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Allegation Misconduct to CCC : By Former Qld Police Officer Mr Peter Dutton

Lynch Victim
Brisbane, Australia

Mar 7, 2017 — Submission to Crime and Corruption Commission

Re : Allegations of previous Misconduct by former Queensland Police Officer : Mr Peter Dutton

Misconduct Allegations
1. Courier Mail reporter Dennis Atkins, in a published article on the 3 March 2017 made reference to a previous allegation of misconduct against Mr Peter Dutton. The allegations have never been investigated to corroborate possible misconduct of the former Queensland Police Officer, Mr Peter Dutton. The allegations in question refers to Mr Peter Dutton’s conduct while a Qld Police Officer and his reasons for leaving the Queensland Police Force when he did in 1999. http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/immigration-minister-peter-dutton-primed-to-take-over-as-an-unlikely-replacement-for-malcolm-turnbull/news-story/ce8d02ff7168977c4b3cc155672804ce

2. The article published by Dennis Atkins in the Courier Mail on 3 March 2017 states,

Peter Dutton has been in national politics since the 2001 John Howard comeback election, when he scored a six-point swing over Labor’s “celebrity” MP Cheryl Kernot. It was one of the biggest swings in the country despite the fact both sides got down and dirty. The Labor team made snide suggestions about why Dutton had left the Queensland drug squad – something that has never been heard of since and looks like what it most certainly was, a gratuitous slur.

3. Several other previously published articles since the 2001 Federal election have alluded to allegations of Mr Peter Dutton’s possible misconduct, as the reason he left the Queensland Police Force in 1999. This includes a detailed article by the journalist and author Madonna King, titled “Good Cop Bad Cop,” on 9TH August 2014 in the Sydney Morning Herald http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac;jsessionid=A45FB1EC9FDD775C9E8C80EABDC7041F?sy=afr&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=1month&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=brs&cls=23682&clsPage=1&docID=SMH1408093G46P6814N8

4. The article by Madonna King on 9th August 2014 states :

It was Dutton's success in wresting it from Kernot in 2001 that first made John Howard take notice. "He did extremely well to beat Cheryl Kernot," says Howard. "He held his nerve." He is referring to a suggestion, made during the campaign by Kernot, who'd won the seat in 1998 by just 176 votes, that journalists should question why Dutton quit the police force when he did. The insinuation, in the wake of the police corruption inquiry, was obvious: that Dutton might be hiding a blemished record. Dutton labelled the innuendo "offensive and preposterous" and managed to produce glowing references from the National Crime Authority. Still, he was worried some mud would stick and that her comments would hijack media coverage of his campaign. But Kernot's attack backfired when ALP leader Kim Beazley requested she withdraw the comment and, on election day, he won the seat and his ticket to federal parliament with a 6 per cent swing.

5. Given the “Public interest test” that certainly most surely be met in this referral of suspected misconduct of such a high profile public figure of Mr Peter Dutton, as he is now the Honourable Federal Member for Dickson. While a Federal rather than State Public figure, nevertheless the allegations of misconduct are alleged to have occurred as a serving Queensland Police Officer and therefore would be subject to investigation under the Queensland Crime and Corruption Act 2001.

6. In considering to investigate possible misconduct of Mr Peter Dutton and issues surrounding his leaving the Queensland Police Force when he did in 1999, it should be highlighted to the Commission that the current Immigration Secretary Michael Pezzullo who would now be working closely with Mr Peter Dutton in his capacity as the Australian Immigration Minister. Mr Pezzullo was in fact Deputy Chief of Staff to the former Australian Labor leader Kim Beazley at the time allegations of possible misconduct where made by Ms Cheryl Kernot against Mr Peter Dutton when contesting the Federal seat of Dickson in 2001.

7. It should also be highlighted to the Commission that Mr Pezzullo had also been an adviser to former foreign minister Gareth Evans. He would almost certainly have been aware at the time Mr Gareth Evans denied in Australian Parliament in March 1998 of the allegations that later surfaced, that Mr Evans had in fact had a 5 year affair with Ms Cheryl Kernot.

