NT preparing to open new Azaria inquest
Northern Territory authorities are moving to establish a new coronial inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain, 30 years since the baby girl disappeared in the shadow of Uluru.
Three coronial inquests, a trial, two appeals and a royal commission have all failed to put a conclusive answer on the child's death certificate.
That continues to upset Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, who have been convicted and exonerated over their daughter's death.
They want any doubt over the role of the dingo laid to rest.
Fairfax papers have revealed a legal team representing Dr Michael Chamberlain is gathering evidence against the dingo.
He says there will always be people who don't believe a dingo took their baby.
"There will always be the 10 per centers out there who out of prejudice and lack of knowledge or lack of facts would like to think that," he said.
"They will always be there."
Lindy Chamberlain served three years in prison before her murder conviction was quashed, along with the conviction against her then-husband Michael Chamberlain for being an accessory.
But the fact a subsequent inquest by then Northern Territory coroner John Lowndes recorded the cause of death as unknown continues to haunt Dr Chamberlain.
"By leaving it open he basically sullied the waters for us and turned it around and made us look like we might have been potentially guilty again," Dr Chamberlain said.
"I think for a coronial enquiry, which is of a lot lower status than a royal commission, I think that was just a little bit cheeky."
On the 30th anniversary of the disappearance, Ms Chamberlain published an open letter calling for the death certificate to officially recognise the dingo as the killer.
The Territory's Attorney-General, Delia Lawrie, responded by asking the registrar of births, deaths and marriages to conduct a review.
"I am fair-dinkum about this enquiry," Ms Lawrie said. "I think it is a reasonable and decent thing to do."
Fairfax newspapers are today reporting Territory authorities are preparing to open a new coronial inquest.
Coroner Greg Cavanagh says any decision about the Chamberlain case will be made by another coroner because he was part of the Chamberlains' original legal team.
Ms Lawrie is not commenting on whether the Territory government will support a new inquest, but Dr Chamberlain says his lawyers are gathering evidence about dingo attacks to prove once and for all a dingo killed his daughter.
"They confuse human prey with animal prey and look upon them as fair game no matter what they are, a kangaroo, a calf, a lamb, a wallaby or a baby," he said.
Dr Chamberlain also wants the inquest to look into the way the original trial was run and the police handling of the evidence.
"The Northern Territory forensics had totally stuffed up getting the dingo evidence," he said.
"They had lost material, they had tipped out material.
"The forensic scientists for the police, they had only been on the job three months and didn't know what a dingo hair even looked like.
"She'd plucked out her own hair to look at it."
The new inquest is expected to be held early next year, and if he is not satisfied with the result, Dr Chamberlain says he will continue to fight for justice.
"Until the day I die, I will not stop fighting for the truth of this case for the sake of my family, my friends and all those Australians that supported us."