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NSW phone bugging report: who said what

AAP logoAAP 20/12/2016

REACTION TO NSW BUGGING REPORT:

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Cath Burn

"I have never sanctioned, authorised or pursued illegal tapping of police officers."

"I reject absolutely the suggestion that I may have engaged in unreasonable, let alone unlawful, conduct in connection with this matter."

"While mistakes occurred at Mascot, I can say with complete confidence that, at all times, I performed my role conscientiously, ethically, honestly and in accordance with my oath of office, statement of values and the law."

Former NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas

"It was supposed to be about serious wrongdoing on a large scale several years ago ... what it turned into was an investigation into who revealed that wrongdoing."

"How can anybody in NSW under the Baird government now have faith in coming forward to make serious complaints about senior people in government, if the ombudsman's office, which is legislatively tasked with looking after whistleblowers, turned this thing around into a witch hunt for those who dared to complain?"

Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro

"The government will consider the report and respond in due course."

NSW Police Force

"The report's detailed findings and recommendations require careful consideration before the NSW Police force is in a position to respond."

NSW Police Association

"The release of the ombudsman report today again highlights the inherent unfairness and lack of natural justice for members of the NSW Police Force."

"This has been an ongoing saga that has dragged on since 2000 and has destroyed the careers and reputations of police officers."

NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge

"Despite literally dozens of serious legal breaches being identified none of the officers who engaged in this conduct are likely to face criminal prosecution.

"It is an act of political bastardry that sees the one officer, Nick Kaldas, who fought hardest to get to the truth about the illegal bugging, facing an adverse finding because he refused to give up a confidential source."

Acting NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley

"What the report does highlight is the ongoing tension and disarray in the senior echelons of NSW Police Force, which the Baird government has shied away from addressing."

"The government should without delay apologise to those many officers and civilians whom the ombudsman says were wrongly targeted."

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