Tasmania Police has completed a review of documentation relating to the Fox Eradication Program.
The review determined that no criminal offence has been committed.
The complainant has been advised of the outcome.
The review has been provided to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, for their consideration. The Integrity Commission has been advised of the outcome.
David Obendorf, who sponsored a $5000 Reward for five years on Tasmanian Times earlier this decade, said:
“This morning I understand the complainant MCL for Windermere Ivan Dean was advised by Tasmanian Police officials at 9 am in his Launceston office this morning.
I am not in a position to comment on the content of such a brief media release from Tasmania Police, however, I do look forward to hearing further from MLC Ivan Dean on the course action he may now wish to take.
I note that DPIPWE management and the Tasmanian Integrity Commission have also been notified by Tas Police.
Here is a prescient quote from US President, Barack Obama in January 2009 that was cited by Tas Premier David Bartlett in his Strengthening trust in Government … everyone’s right to know document. The document was part of his ’10 point plan to strengthen trust in democracy and political processes in Tasmania.’
“The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears. Non-disclosure should never be based on an effort to protect the personal interests of Government officials at the expense of those they are supposed to serve.”
And, Ivan Dean MLC …
I wish to advise that today I was briefed by Tasmanian Police, Assistance Commissioner – Glenn Frame and Inspector – Matthew McCreadie, relative the complaint I made involving the Fox Eradication Program.
The Police have advised that it does not warrant a Police investigation however they have provided information to the secretary of the Department of Primary Industries Parks Water and Environment for consideration of any further action, and further that, they will provide advice to the Integrity Commission.
I am satisfied with the position as provided by police. I initially identified in the report to them that it might be more appropriate to be considered by the Integrity Commission.
I have now made a formal complaint to the Integrity Commission requesting that they consider undertaking an enquiry/investigation into the circumstances regarding the Fox Eradication Program.
It is my understanding that the police will be in a position to provide evidence they have gained during their preliminary assessment to the Integrity Commission to assist any investigation that might be undertaken.