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Chris Dawson will be the new WA Police Commissioner
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The book called Propaganda written in 1928
By Edward Louis Bernays, who is nephew Famous Sigmund Feud..
Edward Louis James Bernays was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations ....Bernays's famous corporate clients included Procter & Gamble, the American Tobacco Company, Cartier Inc.,

Edward Bernays was the son of Ely Bernays and Anna Freud Bernays. His great grandfather was Isaac Bernays, chief rabbi of Hamburg. Bernays was a “double nephew” of Viennese psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud—by virtue of his mother, Freud’s sister, and of his father’s sister, Martha Bernays Freud, who married Sigmund.

The Bernays family moved from Vienna to the United States in the 1890s. Ely Bernays became a grain exporter at the Manhattan Produce Exchange, then sent for his wife and children.[4]

In 1892, his family moved to New York City, where he attended DeWitt Clinton High School. In 1912 he graduated from Cornell University with a degree in agriculture, but chose journalism as his first career.

He married Doris E. Fleischman in 1922. Fleischman, a member of the Lucy Stone League was public about keeping her last name, and her husband not only sanctioned but touted this fact. She was the first married woman to be issued a U.S. passport without her husband’s last name. Later, however, she changed her mind and her name, becoming Doris Bernays. By all accounts, Fleischman played a major though quiet role in the Bernays public relations business—including ghost-writing numerous memos and speeches, and publishing a newsletter.

Fleischman and Bernays had two daughters, Doris and Anne

Edward Louis James Bernays (/bərˈnz/German: [bɛɐ̯ˈnaɪs]; November 22, 1891 − March 9, 1995) was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, referred to in his obituary as "the father of public relations". Bernays was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine.  He was the subject of a full length biography by Larry Tye called The Father of Spin (1999) and later an award-winning 2002 documentary for the BBC by Adam Curtis called The Century of the Self.

His best-known campaigns include a 1929 effort to promote female smoking by branding cigarettes as feminist "Torches of Freedom" and his work for the United Fruit Company connected with the overthrow of the Guatemalan government in 1954. He worked for dozens of major American corporations including Procter & Gamble and General Electric, and for government agencies, politicians, and non-profit organizations.

Of his many books, Crystallizing Public Opinion (1923) and Propaganda (1928) gained special attention as early efforts to define and theorize the field of public relations. Citing works of writers such as Gustave Le BonWilfred TrotterWalter Lippmann, and his own double uncle Sigmund Freud, he described the masses as irrational and subject to herd instinct—and outlined how skilled practitioners could use crowd psychology and psychoanalysis to control them in desirable ways.
Bernays used his uncle Sigmund Freud's ideas to help convince the public, among other things, that bacon and eggs was the true all-American breakfast


" In practice if all men had to study for themselves all the economic, political, and ethical data involved in every question they would find it impossible to come to a conclusion about anything.."
" ..  we have voluntarily agreed to let an invisible government shift through all the data and highlight the outstanding issues so our field of choice shall be narrowed to practical proportions from our leaders and the media that they use to reach the public.. we accept  evidence and the demarcation of issues bearing upon public questions from some ethical teacher..  be it a minister, a favorite essayist ..  or merely prevailing public opinion..  that we call a standardized social code of conduct to which we conform most of the time.."
Words Of Truth Is Mightier Than The Sword
" ... Truth is mighty and must prevail... and any person or body of women or men... who believe that they have discovered a Valuable Truth ... it is not merely their privilege... but their duty to disseminate that truth ...... if they realise, as they quickly must ... that the spreading of what they believe is a Valuable Truth... can be done upon a large scale ... and effectively only by organised effort... they will make use of the press and the platform as the best means to obtain as wide as circulation as possible ... ""... Propaganda becomes vicious and reprehensive only when  its done by those that consciously and deliberarely  disseminated what they know to be lies, or when they know to be prejudicial to the common good ..."

Daniel Emerson, PerthNow August 1, 2017 

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/new-wa-police-commissioner-announced-by-karl-ocallaghan/news-story/d1070062c9ead5c289ffeab3c41234a8

PREMIER Mark McGowan has announced WA Police’s new Commissioner will be Chris Dawson.

Mr Dawson has been chief executive of the Australian Crime Commission since 2014 (renamed Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission in 2016) and before that was deputy to Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan at WA Police.

Mr McGowan, who announced the appointment at a press conference with Police Minister Michelle Roberts this morning, described Mr Dawson as "an accomplished police officer".


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Premier & Police Minister announce Mr Chris Dawson as WA's new Police Commissioner #perthnews #wapol

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"One of the most accomplished police officers in the entirety of the country," the Premier said.

"I believe he has the drive, the determination to make sure our police are the best in the country."

Daniel Emerson 

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.@MichelleMidland says Chris Dawson has been at the forefront of the fight against meth at the Aust Criminal Intelligence Commission.

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He was awarded the Australian policing medal for distinguished service in the 2002 Queens Birthday Honours list.

Mr O’Callaghan is scheduled to retire in two weeks after more than 13 years in the top job. Mr Dawson is to officially begin his five-year term as commissioner on August 16.

Mr McGowan said he was “very pleased to have a great West Australian coming home to serve our State”.

Mrs Roberts said “I’m confident in the selection of Mr Chris Dawson that we have the best possible person to head WA Police at this point in time”.

She said a panel set up by Public Sector Commissioner Mal Wauchope deemed four candidates appropriate for the position, and she recommended Mr Dawson to cabinet.

Chris Dawson has been announced as the new WA Police Commissioner.

Mrs Roberts said Mr Dawson’s ACIC experience had put him at the forefront of combating the international drug trade, particularly meth, and his 10-year tenure as deputy WA Police Commissioner meant he had a firm handle on organised crime and counter-terrorism.

Mr Dawson said he would give a full press conference on his “future directions” when he officially took office next month.

But in some prepared remarks, he thanked Mr McGowan and Mrs Roberts for their confidence in him and said WA was fortunate to have a great police force.

“The public should rightfully expect that our police are honest, that they respond promptly to trauma and treat everyone with respect and professionalism,” he said.

“We must be relentless in protecting the vulnerable and we must exercise our powers with fairness in serving the community and bringing justice to all.

“We live in a rapidly changing world. Keeping WA safe means our police officers must have the right capabilities to do their job.

“Police alone cannot prevent all crime and harms, so jointly building and maintaining trust with the community and alliances with our partner agencies will be central to my approach as commissioner of police.”

Mr Dawson said he was keen personally to return to family and loved ones in WA.

The Premier and Mrs Roberts paid tribute to Mr O’Callaghan on his career, as did Mr Dawson, who said he looked forward to a briefing from the outgoing Commissioner.



CORRUPTION IN THE WILD WILD WEST

 

https://isolatebutpreserve.blogspot.ie/2014/08/corruption-in-wild-wild-west.html

YOU NEED TO READ THIS BLOG POST FIRST TO TRULY COMPREHEND WHAT WE ARE ALL FIGHTING

OUR CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHICAL PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY JUDAIZED-FREEMASONRY

All the signs and symbols of English Common Law and good old "common sense" have been thrown out the window for a corporatist/talmudic set of endless Acts and Statutes which are strangling our freedom and legislating power to bureaucratic tyrants reminiscent of the Soviet Union.

You don't have to like "The Crown" but it is a lot better than the current Talmudic/Legislative system.

THE HEAD OF FREEMASONRY ARE THE BANKERS FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY POLICE AND JUDICIARY

Police and judges are vital to their control mechanism. There has always been much tension between the Catholic Church and Freemasonry. Freemasonry has infiltrated the Catholic Church and must be cleaned out and Catholicism returned to its traditional roots.

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA IS CONSIDERED THE MOST CORRUPT STATE IN THE COUNTRY - OR MORE PRECISELY - THE STATE THAT DOESN'T BLUSH WHEN CAUGHT. NOTE THE LOYED RAYNEY CASE BELOW AS AN EXAMPLE - 

https://youtu.be/51M1q8KETyk

Six Detectives in charge of the case all wear their Masonic "ties" in an unprecedented and blatant show of force. They forgot the "tacit" part of the Freemason code.

https://youtu.be/j4TV9QNkwCE

Details how Detectives threatened Lloyd Rayneys lawyer friend Clair O'Brien. They told her - [QUOTE]

"You know how it works Clair. We charge you. You lose your job. Your reputation is destroyed. You cant get a good lawyer because you have no money. And then we drop the charges and you are yesterdays news. And no one writes the follow up story." END QUOTE. Brilliant! Yeh, I know how she feels.

https://youtu.be/zN6CPwSfKKA

"Seed Pods" linking dead body with house are "found" at a later date which helps the prosecution case. Defense argue detectives planted the evidence.

Inspector Steve Jancec of W.A Police - Master Mason of Perth


Seed pods resurface in Lloyd Rayney defamation trial

Tim Clarke, PerthNow

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/seed-pods-resurface-in-lloyd-rayney-defamation-trial/news-story/cb99ebb98f77e94f451cd841628e9375

LAWYERS for Lloyd Rayney have again used seeds to attempt to sow doubt in the mind of a judge, quizzing a forensic police officer about liquidambar seed pods found in the hair of murdered Supreme Court registrar Corryn Rayney during her autopsy.

As the long-running defamation trial brought by Mr Rayney against the State draws to a close, Sgt Siobhan O’Loughlin was called to give evidence, as she did in the murder trial which eventually led to Mr Rayney’s acquittal in 2012.

Sgt O’Loughlin was questioned about what she saw as she stood beside pathologist Gerard Cadden when he discovered two liquidambar seed pods deep in the matted hair of Mrs Rayney, which became central to the State’s case against Mr Rayney.

The State’s case in the murder trial was that Mr Rayney, after killing his wife, dragged her body across the brick driveway of their Como home — where a liquidambar tree grew.

During the murder trial, lawyers for Mr Rayney cast doubt about where the pods came from, how they had got into Mrs Rayney’s hair, and even whether police had planted them to strengthen their prosecution.

Sgt. Siobhan O'Loughlin leaves the David Malcolm Justice Centre after testifying in the Lloyd Rayney defamation case. Picture: Danella Bevis.

Yesterday, Mr Rayney’s lawyer Martin Bennett quizzed Sgt O’Loughlin on the appearance of the pods during the autopsy, and the investigations that followed.

She was questioned about the presence of a similar tree, bearing similar fruit, which grew in the carpark of the Bentley Community Centre — where Mrs Rayney was last seen alive on the night of her disappearance after attending a bootscooting class.

The WA Supreme Court was told police made a detailed examination of the carpark and surrounds, after it was realised the tree was there.

After 140 days, just a handful of witnesses remain to be called in the defamation trial, which will decide if Mr Rayney’s reputation was irrevocably damaged by being named by police as the “prime” and “only” suspect in his wife’s murder.

After its anticipated conclusion next week, Justice John Chaney will likely take months to come to a decision, which could lead to a multimillion-dollar damages payout.

Seed pods likely planted: Rayney trial

DETECTIVE (FORMER) CARL CASILLI - HIGH ON METH - HANDS OVER CONFIDENTIAL POLICE DOCUMENTS TO ONE TIME "LOVER" KRISTIN CLOHESSY
Not to worry. This is W.A! If you think this former Detective having relations with this full time stripper, part time lawyer (lets face it fella's, she is pretty hot), who then married high profile Perth lawyer John Hammond, is as good as it gets...wait! There's more...and better!
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/obsessed-lloyd-rayney-detective-carl-casilli-jailed-20140715-ztahb.html



(FORMER) DETECTIVE CARL CASILLI DIDN'T JUST GET OFF JAIL RECENTLY OVER HANDING OVER CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS
He's been involved with messing up more homicide investigations than you can poke a stick at. 
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/jailed-cop-carl-casilli-released-on-bail-pending-appeal-20140723-zw0ca.html


CASILLI GETS WAY BETTER THOUGH
In another major murder case, Casilli is NECK - no make that EYEBROW - deep in corruption. This is where Western Australia earns its reputation as "The Wild West" - where it surpasses all other States of Australia who are not exactly "pure" when it comes to corruption - its just that W.A always puts a "twist" and and "edge" to it's corruption that has you rolling on the floor in laughter.

Lets see if I can get this right -

  • Detective Casilli has sex with UN-NAMED female attached to case. 
  • Detective CASSILLI is running criminal informant Paulo Nunzio STAGNO.
  • UN-NAMED female attached to case charged with perverting the course of justice.
  • Danial KOVAKS has sex with Mite NAUMOVSKY.
  • UN-NAMED female attached to case is girlfriend of man (********) originally charged with murder.
  • Daniel KOVAKS is girlfriend of Paulo Nunzio STAGNO

Now keep following...

  • Danielle Kovak "lures" Mite Naumovski to the house to murder him.
  • Paulio Nunzio Stagno shoots Mite Naumovski in the head *2, back *2, testicles *2 for a grand total of 6 shots.
  • Danielle Kovak's and Paulo Nunzio Stagno attempt to frame ******* for the murder going to extraordinary lengths to do so.
  • UN-NAMED female attached to case is charged with "perverting the course of justice".
  • Detective Casilli investigates murder...

 


 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-04/not-guilty-plea-for-naumovski-murder/4295828 


Mite Naumovski - The Murdered man

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/21817595/couple-guilty-of-manslaughter/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-2695476/WA-drug-dealers-death-callous-court-told.html

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/danielle-kovac-who-lured-convicted-drug-dealer-mite-naumovski-to-his-death-has-no-remorse-prosecutor-tells-perth-court/story-fnhocxo3-1226992487787


 WHAT THE MEDIA ISN'T REPORTING

The first trial was abandoned. At that trial, both Paulio Nunzio Stagno and Danielle Kovak were charged with willful murder.

The ENTIRE DPP prosecution team was SACKED for misconduct and the ENTIRE Major Crime Squad was disbanded over this incredible farce. Not a squeak from the media.

At the new trial, Paulio Nunzio Stagno and Danielle Kovak were charged with "murder" with an option for "manslaughter". The jury in it's amazing wisdom found them both guilty of "manslaughter" despite the victim being "lured" to the house with the express reason to kill him - and then emptying a FULL clip from a 9mm hand gun into him - including twice in the back. But hey! This is W.A baby!



THE HEAD OF FREEMASONRY ARE THE BANKERS FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY POLICE AND JUDICIARY

Police and judges are vital to their control mechanism.
There has always been much tension between the Catholic Church and Freemasonry.
 Freemasonry has infiltrated the Catholic Church and must be cleaned out and
Catholicism returned to its traditional roots.


Inspector Steve Jancec of W.A Police - Master Mason of Perth



[QUOTE - Joe Francis] "I'm more scared of my own prison officers than I am of the bikies
after I stopped their drugs getting into the jail."
 [END QUOTE]


The Minister also told me - 

His staff were so incompetent, his accountant in charge of the $900 million dollar prisons budget did not know the difference between $1 million dollars and $100 million dollars for the GPS sex offender tracking budget.

He had to fight tooth and nail to get camera's that record into the Hakea Remand Center punishment section to stop prison officers beating up prisoners.

For fun he and Commissioner James McMahon would rock up to a prison unannounced and stand around in their suits waiting for some one to notice them. Staff were to busy playing Angry Birds on their phones to notice them.

The Minister believed prison officers organized the break in of his home - we all know they did.

The Minster said he and I, and commissioner James McMahon, would have a beer and I had nothing to fear about telling him about what I saw in the jail over three years - and I saw plenty. He said specifically ex Special Forces Commander James McMahon "had his back".

He was more scared of his own prison officers than he was of the bikies after he stopped their drugs getting into the jail.




An inquest will be held into the death of Shirley Finn

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Tim Clarke, PerthNow- May 5, 2017

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/an-inquest-willb-be-held-into-the-death-of-shirley-finn/news-story/ebbdde09e023218eb06647257ad110d9

Shirley Finn. Picture: Facebook

AFTER 40 years of mystery, frustration and rumour, the inquest into the death of murdered brothel owner Shirley Finn has been set – a hearing the family hopes will finally bring answers.

