Saturday, May 22, 2010

Schapelle Corby & the CMC's Helen Couper, round two

This is Helen Couper of the CMC. She is a public servant, supported by our tax dollars. Currently, she is point blank refusing to co-operate with reasonable requests from the public to provide basic information, in relation to a complaint about possible Queensland police corruption surrounding the trial and conviction of Schapelle Corby.

So here's a memo for you Helen, a woman is dying, and neither I, or any other of Schapelle's supporters, will tolerate this arrogance, or abrogation of your public duties - so you can do this the easy way, or you can do it the hard way.

The basic info requested relates to details about the person formally assessing this complaint, such as their experience and background, and it also relates to your formally published guidelines, policies and procedures in relation to assessing complaints. This is the information I was in the middle of asking for, before one of your staff members literally put the phone down on me mid-sentence. That's completely unacceptable.

So the "Easy way" to address this would be for one of your senior staff members (or yourself), to simply pick up the phone, and provide me with this information, or for one of staff members to accept my call when I ring you. That's how people do things in the normal World Helen, outside the bizarre confines of the CMC.

The "Hard" way would be for 50 women to turn up at your offices, and very politely and peaceably request the same information, then quietly (and co-operatively), hang round for as long as it takes to get it. However, when blogged to the World, that's not a particularly good look for you, your organisation, or Queensland.

So in a nutshell Helen, stop playing games. We're all out of time for party tricks, get real, and get professional.

And the World is watching. International organisations like this have reported every twist and turn in this story for years, and when the Hollywood epic comes out, how do you see your role portrayed? Because to date, it's dismal, more prime clown than Prime Suspect . . .