Here’s an idea for a cross-promotion.
Maybe AFP: Australian Federal Police should do a show chasing 60 Minutes.
According to The Australian, the Immigration Department is asking the AFP to see if 60 Minutes committed any offences when it used a drone-like contraption called a Hexacopter that took video pictures while hovering low over Christmas Island’s buildings, asylum-seekers and guards.
The remote-control drone gathered images for 60 Minutes before it fell into the sea before being retreived by a local diver. Where was Sea Patrol when they were needed?
The incident was part of the fact-finding that was conducted for a story on detention centres for 60 Minutes.
According to the article, reporter Liam Bartlett was apparently denied access when he approached the island’s detention centres on Wednesday and Thursday after turning up with a refugee advocate, Kate Gauthier of ChillOut (Children Out of Detention.)
He eventually asked for access as a taxpayer but was denied due to “operational reasons.”
“We should be allowed to go in on behalf of the long-suffering taxpayer,” he said.
“If the taxpayer can’t see what they’re paying for, and, gee, aren’t they paying for it through the nose, something’s crook.”
The Oz also noted a producer’s request for “nothing less than four stars” for accommodation when making inquiries at the tourist bureau elicited a few laughs from the locals.
However on Saturday he tweeted, “Serious factual errors from Paige Taylor on page 2 of Todays Oz – if your going to bag us, at least have the decency to get it right!” He also denied suggestions he had attempted to hide a microphone wrapped around Gauthier’s baby.
In today’s Australian, Bartlett says he got permission from the Immigration Department to visit a detention centre on Christmas Island, but when he turned up a security guard said: “You’re not coming in.”
Despite all the apparent hoo-ha, the story aired on 60 Minutes last night.
Over to you, AFP.