Hearings

Hearings

The Commission will resume public hearings on Monday 17 June 2019.

The Commission’s fourth round of public hearings will focus on 2004 and 2005, including Nicola Gobbo’s dealings with Paul Dale, the Purana taskforce, and her handover to the Source Development Unit and registration as a human source by the SDU in September 2005.
 
Potential witnesses include Paul Dale (recalled); Tim Argall (recalled); Andy Allen; Gavan Ryan; Nigel L’Estrange; Mark Hatt; Michelle Kerley; Jason Kelly; Steve Mansell; Paul Rowe; Michael Dolan; Tony Biggin; Jim O’Brien; Dale Flynn; Stuart Bateson; Phillip Swindells; Boris Buick; and former Deputy Ombudsman, Police Complaints, Brian Hardiman.

While the Commission’s preference is to hold its hearings in public, it may be necessary to close parts of these hearings to protect the safety of certain witnesses and affected persons.
 
Those wishing to attend should note that the hearings may be streamed live through this website and images of people in the public gallery could be captured. 

Usual location and hours

Public hearings take place at the Fair Work Commission, Court Room 1, Level 6, 11 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, unless otherwise indicated.  
 
Usual hearing hours are from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. 
 
Please note that the Commission does not conduct hearings every day.  To find out when hearings will be taking place, please check this page or call the Commission on 1800 312 612.

Transcripts, statements and exhibits 
The table below contains information including transcripts, statements and exhibits. 
 
Before information can be made public, it must be carefully reviewed (and redacted where appropriate) by the Commission in consultation with Victoria Police. This may cause some delays in publishing. 

Focus: 2004 to 2005, Paul Dale, the Purana Taskforce, and registration by the SDU
Monday 17 June 2019
Witness Related documents
Former Victoria Police Officer Paul Dale (recalled)  
Directions hearing
Wednesday 5June 2019 (Transcript)

Focus: 2003 to 2004
Wednesday 22 May 2019 

Witnesses Related documents
  RC0157 Letter to Commission
'Person 12' (RC0147b Statement)  
Former Victoria Police Officer David Miechel (RC0149 Statement) RC0150 Prism data
Former Victoria Police Officer Paul Dale  
Former Victoria Police Officer Paul Firth - Not required to appear (RC0155 Statement)  
Former Victoria Police Officer Malcolm Rosenes - Not required to appear (RC0156 Statement)  

Tuesday 21 May 2019 

Friday 17 May 2019 (Transcript)

Witness Related documents
Former Victoria Police Officer Andrew Murray Gregor (RC0129b Statement) RC0131 Statement

Thursday 16 May 2019  

Witnesses Related documents
Superintendent Kevin Sheridan, Victoria Police (RC0121 Statement) RC0122 Signature on informer application
Former Victoria Police Officer George Tapai (RC0123b Statement) RC0124 Prism data
Inspector  Wayne Cheesman, Victoria Police (RC0126 Statement)  
 Wednesday 15 May 2019 (Transcript)
Witnesses Related documents
Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill, Victoria Police (RC0114 Statement) RC0115 Request for assistance 
RC0116 Informer registration
RC0117 Diary of Hill
Detective Senior Constable Liza Burrows, Victoria Police  

Tuesday 14 May 2019 

Witnesses Related documents
Former Victoria Police Officer Charlie Bezzina (RC0102a Statement; RC0102b Supplementary statement) RC0103 Diary of Bezzina
RC0104 Interview transcript
RC0105 Information report
RC0106 Information report 
Former Victoria Police Officer Terry Purton (RC0107b Statement) RC109a Diary of Purton

Focus: 1999 to 2003
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hursday 10 May 2019 (Transcript)
Friday 9 May 2019 (Transcript)

Witness  Related documents
Former Detective Inspector Peter De Santo, Victoria Police (RC0097b Statement) RC0098b Diary of Gobbo
RC0101 Diary of De Santo

Wednesday 8 May 2019 (Transcript)

Witness  Related documents
Former Detective Sergeant 'Kruger', Victoria Police RC0094 Committal mention
RC0095b Diary of Gobbo
Principal Solicitor, David Foster, Victoria Police  (RC0096 Statement)  

Thursday 2 May 2019 (Transcript)

Witness  Related documents
Detective Senior Constable David Bartlett, Victoria Police (RC0093b Statement)  

Wednesday 1 May 2019 (Transcript)

