Secret State: An Expose' by Julian Grill
Paperback, 613 pages
Retail Price: $44
Jan 2022 Release
Julian’s book, Secret State, was researched and written over almost a
decade. It details the strenuous and doubtfully legitimate program
waged by WA’s Corruption and Crime Commission against him and former WA
Premier Brian Burke.
The CCC campaign was largely based on covert surveillance, including
phone taps, hidden recording devices and cameras, secret grossly unfair
inquisitions – and public hearings that were used to create media
stories and damage witnesses’ credibility. The decade-long CCC operation
occasioned a media storm across Australia, but was ultimately
fruitless. However, the over hyped vendetta created extensive personal
and reputational damage to Julian and Brian, and their families, friends
and associates – including a host of blameless senior public servants
who had routine or incidental contacts with the two CCC targets.
Secret State sets the record straight. Julian’s attention to accuracy
and detail, and his entertaining literary style, make it a significant
contribution to WA’s legal and social history in the early decades of
the 21st Century.
After graduating from the University of Western Australia, Julian
Grill practised as a barrister and solicitor in WA’s Goldfields region,
involved intensively in criminal defence and mining law.
In 1977, representing the Australian Labor Party, he was elected to
the WA Legislative Assembly. During his 24 years in Parliament he held
many ministerial portfolios.
After retiring from Parliament in 2001, Julian served as the chairman
and non-executive director of several publicly listed companies. He
also established Julian Grill Consulting, providing legal, strategic and
government relations advice to an extensive list of corporate clients.