Policing the Parliament
I HAVE a real concern where the investigations into sexual offence allegations at Parliament House will end up and whether a satisfactory outcome will be achieved and change implemented, or whether it will end up as a “cover up”.
It seems childish to me that the AFP Commissioner has to lay down the law to the PM, MPs, senators and senior public servants on how to act if they are involved as a bystander, or have knowledge of such matters and never disclose them to their political masters or any police authority who may have jurisdiction within the walls of the parliamentary precinct (C-M, Feb 26).
What happens in Parliament House usually stays in Parliament House, as it is virtually a no-go zone for law enforcement, due to the power that exudes from the place.
The Parliamentary Services Branch is headed jointly by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate.
Will those two senior politicians be asked questions about how, when, where and why they did not, or could not take action as the incident happened under their watch?
I know the knives and swords are out now but there is a lot more to be disclosed on this affair.
Les Bryant, Durack