After 32 years the NT coroner made the definitive statement on how Azaria Chamberlain died. She was taken by a dingo.
Her parents had absolutely nothing to do with the death of their 10 week old baby at Ayers Rock.
The couple of years after Azarias death saw the Chamberlain family vilified by press, police and NT politicians. Many of the most lurid stories about the family were just lies to sell papers. The forensic evidence was a joke. The combination of inflamed public opinion , tainted evidence and deliberate political interference resulted in Lindys wrongful conviction as the murderer of her baby girl.
How bad does that sound ?
The discovery of Azarias jacket immediately led to Lindys release from prison when it became clear she had not murdered her child. It's taken another 24 years to formerly recognise how Azaria died. The Coroner made a personal apology to the family in recognition of the horror of what had happened to them over 30 years.
Yesterday the comedian Wendy Harmer also apologized for her skits on the case.
Will the media or the public learn anything from this case ? Will we be more thoughtful about jumping to judgments ? Will we take a stronger approach to papers who just sensationalise stories for sales ? Should we have better safeguards to prevent this continuing to happen ?
What are other ASF members memories of the time and subsequent events ?