Dis­graced MP’s jail­house rants

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - AVA BENNY- MOR­RI­SON CRIME RE­PORTER

A PAINFUL re­cov­ery from a jail bash­ing, whinge­ing about an in­mate’s ac­cent, pro­nounce­ments on Mal­colm Turn­bull’s fu­ture and bitch­ing about the end­less wait to join a sex-of­fender re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram — life be­hind bars for for­mer politi­cian and pae­dophile Mil­ton Orkopou­los has been re­vealed in a se­ries of in­ti­mate let­ters.

They in­clude fond ex­changes with a for­mer high-pro­file in­mate which are signed off “Love, Milly”.

Orkopou­los is now 60. Long Bay prison is his home and his next pa­role re­view date isn’t listed un­til Jan­uary next year. He is al­most a decade into a 14-year sen­tence.

The for­mer Swansea MP, min­is­ter for Abo­rig­i­nal af­fairs and min­is­ter as­sist­ing the pre­mier on cit­i­zen­ship was or­dered in 2008 to serve at least nine years and three months in jail for more than 30 charges, some re­lat­ing to pae­dophilia, drugs and pornog­ra­phy. His young vic­tims were fed cannabis, some­times in Orkopou­los’s par­lia­men­tary of­fice, and heroin be­fore they were abused.

In Cooma prison — which Orkopou­los nick­named “Casa Cooma” — he sur­rounded him­self with younger in­mates, hand­ing out cig­a­rettes and fa­therly ad­vice, much to the dis­taste of cor­rec­tive ser­vices of­fi­cers, prison sources say. In 2015 Orkopou­los found a pen­pal in one high-pro­file in­mate.

He was also bashed, and found dazed and con­fused in his cell. The at­tack prompted his re­lo­ca­tion to Kirk­con­nell prison near Bathurst.

He wrote to his pen­pal in De­cem­ber 2015, after his bash­ing: “In the week after it pain man­age­ment be­came an is­sue but now isn’t a prob­lem — thank god.”

Orkopou­los en­gaged in po­lit­i­cal ban­ter about the im­mi­nent ar­rival of cor­rupt La­bor power­bro­ker Ed­die Obeid — “Obeid-in Orkopou­los-out” — and Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull. “(The Lib­eral) party is stuffed — poor old Mal­colm will not be given a chance to shine by the small peo­ple in the party and he hasn’t the force or per­son­al­ity to tell Ab­bott and co to get f ... ed,” he wrote in De­cem­ber 2016.

Orkopou­los wrote of his role as a tu­tor to for­eign in­mates, mostly drug traf­fick­ers, in­clud­ing a Mace­do­nian truck driver and a “Chilean dic­ta­tor”: “And a Hong Konger with such a thick Chi­nese ac­cent I want to pull what’s left of my hair out!”

He was scathing of cor­rec­tive ser­vices: “After Brexit and Trump I have re­solved not to be sur­prised by stu­pid­ity any more. No one could have pre­dicted mass stu­pid­ity in the USA but it hap­pened and so it did with the de­part­ment of cor­rec­tive ser­vices.”

How­ever Orkopou­los’s big­gest griev­ance was the amount of time he had waited to start a sex- of­fender pro­gram, CORE, which would vastly im­prove his prospects of pa­role. This was con­trary to past claims that Orkopou­los re­fused to take part in the pro­gram.

“I ap­plied three years ago to the CORE mod­er­ate pro­gram and wrote ev­ery six months re­mind­ing them time was run­ning out,” he wrote.

“Guess what! Time has run out. The pa­role ( board) has ap­proved my ad­dress for next year but I have to be ‘ treated’ first.”

In Jan­uary the State Pa­role Au­thor­ity de­nied Orkopou­los’s pa­role again be­cause he had not fin­ished the sex­of­fender pro­gram.

Dis­graced for­mer MP Mil­ton Orkopou­los near New­cas­tle District Court in 2008, and (above) one of his let­ters to a friend.

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