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Bikie spy                                                                                                                     Unleashed . . . the desire
                                                                                                                              that drives Mark Webber                                                                                                                                                                                                                          denies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               plotting
infiltrated                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    new poll
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               TONY ABBOTT has rejected emphat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ically the notion that he is secretly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               manoeuvring for a second election.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Of course I want to make this situ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ation work,” the Coalition leader told
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the Herald yesterday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “The public wants politicians to

● Secret drug files stolen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     form a stable and competent govern-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ment, and the Coalition can do that.”

● Undercover agents at risk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some politicians, including the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Greens leader, Bob Brown, have said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Mr Abbott is angling to wreck
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               negotiations with the three rural
EXCLUSIVE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      independent MPs.
Nick McKenzie
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A BIKIE informant inside the NSW
                                                                               +         Crime Inc
                                                                                       On Monday the Herald
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The independents would then sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               posedly seek to support a Labor gov-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ernment, and Mr Abbott was suspected
Police Force has leaked sensitive                                              takes readers into the world of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of planning to attack this in the hope of
information about several criminal                                             bikie gangs, Chinese                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            forcing another election. But asked yes-
investigations, risking the safety of                                          gangsters and the fortunes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      terday if he favoured a second election,
undercover police agents.                                                      made by those operating in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      he said: ‘‘Of course not.”
   The infiltration of state and federal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mr Abbott fuelled such theories
drug inquiries by the Comanchero                                               the criminal underworld. As                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     when he took a hardline approach to
bikie gang has been described as one of                                        part of a joint investigation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the independents and rejected point
the worst cases of alleged corruption in                                       with ABC TV’s Four Corners,
the NSW Police in recent years.
   Officials suspect the leaked inform-
ation includes intelligence gathered
by Australia’s elite crime fighting
                                                                               the Herald lifts the lid on the
                                                                               workings of a contemporary
                                                                               crime syndicate and examines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               +       The people’s verdict
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      News Review

