Murphy’s colourful style stretched his reputation
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.
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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.
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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.