Nothing on line as yet. However, Simon Corbell will today release a statement today at 1300 on the government’s findings regarding the damning coroners report into the 2003 fires.
There is also the suggestion that the government, in it’s now blatant attempt to deflect any blame whatsoever, is looking at wasting more of our tax dollars by taking the whole issue to the Supreme Court.
The Readers Digest chronology of the events reads like this.
2003- half of canberra burns down
2003- Stanhope says ‘blame me’
2004- Stanhope says, ‘well, actually, I was just saying that at the time. Blame someone else’
2004- Stanhope government appoints Doogan as coroner whilst now blaming everyone he can think of, and buckpassing as much as possible.
2005- After much obstruction ( a year) by the Stanhope government Doogan gets to work
2006- Coroner releases scathing report on government failures
2007- Stanhope arrogantly dismisses the report as lies, conveniently forgetting that they put her there to examine the whole thing.
2007- Government releases its reply, with the suggestion of taking it further.
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(Okay, my dates may be out but you get the picture….)
The current government is a sham and a disgrace and not fit to hold office. And let’s face it folks, there is no way in hell they are going to release any information about what actually happened. Buckpassing, lies, mistruths, ambiguous statements, juvenile school yard bully tactics, and strong arm legal tactics are all anybody is ever going to see.
[ED – The Canberra Times explains the secretive efforts to have the umpire sent off]
UPDATED: And now the ABC is on the story.