Neville Wran is the former NSW premier who sold out the former Chief Magistrate for NSW Murray Farquhar in the 1980’s and let him be sentenced to 4 years jail. But it is said by some that Farquhar’s conviction is what ultimately forced Neville Wran to resign both the premiership and his seat in Parliament on the 4th of July 1986.
I sat here writing another post then it showed up on a news site that Neville Wran had died and I had to acknowledge that because Wran was up to his neck in corrupting the judiciary, if not the whole NSW public service, and he was at the heart of the biggest judicial scandal that the country has seen and very close to the second biggest.
The first being the Murray Farquhar jailing and the second being the former high court judge Lionel Murphy attempting to pervert the course of justice.
These two matters are important and need to be acknowledged by this site because they are hard evidence that judicial corruption goes to the top of the judiciary.
“Murray Farquhar OBE (7 July 1918–3 December 1993) was the Chief Stipendiary Magistrate of New South Wales between 1971 and 1977.”
“A Royal Commission conducted by Sir Laurence Street into the alleged involvement of Premier Neville Wran and Farquhar in the acquittal of former head of the Australian Rugby League, Kevin Humphreys on fraud charges resulted in Farquhar in March 1985 being sentenced to 4 years gaol for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. During his trial, it became clear that Farquhar had deep roots in the criminal community, including connections to George Freeman and Nick Paltos. Much of the investigative work in the Farquhar case was due to the efforts of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners program. Murray Farquhar has been played by John Wood in the drama series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.”
“In March 1991 Farquhar was acquitted of receiving stolen paintings. He had a fatal heart attack in 1993 while on trial for conspiracy to obtain stolen passports.” (Click here to read more)
Murray Farquhar was very much Neville Wran’s boy and if Farquhar had connections to organised crime then Wran had the same connections through Farquhar. I wrote a previous post on Murray Farquhar in 2011 with further details of his handiwork and connection to Neville Wran. (Click here to read the post)
Lionel Murphy – High Court of Australia
Murphy was a clear and blatant political appoint given he was the federal Labor Party attorney-general immediately prior to becoming a high court judge in 1975.
Neville Wran and Murphy were good friends. When Lionel Murphy was facing charges Neville Wran while still Premier said he had a “very deep conviction” that Murphy was innocent which lead to Wran being charged and convicted of contempt of court. (Click here to read more).
“In July 1985, during the term of the Hawke Labor government, Murphy was convicted on one of two charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice, over allegations made by Clarrie Briese, the Chief Magistrate of New South Wales, that Murphy had attempted to influence a court case against Sydney lawyer Morgan Ryan, whom Murphy referred to as “my little mate”. A subsequent appeal to the NSW Court of Appeals quashed Murphy’s conviction on the grounds that the trial judge had misdirected the jury. A second trial was then held and, on 28 April 1986, Murphy was found not guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice. After his acquittal, Murphy said, “Thank God for the jury system!”.”
“Attorney-General Lionel Bowen, acting on what he said was his belief that the Justices of the High Court were minded to take some independent action to assess Justice Murphy’s fitness to return to the Court, introduced legislation for a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry, constituted by three retired judges, to examine “whether any conduct of the Honourable Lionel Keith Murphy has been such as to amount, in its opinion, to proved misbehaviour within the meaning of section 72 of the Constitution“. (Section 72 specifies that a High Court judge may be removed only by the Governor-General and both houses of Parliament “on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity”.) The terms of this inquiry specifically excluded the issues for which Murphy had already been tried and acquitted.”
“The legislation establishing the Commission of Inquiry received assent in May 1986. In July, Murphy announced that he was dying of terminal cancer, and the establishing legislation was repealed. That repeal legislation vested control of the Commission’s documents in the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate. Murphy returned to the Court for one week of sittings. He died on 21 October 1986.” (Click here to read more)
It is not a long post but one this site needed to document as it is a foundation post to the argument that judicial corruption is widespread and has its roots in the political word as Neville Wran shows.
Admin: I was in the Supreme Court of NSW defending myself and this website on Thursday as detailed in the previous post and Justice Harrison has reserved his judgement and has set a time of 10 am this Thursday (24/4/14) for his judgement.
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