In 2009 Greens MP Sylvia Hale was attacked by other MPs and attempts were made to silence her when she used a Parliamentary inquiry to ask now convicted murderer Ron Medich if he had any involvement in the killing of Michael McGurk.
At the time other MPs turned on Ms Hale, declared her question "entirely inappropriate" and it was ruled out of order. The fact is a Greens MP, as usual, asked the question no other MP would dare and history has proven her right with Ron Medich today being convicted of the murder.
Former Greens MP Sylvia Hale said:
"This was an ugly Sydney story of property developers, power and greed, and in this case it had turned deadly.
"There is a lot of pressure on MPs to toe the line and not put your reputation at risk by asking the hard questions.
"At the time there were very credible rumours flying around and people across Sydney were asking the same question, I thought it was my job as an MP to get some kind of answer on the record.
"I have heard since that the blow-up in Parliament pushed the police inquiry along and so today I am extremely glad that justice, although slow, has finally been delivered," Ms Hale said
Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
"Sylvia Hale did what no other MP would, she put a powerful and well connected property developer on the spot and demanded accountability.
"I'm proud of the work Sylvia did and her bravery in staring down, not just Ron Medich, but those other MPs who tried to silence her.
"The fact is we need Greens MPs to be brave and ask the questions that no other MP will, as today's murder conviction of Ron Medich proves," Mr Shoebridge said.
Media contact: David Shoebridge 9230 3030 / 0408 113 952 and Sylvia Hale: 0417 466 095