The state flag of Tasmania, declared official in 1975
by Mal Hughes
It goes without saying that I have never received a significant reply to any of my Port Arthur letters to officialdom. After all, anything “significant” would mean that we citizens are really moving the government — and that never happens.
Might happen though. This year is the 20th anniversary of the PAM and tomorrow marks 20 years since Martin Bryant explained to police that he had not been to Port Arthur in years. He even said to Warren and Paine “I could just as well say you guys did it.” Too right.
As mentioned in my June 22, 2016 article at Gumshoe, I sent Tasmanian Premier Jim Bacon a letter in 2003. There was no reply but I followed up with his successor, Premier Lennon as follows, and got a reply!
Mr Paul Lennon,
Premier of Tasmania
C/o House of Parliament Tasmania,
Hobart, Tasmania 7000
I have enclosed a copy of a letter that I sent to Mr Bacon late last year and I add a list of “points of interest.” When I wrote to Mr Bacon, I did not know he was ill, so I can forgive him for not answering me.
However I believe you would have read my correspondence since taking over the reins of Premier and am disappointed that I have not heard from you.
Martin Bryant has been incarcerated another 11 months since my letter. Please don’t be ignorant and continue not to reply — as I don’t intend to go away. This issue is far too important a subject for all Australians’ liberty and the democracy that politicians always spruik about when it suits them.
I have since learnt that the material sent to Mr Bacon was not written by one interested person, but in fact two. So I am not the only person in Australia with a “social conscience”.
I again request that a Royal Commission be set up to find out the truth of what happened that terrible black day in Tasmania’s history so that all those criminally involved including, officials and maybe newspaper proprietors are charged and Martin Bryant is set free.
Still Concerned Citizen of Australia
Mal. R. Hughes
Points of interest [attached to the letter to Premier Lennon]
Why was only one car used by the murderer, set on fire?
My theory: Martin Bryant’s car needed to be identified to make the setup work. The other car unburnt, and with a proper forensic investigation, would have proved that Martin Bryant had never touched or set foot in that vehicle, which would have blown the charges out of the water.
The Police Report suggests that two gunmen were firing at one stage at Seascape but no investigation was proceeded upon, along these lines.
It was suggested in that report that Martin Bryant set fire to himself, but no evidence is put forward to cover that statement. How does an arsonist burn his back but his hands & front of his body escape burns?
The report also states that Bryant had 2500 rounds with him at Seascape but no suggestion where he obtained those rounds. It has been stated by Terry Hill that no guns or ammunition were sold to Martin Bryant at “Guns For Ammo” and the police have been unable to prove otherwise.
This amount of ammunition is fairly weighty and if this was taken by vehicle along with the weapons which were used to kill and other equipment that police state were used, many trips back to the vehicle would have taken place.
It seems amazing to me the Mr Roland Browne who reportedly made the statement that:
We are going to see a mass shooting in Tasmania of the likes you have seen in Strathfield and Hoddle Street, unless we get national gun control laws”…. has not been interrogated as where he got this marvelously accurate information.
If this were a casual guess I would have thought that Queensland would be the State mentioned, as it was well known that illegal weapons could be imported through that state. Is it possible that this statement was a threat to the Federal Government, which was carried out when they refused to act quickly enough?
Why has the Federal and State Government failed to act on this occurrence as a National Security threat even though all the evidence points to a world top rifleman being involved? If anyone with these capabilities lives in Australia surely his talents would be known to the “Services” and ASIO.
The American “tourists” who forwarded the forged and corrupted video evidence would have been involved in the conspiracy from the outset. So, I would like to know if they were ever charged and sentenced for presenting false evidence to the police and/or court. Are Americans exempted from prosecution in Australia because of the friendship between Governments and embarrassment likely to be caused to our Prime Minister?
It would appear that all Human Rights issues have been disregarded in respect to Martin Bryant by both levels of Government, and officials in both cases should face international court summonses.
The Reply from the Premier’s Office
I trust Gumshoe readers are waiting with bated breath to see how the new premier responded to my questions and advice.
The letter below does show that I was replied to in under one month (29 days, to be exact).
If you have a good sense of humor you may like this:
FROM THE PREMIER’S OFFICE
[on appropriately decorated stationery]:
Dear Mr Hughes
The Premier, the Hon Paul Lennon MHA, has asked me to acknowledge and thank you for your letter of 22 October 2004 concerning the Port Arthur incident.
3 November 2004
Note: it’s proof that he was informed by at least one citizen!
— Mal Hughes is a patient and persistent letter-writer. Stay tuned for his further offerings on the subject of “the Port Arthur incident.”