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By Lindy Cameron

I received the Shit Car: On Father's Day in Australia in 2005, Robert Farquharson drove his motor vehicle and 3 sons in a dam in kingdom Victoria. The estranged husband and loving father used to be the single one to survive.

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On December 21 2009 - after a little over two years in jail - Robert Farquharson was freed from Victoria's Court of Appeal pending a re-trial. The court ordered him to provide a $200,000 surety and to report to Geelong police on Mondays and Fridays. He was also ordered not to contact any witnesses except for his sister Kerri-Anne Huntington and her husband. So many things can change with time. And many more remain the same. People remember things and forget things; people think things through and see them in a new light; experts go over evidence and arrive at the same conclusions; people come forward with new information, because they realise they should - this time; people stick to the same stories - because they're true, or because they can't think of anything better.

Farquharson said he dived down about three or four times but could do nothing. ' Warrnambool dairy farmer Dawn Waite was the last-known person - other than their father - to see the Farquharson boys alive. Ms Waite told the retrial that she had not come forward with her information back in 2005 because of illness and a heavy work-load on her farm. She made her first statement to police on December 23, 2009, after learning that Farquharson had been released from prison pending a retrial. Ms Waite told the court that on Father's Day 2005 she was driving home from a trip to Chadstone, with her teenage daughter and her friend, when they came up behind what she later believed to be Farquharson's vehicle.

The only other person in the car had been the boys' father, who'd been taking his sons 'home' to their mother after an access visit. Community sympathy twisted in a moment. Although many people - many of us - probably cursed our cynicism, we still thought, 'Oh my god, what a bastard. He obviously drove into that dam on purpose'. We were even more convinced when we learned that the father, the bastard, had survived. His sons - aged 10, seven and two years old - had not. But while we all just put two and two together - unfairly and with no evidence - there was one man who knew that it was in fact so.

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