By Liam Houlihan
As soon as upon a time in Melbourne there has been a gigolo who proposal he was once a vampire. He bit the tongue off a prostitute and was once then murdered in huge sunlight on a suburban highway. His execution, best brass believed, was once organised by means of police. The aftershocks of this killing—and the homicide of a nation witness and his spouse inside of their fort home—rocked the police strength and the Parliament, vanquished one govt and taken the subsequent to its knees.
This is the tale of police corruption for years swept lower than the carpet to prevent a Royal fee. it's the tale of a police strength politicised to the purpose of paralysis and a witness defense application that buries its error. It consists of a policeman nonetheless unfastened and dwelling in a truly immense condo, a drug baron who survived the gangland struggle purely to be murdered within the state's safest penitentiary, and battles royale inside a police strength produced from millions of pistol-packing members.
This is the tale of Melbourne round the...
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By the late 1990s Ashby had clocked up five force commendations and a Queen’s Birthday honour was in the post. It is hard to ignore for very long a man so desperately and conspicuously doing cartwheels for promotion. And in late 1998 Chief Commissioner Comrie elevated Ashby to the role of assistant commissioner in charge of training. It was a junior AC role but it put ambitious Noel, at just forty-two, eight or nine years younger than the nearest AC, still with a head full of brown hair, in the command group—the elite officers at the peak of the force from which chief commissioners are almost always plucked.
Despite the jumping perspectives, the story is independent of the political dogma of any of the major combatants to the point that none of those featured here are likely to be thrilled with their ultimate portrayal. Some of the partisans involved have written their own versions of this history. All are free to. This is my independent take on years of drama that started with a crime and ended a decade later in political disaster. Where it is unclear, and where possible, the descriptions of events are sourced to those who provided them—particularly in the endnotes—so the reader can make their own judgment as to their reliability and any possible agendas at play.
But in the early days the big blue morale funk was so bad cops were walking away from The Job at a greater rate than they could be recruited. The new resources buoyed Comrie. But no amount of new police funding could fill the gulf between the government and the chief commissioner on their most polarising issue—the police union. The Bracks Government wanted to patch up relations between Spring Street and the Police Association. They appreciated the willingness of hardboiled union secretary Paul Mullett to constantly remind the public how bad things had been for police under Jeff and the Tories’.
Once Upon a Time in Melbourne by Liam Houlihan