More evidence that it doesn’t matter which one of the major parties is in power, the same game is played:
The narrow terms of reference were drafted to prevent any inquiry into the role played by Howard and his ministers. The inquiry was asked to report on â€œthe arrest, detention, charging, prosecution and release of Dr Haneef, the cancellation of his Australian visa and the issuing of a criminal justice stay certificateâ€. Its instructions, however, are limited to identifying â€œany deficiencies in the relevant laws or administrative and operational procedures and arrangements of the Commonwealth and its agencies, including agency and interagency communication protocols and guidelinesâ€.
The Rudd governmentâ€™s inquiry is designed to cover-up the essential character of the Haneef witch-hunt, as well as Laborâ€™s role in supporting it until the whole case fell apart. Last July 12, while Haneef was still being detained without charge, Kevin Rudd declared he had â€œconfidenceâ€ in the AFP to â€œhandle this manner in an appropriate wayâ€ and reiterated that Labor would retain the anti-terrorism laws if it won office. Laborâ€™s proposal for an inquiry only emerged amid widespread popular disgust at Haneefâ€™s victimisation.