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Hello and welcome Queensland, I'm Matt Wordsworth. We will the former head of the decision. But
association about the Patel decision. But first, in the space of seven weeks, Queensland has transformed. Laws that been seen in most democracies have been introduced in on bikies. The man who penned them, Jarrod Bleijie, has been both criticised and applauded in a debate that has split the legal fraternity and rights campaigners up in arms. The head of the Crime and Misconduct Commission then weighed in with an article praising the laws. It later emerged he was encouraged to speak out by the Government. He joined me earlier in the studio.Attorney, Philip Nase says the head of the Government media unit, Lee Anderson approached the CMC to do media interviews after speaking with you.I think what role is telling Queenslanders what the issue are. They are one of the top crime fighting bodies, they fight crime, paedophile rings, criminal motorcycle gangs. One of their objectives is for that. I think they are right and entitled and should be telling Queenslanders what is going on.Philip Nase described it as described it as an approach to
a department rather than an sinister in
independent office. Anything sinister in that?No, we have got independent Police Commissioner as well. You would know, Matt, the Police Commissioner is very media savvy. The police see their role is to make sure wlders understands the issues of importance in terms of krill nals and the operations the police have. I don't think there is anything
different.There is a law that sies the CMC act says they must be independent?I think ever
absolutely they are.Was it ever an intention for the CMC to praise the Government's laws?Well, the laws that we put in place were effectively requested by the CMC. They had additional power. They had intelligence gathering power. They were requested by the CMC. Weer excited, the Premier and I when we went down to the CMC, we were briefed by the CMC on the operations and I've seen side to the CMC I've never seen before. I think that's great to get that out in the public domain. They have grit people working down there, the police officers, the intelligence are gathering. For Queenslanders to be better educated, I think it's quite right for the CMC to talk requested. They
the laws positively that they requested. They requested the laws, the leather lure gave them the POW er.I'm interested in that timeline. The bikie brawl happened on September 27th which triggered the laws. On September 30th, cabinet approved the laws. You didn't meet the CMC until October the 3rd?You will remember the Premier was on a trade mission in Japan at the time. I think that was the line in the sand. There had been work being done in my department in relation to toughening laws for the last few months. This Government has been unapologetic in toughening you
the law...The CMC didn't ask you what they wanted until October the 3rd?We had many corresponds over time with the CMC...That's not what the Premier said, just on radio on Wednesday, he did say that when you went down there, we the head of the CMC and assistant commissioners what changes to the law they would like to see after the gangs in partnership. The CMC literally made a submission to the AG saying and guess what, we implemented the things they wanted. You had announced everything on the Monday of the September 30 before meeting happened?That's not entirely right. The laws that we put into the Parliament, that very approved those laws that week of the Parliament....You put September
out a press release on which outlines
September 30th, I have it here, which outlines all of your laws. It says "Gathering in groups, attending specific locations, owning, opening, working in tattoo parlours". That's on September 30th. What did the CMC ask for?That doesn't include the intelligence gathering operations for the CMC.Is that what they asked for?What became apparent when we met with the CMC, they had a legislative had an issue with the legislation they couldn't bring these people, this Broadbeach incidents because most of them were charged with affray brought a one-year offence. They didn't have the ability to bring them in. We found that out...What else did they ask for apart from the star chamber things. The didn't ask for that. You had announced themThe prohibitions in gathering in public places, the CMC didn't ask for that. That's the no the CMC's role.That is contrary to what the Premier said on Wednesday. He said "The CMC made a submission to the AG and guess what, we implemented the things they wanted".I think you are reading too much into that.I'm reading exactly what the Premier said.What more is a package of reforms and part of the package of reforms was what the CMC...It seems gilding the Lilley saying all these laws are what the CMC wanted.We briefed the CMC on what they were going to do. would anticipate both the police and CMC would be encouraged with a package of reforms rather than doing things in ieciallation. That's one of the things we have had kr criminal gangs, people have tackled these things in isolation. We wanted to catch the criminal gangs off which I think we have done that.If we accept the only major law that the CMC asked for was the star chambernd the others had been announced, do you see the problem with the head of an independent body, like Dr Ken Levy, arguing you are taking the strong that is required? Do you see a problem with that?No, I don't. One of the major the CMC, remember the crime and misconduct demicial, the Crime Commission of Queensland is major crime and they have to be equipped to be able to talk to Queenslanders about these issues. I don't think Mr Levy would agree with all our laws. I think he said that...His front page article said you required.
