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Peter Ryan's ferocious attack on former advisor Tristan Weston

Posted by: Ellen Feely | 8 March, 2013 - 11:11 AM
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Deputy Premier Peter Ryan has made his first public, blistering attack on his former advisor Tristan Weston, tearing into his credibility over the secret tape affair on the Neil Mitchell program.

Tensions were running high between the Police Minister and Neil Mitchell, in a knock-down, drag-out battle over the issue which this week lead to the departure of Ted Baillieu as Premier of Victoria.

READ: How Ted Baillieu's resignation unfolded

Mr Ryan’s tirade makes him the first politician to openly accuse Mr Weston of being responsible for the taping of conversations between himself, former Premier Ted Baillieu’s chief of staff Tony Nutt, and state director of the Liberal Party, Damian Mantach.

WATCH VIDEO: Neil Mitchell and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan go head-to-head over the Tristan Weston secret tape affair:

Mr Ryan flatly denied Mr Weston’s taped assertions that the Police Minister had lied about his involvement in the departure of former Victoria Police Commissioner Simon Overland, counter-attacking his former advisor’s reliability.

"We've got three guys sitting in a room in a conversation, a consensual conversation apparently to do with Mr Weston's future," Mr Ryan said on the Neil Mitchell program.

"Two of the contributors do not know that they are being taped.

"The third knows full well, because he's doing the taping, and in the course of the taping, he utters those words.

"If I may throw back to my legal career, if ever you saw a self-serving, apologist, half-baked commentary from a bloke who I would think, independently looking at this as much as I can be, set it so that he would be able to say those words into that tape which he was then making.

"I mean spare me, absolutely spare me. He (Tristian Weston) is doing the recording, Neil Mitchell. He's the one who set the whole thing up.

"He (Tristan Weston) is the one who taped this private conversation and did not tell these other two guys, and he feeds into that tape that verbiage and you're trying to tell me that's got some element of credibility about it?" 

Neil Mitchell said he was astounded to hear from Peter Ryan that he was not aware of the job offers made to Tristan Weston for taking the fall in the OPI affair, the Deputy Premier he needs media advice on the issue.

"I'm just amazed that when it was stated in July 13 last year that this had happened, you or Ted Baillieu didn't bother to ask anybody about it," Neil Mitchell said.

"And particularly you because it's your advisor, the bloke, (who) has allegedly been hung out to dry, being offered deals from the Liberal Party."

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  • At the end of the day Overland was gone. Surely a positive outcome! The current man is better than the last two put together. All else is political foolishness

    Norman McLennan Tuesday 12 March, 2013 - 10:33 PM
  • Istrongly believe politics in Victoria and austrlia is moving to the gutters with all the lies and counter lies in the name of power and egos

    john celmanski Monday 11 March, 2013 - 1:51 AM
  • Typical ryan dirty as hell he will not be on westons christmas card list go for it neil dont hold back do it for all victorians

    barry Friday 8 March, 2013 - 7:21 PM
  • Bye bye Peter....

    Gazza Friday 8 March, 2013 - 4:47 PM
  • Some conversations are meant to be private I don't blame Ryan for spitting the dummy, and talking of blowhards who could be worse than Rob Hulls or John look at me Brumby when those two shifty morons were in government>..

    Steve Friday 8 March, 2013 - 2:20 PM
  • Clearly Mr Ryan does not like people who tape record conversations. It appears this is because he does not like the truth coming out. Mr Ryan you may be genuinely fooling yourself with your smart talk and spin but the public can see what is going on very clearly.

    Patrick Boyle Friday 8 March, 2013 - 1:07 PM

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