Andrew Fraser, author of Snouts in the Trough, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

by |September 11, 2010

Get behind the lies, the slurs, the innuendo… If you have been watching the TV drama you’ll want to know the truth – Read what the man himself has to say – Buy the books, it’s the only way you can be sure you’re getting to the heart of the matter…

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The Booktopia Book Guru Asks

Andrew Fraser

author of

Snouts in the Trough

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I am 59 years young, brought up in Melbourne and schooled at Wesley College where, like Winston Churchill, it is said I went under the school, not through it! I was a good athlete and the class clown, a trait that has persisted throughout my life.

My marriage failed while in jail but I have been fortunate to meet a lovely new lady and my son (18) lives with us. My daughter (16) lives with mum but we have a close relationship.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

I have never wanted to be anything but a criminal defence lawyer. Lucky for me that came to pass because I haven’t the slightest clue what I would have done if I didn’t become a lawyer.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

Once upon a time (all fairy stories begin thus) I believed politicians existed for the greater good and always told the truth! I put this, down to my large “L” liberal upbringing.

4. What were three big events – in the family circle or on the world stage or in your reading life, for example – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced you in your career path?

My maternal grandfather, also a lawyer was a massive influence on me. He held the old Aussie values of the fair go for all and I followed suit. I remember watching the first moon landing and to me it confirmed anything can be accomplished if you want it badly enough. I have always been an avid reader but the book of greatest influence was an Aussie yarn Power Without Glory, a powerful “novel” which took my breath away with its brutal frankness. From then on I was convinced of the power of the written word.

5. Considering the innumerable electronic media avenues open to you – blogs, online newspapers, TV, radio, etc – why have you chosen to write a book? aren’t they obsolete?

Books are forever, they are not and never will be obsolete, the written endures long after electronic blogs have gone the way of all flesh. An additional advantage of books is usually writers are able to spell and construct a decipherable sentence.

6. Please tell us about your latest book…

Snouts in the Trough, Lifting the lid on Police Corruption in Victoria, something the current Government will not like with an election in the offing. It discloses corruption on a scale I never imagined existed.

7. If your work could change one thing in this world – what would it be?

Overpopulation and archaic attitudes to birth control.

8. Whom do you most admire and why?

Having been to jail for a lengthy period it has to be Nelson Mandela. His ability to overcome adversity and still have a benign view of the world is astounding.

9. Many people set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

Not at all ambitious: stay well and continue to rebuild my new life which I have been fortunate enough to receive. I have been given a second chance and I intend to grab it with both hands.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Don’t get despondent, when it gets all too hard, walk away for a while, but always come back. It is surprising how inspiring a break can be.

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UPDATE: From THE AGE… 27.10.11

The story of Andrew Fraser reads like a modern tragedy.

IT COULD be OthelloHamlet or Macbeth. It might be Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Matthew Newton or Lindsay Lohan. Whether the tale plays out as a Shakespearean tragedy or is splashed across the pages of the tabloids, we seem fascinated by rise-and-fall stories. We are entranced by those who topple, sometimes spectacularly, from a great height, from pedestals of considerable fame or wealth, from positions of power and prestige….

The 10-part pay-TV drama series Killing Time, starring David Wenham as Fraser, is an unblinking account of the lawyer’s rise and fall: his confidence and cockiness; his thrusting ambition and hunger for recognition; his love of the good life and desire for its trappings; his aptitude for negotiating the law. Read more…

From the publisher – Snouts in the Trough:

Every decade or so a book is published that is of such importance that it changes
the way we do things forever.

Snouts in the Trough is just such a book for its chilling chronicle of the crimes and betrayals of some of Australia’s own police, notorious rogue cops who stand charged with the ultimate form of police corruption – shielding their crimes behind their badges.

Andrew Fraser, author of bestsellers, Court in the Middle and Lunatic Soup is outspoken when it comes to corruption in Australia’s justice system. In a career in criminal law he was told about some of the worst of corruption but then as an insider in the prison system he learnt a great deal more about it first-hand.

This new book from Andrew Fraser will blow the lid open on the hidden world behind certain sections of Australian policing. These are true stories that you won’t read in the papers or see on the news. They may have been alluded to before but they’ve only skimmed the surface. Like the revelations that prompted the Fitzgerald Inquiry and the Wood Royal Commission, for the unsuspecting public these will shock and appall.

How millions of dollars in drugs escaped onto the streets.
• How police corruption contributed to the gangland killings.
• How pockets were lined with the proceeds of crime.
• How the “brotherhood” operates in this country and they benefits they reap.

This gripping real-life tale of corruption reveals a brotherhood, with hierarchies, rituals, and codes of conduct; how favours paid are returned in kind; how money spreads out among the few; how protecting your mates comes in above protecting others – a force riddled with rorts that leads down a path to murder and extortion.

