Response to Wilkie motion – Crown casino allegations

Source: Australia Government – Attorney General

The Government is not intending to support the motion and I will explain in detail.

Obviously it is the case Mr Deputy Speaker that the Australian Government takes all allegations of illegal activity very seriously. Everyone must abide by the Australian law and that is particularly the case for any members of our law enforcement, our immigration or our customs authorities.

They, of course, as part of the broader Australian law enforcement community hold very privileged positions and as such are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity and professionalism at all times.

A strong integrity and professional standards culture is fundamental to public confidence in our work and the Australian Government’s work.

I have considered the allegations that have been raised in media reporting and particularly as they touch upon allegations which are either directly relatable to, or tangentially relatable to, Commonwealth officers.

It is my view that there are sufficient concerns raised at least to warrant further investigations.

Now I might note for the benefit of Members that were speaking to this motion that saying that there are sufficient concerns to warrant me as Attorney-General to refer this matter for consideration under section 18 of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006, is not to say that I have before me, or that there is any obvious evidence otherwise available that supports allegations against law enforcement, immigration or customs authorities. Rather it is the case that s18 of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act might be called a precautionary referral provision and I have already enacted that provision earlier today.

So I can inform the House that I have already referred this matter, these allegations, to the Australian Commissioner for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), under section 18 of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006.

And under that referral provision it would now become open for ACLEI to decide whether or not to launch an investigation or indeed if they determined not to, that would be a matter which they would need to inform me as to what it was that they considered was appropriate and if it was no further action they would need to advise me of that and obviously that is advice that I would relay publicly.

ACLEI is I might say to Members who have supported this motion and spoken in favour of it is a very appropriate and in fact the most appropriate body to consider these allegations.

They have very significant investigatory powers; very significantly stronger than those of a parliamentary committee, obviously including the ability to apply for search warrants, issue notices that attract a criminal penalty if not complied with.

I would note that ACLEI also has the ability to hold hearings, exercise coercive powers and seize evidence.

It is highly experienced in these types of investigations and indeed in considering prima facie allegations to determine whether or not a full investigation is necessary. And it’s obviously better resourced to quickly and effectively consider the need for an investigation and to conduct that investigation into any alleged corruption if that is required.

I might say that in addition to the observation that ACLEI is clearly the best placed body to consider these allegations I would also offer the observation that a Parliamentary Committee of the type that you now seek to have formed is totally ill-equipped to deal with an inquiry of the nature that your envisage or that may be required in a matter of this type. And I’d also offer the observation that it would be significantly detrimental to have some form of Parliamentary inquiry running parallel to a potential ACLEI inquiry. There would be very likely significant legal issues and risks that could arise for any witnesses called before both hearings. And in fact a Parliamentary Committee inquiry would likely cause enormous difficulties to the efficacious running of ACLEI’S inquiry if they determined to undertake one.

I would also note that if ACLEI uncovered conduct by any other public service officers outside those determined in its remit as law enforcement officers or indeed civilians or employees of a commercial organisation who do not fall within ACLEI’s jurisdiction, ACLEI can of course refer that information, and further allegations, to the AFP for further investigation.

Now I just note as these allegations have now earlier today already been referred to ACLEI under the section of Act that I have nominated, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.

I would say though that I think the Member for Mayo’s comments that anything other than support for the motion before the House reveals that the major parties are somehow beholden to the gambling industry is a frankly absurd contention to put.

This is now been referred’ to ACLEI as I have noted. I think that is the appropriate course of action. I might also note for the benefit of the House Mr Deputy Speaker, l did advise the Member for Denison of the fact that I have already sent this mater to ACLEI as I am able to under section 18 of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act.

My observation is that it was probably the better course to withdraw the motion in those circumstances but of course it is up the Member for Denison to determine what he considers is the appropriate course.

But having had the matter refed to ACLEI, which is the body appropriately place to investigate it, pursuing a motion to set up a parallel Parliamentary Committee is wrong headed; it would actually discourage and withdraw efficacy from the ACLEI investigation. But if the motion is not going to be withdrawn it would be the Government’s view that it should be opposed and we will oppose it on the basis that this has already been referred through to the appropriate authority.

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Heartless thieves steal memories in Croydon North burglary

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 02:59

Maroondah Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a burglary in Croydon North on 26 July.

Investigators believe unknown offenders gained entry to the Justin Court house between 12pm and 5pm by jemmying a rear door.

The victims have four children and amongst items stolen was a hard drive video camera and video tapes that contain footage of the children.

One of the children is special needs and the offenders took new hearing aids which are required to assist him.

This child also suffers a rare disease with limited life expectancy and the family are desperate for the items to be returned.

Other items stolen include an old prayer book from the victim’s late grandmother and heirloom jewellery.

