The Australian reports:
A WHISTLEBLOWER detective who used a live ABC interview to criticise the NSW Police Force over its handling of child sex abuse is an unsatisfactory witness who gave untruthful evidence about both his employer and the Catholic Church, a state inquiry has found.
The 2012 Lateline interview with Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is widely seen as helping trigger the national royal commission into child abuse, which was announced four days later by the then prime minister, Julia Gillard.
Following the broadcast, a NSW special commission of inquiry was also established to investigate the policeman’s claims that the church in NSW’s Hunter Valley covered up child abuse by priests, and that he was ordered to stand down from the investigation of a paedophile priest.
In its report, released this afternoon, the commission found “Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox was an unsatisfactory witness in a number of respects”.
“The commission formed the view that Fox had developed what amounted to an obsession about both the Catholic Church and alleged conspiracies involving senior police,” the three-volume report said.
The detective’s claim that a “Catholic Mafia” existed within NSW Police was “wholly unfounded” the commission found.
Other parts of his evidence given before the commission were “implausible” and “deliberately untruthful”, the report said.
Those are powerful phrases: “wholly unfounded”, “implausible”, “deliberately untruthful”.
This was always a beat up – as we said at the time.
Make no mistake those are very serious allegations and should be investigated. By the police. Let’s look again at what was said:
Tony Jones: You’re saying you have evidence of all of this?
Peter Fox: Oh, not only do I have evidence, it’s irrefutable.
If true, why are we having a Royal Commission? Why hasn’t Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox of the New South Wales police force arrested the individuals he believes to have committed a crime? Why have those individuals not appeared in open court? Why hasn’t the “irrefutable” evidence been presented to a jury? Trial by jury remains the law of the land. Trial by ABC television is an innovation that should be resisted. Big question: Why didn’t Tony Jones ask those very questions?
This was always a “Let’s get George” exercise.