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• LOVELL, Avon F.; 2011;    Litany    of    Lies  

  A true story of gold heists, bombings, feral cops, greed, murder & revenge.     
   Litany of Lies; Avon LOVELL At a Western Australian outback Goldfields campfire at Ora Banda, a hidden gunman shoots down Gypsy Joker bikie, Billy Grierson.
   The isolated gold mining town was owned by a former ranking cop, Don Hancock.  He had the pub, the race track, the general store, caravan park and a gold ore crusher.
   Hancock earned millions in illicit gold when he was Western Australia's most senior detective.  He owned a gold mine, race horses, properties and a large share portfolio in gold ventures.  He also received regular cash from prostitutes for his protection.
   He was the State's foremost cop, and foremost corrupt cop.
   His reputation was based on an infamous sting on the Royal Mint, Perth.  Bullion worth (in today's money) about $2.9 million was extracted by a cunning thief using only a telephone.  No witnesses, no violence, no victim.  An extraordinary crime that was solved by Don Hancock, delivering up three brothers, Brian, Peter and Ray Mickelberg, who copped lengthy sentences.
   And it was all based on falsified evidence.
   Lovell's first book, The Mickelberg Stitch, 1985, detailed a forged fingerprint, false confessions and a sham sketch of a suspect.  The book was swiftly banned on police applications.
   His second book, Split Image, did not even hit the streets because of police and Crown threats to booksellers.
   A few weeks after the murder of Billy Grierson, Ora Banda was blown to pieces.  A year later, Don Hancock was executed by a car bomb.
   Was it the bikies? … Or was it crooked fellow cops or disgruntled business 'associates' afraid he would reveal his dark secrets?
   The bizarre history of a twisted judicial and police system is exposed! (from back cover)
   The author, Avon Lovell, sought millions in compensation or an ex gratia payment for the losses sustained by him because the legal system preventing him from publishing books, which had been written to get justice for the Mickelbergs.  Evidence had been fabricated by the police in order to secure convictions of the brothers.
   But, the Attorney General, former Director of Public Prosecutions, Christian Porter, denied him the payment. (p 269)
   Corrupt public officers are allowed to resign a heartbeat before being charged with criminal offences.  The Police Commissioner claims that he is unable to use police regulations to deal with crooked police because they are no longer in the force.
   The Corruption and Crime Commission declares that because the offenders are no longer public servants, it has no powers to act.
   As this book was being prepared the Western Australian Chief Justice, Wayne Martin, launched an attack on the DPP in a case where a DPP prosecutor deliberately withheld evidence from the defence which was a breach of disclosure rules. (p 269)
   In response, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Joe McGrath (who succeeded Robert Cock as DPP) was unrepentant and refused to discipline the offending prosecutor.
   The Attorney General, Mr Porter (a former senior prosecutor with the DPP) said he would check with the Director as to his views ! (p 270)
   All those officials who committed crimes leading to the false convictions, and during the long years of appeals, have got away scot free, under the cloak of collaboration of previous Attorney General Jim McGinty, the present Attorney General Porter, and the Cabinet of Western Australia.
   On 22 October 2010 Mr Lovell was forced to sell his home. (p 270)
   As for the method of obtaining these false convictions, in the Gypsy Joker trials, Caporn emerged as one of the prime investigators who created the fantasy confession of "Snot" Reid, which was aimed at causing the conviction of Graeme Slater for the murder of Don Hancock.
   Ken Bates was the DPP prosecutor in Reid's secret trial and in Slater's debacle in which a jury threw out the case as entirely based on constructed lies. (This case bubbled into the news again around June 2011.)
   Ken Bates was the fall guy for the DPP whose "punishment" was to be invited to resign by the Director, Robert Cock. (pp 258-9)
   The book mentions the Stephen Wardle case of the early 1980s, who was beaten and died of drugs allegedly injected into him while in police custody; 17 police refused to give evidence to official inquiries and none was ordered to. (p 137)
   Introduction by Mr Bret Christian, editor, Post newspaper group.

   DETAILS: Publisher: Bookscope, <>, PO Box 89, Greenwood, WA, Australia; Tel. +61 417 095 535; © 2010 by Avon Francis Lovell, Perth, W. Australia.  978-0-9808715-0-0; 270 pages, soft covers, 14·5 x 20·8 x 1·6 centimetres (5 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 5/8 inches), contents, no index, photographs.
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• McLERNON, Terence John; 2009;   Every Bit of a Circle is Bent;  The Fifth Estate - Book III  

