Sunday May 22 2016
In the progress of an election campaign the Communications Minister is informed that the AFP intends raiding the home of the Deputy Opposition leader in the Senate Stephen Conroy. Later he confesses he already knew about it.The raid is in relation to leaked documents that are embarrassing to the Prime Minister’s performance when he was Communications Minister.
The leak revealed cost blowouts, costing errors and delays. In other words it revealed Turnbull’s gross incompetence during his tenure as Communications Minister.
The Minister in question says he didn’t inform the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister says he shouldn’t have. Even though he, Mitch Fifield, is a director of NBN he says he was not involved in the decision to refer the leak to the AFP.
AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin says that no one in the Communications Minister’s office had been aware of the investigation before Thursday’s raids.
And The Australian newspaper reported that: “Fifield and the NBN chief executive, Bill Morrow, had kept in contact about the government-owned broadband company’s internal efforts to track down the leaker of the documents, and as those efforts proved fruitless, Morrow made clear he was considering referring the case to the AFP”.
An employee of NBN acting as a special constable tags along with the police and during the raid takes a number of photographs and sends them to NBN. God knows who else they have been forwarded to.
Penny Wong said: “The Government should tell Australians who got the photos and the Government should make clear they’ve been destroyed”.
It was also rumoured that another leak was imminent that would be very damaging to the Prime Minister. Andrew Colvin said “the offending has been ongoing”.
Why was this leak given precedence over others involving matters of national security?
Bill Shorten’s response was to say that it was “inconceivable” that Senator Fifield did not tell Mr Turnbull or the Prime Minister’s office about the possible investigation:
“It’s either gross incompetence or indeed its far worse and we’re not being told the truth”.
My response was:
“When you tell a lie you deny the other person’s right to the truth, or go pull the other one”.
My thought for the day.
“Free speech does not mean it should be free from ethics. Like truth, for example”.
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