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*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

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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.

Download Andrew Wilkie’s letter to the AFP Commissioner ...

180702_AW_to_AFP_commissioner.pdf

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