Monday, July 14, 2003

Roseanne Catt's outrage at MEAA ruling

When a hearing committee of the media union's National Ethics Panel found Four Corners and journalist Sally Neighbour committed a breach of the journalists code of ethics in a report involving a controversial former policeman, Roseanne Catt spoke out.

Peter Thomas was the policeman involved in her case. "This arose out of Four Corners doing an investigation into Peter Thomas's activities. This program was not only about me, it was about what this creep (Peter Thomas) did to many innocent people and just how he destroyed their lives." She said.

The three-member Medial Entertainment and Arts alliance committee headed by Nine Network journalist Hugh Riminton heard a complaint by Peter Thomas, the former NSW detective involved in the notorious Catt case.

Four Corners had appealed against the May ruling with Neighbours demanding an immediate withdrawal of the finding and an apology for the slur against her.

She told media "The finding against me is wrong". "I am amazed that a so-called ethics panel would simply accept the word of a witness like Peter Thomas without bothering to establish the facts. When it does I am sure the finding will be over-turned.

The Four Corners team was made up of Sally Neighbours producer, Lyn Buckfield researcher, Linda Larson researcher and many others on their team. As a result they did a very comprehensive and accurate program called "Burned" on the 23rd of October 2000.

The Sydney Morning Herald's Wendy Bacon ran an article at the same time. It was after this program that there were many complaints from the public re my incarceration by this Thomas. The new Police Commissioner Ken Moroney, did a comprehensive overview of my matter and said, "He felt they may have got it horribly wrong".

I have subpoenaed all documents pertaining to the Four Corners program for my inquiry. There is no audiotape material, as Peter Thomas stated to the Media Union's National Ethics Panel. This was another lie. He also stated he was misled and he did not know who they were, meaning ABC Four Corners personnel. That is a load of rubbish as Four Corners had made many attempts to speak to him. It was Thomas that, in fact, invited Sally to the beer garden where she spoke to him. Yes she was having this meeting video taped. Who wouldn't when you are talking to a creep like this? There is no law against photographing or videotaping anyone. She did not audiotape him.

The National Ethics Panel heard the appeal last week and a decision is pending.

Thomas came to public attention in the early 1990's as the policeman who arrested Rose-ann Catt, the Taree woman who was later found guilty of trying to kill her husband Barry, in order to take over his smash repairs shop. Catt accuses Thomas of being part of a conspiracy against her with the now ex-husband. She was freed in August 2001 and an inquiry into her case is under way.

Thomas left the police Force and began doing insurance investigations in Queensland including arson cases. In October 2000 Four Corners aired a program on arson insurance investigations called "Burned", that was highly critical of him.

Thomas accused the Four Corners crew of behaving unethically by arranging to meet him in a cafe without declaring who they were and filming and audiotaping without his permission.

Roseanne said, "Is it right for him to give the media untruthful, misleading, bias material which he has done on numerous occasions. As recent as the 7th of February 2003, whilst he was giving evidence at this inquiry, he gave the Daily Terror journalist Peter Laylor, an article written by him (which I have) which was published. As a result of that article, he has been referred back to the Supreme Court by the acting judge, Davidson for contempt of court and, hopefully, perjury.

The Ethics Committee found the program served the public interest. Which is more than you can say about Peter Thomas I suppose. But it added, "We do have reservations about the methods used." It found that "on the balance of the fact available to us", Neighbour's claim she did not begin audiotaping Thomas until she told him he was being recorded. It also said that drawing Thomas to the cafe by "less than frank" means and filming him without permission did not pass the "how would I feel?" Test.

By Every Dog Has His Day 14 July 03

THE CHOOK: I suppose being nailed to the wall by a corrupt cop and jailed for ten years passes the "how would I feel? TEST!


Roseanne Catt Inquiry: Roseanne Catt's presentation:'Daily Terror'
We are most concerned about articles that have appeared in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday, February 8, 2003, page 13. The article was written by Peter Lalor and again on Sunday 9 March 2003 written by Warren Owens.

The Roseanne Catt Trial
This case is fantastic! It covers ground that exposes the thorough erosion of so much that is good in our society - the issues themselves become clouded by disbelief knowing this has happened at all.

Govt restores legal aid in Catt case
The inquiry is examining claims the police officer in charge of the investigation into the attempted murder of Barry Catt may have framed Ms Catt.

New murder inquiry after wife jailed for decade
The Supreme Court has now heard the officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Peter Thomas, did not order any tests on the liquids in question. Instead it was a friend of Mr Catt who sent the drinks to be tested.

Roseanne Catt update
Since writing this letter we have learned that the Attorney General is saying that the court matter that has taken eighteen months to prepare should be adjourned. In the meantime we wait and wait and wait until they say we can proceed. This is the situation just as we prepare to go to court on Monday 3rd February 2003.

It has been brought to our attention that today Legal Aid have formally advised Brock Partners, Roseanne Catt's solicitors, that they will no longer fund the Inquiry - at this most crucial time when her hearing is set for next Monday 3rd February.

Roseanne Catt Case
The case of Roseanne Catt starts On Monday 3rd February 2003 at 10 am in the Downing Centre Sydney before Judge Davidson. Almost daily I am hearing of threats, intimidation, bashings and contracts being put on people's lives who have come forward with evidence against these people. We will make sure that this terror is no longer tolerated.

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