By now the entire NT has heard a story about the shooting, has a friend who works at the clinic or knows the police officer’s third cousin. He lunged, he had an axe, he was asleep, he was on drugs, he was undressed, the police officer had a hard night and “I know him, he would never shoot unless it was life or death”.
This shooting highlights that something is very wrong in the NT. The NT Government is the problem, both politicians and those in the bureaucracy. The shooting is just the far end of the bullying and intimidation that goes on. Denying people their rights.
The NT has an unsavoury reputation when it comes to threats to shoot and really doing it. The Trust has been on the tail of Hylton “gun threat” Hayes for over a decade, yes Eva Lawler’s “Coffee for Contracts” friend. And sure Hayes may have joked about shooting someone but where does it stop? Just like the Nazis it stops with really shooting people and thinking nothing about it.
This week we have seen a person shot despite endless Royal Commissions identifying how such tragedies can be avoided.
Given the circumstances it will now be claimed that the police officer was only charged with murder to appease groups protesting and to assist Chief Minister Gunner in the 2020 Election.
There is no doubt that once such a shooting would have been swept under the carpet. Swept under the carpet like a lot of other things. It is time for the NT Police to start to do their job and actually act on complaints. As for ICAC involvement, this is going to stretch resources so far that ICAC will only be looking at this shooting.
Is Mr Gunner going to fund extra ICAC investigators?
How can the police officer now get a fair trial in the NT?
ICAC Commissioner in Alice Springs….commenting on “Black Lives Matter” stating that anyone who does not believe this is corrupt (ABC TV Report 14 November 2019).
It is good that the Commissioner is actually showing an interest but it is a pity that it takes a death and the potential of riots to get the Commissioner out and about. His comments and activity is pre-empting any allegation of corruption.
What about all the other allegations of dodgy deals and so on that have been given to ICAC?
As we have asked above, “where is all the money coming from the fund this investigation?” Are there new investigators?
Is it a case of “sorry” the Walker case takes priority now and all our cases are on hold or simply brushed aside?
Everyone in the NT should be very worried.
Firstly the police are trigger happy.
Secondly can you have confidence in the institutions that are meant to be protecting you such as the Ombudsman and ICAC. Are they really independent?
Thirdly the government seems to using funding to restrict ICAC activities.
Fourthly all NT Governments have failed to act on the whole raft of Aboriginal issues. Deciding to ignore and not fund, the same as their general response to their own corruption.