8. It would be logical to conclude that as the affair between Gareth Evans and Ms Cheryl Kernot had ended in October 1999 and it was only made public by political commentator Laurie Oakes writing in the Bulletin, 6 months after the 2001 Federal election in July 2002, that there may in fact be a grain of truth in the allegations made by Cheryl Kernot against Mr Peter Dutton. However it is suspected for political convenience at the time by senior Australian Labour leaders , that Ms Kernot was asked to withdraw the allegations she had made against Mr Peter Dutton.

9. Ms Kernot omitted details about the affair between her and Gareth Evans in her published autobiography, Speaking for Myself, that necessitated Laurie Oakes to inform the general public as he did in July 2002. At the time Laurie Oakes spoke out criticising Ms Kernot’s lack of public accountability in not mentioning her affair with Gareth Evans in her book.

10. The very fact that allegations have previously been made against Mr Peter Dutton should not preclude a thorough investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission in order to either clear Mr Peter Dutton’s name and restore public confidence in Mr Dutton or investigate and substantiate the previous allegations directed against Mr Dutton.

11. If the Commission were to find after an investigation that Mr Peter Dutton’s conduct when he was a Queensland Police Officer was less than satisfactory, then this would call into question Mr Dutton’s candidacy when he originally stood and contested the seat of Dickson in the November 2001 Federal election. Mr Peter Dutton likely owes gratitude to Mr Michael Pezzullo for his seat of Dickson. It is suspected that if questioned by the Commission, Mr Pezzullo is likely to concede with his knowledge of the situation at the time, that he advised the Australian Labor leader Kim Beazley to request Cheryl Kernot to withdraw allegations against Mr Peter Dutton. It is suspected that Ms Kernot may well have won the seat of Dickson in November 2001 had Mr Peter Dutton been scrutinized at the time and the issue of Mr Dutton’s conduct had not been dropped, but had in fact been investigated by the Commission.

12. In scrutinizing the conduct of Mr Peter Dutton when he was an officer of the Queensland Police, it is submitted to the Commission that recent evidence published by the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sex Abuse in Case Study 34 is likely to aid in the discovery of the truth into his previous conduct. It is suspected that Mr Peter Dutton is likely to have known about allegations of Qld Police cover-ups of child sexual abuse, as he worked closely in the specific area of sex crimes during his employment with the force.



13. A more detailed submission will be drafted with specific reference and follow this first submission. In anticipation the Crime and Corruption Commission will accept the Public Interest need to investigate allegations of mis-conduct by Mr Peter Dutton when he was a Qld Police Office.

14. The Crime and Corruption Commission should also be aware of the current Royal Commission Case Study 51 and the investigations into child abuse at Commonwealth institutions including detention centres, particularly Nauru. It should be highlighted to the Commission the ABC report by Michelle Brown on 6th March 2017. Under testimony in Case Study 51, Mr Michael Pezzullo admitted delaying the publication of child detainee safety report. Given the potentially damaging nature of such a report and the immigration Minister Mr Peter Dutton’s public stance on detention centres and turning back the boats, it is almost certain that it was “Politically expedient” to delay the publication of such a report. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-06/immigration-minister-helped-delay-release-of-child-safety-report/8327654?pfmredir=sm

15. Any conclusions drawn by the Royal Commission in Case Study 51 will have to wait until the final report is published in Case Study 51. However as Mr Michael Pezzullo and Mr Peter Dutton in their current positions are again working close together, consideration needs to be given to previous potential for conflicts of interest between Mr Pezzullo and Mr Dutton as highlighted in this submission. The delay in publishing a potentially politically damaging report could be construed as a possible “Cover-up” of child sexual abuse in detention centres for political gain. It is certainly not beyond the realm of possibility to suspect that Mr Peter Dutton had previously been less than forthcoming during the 2001 election campaign when he denied any mis-conduct when a serving Queensland Police Officer.

16. It should also be drawn to the attention of the Crime and Corruption Commission, the allegation of bribery in Royal Commission Case Study 34. It is expected that this issue would now be before the Commission. That is in respect to the senior policy advisor on behalf of the Qld Minister for Education advising as such in letter dated 15 February 2017, that the matter would be forwarded to the Crime and Corruption Commission for further investigation.

17. Further allegations of public misconduct have arisen subsequent to Royal Commission Case Study 34 and the publication of relevant evidence. A more detailed submission covering these issues will be submitted in due course.


Statement made by an anonymous victim of Kevin Lynch who attended Brisbane Grammar School in Royal Commission Case Study 34 on this Day the 7th of March 2017

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