MP takes up Sheila?s fight
By FRAZER PEARCE ? MEMBER for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore yesterday called on a Federal Government Minister to end Sheila Cahill's seven years of torment.
This week marked the seventh anniversary of her husband's disappearance but even though he has been declared missing for that period he has not been declared dead.
Yesterday Ms Livermore addressed Federal Parliament on the plight of the Rockhampton woman.
"After seven years it is quite understandable that Mrs Cahill would like some closure,'' she said.
"Apart from ending the emotional anguish of living in limbo, she would like to be able to take the practical steps that would allow her to move on with her life.''
She said the Queensland Coroner had the authority to issue a death certificate but had found that a report on Mrs Cahill's case, provided by the Australian Federal Police, had contained inadequate information to allow him to take that step.
Ms Livermore told the House enough was enough and she had written to the Minister for Justice, Chris Ellison, asking for an immediate and adequate investigation to finalise the matter.
"Mrs Cahill has had to live with this for seven years and now finds that her life is yet again on hold because it appears the Federal Police have not been sufficiently thorough in either their investigations or their reporting of the conclusions reached in respect to Mr Cahill's disappearance.
"I trust that the Minister will respond promptly to that request so that Mrs Cahill can finally put this matter to rest.''
Michael Cahill, then 40, left Australia for Malaysia on January 5, 1998, to work in the head office of an engineering company.
It is believed he then left that company to start his own business in Kuala Lumpur.
He had been in regular contact with his family in Australia, however they have not been able to contact him since July 1998.