Sydney Morning Herald - solidarity over AFP - now how about solidarity over GILLARD
Therapeutic Albo goes in to bat for freedom of the press

The stinking hypocrisy of the Australian Federal Police

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Commissioner Gaughan was adamant no-one should be above the law.

"No sector of the community should be immune to this type of activity or evidence collection more broadly," he said.

"This includes law enforcement itself, the media or, indeed, even politicians.

"There are criminal allegations being investigated and we cannot ignore them. We are duty bound to conduct these investigations impartially and thoroughly."


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The Australia Federal Police chief has warned that journalists and MPs are not immune from criminal prosecutions, leaving open the possibility of jail terms for those found to have broken the law.

“Our investigations are an ­objective search for the truth. It involve­s the discovery and present­ation of evidence in an exhaustive, comprehensive, and organised manner. No sector of the community should be immune to this type of activity or evidence collection more broadly.

“This includes law enforcement itself, the media, or indeed, even politicians. There are criminal allegations being investigated and we cannot ignore them.”


In October 2016 I reported to the Commonwealth Attorney General and the CDPP the matter of Gillard's use of a forged letter in sworn evidence to a Royal Commission.

To date, the AFP has not contacted the single witness who could give unimpeachable evidence about the forged letter, the purported signatory Ray Neal.

Police have not contacted the complainant in GILLARD forgery 120 days after complaint

Today I sent the Commonwealth DPP and Attorney General this letter.

Michael Smith <>

8:05 AM (0 minutes ago)
FOR MS McNaughton SC
CC The Attorney General
Dear Ms McNaughton,
On 25 October 2016 I made a report to you regarding serious indictable offences arising from the Trade Union Royal Commission concluding with this paragraph:
For the avoidance of doubt, I am reporting this matter to you as a report of serious indictable offences.  Given the use of the apparently false instruments at the TURC in the process of it hearing false and misleading evidence and the Commissioner's acceptance (in the absence of any enquiries having been made about their provenance) of the Exhibits as good and valid copies of the documents they purport to be, the use of the false instruments is an ongoing offence (particularly to the purported author) and the record should be corrected.
Yesterday I received a note from the former Commissioner for Corporate Affairs in West Australia Ray Neal, the man who says he did not write nor sign nor authorise any person to create or use the letter purporting to be from him.
Mr Neal said there has been, " contact to date" from police or any authority.
I needn't remind you Madam these are very serious offences.  The former Commissioner for Corporate Affairs held a high and responsible office.  He alleges a letter in an important and now notorious matter purporting to have been written and signed by him is not the document it purports to be.
Mr Neal is a central complainant in this matter.  I would expect police to be disciplined for misconduct if a burgled homeowner had not been interviewed 120 days after a complaint had been lodged.  
Perhaps you might be so kind as to advise me whether or not you believe the investigative response to the now 120 day old report of serious indictable offences has been appropriate.
May I again thank you Madam and your office for its prompt and complete response to my report in the first instance and your advice as to your referral to police for further action.   
Or inaction as the case may be.
Yours sincerely,
Michael Smith
As a result, I am in the difficult position of bringing a private prosecution against GILLARD without the benefit of the resources of the state.
I contacted Mr Neal.  I engaged a lawyer to depose him.  
Perhaps the AFP will spare us its hypocrisy and selective morality.

Former WA Corporate Affairs chief gives sworn evidence for Gillard prosecution

A former WA corporate affairs chief has provided sworn evidence for the criminal prosecution of Julia Gillard over her allegedly misleading and deceptive evidence to the Trade Union Royal Commission.

The prosecution relates to the use of an apparently forged letter during Ms Gillard's evidence to the Royal Commission.

The letter, addressed to Ms Gillard, purports to have been written and signed by Ray Neal, then the Assistant Director of WA's Office of State Corporate Affairs.

On Friday Mr Neal said, "I didn't write that letter."

"I didn't sign that letter."

"I didn't authorise anyone to write or sign the letter."

"The letter contains an unlawful offer.  My office could not lawfully have made that offer. My office always acted within the law."


This letter is a forgery.

More to come.

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