by Malcolm Hughes
I am in possession of “proof” that many politicians and officials were alerted to the travesty of justice regarding the Port Arthur massacre. The proof is simply a packet of letters that I wrote to them, and their embarrassingly poor replies.
Gumshoe recently published my 2005 letter to the Governor-General of Australia, and below is a letter I wrote to Jim Bacon when he was premier of Tasmania in 2003.
For the first 6 years after the massacre I was as naïve as everyone else, but then I read Joe Vialls exposé. Many now believe the late “Joe” was an insider. Nevertheless, his Internet commentary got me started and then there was no stopping my research.
Mr Jim Bacon, Premier of Tasmania.
C/o House of Parliament Tasmania,
Hobart. Tasmania. 7000
18 November, 2003
l have enclosed literature of an investigation, done by a private inquiry agent regarding the “Port Arthur Massacre” for your perusal. You may have seen this material before, on the Internet. This material interests me greatly, because, if the allegations therein are accurate we as Australians have a lot to be worried about regarding National Security and also the way investigations are carried out by our authorities and or cover-ups that can be allowed to happen.
In this particular case, an innocent man who would be completely incapable of planning such an exercise let alone carry it out with such perfection, is in jail while the highly paid mercenary killer still roams Australia or more likely the USA, waiting for his next assignment. if this is allowed to go unchallenged by our authorities, no AUSTRALIAN, can ever say we live in a relatively safe country.
I am a Vietnam veteran who was sent against my will to a civil war in a foreign country, to supposedly stop the spread of communism to Australia. The communist run countries were supposedly using similar tactics as above to suppress their populations. I believe Western Countries (particularly U.S.A.) use similar tactics, only less visibly.
I call on you as Premier of Tasmania to convene a Royal Commission to bring the truth of the killing of 35, and wounding of numerous other AUSTRALIANS or tourists, into the open so that justice can be seen to be done and that Martin Bryant be released and compensated for his wrongful incarceration as soon as possible.
Point One: Allowing the present situation to continue would enable any AUSTRALIAN to potentially be killed or caught up in similar situations in the future, when a political point “needs” to be made. [Emphasis added, with hindsight! How right I was.]
Point Two: A person can be jailed because someone in authority, or the media believes that person is guilty but does not have to provide any evidence whatsoever.
I await your decision on providing a Royal Commission and i would like to be informed as soon as possible. [Note: that was 12 years ago; still waiting]
The cost should not even come into the equation as this is JUSTlCE that is being called into credibility.
There are certain witnesses who should be called in the event that a truly unbiased legal objective is attained. I would think the following would be a deﬁnite inclusion: Wendy and Graeme Scurr, Terry Hill, Mrs Bryant, and the senior ranking ofﬁcers of the Tasmanian Police Service who apparently had information on Martin Bryant at their ﬁngertips before he was supposedly identiﬁed.
If the Tasmanian Parliament does not see ﬁt to call a Royal Commission there are other options to be taken which could highly embarrass the systems of judicial and parliamentary operations in Tasmania.
I await an answer, one way or the other. Hopefully it will be positive.
Concerned Citizen of Australia,
Mal. R. Hughes
Malcolm Hughes of Perth did his “Port Arthur duty” by summarizing the case for the benefit of officials — and trying to hold them accountable. He contributes Comments to Gumshoe under the name Aussiemal.
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