"Enemy of the State" tabled in Queensland parliament

Mr S. Balson

extract Queensland Parliament Hansard 13th April 2000

Mr FELDMAN (Caboolture—CCAQ) (7.22 p.m.): We here on this side of the House have waited patiently and watched the Attorney-General to observe if the laws of this State will be even-handedly applied by him and the Crown Law Office. It appears that it will be a cold day in hell before Scott Balson will see if the same even-handed approach to the application of the law is applied to the Bulletin magazine as it was applied to him with respect to the naming of the alleged child sex offender, Bill D'Arcy, appearing before the court. Investigation and prosecution commenced immediately with respect to Balson. However, the Bulletin magazine on 18 January 2000 also published the name of Bill D'Arcy. I have a copy here and I will table it. A copy of this magazine was displayed and openly available at any Queensland newsagency and book store clearly publishing these details on page 10 in breach of the law. This breach appears to be more clearly and openly done than having to book in, log on, and keenly surf the Net to find the Australian news of the day on the American web site, which was the case with Balson, but no action has yet been seen to be taken against the Bulletin.

Queensland Council for Civil Liberties spokesman and Bill D'Arcy's legal counsel, Mr Terry O'Gorman, on the ABC on 21 March 2000 raised the very same question about the even-handedness of the law being applied. Perhaps an uppercut to be given to the Attorney-General against the Bulletin magazine in the case of the new book Enemy of The State—and I seek the leave of the House to table that new book by Balson— may spur the DPP into action. I also seek leave to table the copy of The Bulletin.

Leave granted.

Mr FELDMAN: As I said, we are sitting here waiting to see whether action will be taken against the Bulletin magazine because the Bulletin magazine appears to be too much of a big gun to be taken on by the DPP and the office of the Attorney-General. Perhaps now the DPP and the Attorney-General may be spurred on to take that action against the national magazine.

Information and ordering Balson's book "Enemy of the State"
See Feldman's question on Hansard - search on "Balson"
See Beattie's inept response
- search on "Balson"

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