The Age from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on September 27, 1999 · Page 1
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Monday, September 27, 1999
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I I jtAi3L II f AflTS 1 vn nh'rJri sSl. f&i ii i i i i i i ii . hMr- ii imf a I " I ! i K i (oV Days togp J COUNTDOWN TO THE END I OF THE CENTURY INSJDE ACT bishop quits over 1980s affair The Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, George Browning, who was in line lo become the head of the church in V.istralia, resigned in disgrace --.terday over an affair with a i 'iishioner 15 years ago. NEWS 3 Hewitt shows Russian how to play tennis Australia is through to its first Davis Cup final in six years after l.leyton Hewitt yesterday handed a straight-sets spanking to the Russian who had promised him a tennis lesson. SPORT I Moody's puts AMP on notice of review Moody's ratings agency has placed AMP's ratings on review some for possible downgrade after news of its proposed buyout of GIO. wrm BUSINESS I INDEX pae LaWUST WORLD 16 ARTS TODAY 5 BUSINESS BUSINESS 1-4 COMICS TODAY 2 CROSSWORDS TODAY 2 EDITORIAL OPINION 18 LETTERS OPINION 18 WORLD WORLD 14-16 PERSONALS BUSINESS 7 CLASS INDEX BUSINESS 7 WEATHER ''7!rV Victoria: Fine and Ot mostly sunny. ' ' City: Fine, top 24. aL Tomorrow: Fine, windy, top 24. Wednesday: Change, top 25. Thursday: Showers, top 25. Details: NEWS 20 ODD SPOT A Norwegian arrested for driving with a bellyful of booze claims only his teeth were full of liquor. The man, 44, failed a breath test, but said the result was too high because of vodka trapped in cavities in his bad teeth. A court believed him. For all the news throughout your working week, visit And now that the footy is over for another year, analyse the best and worst of the season, including all the grand final details, at Footy99. o THE AGE 250 Spencer St, Melbourne 3000 1 45th year, No. 45,088 Telephone (03)96004211 Classifieds 132 243 Home delivery 96041460 7 days delivery $8.60 - X. . . t ass; g& r It's The Storm . . . what a blast Storm captain Glenn Lazarus raises his arms in a triumphant 'V after his team snatches a historic victory. Picture: craig golding By IAN COCKERILL This was the fairytale Carlton wanted so much to write. One day after the 1999 AFL grand final played to script, the brave Blues going down to overwhelming favorites the Kangaroos, Melbourne's cultural oddity, the Melbourne Storm, unexpectedly carried off rugby league's greatest prize before a record crowd at Sydney's Stadium Australia. Showing tremendous spirit, the two-year-old club stunned the greater part of the 107,551! crowd and delighted its large contingent of travelling supporters by coming back from a 14-0 deficit to beat fancied St George-lllawarra 20-18 in the 1999 National Rugby League decider. In one of the most heart-stopping finales of recent decades, Melbourne winger Craig Smith was knocked unconscious attempting to ground the ball for a try in the closing minutes. After long deliberation, referee Bill Harrigan awarded a penalty try, tying the score and setting the scene for Matt Geyer to kick the winning conversion. Storm's win completed a trifecta for Melbourne football teams this year coming on top of South Melbourne's national soccer championship last May and the Kangaroos' AFL premiership triumph on Saturday. Amid wild scenes after the final siren, retiring Storm captain Glenn Lazarus attempted a lumbering cartwheel before taking the microphone. In a quivering voice, Lazarus thanked a long list of past mentors Champions: Kangaroos Victorious: Wayne Carey who had contributed to a career ending with five premierships. "Hut the person I owe everything everything to, is my lovely w i f e T e s s , " said Lazarus. Willi thai. the 1 20-kilogram fronl-ruwer squeezed his moistening eyes and offered a sheepish grin to nearby officials. Storm coach Chris Anderson was wearing that same Champions: The Storm Continued page 2 Champs: Sth Melbourne TLD com mm D)veFiuip THE AMBULANCE PAPERS Kennett and Tehan maintain that they do not know who received the fax (of the notes) and what became of it". The notes should have been released under a Freedom of Information request from the then health spokesman, Mr John Thwaites, a month before the 1996 election. The police report was ordered to be released to The Age by the Supreme Court on Friday. It details a calculated cover-up of MAS improprieties by Mrs Tehan's By MARK FORBES The State Government illegally covered up improprieties in the Metropolitan Ambulance Service on the eve of the 1996 election, suppressing key ministerial documents, a police report has found. The cover-up was ordered to protect the then Health Minister. Mrs Marie Tehan, a police investigation revealed, because she was "exposed" by statements made lo Parliament about her awareness of MAS improprieties, according to statements by lawyers and a member of her staff. Previously withheld sections of a police major fraud squad report said thai Government officials ordered the suppression of five key briefing notes to Mrs Tehan, against legal advice, as they would be politically damaging with an election looming. The report said that "both Premier In Queen's land, the great divide By TONY STEPHENS This is a tale of two Australians, or two groups of Australians. More particularly, it's a tale of two Queenslanders, for being a Queenslander and being Australian is not always the same thing. Prime Minister Bob Men-zies said in 1961 that Queensland was different. He had clung to power in a general election when the conservative vote held up in Queensland, with the help of Communist Party preferences, despite a strong national swing to Labor. And Queensland Premier loh Bjelke-Petersen said in 1981: "The trouble is that Queensland gets branded as being part of Australia." One of the Queensland Australians in our tale is R. M. Williams. He was born in the Flinders Ranges but lives in Queensland and his family runs cattle there. Think of a Queenslander and you might think of Williams, with his elastic-sided boots and moleskins, his saddles and drovers' coats, and his Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach. On one of his properties outside Toowoomba, he walks among the purn trees. "That's staff and the Health Department. Mrs Tehan's chief of staff, Mr John Kerr, ordered the suppression of five ministerial briefing notes detailing the improprieties in what was a "prima facie case of misconduct in public office", police state. Following the suppression order the key documents, facsimile records and other notes disappeared or were shredded. Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Warren on Friday described the Government's use of court injunctions to prevent police releasing the report as "part of a course of concealment", and said "it is difficult to contemplate a worse abuse of process". The initial cover-up took place despite advice to the Government from the MAS's lawyers, Mallesons. that suppressing the material was illegal. Police uncovered new evidence refuting Mrs Tehan's version of events given lo the public and Parliament, including a previously undisclosed additional ministerial briefing note to Mrs Tehan, which details Mallesons' advice that the Government was legally obliged to release the memos to Mr Thwaites. The police report states this memo was given to Mrs Tehan. A lawyer's file note, about Mallesons advice lo release the documents, also handed to police, states "the minister has seen the advice". Mrs Tehan told police she had "no recollection" of the advice or of being briefed on the issue. The report of the two-year investigation, Operation Caledon, suggests that: Mr Kennett misled Parliament when he said police found there was no case to answer against Mr Kerr and that Mrs Tehan was not aware of Marie Tehan John Thwaites the missing briefing notes. (However, it is possible that the Premier was himself misled by his advisers.) Mrs Tehan misled Parliament about having no knowledge of conflicts of interests in ambulance contracts. Mrs Tehan's successor, Mr Hob Knowles, was incorrect in telling Parliament that the failure to release the notes was an oversight, rather than a political exercise directed by the Health Department. Mr Kerr misled the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by saying he cooperated with police and that he only became aware a year later thai the notes had not been released. Mrs Tehan was also incorrect in telling Parliament that Mr Ken and other staff had fully cooperated with police. Although the police report was released with most names deleted, further investigations by The Age have identified key individuals. The suppressed ministerial briefing notes detail a range of problems at the MAS, including the awarding of contracts to its employees and a consultant, Mr Grant Griffiths, who later became head of Intergraph. Conflicts of interest had occurred, some of the memos said. Police inquiries revealed that the Continued page 4 a lemon-scented gum, eucalyptus citriodora, the best of the gums. There's a yellow box. Here's a river red. Lovely. I got one for my 90th birthday. (He is now 92.) Spotted gum there. And the very straight one is a Chinchilla white box, drgophlola, the best ornamental tree." The scene could not be much more Australian than this. What did the booted and bush-hatted Williams think about the republic referendum and an Australian head of state? "If anyone can give me a good enough reason for getting rid of the Queen, I might go along with it. But I have yet to see a good reason. "I know the Queen. I was talking to Sid Nolan about making a new kind of rum and he said he would ask the Queen to open the Hall of Fame and she did. Continued page 8 Elite force link to Timor terror By LINDSAY MURDOCH and MARTIN CHULOV DILI, SUNDAY The Australian-led multinational force in East Timor is documenting evidence of elite Indonesian troops leading anti-independence militias responsible for atrocities in the devastated territory. Military sources revealed today that a man arrested last week by Australian troops and identified later as a militia platoon commander was found to have in his wallet a photograph of himself wearing the distinctive uniform of Indonesia's Kopassus special forces. The man, Cainto Da Silva, has been interrogated by Australian military intelligence officers whose evidence may be used in proposed international prosecutions. Mr Da Silva was tonight in the custody of International Forces in East Timor (InterFET) at his own insistence, claiming he would be killed if released. The Age has also found, amid the ruins of a Dili hotel, photographs of Mr Eurico Guterres, the commander of one of the most feared militia groups, meeting Indonesia's former President Soeharto. Human rights groups say there is powerful evidence of Mr Guterres' involvement in crimes against humanity, including mass murder. In April Mr Guterres publicly ordered his men to "capture and kill if necessary" members of the Carrascalao family, one of the most prominent in East Timor. Minutes later 100 militiamen stormed the Dili home of the pro-independence leader Mr Manuel Carrascalao and killed 12 people, including his 18-year-old son. Mr Soeharto, his family and cronies have controlled almost all of East Timor's businesses and resources since he ordered the invasion of the former Portuguese territory in 1975. Since 30 August, when 78.5 per cent of eligible voters rejected Jakarta's Continued page 1 4 I Hurry! 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