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About the Contributor

While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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  • September 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Wow, sounds like a great read. Andrew Fraser has certainly been there and done that, so he would know as fact, things us lesser mortals would think might be fiction.


    • susan

      September 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Related to disgraced ex-cop/alleged killer Denis are we?

  • September 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Qoute No 10 from Twitter brought me to the interview. Quite re-assuring. However No4 is so very true- In Just Us Two a whole chapter recalls my Irish grandparents anddiscoveringmyroots. .My maternal grandmother in particular was a great influence on me.
    No5 re decipherablesentences-so true! I deplore the ‘new’ unreconisable text language which also seeps into e-mails etc.
    Youhave really struck a cord Andrew. Good luck with your latest book

  • Danielle Jensen

    September 27, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Thankyou? like one high profile detective recently said there is no time line for justice, may finally the whole truth of events during the late 80’s – 90’s be aired, for the innocent victims (family members) who have kept there belief in the legal system to some day have there day in court,Thankyou

    • Leanne Bowdler

      February 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      Danielle maybe he could find out what happened to your mum

      • Natalie Brizzi

        July 28, 2013 at 3:29 am

        That would be great… Us the family know who did this THE CORRUPT VICTORIAN POLICE FORCE for revenge…

  • October 3, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Very interesting, I look forward to reading this book!

  • October 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I have absolutely no doubt that everything that’s written is the truth, congrats Andrew, I’ve not been able to locate any lawyers in South Australia with even one gram of your courage. I love the sub title of the “THE BROTHERHOOD…” that’s exactly how the criminal element in Australian governments act. The book in which NSW police said I was a murder victim the title is “BROTHERS IN ARMS” Oh how I wish there were more like Andrew Fraser in Australia.

  • d armitage

    October 7, 2010 at 9:44 pm


    How can i purchase a book
    Snouts in the Trough
    by Andrew Fraser

  • mark wright

    October 11, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Have paid for novel, now been informed that this book has been pulled from the sales. Need to know how to retrieve money for purchse or am I going to receive novel. Hopefully this doesn`t turn into another scam.

    • October 11, 2010 at 10:02 am

      Hello Mark,
      Booktopia is a bookshop. Andre Fraser’s exposé Snouts in the Trough is published by Hardie Grant Books. The book is available in all Australian states but one, Victoria. The law is behind this ‘scam’ Mark.
      Should you need more information please call customer service on – 02 9954 1080
      Thank you.

      • Frets

        March 30, 2013 at 12:25 am

        Underbelly all over again, Victoria is a a joke the whole system needs a shakeup or more importantly a royal commision into police action corruption and policy. Police here think they can do what they like and worst still they get away with it, They wont sell Andrews book here because its the TRUTH well done great read Mr.Fraser about time someone pointed out the realitys of life in Melbourne, Dont piss a cop off here youll probably end up in jail for 5 years, yet drug dealers get bail its all about who you know in this game and if your on the wrong side and you fart in the wrong direction its curtains for you unless your a cop then its all fine the boys will look after you…………Pathetic and now there going after the bikes good luck Victoria Police u think Walsh st was bad try pissing of a few bikie clubs and watch what happens, watch this space……………

  • brandon

    November 1, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Just bought my copy of the book today and so far its an interesting read. In fact, the open and directness is amazing. This is some quality work Andrew. Hopefully Andrew may do a book on the corrupt Queensland police force. Whatever corruption is going on in the Victorian police, you can multiply that by 1,000 in Queensland.

  • lol

    February 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Even more interesting when a family member is listed in the book! Great read.

  • April 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Congratulation ndrew on bravely publishing your books. These practices need exposing.
    We have been victims of the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squads innadiquacies. Wrongly accused, SARCIS would not investigate the case, simly turning up and tagging along as neighbours caused thousands of dollars worth of damage. When we were tried by the media, even before my husband was charged, we realised that we had no where to go. My husband was taken to committal where he was sentanced to trial. This was then dropped. No effort was made to find the real perpitrators of the crimes.
    In desperation I also wrote a book. i named names and everything written can be substantiated. It came out last July and we had to reprinnt in August. No one has sued me for what I have written Should they do so alot more evidence will ccome out pointing to who did commit the crimes and SARCIS might need to answer questions as to why they allowed outsiders to railroad them into not doing their jobs.
    Once again thank you Andrew for exposing how some sections of our so called system works. hopefully forewarned is forarmed for other law abiding citizens that might find themselves exposed to these systems.

  • July 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Andrew, You have many fans here in Gippsland who would love an opportunity to express their appreciation for your works. We have been asked to make such an opportunity available and as the region’s mental health advocates, Barrier Breakers Inc extends an invitation to you to be our special guest at a major charity event that we are conducting on the evening of Saturday 22 October (accommodation and meals provided). Please contact us through our email.

