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Opposition Spokesman Laurence Springborg 'Acting Like a Cowboy'

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									                                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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