were taking the strong action required. It didn't indicate he had a problem.He was indicating there hasn't been a strong package of reforms.Has he indicated he has a problem with any of it's been a healthy debate in democracy.Has he you...He hasn't indicated to me there is any objection.You had a meeting on October 3rd, after knowing what happened on CMC asked for special powers. We have given them they asked for.The CMC in 2008 said Outlawing bikie gangs may or may not be effective and the Australian Crime Commission say they may not have a great impact. What is the evidence saying you should have implemented them?This has on the national agenda for years. The South Australians were first to Outlaw gangs with their legislation which is overturned by the High Court. NSW followed suit, Queensland followed suit. Most of jurisdictions have these types of legislation. What we have done is a pack analyst of reforms. We are unapologetic. It's some of the toughest in the nation.I understands, you have said that you don't apologise and it is very tough. But what evidence did you rely upon that this is good policy?Sometimes Queenslanders, all the evidence they need is 50 Bandidos going into a tourist destination, cafe on a Friday night, when innocent women and children and grandparents are trying to have a nice dinner out in a public domain and 50 intimidating men come with their jackets on, their leather patches and start a brawl. To make matters worse, go and put a line-out the front of the police station. That's enough for Queenslanders.In 2009 when similar laws were being enacted by the Labor Government, you were issuing a rallying cry for the freedom of association which this overturns. Why the change from you personally?So good were those laws in 2009, they haven't been used or effective. No organisation has been declared a criminal organisation.I accept only been used once and stalled in the Supreme Court. I'm tucking about your personal opinions. With you were very passionate about the freedom of association?We were in terms of the legislation and the ability for the legislation to work.Just generally. And the political as well. You said this bill is a knee-jerk reaction and a campaign to crime
appear to be tough on organised crime following the bikie at Sydney Airport. Remarkable parallels there.The difference is these laws that we have passed, the three laws, the gang disruption bill and tattoo breaking
parlours are having ground breaking effect on the ground. Queenslanders are seeing that...You accedes it runs counter to the laws?Those laws were a different draft, terminology in terms of who he are capturing. We are specific in who we are going after. We have named some of these organisations. We have named them in the legislation.You say they don't freedom of association?There will be some inconvenience for law-abiding citizens.The bikies, it affects their freedom of association.What about...I'm asking about the freedom about the freedom of people to go into a shopping district without the fear of being shoot. What about the young children at the Gold Coast and Broadbeach, what about their rights, their freedoms to have a coffee with their grandparents or tourists to come to Queensland without the fear and intimidation of 50...Freedom and happiness and good security...Of 50 thugs starting a brawl in the middle of a shopping and tourist district.Your argument about freedom of association. I'm talking about your own argument in 2009 and trying investigate in 2009 and trying to investigate where it's so different now.We have seen since 2009 these criminal gangs come out from under their rocks. We have had incidents, remember the shooting at Robina, shootings at the Sunshine Coast into a tattoo par already.The Sydney Airport bikie brawl ended up with someone dying.We have seen over the last few years criminal over the last few years these criminal gangs come out their rocks since 2009.You said a Government who tries to remove these freedoms and liberties is a Government to be feared. It should not be I about the a associations of individuals, but about the crimes committed.Ore laws target the association and the crimes committed.They criminalise three people who meet together who may be members of the same association.I'm pleased to say that the police have made their first three arrested under those new laws with three together.Just before I move on, just one more comment from said your 2009 speech, where you said nothing shows more contempt for the people of Queensland than when you have to chop and for the political the day conversation ". How are you not being just as hypocritical as the Labor Party?You have to be up with the people of Queensland. We have been up front with the people of Queensland. Everything I said in 2009 is on the public record. I accept that. What I am saying now, from 2009 to 2013 criminal gangs have prospered, prospered under a regime of former Labor Party soft inaction. We are saying enough's enough, we have drawn a line in the sand and we are going after them.If I can briefly touch on offender laws, you will decide if people stay in jail once the appeal process is exhausted, people saying that is against the separation of powers when you have got a politician deciding if 'People's Daily' stay in jail?This one. It was reluctant legislation, legislation of last resort. Under the dangerous prisoners legislation, we are talking about the worse of the