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Keelty joins “more police” chorus

By johnboy 3 May 2006 12

AFP Commissioner, Mick Keelty, must still be smarting [Canberra Times] over Jon Stanhope’s tongue-lashing of him during the terror law debates.

So much so that in the day he had a whinge about it in the paper (see above link) he’s gone on and waded in [AAP via Yahoo] to the local debate over police numbers.

The government knows the figure we’ve asked for and I know the police association talked about figures ranging anywhere between 110 and 180, but it is up to the government of the day to deliver the police for the community

Commissioner Keelty’s own need for more police from somewhere, anywhere, to fling across the pacific rim is, I’m sure, unrelated to this intervention.

UPDATED: The Canberra Times is reporting that Simon Corbell (who has yet to answer your questions that he promised to) had a major tanty and seems to be labouring under the misapprehension that the Commissioner of the AFP works for him.

So outraged was Mr Corbell that he met ACT Chief Police Officer Audrey Fagan to air his concerns. Mr Corbell also attempted to get in touch with Mr Keelty but as of last night had been unable to.

Simon continued to throw his toys out of the pram this morning on ABC Radio.

UPDATE 2: The ABC has news of a reconciliation between Keelty and Corbell with the following, very limited, apology from Simon.

“And certainly, I indicated to him to any extent that I’ve misconstrued his comments that I’m sorry for that.”

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vg 9:53 am 06 May 06

I apologise, the one and only time he ever set foot in one to my knowledge. Nothing like no hands on knowledge whatsoever of your portfolio. I don’t expect to ever see the insipid earring boy in there either

Indi 3:53 pm 05 May 06

vg just curious, surely the previous police minister would have stepped into the new Woden lock-up when it opened?

Maelinar 12:17 pm 05 May 06

Seven Storey Sorry Simon Call-in Corbell…

Chris S 11:15 am 05 May 06

Seven Storey, Call-in Corbell has now apologised to Keelty. That must make him Sorry Simon.

vg 9:39 pm 04 May 06

Simon, like the last Labor Police Minister, and the one before that, will fail to set foot in a Police station during his tenure. Pathetically out of touch

Thumper 10:51 am 04 May 06

What the f*ck is going on with this government?

Simon is somewhat like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that doesn’t exist….

Ari 10:22 am 04 May 06

The tantrum on 666 has made the wire services.

che 10:01 am 04 May 06

we know that JB, I doubt Simon does
Ross also asked why shouldn’t other senior public servants air their views if things aren’t going right
which I feel falls into the path of them providing frank and fearless advise
but politicians don’t want to hear about that rubbish

I wonder what Mick will come back with in reply

johnboy 9:33 am 04 May 06

Simon forgets that Keelty doesn’t work for his government.

che 9:13 am 04 May 06

On 666 Ross Solley has just interviewed Simon Corbell who has gotten stuck into Mick Keelty, saying that Mick as a Public Servant should not be critising the government – anyone got any more?

Thumper 10:03 pm 03 May 06

And I should have added that a seperate ACT Police force would see us with even less numbers of Police given the state of the ACT budget.

Thumper 10:02 pm 03 May 06

I think Mr Keelty should stay out of the media.

However, I do agree with him.

In this day and age where the Federal Police are expected to provide officers in overseas peacekeeping missions and what not, I can understand his frustration.

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