INTERVIEW: Excitement is building as the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival returns in under a week to the State Library of New South Wales between 2-5 December. From Rural Noir to Investigative Journalism to Cozy Crime to Indigenous perspectives on the criminal justice system, there will be plenty of diverse views and opinions from a star-studded guest list across crime fiction and true crime. The Festival’s artistic director, Catherine du Peloux Menagé, speaks to Therese Taylor for True Crime News Weekly about what audiences can expect.
We are joined live in the studio by comedian and satirist, Kieran Butler, who gives us his thoughts on all the wild scenes in Melbourne over the past week where conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have got the nooses and gallows out on to the city’s streets calling for the head of Victoria’s Premier Dan Andrews. Kieran also talks about his plans to begin imitating PM Scott Morrison for True Crime News Weekly. With your co-hosts Serkan Ozturk and Nirai McRae.
EXCLUSIVE: Fond of spending millions of dollars advertising on television and print media in its attempts to appeal to bogans across Australia, betting giant Sportsbet has gone all quiet this week after being fined for breaking the law again with a number of illegal gambling ads. Serkan Oztuk reports.
EXCLUSIVE: In a sign of the times there has emerged yet more worrying evidence that Australia is sliding down a slippery slope into becoming a dangerous police state, with a Western Sydney granddad paid a visit at his home by NSW Police officers who insinuated he was a paedophile for simply creating a petition about the bizarre school hours of the local primary school his beloved granddaughter will attend next year. Toby O’Brien reports.
We are joined by journalist Adam Greenwood to talk about about his shocking true tale of being set upon by NSW Police’s controversial Fixated Persons Investigations Unit after he blew the whistle on widespread, endemic corruption at a council in Bowral, in NSW’s picturesque Southern Highlands. With your co-hosts Serkan Oztuk and Nirai McRae.
EXCLUSIVE: The sale of an office premises belonging to Victoria’s Health Minister, Martin Foley, for more than $1 million over its reserve before a public auction to the big boss of a call centre who was coincidentally then handed a cushy $20 million-plus government contract just weeks later by Premier Dan Andrews’ state Labor government has raised all sorts of curious questions. Gary Johnston reports.
EXCLUSIVE: The use of NSW Police’s controversial Fixated Persons Investigations Unit has been likened to a “proto-fascist squadron” and “political goon squad” with yet another horrifying story of how it has been used to prevent public knowledge of political and police corruption. This major investigation into how the ecosystem of corruption operates from the regions of NSW to Sydney and beyond is presented by Melanie Coutts and Serkan Ozturk.
EXCLUSIVE: A judge has found Constable Daniel Keneally – the NSW Police officer son of high-profile Labor senator Kristina Keneally – acted corruptly by fabricating evidence and lying about receiving death threats which resulted in a completely innocent man imprisoned and forced to spend three weeks in solitary confinement after having his home raided by the controversial Fixated Persons Unit. Yet, in a futile attempt to cover up his wrongdoing, Constable Keneally and his powerful, wealthy family ran to one of Australia’s most expensive defamation lawyers to threaten the victim as well as this very media outlet. But to no avail. Serkan Ozturk reports.