    Derek Amos CEO

  • Candice

    September 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Firstly, lunatic soup – BRILLIANT. Hi andrew, i have been trying to get in contact with you for months now. Can you PLEASE email me so i can get in touch with you regarding a very delicate matter? Ive run out of options and since lunatic soup, its you i have been needing to get in contact with. Please email me?? PLEASE.

  • Duncan

    November 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    How do you sleep at night. You did one good thing by assisting police with the Dupas case but that doesn’t justify your past. Your coniniving tactics in the past will one day catch up with you. I have had dealings with you in the past and was immediately drawn to the fact that you are a megalomaniac. You are, and no doubt will always be, full of your own self importance. I feel for your family who have had to put up with the negative impact you have inflicted on them. They say crime doesn’t pay, but in your case it certainly has. I have read your books, albeit it pained me to have to buy them, but I was intrigued to read about the verbal diarrohea that was printed. The only things in your books that have any real substance are your views on lack of rehabilitation within the prison system. You should never have any access to the profits you make from your media commitments as they are certainly proceeds of crime. Furthermore, the painful memories that are inflicted on the families of Steven Tynan and Damien Eyre in your ‘Killing Time’ episodes are a disgrace. I wouldn’t even wish that pain upon you, even given the fact that you are the maggot that you are!!! You are a disgrace to the legal fraternity and to the values of the justice system as it stands! My opinions of you will always haunt me and I hope to god you one day reap the pain that you have caused to others.

    • Danielle

      October 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Get a life mate, reality hurts, the amount of INNOCENT people hurt and murdered for no reason other than power , you only hear of the high profile cases – money talks unfortunately, I have been a victim of corruption at the highest level thanks to Andrew the truth will slowly but surely come out and the mud will finally stick to the dirty coppers out there, although only a tiny minority they are Still out there. kARMA will get them in the long run, then we who know the real truth can finally be proud of our legal system…don’t believe everything you hear and read , the truth is sometime swept under the carpet…..

    • Frets

      March 30, 2013 at 12:15 am

      Those cops got what they deserved(the drug squad not walsh st)the victorian police force is a joke a boys club and i would gladly stand up and say this to anyone the system is corrupted and cops need to be more accountable for there actions i feel sorry for the families of the police that were killed but everyone seems to forget about the poor Moran kids that watched there uncle & father die did they deserve that? We live in a messed up world that isnt black n white deal with it……

  • December 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

    go for it ,Andrew, i think you were a very creative & cleaver lawyer, & had a lot to teach the ones that were close minded. you are a person that cames from any thing that the authorities and your so called collugues put you down . unfortunately this country is great at kocking the tall poppies, i wish you, your new relationship & family all the best. you saw what other;s saw in the terrible police corrupation in the country and you did nothing something about it. keep it up. and I hope one day the legal system in this country will let a brillant lawyer practice again. cheers

  • Toni lee Ham

    December 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Your work to enhance the betterment of Gippslanders with ‘mental ilness’ is highly commendable.
    Empathy is a ‘beautiful’ ‘trait’.
    We know we all have the odd struggle or challenge but to empathise with mentally ill people is a very special testament to ones ‘good charactor’.
    I was the ‘instigator of ‘Barrier Breakers’ some years ago.
    Fond regards
    Toni ham

  • peter

    December 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    you are a whinger, the only thing you are sorry for is getting caught.
    not all prison officers are clowns the ones I know are decent human beings and they would have treated you with respect and dignity you sound like a smarty and got what you deserved

  • katey

    January 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    sure was a clever lawyer but quite silly in other matters yes he did get what he deserved…and there are not many decent prison guards that’s for sure

  • Natalie Brizzi

    July 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Hi I am Graham Jensen’s nice, if all this stuff has come out about these very bad Victorian police how murded my uncle …. WHY HAS THERE BEEN NOTHING DUN… We have always know but the truthbut know there is a cop that was there on the day they MUDERED my uncle SAYING graham was set up… Murded for no reason… I don’t understand why nothing has been dun why haven’t theses cops been charged with murder…… Just for the record these very bad Victorian police approached my uncle they wanted him to sell drugs for them and he said NO…. THAT IS WHY HE IS DEAD

  • Natalie Brizzi

    July 28, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Why are there’s police still in the police force… Why haven’t they been brought to justic????????

  • September 14, 2013 at 12:02 am

    andrew unfortunately ignorance is the loudest when public opinion is based on a long established regime of controlled pro govt pro police media protecting over25 years of drug distribution in victoria by police officers international importation by passing customs to distibute straight on to our street s ref:’ Victorian Police Corruption ‘thebook victoria police dont want U to read’ author RAYMOND HOSER australias greatest shame tall poppy syndrome walk tall andrew;;

    • Deborah Nicholas

      October 28, 2013 at 11:49 am

      They can’t allow you to be a member of the Parole Board Andrew for you would not settle for it not doing its job as best it can be done.

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