Friday, March 1, 2013

AFP suspend investigation into Brough political conspiracy @mpsmithnews

You may recall that school-teacher-turned-pornographic-fiction-writer Graham Perrett MP sent a lengthy letter to the world's highest paid police commissioner Tony Negus last year.

You can read the whole letter here.   And if you live in Moreton and you've got a few parcels to pick up, Graham's delivering for the community, his phone numbers are conveniently on the bottom of the letter.   Stick it on the fridge.
Since then, Her Majesty's former Speaker of the House has been charged by one of Her Majesty's Constables of Police under the command of Her Majesty's Highest Paid Police Commissioner.

You can read each parlicularised information for an offence here.
Now the world's highest paid police commissioner has decided to take a break from looking at the Brough/Ashby conspiracy theory, as postulated by the pornographic fiction writer.

Police suspend Brough-Slipper conspiracy probe

From the taxpayer funded newsgathering apparatus of the ABC published here
Federal MP Peter Slipper has questioned why police have suspended their investigation into whether former Howard government minister Mal Brough was involved in a conspiracy to bring him down.
Labor MP Graham Perrett wrote to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in December, asking them to investigate allegations Mr Brough was part of a campaign to harm Mr Slipper and the Federal Government. 
He made the request after a Federal Court judge threw out a sexual harassment case against Mr Slipper, declaring it to be an abuse of process and designed to further the political interests of Mr Brough and the Liberal National Party (LNP). 
It emerged during the court proceedings that Mr Brough had requested extracts of Mr Slipper's diary from the staff member who ultimately filed the sexual harassment case, James Ashby. 
Mr Ashby has sought leave to appeal against the ruling. 
In a letter sent to Mr Perrett, AFP Commander Errol Raiser says the investigation into Mr Brough's actions has been suspended because of the ongoing legal action. 
"The AFP is aware that an appeal has been lodged with the Federal Court to be heard on May 30, 2013," the letter states. 
"As the facts surrounding the appeal are consistent with your referral, the AFP has suspended its evaluation of the matter until the outcome of the appeal has been finalised."
Mr Perrett says he is disappointed by the decision, given that the September 14 election is now less than 200 days away. 
"It's really drifting on, and obviously in terms of investigating any trails, they will get colder and colder and staler and staler," he told ABC News Online. 
"I'm comforted by the fact that they obviously see this as serious, but I'm troubled by the fact that they've suspended their investigation. 
"A three-month delay is quite significant. 
"We've got an election on September 14 where Mr Slipper's credibility and good name with his voters is significant." 
Mr Perrett says he will be writing back to the AFP, arguing that parts of the investigation could continue despite the appeal because Mr Brough is not party to the ongoing legal action.


In a statement to the ABC, Mr Slipper says it is clear that the AFP are taking Mr Perrett's complaint very seriously, which must be a concern for those members of the LNP who support Mr Brough.
But he has questioned why the police investigation has been suspended, given Mr Brough is not involved in the application to appeal.
"To my knowledge, (Mr) Brough and (former staffer Karen) Doane... are not seeking to contest the judge's adverse findings against them and thus have not sought leave of the court to challenge His Honour's findings," he said.
"In these circumstances it is difficult to understand why the AFP has suspended/postponed (though not cancelled) its investigation of the matters raised in Mr Perrett's letter to the AFP Commissioner.
"It will be interesting to see how long the LNP is prepared to tolerate unresolved matters concerning Mr Brough.
"I would be very surprised if Mr Brough is still the LNP candidate at the election to be held on September 14."

AFP suspend investigation into Brough political conspiracy

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