Ms Finn’s bullet-riddled body was found slumped over the steering wheel of her car at the Royal Perth Golf Club in 1975, sparking four decades of theories, and accusations of police cover-ups

The initial investigation and a subsequent cold case review both failed to pinpoint a killer, but today the WA coroner fixed a date of September 11 for a two-week public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding her death.

A list of potential witnesses was handed to lawyers for Ms Finn’s daughter Bridget Shewring, and to the WA Police, but was not revealed publicly in court.

The court was also provided a list of those connected to the case that have since died. That was also not made public.

Ms Shewring was present in court as she finally got her wish of a public examination of her mother’s death. She said she was “elated” the inquest had finally been confirmed.

After the inquest was confirmed last year, Ms Shewring admitted she had accepted she would never know who pulled the trigger to end her mother’s life.

Now the possibility of a person or persons involved being named publicly is very real.

“I have strong suspicions who was involved but I don’t actually know who pulled the trigger,” she said last year. “I will carry it on until the day I die, for sure. People say to me ‘why can’t you just drop it Bridget’. But I can’t just forget that I had a mother and knowing people are out there still alive who know what happened ... I can’t just sit there and do nothing.

Before the inquest was confirmed, it was revealed a former police officer, who wanted to be known only by his first name Brian, had told the Corruption and Crime Commission how fellow officers threatened to kill him if he went public with vital evidence linking police to the murder.

Brian claimed he saw Mrs Finn drinking with police about 11.30pm on the night of her murder on June 22.

The last confirmed sighting of Mrs Finn was previously two hours earlier at 9.30pm when a neighbour saw her leave her South Perth home alone, dressed in an expensive ball gown.

She was found slumped in her car at Royal Perth Golf Club at South Perth early the next morning with four bullets in her head.

Brian was finally convinced to go public after contact from Mrs Finn’s daughter, Mrs Shewring and local author Juliet Wills, who has written a book about the murder inquiry.

Ms Wills accompanied the family to the brief coroner’s court hearing this morning.

“It has been a phenomenal fight for the family – they have hit brick walls for decades. For this moment to have finally arrived is enormous,” she said.



Northam plagued by youth crime

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/northam-plagued-by-youth-crime-20121109-293l7.html

The small Wheatbelt town of Northam has big problems with youth crime, and there's no quick fix in sight.

It's been a festering issue for some time, highlighted when a 20-year-old man was killed in a high-speed car crash on November 2 just several blocks from the town centre, after police tried to stop the vehicle.

The car hit a power pole at such speed it broke into three pieces, smashing into the verandah of a home about 25 metres away.

Residents had reported hearing police sirens from on-and-off chases in the hours leading up to the tragedy, but officers could not comment as the matter was being investigated.

It comes about a year after Northam hit the headlines for a violent hotel brawl witnessed by WA cabinet minister Terry Redman, who was assaulted during the fracas in what he described as a frightening experience.

Some of his companions were critical of the police response, but a resident of the town, nearly 100km northeast of Perth, said they felt sorry for officers having to attend Northam's violent incidents.

The resident said there was such frequent antisocial behaviour on certain streets that they were considered "no-go zones" - even by police, who were often outnumbered.

She said the root of the problem was bored, disenfranchised young people faced with high youth unemployment and few job opportunities.

Shire of Northam president Steven Pollard said keeping the town's young people amused and on the right path had been difficult for a long time.

A recent rampage by vandals through the town's Agricultural Society Club had destroyed more than 100 years of history, he said.

There was no easy solution.

"I'm not convinced a lack of entertainment or something to do is the main cause," Mr Pollard said.

"I take the view that it's up to everybody to amuse themselves.

"You just have to put up with what you've got, try and work out what you want to do in life and get on with it."

Efforts had been made to keep the town's young people busy with sporting events and excursions - given there's no cinema in town and the beach is a long drive away.

"But there's no model answer as to what creates the situation where a person says `to hell with it, I'll go and smash something up or go and drink and do drugs, or put my foot down in a car'," Mr Pollard said.

"It's a big social issue.

"A lot of people have tried a lot of things over the years and we haven't seemed to have come across the magic bullet so far."

He also wasn't convinced job options were high on the list of Northam youth's priorities.

The agricultural sector offered few opportunities because it had become a victim of its own success, he said, with automation making driverless farm machinery commonplace.

A local steel fabricator and manufacturer had recently shut down after more than 50 years of operations, which had further reduced job prospects in the town, but the new Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre had added more than 100 jobs.

"If the youth are unemployed, but they want to be employed and they can't get a job, that's fair enough," Mr Pollard said.

"But I'm not convinced that every 15, 16 and 17-year-old is really keen on getting a job."

He said businesses had recently complained to him that offenders had smashed windows and broken into their premises, telling him `this is getting ridiculous. The police response is pretty ordinary. We need you as leaders to get something organised'.

But he didn't believe heavier punitive measures would make for a safer community.

There was "enough stick out there", he said.

"I'm not sure if half the people are aware of what half the laws are to be honest," Mr Pollard said.

"It's all well to bring in laws like the one punch law, but not many people when they're in the midst of starting a fight think about what that law means, or that there's a strike-an-officer-and-you'll-go-to-jail law."

Wheatbelt district office police inspector Ian Clarke said a youth liaison officer had recently been appointed to Northam to work closely with other agencies to determine the reasons for youth offending, which had recently dipped.

"A strong, proactive, high-profile police presence in town, coupled with some recent search warrants and prosecutions, has seen a reduction in offending, in particular juvenile offences," Insp Clarke said.



WA police chief Karl O'Callaghan slammed for citing Bill Leak cartoon, 'inflaming racial tensions'

PM ELIZA BORRELLO  FRI 21 OCT 2016

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-21/wa-commissioner-karl-ocallaghan-racial-tensions-bill-leak/7956442

PHOTO 

Bill Leak's cartoon showed an Aboriginal man with a beer can who could not remember his son's name.

THE AUSTRALIAN: BILL LEAK

MPs from both sides of politics have accused WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan of provoking racial tensions in Kalgoorlie after he referenced a controversial cartoon by Bill Leak.

  • Karl O'Callaghan cited cartoon when talking about boy charged over Kalgoorlie vandalism
  • Subsequently revealed boy in Kalgoorlie is not Aboriginal

On Thursday, Commissioner O'Callaghan said a controversial cartoon by Leak was an "accurate reflection" of what his officers dealt with among some Aboriginal families.

The cartoon, published in August, depicted an Aboriginal man with a beer can who does not remember his son's name.

Commissioner O'Callaghan made the comments while discussing the case of a 10-year-old boy charged over the trashing of Kalgoorlie Boulder Community High School on the weekend.

"The reports I've got from the police is that they went to the father of that child, and the father of that child was not interested in caring for the child and was not interested in taking responsibility," he said on Thursday.

"So we ended up for many hours looking after that child, trying to find a responsible adult."

However, while Leak's cartoon depicts an Indigenous father and son, it has since been revealed the boy charged in Kalgoorlie was not Aboriginal.

The WA Nationals MP for Kalgoorlie and Deputy Speaker Wendy Duncan said the Commissioner's remarks were "outrageous".

"These comments by people like Karl O'Callaghan, people in high places that everybody respects, are taken on board," she said.

"And when they're not necessarily true, they just inflame the racial tension, when what we really need is reconciliation."

Tensions have run high in Kalgoorlie since the death of an Aboriginal teenager two months ago.

Ms Duncan said Commissioner O'Callaghan had set back the good work being done by people in the city.

"I've had feedback from people who work with Aboriginal people, and that was what drew it to my attention this morning, to just say this can't continue," she said.

"I don't blame Aboriginal people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder for becoming very disheartened."

O'Callaghan's language unhelpful: Wyatt

Ms Duncan was backed up by Labor's Aboriginal affairs spokesman Minister Ben Wyatt, who is Indigenous.

"Ultimately when you have tensions as high as they have been in Kalgoorlie, political leaders such as the Police Commissioner need to have an understanding that language has an impact," he said.

"The sort of language that he's used ... will not aid the sort of outcomes that we're hoping to achieve in Kalgoorlie.

"I dare say the local police will be feeling the brunt of comments that don't assist the sort of efforts that people have been going to to reduce tensions."

Commissioner O'Callaghan declined the ABC's request for an interview.

But through a spokeswoman, he said the cartoon reflected the dysfunction in some Indigenous and non-Indigenous families in regional and remote WA.

Blaming all parents 'assumptive': ALS

Aboriginal Legal Service of WA CEO Dennis Eggington also expressed dismay at Commissioner O'Callaghan's remarks.

"The Commissioner is only too aware that children's' offending behaviours can touch any family," he said.

"To blame all parents would be assumptive, hurtful and ignorant of the complexities that lead to such issues arising."

Premier Colin Barnett said while he did not endorse the cartoon itself, which he said had caused offence, he believed the Commissioner's comments were "correct".

"Unfortunately too often, parents are simply not taking responsibility for children, including very young children," Mr Barnett said.

"We've seen that in Kalgoorlie, but Kalgoorlie is not alone and it's not only Aboriginal children. We see it throughout the state."



'I've had no offers from anybody at this stage': O'Callaghan

Phil Hickey- AUGUST 10 2017

Outgoing Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan says he's had no job offers so far but would "certainly be interested" in a role which involves advocacy.

Mr O'Callaghan will officially retire as the state's top cop next week after 13 years in the job.

Chris Dawson, a former WA Police deputy commissioner, has been appointed to the role and will start on August 16.

On Thursday Mr O'Callaghan said while he had no offers on the table, he had spoken to WA mining magnate Andrew Forrest about a range of issues, mostly about the plight faced by those in remote Aboriginal communities.

"I've had no offers from anybody at this stage," he said.

"My passion is for advocacy and if an opportunity comes up for advocacy for somebody, I would certainly be interested in that.

"But I've got no plans to join anybody at this stage.

"I've had discussions with Mr Forrest about a whole range of things, mostly about what we are doing in Kununurra.




Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan. 

"He's very interested in how we respond to that and no doubt we'll have conversations in the future."

Mr O'Callaghan said he planned to travel to Mongolia in mid September as part of his ongoing charity work.

He identified methamphetamine use and family violence as among the biggest crime issues facing the state.

"These are wicked problems if I can put it that way to try and resolve," he said.

Mr O'Callaghan said some of his biggest disappointments in the job had been miscarriages of justice.

"You can think of nothing worse than someone spending time in prison for an offence they never committed, for something the police didn't do correctly, and so they would rank as some of my biggest lows," he said.

Speaking about what he'd miss most about the job, Mr O'Callaghan said he appreciated his ability to raise issues of public concern.

"I think what I'll probably miss most is the power it gives me to speak publicly on issues. The role of commissioner of police... has enormous social power to advocate.

"It comes with the fact you wear a uniform and people take notice."

On his first day off, Mr O'Callaghan said he would be taking his three foster children to school.

"Mostly we make them walk to school, or get the train and bus so I'm going to actually take them all to school," he said.

Mr O'Callaghan said he believed WA Police would be in safe hands with Mr Dawson in the role, whom he described as "very experienced" and someone who would do a "great job."

"Maybe in a couple of months time, someone will come up to me and say didn't you used to be Karl O'Callaghan?"



Five injured in suspected drug lab explosion

MON 21 MAR 2011

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2011-03-21/five-injured-in-suspected-drug-lab-explosion/2648406



Police were called to the house after a suspected drug lab exploded, injuring five people

Police say a suspected drug lab explosion in the Perth suburb of Carlisle was so powerful it lifted the roof off the house and sent a fridge smashing through a wall.

Four men and a woman were in the unit in Bishopgate Street late yesterday when the blast occurred.

They suffered severe burns and were rushed to Royal Perth Hospital where one man remains in a critical condition.

Inspector Trevor Davis says two children who were playing outside the unit also suffered minor injuries.

"There were two children near the vicinity of the explosion but we don't believe in the unit itself," he said.

It is believed a gas bottle used in the preparations exploded inside the house.

Police say the blast caused about $300,000 damage.

Inspector Jeff Ellis says there is little left of the property.

"Looking through you can see there is significant damage to the roof, it looks like the ceiling has come down and you can see looking through the window that it appears to have been an extensive explosion inside the house," he said.

Neighbour Taleah Collett was sitting outside her house across the road at the time.

"We were all sitting out on the balcony and my friend heard a bit of a pop or a bang and then smoke started coming and there were sirens," she said.

"Then they pulled up in the street and there was quite of a lot of smoke for about ten minutes."

Inspector Davis says the growing number of drug labs in suburban centres is worrying.

"If they are having a clan lab they are from their very nature dangerous, from the chemicals and from the explosions," he said.



WA's new police commissioner named as Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission boss Chris Dawson

BY JOANNA MENAGH 2nd AUGUST 2017

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-01/new-wa-police-commissioner-announced/8763406

PHOTO 

Outgoing WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan.

ABC NEWS: REBECCA CARMODY

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) boss Chris Dawson has been appointed as the new Police Commissioner for Western Australia.

The former WA Police deputy commissioner will replace Karl O'Callaghan, who has announced plans to retire after serving in the role for 13 years.

There were 10 candidates for the top job.

WA Premier Mark McGowan and Police Minster Michelle Roberts made the announcement, saying Mr Dawson had the experience for such an important role.

Mr McGowan described Mr Dawson as "one of the most accomplished police officers in the entirety of the country".

"Chris has the experience, he has the depth, he has the knowledge, he has the drive to take our police forward into the future."

"He has a strong record of achievement in Western Australia in a whole range of areas and his resume is incredibly strong," he said.

Mr Dawson will officially take on the role on August 16, two days after Commissioner O'Callaghan retires.

Mr Dawson did not take questions from reporters but made a brief statement at the media conference.


WA Premier Mark McGowan and Police Minister Michelle Roberts announced

 Chris Dawson (right) will be WA's new police commissioner.

PHOTO WA Premier Mark McGowan and Police Minister Michelle Roberts announced Chris Dawson (right) will be WA's new police commissioner.

ABC NEWS: SARAH COLLARD

"Western Australia is fortunate to have a great police force. The public should rightfully expect that our police are honest, that they respond quickly to trauma and treat everyone with respect and professionalism," he said.

"We must be relentless in protecting the vulnerable and we must exercise our powers with fairness in serving the community and bringing justice to all.

"Police alone cannot prevent crime and harm, so jointly building and maintaining trust with the community and alliances with our partner agencies will be central to my approach as Commissioner of Police."

He said the last three years at the ACIC had been rewarding and "supplemented" his 38-year police career in WA.

"There's much to be done. I'll continue to focus on doing my duty, it's my favourite phrase, in policing … doing your duty."

Domestic violence, methamphetamine use 'top priorities'

Police Minister Michelle Roberts revealed there were four candidates shortlisted for the job and Mr Dawson was the recommendation she took to Cabinet.

At today's announcement, the Premier said he had identified methamphetamine use and domestic violence as two issues that required urgent attention.

"I am sure Mr Dawson will make sure they are top priorities in Western Australia," Mr McGowan said.

Mrs Roberts said she too would be looking at the results the new commissioner would be able to achieve.

"I will be following the crime rates, the response rates, how we're responding on domestic violence and I'll also be looking at things like road safety and the road toll and serious injuries," she said.

"It's those outcomes that I think myself and the community will be looking to Mr Dawson on."

Mr McGowan and Mrs Roberts also used the announcement to publicly thank the outgoing Commissioner for his 13 years of service to the people of Western Australia.

"I think he's served with distinction in the role of Commissioner of WA police," Mrs Roberts said.




PHOTO WA police union president George Tilbury said Mr Dawson's experience with WA Police would serve him well.

