Death investigated

19720914-03ADELAIDE: South Australia’s Legislative Assembly is embarrassed by two Scotland Yard detectives who are in the state capital investigating the death of ex-Cambridge don George Duncan.

42-year-old George drowned in Adelaide’s River Torrens after he and another man (aged 27) were thrown into the river by four unknown attackers in the city’s major trolling area, Torrens River Park.

That was the story told at George’s inquest by Roger James – the 27-year-old – who got away with just a broken ankle.

Shortly after the inquest opened (as reported in GN 6) three members of the Adelaide vice-squad resigned.

These policemen did not deny they had been in Torrens River Park. In fact they were seen near the place where George Duncan drowned by a uniformed policeman who was told by one of the vice-men to go.

Ex-Constable Francis Crawley told the patrolman: “You’re buggering up our poofters on the river.”

Despite this the coroner mentioned in his verdict that there was no reason to believe that the vice-squad men had been at all involved in George Duncan’s drowning.

There the matter would have rested had Adelaide not just imported a new police chiei from Scotland Yard, Yorkshire-man Commissioner Salisbury. He called in two of his former colleagues to look into the drowning.

Mr Eric Millhouse asked state premier Don Dunstan when the Scotland Yard men would be going home.

Mr Dunstan said there was no limit set on the investigation, and that Commissioner Salisbury was unlikely to set a limit on the job.

Mr Millhouse said: “I understand they (the Scotland Yard men) are here at the Government’s expense.

“No doubt the Government is anxious not to increase the expenses, because they refuse to meet the costs of the witnesses at the coroner’s inquest.”

Premier Dunstan said the Yard men weren’t going home until Mr Salisbuty was satisfied that everything was finished.


19720914-04ADELAIDE: South Australia’s Legislative Council has just put off any chance of reforming the law about gays in the state.

According to the Adelaide Advertiser, the leader of the opposition in the council, Mr De Garis said the Bill proposed “leant too heavily” on the British Sexual Offences Act.

Mr Russack, of the Country and Labour Party said that while he sympathised with homosexuals, he believed they could only be helped by voluntarily seeking treatment.

Any debate on the subject was adjourned.