In December 2018 Prime Minister Scott Morrison appointed Australia’s most ethically bankrupt lawyer the recently retired NSW Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen to advise on a Federal ICAC.
Margaret Cunneen’s appointment doesn’t get any grubbier as she has a long history of lying and deceiving in public office, associating with criminals such as murderer Roger Rogerson and even perjuring herself at the Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission to try to conceal her involvement it getting alleged paedophile Scott Volkers off charges.
Add that NSW ICAC’s own investigation into unsettled corruption allegations against Cunneen and she is the last person in Australia who the government should have advising on how to set up a Federal ICAC. So why has she been appointed? Firstly, the Liberal Party in NSW have had to sack numerous MP’s, and others resigned, in recent years because of NSW ICAC investigations and Scott Morrison and the Liberals don’t want a repeat of that at the federal level so they want a toothless tiger for a Federal ICAC. And secondly, as payback to help Cunneen, to try to restore her destroyed reputation, for her dirty work over the years in helping her corrupt Liberal Party connected mates such as Alan Jones, News Corp journalists and others.
Cunneen has a long history of corruption and most of the below I wrote in 2015 (Click here to read the article) but is worth repeating with some updates given her Federal ICAC appointment.
Interviews with Fairfax Media and The Australian and the big contradictions in answers
In 2011 Margaret Cunneen gave an interview with journalist Kate McClymont at the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) and gave certain answers in relation to her personal association with major criminal Roger Rogerson. In February 2015 Cunneen gave an interview with 2 journalists from The Australian and gave a different answer. (Click here to read)
This was not a one-off lie. Cunneen has also been caught lying about her relationship with Stephen Fletcher who is facing criminal charges for allegedly paying off over 10 NSW Police Officers to use their betting accounts. (Click here to read the Police Integrity Commission report – Operation Montecristo) One has to wonder, given Fletcher was allegedly paying the Police Officers to use their betting accounts, was he also paying them for anything else more sinister?
Margaret Cunneen lied about her relationship with Fletcher in 2011 and implied she would have nothing to do with him again. But last year Fletcher went on holidays with Cunneen’s son Stephen Wyllie and his girlfriend Sophia Tilly after the infamous car crash. So why was Cunneen lying? The ABC last year reported Stephen Fletcher was Margaret Cunneen’s long-term boyfriend.
Roger Rogerson is a former corrupt police officer sentenced in 2016 to life in jail for murder. He is a major league crook and always has been. When he was a police officer he took bribes to protect every type of criminal from murderers to drug dealers. He was kicked out of the force in 1986. Rogerson was charged in the late 1980’s for drug dealing and attempted murder amongst other crimes and he has killed at least two people and probably more. (Click her to read more)
So the question is: Why was Margaret Cunneen at Roger Rogerson’s book signing helping him profit from his crimes in 2009?
When asked about it in 2011 Cunneen said: ”But I know Roger independently. I’ve known him since he was a detective … He was never convicted of anything while he was a police officer.” (Click here to read more)
Is Cunneen for real? Roger Rogerson is and was a major criminal and she should have never been anywhere near him and she knows it. In February 2015 Cunneen had changed her story to that she decided not to:
“continue to snub people who have gone to prison and paid their debt to society. I, and other prosecutors who attended, thought it important that prosecutors don’t subscribe to lifelong punishment.” (Click here to read more)
What dribble! She is trying to hide her scandalous friendship with Rogerson. But her answer raises some very serious questions such as: Who were the other prosecutors who attended the book signing? And: Is the prosecutor who convicted Roger Rogerson of his murder charge one of prosecutors who attended his book signing as a fan? Has Cunneen ever used her position to leak information to Rogerson or helped him in any way?
Based on what Margaret Cunneen told the journalists about the other prosecutors being at the book signing then all the staff at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions need investigating by ICAC just to be safe.
In 2004 Margaret Cunneen gave extremely dodgy legal advice that helped the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions justify not re-charging swimming coach Scott Volkers on paedophile charges. The Queensland DPP could not justify why the charges were dropped against Scott Volkers in the first place and needed dodgy legal advice to make sure he was not re-charged otherwise the Queensland DPP would be looking very stupid if not corrupt.