body, the Australian Crime Commis-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lenore Taylor
                                                                               how the police are battling the
sion, the NSW Crime Commission                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Leaders walk the tightrope
and the NSW Police.                                                            booming drugs trade.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Peter Hartcher
   Police officials suspect that the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Funny farm on the hill
contents of more than a dozen NSW                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Mike Carlton
police files were obtained by the
Comanchero, affecting up to eight                                              group’s members are variously
criminal investigations.                                                       involved in alleged organised crime                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             blank their request to see Treasury
   The information obtained by the                                             activity, including drug trafficking,        ’’The day I don’t care about being beaten is the day to hang up the helmet’’ ... Mark Webber at his home outside London. Photo: Neale Haynes                                                                                                       costings of his policies.
bikies jeopardised the safety of                                               extortion and the nightclub industry.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              His rejection angered the three –
undercover police operatives because                                              A requirement in the law to show that     The formula one frontrunner is determined to go out as a champion, writes Daniel Lewis.                                                                                                                                                            Bob Katter, Robert Oakeshott and
it triggered suspicion in the gang                                             a defendant has profited from their                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Tony Windsor – who accused him of
about spying within its own ranks.                                             conduct – which police were unable to        TOMORROW Mark Webber will roar                              years since entering F1 in 2002,                                                                 tyre barrier. Webber and his partner      of the sport and a true gentleman.          acting in bad faith and of having
   It is understood that after the leak                                        show in Mr Gregoriou’s case – means he       his Red Bull car around the Spa-                            Webber has won four of the 12 F1                                                                 Ann Neal went to the south of France      Although he didn’t play in the match,       something to hide.
was detected about the middle of last                                          faces only the less serious summary          Francorchamps circuit of Belgium as                         races this year, including Monaco,                                                               for a break. Webber did plenty of         we also caught up with [Australian             Yesterday Mr Abbott caved in to
year authorities took urgent steps to                                          offences of larceny and unlawfully dis-      he resumes his bid to become the first                      and narrowly leads the championship                                                              cycling to keep fit.                      goalkeeper] Mark Schwarzer [who             pressure and agreed to have his
protect the welfare of an undercover                                           closing information as a public official.    Australian since Alan Jones in 1980 to                      after victory in the last grand prix in                                                             ‘‘I managed to get out on the bike     plays for Fulham] afterwards for a          remaining policies costed by Treas-
police operative and to identify the                                              It is alleged he leaked information to    claim motor sport’s greatest prize, the                     Hungary this month.                                                                              most days and did some awesome            quick bite to eat, so it was good to see    ury, and for the full amount – and its
leaker.                                                                        his friend Peter Vassily, who in turn        formula one drivers’ championship.                            Seven races remain. The Belgian                                                                riding in the mountains,’’ he said.       him again.’’                                impact on the budget bottom line – to
   Late last year NSW Police anti-                                             leaked it to associates of the Coman-           And the former Canberra Raiders                          grand prix this weekend is the first                                                                ‘‘I met up with some local cyclists       The summer break is a cost-saving        be given to the independents.
corruption investigators charged the                                           chero. Mr Vassily, 28, who faces charges     ballboy, who turned 34 yesterday,                           since F1 went on its summer break.                                                               too who showed me some new routes.        measure and none of the teams has              But Mr Abbott insisted they not tell
suspected informant, the police ana-                                           of receiving stolen goods and possess-       admits that, despite all the glitz and                        It was a break Webber desperately                                                              It was nice just hanging out with         done any development work on the            anyone else about the costings until
lyst Terry Gregoriou, with stealing                                            ing prohibited items, has long associ-       glamour of competing in F1, he could                        needed after a season in which he                                                                family and friends and not having to      cars since Hungary.                         they had made their decision, saying it
three police documents.                                                        ations with figures connected to outlaw      call time on his career if he achieved                      collided and then feuded with his                                                                look at my watch every five minutes.’’       Webber said Spa had been a good          would be ‘‘unhelpful’’ to the process.
   Mr Gregoriou has worked as an                                               bikie groups.                                his goal of winning the championship                        teammate, Sebastian Vettel, and                                                                     Once home in England, he took his      track for him. ‘‘I was running strongly        Mr Windsor said he was relieved.
unsworn police analyst for several                                                Mr Vassily owns a real-estate busi-       – a prospect that is so tantalisingly                       accused his team of favouring Vettel.                                                            brother-in-law to his first football      there last year in fourth position but      He had felt rumblings from within
years, including in roles which gave                                           ness, Deakin Industrial Realty, in Arn-      near, yet also so far away.                                   But the biggest low was at the grand                                                           match – Fulham against Manchester         was issued with a drive-through             the Liberal Party about forcing anoth-
him access to information on organ-                                            dell Park with Hakan Tukel, who, with           Webber told the Herald this week: ‘‘I                    prix in Valencia when Webber clipped                                                             United at Craven Cottage. ‘‘He            penalty after the team released me          er election.
ised crime investigations.                                                     his brothers Fidel and Baris, is linked to   said when I signed the extension [of                        the back of another car at 300km/h                                                               couldn’t have gone to a better match.     too soon from my pit stop and straight         ‘‘Someone in the Liberals called me
   A joint investigation by Fairfax and                                        bikie gangs and organised crime fig-         my contract with Red Bull] for next                         before becoming airborne, flipping,                                                              It was full-on for the whole 90 minutes   into the path of Nick Heidfeld.             today and gave me a mouthful of
the ABC TV’s Four Corners into organ-                                          ures. Baris Tukel is an associate of the     year that I’m happy doing one-year                                                landing upside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   28, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and ended in a 2-2 draw. One of the          ‘‘I think Monza, in two races’ time,     abuse, saying why don’t I just get on
ised crime, to be aired on Monday,                                             Comanchero, and Fidel Tukel is an            deals. I’m not interested in                                                       down and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            AUGUST


