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"The fact is that Wright and
Lewis binds me. I see it as a power-
ful authority, albeit in different
circumstances than those raised
by the petition before me."
She ruled that as long as neither
the motives nor the truth of what
was said in Parliament was under
question, well, Hansard was
welcome to take its part in this
particular instance of democracy
"Mr Stanley QC for the respond-
ent frankly admits that it is no
part of the respondent s defence
to question the motives of the
petitioner (Hanna) making the
relevant statements in the House
or their genuineness," Justice
Vanstone decided. "In these
circumstances it is difficult to see
how the important principle of
parliamentary privilege will be
abrogated or diminished in any
way by the evidence or indeed the
submissions in this trial."
Labor Party secretary Michael
Brown is not a small man, but he
seemed diminished as the words
And then it was on with the real
show. Did the brochures mislead
and defame? If so, did this alter the
outcome of the election?
Yes, said witness Jason
Dunstone, the managing director
of market research and polling
company Square Holes. Out of 400
people surveyed, about 5 per cent
were influenced by the "offending"
material, he said -- far more than
the percentage needed to ensure
Mr Hanna s loss. Yes, said political
scientist Haydon Manning, it had
influenced the result.
No, argued the ALP team as
it tries to tear holes in Square
Holes s testimony and rebut
Associate Professor Mannings s
evidence with an expert of its
own, Professor Aron O cass, from
the University of Newcastle.
Backwards and forwards the case
went, reaching across the centu-
ries, diving into parliamentary
Acts and Bills, into a report of
Parliament s Legislative Review
Committee into "regulations
under the Controlled Substances
Act", transcripts of interviews
with Ian Henschke on Stateline,
photos of brochures and of polling
booths ... and a statement from the
Electoral Commission s returning
officer for Mitchell, declaring
that Alan Sibbons was "elected
member for the said district".
Will that be overturned by a new
election? There is a precedent for
the Court of Disputed Returns
overturning the result in a state
seat, in Norwood in 1979. Labor s
sitting member, Greg Crafter, had
lost to Liberal Frank Webster by
33 votes. The Liberal candidate
had distributed material directed
to the electorate s large ethnic
community which said, in Italian,
that he was the go-to guy for
Norwood, but the words he used
when translated were actually the
same as words used to describe a
sitting member of Parliament.
Justice Roma Mitchell ruled
that Crafter, as MP, had been
misrepresented. A fresh election
gave the seat back to Crafter, who s
now a successful Labor-connected
And ultimately, is Kris Hanna
"soft on crime"? He doesn t think
so, and he doesn t think his record
shows so. Labor advertising
claimed Hanna "has failed on
hoons". The Government wants
cars impounded on the say-so of
a policeman. Hanna thinks South
Australians should have the right
to have their say in court before
their car, or their parents car, is
impounded. Is this being "soft on
"Do we want an MP who says
that appeal to uninformed gut
reactions of people in the com-
munity is odious?" asked one ALP
Hanna opposed the ALP s rabid
attacks on the Parole Board.
He was accused by Labor in the
ALP spending spree leading up to
polling day of being "soft on drugs".
Labor s justification was
Hanna s contribution to a par-
liamentary legislative review
committee and speeches
on two Bills. A full reading
of Hanna s parliamentary
speeches shows a considered,
less hysterical approach
compared with Labor s scare
campaign on crime.
For example, he said in
Parliament that he wanted
police to obtain a warrant
from a magistrate before
entering your house in a
drug search. "I admit it s an
old-fashioned view," Mr Hanna
said outside the court, "but I think
police should have a warrant, just
like they have to on any other type
Mitchell slumbers away.
The case is barely mentioned
in O Halloran Hill, Seacombe
Gardens or Sheidow Park. It s not
the talk of Reynella or Oaklands
Park. They have, after all, a new
member of parliament, who
they could assume is tough on
people who grow more than one
marijuana plant, whose car is
used -- even without permission
-- by a hoon driver, and who is not
appalled by people s uninformed
In 1397, Sir Thomas Haxey
presented a petition to the English
parliament criticising King
Richard. Haxey was stripped of his
possessions and his knighthood,
before both were restored by the
next king -- and since then, parlia-
mentarians have been allowed to
say pretty much anything in the
Now, in 2010 in South Australia,
we ll see how far they can go in
political advertising which elects
them to the House.
The trial continues.
7The Independent Weekly
news June 18 - 24, 2010
Democracy on trial
From Page 5
South Australia's parliament has
a shameful record of ministers
and backbenchers slandering
citizens, who have no effective
recourse. Last October, the
then Attorney-General, Michael
Atkinson, disgraced even himself
when he defamed respected
Adelaide businessman John
Under Parliamentary privilege,
the Attorney-General said that
John Easling's steel fabrication
company had taken out display
advertising in this newspaper to
get the story he wanted.
Such statements could have
led to legal action if said outside
And in 2008, the then
Families and Communities
Minister Jennifer Rankine
accused John's brother Tom of
"We had people going into that
house and finding semi-naked
boys in his bed. If you want me
to go into detail I can. It is very
unsavoury," Ms Rankine said
without a shred of evidence.
Easling, his family and the
Opposition were outraged.
"Minister Rankine needs to
produce the evidence or resign,"
Liberal frontbencher Evans
demanded. "To use coward's
castle of parliamentary privilege
to make outrageous allegations
against a man she knows was
proven not guilty is simply unac-
ceptable behaviour for a Minister.
It is also unacceptable for a
Minister of the agency central to
this issue to use parliamentary
privilege to smear the name of a
man already proven not guilty."
Through his legal team, Easling
also demanded the Minister
disclose the information she
claimed to have.
"Needless to say, our client
vehemently denies that this ever
happened," Easling's lawyer
Matthew Selley wrote to the
"Please identify the boys
claimed to have been found in our
client's bed in a semi-naked state,
the occasions when they were
found and by whom. You might
also care to explain why these
allegations were never put to our
client during the years in which he
was a registered foster carer."
Ms Rankin offered no response.
-- Hendrik Gout
Cowards' castle battlement
Labor's controversial and possibly misleading poster, and the defeated Liberal Party candidate for Mitchell, Peta McCance, entering court with her father.
Photo: Kate Elmes
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