ABC NEWS

The WA Police Union, which is embroiled in a pay dispute with the Government, has welcomed the appointment of Mr Dawson.

Union president George Tilbury said the new commissioner would come to the role "with familiarity" having served 36 years with the WA Police, as well as "extensive national exposure" as head of one of Australia's largest criminal intelligence organisations.

"His experience in counterterrorism will provide Mr Dawson with essential knowledge about the dangers our members face on a daily basis in our changing world," he said.

"There are a number of outstanding issues that I hope we can effectively resolve for the betterment of policing in Western Australia.

"I wish Mr Dawson every success."

Mr Tilbury also thanked the outgoing Commissioner for his service, saying he wished him the best for his future endeavours.



Welcome to the Wild West.... statementby Bredon O'Connell

Corrupt Chair Of Friends Of Israel W.A - Bob Kucera

 Rest assured that nothing had changed … just the building ..

Perth, Western Australia- 1971 – Did five “University of Western Australia’ students plot and attempt to bomb the offices of the Department of Labour – then go onto highly successful political and judicial careers?

Did a corrupt detective ( Hamburger Bob Kucura) cover p the bombing and fit up innocent people to protect the “Famous Five”?

1. Kim Beasley, known and “Bomber Beasley” who went high in the  Australian Politics and become the Defence Minister.

2. Mr Jim McGinty, who went onto become the Attorney General  of Western Australia and the Labor Party opposition leader of Western Australia

3. Eric Stephen Ripper, who became the Labor Party opposition leader of Western Australia
 
4.Carmen Lawrence who became the Labor Party Premier of Western Australia

5.Rene Lucien Le Miere, who went on the become a Supreme Court Justice





DODGY COPPER BOB KUCERA

Corrupt Chair Of Friends Of Israel W.A - Bob Kucera

Brendon O'Connell

Published on Nov 10, 2016



Bob Kucera has a VERY dark past as a former Detective in the West Australian Police. He protected ultra left wing Trotskyites who tired to blow up a conscription center in St Geroges Terrace, Perth, W.A. Why? Well we're not sure but he went on to serve in the state Labor party with a few of them when Kucera entered state politics. Who were the "famous five" Kucera protected while he fitted up an innocent man for the bombing? Well none other than former federal Labor leader Kim "Bomber" Beazley - former Labor state leader, disgraced Carmen Laurence; former Labor state attorney general Jim McGinty. No! I kid you not. Watch this video as former state copper and private investigator Terence Mclernon takes you through the case and shows Bob Kucera for what he is - a corrupt piece of crap. Let us also not forget Kucera's role in fitting up the Mickelberg brothers. Now I see why Bob Kucera was made the Chair of the Friends Of Israel committee. How was that business class flight to occupied Palestine Bob? Meet any nice ladies while you were over there? I see that Ultra Left Wing Trotskyites and Israel go together. As if we never knew. Terence is a living legend. He has more dirt on WA personalities than you can poke a stick at. He has just had the largest defamation fine awarded against anyone in Australia - ever. Stay tuned for more on that with dodgy billionaire miners hiding over a billion in gold at the dodgy Perth Mint - just wait for it.

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The Fifth Estate, The Sequel; If the Hat Fits, Wear It- 2007,

 Terence J. McLERNON.

    The Fifth Estate The Sequel    If the Hat Fits, Wear It

   This book covers some aspects of the twistings and turnings of Western Australian politics. The Labor Government and the Australian Labor Party are split with differences, factional hatreds 
    and allegiances, personal favours, 
and  private interests. 
    The Government should be junked, but the economy is so buoyant that kindergarten  kiddies could manage it. 
   But it is streets ahead of the Liberal and National Parties.

   The power behind the Labor throne is Jim McGinty, Premier and ex-journalist  Alan Carpenter being a compromise.
   Chapters 4 and 5 are about how two prostitutes made a professional tour to Port Hedland, allegedly with an unofficial "permission" from some police, in spite of the police superintendent's  express prohibitions of     gambling and prostitution in the area.  The women tried to get a sporting  club to hold a raffle, with one of them as the prize!
  
  
    Chapter 6, "The Fat Wallet Mob 'Flow Charts'"
      details the story of people involved in mining  
and other shares.  Some of the people are supposedly ex-bankrupts and ex-prisoners.
 
  In chapter 7 WA Attorney-General Jim McGinty is said to have been sent a copy of the  
previous book, by a contact of 
  Mr Ray Mickelberg, one of the family that it is said had been  
wrongly convicted over the Perth Mint Swindle.
   Mr McGinty allegedly returned the book in a plain envelope.  Requests for a response finally  were rewarded.
   The chapter exposes alleged police false evidence in the case of a failed attempt to blow up  the office where military conscription records were kept in Perth decades ago.
   The author praises Brian Burke and Julian Grill for lobbying to stop the gigantic firm Xstrata  from leaving vanadium in the ground in recent years.  Parliamentarian John Bowler acted to save it,  
    but was banished to the back bench in a hypocritical move, though he had sav
ed the WA taxpayer 
   from losing the value to the people of the $32 million spent for this mine.

 THE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS' ORPHANAGES
   
   Read about a dodgy internet website, Croatia, Laurie Connell's failed investment bank Rothwell's,  a Malaysian Sting, and why Scaley hanged himself at a Christian Brothers' orphanage.
  
 Then there's the story of Tommy Trantrum being sent from Clontarf Boys' Town, freeing him from a paedophile Christian Brother, to a farm where he shot the farmer's wife and as a result  went to prison.
  
 Then follows page after page about the four Christian Brothers' orphanages in WA – Clontarf,  Castledare (both in Perth), Bindoon, and Tardun.
   
   Fifteen Brothers allegedly either had sex or quasi-sex, and/or gave cruel beltings to a boy  called Fred Smith.  Urinating on him and bare-bottom beltings are described, with the names
  of the paedophile-sadistic offenders.

   The exposé of the Christian Brothers by Barry Coldrey, and the campaigning and publications  of the late Bruce Blyth are covered.

   McGINTY,  McVEIGH,  McMAHON

   Jim McGinty had spent time at a Roman Catholic seminary.  His sister Susan became a nun.  Father Anthony McMahon was sent to Kwinana parish.
   "Now, Jim is a cousin of mine but it could not be alleged that we are close.   No, not close at all." (p 130)
   Leo McVeigh at the age of five was being babysat by the priest and the nun, and while with  the priest only was allegedly sexually abused.  (The priest and the nun fell in love and married.)  
   He told Church authorities in 1998.  He tried to get the police's sexual abuse unit to investigate,  but it didn't.  The author thinks that the relationship with highflyers is why no apology was made,  nor justice served.
   "Holy Double Cross" is the story of the widow Mrs Catherine Musk who in 1947 left £47,000  in trust (worth millions now) so that suitable Bindoon boys would be helped to be set up on their own farms. (p 157)  
     None of the money went to the boys. The Church went to court to ask it to  allow the balance, $167,000 in 2006, to be used for scholarships for deserving students to attend  at 
    Bindoon a commercial agricultural college –

   run by the Brothers.  Paying themselves again.  
  See Gary Adshead's report, The West Australian, January 24, 2006. (p 159) 

   Senator Andrew Murray (retired June 30, 2008) tried to help justice.

   On page 174 the author writes "Mr Kucera had made a habit of falsifying witness statements.   

 Way back in 1972 … Mr Kucera … had a confession from Ripley.  The similarity between the  fabrications in the Mickelberg case … 
   Ripley unjustly got 5 years jail and Kucera a feather in his cap."

  The Fifth Estate Book Cover by Terrance JMcLernon
The Fifth Estate- Every Bit of a Circle is Bent by Terance J McLernon

 The Fifth Estate - If the Hat Fits Wear It by Terance J McLernon

Every Bit of a Circle is Bent;  The Fifth Estate - Book



Every Bit of a Circle is Bent;  The Fifth Estate - Book III

McLERNON, Terence; 2009

Skilfully sledging the crooked scammers who continue to plunder the community chest, Terence McLernon extends his 
knowledge as a former police officer and private investigator to unravel the corrupting structure of white collar crime.

His unforgiving exposure of the iniquities of High Church sexual abuses continues unabated. 
   Indeed, the visit of the Pontiff to Australia for a World Youth Day provides a vehicle for his wry observation that 
if he had been Police Commissioner, "? and some short Italian with a name starting with Rat, whose predecessors
 infamously used stand
 over tactics to make a huge fortune from tithing, landed his jumbo jet on my beat, then, surrounded by armed bodyguards, 
alighted wearing a dress and little red booties -- claiming to be JC’s representative on Earth -- I would immediately have him
 arrested, drug-tested and his plane searched for missing orphans."
   Extract from Chapter 11: The prosecutor was a Mr Lloyd Rayney from the office of the DPP. Now where have we heard
 that name before? Mr Rayney is now probably best known, rightly or wrongly, as the only person of interest in the murder 
of his wife, Corryn. Mr Rayney was so described by the Officer in Charge of the Police inquiry into the murder, one 
Detective Sergeant Jack Lee. Strangely enough, as matters often are in Perth investigative circles, the said officer then 
promptly took up a posting to a country Police Station to further his chances of promotion in the future. Good for him, 
of course, but not so good for Mr Rayney who is still left with Jack Lee’s tag but as yet uncharged.

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One instantly thinks of that infamous Assistant Commissioner of Police, Caporn, who had control of the inquiries into 
the Claremont serial killings only to tag and eventually name a public servant as the main suspect for over a decade only 
to be wrong again. This act caused untold harm to the reputation of the public servant and wreaked havoc on his
 and his family’s life.
   Then again, Mr Caporn did go on to redeem himself by getting an unfortunate indigent, Mr Andrew Mallard,
 sent down for the murder of a shopkeeper for 12 years hard before the real murderer was outed by someone else. I
t was whilst resting on his wonderful success in the Mallard conviction that Caporn led a decade long inquiry into 
the murder of numerous young women in the suburb of Claremont, once again unsolved as investigations concentrated 
on one suspect seemingly to the exclusion of others, as in Mallard, Button, Mickelberg, etcetera and so on. 

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When in Doubt, Keep Killing.

Karl Rove Blasts Obama for 'Outsourcing Afghanistan'

Is This What “Shielding Afghans From Violence” Looks Like?


STRANGE AUSTRALIAN JUSTICE
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Shameful Mickleberg case in Australia: 

Justice still being sought

The case of the forged fingerprint

Two brothers jailed over the infamous 1982 Perth Mint swindle are suing a former government minister over their wrongful convictions. Ray, Peter and the late Brian Mickelberg were convicted in 1983 of defrauding the Perth Mint of $653,000 in gold bullion in exchange for worthless cheques.

Ray, who served eight years of a 20-year jail sentence, and Peter, who spent six years behind bars for the scam, fought for years before a legal appeal was successful and their convictions were overturned in 2004. The success of their eighth appeal was largely due to a confession by corrupt detective Tony Lewandowski, who admitted that detectives, including lead detective Don Hancock, had fabricated evidence.

After their conviction was overturned, the Mickelbergs launched a civil suit against the West Australian government and six police officers involved in their case for an estimated $11 million in compensation. News Ltd reported the Mickelberg brothers were now also suing former police assistant commissioner and Labor minister Bob Kucera over their wrongful conviction. The latest suit comes after the brothers reportedly bought for $5,000 a box of sensitive police documents that were found at Lewandowski's ex-girlfriend's home in Thailand.

Mr Kucera, who was not one of the detectives involved in the case, has been accused of being part of the police conspiracy to support the Mickelbergs' wrongful conviction. Two of the detectives closely involved in the case have since died, Mr Hancock was killed in a bikie car bomb attack in September 2001, and Lewandowski committed suicide in May 2004. Brian Mickelberg had his conviction overturned after nine months jail. He died in a light plane crash in 1986


Background on the case:

Raymond and Peter Mickleberg made four unsuccessful attempts to have their convictions overturned - three appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeal, at which Mr Lewandowski and Mr Hancock testified, and an appeal to the High Court. 

Mr McGinty said Mr Lewandowski had admitted that he and Mr Hancock had fabricated confessions from the brothers, and had lied at the trial and the appeals. He had also admitted that Peter Mickelberg was stripped naked and beaten by interviewing officers during the investigation. 

Mr Lewandowski had said he had not come forward earlier because he had not wanted to cross Mr Hancock, who died in a car bombing in what police believe was a payback killing by Gypsy Joker bikie gang members after the murder of a gang member in 2000. Mr McGinty said Mr Lewandowski's belated admission - if it were truthful - would strike at the heart of public confidence in the justice system. "This is one of the most high-profile police investigations we have seen in Western Australia, and if it was found that convictions were obtained by police fabricating evidence, the ramifications are enormous." Mr McGinty has referred Mr Lewandowski's affidavit to the royal commission into alleged police corruption, which is due to recommence hearings on July 1. 

The robbery on June 22, 1982, was the most audacious ever staged in Perth - an ingenious swindle which saw 49 gold bars spirited out of the impregnable Mint to a mystery hiding place. Although the evidence against the Mickelbergs was compelling - in particular Ray Mickelberg's fingerprint on one of three fake cheques used to pay for the gold - the brothers insisted from the start that the police had framed them. They said the detectives, led by Don Hancock, had lied at their trial in the District Court, had fabricated confessions by all three, and had planted the damning fingerprint. 

It would have been easy for the police to get hold of a mould of Ray's finger, they said. One of his hobbies was casting hands, in brass, plastic, rubber and perspex. There were about 20 of the hands in his Marmion Beach home when the police first arrived, and several were taken away for inspection. 

In 1989, 55 kilograms of gold pellets, said to have been from the swindle, were found outside a Perth television station, accompanied by a note protesting the Mickelberg brothers' innocence and claiming that a prominent Perth businessman was behind the swindle.





WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan looks back on 13 years in the top job

GRAEME POWEL 1ST aUGUST 2017

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-31/wa-police-commissioner-karl-ocallaghan-looks-back-on-career/8759586

PHOTO 

Karl O'Callaghan has been in the top job for 13 years.

ABC NEWS: REBECCA CARMODY

The arrest of a suspect for the Claremont serial killings has been the highlight of outgoing WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan's career.

The low point was when his son Russell was injured in a methamphetamine drug lab explosion.

The 61-year-old commissioner, who was born in north London in 1956 before moving to Perth as a teenager in the 1970s, will officially retire as commissioner in two weeks after 13 years in the top job.

He joined the police force as a 17-year-old cadet, graduating as dux of his class.

He later became the first police officer in the state's history to complete a PhD.

He told ABC Radio Perth the role had been stressful but rewarding, and he never expected the job would carry such a high profile when he was first appointed to the position in 2004.

"I often say that apart from the Premier of Western Australia, probably the Police Commissioner is in the news more than anybody else," he said.

"The scrutiny is enormously high."

'A very difficult decision' for a father

Commissioner O'Callaghan conceded that scrutiny reached an all-time high when his adult son was arrested after being involved in a methamphetamine drug lab explosion in 2011.

"The most terrible thing was that he was most seriously burned and was taken straight to the burns unit at Royal Perth Hospital," he said.

"I couldn't go and see him because the problem I had was that if I had gone in to see him, just to hold his hand, there would have been some accusation that I had briefed him about what he should say to detectives or how he should approach the investigation.

"I actually drove to RPH in my own car and sat outside for half an hour, debating on whether I should go in and provide support that a normal father would provide, and I drove away.

"I did go and see him at the end of the next day after the detectives had been to see him, which I felt free to do then, but it was a very difficult decision as a father to do that."

Commissioner O'Callaghan said it was a few years later that he decided his 13 years in the top job would be long enough — if not too long.

"The last contract I signed was two years ago and I said at this point this should be my last contract because it does have an impact on family and an impact on things you might want to do apart from the police force." he said.

"And I think in organisations like policing it's good to have renewal and it's unusual for a police commissioner anywhere in Australia, let alone West Australia, to go for 13 years."

