Absolute power of DPP is disturbing
THROUGH newspaper reports and letters, I have followed the discussion concerning the death in custody of Mr Doomadgee.
Of particular interest is the status often attributed to the Director of Public Prosecutions.It seems that for some the DPP is and should be the absolute criminal law authority of Queensland.
I would even venture to suggest that some regard the DPP as infallible, incapable of error.
In his book TheFearofFreedom, Erich Fromm quoted John Dewey who, in 1940, wrote, ‘‘The serious threat to our democracy is not the existence of foreign totalitarian states ... the battlefield is also accordingly here — within ourselves and our institutions.’’
Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg address, gave the world a succinct and profound definition of democracy as ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’.
If there are no mechanisms to ensure that decisions made by decision-makers can be reviewed, then our democracy is threatened from within.
There will be government of the people but not necessarily by the people or for the people.
Even magistrates and judges are accountable for their decisions which are reported for public scrutiny and possibly subject to appeal.
As an Anglo-Celtic Australian.I am disturbed by suggestions that decisions of the DPP should be immune from review especially in matters of public interest such as Aboriginal deaths in custody. RAYHORN,