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         highlights of the day was meeting Sir     will be our weakest circuit of the          with it and go back to an election,’’ Mr
reveals that the leaks occurred during                                         associate of the Rebels.                     competing in F1 just to make up                                                    smashing into a                                                           Bobby Charlton, who is such a legend      remaining seven. Spa is a big horse-        Windsor said. He would not disclose
one of Australia’s most significant                                               Several months ago Hakan Tukel            the numbers. The fire has to be                                                                                                                                                                        power circuit and we are lacking a bit of   who had abused him.
multi-agency criminal inquiries.                                               posted a ‘‘special message to [NSW           burning in the belly and the day I                                                                                                                                                                     that in the engine department. But if we       The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard,
   “In terms of the actual value of the
information being leaked, I would rate
it a five out of 10,’’ said one senior poli-
                                                                               police anti-bikie squad] Raptor’’ which
                                                                               says ‘‘grow up or man up ... dropping
                                                                               lies and names is a no no ... ”.
                                                                                                                            don’t care about being beaten is the
                                                                                                                            day to hang up the helmet. I want to
                                                                                                                            finish my career still being compet-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           +    Good Weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               At home with Australia’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   can come away from the next two races
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   with a good tally of points it would set
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   us up nicely for the remaining five
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               whose costings will be made public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               immediately, said Australians de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               served ‘‘absolute transparency’’ from
cing source said. ‘‘But in terms of its                                           Fidel and Hakan Tukel are well            itive and on a high.’’                                                                            Mark er
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Grand Prix glamour boy                                  tracks, which we believe play to the        both sides. What the independents
ability to possibly expose undercovers,                                        known in boxing circles, having a long          Having endured many barren                                                                     Webb     es                                                                                          strengths of the RB6.’’                                          Continued Page 12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What driv one
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it would be a nine out of 10.”                                                 involvement in Blacktown Hit Squad
   Law enforcement sources said they                                           gym. Fidel Tukel promotes boxing
suspected that associates of the
Comanchero actively cultivated Mr
                                                                               events in Sydney and Melbourne.
                                                                                  It is not the first time state anti-      Donations pour                                             NSW.indd
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mothers find relief                        SYDNEY CITY sunny 8°-17°
Gregoriou to work for them while he                                            corruption police have uncovered the
                                                                                                                            in for Pakistan                                                                                                                                              in equal custody
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TOMORROW: partly cloudy 9°-18°                                                                     ISSN 0312-6315
simultaneously worked for the police.                                          infiltration by outlaw bikie gangs of                                                                                                                                                                                                                LIVERPOOL sunny 3°-18°
   After suspicion about Mr Gregoriou                                          law enforcement agencies. In late            A fund-raising drive by UNICEF to aid                                                                                                                        Children who spend roughly equal time      TOMORROW: partly cloudy 2°-19°
began growing last year, law enforce-                                          2008 Victorian police files that poten-      flood-stricken Pakistan has more than                                                                                                                        with both parents after a split are no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PENRITH sunny 4°-18°
ment officials fed into the NSW police                                         tially compromised state and federal         tripled its target within its first 12 hours.                                                                                                                better or worse off than those who         TOMORROW: partly cloudy 2°-19°
database misinformation about his                                              drug trafficking investigations were         Organisers of the 72-hour radiothon,                                                                                                                         spend most time with their mothers, a
associates to see if he would access it,                                       leaked to the Black Uhlans.                  which had hoped to raise $500,000 by                                                                                                                         study shows. In fact, many mothers         WOLLONGONG mostly sunny 9°-17°
which he allegedly did.                                                           Mr Gregoriou is suspended with pay        8am on Monday had secured more than                                                                                                                          enjoy the break and many children think    TOMORROW: partly cloudy 7-17°                                            9 770312 631063
   The Comanchero operate in Sydney,                                           from the NSW Police. He will appear in       $1.8 million by 5pm yesterday.                              Souths rampage crushes Eels’ ambitions                                                           the arrangement is ‘‘fair’’.               DETAILS NEWS REVIEW, PAGE 13
Perth and Melbourne, and some of the                                           Downing Centre court on Monday.                World — Page 18                                                         SportsDay                                                                            News — Page 5




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