Witnesses   Related documents
Former Victoria Police Officer Wayne Strawhorn (RC0080 Statement) RC0082 Property letters
RC0085R Information report
RC0086 Operation Carron final report
RC0087b Diary of Strawhorn
RC0088 Contact summary
Inspector Martin Allison, Victoria Police (RC0089 Statement) Nil
Former Victoria Police Officer Steven Martin (RC0090 Statement) RC0091 Information report
Former Victoria Police Officer Christopher Notman (RC0092b Statement; RC0092c Statement)  

Tuesday 30 April 2019 (Transcript

Witness      Related documents
Former Victoria Police Officer Wayne Strawhorn (RC0080 Statement)  

Focus: 1993 to 1999
Tuesday 2 April 2019 

Witnesses         Related documents
Former Assistant Commissioner Jeff Pope, Victoria  Police (RC0057 Statement) RC0059 ARU information report
RC0060 ARU information report
RC0061  Affidavit of Pope
RC0062 Transcript of conversation
RC0063 Diary of Pope
Former Detective Sergeant 'Kruger', Victoria Police (RC0064 Statement) RC0051 Diary of 'Kruger'
RC0055 Contact summary
RC0056 Application to authorise CIU assistance
RC0058 Activity log
RC0065 Contact summary
RC0066 Operation Hamadan final report
RC0067a Diary of 'Kruger'
RC0067b Diary of 'Kruger'
RC0068 ARU information report
Assistant Commissioner John (Jack) Blayney, Victoria Police (RC0069 Statement) RC0070 Progress report
RC0071 Contact summary
Former Detective Sergeant Kira Olney, Victoria Police (RC0072 Statement) Nil
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Woolfe, Victoria Police (RC0073 Statement)  
Former Victoria Police Officer Mark Bowden (RC0077 Statement)  
Solicitor for Victoria Police, Roger Jeans (RC0078 Statement)  
Monday 1 April 2019 (Transcript)
Witnesses      Related documents
Non-publication order  
Detective Inspector Gavan Segrave, Victoria Police (RC0032 Statement) RC0033 ARU information report
RC0034 Informer application
RC0034b Informer application
RC0035 ARU information report
RC0036 ARU information report
RC0037 ARU information report
RC0038 ARU information report
RC0039 ARU information report
RC0040 ARU information report
RC0041 ARU information report
RC0042 ARU information report
RC0043 ARU information report
RC0044 ARU information report
RC0045 ARU information report
RC0046 ARU information report
RC0047 ARU information report
RC0048 ARU information report
RC0049 ARU information report
RC0050 Recommendation to reclassify N Gobbo
Detective Senior Sergeant Rodney Arthur, Victoria Police (RC0052 Statement) RC0053 Contact summary
Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Argall, Victoria Police (RC0054 Statement)  
Former Assistant Commissioner Jeff Pope, Victoria Police (RC0057 Statement)  
Friday 29 March 2019 (Transcript)
Witnesses              Related documents
Non-publication order  RC0012 Affidavit to verify Articles
RC0013 Academic transcript
RC0014 Application for admission
RC0015 Affidavit to Board of Examiners
RC0016 Affidavit of Service 
RC0017 Affidavit supporting  Application
RC0018 Board of Examiners Certificate
RC0019 Certificate of Admission 
Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson APM, Victoria Police                                                                       RC0011 Letter to S Patton
Former Senior Constable Michael Holding, Victoria Police (RC0020 Statement) RC0021 Letter of commendation
RC0022 Print out of charges
Acting Inspector Peter Trichias, Victoria Police (RC0023 Statement) RC0024 Letter of commendation
Former Detective Sergeant John Gibson, Victoria Police (RC0025 Statement) RC0026 Diary of Gibson
RC0027 Contact summary
Sergeant Trevor Ashton, Victoria Police (RC0028 Statement) RC0029 Day book and diary of Ashton
RC0030 Registration of human source
RC0031 Contact summary

Thursday 28 March  2019 (Transcript)

Witness Related documents
Non-publication order   
Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson APM, Victoria Police (RC0008 Statement - Subject to final redaction approval by the Commission) RC0009 Letter to S Patton
RC0010 Letter to R Redlich

Wednesday 27 March  2019 (Transcript)

Witness Related documents
Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson APM, Victoria Police (RC0008 Statement - Subject to final redaction approval by the Commission) RC0007 Informer application

Opening statements

Friday 15 February 2019 (Transcript)