With Tasmania in the spotlight over it’s new firearm law amendments, Senator David Leyonhjelm has put something equally as important on the table:
In other words, the same federal government that intervened and told Tony Rundle not to have an Inquiry or Royal Commission into the most politicised event of the Australian 20th century, has said it’s a matter for the state. Buck passing at its finest.
Putting money on the Tasmanian Government handballing this one back to Christian Porter and subsequently getting into a stonewalling contest for the next 20 years is looking like a good return.
Leyonhjelm is spot on: of course alternative theories will exist with the very fact that so much time, energy and money has effectively gone into the suppression of evidence and avoidance of a proper inquiry or Royal Commission.
An inquiry was indeed started but was halted by Coroner Ian Matterson in January 1997 in his now infamous letter when he stated “I must not make a finding that is inconsistent with the Supreme Court.”
We can have a Royal Commission into decades-old sexual abuse by the catholic church, a pink batts scheme that killed two people, gross misconduct by Australia’s financial institutions but we can’t have one into the biggest spree killing in Australian modern history, if not only for the lack of Police response?
We can also re-open the Whiskey Au-Go-Go Inquiry after 44 years and the Lindt Café Inquiry can begin six days after the event, but again no Port Arthur Inquiry because something something victims’ feelings?
The same victims’ feelings that are disregarded by John Howard, Tim Fischer and the rest every time there is some kind of firearm incident anywhere in the world, and “Muh Port Arthur” is the first line a slew of hack journalists fall over each other to print in the first line of their corresponding propaganda.
The fact that no-one can get access to talk to Martin Bryant is also highly strange, considering that some of the most prolific serial killers of all-time have had media profiles equivalent with some Hollywood celebrities. It’s ok for the media to glorify mass shooters for gun control purposes but we can’t get their side of the story?
Furthermore, yelling “tinfoil hat” or similar is not an argument and is purely just a silencing tactic – the same as yelling “bigot” when one wants to have debate on just about anything else.
Sure, there are some crazy theories out there, but there are plenty of valid questions to be asked about the events of Port Arthur and they are not to be dismissed without debate and examination of the evidence.
If an independent inquiry purely confirms what we already know, then fine. However, given the aforementioned concerted efforts to keep an inquiry from happening it’s highly likely that there is something about the official story that is terribly wrong and/or incriminating to certain people.
Open the books, it’s time.
The victims’ families deserve it. The Australian public deserves it. Over a million firearm owners deserve it.
Nothing to hide, nothing to fear right John?