worse. I've had good discussions with the Bar Association and Association will be putting submissions to us that they think they may be able to come up with ways to strengthen the legislation.So you will no longer have the decision?If we Association, come up with ideas they are currently working on where they strengthen the dangerous prisoners legislation to make it harder for courts to release theme community, then that's a for the final say, is that what you are saying?What I'm trying to say, we want to do everything we can before we have to use that legislation. I'm working with the Bar Association. Think they may be able to come up with a bet are way to the dangerous legislation. If they can, that's great. I've had a number can of meetings with already. We have said we will look at everything.Thank you Tony for coming process
saga has been a tore tus process but now it appears to be over. Patel has guilty over his medical registration and prosecutors have dropped their remaining criminal charges. Queensland criminal charges. What has Queensland got to show for this 8-year pursuit. To help answer that question, I was joined by head of
Dr David Molloy who was the head of the medical association when the scandal broke. Dr Molloy, were you surprised the prosecutions for manslaughter and grievous bodily failed?Not really. Removing medical issues from the civil court to the criminal court a hazard. I thought Dr Patel was the end product of a whole series of system failures as didn't surprise
well as surgical ones. It didn't surprise me that many of the charges fell over. doctors
think there will be a lot doctors in Queensland breathing a sigh of relief tonight?Look, some of the issues he was being charged in for were within the scope of reasonable practice. I think that was the expert the latest trial. I think doctors, as a rule, to see medical issues moved from the civil to the criminal jurisdiction. Doctors will satisfied with that outcome. I don't think anyone will be pleased about the sad
the Patel case. It was a really sad and sorry saga. Sad for the people of Bundaberg, sad for the Queensland Hopefully we are in a situation of being able to draw closure for the victims and system.You were very, very closely involved in all of this you began. You were President of the AMAQ at the time. Paint a picture of the climate created?It was a very difficult time for Queensland hell. Administratively the State health system was in a bit of a mess. They introduced a district manager system that wasn't working. The system was very badly under resourced, under-manned. There weren't enough doctors, they were badly paid, A&E weren't working. We lost a lot of beds with Royal Brisbane and PA being redesigned. What happened when Dr Patel occurred, we were able to draw a spotlight on the system and say look, here is the ways the system isn't working. We were able to campaign for change using the issue of Dr Patel.Before we move on to the legacy. There were calls at the time for the prosecution to happen, there were calls labouring him Death. Do you think we in the media were in any way guilty of trial by media or there was a mob mentality?This is the way issues occur. It doesn't matter if it's doctors, politicians. This is what happens. I think things have to run their course in the system where there is fairness in the system. I think the justice system has finally played itself out. It's probably reached a just conclusion, in that the matters have been resolved and the fraudulent matters. There was fraud committed against was fraud committed against the
medical board.There will be a lot of patients out there tonight who won't be satisfied with the justice outcome. In terms of the health outcome, what has been the impact on Queensland Health?I think it's been by and large a positive one. Services have improved for patients. Quality processes have improved. The system is better staffed. There are a lot more are a lot more staff doctors,
they are better paid. A&E departments are working much better than they were ten years ago. Waiting lists are still problematic. I think there has been a big improvement in services for rural and provincial patients. One of things provincial patients. One of the things that Queensland Health does brilliantly is move patients around the State to get equitable care. It's now much more possible for patients in rural and remote areas get the same sort of service that a treshsary referral centre. It has been scaled down in rural centres but the standards of care and soup vilcial have improved
immeasurably.Dr Molloy, thanks for your time.Thank you very much.He was smoking marijuana when he was 8 years old. Damien Hooper decided to be a champion. Tomorrow night he will attempt to become the first Australian boxer to hold a Youth Olympics
championship. Mark hide found out what is driving this young

Damien Hooper has been fighting for as long as he can remember. At times his toughest battles have been outside the ring.I was hanging out with the wrong people and used to drink a lot at a young age, you know. Eight years old, I tried marijuana and all that stuff. I was doing that as a young kid. So as a young kid, you know, that does a lot of damage.He has punished himself at training to overcome his Ian age years in Dalby which included time in a juvenile detention centre.Aged 15 I remember sitting at a table drinking, drunk and I thought "What the hell am I doing? I champion".
