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Second letter to police watchdog over Fuller-Morrison call

An update today on the status of the NSW police commissioner, Mick Fuller, and his referral to the state’s police integrity watchdog.

Last week NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge formally referred Fuller to the law enforcement conduct commission, over his phone call with Scott Morrison about the police investigation into Angus Taylor.

Morrison had spoken to Fuller to discuss the active investigation into Taylor, something Shoebridge claims was “highly inappropriate”, and a potential breach of section 10 of the LECC Act (serious misconduct).

Today Shoebridge has sent a second letter, updating his referral with a specific regulation that Fuller may have breached.

It is clause 76 of the NSW police regulation 2005:

“A member of the NSW police force must treat all information which comes to his or her knowledge in his or her official capacity as strictly confidential, and on no account without proper authority divulge it to anyone.

“A police officer must observe the strictest secrecy … and is forbidden to communicate without proper authority in any way to any person outside the NSW police force any information in regard to police or other official business.”

Fuller has told the Australian newspaper that his conversation with Morrison was “extremely short” and gave “no more or less information than what was in the media release”. “He just wanted confirmation we were conducting an investigation,” Fuller said.

Shoebridge said this was “an unambiguous law” that “binds the commissioner as much as any constable”.

“All information that commissioner Fuller had about the investigation had to be treated as confidential unless he had a valid basis to disclosure it,” he said. “To date neither the PM nor the commissioner have been able to establish any legitimate basis for this briefing.”

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, and the NSW police commissioner, Mick Fuller.

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, and the NSW police commissioner, Mick Fuller. Composite: Tracey Nearmy/Dan Himbrechts/Getty/AAP

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