Latest letter from Bruce Francis:
Dear Mr Hunt,
I am not sure if you would have had time to watch it, even without Parliament sitting this week, but the very fine movie Spotlight – the story about paedophile priests and the Establishment’s failed attempts to cover it up - starring Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo was on Foxtel Movies today…
Spotlight, like the Australian movie Don’t Tell, is a perfect example of that lovely old saying: “Beware, your sins will find you out.”
In the case of Cardinal Bernard Law and all the paedophile priests in Boston, they did.
In the case of Toowoomba Prep, the school at the centre of Don’t Tell, the sins of not just the paedophile were found out, but the people in suits who attempted to cover it up. Reputations were smashed forever.
Interestingly, Erin Brokovich said Don’t Tell was the best court room drama she had seen since the movie made in her name.
Again, the lesson in that movie is: Beware, your sins will find you out.
As each day goes by, your sins are mounting, so the day of reckoning can only be getting closer.
Something common to the three movies I have mentioned is the fact that the Establishment tried all the tricks it could, legal and illegal, to cover up its crimes.
So, it is no surprise that the Establishment, whether it is ASADA or any of the other ten bodies whose corrupt, incompetent or immoral behaviour I have provided evidence of to you, are resisting with all the force they can muster.
The fact that your department tried, and ASADA is trying so determinedly to stop me getting information to which I and any other member of the public are entitled re-confirms daily that they must have a lot to hide.
Their refusal to honour Freedom of Information requests is the best encouragement I can get to keep digging, and keep digging until the real culprits have been punished and the 34 Essendon footballers have their names cleared once and for all.
Last Friday, as a result of the Information Commissioner’s intervention, your department was forced to release documents it tried to hide.
Sadly, the documents revealed disturbing information:
Although I provided you by 29 January 2017 with five documents totalling 263 pages supporting my case to create a Royal Commission, you did not request your staff brief you on the merits of my case until 20 February 2017.
You required an urgent response the same day.
The response indicates that your staff only looked at one of the five documents. Clearly, English was not one of their languages.
Your staff were only given three of the five documents
Your staff are either the most incompetent in history or they were involved in a huge cover-up.
Your staff believed that I didn’t identify a single issue that hadn’t been addressed by the courts. They are liars.
You broke your promise to me, inter alia, “Thanks Bruce, I will consider carefully”.
Mr Hunt, I have distributed over one million words on the saga. Jack Rush QC and your department are the only ones to question anything I have written. My dissection of Rush’s response should ensure he doesn’t put his head up again. Your staff’s response should ensure they are sacked. Surely your reputation is more important than trying to cover-up the sins of those I have exposed in the ten organisations!