Police were warned Brisbane’s Whiskey Au Go Go would be burned down, inquest told

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Immigration section investigators “came retired of the shadows” to pass constabulary they had been told Brisbane’s Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub would beryllium burned down earlier the fatal firebombing successful 1973, an inquest has heard.

The erstwhile ACT lawyer wide Bernard Collaery, who was an researcher astatine the migration section successful the 1970s, gave grounds by video nexus connected Wednesday astatine the inquest into the deaths of 15 radical successful the nightclub attack.

The coroner’s tribunal successful Brisbane heard Collaery was besides told the present disgraced detective Roger Rogerson and different New South Wales constabulary serviceman were “jealous” of a heroin cognition astatine the Fortitude Valley venue.

Collaery, a prosecuted whistleblower, said his squad was told that a pistillate had been recruited astatine the nine arsenic a cause mule and provided a passport by an migration serviceman successful Brisbane.

That migration serviceman admitted providing passports for radical recruited astatine the venue to bring heroin from south-east Asia, the inquest heard.

Collaery told the inquest that the serviceman said the nine had besides attracted the attraction of definite radical successful Sydney.

“I callback the migration serviceman mentioning names I was acquainted with, 1 of them was Roger Rogerson, and determination was … a constabulary serviceman notoriously known arsenic Freddy Krahe,” Collaery said.

“I callback knowing that those officers … were progressive successful the antagonism towards the heroin commercialized that we believed was operating retired of Whiskey Au Go Go.”

Collaery said Rogerson – who is expected to springiness grounds astatine the inquest connected Friday – and Krahe were notorious successful Sydney astatine the clip for their corruption, “and my squad good knew it”.

The serviceman besides indicated threats had been made to halt the nightclub operating and that “there would beryllium a fire”.

Collaery had nary recollection of being told of immoderate transportation betwixt the officers and the fire. But the accusation was corroborated by a “well placed” Sydney-based informant that Collaery managed for years aft helium was detained for coming into Australia unlawfully, the inquest heard.

The informant was truthful invaluable his household was allowed into Australia legally “as a reward and to promote that informant’s deeper penetration into that satellite successful Sydney astatine the time”, Collaery told the inquest.


Because of the superior quality of the allegation that the nightclub would beryllium attacked with radical inside, Collaery told the inquest that helium was instructed to walk connected accusation to the caput of Queensland’s information branch.

“That was unusual, conscionable to travel out, due to the fact that to beryllium rather frank we didn’t truly spot the police,” Collaery told the inquest.

Collaery said his squad had came crossed allegations of unit oregon intended unit reasonably frequently.

“But the happening that made maine rise this contented with my brag was that the nine wasn’t going to beryllium burnt down astatine night, it was going to beryllium burnt arsenic a going concern,” Collaery told the inquest.

“That’s wherefore we benignant of came retired of the shadows.”

He told the inquest that helium did not cognize however agelong it was betwixt receiving the accusation and the firebombing of the club.

James Finch and John Stuart were arrested wrong a week of the Whiskey bombing and convicted of execution that aforesaid year.

The inquest into the 8 March 1973 occurrence was reopened aft the admittance of grounds successful the trials of Vincent O’Dempsey and Garry Dubois, who were convicted of murdering Barbara McCulkin and her 2 daughters 44 years ago.

The inquest continues.