Commissioner O'Callaghan said it would be a relief not to be "on-duty" 24 hours a day, seven days a week and he leaves without too many regrets, but will miss the the "human aspect of policing" and the colleagues he has spent a large part of his life helping develop for senior roles.



PHOTO The Police Commissioner with Perth school children.

ABC NEWS: ANDREW O'CONNOR

Reflecting on his career he said he was appointed commissioner at a difficult time in the state's history with the Kennedy Royal Commission into corrupt or criminal conduct by Western Australian Police Officers releasing its final report.

"So there was a whole lot of things going on about police corruption and police misconduct over a number of years and generally I think the confidence in policing was low and I very much saw my role as rebuilding that but I didn't ever think it was going to be 13 years," he said.

He believed his greatest strength in the job was looking outside the force for solutions to problems, and his decision to focus on what was driving the crime rate in the state.

He said one of his weaknesses, which was exploited by his competitors for the top job, was that he rose to the top job after serving as a traffic policeman and inside the police internal affairs unit

He admits there was a lot of noses put out of joint at the time with many senior officers questioning his ability for the job.

"There was a lot of that and 'this bloke won't last five minutes'," he said.

He believed his legacy would be making the police force "more 21st century" and helping it became more professional with a better understanding of what drives crime.

Claremont serial killings breakthrough

Commissioner O'Callaghan said he was always confident there would be a breakthrough in the Claremont serial killings before he retired.

"Bringing that to ... at least a partial conclusion [the suspect is yet to be tried] I think probably bought enormous confidence from the community that the West Australian police are equipped to do this," he said.

The deaths of three women over 14 months between 1996 and 1997 were dubbed the Claremont serial killings and sparked Australia's longest-running and most expensive police investigation.

Late last year a man was charged over two of those deaths.

Commissioner O'Callaghan said technological advances in DNA evidence in the past five to 10 years had made it possible for police to solve a lot of cold cases.

He said one of his biggest criticisms was the state's lack of investment in pathology and DNA testing to bring Western Australia up to world standards.

He said the Government needed to be pressured into improving forensic science for police in coming years, but that was a job for his successor.

He also identified the high rate of Aboriginal incarceration and the drug problem, particularly the use of methylamphetamine, or ice, as two of the biggest problems facing the state.



PHOTO Karl O'Callaghan during one of his many on-air interviews at ABC Perth.

GRAEME POWELL: ABC NEWS


Top cop's son burnt in drug lab explosion

MON 21 MAR 2011,

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2011-03-21/top-cops-son-burnt-in-drug-lab-explosion/2648682

Russell O'Callaghan, the son of WA's Police Commissioner, is in hospital with serious burns


Dr Karl Joseph O'Callaghan, the Western Australian Commissioner of Police visits his son Russell Joseph O'Callaghan in Hospital,
after  Russell Joseph O'Callaghan, was involved in a Crystal Meth home factory explosion in a Western Australian Government Homes West Unit which nearly killed five people

POLICE

Western Australia's Police Commissioner has revealed his son was one of five people injured when a drug lab exploded in Perth.

Karl O'Callaghan told a media conference his 29-year-old son Russell was at a Homeswest unit in Carlisle when there was a blast which tore the roof off.

The power of the blast also sent a fridge smashing through a wall.

The Commissioner said his son received burns to his head, shoulders and arms.

There were four other people also injured in the explosion, including one man who is in a critical condition at Royal Perth Hospital.

Mr O'Callaghan said his son had beaten a drug problem but it appears he may have had a relapse.

"It's very difficult personally, obviously because my son is seriously injured, he's got some very serious burns and I can't see him at the moment" he said.

"He will have to face the consequences of his actions no doubt, but as a father, and as a family member, you know, as a family we're suffering deeply at the moment."

Mr O'Callaghan said his son does not live at the house in Bishopsgate Street but he was visiting the premises.

The Commissioner said he will play no part in the police investigation into the incident.

Complaints

The daughter of former police superintendent Dave Parkinson lives next door to the unit where the explosion happened.

Mr Parkinson says he suspected drug activity was taking place but he was threatened when he tried to confront the occupants.

"They've told my daughter and others that they're going to shoot me with a .22 rifle because I've stood up to them," he said.

His daughter Stacee Parkinson says years of complaints about the tenants have fallen on deaf ears.

The Housing Minister Troy Buswell met her this morning and acknowledged the department's policy of evicting tenants after three complaints needs review.

"I'm disappointed that in this case, and I'm sure in other cases, that the three strikes policy has not delivered the level of protection to the neighbourhood that we had anticipated," he said.



A fireman stands outside the house where the roof blew off

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2011-03-21/a-fireman-stands-outside-the-house-where-the-roof/2648714

A fireman stands next to two vehicles outside a house in Carlisle in the dark with roof blackened from explosion (drug lab)

POSTED MON 21 MAR 2011

Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2008-10-07/police-commissioner-karl-ocallaghan/2648720

Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan

Karl O'Callaghan says his son was visiting the house where the drug lab explosion occurred

POSTED TUE 7 OCT 2008

WA Police Commissioner's son hurt in drug lab blast

DAVID WEBER

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2011-03-21/top-cops-son-caught-in-drug-lab-explosion/2648732

Audio:

WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan has confirmed his son was injured when a drug lab exploded at a Carlisle residence in south-east Perth.

ABC NEWSPOSTED MON 21 MAR 2011,

WA Police Commissioner's son hurt in drug lab blast

DAVID WEBER





Jailed cop Carl Casilli released on bail pending appeal

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/jailed-cop-carl-casilli-released-on-bail-pending-appeal-20140723-zw0ca.html



  

Nicole Cox

Lawyer Kristin Clohessy with her husband John Hammond. 


Carl Casilli was "obsessed" with lawyer Kristin Clohessy, pictured her with her husband John Hammond. 

A corrupt WA Police detective who provided his lawyer lover with classified police information has been granted bail, pending an appeal of his sentence.

Casilli was sentenced to nine months in jail and fined $2000 on July 15 after pleading guilty to 17 charges of illegally accessing information on a police computer to pass on to lawyer Kristin Clohessy, with whom he was having an affair at the time.

On Wednesday, Casilli’s lawyer, Chris Miocevich, confirmed his client had been released from custody on bail on Monday but declined to comment further to Fairfax Media or provide the grounds of appeal.

The Corruption and Crime Commission investigation found that Casilli had handed Ms Clohessy sensitive police files including affidavits about telephone and surveillance intercept warrants, police incident reports and personal details about some of her clients. She also obtained a DVD of a police interview with a murder suspect.

He also repeatedly accessed personal information from the police database about Ms Clohessy - a one-time V8 Supercar model who works for Hammond Legal and is now married to outspoken Perth lawyer John Hammond - and her mother.

The offences occurred between 2008 and 2013.

ast week, the CCC defended its decision not to charge Ms Clohessy, saying there was insufficient evidence to pursue a case against her after a five-month investigation into the matter.

"After assessing all of the evidence available, it considered that there was insufficient evidence to sustain a prima facie case against the lawyer,” a CCC spokeswoman said.

The decision comes despite the WA Criminal Code stating that any person who is “party” to an offence can be charged for enabling, aiding or procuring another person to commit the offence.

In addition, the law states that when two or more people form a common intention to commit an unlawful act in conjunction with one another, each is deemed to have committed the offence.

Casilli was once described as a tenacious police officer who had worked on several high-profile homicide investigations including the death of Supreme Court registrar Corryn Rayney.

The detective sergeant quit the WA Police force after being charged with 17 offences, including 15 counts of unlawful use of a restricted-access computer system, unlawful dealing of intercept warrant information and supplying a video record of interview.

In sentencing Casilli, Deputy Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Woods said a term of imprisonment was the only option, noting that while he had not benefited directly from his actions the offences could contribute to “an erosion in public confidence” of the WA police force.

Magistrate Woods said release of the intercept warrant information was particularly serious and while she did not know the content of the affidavit, it was normal to include the names of informants and undercover officers as well as disclose police methodology.

Ms Clohessy declined to comment last week but Mr Hammond defended his wife on 6PR Radio, saying if he believed Ms Clohessy was dishonest or capable of doing anything illegal he would not have married her.

“From what I’ve seen, she’s done absolutely nothing wrong,” Mr Hammond told 6PR.

 

Lawyer lover Kristin Clohessy escapes CCC charges

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/lawyer-lover-kristin-clohessy-escapes-ccc-charges-20140716-ztsda

 

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/lawyer-lover-kristin-clohessy-escapes-ccc-charges-20140717-ztsda.html

Kristin Clohessy was the lover of a corrupt cop who gave her sensitive police information. 

Lawyer Kristin Clohessy during her days as a V8 Supercar model. Photo: Facebook

The Corruption and Crime Commission has defended its decision not to charge the lawyer lover of a corrupt WA detective, saying there was insufficient evidence to pursue a case against her.

Kristin Clohessy, a one-time V8 Supercar model who works for Hammond Legal and is married to outspoken Perth lawyer John Hammond, was not charged after sensitive police files were leaked to her by former police detective Carl Casilli.


Lawyer Kristin Clohessy was given sensitive police information from a corrupt cop.

On Tuesday, Casilli was sentenced to nine months in jail and fined $2000 after pleading guilty to 17 charges, including illegally accessing information on a police computer to give Ms Clohessy, who he was having an affair with at the time.

It is understood the WA Police internal affairs unit referred the matter to the CCC, who laid charges against the officer in August last year, but not Ms Clohessy.

Questions have now been raised by several WA lawyers and police officers about why she was not charged as a party to the crime.

Under the WA Criminal Code, any person who is “party” to an offence can be charged for enabling, aiding or procuring another person to commit the offence.

In addition, the law states that when two or more people form a common intention to commit an unlawful act in conjunction with one another, each is deemed to have committed the offence.

A CCC spokeswoman defended the commission’s decision not to charge Ms Clohessy, saying an extensive five-month investigation had been conducted into the matter.

"After assessing all of the evidence available, it considered that there was insufficient evidence to sustain a prima facie case against the lawyer,” she said.

The CCC investigation found that Casilli had handed Ms Clohessy classified police information including affidavits about telephone and surveillance intercept warrants, police incident reports and personal details about some of her clients. She also obtained a DVD of a police interview with a murder suspect.

Lawyer Kristin Clohessy during her days as a V8 Supercar model. 

He also repeatedly accessed personal information from the police database about Ms Clohessy and her mother.

The offences occurred between 2008 and 2013.

Casilli was once described as a tenacious police officer who had worked on several high-profile homicide investigations including the death of Supreme Court registrar Corryn Rayney. His charges do not relate to the Rayney inquiry.

The detective sergeant quit the WA Police force after being charged with 17 offences, including 15 counts of unlawful use of a restricted-access computer system, unlawful dealing of intercept warrant information and supplying a video record of interview.

In sentencing Casilli on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Woods said a term of imprisonment was the only option, noting that while he had not benefited directly from his actions, the offences could contribute to “an erosion in public confidence” of the WA Police force.

Magistrate Woods said the release of the intercept warrant information was particularly serious and, while she did not know the content of the affidavit, it was normal to include the names of informants and undercover officers as well as disclose police methodology.

Ms Clohessy declined to comment to WAtoday.com.au on Wednesday, saying she would seek advice from her lawyer, prominent QC David Grace.

Ms Clohessy and Mr Hammond did not respond to calls on Thursday.

Instead, Mr Hammond moved quickly to defend Ms Clohessy on 6PR Radio on Thursday morning, saying if he believed his wife was dishonest or capable of doing anything illegal he would not have married her.

“From what I’ve seen, she’s done absolutely nothing wrong,” Mr Hammond told 6PR.

“This police officer did as the Crown Prosecutor said, shovel information her way, but let me say this – a lot of it was unsolicited information. It was of absolutely no use to her as a lawyer or as an individual.

Mr Hammond said Casilli was “obsessed with Kristin Clohessy” and had accessed the database even before they were in a relationship together, “checking up” on her.

“He [Casilli] continued to pursue Kristin Clohessy well after the relationship was over, notwithstanding he was put on notice by police to have no further contact with her,” he said.

“All of this is obviously extremely distressing for her because there’s very serious matters that have been raised.

“She’s a lawyer and has a duty as a lawyer to uphold the law, so I think it’s important for me to come out and say what I know and rebut those nameless lawyers and police officers that are saying maybe she should have been looked at a little more closely.

Mr Hammond said it was possible the Legal Profession Complaints Committee would scrutinise matter to determine if there had been any impropriety.

“When this matter was first brought to my attention, I actually raised it with the LPCC. I said, 'There’s potentially an issue which could affect a practitioner' and I personally raised it myself with them,” he said.

“So, at all times Kristin Clohessy and me, in a more secondary role, have co-operated with the CCC, co-operated with our regulatory body and provided them with any information they’ve required.”

Mr Hammond said he had been told the DVD supplied to Ms Clohessy by Casilli was blank and did not contain the police record of interview of a murder suspect, a fact detailed in court.

In court, Casilli’s lawyer Nick Lemmon said his client had provided the lawyer (Ms Clohessy) the video recording of an interview because he was interested in her views on his interviewing technique.

Obsessed Lloyd Rayney detective Carl Casilli jailed

JULY 15 2014

http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/obsessed-lloyd-rayney-detective-carl-casilli-jailed-20140715-ztahb.html

A former West Australian detective who unlawfully accessed and passed on information from a restricted police information system to his lawyer lover has been sentenced to nine months in jail.

Carl Salvatore Casilli pleaded guilty to one count each of communicating interception warrant information to another person, unlawful use of a computer, unlawful supply of an audiovisual recording of an interview, and 14 counts of operating a restricted access system without authorisation.

The offences occurred between 2008 and 2013.

Perth Magistrates Court heard last month that Casilli passed on the information to a female lawyer with whom he was having a personal relationship.

The prosecution argued some incidents "went beyond doing a favour for someone" and undermined ongoing police investigations, a claim disputed by defence lawyer Nick Lemmon, who said the information had not been accessed for the purpose of benefit.

Magistrate Elizabeth Woods said the most serious part of the offending was Casilli distributing an intercept warrant affidavit containing sensitive information about a case including details of informants and police methodology.

That had the potential to compromise the investigation, she said.

She said Casilli's conduct would have eroded public confidence in the security of the police information system.

Magistrate Woods noted jail time was particularly hard for ex-police officers but said a community-based order or fine was not appropriate.

"My view ... is the only way to deal with these matters is a term of imprisonment," she said.

Magistrate Woods said Casilli had to serve nine months in jail in full and also fined him $2000 for one of the offences.

Mr Lemmon had called for the former detective to be substantially fined, saying the offences occurred when Casilli was involved in and "obsessed" with the hunt for the killer of Supreme Court registrar Corryn Rayney.




The Dangerous Story of Crystal Meth


Crystal meth: The side effects of Breaking Bad in Ireland


“Crystal meth has ravaged whole communities in the US and the same is happening in Ireland,”

said Father Peter McVerry.



PHOTO: Russell O'Callaghan bashed his former partner repeatedly over a two-day period, threatening to kill her in front of the couple's son.

The son of the West Australian Police Commissioner has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for bashing his former partner 18 months ago.

Over the course of the next two days Russell Joseph O'Callaghan, the son of the Western Australian Police Commissioner Dr Karl O'Callaghan, assaulted her, including putting her in a headlock, choking her, sitting on top of her, holding scissors at her throat and striking her to the face, arms and back.

Russell Joseph O'Callaghan made threats including that he was "going to bash the shit out of [her]", "gonna slit [her] throat", and said "if I can't be with you then I'm gonna kill you".






PHOTO: Russell O'Callaghan bashed his former partner repeatedly over a two-day period, threatening to kill her in front of the couple's son.


The son of the West Australian Police Commissioner has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for bashing his former partner 18 months ago.


