Albrechtsen’s Super Scoop

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74 Responses to Albrechtsen’s Super Scoop

  1. Rabz says:

    Sofronoff is the leaker

    Excellent. Take that, you evil corrupt incompetent curs.

  2. Rabz says:

    …an internal police executive briefing note by Detective Superintendent Scott Moller that detailed discrepancies in Ms Higgins’ evidence and suggested police didn’t think there was enough evidence to prosecute Mr Lehrmann

    Well, there it is. Sorry all, I still haven’t read the entirety of Albrechtsen’s piece above.

  3. C.L. says:

    I have zero sympathy for Drumgold, he willingly participated in the toxic whirlwind. Why? I suspect because he knew it would damage the Morrison government.

    Based on what I saw at his now hidden Twitter site, I have no doubt whatsoever this is so.

    Apparently Channel Nein has reported that Sofronoff is the leaker. He was concerned the ACT government was sitting on the report

    I really like the Soffenheimer. 👏

  4. and says:

    2 cents worth.

    There’s a mass psychosis, bandwagon effect, layer that needs to be scrutinized. Many had jumped on the “believe Brattny” bandwagon. She had been made the poster girl for a variety of movements, all on the belief that she was telling the truth. Parliamentarians apologized to her. The Labor “mean machine” were convinced of a government cover-up. Even just a month ago, Plebersick and Gallagher were still referring to Brattny as the victim and had to be reminded that her “victimhood” was still just an allegation. The critical distinction between victim and alleged victim had been utterly obliterated in the mob mentality.

    The question that needs to be asked, paticularly in high profile cases, is how unsubstantiated belief is fueled into a momentumthat makes believers blind to facts and due process. There are many – and in high worldly places – that should be ashamed that they enthusiastically jumped on the bandwagon.

    So invested were many in the “believe Brattny” bandwagon that a trial and conviction of Lehrmann were mere formalities. Contrary to what his learnedness should have counselled, Drumgold, too, was a bandwagon rider… right up close to the front. Like others on the bandwagon, his judgement was seriously compromised. He was convinced that any resistance, e.g., police, to his prosecutorial activity was some sort of conspiracy of interference. That the evidence might not stack up had become inconceivable to him.

    We saw the multiple instances of contempt of court and unhinged disregard for due process. There were those calling for a post-trial enquiry into the role of a variety of actors to disrupt due process. This would have come from the defence side. Whether an enquiry would have been granted if requested by the defence is arguable. What is extraordinary in the current circumstance is that it was Drumgold, still thoroughly convinced that his activity had been interfered with, that demanded and quickly granted an enquiry… an enquiry that would actually expose his paranoid imaginings and misconduct. The rest is history.

    Careful of the bandwagon. It will seriously mess with people’s minds. People may be so far gone to the bandwagon that they may not even be aware that they are passionate, compromised riders thereon.

  5. Franx says:

    Drumgold as quoted in the Chris Merrit article:

    “Being labelled silk must weigh heavy upon our shoulders. We must carry the burden of being labelled learned … .”

    Pride before the fall.

  6. C.L. says:

    Great assessment of the bandwagon factor, Ando.

  7. NFA says:

    what C.L. says 3 August, 2023 at 9:10 pm

  8. The Labor “mean machine” were convinced of a government cover-up.

    That bit of Ando’s post I’m uncertain of. My personal leaning is more towards the ability to paint it as one.

  9. Didn’t someone once say “Always back self interest”?

  10. and says:

    Didn’t someone once say “Always back self interest”?

    Quasimodo? Wild guess.

  11. Pat Mac says:

    Ya know, a public service commissioner would never personally hold someone’s hand like it is alleged Brittnah had hers held.


  12. SydGal says:

    From initial reading, it seems as if Heidi Yates and Lisa Wilkinson got somewhat of a free pass at the Inquiry. There was some discussion during the BOI about whether a title such as “Complainants” of Crime Commissioner would be be more appropriate than “Victims” of Crime Commissioner. I don’t understand why Wilkinson and her network lawyer did not think there would be an issue with Wilkinson mentioning Higgins in her Logie’s speech. At the BOI , Sofronoff observed that Drumgold’s speech about Higgins bravery, grace and dignity was very similar to Wilkinson’s speech. And an SBS Dec 2022 online story quotes Penny Wong: “…. I want to echo the prosecutor’s comments recognising the grace, the bravery, and the dignity that Ms Higgins has displayed.”

