*Pic: Over the years I’ve noted “the child in the eyes” when a pollie is caught. It happened with Boris as he raced away up the stairs following the Brexit vote; it happened with Downer and Kerry O’Brien over the “things that batter”; and now we have Christian Porter in the Guardian being quoted, “Earlier, Porter was asked why ‘those who perpetrated the act’ had not been pursued – a reference to the fact nobody has been charged for bugging Timor-Leste’s cabinet rooms. He replied he did not understand the question and would not go into the substance of the Witness K matter before the courts.” The child’s eyes? Pic: Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP
Pic: of Bernard Collaery and Andrew Wilkie. Image from here ... Rod McGurk, Associated Press
I have today written to the Australian Federal Police requesting they investigate the leaking of advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions to Attorneys-General Brandis and Porter, in relation to the prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery.
On ABC TV yesterday, a journalist referred to this advice when defending the Government’s decision to go after Witness K and Mr Collaery.
If what the journalist said was true, then the AFP must investigate because it is a very serious crime to leak protected information, and the community should be very concerned that it was done for political purposes.
More broadly the decision to prosecute Witness K and Mr Collaery is an insane development because it was illegal to bug East Timor’s cabinet rooms in 2004.
Frankly the Government should establish a Royal Commission into the whole affair rather than trying to turn Witness K and Mr Collaery into political prisoners.
Andrew Wilkie will be available to discuss this matter at 12:15pm at Parliament House lawns, Hobart.
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