Tuesday, January 1, 2008


Dear friends of Dawn Rowan,

Feel free to adapt any of this for your submissions to a newspaper/ Federal parliamentarian.

Dawn has in the past week received two letters towards finalizing bankruptcy proceedings: one exempting her from paying out any cash (she hasn't got it anyway); the other from the court-appointed administrator who has executed a caveat over Dawn's St. Andrews property.

Dawn is feeling very depressed and fragile. Please pray for her.


Letter sent to The Age Newspaper:

I turned 70 last month. I have graduated from one overseas and five Australian tertiary institutions. And I still don't get it.

John Howard's government wouldn't (couldn't?) say sorry to Aborigines for what Michael Mansell suggests was a 'well-intentioned benevolent policy [which] saw the removal of thousands of Aboriginal children from their families' - the so-called 'stolen generation' (Age letters January 1, 2008).

Howard was also not inclined to apologize to anyone for the Iraqi debacle where hundreds of thousands were killed/displaced due to a failed policy.

But Alexander Downer and S. A. Premier Mike Rann want an unconditional apology from David Hicks: even though he was imprisoned for five years without trial, and pleaded guilty to get the hell out of Gitmo (who wouldn't?).

Back to the SA Premier: when I google 'Dawn Rowan' I discover that an innocent woman (no one denies that) was 'grossly defamed' by a previous SA government, and Rann wants $60,000 from her because she took legal proceedings alleging undisclosed bias by the judges of the SA Full Court (which they denied).

Worse: the Federal (Howard) Government, having been released from liability by this Full Court judgment, has now finalized legal action bankrupting her, and is currently proceeding to acquire her property and possessions.

The Federal and SA Governments have spent millions of taxpayers' dollars pursuing this innocent woman, inflicting psychological torture and destroying her professional reputation. Julian Burnside QC describes their actions against Ms Rowan as 'shabby'.

The Rudd Government has ordered a full judicial inquiry into the bungled Dr Haneef case - 'including the possibility of an apology'. Might I also suggest that a similar inquiry be held into the Dawn Rowan fiasco? She has suffered a worse fate than Hicks or Haneef - for 21 years!

(Rev. Dr.) Rowland Croucher

(7 Bangor Court,
Heathmont 3135)

1st January, 2008

Note: Visit http://dawnrowandocuments.blogspot.com/ for an excellent letter sent on 19 December 2007 by Senator Natasha Stott-Despoja to the Federal Attorney-General, with a copy to Lindsay Tanner, Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

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