Cor­rup­tion lawyer our first bug­ging and wire­tap boss

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - THE SNITCH - AVA BENNY- MOR­RI­SON

A RE­SPECTED cor­rup­tion lawyer has been ap­pointed NSW’s first Sur­veil­lance De­vices Com­mis­sioner.

NSW At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Mark Speak­man will an­nounce to­day that so­lic­i­tor Don McKen­zie would fill the role, cre­ated in re­sponse to one of thes­tate’s most dam­ag­ing po­lice scan­dals.

Sur­veil­lance de­vice war­rants are vi­tal tools in or­gan­ised crime in­ves­ti­ga­tions and al­low po­lice to place lis­ten­ing de­vices in homes or track­ing de­vices on cars.

The war­rants also cover op­ti­cal and data sur­veil­lance.

In a bid to en­sure the war­rants tar­get the right peo­ple, Mr McKen­zie, a for­mer In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion lawyer, will be in charge with scru­ti­n­is­ing ap­pli­ca­tions in NSW.

He will also have the right to be heard by a judge on whether a war­rant should be granted.

“I be­lieve there is a need for an in­de­pen­dent eye to con­sider key as­pects of ap­pli­ca­tions with a view to pro­tect­ing the gen­eral pub­lic in­ter­est,” Mr McKen­zie said.

“In par­tic­u­lar, the right to pri­vacy needs to be jeal­ously guarded.”

The new com­mis­sioner role was cre­ated late last year in re­sponse to Op­er­a­tion Prospect, a probe into il­le­gal bug­ging allegation­s in­volv­ing more than 100 NSW Po­lice of­fi­cers be­tween 1991 and 2001.

Mr McKen­zie knows the case well hav­ing been le­gal ser­vices direc­tor at the NSW Crime Com­mis­sion dur­ing the fi­nal stages of Op­er­a­tion Prospect.

Cur­rently work­ing for the United Na­tions Of­fice on Drugs and Crime in Myan­mar, Mr McKen­zie will start the new role on Novem­ber 4.

Don McKen­zie.

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