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The lump under the carpet


QUEENSLAND Health officers acted inappropriately and insensitively when notified of a nurse being sexually assaulted on Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait last year, a report has found. (click to enlarge)

Hands Up all of those who are suspicious that when a report that is critical of the way the government acted in response to a woman’s rape is swept under the carpet right at the beginning of the election campaign???
Come on don’t be shy, it does not matter which side of politics you barrack for, you have to admit that cancelling an afternoon press conference and then releasing the the details of the report on the government website at a time when the news cycle is at it’s lowest ebb is Sus, with a capital S…..

QH director-general Mick Reid, who received the report on Monday, said last night the department accepted the investigation had found serious faults in the way staff had responded to the incident.

The health service district CEO Cindy Morseu has been stood aside on pay over the investigation’s finding, effective immediately.

“It’s not an easy thing to step someone aside. It’s done with a lot of pain,” Mr Reid said. “But the allegations are so significant and the findings are so clear that it would have been inappropriate of me not to take action.”

Mr Reid said the Crime and Misconduct Commission had reviewed the report by the Ethical Standards Unit and was satisfied with the investigation.

The report’s findings were released on the Queensland Health website last night after a news conference planned for mid-afternoon was called off.

Ah well, what do you expect from a government that is running on its record when the record is far from being entirely peachy? But it is  sadly not a good look for a “progressive” female politician to be so indifferent to a rape victim who was put in harms way by her own government and then told (metaphorically) to “get over it”.
and that is day four Comrades
PS Leon Bertrand has a good summary of the day four election shenanigans here



  1. kae says:

    The ALP does a lot of sweeping all the time. This one was being swept from the beginning, although the report did make clear that there was no proof that reports had been changed to protect the government.

    And here’s me thinking the lump was just the misplaced budgie.

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Sorry Kae
    I just had a vision of Bligh in “budgie smugglers” and I can tell you it is not kind to the brain…. 😉

  3. PKD says:

    Would you be the same Kae who replied to me on Bolt’s ‘blog of freedom’ a few days ago?

  4. Jonno says:

    There’s always two sides to a story….
    It’s not wise to believe what you hear from media reporting thousands of kilometres away from where events unfold. Here is a link to the Torres News – Im sure their take would be far more accurate than other reports.


  5. Iain Hall says:

    Firstly welcome to My blog Jonno .
    But why is that report more accurate than any other on this matter? especially as it suggests that the nurse in question was not raped or terrorised? The writing is very far from concise either.

  6. Jonno says:

    Thank you for your warm welcome. From what I read the article was researched and written in the Torres Straits and the Editor also spoke personally with the Director General and other leaders. Not withstanding the seriousness of the allegations of the nurse, it seems suspect that a hard-working public servant who was not implicated in the report was stood aside with pay… Could it really be because she did nothing wrong and was used as a scapegoat? Why else would they continue her employment?

  7. Iain Hall says:

    As i see it Jonno the woman was stood down for failing in her duty of care to her subordinate in that she failed to ensure that there was a safe working environment for the nurse who was assaulted. Now iin this sort of circumstance being stood down is not unusual at all the fact that this is on full pay is pretty normal as well. Now if the inquiry finds that she did nothing wrong she will be reinstated if it finds that she was negligent or incompetent , well then she should be sacked no matter how hard working she has been.

  8. Jonno says:

    Very good points Iain. The woman was appointed to the position after the incident occurred… It seems logical to investigate and/or discipline the staff who were there prior to her appointment. In the article the director general said that she would not be reinstated. The government’s actions seem hasty and flawed.

  9. Iain Hall says:

    All the more reason to change the government IMHO

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