Labor frontbencher Mark Dreyfus

A small number of Labor MPs have begun finding their voice about the outrage of the prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery despite efforts by Labor's leadership to provide cover for the Liberals' harassment of the pair. Victorian MP Julian Hill and others raised the scandal in yesterday's caucus meeting and are set to receive a briefing from shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus on it.

Given Labor's, and Dreyfus', role in the scandal, MPs should be asking some hard questions of Dreyfus.

Timor-Leste's then-prime minister Xanana Gusmão wrote to Julia Gillard on December 7, 2012, about the bugging of Timor-Leste's cabinet and its impact on the Timor Sea Treaty. His goal was to settle the matter confidentially between governments, without it becoming public. Instead, the Gillard government wildly overreacted. It denied that the bugging had taken place despite the evidence Gusmão furnished, and (inexplicably) sent Margaret Twomey, who had been ambassador to Dili when the bugging took place, to see Gusmão.