Investigators have released photos of jewellery taken from the burglary in the hope someone recognises it.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Leading Senior Constable Rohan Imms

Media Officer

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Search for missing teenager Tylor Gartside

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 29 July 2019 23:50

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing 15-year-old Tylor Gartside.

Tylor was last seen about 1.30pm on 21 July in Fletcher Road, Frankston.

Police and family have concerns for his welfare due to his age and the length of time he has been missing.

Tylor is approximately 178cm tall with straight blond hair, blue eyes and a thin build.

He was last seen wearing a beanie, Fila brand jumper, tracksuit pants and green and white reflective shoes.

Tylor is known to frequent the Frankston and Langwarrin areas.

Police have released an image of Tylor in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information regarding his current whereabouts.

Anyone with information about Tylor is asked to contact the Hastings Police Station on 5970 7800.

Scout Rigoni

Media Advisor

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WITNESS APPEAL AFTER MAN SLASHES CAR TYRES IN MARYBOROUGH

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 29 July 2019 23:25

Goldfields Criminal Investigation Unit detectives are investigating after a man slashed more than 70 tyres in Maryborough early Saturday morning.

From 3am onwards the offender also cut light bar cables and scratched vehicles that were parked at numerous car dealerships, local bakeries and residential addresses around Maryborough.

Detectives are appealing to the driver of an older model white Toyota HiLux dual cab ute, without a canopy, which was seen driving along Alma Street at 3.21am to come forward.

The driver of the ute is not believed to be involved in the offending and investigators believe he or she may have seen the offender.

Investigators earlier released CCTV footage and an image of a man they believe may be able to assist with their investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Goldfields Criminal Investigation Unit on 5460 3300, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Sergeant Cameron Scott

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Man arrested following series of armed robberies

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 29 July 2019 22:15

Fawkner Embona Investigators arrested a man yesterday (29 July) following a series of armed robberies on convenience stores and service stations.

A 25-year-old man of no fixed place allegedly committed the four armed robberies on the businesses in Bruswick West, Moonee Ponds, Camberwell and Brunswick East between 25 June and 10 July.

The man has been charged with 15 offences, including armed robbery, attempted carjacking, robbery, intentionally cause injury, theft of motor vehicle, theft and handle stolen goods.

He was remanded in custody overnight to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court today (30 July)

Leading Senior Constable Rohan Imms

Media Officer

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Man slashes car tyres in Maryborough

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 29 July 2019 18:39

Goldfields Criminal Investigation Unit detectives are investigating after a man slashed more than 70 tyres in Maryborough early Saturday morning.

The offender also cut light bar cables and scratched vehicles that were parked at numerous car dealerships, local bakeries and residential addresses around Maryborough.

Investigators have released CCTV footage and an image of a man they believe may be able to assist with their investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Goldfields Criminal Investigation Unit on 5460 3300, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Leonie Johnson

Media Officer

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Search for missing teen Ryley Dawes

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 29 July 2019 11:14

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Traralgon teenager Ryley Dawes.

The 14-year-old was last seen at Stockland Plaza in Traralgon about 4.30pm today.

Police and family have concerns for his welfare as his disappearance is out of character.

The below image of Ryley has been released in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information regarding his current whereabouts.

Ryley may be travelling to Melbourne.

Anyone who sights Ryley is asked to contact the Traralgon Police Station on 5172 2700.

Leonie Johnson

Media Advisor

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Man killed after car hits tree at Tyabb

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 29 July 2019 11:05

A man has died after his car struck a tree at Tyabb this evening.

A member of the public has come across the crash scene on Mckirdys Road shortly after 8pm.

The good Samaritan has pulled the driver from the wreckage and attempted to revive him.

Despite the best efforts of the passerby and emergency services, the male driver died at the scene.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Live Lost:

2019: 174

2018: 114

Leonie Johnson

Media Advisor

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Fatal collision involving a pedestrian in Skye

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 29 July 2019 08:56

Police are currently at the scene of a fatal collision involving a pedestrian in Skye.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of McCormick’s Road and Ballarto Road about 6pm.

A woman, believed to be aged in her 80s, was struck by a vehicle and has died at the scene.

The exact cause of the collision is yet to be determined at this stage and the male driver of the vehicle is assisting police with their enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Live Lost:

2019: 173

2018: 111

Scout Rigoni

Media Advisor

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Chace Monaghan wanted on warrants

Source: State of Victoria Police

Monday, 29 July 2019 03:29

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Chace Monaghan.

The 20-year-old is wanted on warrants for theft related matters.

Monaghan is described as being 190cms tall with brown eyes and brown hair.

He is known to frequent the Numurkah, Seymour, Wallan and Rochester areas.

Investigators have released an image of Monaghan in the hope someone may have information on his current whereabouts.

Anyone who sights Monaghan or has information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Scout Rigoni

Media Advisor

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