Speech suggestion by Hans Lovejoy, editor
‘I want a formal investigation into this allegation of rape against me, not just to clear my name, but because it is the wishes of the woman’s family and friends. Questions around what happened on that night in 1988 need to be answered.
It was wrong that NSW Police failed to speak to me on this matter before closing any investigation. I want everyone who was at the events interviewed extensively, and anyone with any knowledge to come forward so the public, and her family, can have confidence in ascertaining what happened. Transparency and accountability are crucial in the functioning of democracy.
And while I previously said that I had not read all the details sent to the government regarding this matter, I now realise that I was wrong to ignore such a significant accusation. It reflects poorly on the government, and on me, as the nation’s top lawmaker.
I also apologise for lying to the nation at my press conference that journalists hadn’t contacted me about these allegations.
In fact, my office did not reply to any questions put them.
Avoiding/ignoring the media to limit potential political damage is just one problem within modern political culture.
I will now seek to have all the ABC Four Corners story, much of which was censored around my personal life, made publicly available, so the public can judge for themselves what type of man I am.
The culture within politics must change.
For far too long, the political and bureaucratic elite have been protecting themselves through meaningless words such as “rule of law”’.
Meanwhile, the elites continue attack the vulnerable and less fortunate. While this has existed forever, it is time for change.
Such change can enable the less fortunate to have a voice, and a diversity of views can bring enormous benefits to a society.
I apologise for being part of the government culture that aggressively pursued and persecuted Robo-debt victims without the presumption of innocence. It led to suicides, and many distressed individuals.
I apologise for being part of the government culture that aggressively pursued and persecuted refugees, including children, fleeing from war-torn parts of the world. They have been denied the “rule of law” and the presumption of innocence.
It is wrong to hold secret trials for whistleblowers, particularly Witness K and his lawyer Bernard Collaery. This was an effort to protect the government from embarrassment. In the case of Witness K, it was the protection of the financial interests of Woodside Petroleum.
I’m sorry for sacking independent legal experts from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and stacking it with Liberal Party hacks.
It is inconsistent with the rule of law for the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), a government agency, to conduct investigations into union members where they must attend and answer questions or face six months’ jail.
It was also wrong of me to prevent the auditor general from making public key sections of a report that was critical of a $1.3 billion arms deal between the federal government and multinational weapons maker, Thales.
I acknowledge that I have no track record with justice, and therefore am not a fit and proper person to hold the office of attorney general. As such, I resign immediately’.