Friday, 20 November 2009

You have to wonder about The Bulletin

The on-line news services are full if items today about both the upcoming second inquest into the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee and, perhaps even more pointedly, the appalling delays by the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) in their inquiry to the Qld coppers’ mishandling of the investigation of Mulrunji’s 2004 death-in-custody which we are told will take another six months to be finalised.

Not only did the Bully devote just one column on page five to the stories (not available online), a little under half of that is in fact about another CMC investigation into policing of Aboriginal communities generally. 

By comparison, The Australian today has a 1/4 page article plus a scathing lead editorial on the issue.

Far worse, they refused to use Mulrunji’s name – preferring to call him Cameron.

And they certainly made no mention (as reported in their sister Murdoch tabloid, The Courier,) of the coppers failure/refusal to participate in yesterday’s commemoration of the 5th anniversary of his killing.

No picture of Mulrunji or his grieving family and community – but there is a very nice one of clean cut copper Hurley.

No reporting of the very apparent conflict of interest arising from the CMC Commissioner Alan MacSporran representing Queensland police at today's reopening of the coronial inquest into the case.

The Bully did however manage to publish the following from Jenny Stirling on their comments page yesterday:
"Five years after the death in custody on Palm Island of Mulrunji Doomadgee, the CMC has finished its inquiry into the conduct of police officers investigating the death. By comparison, it took months for people to be prosecuted for throwing rocks and threatening police in the subsequent protest. These officers face disciplinary action for actions which contravened common decency, the law and good practice but I can guarantee you none will be going to jail. The Minister for Police should resign or better still, be sacked. Tardy justice is justice denied."
That was big of them wasn't it ??

I'm no fan of The Australian either, but I recommend this excellent piece by Tony Koch on the appauling performance by the CMC.

As for The Bully - the tag below says it all

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