The discredited and increasingly desperate Victorian Ombudsman George Brouwer continues to shock and amaze by his willingness to play politics over long-overdue changes to the legislation under which he operates.
The lefty John Cain-linked know-all has written an excoriating public attack on the government whining that it failed to fully appreciate his wisdom and brilliance. His principal complaint is the “reduced status” of his office. He immodestly claims to be the state’s leading expert on his own powers and expresses incredulity that his own views were not heeded on measures designed to ensure he complies with the letter and spirit of the rule of law and legal rights that have underpinned the British system of justice for centuries and therefore our own.
His letter to the Premier, which he leaked to Baillieu’s political opponents, the Age newspaper and ABC, fails to make mention of the rising tide of misconduct scandal that has engulfed the Ombudsman’s office under Brouwer and his thuggish 2IC, John Taylor, the father of ABC reporter Josie Taylor.
VEXNEWS has been able to obtain a copy of Brouwer’s letter also, demonstrating the inappropriate nature of his propagandising and meddling in political affairs. It has been in wide circulation in political circles this morning, a desired outcome by Brouwer that reflects how vulgar his political manipulations have become despite holding a supposedly independent statutory office of the Parliament that is meant to be above politics. He isn’t above politics at all, he is a jealous guardian of his power and gets very thuggish indeed when anyone comes close to imposing checks and balances on him.
His odious deputy, John Taylor is well-known around Melbourne for making threatening and intimidating remarks to journalists. He is considered in Melbourne political circles as the junkyard dog of the Ombudsman’s gang.
Brouwer’s employee, Lachlan McCulloch, is a former drug squad under-cover cop who wrote three volumes of “true crime” memoirs that are classified as non-fiction in the State Library of Victoria and admit a crime-spree of the most worrying kind by the Police officer. Despite multiple complaints, Brouwer has failed to act on this discredited thug, previously accused of racism in the now infamous Brimbank investigation.
THE INEPTITUDE AND INCOMPETENCE OF GEORGE BROUWER
The Ombudsman, under Brouwer, has a long-established history of writing clueless, error-riddled and savagely scathing reports on usually politically-involved targets of investigation that – because of their deficiencies and lack of reason – never go anywhere.
Their report on Brimbank got the council sacked, earned multiple front-pages and lead TV stories, but did not lead to a single criminal prosecution, a single lawsuit or even official reprimand by any responsible agency. It slagged a few people off, despite spending multiple millions of taxpayer dollars, but led nowhere.
The Ombudsman’s discomfort at the prospect of being held accountable in even the modest ways proposed by the government’s legislation reveals a great deal about how they’ve acted in the past. They have a great deal to hide.
Both sides of state politics have been gravely worried about the misconduct of Brouwer and many of the Ombudsman’s staff.
While Labor’s Jill Hennessy, the shadow minister responsible for the anti-corruption measures, has been trying to rough up the government on occasion on the issue of IBAC and the unsteady progress of the legislation, the reality is that there is a consensus in Spring Street that the Ombudsman’s office is an unaccountable, dangerous and amateurish monster that needs to operate in a far more professional and respectable manner going forward. Minister Andrew McIntosh has taken measures that no serious and credible person could fault because they ensure that agencies given coercive powers that diminish the legal rights of citizens are themselves capable of being properly scrutinised without the Ombudsman’s victims having to embark on expensive litigation.
Many believe scrutiny by an Inspectorate and a parliamentary committee could lead to serious legal trouble for some of the more odious members of Brouwer’s crew, McCulloch in particular.
VEXNEWS is aware of a number of people who were falsely besmirched by the Ombudsman in past reports like Brimbank who are preparing lengthy and well-researched complaints about their misconduct and are just waiting for the new oversight provisions to be enacted before they proceed.
The odium over all this is almost certain to imperil Deputy Ombudsman John Taylor’s push to succeed Brouwer in the $400K per annum job as Ombudsman. Taylor has been off-the-record campaigning and improperly lobbying for this position with a number of journalists, particularly at The Age and ABC, where his flame-haired lefty daughter works.
No wonder Brouwer and his gang are so worried about checks and balances operating on his disgraceful activities. Their day of judgment looms. George Brouwer squealing like a stuck pig about is just icing on the delicious cake of justice.