Stephen/Eric,

In response to your critique of ‘Melbourne Confidential’ we make the following points.

The programme did not as you assert have police ‘pulling the trigger’. The programme said: ‘While there is no evidence to show police directly involved in this one, they were clearly in the background’.

You also downplay the Thomas Ivanovic revelation. Ivanovic is godfather to Dhakota Williams. We understand Carl and Roberta Williams were in court for the Ivanovic trial. You might argue that drug trafficking and murder does not qualify Ivanovic as a Mr Big. What made him more of a key figure, and newsworthy in this scenario, was the link he provided between the Williams and Dale. Victoria Police certainly thought it important, as did the Office of Police Integrity, which identified Dale as a suspect in the leaking of confidential Information Reports (to among others, the Williams.) Given all this, are you seriously suggesting Four Corners downplay the connection or ignore these facts.

We appreciate you did say the programme was a ‘ripper’. We still don’t understand what you meant by it being better placed on ‘Australian Story’. We also have no idea who the critics in Melbourne ‘shouting down’ the story are. But we are curious. There has been a bit of pro-Williams propaganda turning up in the media. We are sorry to read it again in Crikey.

Chris Masters. Sarah Curnow. Nick McKenzie.

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