A political staffer was falsely accused of doing something and lost his job. He’s been out of work ever since, in an astonishingly brutal and stupid punishment. Liberal staffer Tristan Weston was “hung out to dry” over claims he was a rogue operator pushing for the removal of the then Police Commissioner. We’re yet to figure out why the Victorian government felt so shy about sacking/hiring/whatevering the Police Commissioner. It’s their right to do so. They are elected to hire and fire whomever they choose. Anyway, Weston clearly didn’t act alone in pushing for Overland’s ousting, when on the Deputy Premier and Police Minister’s staff and he ought not be further punished for doing his job, as best he perceived it. Being practical, he’s not likely to go back to being a ministerial adviser, as they should never be the story, but a role ought be found for the once very highly regarded top cop and political candidate. If reports the Premier’s staff are trying to help him are correct, that’s a very good, if rather belated, thing. One day, we can hope that treating people justly and decently, after they’ve been cleared of false claims, is no longer described breathlessly by political opponents and journalists.