Victoria’s professional association for solicitors has strongly criticised a controversial agreement between Victoria Police and the AFL that details how the organisations should share information about criminal investigations into players.
The Law Institute of Victoria said it is gravely concerned by the secrecy surrounding the document and the impact it could have on the public’s faith in police.
The AFL has pointed to a clause that explicitly states that information could be shared only if it did not breach privacy laws and strongly stated that no information was swapped during the four-month period the agreement reportedly covered after the 2009 season finished.
The agreement, which was signed in confidence but obtained this week by AAP under freedom of information laws, said police were obliged to give the AFL information relating to criminal investigations that ”would be prejudicial to the interest of the AFL”.
AFL corporate affairs manager Brian Walsh said the AFL had never sought any information stemming from police investigations.
Read more in The Age.
The notion that police could be hand-in-glove with or the maid-servant of a sports organization is troubling. How did this even get this far?