Alan MacSporran – keen rower, one-time school captain of Brisbane Boys Grammar School, and son of a policeman – acted as the Senior Counsel representing the State of Queensland during the 2011 Floods Commission of Inquiry, although you are forgiven if you thought otherwise.
My old Dad, probably driven crazy by the cancer drugs, reckons MacSporran was covering up for the cops, who were covering up for their own.
Poor old Dad, he won’t be budged from his mad idea that MacSporran went deliberately soft on the folk who might have saved Donna and Jordan Rice’s life, and swears that MacSporran intentionally put leading questions to witnesses at the Commission so that he could make sure that he got the answers his mates wanted to hear, instead of asking open questions that may have lead to the truth.
Alan MacSporran is the head of Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).
The CCC exist to tell the truth, not to hide it.
So I told Dad he was a mad prostate cancer riddled morphine patch addict who needed to down three glasses of Chardonnay a night so that he didn’t writhe in pain, and asked what would he know.
Plenty was his reply.
And the old bugger handed over a list of Les the LLB questions that he would have asked if he’d been a cox man at Grammar.
Here they are.
The questions that the real cox man now in charge of the CCC asked are printed below.
Where did the tragic events occur Sergeant Coleman?
Tell us about the intersection Sergeant.
Explain to those of us not from Toowoomba the main use of the roads.
Has the intersection ever flooded Sergeant?
If so, to what extent?
Is it the opinion of some locals who are ignorant of history that the flood waters at the intersection are not dangerous?
Are you aware Sergeant of the history of that particular site?
Have you read the research conducted and retold by leading Queensland historian and author Matthew Condon?
While the weather’s good, would you like a quick opportunity to take a truth unencumbered free and unchallenged cheap shot at Donna Rice?
Do people ever mistake the rising flood waters as a danger to their lives?
If so, how often? Can you produce statistical evidence to support your answer?
So as a matter of course you do send police to attend to incidents that are the subject of emergency calls made from or about flooding at the intersection?
Do each of the incident reports that you have located, studied and are about to tender as evidence reveal that each incident called in was an emergency?
Given the history of the site as recounted by Matthew Condon that I have just shown you, would you agree that flooding of the magnitude that occurred on 10 January 2011 had happened at exactly the same spot previously?
Would it be wrong to say that it was a one off event?
Now to Donna Rice’s Triple O call.
Is it the case that Police Communications Center officers are more likely to disregard an emergency phone call if the person who has made the call has 2 children in the car at the time they fear flood waters may sweep them away, and thus does their best to remain calm during the call?
When assessing the urgency of emergency calls, do police give a higher priority to strung out meth addicts who present as clearly distressed?
Forgive me for asking this question Sergeant Coleman, but I’m old and dying and if it upsets you well I couldn’t really give a flying f*ck.
Am I simply an abject liar?
What’s more important Sergeant? Our careers, or telling the truth about the lives and deaths of an innocent mother and child?
Which side are we really on?