Another Rat leaves the sinking coalition of the wicked WRITTEN BY BRUCE FRANCIS

Another Rat leaves the sinking coalition of the wicked.


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First, it was Andrew Demetriou, to ensure he could join the Crown board before being thrown out; then David Evans and Ian Robson; then, now Victorian governor Linda Dessau; then Paul Little; then Bill Kelty; then Kate Lundy; then the Northern region ombudsman; then David Howman; then Sussan Ley; and now McDevitt.

Fitzpatrick obviously can’t handle the heat and will be next to go.

That leaves Gill McLachlan, Brett Clothier, Liz (TH) Lukin, Andrew Dillon; Chris Heffernan, Lindsay Tanner, Xavier Campbell, Elen Perdikogiannis, Clare Amies, Caroline Wilson, Patrick Smith, Bambi @GerardWhateley and a few club presidents who have stood by and allowed the AFL to destroy James Hird’s life. And let’s not forget the judge’s wife who verbally assaulted James Hird at the Christmas party.

I must admit that I have mixed feelings about McDevitt resigning. As McDevitt contributed to destroying James Hird, he deserved to be humiliated by being sacked after a judicial inquiry.

McDevitt should have resigned when he gave WADA a heap of tainted evidence, that included changed evidence and fabricated evidence, to use against the players

He should have resigned when he hood-winked the ADRVP on 14 November 2014.

He should have resigned when he misled Parliament at the 3 March 2016, Senate Estimates hearing. But having got away with misleading another bunch of politicians, he decided to stay put.

Paradoxically, given my desire to see him suffer slowly, recent events involving me may have contributed to his decision to jump ship. McDevitt knew that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Sport Greg Hunt had no choice but to create a judicial inquiry to investigate evidence that alleges ASADA, the AFL, WADA, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Justice Jim Spigelman, the Ombudsman’s Office, the Essendon board and the Victorian WorkSafe Authority were either corrupt or inept or biased or all three.

McDevitt knew that if Mr Turnbull and Mr Hunt didn’t order a judicial inquiry their reputations would be destroyed forever through condoning the greatest corruption in the history of Australian sport.

ASADA’s response to my FOI request confirmed that McDevitt misled Parliament on 3 March 2016 when he corruptly inserted words into a text sent by Stephen Dank to Dean Robinson on 23 August 2011. This was humiliating for McDevitt and he should have resigned then.

In the second half of 2016, I lodged complaints with the Australian Information Commissioner against ASADA for not complying with my reasonable FOI requests. On 9 September 2016, ASADA launched a vicious, vexatious, vile 73-paragraph counter-claim against me and requested that I be declared a vexatious applicant.

On Monday 6 February 2017, the Information Commissioner informed me that he had dismissed ASADA’s case against me.

Having been humiliated twice in recent weeks, once by his own organisation, and once by the Information Commissioner, McDevitt belatedly did the right thing and resigned.

I hope he realises that he can run but he can’t hide.

Bruce Francis

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