The ACT inquiry into the attempted cover-up of Bruce Lehrmann’s alleged rape of Brittany Higgins is due to start public hearings on Monday (1/5/23). The ACT Inquiry’s public hearings will be in contrast to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) which will also investigate the Australian Federal Police (AFP) cover-up, but in secret hearings.
The federal government anti-corruption watchdog, the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), is already investigating the police cover-up of the alleged rape but the ACLEI will be taken over by the National Anti-Corruption Commission when it starts in a few months.
That means unless the ACLEI finish the inquiry before the NACC begins operations then the ACLEI inquiry into the police will be finished off in secret by the NACC.
The reason the ACT government is investigating the ACT police and the federal anti-corruption watchdog, the ACLEI, are investigating the AFP is because the ACT outsource their policing to the AFP so the ACT police are AFP police.
What we are going to have is a public inquiry into extremely serious crimes by the police such as “AFP members attempted to pervert the course of justice by pressuring Ms Brittany Higgins not to proceed with the matter”. The ACT Inquiry will be broadcast live on the internet as per the below video yet the Inquiry conducted by the federal government’s NACC will be in secret.
I suspect the federal inquiry will likely have more powers to call witnesses such as federal politicians etc, and potentially be able to broaden their inquiry into the political cover-up, which the ACT inquiry will be limited to their inquiry into the police and ACT DPP. This is even more reason why the NACC needs to have public inquiries as the default position, like the NSW ICAC does, and only have secret hearings in exceptional circumstances.
Below is a video of the beginning of the opening hearing (17/4/23) for the ACT Inquiry into the police cover-up of the Bruce Lehrmann allegation. It gives a detailed overview of the Inquiry by Erin Longbottom KC who is the counsel assisting the Inquiry.
(Click anywhere on the above picture to watch the video)
What the ACT inquiry will do is highlight to the Australian public what a toothless Tiger and dud the NACC is.
- Why can we see witnesses give evidence livestreamed to the internet at the ACT Inquiry yet not see the same livestream for the NACC inquiry covering the same issues?
- Why could we see all the current and former politicians give evidence livestreamed on the internet at the Robodebt Royal Commission which was an investigation into their corrupt and negligent conduct but we cannot see politicians when they are under investigation giving evidence at the NACC?
The answer to those 2 questions is quite simple. It is a dirty deal between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Opposition leader Peter Dutton to cover-up political corruption on both sides.
I will try and cover the Inquiry as much as I can starting with next Monday. I will publish when there is something of interest on this website as well as my YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter account.
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Categories: Australian Federal Police