FINE LE­GAL MIND WELL WORTH DE­FEND­ING

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

IT is hard to re­main silent when an un­known and in­ex­pe­ri­enced mem­ber of the La­bor Party chal­lenges the pro­fes­sional in­tegrity and com­pe­tence of Damian Bugg QC, one of the finest le­gal minds that Tas­ma­nia has ever pro­duced (“QC de­fends MP in­quiry”,

Mer­cury, November 5). As Min­is­ter for Jus­tice, I worked with Damien Bugg for four years. Dur­ing that time, he, as Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions, with In­spec­tor John Wool­ley, con­ducted an in­quiry into al­le­ga­tions against a com­mis­sioner of po­lice.

I be­lieve that in­quiry to have been the most thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion ever un­der­taken in the his­tory of Tas­ma­nia.

La­bor’s ob­ses­sion with drag­ging this is­sue out and try­ing to “dig up dirt” on op­po­nents is un­be­com­ing of any mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

Do cur­rent La­bor mem­bers of Par­lia­ment for­get the tryst of their for­mer min­is­ter with a min­is­te­rial driver?

I don’t re­call a vi­cious at­tack on that min­is­ter by mem­bers of the Op­po­si­tion.

When it comes to com­pe­tence and in­tegrity, I’d put my money on Damian Bugg, QC. His record is im­pec­ca­ble. He was also cho­sen as Di­rec­tor for Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions for the Com­mon­wealth. Surely that says some­thing. Ron­ald Cor­nish Rose Bay

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