    In relation to CJ L McCallum, I recall reading a news story that some criminal lawyers considered it unusual for an early guilty plea to be discussed with S Whybrow privately, barely a week into the trial when Higgins was on her break. Will we ever see the transcripts so we can better understand what happened in this trial?

    CL – I remember your comments some time ago about the political aspects of Drumgold’s twitter account and was concerned when I read his tweets. I had forgotten that he had recommended the prosecution of former HC judge Dyson Heydon in 2020: –

    SMH 24 June 2020 Shane Drumgold, SC, the ACT’s chief prosecutor, confirmed he wrote to the AFP on Tuesday “directing attention to two news articles“, the first of which referred to Dr Thom’s investigation and the second referring to an incident at the University of Canberra in April 2013. He said he delivered a “strong recommendation that both incidences be investigated to determine whether or not criminal charges should result”. “I must stress that communications of this nature between the AFP and DPP are a routine part of operations between the two departments,” Mr Drumgold said. “A longstanding collaborate agreement between my office and the AFP establishes a formal communication channel between the AFP and DPP for a range of issues.”

    Perhaps this was in relation to a June 23 ABC story about the 2013 Ball and complainant Noor Blumer who said “The judge’s hands became very busy under the table, on my lap, feeling up the side of my leg,” she alleged. Ms Blumer said she contacted the university, but turned down their offer to take formal action on her behalf, saying she would deal with it through her own circles.
    Some other media stories provided more information: Ms Blumer has described herself as “dumbfounded” when Mr Heydon told her that she was the sexiest women he had ever met and began trying to feel her leg. She attempted to evade him without drawing attention to what was happening at the formal event. She said he later cornered her under the pretext of discussing adoption law and tried to forcibly kiss her. 
    Politicians then felt compelled to comment in news stories:
    Former Labor leader Bill Shorten argued on Tuesday morning that Mr Heydon should be stripped of his Companion of the Order of Australia honour (AC) in light of the allegations. His successor, Anthony Albanese said Tuesday should be about paying tribute to the bravery of women who came forward to make the allegations, rather than focusing on the honours award.

    Heydon’s lawyers had issued statement: “In respect of the confidential inquiry and its subsequent confidential report, any allegation of predatory behaviour or breaches of the law is categorically denied by our client.”

    Canberra must be a small world because Bloomer went on to represent Higgins in her compensation claim, according to a news story: Personal injury lawyer Noor Blumer, acting for Ms Higgins, issued a brief statement on Tuesday. “At a mediation held today, the Commonwealth and Ms Higgins settled her claims,”..”At the request of Ms Higgins, the parties have agreed that the terms of the settlement are confidential.”
    Earlier in December, Ms Higgins’s civil action named three respondents: Senators Linda Reynolds and Michaelia Cash, for whom Ms Higgins worked, as well as the Commonwealth. Senator Reynolds is since believed to have been removed from the claim.

    The documents set out Ms Higgins’s intention to sue for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, negligence, and victimisation.

  13. NFA says:

    Where do I sign up for a class action against their ACT government?

  14. rosie says:

    The more I read the more I am convinced that Drumgold’s was a political appointment, and that he was completely out of his depth, a sulk not a silk and certainly not an impartial DPP.

  15. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “SydGal says:
    3 August, 2023 at 9:53 pm”

    Thanks SydGal. It just gets more gruesome by the day. I just can’t help feeling that it was a stitch up from day one.

