AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin, appearing at the press conference to support the PM's statements, claimed that access to stored communications data is critical to “90 per cent” of both counter-terrorism and organised crime investigations.
However, he said that while access to stored data is a “foundational” building block of investigations, it's impossible to stipulate how many convictions relied on it. The AFP's systems, he said, simply aren't configured to report the association between “metadata” and eventual convictions.
Hmmm, so he knows as a percentage how critical it is because he can quote how many investigations found it critical but cannot say how many convictions relied on it. My, how convenient.
Does anyone else think the pictures of this lying little lickspittle have more than a hint of Gestapo about them?