– The Gillard Government has been accused of prematurely tarring thousands of sports people, as the high-profile drugs-in-sport operation is revealed to be at a much earlier stage than first suggested.
Three months after the “blackest day in sport” media conference, not only have no prosecutions been made, but the Australian Federal Police says it has not initiated a single investigation as a result of the Crime Commission’s report.
Victoria Police declined to comment and NSW police say it has been referred information and detectives are assessing it.
The controversy begun on February 7th when Justice Minister Jason Clare fronted a press conference at Parliament House beside Sports Minister Kate Lundy and the heads of Australia’s sporting codes to release the Crime Commission’s report of a 12-month investigation into organised crime and drugs in sport.
Mr Clare said they had discovered widespread doping among “multiple athletes across a number of codes” and links between sports stars and organised crime.
But they were unable – and are still unable – to name codes, clubs or players suspected of doping. Everyone in Australia became a suspect.
Coalition spokesman on scrutiny of government Jamie Briggs accused Labor of using the dramatic media conference as a “political diversion”. He acknowledged that the Crime Commission’s report was “undoubtedly serious” but questioned the government’s “hysterical” handling of it.
Crime Commission CEO John Lawler said the announcement had been “misunderstood” and the operation was about intelligence-gathering rather than arrests. Mr Clare and Sports Minister Lundy have since softened their rhetoric and argue the main sign of success is “behaviour change” rather than catching criminals.
Fairfax Media revealed on Wednesday that senior Labor ministers criticised Mr Clare in cabinet for his “overblown rhetoric”.
Mr Clare’s spokesman said the minister did not regret the way he handled the announcement – Jonathan Swan & Leesha McKenny


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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