    Further to Yates, I must remind people here of something I recall being reported in the Oz late last year, thanks to the stellar work of Janet A at the Oz, who I suspect smelt the stench of the rotting rat from the beginning, hence her dogged journalism of this tawdry case. And it was always obvious to me, from the beginning, that this was a very targeted political assassination, I could smell it. But I remember Janet A and another journalist at the Oz reporting on the following, that that whilst Brittanneeee’s trial was happening, and we were constantly told that she was a poor delicate little violated flower who, when she wasn’t absent due to her “mental elf” and thus needing a constant supply of smelling salts to prop her up, was being escorted to and from court not just by her unsavoury grifting boyfriend, but also by her far-left political entourage, one of whom was Heidi Yates, however at the same time as poor petal Brittaneeee’s trial was happening, there was another rape trial occurring in a neighbouring court, and Yates absence from that trial was duly noted. I guess that rape trial wasn’t juicy enough for Yates.

    I’m glad Reynolds has been vindicated and is pursuing her defamation case. Reynolds, her Chief of Staff, and to a lesser extent Cash, are also victims of Knickers and Shazza’s lies. I think from the beginning Reynolds was stymied by that disgraceful Morrison, a man always happy to dump on his own, who forced Reynolds to apologise for calling Higgins something that, as far as I’m concerned, we all know to be true.

  16. Buccaneer says:

    For the Guardian, the news is that the report was released inappropriately.

    This is not journalism, it’s barracking for a side.

  17. SydGal says:

    Cassie of Sydney – yes, I recall the story that there was another rape trial taking place at the Court at the same time and the woman involved did not receive the same level of high profile support. At the Sofronoff Inquiry, the female police officer on the case said it was very difficult to have a relationship with Higgins because of the extensive direct involvement of the VCC. Reading the exhibits, it seemed that all police communication with Higgins had to be via the VCC. And sometimes Sharaz communicated with the VCC. Also, I found it quite odd that the commissioner was liaising with Higgins/Sharaz via email about all their travel, hotel and dog accommodation requirements for the trial.
    Surely other staff could do such liaison?

    Some of the media reporting today seems to be focusing on how the report was released rather than the actual contents of the report!

  18. Lee says:

    For the Guardian, the news is that the report was released inappropriately.

    This is not journalism, it’s barracking for a side.

    If it was a report that made a Coalition government or a conservative look bad, The Guardian would be gushing about “the brave whistle-blower.”

  19. NFA says:

    thank you SydGal and Cassie of Sydney

  20. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “If it was a report that made a Coalition government or a conservative look bad, The Guardian would be gushing about “the brave whistle-blower.””

    Of course it would. And further to that, back in 2014, when Frances Abbott’s personal scholarship details were criminally hacked by a young woman by the name of Freya Newman (an act egged on, I suspect, by some well known activists) The Malcolmchurian Guardian referred to the young woman as a…..”whistleblower”. She was charged and pleaded guilty, and later sent Frances Abbott a letter of apology.

  21. NFA says:

    what Cassie of Sydney says 4 August, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    That was an act of diabolical bastadry.

  22. Lee says:

    Of course it would. And further to that, back in 2014, when Frances Abbott’s personal scholarship details were criminally hacked by a young woman by the name of Freya Newman (an act egged on, I suspect, by some well known activists) The Malcolmchurian Guardian referred to the young woman as a…..”whistleblower”. She was charged and pleaded guilty, and later sent Frances Abbott a letter of apology.

    That was an extremely low, dog act, towards a young woman who was not even in politics.

    The sort of thing I would expect from the left.

    “Malcolmchurian”; I like that term, Cassie, for a fifth columnist who has done as much as anyone to destroy the Liberal Party, along with Photios and Morrison.

  23. Ragu says:

    “had no factual basis … and no such opinion could honestly be formed by a competent lawyer”


    Worse than a lowly lawyer. With a reputation like that Dumbo is going to find it hard getting work beating the competition on the Toowoomba pro bono circuit.

    If old mate is loose with ethics in the trial of the century, who has he stitched up

    Cui bono? Why did Dumbo ask for the enquiry that killed his career while he protected the
    Labore Sisterhood of the Madge (Ying yen Bowlhead, Mrs Gargamel..) albeit dropping hints about political interference putting the scent on Reynolds et al.

    No surprises if old mate pops up on the coast helping out the bruvs at UnitedVoice, although he’ll be driving a camry.

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