"That suits the right-wing profile, but I have also led the charge against capital punishment, which I'm totally opposed to, and I'm vehemently opposed to the notion of Indonesian justice and the way Schapelle Corby has been treated. Everyone says she was selling drugs, but all the evidence in relation to Schapelle was destroyed. And I was all in favour of David Hicks being bought back to Australia."
I patiently and politely explained that I'd tried every other legitimate avenue to get some kind of reply, e.g. via my own local Federal member, via Kevin Rudd's office, and via ALP Senator Claire Moore's office - with absolutely no result. Therefore, as Julia Gillard is the Deputy PM, could she please formally follow-up on these important points for me, and find out what is happening to my response. I was told, point blank by the gentleman who answered the phone (direct quote), "That's not within my duties to help you," followed by "I'm going to be terminating this call now."
You are my local Federal member. Here are my direct questions to Kevin Rudd in relation to the Schapelle Corby issues . . .
They were first put to him over 5 months ago now, but he has not even (to date), acknowledged them. Could you please formally follow this up for me? I have asked you to do this before, via phone and email, but with zero success to date.
I rang your office around midday to-day, and spoke to Jason, and said I would be sending this reminder, and asked him to look out for it. He said he would. I'll call you again before close of business to-day, to ensure you've received this correspondence, and ensure that it is being actioned.
Thank you for speaking to me just a moment ago Robert, very much appreciated. And thank you for locating the questions to Kevin Rudd below, you found a record of them being sent to him on the 18th February 2010. That would not have been a "First," but I appreciate that you have (at least), found them. As I said to you on the phone, I have had zero formal response to those concerns (from Kevin). That's not really acceptable, given the gravity of these issues. Could you please follow this up for me, and ensure that I get an appropriate formal response. I'll phone you again before close of business to-day, to get an update on progress.
PS - below is my correspondence to-day with Brett Raguse
Your correspondence regarding Schapelle Corby has been referred to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Stephen Smith MP for attention, given that he has the portfolio responsibility for this matter.
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