Govt officials need a swift kick up the rear

EDDIE Gilbert deserves respect.

But he is being treated with none, even 36 years after his death.

The legendary Aboriginal fast bowler would have played Test cricket, but for the colour of his skin.

Gilbert lived his latter years at the former Wolston Park Mental Hospital where he watched the games played on the cricket field nearby.

He made such an impact on those who met him that Goodna's Keiron Butler, with community support, launched a campaign to have the oval named Eddie Gilbert Memorial Field.

Queensland Health's inaction on this issue for the past 18 months, as revealed in our front page story, has been a disgrace. It is fair to say that if the late Gough Whitlam had been dealing with this it would have been sorted out 17 months and 29 days ago.

After issuing an apology for their lack of action over the issue and admitting the proposal had "universal support", now Queensland Health has flicked this on to the Queensland Police Service.

Or they say they have at least. The evidence suggests otherwise.

What is really disturbing about this saga is the complete lack of interest from the powers that be in honouring this great speedster.

And when I say interest, I mean interest backed up with actions, not spin.

Eddie wasn't into spin. He bowled fast.



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