Long to Remain Behind Bars

One thing is for certain this Christmas. Convicted killer Robert Long will remain behind bars for the festive season. Long has filed for a time extension on his parole application until early next year. When asked for an update on the status of his parole application, Queensland Corrective Services provided this statement to me today: “Mr Long requested time to […]

Major Development in Long’s Parole Hearing

The President of the Queensland Parole Board has declared a conflict of interest and will not be participating in the hearing to determine the application for release by convicted murderer Robert Long. Following a direct request I made to Queensland Corrective Services, it confirmed Michael Byrne QC will step aside when the matter is heard. No update has been provided […]

Robert Long Parole Hearing Imminent

A decision regarding the parole application made by convicted murderer Robert Paul Long appears to be imminent. Long was sentenced to 20 years behind bars after being found guilty of arson and two counts of murder after he set fire to the Palace Backpackers Hostel in Childers on June 23, 2000. The details of the tragedy, which claimed the lives […]

A Very Long Road to Justice

Back on the 10th of June, just over four months ago, Queensland’s Parole Board confirmed an application had been lodged by Robert Paul Long for his release from prison. Long was the murderer who set fire to the Palace Backpackers Hostel in Childers on June 23, 2000. I unpacked this major chapter in Australian history in my chart-topping podcast CHILDERS […]

A Sadistic Pre-meditated Attack

There’s an unease in my neighbourhood tonight. Not a fear for safety by any means, but an unsettling feeling nonetheless. Our weekend started with crime on our doorstep. And I was a witness as a man lay helpless fighting for his life in a garden bed at the end of the street. Even today, three days on, a divot lined […]

Stabbing in the Neighbourhood

So there I am on the couch, still coming to terms with how the Broncos managed to let another one slip, while piecing together a same game multi on the Orlando vs Brooklyn NBA game. I’m asking myself, how likely Jarrett Allen was to pull down more than 10 rebounds against Nicola Vukevic and Aaron Gordon. You know, the big […]

Welcome to the Neighbourhood

It was a bit of a crazy end to a manic day at the ranch last night. It was about 8:30pm. I heard some commotion outside. After a couple of minutes, I went out onto the balcony to see what was going on. I noticed a bloke staggering up the street, ranting and raving and barking at shadows and any […]