want to box, I want to be a champion".His journey has taken him to Singapore, the home of the 2010 Youth Olympics. Where he dominated to claim the gold medal in the 75 kilogram middleweight division. Now Brisbane-based, spends most days with one of his biggest supporters, trainer, Gareth Williams.This kid won't just be a world champion, he will be a mega star, junior.He is helping the 21-year-old make the the professional ranks. Hooper seems unstoppable but the 2012 Olympics.He had a lot of pressure on him from the London Olympics. Everybody thought he he would be Australia's first gold the senior Olympics. Unfortunately he met the eventual gold medallist in the second round.He also made headlines when he breached Olympic rules by wearing a shirt emblazoned with the aboriginal flag into the ring.I didn't want to bring bad things up. I was paying would
respect to my ancestors. Nobody would know who I am today if I didn't do it.Today, one of Australia's best footballers is in his corner. Broncos star justice Hodges is mentoring young boxer after learning some hard lessons of his own.When I was his age, living in Sydney when I was young, and sometimes you make bad decisions with alcohol and all that too type of stuff. I wanted a nice path for him, I guess.No-one understands Hooper's path better than fellow boxer, Anthony Mundine.He's a good kid, a good heart. But some of the
sometimes he's misled and takes some of the wrong choices. I told him you want to be a champion and a good champion, you have to be dedicated to your craft, be dedicated it your sport.And six years after opting for gloves and not bottle, Hooper has become a mentor himself at the of urban indigenous health. That side, yeah. That's your strong hand.We joke around, he's a magnet for young people. Children of all ages flock to him. shot, a big shot, whoa.He starting to lessons he learned on to young people so they don't make some of the poor choices he made in the past.That's crazy, spoking and what it does do the unexpected blows that leave the biggest stars. 12 months ago, Hooper's brother Troy was killed in accident.It did a whole of bad things to me. I guess the good thing that came out of it, I'm in the gym torturing my body now so I can provide for my family and for his kids. Before Damien walks out we get in a huddle and a prayer and has a to Troy. He draws power from that as well.Hooper Haas won all of his four bouts undefeated
knockout. He will fight undefeated Thai boxer for the vacant WBC youth silver heavyweight title. But win lose, he's found purpose and peace in the most brutal of sports.Boxing saved my life. I don't think I would be if I was still in Dalby, I would be locked up or

Now to a story of anguish and forgiveness in the wake World War II. 'The Railway Man' is a big budget film based on the life of former Scottish prisoner of war, Eric Lomax and his struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress His wife Patti was in town this week for the premier at the Brisbane International festival. She spoke to Josh Bavas about her house's real life battles.He's a wonderful man, I've seen it. But he's a mess. I want to know what will happen to Eric. I don't believe in this code of silence that you have.It's not just a story of times past. But one that moves forward and is relevant to everybody, even today.This is the BBC. They have surrendered to the Japanese. The Japs said real men will die of shame.The theme of the story is no matter how bad things are, one can move on with great effort and Patti Lomax is the woman behind the man. For decades she fought to bring peace to her husband, Eric Lomax in the aftermath of World War II. lot of men went through something you can't imagine. You have to let us just with it.My husband can't coping. I love him and I want him back.Lieutenant Lomax was one of the prisoners of war forced to build Railway after Singapore fell in the
1942. After surviving against the odds, his on learning to forgive the people who had tortured him. His memoir 'The Railway Man' is the basis for the film.He really felt that hate people really felt that hate ing people or events didn't do harm to the other person, but it did harm yourself. Because I had seen, lived and seen with the effects for many years, found it harder to forgive. But in the end, I had to myself a good talking to and say well, if it's all right for Eric, it has to be all for me.Nicole Kidman became friends with Patti Lomax as she prepared for the role.The West Coast is extraordinarily beautiful. You might fall in love with it.I always fall in love within.Although the film doesn't take place in Australia, parts of Ipswich were transformed into Asian jungle camps and Brisbane's historic Fort Lytton was the Singapore.
perfect lay out for a forth in Singapore. They were built to the same dimensions.In terms of the film, it was perfect. We got great crews, great locations, it's great to film here. Film Queensland were very supportive. They loved the script.We shot three weeks in Scotland and then four later, we were shooting in Thailand and four days after that shooting in Australia. It was a very big thing to pull off with the money that we had and the speed with which we had to shoot it.'The Railway Man' Film Festival. But it won't be screening in Australian cinemas until Boxing Day. And although Eric Lomax spent a day the UK, he never got to see the final cut.He passed a way just before the film was completed but Eric felt that it was in such safe hands and they had made such a good job of the film, that he really wanted to leave it at that.One of the things you take on, you are telling real people's stories. You need to honour that and do justice to the real life storeyy.Patti Lomax hopes the story of her husband's journey and their life together others.It's not just to carers in my position, it's also the people who are looking after relatives with Alzheimer's anything else that's long-term. much
It is hard.I have suffered much but I know you have suffered too. And you everything to me. Sometimes the hating has to That's the program. You can see any of our stories the ABC website. See you next week.

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