Over the course of the next two days Russell Joseph O'Callaghan, the son of the Western Australian Police Commissioner Dr Karl O'Callaghan, assaulted her, including putting her in a headlock, choking her, sitting on top of her, holding scissors at her throat and striking her to the face, arms and back.


Russell Joseph O'Callaghan made threats including that he was "going to bash the shit out of [her]", "gonna slit [her] throat", and said "if I can't be with you then I'm gonna kill you".


“..The ice issue comes up in every regional community forum, so our regional communities are telling us that ice is infiltrating those communities..”


“..There's anecdotal evidence that the increase in the purity of ice is partly down to the importation, ... because ice as we knew it, 10 years ago, it was something being made up in peoples' backyards or kitchens..”


“..It is very difficult because you remove one drug dealer, another drug dealer moves in, and you're seeing this pattern all over Australia, so it's quote a complex thing to deal with..”


" ..I think the idea of someone going to prison for rehabilitation is sort of a bit twisted, because it's no secret that there's simply not enough resources to provide rehabilitation for all the people in the prison system who have some sort of drug addiction problem…”


“..There's a view in some circles that addicts should be thrown into prison to dry them out but a couple of addicts, ex-addicts I've spoken to have said drugs are available in prison and they came out as addicted as when they went in…”


“..There's a view in some circles that addicts should be thrown into prison to dry them out but a couple of addicts, ex-addicts I've spoken to have said drugs are available in prison and they came out as addicted as when they went in…”


“..You're still seeing lots of ice coming from places like China, ... you seize a lot of ice but there's still a lot coming into the country so it's difficult, as much as you seize, more comes over the horizon…”


In an exclusive interview with ABC News, WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan reveals ice addicts are unlikely to get clean in jail, and says he believes the battle against the ice epidemic will take years to win.


The Commissioner said he believed it would take a multi-agency approach to combat the problem, with rehabilitation and education playing important roles alongside law enforcement.


Q. Commissioner O'Callaghan, is this an epidemic?
I think it can be described as an epidemic.


There's never been such a big focus on one single drug, certainly in the time I've been a police officer and the time I've been Police Commissioner.


So we focus a lot on drugs generally, but now we're focusing on one particular type of drug and we're seeing it impact every aspect of our lives.


Crime obviously, but it's affecting families, and in the health department and it impinges on us everywhere.


When people tend to look back at something similar they think about heroin in the 1970s, but they also say heroin didn't cause as much of an impact on people around the user.


It's the type of drug that ice or methamphetamine actually is, what it does is it causes people to actually become hyper-excited in a lot of circumstances, and they can become violent and aggressive ... unlike heroin.


And that spills over into the way they interact with the public and the way they go about their lives, and so it does have an impact on lots of people.


Q. Are police resources stretched in dealing with it?
Police resources are trying to find new ways of dealing with this so for argument's sake we are seeing an upward swing in the crime rate, we have to do something about that, we have to be able to respond and there's no doubt that ice and methamphetamine generally is taxing us and not just in Western Australia, all over Australia.


Q. Is it tying up an inordinate amount of police resources?
The flow-on effect of people using ice is tying up an inordinate amount of police resources, so if you look at suburbs where people are dealing in ice, using ice, you see a flow-on effect like increases in burglaries, increases in car thefts, increases in anti-social behaviour, increases in family violence and all of those things ultimately have an impact, not only on police, but on a whole range of other government agencies as well.


The crimes that are not necessarily associated with the using of the drug, or the selling of the drug, the extra crimes.


Definitely there are extra crimes and some of those crimes as we have seen are around theft and burglary, the people who are using ice wanting to get at property to convert it to cash to be able to buy drugs to feed their habit, so this is why we're seeing such a big impact on the crime rate.


An ice addict eventually has to be able to feed their habit, now the cost of ice is about $600 a gram, so that money has to be found from somewhere.


A lot of these people simply have to be able to commit crime to fund their habit, so if they weren't under the influence of ice or they weren't addicts, they probably wouldn't commit crimes.


Q. A counsellor told me the cost of a gram is about $300 and there have been comments from police where that it's up around $1,000. So, how much is it?
It does depend on a range of things, it depends on who the seller is, I think the average across Western Australia is about $600 a gram, it is $100 a hit if people want to buy it that way, obviously larger quantities run into the thousands and thousands of dollars.


Q. And probably more in the regions as opposed to Perth?
Well I think it's all about supply and demand and risk really, so that drives the price of drugs all over Australia.


Q. What about the regions, are we facing an epidemic outside of Perth?
I've been to a number of community forums in the past few months and the ice issue comes up in every regional community forum, so our regional communities are telling us that ice is infiltrating those communities.


It's having an effect on people in those communities, we're seeing it affect Aboriginal communities and remote Aboriginal communities, so nobody and no place in Western Australia is immune.


There's anecdotal evidence that the increase in the purity of ice is partly down to the importation of ice because ice as we knew it, 10 years ago, it was something being made up in peoples' backyards or kitchens.


Q. Is there evidence that there's been more importation than there has been in the past?
Ice by definition is the more pure form of methamphetamine, so we've seen since about 2010 a shift from people using methamphetamine to using ice, which is the more pure form.


Ice is currently about 65 per cent pure, so it's very high, it mostly comes in from China so although we've heard of clan labs and people manufacturing locally, that is only addiction-based and provides very small amounts of methamphetamine.


Q. Has the rule at chemists that stops people from buying pseudoephedrine in bulk had an impact?
We've definitely seen a reduction in the number of clan labs in Western Australia and around Australia generally, so people who want to go and buy pseudoephedrine-based products from the chemist now have to register, have to show some ID.


We think it is having some effect.


Q. Can that be chalked up as something of a victory, because there was a period there when there was a massive number of clan labs being discovered?
If we can connect the two things together, and I think we can, it has made a significant improvement, and the improvement is in two areas.


We're seeing less clan labs so less methamphetamine being manufactured for addiction purposes, but the big game has been the reduction in the danger to the community.


We've seen in the past of course some of those clan labs have been very volatile, they cause explosions and that has an impact on people living around the area where those things are being manufactured.


Q. Has information from the community helped the cracking down on the clan labs?
I think the community are much more involved in the discussion about meth and ice than they were some years ago, and I think part of that is to do with the shifting focus.


We're seeing a very significant national focus now, a 'joined up' response to the whole methamphetamine–ice epidemic.


Q. There's been a bit of publicity recently about a particular house in White Gum Valley, and residents asking why this so-called drug house can't be shut down, and then people rang up talkback radio saying 'There's one near our house'. Why can't those houses be shut down?
You can charge people who are dealing in the drug but you can't shut down a house, so you can actually go and charge them for the actual dealing, take them to court, they get a fine or they get some sort of punishment for that, but ultimately there's no power to shut down a house to stop dealing from that particular house.


And it is very difficult because you remove one drug dealer, another drug dealer moves in and you're seeing this pattern all over Australia so it's quite a complex thing to deal with.


Part of the thing for us is getting better intelligence.


One of the reasons we created last year the local policing teams in Perth was for them to spend more time focusing on suburban drug dealers, because we had a lot of complaints from the public, not just about the dealing, but all the anti-social behaviour flow-ons from a drug house.


There's a view in some circles that addicts should be thrown into prison to dry them out, but a couple of addicts, ex-addicts, I've spoken to have said drugs are available in prison and they came out as addicted as when they went in.


Q. To what extent are drugs available in prison and what's being done about it?
I think it's no secret that drugs are available in prison or they get into prisons.


There's been quite a bit of work done with the Department of Corrective Services on operations to target that, to stop drugs getting into prisons.


I think the idea of someone going to prison for rehabilitation is sort of a bit twisted, because it's no secret that there's simply not enough resources to provide rehabilitation for all the people in the prison system who have some sort of drug addiction problem.


These sort of addictions are not best treated in prison, they're best treated in proper therapeutic programs.


Rehabilitation in prison can never be as complete as rehabilitation in a dedicated facility.


If you're in a dedicated facility, you're there all day long, seven days a week dealing with your addiction.


If you're in prison you might get contact from a counsellor once a day or once a week or once every few days. So the whole program is different in the prison system.


Q. There have also been calls for ice to be legalised, is that conceivable?
That debate is really about health rather than about police.


We've seen that the use of ice has very significant impact on the health system, we know it causes psychosis, we know there's a lot of debate about what do we do with people who have mental health issues, can they be forcibly detained, forcibly rehabilitated?


The thing about legalising ice, the first thing that that would do, it would have a massive impact on our health system.


Q. Would there be more or less crime?
It's very difficult to say, I don't think there would necessarily be less crime because of it but we would certainly see some very big impacts across broader government systems.


Q. In relation to dealing with the ice problem, the Federal Government has said this won't be a 'quick fix' and there needs to be a multi-faceted approach. To what extent are police, authorities and other organisations helping each other already in relation to this?
There's a very, very strong national approach to the whole problem of methamphetamine and ice, so hundreds and hundreds of kilos have been seized nationally, a lot of work's been done with the National Crime Commission, the Australian Federal Police, and joint operations from each state.


Despite all the supply-side reduction, we're still seeing ice usage in Australia remain the same or increase slightly, so there's got to be another element.


There's got to be another key to unlocking this problem and I think that key is the proactive services like addiction services, education and health.


Q. A lot of ice seized and usage rates are still high - how can those two things be correct?
You seize a lot of ice but there's still a lot coming into the country so it's difficult. As much as you seize, more comes over the horizon.


Sometimes the strategy for police is not just about seizing the ice but actually going after the financials of the people who are selling it or who are in the supply route.


If you can hurt them financially, you have a much longer disabling impact than you might do by just seizing ice because it's like putting your hand in a bucket of water, you take it out, the water's still there.


You're still seeing lots of ice coming from places like China.


Q. Is it coming in the same way as other drugs?
It comes in by boat, it comes in by plane, a lot of it comes in by post, police are doing a lot more around postal hubs now; so scanning packages, doing much more scanning than we used to do in conjunction with Australia Post and other national authorities.


Ports are obviously involved, but you can imagine the size of every port in Australia and how many thousands and thousands of shipping containers there are in there, and what might be in any of those shipping containers.


While it's important to focus your resources on the basis of intelligence, there's always going be ways that drugs can get into the country.


A lot of these drugs are distributed by organized crime gangs from overseas, so it requires international work as well, it requires understanding of international supply networks and intelligence sharing.


Q. How long do you think it will be before we can see a reduction across the board in usage?
I think if we're brave enough as a community to stick with the proactive strategies - that is education, therapy and health intervention - we will see a change and we will see a reduction.


We've seen that with some other types of drugs, but it will take five or six years to achieve so it's not a quick fix, we're in a situation now where it will take a lot of effort with multiple authorities to make a difference.


Q. Is it the highly addictive nature of this drug that keeps it going, in terms of demand?
It's the impact that it has on people and how it makes them feel that makes them keep going back for it and as you say, the highly addictive nature of it.


And as the purity goes up of course that creates additional problems, particularly in terms of the health impacts of the individuals. So you know, doctors could talk about this a lot more than I could but psychosis is obviously a big issue for many people who take high purity amphetamines.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-23/ice-age-meet-the-families-leading-the-fight/6878728




Topics: drugs-and-substance-abuse, police, community-and-society, wa

Topics: drugs-and-substance-abuse, police, community-and-society, wa



Crystal methamphetamine or 'ice'" 




Crystal methamphetamine or 'ice'" 


WA methylamphetamine purity at highest level  
30th December, 2016

By Tom Wildie  30th December, 2016

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-30/big-rise-in-methamphetamine-purity-in-wa/8154472

The purity of methylamphetamine in WA is at the highest level ever recorded, prompting a warning from health authorities.

The State Government's chemical analyst, ChemCentre, said testing had shown a dramatic increase in the purity of the drug over the past 18 months.

ChemCentre illicit drug laboratory team leader Lecinda Collins-Brown said the agency tested more than 8,000 samples of illicit substances submitted by police this year.

"In 2010 the average purity was approximately 30 per cent for methylamphetamines," she said.

"Since then it has been steadily increasing and in 2014, the average methylamphetamine purity in samples that we were analysing here at ChemCentre was approximately 60 per cent.

"In the past 18 months that has increased again to approximately 75 per cent."

Ms Collins-Brown said the increase was probably a reflection of market demand for the drug.

"If drug users are wanting better-quality drugs and dealers can supply those drugs, then the average purity of seized drugs is likely to increase," she said.

Consequences could be death: ChemCentre

St John Ambulance asked revellers to take responsibility for their actions this New Year's Eve after recording a spike in meth-related incidents in November, with expectations December's levels would be similar.

"Last month we saw a 30 per cent increase in the use of methylamphetamine or people affected by methylamphetamine, leading to aggression, motor vehicle accidents, trauma which could have really being avoided," St John Ambulance general manager James Sherriff said.

ChemCentre has warned users it is impossible to know the purity of a drug by looking at it, as the powders are visually indistinguishable.

"If an individual was to consume same amount of each powder the effect is going to be significantly different," Ms Collins-Brown said.

"The consequences of that could be catastrophic, the person could become quite unwell or even die."

Mr Sherriff said changes to the chemical compound of meth was a factor in the number of incidents recorded in November.

"People who have taken it in the past and are used to taking it in the past are taking the drug like they used to take it, and it has really critical and adverse affects," he said.

opics: drugs-and-substance-abuse, police, community-and-society, wa


Crystal methamphetamine or 'ice'" 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-30/crystal-methamphetamine-ice/8154602

Crystal methamphetamine or 'ice'  30 Dec 2016, 8:26am

The purity of methamphetamine in WA has jumped to 75 per cent on average





The Dangerous Story of Crystal Meth


Crystal meth: The side effects of Breaking Bad in Ireland

“Crystal meth has ravaged whole communities in the US and the same is happening in Ireland,” said Fr Peter McVerry.

HE DEADLY EFFECTS OF METH

The hideous look of crystal meth shows on the scarred and prematurely aged faces of those who abuse it. (Photo credit: courtesy Attorney General’s Office, Taswell County, Illinois)
The hideous look of crystal meth shows on the scarred and prematurely aged faces of those who abuse it.
(Photo credit: courtesy Attorney General’s Office, Taswell County, Illinois)


The short-term and long-term impact of the individual

When taken, meth and crystal meth create a false sense of well-being and energy, and so a person will tend to push his body faster and further than it is meant to go. Thus, drug users can experience a severe “crash” or physical and mental breakdown after the effects of the drugs wear off.

Because continued use of the drug decreases natural feelings of hunger, users can experience extreme weight loss. Negative effects can also include disturbed sleep patterns, hyperactivity, nausea, delusions of power, increased aggressiveness and irritability.

Other serious effects can include insomnia, confusion, hallucinations, anxiety and paranoia.1 In some cases, use can cause convulsions that lead to death.

Long-range damage

In the long term, meth use can cause irreversible harm: increased heart rate and blood pressure; damaged blood vessels in the brain that can cause strokes or an irregular heartbeat that can, in turn, cause cardiovascular2 collapse or death; and liver, kidney and lung damage.

Users may suffer brain damage, including memory loss and an increasing inability to grasp abstract thoughts. Those who recover are usually subject to memory gaps and extreme mood swings.

METH HARM

SHORT-TERM EFFECTS

  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Nausea
  • Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior
  • Hallucinations, hyperexcitability, irritability
  • Panic and psychosis
  • Convulsions, seizures and death from high doses

LONG-TERM EFFECTS

  • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Destruction of tissues in nose if sniffed
  • Respiratory (breathing) problems if smoked
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
  • Malnutrition, weight loss
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion
  • Strong psychological dependence
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease,3 stroke and epilepsy


 

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This guy Ricci Ross was selling drugs, cocaine etc for the CIA $2-3 million a week and some days $2-3 million a day income for the CIA

Robert Bonner head of the Drug USA Enforcement  Agency says that the CIA and USA Government are in partnership with the Contras to bring Cocaine and

The CIA are major Drug dealer, with the co-operation of the USA Government and the banks were all the illegal drug money is laundered

Robert Steel was a top CIA Agent says that the poor people are the ones that suffer while the banks help to launder the money from the sales of illegal sales of drugs, who make the money form illegal drugs

The drug war is being uses against poor people with the help of bakers who lauder the money

Drug companies  makes the key ingredient to make Crystal Meth, this drug companies are getting about 10% to 30% of the profits on the world wide sale of Crystal Meth..

