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The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, is calling for a Commission of Inquiry into the conviction of Sue Neill-Fraser for the murder of Bob Chappell.

“I’ve been following this matter for some time and remain concerned that Ms Neill‑Fraser was convicted in the absence of a body, weapon and motive,” Mr Wilkie said.

“I am not presuming Ms Neill-Fraser’s guilt or innocence, however any conviction built on circumstantial evidence must be beyond reasonable doubt and in this case there are simply too many doubts remaining.

“The former CEO of the Integrity Commission, Barbara Etter APM, also has serious concerns with the conviction including the quality of the police investigation, possible issues of non-disclosure, a range of new and fresh evidence that the jury was not able to consider, flawed forensic science and procedural irregularities.

“The Tasmanian Government continues to refuse to revisit the matter despite a number of leading legal and civil liberties figures voicing their concern.

“I feel strongly that a Commission of Inquiry should look afresh at the proceedings which led to her conviction.

“Last night I attended the screening of Shadow of Doubt in Canberra. This is the acclaimed documentary about the disappearance of Bob Chappell which has been nominated for the prestigious AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary and explores some of the problems with Ms Neill-Fraser’s conviction.

“Tasmanians must be able to have confidence in the justice system. The lingering doubts about the conviction of Ms Neill-Fraser undermine that confidence and should be addressed by the Government. To do anything less, as is clearly the case so far, is another fundamental failure of governance in the state.”