Mur­phy’s colour­ful style stretched his rep­u­ta­tion

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -


BIKIES will be en­vi­ous when the firearms amnesty ends Septem­ber 30. NSW had ma­chine guns and grenades handed in but a rocket launcher has given Queens­land du­bi­ous brag­ging rights.


THOSE cold Can­berra win­ters have a lurid rep­u­ta­tion. Re­li­able House of Reps gravevine sug­gests a colour­ful tory MP soon will be parad­ing a sweet, young part­ner.


AS pre­dicted ruc­tions at Townsville air­port are go­ing to end in tears for trav­ellers. Qan­tas off­shoot Jet­star is bail­ing out on Bali flights from March. Qan­tas profit topped $852 mil­lion.


TOWNSVILLE may be choice for Pauline’s cam­paign launch. LNP were in a panic overnight with news 1N is polling 39 per cent in Thuringowa with­out pick­ing a can­di­date.


NO short­age of dads hot to help out at Ter­race ath­let­ics with Olympic star Ta­tiana Grig­orieva ath­let­ics coach. Ter­race lads were also ex­pected to break records sign­ing up. NA­TIONAL Ho­tel brothel madam Shirley Brif­man was named in the Lionel Mur­phy files re­leased this week over se­cret in­ter­views with NSW po­lice July 28-Au­gust 17, 1971.

The 35-year-old died of a “drug over­dose’’ at Clay­field months later.

Brif­man fin­gered cor­rupt cops and oth­ers and was a star wit­ness at the Na­tional Ho­tel royal com­mis­sion in 1963. Mur­phy, a re­formist fed­eral Laborr At­tor­ney-Gen­eral, joined the High Court in 1975 be­fore fac­ing crim­i­nal charges and in­quiries into al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct be­fore his death in 1986.

Lead­ing coun­sel Ian Cal­li­nan QC (later a High h Court judge) and Ni­cholas Cow­dery QC ran the prose­cu­tion. Mur­phy was charged in De­cem­ber 14, 1984 un­der sec­tion 43 of the Crimes Act in­clud­ing at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice. Af­ter two tri­als Mur­phy was found “not guilty’’ April 28, 1986. He faced an­other Par­lia­men­tary In­quiry into m mis­con­duct. “It was a very un­happy ti time for ev­ery­body,” C Cal­li­nan later re­called. Alas there was no b book as Cal­li­nan adeptly tu turned to writ­ing nov­els. Mur­phy’s favourite h haunts in Bris­bane in in­cluded the free fl flow­ing (and de­parted) Mi­lano restau­rant up­stairs in Queen St.

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