Illegal drug dealers selling marijuana will try and sell their customers hard drugs such as Crystal Meth,



Ice Effex

A new app lets you see what you’d look like if you decided to start a fairly major crystal meth habit. 
Essentially you would look withered, ill and covered in sores, as meth will absolutely fuck you up.



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It’s hard to think of any drug prevention strategy more effective than simply being exposed to a real drug addict. Witnessing the degradation and deterioration of a drug abuser whose addiction has taken its toll offers a first-hand perspective on just how powerless certain people are against the potent sway of heavy drugs, not to mention the toll that they take on the body.

In 2014, drug treatment assistance website Rehabs.com put together a graphic, stunning compilation of photos that captured the physical regression of chronic drug abusers through their head shots. This rather pointed effort, which gathered the mug shots of those arrested multiple times for drug- and/or drug-related offenses, served to highlight the potentially catastrophic health effects of drug abuse in a raw, visceral and impactful manner. Physical changes seen through these images include skin lesions, decayed or missing teeth, open sores and premature aging, among other noticeable symptoms. It is important to note that not all of the deterioration and facial change seen within these people is necessarily the cause of drug use, but illicit substances have surely assumed at least some responsibility for the visible toll taken on these 10 individuals.

The Rehabs.com webpage aimed to serve as a source of education and inspiration, not only for those who came upon it but also for the addicts featured on the site. Lest anyone feel that the images are being used to shame, embarrass or exploit those in need of help, the website includes a disclaimer that not only invites users to request the removal of their photo, but also offers financial assistance for those seeking treatment. It also acknowledges that the images shown represent only the most extreme cases of drug abuse, but makes sure to mention that those featured in the images likely never anticipated such a slippery slope towards extreme addiction.

The statistics on drug abuse are pretty stunning. In 2013, over 24 million people reported that they had taken illicit drugs or abused prescription medication in just the past month alone. One year earlier, more than 1.7 million people had been admitted into treatment programs for substance abuse. While certainly representing a staggering number, that doesn’t address the vast majority of drug users in need of help. And although statistics can be impactful in their own right, the personal cost of drug abuse is probably best represented in the faces of those most affected by it.

Different drugs carry their own common side effects. Meth is known to cause facial wasting and open sores, cocaine can be an appetite suppressant and lead to weight loss, ecstasy often causes teeth grinding and even marijuana can age and pale the skin over time with excessive use. But even more than the symptoms of any one drug, the most damaging impact of substance abuse might be the mental side of the addiction, where recreating that high becomes a driving force in the addict’s life and leads to self-neglect. These 10 addicts wear the heavy cost of their drug abuse on their faces, plain for anyone to see.



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Three police officers stood down after testing positive for ICE… the same deadly drug that’s ruining lives across Australia

Three WA police officers stood down after testing positive to illicit drugs

The drugs include methamphetamines, known as ice, and amphetamines

Around 200 police at five suburban stations were tested on Monday 

PUBLISHED: 01:40, 3 December 2015 UPDATED: 02:28, 3 December 2015

Three police officers have been stood down after testing positive to illicit drugs including methamphetamines in random tests in stations across ice afflicted Western Australia.

Around 200 police at five suburban stations on Monday were tested for alcohol and drugs by officers from the WA Police Internal Affairs Unit.

Three constables tested positive to ice and amphetamines and have been stood down, a spokesperson confirmed to Daily Mail Australia.

WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan (pictured) said the three officers were stood down 'for the safety of the community and their frontline partners'

The samples are yet to be analysed and confirmed by the Chemistry Centre WA.

There remains a zero tolerance for any police officer found with illicit drugs in their system, Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said in a statement.

‘Officers make critical decisions under duress and they must not be affected by illicit substances or alcohol,’ he said.

‘This is for the safety of the community and their frontline partners.

‘Monday's day of action by Internal Affairs should send a sobering warning to any officer using illicit substances at any time.’

Regulations to allow random and target drug and alcohol testing were introduced in December 2011.

During the four years of testing, a further 11 officers have exceeded 0.02% blood alcohol levels and a further seven officers have tested positive to illicit drugs, police said.

Excluding the most recent three officers, two officers have tested positive to cannabis, one to methamphetamine, two to MDMA and one to anabolic steroids.

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‘Officers make critical decisions under duress and they must not be affected by illicit substances or alcohol,’ Commissioner O'Callaghan said (stock of WA Police car pictured)

Around 200 police at five suburban stations on Monday were tested for alcohol and drugs by officers from the WA Police Internal Affairs Unit. Three constables tested positive to ice and amphetamines and have been stood down (stock photo)

Six resigned prior to the conclusion of a Loss of Confidence Process, and it was accepted that the seventh may have unwittingly ingested a steroid in an exercise supplement.

Since 2012, almost 9,500 tests have been conducted on WA officers and less than one per cent (0.07%) have tested positive to illicit drugs.

But Commissioner O’Callaghan said it was important to identify the few.

‘However small the number of officers affected, we remain committed to identifying these people and taking swift action against them for everyone's safety,’ he said.

It was recently reported that artificial, synthetic urine has been sold across West Australia 

It was recently reported that drug dealers have been selling artificial urine as a package deal with methamphetamine.

However, Safework Laboratories can identify synthetic urine.

On average, it has been identified once a month throughout Australia, but six positive tests were recorded in WA alone in October by Safework Laboratories.

In September, 320kg, worth $320 million, of ice was seized by police in the state, Nine News reported.

It was the biggest haul ever recorded in Western Australia, with the equivalent of 3.2 million individual hits of the drug.



A police whistleblower in a corrupt political system -Frank Scott

Western Australian Police officer FRANK SCOTT exposed corruption in the Western Australian Police Force

Both major political parties in West Australia espouse open and accountable government when they are in opposition, however once their side of politics is able to form Government, the only thing that changes is that they move to the opposite side of the Chamber and their roles are merely reversed. The opposition loves the whistleblower while the government of the day loathes them.

It was therefore refreshing to see that in 2001 when the newly appointed Attorney General in the Labor government, Mr Jim McGinty, promised that his Government would introduce whistleblower protection legislation by the end of that year. He stated that his legislation would protect those whistleblowers who suffered victimization and would offer some provisions to allow them to seek compensation. How shallow those words were; here we are some sixteen years later and yet no such legislation has been introduced. Below I have written about the effects I suffered from trying to expose corrupt senior police officers and the trauma and victimization I suffered which led to the loss of my livelihood.

 Whilst my efforts to expose corrupt police officers made me totally unemployable, those senior officers who were subject of my allegations were promoted and in two cases were awarded with an Australian Police Medal. I describe my experiences in the following pages in the form of a letter to West Australian parliamentarian Rob Johnson. 1 Hon. Robert (Rob) Frank Johnson MLA JP Suite 2, Endeavour House Corner Endeavour Road and, Banks Ave, Hillarys WA 6025 (08) 9307 8311

Dear Mr. Johnson

My name is Frank Scott and I am a former detective sergeant who was discharged from the Police Service after alleging that some members of the police hierarchy were corrupt. I had intended to contact you last year when I saw the “death notice” you placed in the paper after Peter Ward had died. I had no idea that you and he were friends but I am sure that if you knew Peter well, you would have found him to be an extremely honest person and one that went out of his way to help people who needed legal assistance.

During the time when Peter was the Ministerial advisor to the Police Minister, he was contacted by an informant who claimed that Detective Sergeant Colin Pace had been receiving corrupt payments from prostitutes and illegal gaming operators whilst he was the officer-in-charge (OIC) of Port Hedland CIB. The informant also told Peter to contact me and I would be able to provide evidence of a corrupt association between detective sergeant Colin Pace and race horse trainer, Bob Meyers. This incident occurred when I was the sergeant-in-charge of the CIB Bank Fraud section and detective senior sergeant Pace was my direct supervising officer.

I was able to glean evidence that sergeant Pace had concealed a letter of complaint and supporting documentary evidence which had been forwarded to the Fraud Squad for investigation by a large corporation who came to the conclusion that race horse trainer Bob Meyers had presented them with a fraudulent cheque.

He was then responsible for falsifying the file register which I maintained to record details of all the investigations carried out by my subordinate officers. Detective sergeant Les Ayton who subsequently became the Deputy Commissioner of Police was also a serving member of the Fraud Squad at the time of this incident and had a close friendship with sergeant Pace.

Both of them had previously served in the Fraud Squad together years earlier when the Commissioner of Police, Brian Bull was the Senior Sergeant-in-Charge of the Fraud Squad. As a result of the allegations of corruption levelled at sergeant Pace, the Minister of Police forwarded a memo to the Police Commissioner requesting that an investigation be initiated to determine whether it was appropriate for sergeant Pace to be promoted to the rank of Inspector.

 The Commissioner of Police Mr Brian Bull conducted two corrupt internal investigations into the antecedent conduct of sergeant Pace and both these investigations exonerated him from any malfeasance. In his report to the Minister, the Commissioner claimed that the allegations made against sergeant Pace were totally unfounded and he had an excellent service record which warranted his promotion. To support his findings, the Police Commissioner attached a statement prepared by brevet Inspector Les Ayton as a character reference attesting to sergeant Pace’s merit for promotion.

When brevet inspector Ayton was promoted to rank of superintendent as the inaugural OIC of the Police Internal Affair Unit which had been created by the Commissioner of Police to investigate police corruption, I provided him with overwhelming evidence that clearly established that Inspector Pace was corrupt and had been for many years. I also informed him of the corrupt conduct of several other high ranking members of the police hierarchy that included the chief superintendent in charge of the Criminal Investigation Branch and the chief superintendent in charge of Crime Services.

One of my allegations against them which superintendent Ayton failed to investigate related to the incompetent or corrupt manner in which these officers had condoned the outlaw motor cycle gang “The Coffin Cheaters” to illegally supply and distribute vast amounts of prohibited drugs, launder large sums of money, and illegally trade in liquor at their annual Bindoon concerts.

In addition, I advised him of the inappropriate manner in which some of these members of the police hierarchy had invited a notorious criminal and the head of this organised crime gang to attend and address a police briefing prior to that concert.

At that briefing which comprised some 20 sectional leaders including myself, the head of this outlaw motor cycle gang began to give us instructions as to how we were to perform our duties at that concert.

 It was sickening to watch senior police management cower to his demands, knowing that this criminal and his criminal mates would be free to peddle their drugs at their concert with total impunity. I was the only one who challenged his commands and I became extremely concerned with his overtly close relationship with some senior police officers.

 Later, after examining records at the Liquor and Gaming Branch, I was able to ascertain that the Director of Liquor Licensing had refused to grant a Liquor Permit to the “Coffin Cheaters” in a Liquor Licensing Court hearing two years earlier. In his written decision, he concluded that many of “Coffin Cheaters” club members had extensive criminal records and a total disregard for the law and therefore were not fit and proper persons to be involved in the sale of liquor on such a large scale as was intended at the Bindoon Rock Festival.

In his written decision, he wrote; “My third concern is whether the Club is a fit and proper person, or body of persons, to hold the permit. One of the objects of the Liquor Act is to ensure that liquor is not sold by persons who are not fit and proper to do so. In this case, the Club is not a legal entity (although it is related to companies which are). The Club comprises about 15 members. Many of those members have a long history of criminal offences.

Mr Withnell, for example, has several convictions for offences in the mid 1979’s.

These include assault, carrying an offensive weapon, disorderly conduct, possessing an unlicensed firearm, and, most seriously rape. For the last of these, he was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment with hard labour. He has received other gaol sentences for serious assault and a further eight years imprisonment in 1979 for robbery with violence. Other members, such as Patrick McKay, Bradley Wood, Christopher McKay, Peter Jewell, Mark Ashelford, Gut Turtun, Larry Allen, Trevor Walton, George Cole and Jeffrey White have also been convicted of many serious offences in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

These cover a wide range of offences against the person and property, as well as unlawful possession of drugs and firearms. Some occurred within the last year or two. (In mid – 1987, for example, Jeffrey White was sentenced to 18 months gaol for receiving stolen goods)

While in most case, the most serious offence occurred several years ago, the nature and extent of the offences have led me to conclude that many of Club members have a disregard for the law and that, as a result, they are not fit and proper persons to be involved in the sale of liquor on such a large scale as is intended at the Bindoon Rock Festival. Despite the fact that there was a Liquor Licensing Court ruling that the members of Coffin Cheaters outlaw motor cycle gang were not fit and proper persons to be issued with a Liquor Permit, senior police officers continued to allow this organised crime gang to sell liquor at their annual concert. It was inconceivable that they would also consider it appropriate for the head of this outlaw motor cycle crime gang to be invited to address a police briefing and allocate duties to police officers who had a responsibility to ensure that his criminal motor cycle gang complied with their legal liabilities. I advised superintendent Ayton that I strongly suspected some senior police officers were consorting with one of the most feared criminals in West Australia and had assisted him in circumventing a court decision by allowing his crime gang to continue to conduct their annual Bindoon rock concerts. I also advised him that I led a team of undercover officers inside the compound during that concert where we obtained photographic evidence of the illegal manner in which it had been conducted and evidence of the vast amount of prohibited drugs which were being openly distributed at the concert.

Once the chief superintendent-in-charge of Crime Services had discovered that I had that photographic evidence, he seized those photographs from me and was attempting to stifle my endeavours to commence criminal proceedings against the “Coffin Cheaters” licensee company and its approved manager.

 Superintendent Ayton listened to my allegations and I expected that he would conduct a covert investigation into my claims.

 I certainly did not consider that he would immediately approach those members of the hierarchy who were subject of my allegations and informed them of my complaint against them. Needless to say that was the end of my police career and the following day I received a telephone call from the chief superintendent of Crime Services who demanded that I attend his office forthwith.



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RON HANCOCK ?

The last of the Hard Men


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I understand that is the way the former Chief of the CIB, Donald Hancock loved to refer to himself, using the monicker, Hard Man. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. This bloke was best referred to as a businessman licensed to carry arms. His main claim to fame was the fact he had the Mickelberg brothers convicted of the Mint Swindle. History has now seen them exonerated and paid compensation. Instead of taking the way of the hard men, Hancock and his cohorts took the short easy way. There was not enough evidence for a conviction, so take the law into your own hands and manufacture some!

I understand that is the way the former Chief of the CIB, Donald Hancock loved to refer to himself, using the monicker, Hard Man. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. This bloke was best referred to as a businessman licensed to carry arms. His main claim to fame was the fact he had the Mickelberg brothers convicted of the Mint Swindle. History has now seen them exonerated and paid compensation. Instead of taking the way of the hard men, Hancock and his cohorts took the short easy way. There was not enough evidence for a conviction, so take the law into your own hands and manufacture some!

Verbals were the order of the day and plenty of Hancock’s followers were ready and willing to oblige. Just fill in the empty gaps with snippets of half evidence that the court accepts on the bent copper’s word that it is a confession. Throw in a couple of random beltings, reports of perpetrators breaking out in tears of remorse and “Wham Bam, thank you Ma’am”, a successful collar goes down, Guilty.

Hancock went to his grave as the only murder suspect over the shooting of a man in the back from ambush at night in the dark from a distance, all allegedly over a few words to a barmaid. The barmaid was Hancock’s daughter working in the family pub. There was a farcical inquiry led by his old drinking buddies and as they went round and round the garden like pet ducks all the evidence disappeared and Hancock walked away, free.