Scott Volkers was accused of abusing 3 girls between the ages of 12 and 14 but charges were dropped in 2002. He was re-investigated by police but the QLD DPP decided not to charge him again.
Margaret Cunneen gave some scandalous advice to the QLD DPP that attacked the evidence of the girls and said “a conviction would be difficult to achieve because the girls were unlikely to have had developed breasts and thus the groping allegations would be difficult to substantiate.” (Click here to read more)
and: “She also questioned whether a female abuse victim could have experienced an orgasm while being abused.”
“It is difficult to accept that Gilbert could have been sufficiently relaxed for orgasm to occur,” Ms Cunneen wrote in legal advice to the Queensland DPP.” (Click here to read more or watch the 7.30 Report interview)
Margaret Cunneen’s advice was disgraceful and there was obviously no legal or medical evidence to support it. It was a clear and pathetic attack by Margaret Cunneen to discredit witnesses and justify not re-charging Scott Volkers.
I think the Volkers matter is important because it really pulls back the curtain and we can see what Cunneen is like behind closed doors. She clearly does favours for friends and gives them the dodgy advice they want to justify their decisions if need be.
The Cunneen / Volkers scandal was uncovered at the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse last year and Cunneen should have been sacked then. Cunneen tries to make out she is some sought of hero for victims of sexual abuse. What a lie that is, which the Volkers matter shows. How many other criminals has Cunneen helped walk free?
Scott Volkers charged 9/11/18
On the 9th of November 2018 Australian swimming coach Scott Volkers was committed to stand trial on five counts of indecent treatment of a child. (Click here to read more)
Margaret Cunneen and her mate Eddie Obeid
Margaret Cunneen not only had a secret meeting with jailed former NSW Labor MP Eddie Obeid behind the court while his trial was afoot but has also used the media to defend a corrupt coal deal he was involved in. (Click here to read more) For Cunneen to have made public statements defending Eddie Obeid it clearly raises the suspicion she was on his payroll. Then to have a secret meeting with him at the courthouse when his trial was in progress is a scandal. Did she pass on a message to her fellow prosecutor on behalf of Eddie Obeid to go easy on him?
News Corp, 2GB’s Alan Jones and other media support Margaret Cunneen
You won’t hear to many Australian media outlets criticise Margaret Cunneen’s Federal ICAC appointment. In December 2015 I wrote an article titled “Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp caught bribing Australian Crown Prosecutor for news stories” which started off:
Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation are heading for another major scandal regarding bribing government officials and this time it is in Australia and involves NSW Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen.
Murdoch’s News Corp has a long history of bribing government employees for stories. This was exposed by the UK phone-hacking scandal which also revealed the bribing of UK police and other officials. (Click here to read more)
In the same article I wrote about Alan Jones involvement in supporting Margaret Cunneen and said:
Alan Jones and Chris Merritt on 2GB Monday April 20, 2015 (Click on the audio below to listen)
Alan Jones interviewed The Australian newspaper’s Legal Affairs editor Chris Merritt a couple of days after the High Court handed down it’s judgment in the Margaret Cunneen / ICAC matter.
They went hard attacking ICAC and defending Margaret Cunneen. In the tape you will hear Alan Jones refer to journalist Janet Fife-Yeomans as a source who we now know is one of the beneficiaries from Margaret Cunneen’s leaks.
Channel 7 and Ray Hadley on 2GB are also Cunneen supporters
Interviews with Ray Hadley on 2GB and Channel 7
In April 2015 Cunneen did soft interviews with Ray “Jelly Back” Hadley and Channel 7 News. She did not get asked any tough questions nor did “Jelly Back” raise Stephen Fletcher, Roger Rogerson or her disgraceful conduct in the Scott Volkers matter.
Margaret Cunneen complained that “murderers and terrorists” would not be treated the way she was. Well she should know, look at the above photo of her and Roger Rogerson and how well she treated him. She looks like a love struck groupie with her big smile not a Senior Crown Prosecutor who should have nothing to do with criminals.
If you want the truth about Margaret Cunneen and how scandalous her appointment to advise on a Federal ICAC is you have to go to online websites or social media because half the old media are in bed with her.
When you hear Prime Minister Scott Morrison talk about the Federal ICAC just think of Margaret Cunneen because it shows what a fraud the whole Federal ICAC plan is?
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