Update: Wait – don’t sign just yet. The petition is being redrafted to be compliant with Senate submissions. The draftee is working closely with, at least, one of the named Senators on the petition.
You don’t have to be an Essendon supporter to recognise an injustice. So please give some thought to signing this petition.
We believe these players were denied:
- The presumption of innocence
- The right to an independent Hearing
- The right to remain silent
- The right to privacy and confidentiality
- The right not to be tried twice for the same offence
- The right to be dealt with promptly and not subject to unnecessary delays
- The right for an appeal to be heard in an Australian Court
- None of the sporting or governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of these players have given the appearance of objectivity in the selection of evidence.
- None of the sporting or governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of players, perhaps with the exception of the AFL Tribunal, have given any regard to whether evidence could be regarded as expert or scientific. In fact, some supporting evidence needed to be discounted on the grounds of relevance.
- The sporting and governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of the players ran their own agenda in order to achieve a preconceived outcome. As a result, the outcome that was reached contains numerous factual errors and is based on suppositions which in many cases are unsupported.
- As a consequence of 1, 2, and 3, we believe the prosecution of the case was built on inexact proofs, indefinite testimony, and indirect inferences that do not reach the standard of ‘comfortable satisfaction’ and therefore has no place in Australian sport.
Innocent or guilty, we want the players to receive a fair go. That’s the Australian way.
Therefore, this petition requests a Senate Inquiry in order to:
- Investigate and consider all the relevant facts so they are publically available. To date, the evidence against the players has been based on taking ‘bits out that might compromise what we need’.
- Investigate the role, motives and ethics of each sporting, government body and the media during the investigation and prosecution of the case.
- Identify if any person or organization has breached an Australia law during the investigation and prosecution of the case; make sure everyone is held accountable for their actions; and if warranted, prosecute the offenders.
- Investigate a mechanism for a review of this matter in Australia to ensure the players are given the opportunity to clear their names if they so wish.
- Review and amend legislation and rules so any identified injustices can never happen to Australian sports people again.