Scott Morrison has revealed to the Australian public how he and the Liberal Party will cover-up corruption when the new federal anti-corruption body is finally set up and passed into law by the government.
They will use the same strategy that Morrison and the Liberals have used in the last few days to cover-up the sex scandals exposed by Four Corners on Monday night featuring federal MP’s Christian Porter and Alan Tudge. The strategy includes, but is not limited to:
- Saying the matter was in the past so there is nothing they can do which is what Scott Morrison has said.
- Publicly issue outright lies as Attorney-General Christian Porter has done.
- Refuse to answer questions as both Porter and Tudge have done.
- Play the media like a fiddle like Scott Morrison does with the journalists in the Canberra Press Gallery.
Four Corners Canberra sex scandal episode” Click here to watch: “Inside the Canberra Bubble” (9/11/20)
The Four Corners episode is outlined as per The Guardian report:
ABC’s Four Corners on Monday has outlined a series of sex and sexism scandals allegedly involving two federal cabinet ministers, attorney general Christian Porter and urban infrastructure minister Alan Tudge. The Inside The Canberra Bubble episode included a claim that Porter (who was married at the time) was canoodling with a young woman in that famous Canberra bar, Public.
Four Corners aired allegations that Porter had a long history of sexist behaviour, outlined an affair Tudge had with his then media adviser, Rachelle Miller, and painted a picture of the culture in the capital as boozy, toxic and sexist.
Tudge has said he regrets his action, while Porter is considering legal action over what he called “totally false” allegations. (Click here to read more)
Christian Porter issued the below press release not long after the show on Monday night:
The big mistake for Christian Porter is that he did an interview Tuesday morning with Gareth Parker on radio station 6PR in Perth, which is where Porter in from. Porter lied, deceived, and ducked and weaved throughout the interview and even contradicted the press release he sent out the night before as per above. The 6PR interview is in full below.
Gareth Parker / Christian Porter. Interview on 6PR (Click on the triangle on the left to listen) (Click here to see on the 6PR website)
The reporters and editors for Four Corners were quick to Tweet on Tuesday about Christian Porter’s lies and his ducking and weaving in the interview. Some of the Tweets are below:
Tweets by Four Corners Executive Producer Sally Neighbour
“Why are you now complaining about not being contacted when in fact 4Corners sent you 5 emails over 2 weeks setting out the allegations in explicit detail, and asked you 21 specific questions, only 1 of which you answered on the record?”
“Christian Porter just told 6PR the bar story was ‘based on a rumour’. This is wrong. It was based on 6 corroborated eyewitness accounts.”
Tweets by Four Corners reporter Louise Milligan
“Is it inappropriate to have affair with staffer of other minister’s office? Again, Christian Porter dodges question”
Tweets by Four Corners reporter Lucy Carter
“Christian Porter has now acknowledged on 6PR that Four Corners did contact his office multiple times over two weeks. We requested an interview and put direct 21 questions to him.”
“6PR has the Attorney General on live now. They have now twice asked Christian Porter if he had an affair. He has twice dodged the question.”
In the press release Monday night Christian Porter claimed he was never contacted by Four Corners journalist Louise Milligan which implied that he was never given an opportunity to respond to the allegations but in the interview the next morning on 6PR he admitted that Four Corners had contacted his office numerous times.
Telling such a blatant lie puts a question mark over everything Porter has said in relation to the issue. Add that to the fact that he ducked and weaved and refused to give a straight answer when asked several times if he had previously had had a sexual relationship with a staffer then he has no credibility at all on the matter.
If you look at the above that is clearly the strategy that Scott Morrison and the Liberals will use when a federal ICAC is finally implemented and they want to continue to cover-up corruption.
Under the current draft legislation, the federal ICAC won’t be able to investigate any crimes or corruption that occurred before it was set up so the government will drag out setting it up until just before the next election or maybe even after. Why? So none of their current corruption can be investigated.
And when the government is asked about why the new ICAC isn’t investigating crimes they will just put out press releases full of lies like Attorney-General Christian Porter did on Monday night and then lie about it in the media the next morning as Porter also did and nothing will happen because the journalists in the Canberra Press Gallery fail to do their jobs on a daily basis.
Scott Morrison is starting to outsmart himself with the games he is playing with the federal ICAC but that might be his undoing because everyone is noticing.
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