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NCA [National Crime Authority] bombing coroner's inquest welcome: better late than never.

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S enator Natasha Stott Despoja

Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats

Attorney General and Justice Spokesperson


26 August 1998




Better late than never


The announcement of a Coronial Inquest into the Adelaide National Crime Authority (NCA) bombing is a welcome development, the Australian Democrats’ Attorney General and Justice Spokesperson, and member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Crime Authority, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, said today.


As a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Crime Authority, Senator Stott Despoja has repeatedly called for a Coronial Inquest (see attached Hansard).


“This was one of the most serious attacks on a law enforcement agency in this nation’s history. A coronial inquest is welcome but long overdue,” said Senator Stott Despoja.


“Despite the fact that this happened more than four years ago, there has been no successful prosecution of this crime or a satisfactory explanation of what happened.


“By the time the coronial inquest is up and running it will be almost five years since the bombing.


“I understand standard practice in South Australia was not to convene an inquest into this tragedy because the police investigation had not been finalised. But, given the lack of prosecution after four years this was not satisfactory.


“We need answers to what happened.


“I would like to see the Terms of Reference broadly framed to investigate the incident and the surrounding circumstances.


“We owe answers to the NCA officers, their families, other law enforcement agencies and the broader community.


“This investigation is central to resolving this tragedy and learning the lessons to prevent this from ever happening again,” said Senator Stott Despoja.


For comment, contact Senator Stott Despoja on 0418 812 589

or Dr Charles Lawson on (02) 6277 3645