rouge element within the AFP that was involved with the Griffith mafia and that maybe Eastman knew of this,maybe thats why he said to Winchester he would get him. We can only hope the truth about this period will be revealed.

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