by Mal R Hughes
Gumshoe is running some of the letters I have written over the years about the Port Arthur massacre. For instance, you may have already seen my letter to the Governor-General – whose secretary replied saying that the G-G cannot deal in matters that will be – or have been – before the court. And my letter to former Tassie premier Paul Lennon, whose assistant assured me of the premier’s “thanks”.
I don’t limit my epistles to political persons. I also write to the media. Herewith my efforts regarding the Editors of every capital-city newspaper in Australia, and the TV program “Sixty Minutes.”
The Australian Newspape
2 Holt Street,
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Letter to The Editor
It appears that the best rifleman in Australia has been overlooked to represent Australia at the Olympics Games 2004. My nominee for that position is a Tasmanian by the name of Martin Bryant.
According to the Tasmanian Police Force, and both Tasmanian and Federal politicians, Martin Bryant shot dead at one venue, 30 people in a 90 second spree in 1996. These people shot in the head or neck using 29 rounds by the killer firing right-handed from the hip.
Martin Bryant is a left-handed shooter so imagine, what a Gold Medal chance he would be for Australia if he was allowed to enter using his left hand and firing from the shoulder.
The excuse that he is ineligible to enter because of a criminal record doesn’t ring true when Mike Diamond, I believe, is in a similar situation and Ian Thorpe has been entered for an event that he was disqualified from.
I will be interested to see if this letter is answered by a politician with any intestinal fortitude who can be truthful, or members of the public, if this letter is even printed by any of the media outlets.
[As far as I know this did not get publication. I wrote similarly to other editors with no apparent uplift.]
The Producer, “60 Minutes”
P.O. Box 600,
Willoughby NSW 2068
I enclose documentation on a subject that concerns me greatly, that I would like your staff to investigate, as so far, I’ve had no success of any realistic action from politicians.
These people in authority have not indicated to me that the information therein is incorrect, so I presume that there is substance in the allegations.
If so, a totally innocent individual has been locked away for something he could not have done. This is against all democratic principles that our “pollies” are always paying “lip service” about.
I have still received no reply from the Tasmanian Government and I have not as yet received a reply from Mr Howard in regard to my second letter.
To my knowledge the Newspapers I wrote to have not published my letter. A list of these publications is below:
The West Australian
The Courier Mail
The Sun Herald
I have enclosed a copy of that letter.
Hoping you are able to fulfill my request.
REPLY from 60 MINUTES
Dear Mr Hughes,
Thank you for your letter and documents regarding Martin Bryant.
Unfortunately we have only a small group of producers here at Sixty Minutes and do not have the resources to undertake such an investigation.
Sorry I could not be more encouraging.
— Malcolm Hughes is a senior citizen in Western Australia. He sends comments to Gumshoe (and other websites!) as “Aussiemal.”
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