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Opposition Spokesman Laurence Springborg 'Acting Like a Cowboy'
QCCL MEDIA RELEASE OPPOSITION JUSTICE SPOKESMAN LAURENCE SPRINGBORG ‘ACTING LIKE A COWBOY’ The Queensland Council for Civil Liberties (QCCL) today accused Opposition Justice spokesman Laurence Springborg of acting like a cowboy in his call for Parliament to intervene and force Attorney-General Matt Foley to appeal the boy-in-the-box torture sentence. QCCL Vice-President Terry O'Gorman said that Mr Springborg's performance in his shadow portfolio had been patchy and erratic to date. But to argue that there should be special legislation or an extraordinary Parliamentary motion to appeal the sentence when the 28 day period is not even half gone is incredible", Mr O'Gorman said. Mr O'Gorman said that One Nation Parliamentary leader (Bill Feldman) backing of Mr Springborg's totally inappropriate interference with the appeal process as laid down in the Director of Prosecutions Act 1984 showed his inability to make the transition from policeman to Parliamentarian. As a serving police sergeant before he was elected to Parliament earlier this year Bill Feldman should have known (if he deserved his rank) that the appeal process as laid down in the Director of Prosecutions Act contains a number of well established, well recognised and generally well working steps to be followed before a decision is made whether an Attorney- General should appeal against a particu1ar sentence ", Mr O‘Gorman said. Mr O'Gorman said that Mr Springborg's obvious lack of experience with criminal justice matters in his previous Parliamentary positions becomes more and more obvious every time he proposes some new policy position. "In recent months he has demonstrated an awful lack of knowledge of the working of the court sentencing, prison and parole systems”, Mr 0'Gorman said. Mr O'Gorman said that Mr Springborg's current attempts to pressure the Attorney-General to appeal a sentence even before the transcripts in the boy torture case become available shows his total disrespect for the separation of powers and his unwillingness to allow the long estab1ished appellate review process to be worked through in the facts of this particular case. “The Civil Liberties Council calls on Mr Springborg to adhere to the rule of law and stop exploiting tragic sentencing cases for his own political ends". 29 October 1998 Queensland Council for Civil Liberties
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