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AustraliaBourke Street attack victims' families fight Victoria Police bid to suppress review

11:15  14 august  2019
11:15  14 august  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Shock ruling means police report on Bourke St errors to be made public

Shock ruling means police report on Bourke St errors to be made public The Coroner has sensationally rejected a Victoria Police application to keep secret its internal review of failures in the lead-up to the Bourke Street massacre.

Bourke Street attack a ‘terrorism incident’. During the attack , police and civilians tried to subdue Ali before a new police member, only three months out of the academy, shot him in the chest. In an earlier press conference, Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton told reporters that when the

Bourke Street mall attacker , who died after being shot, was known to police . The Victorian government’s counter terrorism subcommittee of cabinet was due to meet at 9am on Saturday to The victim died at the scene despite desperate efforts to save him. The other two victims , both men, are

Bourke Street attack victims' families fight Victoria Police bid to suppress review© ABC NEWS James Gargasoulas was jailed for life with a 46-year non-parole period over the attack. Families of the six people killed in the Bourke Street car attack are fighting a legal bid by Victoria Police to keep secret an internal review of police operations in the days and hours leading up to the deadly rampage.

Victoria Police is urging the Coroner's Court to suppress a critical incident response review conducted by Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana shortly after driver James Gargasoulas mowed down pedestrians in Melbourne's CBD on January 20, 2017.

It also wants to keep current pursuit policies confidential, arguing a suppression order is vital to protect public safety.

Bourke St inquest to hold hearing on Wednesday

Bourke St inquest to hold hearing on Wednesday An inquest into Melbourne's fatal Bourke Street attack will hold an initial administrative hearing on Wednesday morning. The directions hearing will be held at the Coroners Court of Victoria on Wednesday, ahead of a six-week inquiry in October. © Provided by Australian News Channel Pty Ltd. In 2017, six people were killed when James Gargasoulas drove a stolen car through Melbourne's CBD, mowing down pedestrians. Mr Gargasoulas was handed a life sentence in February and must serve a minimum of 46 years behind bars.

Italian migrant and Bourke Street attack victim remembered as someone who made ‘everybody feel special’. The Victoria premier, Daniel Andrews, has paid tribute to the owner of Pellegrini’s cafe, Sisto Malaspina, who was fatally stabbed in a terrorist attack on Bourke Street , Melbourne.

On 9 November 2018, a male attacker , Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, set his car on fire and stabbed three people, one fatally, in the Central Business District of Melbourne, Australia

A coronial inquest in November is expected to examine police operations and how officers followed Gargasoulas but did not stop him after he was granted bail, six days before the attack.

In February, Gargasoulas was sentenced to life imprisonment with a 46-year non-parole period for murdering six people and injuring 27 others while in a drug-induced pyschosis.

Review goes 'to the very heart' of inquest

At a preliminary hearing, the families' lawyer Sue McNicol QC said the internal police review went "to the very heart" of the inquest and its suppression would render it unworkable.

Bourke Street attack victims' families fight Victoria Police bid to suppress review© ABC NEWS Bourke Street attack "The documents [are] inextricably linked and intertwined to the issues that are being openly reviewed and ventilated," Dr McNicol said.

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Families of charity flight crash victims demand action A damning report has been released into the Angel Flight plane crash that claimed the life of a mother and daughter as well as their pilot in South Australia two years ago. Investigators found the charity's flights are less safe than other options with the victims' families now calling for more action. Brian and Carmel Perry returned to the crash site where they lost their daughter Tracy and 16-year-old granddaughter Emily in June 2017. "It's completely destroyed the family, tragedy does that, our life really ended to a big extent at that particular stage," Mr Perry said.

The Victoria police chief commissioner, Graham Ashton, said the force was still contacting family members and would not be able to formally identify the victim until Saturday afternoon. Nottle was down at Bourke Street after the attack on Friday helping to comfort witnesses.

Police bid to suppress internal review of their handling of James Gargsoulas before Bourke Street rampage. Families of Bourke Street victims recount pain as killer seeks possibility of parole. He echoed the sentiments of Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton, who declared the attack an

"You cannot unscramble this egg."

She also argued much of the material contained in the review had already been publicised in news reports and in the ABC's Four Corners program on June 10.

But Victoria Police's lawyer Ian Freckleton QC argued the report's public release would have a "chilling effect" on how officers would cooperate with future critical incident reviews.

"There's no suggestion that police will be dishonest but there's a difference between full candour and inhibited communication," Dr Freckleton said.

"If there is disclosure of such reports it would cause police to consider how these reports are generated, and the form, tone and content of them," he said.

"There is a real risk in them [not being] as good, as thoughtful, as self-critical and as aware.

"That in turn flows adversely to the safety of the community... these reports are vital for quick, effective responses and the learning of lessons."

Suppression against the public interest, media argue

Media lawyer Thomas Otter, representing the ABC and several other news organisations opposing the suppression application, said it seemed to be "an extraordinary position to take" that police would be less than cooperative in future if a suppression order was not guaranteed.

He argued it was against the public interest to suppress the entirety of police reports and policies.

Coroner Jacqui Hawkins is expected to make a ruling on the suppression application next week.

The court has heard a coronial brief containing more than 4000 pages has been prepared for the inquest which will hear evidence from 46 witnesses.

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