New PDF release: Once Upon a Time in Melbourne

By Liam Houlihan

As soon as upon a time in Melbourne there has been a gigolo who proposal he used to be a vampire. He bit the tongue off a prostitute and used to be then murdered in large sunlight on a suburban road. His execution, most sensible brass believed, used to be organised through police. The aftershocks of this killing—and the homicide of a nation witness and his spouse inside of their castle home—rocked the police strength and the Parliament, vanquished one executive and taken the subsequent to its knees.
This is the tale of police corruption for years swept below the carpet to prevent a Royal fee. it's the tale of a police strength politicised to the purpose of paralysis and a witness security software that buries its errors. It includes a policeman nonetheless unfastened and residing in a truly titanic apartment, a drug baron who survived the gangland battle purely to be murdered within the state's safest reformatory, and battles royale inside a police strength constructed from millions of pistol-packing members.
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Haermeyer’s meeting, the attempt at making peace, was a wash out. WHILE THE GOVERNMENT was content for Comrie to serve out his time as chief, they were concerned about who might come after him. Victoria Police is a fiercely parochial force. Its members regard themselves as superior in almost every way to their interstate and federal brothers and sisters—more professional, less corrupt, generally better at banging up crooks. They regard carpetbagger appointments, particularly from north of the Murray River, as a slap in the face to the brimming pool of local talent.

If Comrie was replaced by most members of his command, they would be short-termers, night watchmen, stopgaps put in while efforts to find a long-term police chief continued. Haermeyer in particular wanted someone young enough, a Victorian, with sufficient experience, who rank-wise was within swinging distance of the chief’s position. The only person who fitted the brief was Assistant Commissioner Ashby. Noel Ashby had worked hard and served loyally under Comrie. 2 When a deputy commissioner position—the rung between AC and chief—became available, the new government saw a chance to put its stamp on the force and the stage was set for a showdown.

The ambitious officer should have been utterly thrilled but he sensed the promotion may have simply been a hat-tip that Comrie had been forced to make because of Ashby’s momentum. He sensed that, ultimately, the big boss might not be his biggest booster. Ashby later confided as much in a mate. I got screwed by a lot of cunts, and Comrie—he didn’t like me. 5 THE SPOILS IN THE first days of surprise rule, the unexpected police minister of the accidental Bracks Government made his way to the cluster of buildings sitting between parliament and the edge of the Treasury Gardens, found his new office, took down the Australian paintings on loan from the National Gallery, put up his autographed photos of Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Jesse Owens, sat back in his chair, surveyed his new surrounds, and was promptly served his first shit sandwich.

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