Winegate 2004

The Editor
The Courier Mail

Dear Editor

The Beattie Government has displayed remarkable arrogance in its handling of the winegate saga. There is one law for members of parliament and another for other Queenslanders. Under legislation that the Beattie Government passed last year police can seize unopened alcohol from people sitting in parks if they “believe” the owner intends to consume it. Just two days ago Police Minister Judy Spence wrote to me defending the legislation in relation to unopened alcohol.

Dr John Tomlinson

Written March 2004, not published.

Winegate relates to a plane carrying the Queensland Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, on which there was at least one bottle of wine, flying into an Aboriginal community where alcohol was banned.