There were two competing sets of rules for this high ranking and highly rank cop, one for him and his feckless lot and another for the rest of the community. Cop it sweet.

Infamously Hancock was once recorded by Ray and Peter Mickelberg on a covert tape that is illuminating of his techniques, bullying and scornful disregard for lawful conduct. It was played to the High Court of Australia.

His words, to coin a phrase, speak for themselves …

Hancock: I don’t know what you expect.

Ray: To live by certain rules.

Hancock: Well, are there rules?

Ray: You tell me there are.

Hancock: No. There might be guidelines but no rules. I could have gone harder.

Ray: Do you think it would have been wise?

Hancock: Pride comes into it. Don’t ever challenge me to do something because I’ll fucking well do it all right. You can rest assured about that.

Ray: You’re mean, Don.

Hancock: I’m not a mean person, but I’ll tell you what, I’ve done things in my life that you never did, and harder things, worse things, and if I’ve got to do them again, well, I’ll do them.

Ray: In the line of duty?

Hancock: That’s it, yes. What I believe is my line of duty – to get the job done.

It was a pretty bizarre statement that Hancock considered himself to be a harder and tougher man than Ray Mickelberg who had served as a frontline SAS commando in action in Vietnam.

The term Hard Men should be reserved for men named in the following true story of bravery. Hancock surrounded himself with men like Lewandowski and Colin Circles Pace, hardly inspirationally brave men themselves, either. Pace was allowed to resign from the force labelled as crooked as a dog’s hind leg and corrupt to the core. ‘Weak Men’ is more apt a title befitting these Bent Cops. I do not pretend to talk for the Good Lord but it would appear he frowns on the corrupt members of the Police force. Lets face it, Hancock died a horrible death by bombing, Lewandowski hung himself, and the Pace ending is yet to unfold.

Maybe their victims are the hard men, some spent 12 years or more in jail and summoned the strength to stay alive in horrible conditions of degradation and pain. Others lost families, fortunes and futures due to these alleged Hard Men taking short cuts rather than doing their jobs properly. They are given enormous powers in the cause of good but that is not enough and they exaggerate themselves as some kind of saviours; vigilantes in the cause of themselves!

These very men rarely feel the true sting of justice. The general community waits patiently but hopelessly for the administration of an all embracing and equal application of Justice.

The likes of McGinty and Cock and the judiciary fail to punish the well known perpetrators of official evil. The judges only see what is put before them.

To finish this series of three books I wish to detail a story showing not all cops are bad, only a very few, hence the following story of bravery, loyalty and honesty. Even the gunman could be said to be brave and honest ‘to his own choice of lifestyle’. Problem was, he kept coming back on most weekends for a couple more potshots at the local coppers. There could only be one ending.

It is a true story of Hard Men.

There was this tough local guy who had done some heavy time in Victoria’s infamous Pentridge Prison. Coming back to the West after his extensive jail training he was imbued with an abiding hatred of ‘coppers’. He blamed them for his bad luck, although he was not much of a thief. He was much better as a stand over man using his guns to intimidate victims. Donald Harley Stewart started his violent life of crime as a car thief, moving to Melbourne in his teens, using a stolen car. He was stopped in South Australia and a rifle was found in the car. His two year stint in a reformatory was cut short when he escaped and continued to Victoria, always using stolen cars. Eventually the Victorian police caught up with him and instead of sending him back to South Australia to complete his time there, they had a bundle of their own charges and he went down for six months. Almost immediately after release he went back inside again on car theft charges. Throughout this period his family supported him and encouraged him to go straight which, for a time he did.

But within two years he was back to his car thieving. He had ‘acquired’ a car which he hid in the bush. Police were staking it out, waiting for the thief to return. Alert as a prowling animal, he sensed the presence of the police, but this time he was armed with a pistol. Not knowing this, the police called to him to stop when he was only a short distance from the car. Stewart took to his heels with the police in pursuit. He turned and fired about six shots at the detectives, one of whom answered with a similar barrage. Stewart was unharmed but Detective Lloyd Taylor was hit in the leg.

Just 20 years of age, Stewart was now being pursued by armed squads of police who were now fully appraised of his venomous intent to harm them.

A short time later he was surprised in a house which he was in the process of burglarizing. The occupant took off after Stewart but gave up the chase when a bullet whizzed past him. A high speed car chase around the inner Perth suburbs ended when he crashed off the side of the road. Running to a house, the woman inside was quick enough to lock her door and keep Stewart out. Police surrounded him and called for him to surrender. Even then Stewart went for his gun until he was knocked down with a bullet in the back.

Astonishingly, he was scarcely hurt because of the faulty charge in the police bullet.

With the multiplicity of charges against him, the sentence of ten years did not seem excessive to the police and public. The sentencing Judge told the gunman, “It seems that you will let nothing stand in the way of your criminal intentions and you will use a firearm whenever it suits your purposes.”

At this point, Stewart’s father abandoned him and told a Perth newspaper that he no longer had a son. He attributed his wife’s early death to her son’s criminal conduct and disowned Stewart.

With remissions for good conduct, Stewart was freed after six years. He began legitimate work and was probably the victim of genuine bad luck. There was an allegation of theft at his work, seemingly not to involve him, detectives thought. However, he was sacked shortly after. It was the fulcrum point of his life after which he embraced entirely a life of violent crime and passionate hatred of all police. He was set for revenge. He connected with a career criminal from Sydney who was soon arrested and turned on Stewart to reduce his time in jail. The police were now equally as focused on Stewart as he was on them. A showdown was inevitable.

After serving a four month sentence for which he had been shopped by his Sydney ‘mate’, Perth detectives were distinctly uneasy because Stewart had continuously voiced his hatred to prisoners who passed the information to the screws. He specifically targeted three police in his vicious rantings: Detective Sergeants Parker, Leitch and McLernon.

Stewart collected weapons as others collect old chairs or stamps. He lived by the gun and made preparations to die by the gun. Hiding out in the Perth hills he found an isolated farm and proceeded to dig a caravan into the ground hidden by trees and shrub. Into his hidey hole he stored an arsenal of explosives, weapons and ammunition. Perhaps he was preparing for the Red Chinese invasion. And as is the want of country boys, he took to going to town of a weekend but with one major difference. He went armed and angry, looking for bear. In his twisted view of life, the police were his target, fair game, although at that time the general copper went around his beat unarmed.

On one occasion Stewart telephoned Detective Sergeant Owen Leitch, later to become Commissioner, to warn him that he was on the prowl and armed for a fight. “Just wait,” he prophesied. A local newspaper published a somewhat edited version of the conversation where Stewart asks Detective Leitch, “I heard you were looking for me.”

“Nah, Don,” replied Leitch. “We were just wondering where you were and what you were doing.”

But the police indeed had serious cause for concern. They suspected that Stewart had stolen two cases of gelignite from a quarry near Perth and their apprehension grew as several cars were blown up. They were Ford Zephyr vehicles, the same as detectives drove. Stewart was sending his message of intended violence. There was a wave of car thefts and burglaries which the police attributed to Stewart. Of more concern was the theft of a radio from a taxi that was capable of tuning into the police broadcast band. Stewart could monitor the efforts to track him down.

Then in March 1959 a beat copper in the inner north of Perth near the Museum observed a car which he soon confirmed as a stolen vehicle. The keys had been left in the ignition so the smart young constable took the keys and hurried off to Central where he reported his find to the desk sergeant. Another young constable, A.H. Howell, was sent back to the scene to keep an eye out. Stewart returned and was immediately suspicious that the keys were gone. He had his hotwiring gear and was in the process of stealing the car he had already stolen when Constable Howell arrived. Stewart took off on foot with Howell in pursuit. Stewart then stopped and turned, yelling out, “Stop, or I’ll let you have it!”

Howell kept going and Stewart fired two shots at the game unarmed young cop who was unharmed, luckily. The gunman disappeared into the dark streets of Northbridge. However, he left behind a daunting treasure trove of his serious intention to create harm and havoc in Perth. In his abandoned vehicle there was a rifle, the stolen police style radio and a stick of gelignite.

Five days later Detective Sergeants John McLernon and Harry Cann saw Stewart in another stolen vehicle in an inner city street. Stewart was now in full aggression mode and had made telephoned threats against the children of Owen Leitch, John McLernon and other detectives. The detectives followed the gunman to a house in Murray Street, Perth, where he jumped from his car.

McLernon was my father and he had a pretty tough background himself. He had enlisted at the age of 20 and served four years as a sapper in the Second World War in the Australian 2/4th Field Squadron. He and his mates saw much deadly action in the New Guinea and Borneo campaigns. Many times he operated behind enemy lines. On occasion the Americans would co-opt him and for a period he was seconded to the brutal island hopping campaign in service with the US 7th fleet chasing Japanese out of the Pacific. He was decorated for valour. This was the man, one of the true Hard Men, that Stewart ill-advisedly started firing upon.

Cann and McLernon challenged Stewart, giving him a chance to throw down his arms. He opted for the hard way. He drew a pistol. As he drew down on McLernon, Cann fired and hit the gunman’s holster. McLernon then opened fire with a shotgun and wounded the tough. As the two officers closed with Stewart, he reached down and pulled a second pistol from an ankle holster and took a shot at McLernon. Undeterred, McLernon snapped down on Stewart with his 12 gauge shotgun sending the gunman to his destiny and epitaph.

An iconic photograph was published in the Perth Daily News of John McLernon with his shotgun cracked open and across his shoulders as he laconically made his way from the battleground. His hat was tilted back on his head and a cigarette dangled from a face showing exhaustion and tension. A hard man with a hard job and with equally hard men to back him in the job.

As police backtracked Stewart’s movements they located his secret base in the rough bushland of Perth’s hills at Serpentine on the South Eastern outskirts. A luxury Jaguar car was hidden in the trees under a tarpaulin and a caravan at the site was covered with camouflage material and branches. Suitcases of stolen goods and money was uncovered as well as an underground armoury which had been booby-trapped. Cake tins had been loaded up with explosives. There were trip wires and traps all around and a large cache of explosives.

Yet here were the coppers of the day, hats on as always, hanging around with curiosity and disdain for their personal safety as they looked over the shoulders of the bomb squad, still smoking the inevitable cigarette. They had no fear.

John McLernon fought against totally dedicated and skilled Japanese soldiers intent on killing him head on with anything to hand, bayonet, bomb or bullet. He was cited for valour.

Stewart knew what he was up against and went out to a certain doom, armed and up front.

Hancock, on the other hand, was sly and weak, allegedly shooting an unarmed man in the back at night at a bush campfire, using a sniper’s rifle. He and his ilk are the scourge of honour, yet he was given the hero’s funeral by his fawning colleagues under the false flag of being the Last of the Hard Men.

No, it was the John McLernon’s, the Harry Cann’s and the Frank Scott’s who were the tough, dauntless hard men who kept the peace and the law in the manner of Men of Honour. We seem to have forgotten them and the many men and women in the Police Force today who do their job with honesty and ethics, for they still exist.

“THE LAST OF THE HARD MEN!”
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Chapter 2    

 Mad As A Cut Snake

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FRANK SCOTT IS UNDENIABLY a brave man. Anyone who stands up and speaks out against corruption in our community knowing that he will become a target both literally and physically qualifies as a hero in my view. Such a man is Frank Scott, who emerged in the mid nineties as a whistleblower who had had a gutful of bent coppers during his stint in the CIB. As with earlier honest jacks who had raised the flag for honesty, he was berated, impugned, marginalized, threatened and forced from the job. As with Frank “Spike” Daniels who had blown the whistle a decade earlier, they were forced into early retirement by the oft used subterfuge of fake psychiatric reports which, naturally, led to the trumpeted conclusion by their bent colleagues to ingenuous reporters: “Bloody mad as a cut snake!”

But neither of the two brave Franks were mad. They were bold and they were honest and they paid the price of undercutting the Fifth Estate and its necessary support staff in the ranks of the WA Police Force. Years of harassment of Frank Scott have made him a stronger man although there were periods of dark and desperate despair. But Frank Scott fought on, eventually documenting his earlier days at the coal face which is related later here in this book. At this moment time has advanced to the infamous Mickelberg reversals when bent cop and belated whistleblower, Tony Lewanadowski, finally admitted on oath that he and other cops had lied and fabricated evidence to convict the Mickelberg brothers over the Great Mint Swindle. On 12 June 2002, in reaction to the affidavit of Lewandowski which had been dropped into the public mire by Attorney General Jim McGinty a few days earlier, Frank spoke to Luke Morfesse of the West Australian newspaper. It was quite astonishing really, having an ex-cop verify the basic essentials of policing in Western Australia. The investigative skills, according to Frank Scott, included bashing, fabrication and intensive research in the saloon bar of the Great Western Hotel. Frank told Morfesse that as a detective sergeant in the much vaunted CIB, he was routinely involved in bashing suspects. Keep in mind, in this Fair State a bashing is what is described in other “civilized” communities as “torture”.

Frank Scott told the newspaper that during his ten-year-stint he was taught the art and craft of bashing and fabrication by his ‘superiors’.

“I was taught that way and so I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it. Everybody did it,” he said. “I didn’t see it as being corrupt because there was no financial benefit, you were simply doing your job, which was to catch crooks. “Half the time, because of the restrictions on admissibility of evidence, a jury didn’t know what police knew. But if the jury was able to get the same information as police had then they would have come to the same conclusion.” The one-time police whistleblower is comfortable with his claims, because what he calls an investigative tool never involved verballing or giving a hiding to anyone who he believed was innocent. “It didn’t happen on a regular basis and it would never have happened, say, in the fraud squad with a white collar crook,” he said. “It really only happened with hardened crims because it was the only language they understood. That was how the game was played.” Back when the CIB was based at police headquarters in Adelaide Terrace, the game also involved spiriting away suspects to suburban CIB offices such as Belmont.

“It was not uncommon to take someone to a suburban CIB to do the interview where you could give them a hiding without everyone around the place hearing the interview,” Mr Scott said. He claims that in the 1980s it was not uncommon for the verballed confessions of suspects obtained by some of his former CIB colleagues to be used as evidence in trials, as was the case with the Mickelbergs. “Some of those blokes could solve any crime in Perth almost without leaving the saloon bar of the Great Western Hotel,” he said. “They obviously knew the person did it but they were just too lazy to do the ground work to provide proper evidence to get a conviction. Some of those blokes could solve any crime in Perth almost without their beer getting warm.” Seems like a job made in heaven.

In the following year when the Royal Commission into police corruption was wandering around with the fairies, Frank had written to the Chief Investigator, Mario Da Re, offering his specialised knowledge to assist the inquiry. “Some time ago now, I told you that I had prepared an affidavit which was going to be tabled in Parliament. This affidavit relates to a series of allegations made by Michael Murphy. One of his allegations was that the DPP improperly failed to prosecute Murphy’s business associates in stealing $30 Million worth of gold from his gold tenement. “He also alleged that Roger Bryer and a person called Waller were somehow involved with the mint swindle and his views on this matter were tabled in Parliament by John Fischer in an affidavit. My affidavit supports the fact that Roger Bryer was allegedly involved in laundering gold bullion. It was not tabled in Parliament and may be of some use to you as intelligence. I have attached the contents for your information.” His affidavit was a bit of a mind blower, coming in on top of the Lewandowski revelations.

I am a former Police Officer who served in the Western Australian Police Service for a period of twenty two years including ten years in the Criminal Investigation Branch and five years in the Liquor and Gaming Brach. I was involuntarily discharged from the Western Australian Police Service on 20 April 1993, after I had provided the Officer in Charge of the Police Internal Affairs Unit, Superintendent Ayton, with information regarding the conduct of several high ranking officers which I considered to be corrupt. One of the Officers I refer to in the above paragraph was the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Detective Chief Superintendent Donald Hancock. A comprehensive submission of my allegations of corruption by some senior police officers has been forwarded to the Royal Commission investigating Police corruption. During the early part of my Police service in the Criminal Investigation Branch, I was acquainted with a person known to me as Roger Bryer of the El Trovadore. At that time it was Police Departmental Policy to prohibit junior police officers from frequenting the Il Trovadore Club and other illegal gaming houses in the Northbridge area.

