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Despite his best efforts, the campaigning MP’s cause was going nowhere. He has been diligent but by 1953 he has hit a dead end. The Police in all States write with a common theme: there is suspicion but no evidence. They have the baby marketers ducking for cover, but in the end it all fizzles out - until senior Victoria Police are caught with their hand in the till.

The 1970 Victorian Abortion Inquiry tells of high-ranking police masterminding an abortion protection racket, demanding and receiving massive bribes from prominent medical specialists and engaging in an extensive conspiracy to pervert justice. A Melbourne Age editorial concluded: 'It would have been naive to suppose that responsible ministers and officials, and successive police chiefs, had no inkling of what was going on.'

It was also naïve to think that abortion was the only illicit reproductive service being protected. Baby sales were also a profitable business in the baby black -market era from 1945 to 1974 and few senior police, judges and lawyers believe police corruption in Victoria started, and was limited to the abortion protection racket, the origins of which were traced back to the mid-1940s. However it was the first time that police corruption had been unearthed on such a massive scale.

 

Despite his best efforts, the campaigning MP’s cause was going nowhere. He has been diligent but by 1953 he has hit a dead end.