In 1979, my acquaintance with Mr Bryer was rekindled during the Miss Universe Pageant where I was a member of the police security team and Mr Bryer was a sponsor of one of the contestants. I had further and regular contact with Mr Bryer when I was transferred to the C.I.B. Dealers Squad and Mr Bryer was the proprietor of a gold bullion and second hand jewellery store called the Great West Gold Exchange situated then on the corner of Hay and William Street, Perth. I became a regular visitor to the premises during my term as a detective in the Dealers Squad and became friendly with Mr Bryer. I was transferred from the Dealers Squad to the Drug Squad in 1980.

On 2 December 1984, I was transferred to the Central Police Station in uniform branch and during routine patrols, I noticed that the Great West Gold exchange had moved its business premises to William Street, near the intersection of Brisbane Street, Northbridge. I again renewed my acquaintance with Mr Bryer in early 1995 and visited him occasionally during my patrols. During one such visit, I informed Mr Bryer that I was soon to commence my annual leave. Mr Bryer asked me if I could supervise his premises while he went on a business trip to Queensland where he was negotiating a business deal with a publicly listed company called Ariadne Limited. I took the opportunity to do so. On one day during the week whilst I was supervising the premises, a staff member drew my attention to a male person attending the business premises with a significant quantity of gold to sell. The staff member informed me that this same person had frequented the premises on about six previous occasions and had sold similar amounts of gold.

On each occasion this gold was in excess of 99% pure and she suspected it to be gold bullion melted down. The male person informed the staff member that he would return within a fortnight with two kilograms of gold of the same quality. I was told this person gave the name of Tony Carbone who I subsequently learned was an associate of John Asciak, Geoffrey Barlow and Brian Chambers, all of them being known drug traffickers. After Carbone left the premises, I examined the gold he had sold to the Great West Gold Exchange, and the register recording the past sales of gold so that I could note the previous times Carbone had sold gold bullion to the Great West Gold Exchange. I wrote down the times, dates, quantity of gold, the amount paid in exchange for the gold and also the assay results and amount paid by the Perth Mint to the Great West Gold Exchange. At the time when I took these notes, I asked the staff member to keep my inquiry confidential from Mr Bryer as I intended to have a covert investigation carried out to ascertain the origin of the gold. I strongly suspected that this gold might have been stolen from the Perth Mint some years previously.

I then contacted Detective Inspector William Round who was a personal friend of mine and was also the second in charge of the Task Force investigating the Perth Mint swindle. I advised Detective Inspector Round what had occurred and requested that he place Carbone under Police surveillance so that evidence could be gleaned regarding the suspected gold and the antecedent details obtained of Carbone’s movements. On the following day, I was contacted by Sergeant Peter Grant who called me from Kalgoorlie and advised me that he had just been transferred to the Gold Stealing Staff and that Detective Chief Superintendent Don Hancock had authorised him to return to Perth to conduct an investigation into the information I had supplied to Detective Inspector Round. I was extremely surprised that Hancock knew about this investigation as I had expected Round to only advise the surveillance team.

A day of so later Grant attended at my private residence and I reiterated to him the importance of confidentiality as I was investigating a client of the Great Western Gold Exchange without the proprietor’s knowledge and I needed to protect my informant. I informed Sergeant Grant that I had made arrangements with the staff member to contact me and advise me when Carbone was to return to the Great Western Gold Exchange, to sell the two kilos of gold. Some two weeks later the staff member called me at home to advise that Carbone had been in touch and stated that he would be in the following morning with the gold. I immediately contacted Sergeant Grant and asked him to alert the Police Surveillance Squad in readiness for their job.

The following morning I received a telephone call from the staff member who was very agitated. When I inquired what the problem was, she told me that Mr Bryer had said he had noticed two male persons loitering and acting very suspiciously near the premises and suspected that they were preparing to rob the Great Western Gold Exchange. She then advised him that the two ‘suspects’ might in fact be police officers conducting an investigation on my behalf. Shortly later when Carbone arrived at the premises these two persons entered the shop and identified themselves as detectives and apprehended Carbone. I understand that the two detectives back at HQ then requested to view the Register and compared the dates that Carbone had previously attended at the premises with the times, dates and details that I had already provided Sergeant Grant. I also understand that Carbone was taken away for questioning and his vehicle and premises were searched. I cannot recall if any charges were preferred against Carbone but in later discussions with Sergeant Grant, I was advised that no gold had been recovered. I am unaware if the two detectives took possession of, or if they photocopied the register but these details should be contained in the relevant police file recording this incident.

I have always considered that this investigation was purposely carried out in a deliberately incompetent manner with a view to compromise the investigation so that the truth and origin of this gold would never be established. In May 2004, Frank continued his account of bizarre police conduct in another affidavit including the extraordinary response to his allegations of corruption when he was appointed to investigate his own investigation and to report the outcome to one of the senior officers he had accused! During my police career, I was appointed as a probationary detective on 2 December 1974, and was promoted through the ranks of the Criminal Investigation Branch, where I worked for 10 years, reaching the rank of detective sergeant. Whilst in the CIB I worked in various squads including Midland C.I.B., motor squad, combined operations, dealers’ squad, drug squad, general crime squad and fraud squad. I was transferred to the uniform branch on 2nd December 1984 after being charged with a disciplinary offence. I remained in the uniform branch until May 1987 when I was transferred to the liquor and gaming branch. In December 1991, I went on sick leave after reporting alleged corrupt or improper conduct by Detective Chief Superintendent Don Hancock and Chief Superintendent Les McMillan to the head of the Police Internal Affairs Branch, Superintendent Ayton, who then instructed me to investigate my own allegations and report my findings to Chief Superintendent McMillan. I was discharged from the police service on medical grounds in April 1993 at the rank of First Class Sergeant.

Whilst a serving member of the CIB, I was promoted to the rank of detective sergeant on 1 April 1982 and was transferred in that capacity to the general crime squad. One of my first tasks in that squad was to investigate the theft of about $50,000 in unsigned travellers cheques from the ANZ bank situated at the intersections of Hay and Barrack Streets, Perth. My inquiries lead to the arrest of David Christopher Mills who was charged and convicted with the theft of the traveller’s cheques and received an eighteen month prison sentence. After he had been charged, I gleaned further evidence which strongly indicated that he had committed a similar offence in Sydney involving a large amount of unsigned travellers cheques. Soon after I was seconded to a task force to investigate the murder of a Mandurah woman whose skeletal remains were found in bushlands near Pinjarra. The Perth Mint swindle occurred at about the same time but I did not work on any investigation into that offence. In June 1983, I was transferred to the CIB Bank Fraud Section where detective sergeant Bill Round was the officer in charge. Bill and I became close friends and have remained that way until recently. In about June or July of 1983, David Christopher Mills was due to be released from prison and I strongly suspected that he had the travellers’ cheques stolen from Sydney hidden in a bank safety deposit box under an assumed name. I approached senior sergeant John Horton, the officer in charge of the Scientific Bureau and asked him if he could install a phone tap for me to assist my endeavours in locating the stolen travellers cheques. Strictly speaking, the phone tap was illegal, but in those days it was commonly used as an investigative tool and I considered I had reasonable grounds for using such a method in assisting my investigation. Horton told me that he could not do any more phone taps as he had received strict instructions from John Porter, the then Commissioner of Police, not to install any further telephone taps, because they had nearly been caught out installing a telephone intercept on the Mickelberg’s phone.

I continued my investigations and a provisional warrant was issued for the arrest of Mills after he was released from prison. He challenged the extradition process and lawyer, Kate O’Brien represented him in his appeal. He was unsuccessful and was eventually extradited to NSW. Sometime while I was preparing my evidence for the committal hearing in Sydney, I had a conversation with Bill Round where I told Bill what Horton had said to me about the Mickelberg’s phone being tapped. Bill expanded on what Horton had told me. He said that the technicians in the Scientific Branch possessed a red VW kombi van similar to the vans used by the “PMG”, the phone company at the time. During the installation of the telephone intercept at the closest junction box, one of the brothers had walked past and wanted to know what the technicians were doing. I don’t know what information was obtained about the Perth Mint swindle from the phone taps, but during that conversation, Bill said to me that he, and the other officers involved in the Mint investigation, knew that the Mickelbergs were guilty and that they just had to give them a little bit extra to get them over the line. Bill also told me that senior members of the police CIB hierarchy regularly installed listening devices in squad rooms so that they could glean information of corruption and misconduct which could then be used to blackmail the officers concerned

In December 1984, I was transferred from the CIB fraud squad and did not have much contact with Bill until about July 1987 when the Police Minister had received information regarding the alleged corrupt activities of Colin Pace who was the senior sergeant in charge of the fraud squad when Bill and I worked together in the cheque section. An investigation was carried out into the possible corrupt association between Sergeant Colin Pace and race horse trainer Bob Meyers and one of the allegations related to a dishonoured cheque presented by Bob Meyers which had been forwarded by the complainant to fraud squad for investigation. I was the officer in charge of the CIB Bank Fraud Section at that time and both Bill and I provided information to senior police investigators which could have established that there was a corrupt association between Pace and Meyers. The investigation exonerated Pace of any malfeasance and in October that year Bill and I went to Hong Kong together on a holiday. There we discussed the corrupt manner in which that investigation had been carried out.

Bill advised me that he and Alan Bickford started the West Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence and one of their major targets was Bruce Moms who was a member of the Mr Asia Drug Syndicate. Bill told me that they conducted illegal telephone taps and he made extracts of those intercepts which were kept at the office of BCI. Further, he said that during the illegal telephone taps, they received information which revealed that there was a corrupt association between Bruce Morris and other organised criminals with several high ranking police officers including Colin Pace. Upon returning to work, I made inquiries at BCI and located the file which Bill referred to. I photocopied some extracts which would corroborate what he told me in Hong Kong. I carried out further investigations and was able to obtain overwhelming evidence which would establish a corrupt association between Colin Pace and Bob Meyers. I reported my findings to Peter Ward, a ministerial adviser to the Police Minister as I had no trust in senior police officers. On 7 September 1995 I made my allegations of corruption by senior police officers public and the details of some of my allegations including the illegal telephone taps were published in the West Australian newspaper which resulted in the Commissioner of Police establishing a joint task force of State and Federal Police to investigate my complaints. It took some two years before the task force reported the findings of their investigation to the Minister for Police.

On or about 26 June 1996, I spoke to the then labor opposition leader, Mr. Jim McGinty and advised him that John Porter, an executive member of the Official Corruption Commission and former Commissioner of Police knew of, and condoned the installation of telephone intercepts on Mickelberg’s phone. Porter resigned from the Official Corruption Commission shortly after the leader of the opposition raised some issues which showed that the former Commissioner of Police would have a conflict of interest because of calls for a judicial inquiry into the Perth Mint swindle. Prior to being interviewed by the task force, code named “Tartan”, Bill Round allegedly told me that he would lie to the investigators about his involvement in illegal telephone taps as any admission by him would result in him being charged and the corrupt police officers who were the subject matter of the illegal telephone taps would get away with their crimes. After a discussion with Bill regarding the consequence of any admission, I was present when he drafted a letter to the Commissioner of Police seeking indemnity from prosecutions. Some time later he told me that he had been informed by the investigators attached to “Operation Tartan” that his request had been considered by John McKecknie, the then Director of Public Prosecutions and that McKecknie had refused his application for an indemnity from prosecution.

When the Labor Party won the next elections, I approached the Attorney General, Jim McGinty and provided him with a copious amount of documents which would support my allegations of police corruption and he publicly announced that he had forwarded these documents to the Royal Commission for examination. On 4 February 2003 I met with two Royal Commission investigators who told me that my specific allegations would not be examined by the Royal Commission but there was a possibility that the treatment I received at the hands of senior police officers after I had attempted to expose senior police corruption would be investigated.

Somewhat ironically, Frank concluded his extraordinary affidavit with this observation: I was extremely surprised that the Attorney general did not include my allegations in the terms of reference for the Police Royal Commission as both he and the Premier called for my allegations to be investigated when the Labor Party was in opposition. Frank made a further effort to expose and have investigated his very serious allegations when he wrote to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) which was now rebadged as the newly painted and refitted Corruption and Crime Commission, CCC. This time he expressed considerable dissatisfaction with the conduct of the Attorney General Jim McGinty. In response to the Corruption and Crime Commissions’ recent call for submissions dealing with the unauthorized release of confidential information by Government Agencies, I wish to lay a formal complaint alleging improper or corrupt conduct by the Attorney General, Mr. McGinty.

As you are aware, the Labor Party pledged to hold a Royal Commission into allegations of corruption within the West Australian Police Service in the lead up to the last State elections and then when it was successful in forming Government, it delayed the establishment of the Royal Commission for some twelve months. During this period of time, I had regular contact with the staff of the newly appointed Attorney General, Mr. McGinty and provided him with copious amounts of documents which supported my claims of corruption by senior police officers. I expected that the Attorney General would examine these documents when formulating some of the terms of reference to be investigated by the Royal Commission. Of particular concern to me, was the association of several high ranking police officers with members of the Mr. Asia Drug Syndicate and some of the documents which I supplied Mr. McGinty clearly showed that the West Australian police service regularly installed illegal telephone intercepts to glean information.

During some of these illegal telephone intercepts, information was obtained that the Mr. Asia Drug Syndicate was laundering large sums of money through the Perth racing industry and was assisted in this criminal activity by some police officers attached to the CIB consorting squad who received corrupt payments. When in opposition, both Mr. McGinty and Dr. Gallop were very critical that the Government had failed to establish a Judicial Investigation into allegations of police corruption after the Tomlinson Report was tabled in Parliament, and on or about 26 June 1996, I telephoned Mr. McGinty and advised him that the Commissioner of Police had condoned the installation of an illegal telephone intercept on the Mickelberg’s telephone.Despite the fact that he knew in June 1996 that the Police Service had acted corruptly in the manner in which evidence was obtained to convict the Mickelberg brothers of the Perth Mint swindle, he failed to refer this matter to be investigated by the Royal Commission. Furthermore, when Tony Lewandowski, a member of the police investigation team that charged the Mickeberg brothers confessed that he and Don Hancock had assaulted and fabricated evidence against one of the brothers to sustain a conviction, the Attorney General immediately showed the affidavit prepared by Lewandowski to his ministerial colleague and former Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bob Kucera who is one of the officers who is suspected of committing perjury during the many appeals by the Mickelberg brothers’ against their conviction. My specific complaint against the Attorney general is that by showing that affidavit to Kucera, when he was fully aware that some police had acted corruptly and that Kucera was one of the officers suspected of committing perjury, he had compromised any further investigation and maybe guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice. I understand that he and Mr. Kucera are close friends and are now related through marriage and this may be the reason why this investigation was thwarted.

I am also concerned that the Attorney General may have colluded with Kucera in a similar fashion when dealing with the documentary evidence which I bought before him and therefore the manner in which the Terms of Reference for the Police Royal Commission were selected could also be perceived as being corrupt. I have attached two sworn affidavits which I have prepared in relation to this matter and I have also included correspondence between myself, Mr McGinty, Mr Kucera and the shadow Police spokesman for your examination. I feel this matter should be investigated by the Corruption and Crime Commission and I look forward to being advised the results of such investigation. Fortunately Frank didn’t hold his breath awaiting an outcome as he became more and more marginalized by the Fifth Estate. By now he was pretty much in the state of agitation that he was accused of by his corrupt ‘colleagues’ in the CIB being Mad as a Cut Snake!

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