   Skilfully sledging the crooked scammers who continue to plunder the community chest, Terence McLernon extends his knowledge as a former police officer and private investigator to unravel the corrupting structure of white collar crime. Every bit of a circle is bent; Terence John McLERNON
   His unforgiving exposure of the iniquities of High Church sexual abuses continues unabated.
   Indeed, the visit of the Pontiff to Australia for a World Youth Day provides a vehicle for his wry observation that if he had been Police Commissioner, "… and some short Italian [sic] with a name starting with Rat, whose predecessors infamously used stand over tactics to make a huge fortune from tithing, landed his jumbo jet on my beat, then, surrounded by armed bodyguards, alighted wearing a dress and little red booties – claiming to be JC’s representative on Earth – I would immediately have him arrested, drug-tested and his plane searched for missing orphans."
   Extract from Chapter 11: The prosecutor was a Mr Lloyd Rayney from the office of the DPP. Now where have we heard that name before? Mr Rayney is now probably best known, rightly or wrongly, as the only person of interest in the murder of his wife, Corryn. Mr Rayney was so described by the Officer in Charge of the Police inquiry into the murder, one Detective Sergeant Jack Lee. Strangely enough, as matters often are in Perth investigative circles, the said officer then promptly took up a posting to a country Police Station to further his chances of promotion in the future. Good for him, of course, but not so good for Mr Rayney who is still left with Jack Lee’s tag but as yet uncharged.
   One instantly thinks of that infamous Assistant Commissioner of Police, Caporn, who had control of the inquiries into the Claremont serial killings only to tag and eventually name a public servant as the main suspect for over a decade only to be wrong again. This act caused untold harm to the reputation of the public servant and wreaked havoc on his and his family’s life.
   Then again, Mr Caporn did go on to redeem himself by getting an unfortunate indigent, Mr Andrew Mallard, sent down for the murder of a shopkeeper for 12 years hard before the real murderer was outed by someone else. It was whilst resting on his wonderful success in the Mallard conviction that Caporn led a decade long inquiry into the murder of numerous [sic] young women in the suburb of Claremont, once again unsolved as investigations concentrated on one suspect seemingly to the exclusion of others, as in Mallard, Button, Mickelberg, etcetera and so on.

   DETAILS: Publisher: Terence J. McLernon Books, <>, (© 2010) 2009, Perth, Western Australia.  Tel. +61 411 491 744, <tjm & mclernonfile com>, ISBN 978-0-9803561-2-0; Category: Politics/Law Enforcement/Corruption.
   [INTERNET ALSO: <http://­> (amended 17 Aug 2011). ENDS.]
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The Godfather: The Life of Brian Burke

, 2008, Quentin BERESFORD     
   West Weekend Magazine of The West Australian, <>, by Greg Craven, magazine page 43, Saturday, August 2, 2008
Burke’s progress
A new Brian Burke biography is notable for not shedding any new light on Labor's shadowy ex-premier. Greg Craven reports.
Writing about the political phenomenon that is Brian Burke must be like wresting with a very large python.  Your subject is so vast, slippery and unpredictable that there are bound to be difficulties.
   So it is to Quentin Beresford's credit that The Godfather: The Life of Brian Burke is as good as it is. Though not without limitations, the book is thoroughly researched and well-written in its examination of one of Australia's most perplexing public figures.
   Beresford certainly captures Burke, the grimly determined son of the politically failed father. He convincingly traces Burke's iron will to succeed and to wield power to the appalling treatment of his loved father, Tom, by Labor's Left.
   He also plots a comprehensive atlas of Burke's legendary and undeniable charm, which allowed him not only to rise to power but then to reclaim it after seemingly terminal disgrace. This is important at a time when many Australians think of him only as a sinister and faintly bloated figure in a strange hat. As this book reminds us, it is Burke's capacity to collect people – as well as stamps – that has made him so lethal to friend and foe alike.
   Beresford also chillingly traces Burke's progress along a road that ultimately leads to a bleak and lonely place where power and its exercise are the only ends that matter. Whether Burke got there quite as quickly and comprehensively as Beresford suggests may be open to question, but the overall direction is difficult to dispute.
   The book is full of thoughtful insights into Burke's behaviour during the fraught years of WA Inc. As Beresford sketches the binding similarities of background and character between Burke, Laurie Connell and Alan Bond – all outsiders on the make – one begins to realise that there was more at play here than political and commercial forces.
   In fact, Beresford's total treatment of WA Inc. is compelling. Too often, this saga disappears into a maze of confusing commercial detail. Beresford's account is clear, lucid and compelling.
   The book, does, however have its difficulties. One is that Beresford is that unusual sort of biographer who does not like his subject, and it shows. The result is that the book is not only extremely unfavourable to Burke, but sometimes struggles to explain how such an apparently unlikeable man could have had the influence he did.
   This comes out in a variety of ways. One is that while Beresford comprehensively documents and demonstrates Burke's charm, he does it with such distaste that it is almost hard to accept his premise.
   Another is when Beresford describes some of the lobbying activities of Burke and his partner Julian Grill in tones of obvious outrage, but the reader finds themselves thinking "He's a lobbyist: What part of the word lobby do you not understand?"
   Finally, Beresford haughtily insists that just because Burke's second conviction was quashed on appeal, this did not necessarily establish his wider innocence. Obviously true, but so what? Being declared not guilty by a court is the only criterion of legal innocence we have.
   Strangely, given the centrality of Burke to recent West Australian politics, the book gets rather less compelling as it approaches the present day, rather than the other way around. You are left with the nagging sense that something is missing in Beresford's treatment of Burke's most recent campaigns for power.
   Perhaps it is the fact Beresford does not really offer a convincing explanation as to how Burke was able to rise from the political grave after the mid-nineties. Yes, he had the remnants of a faction and, yes, he was charming, but even allowing for that this man should have been as dead as Julius Caesar. Perhaps there really was more to Burke's appeal than patter and patronage.
   This leads to probably the biggest flaw in the book: it is too Burke-centric. Blaming WA Inc, and Brian Burke himself, on the charm and ruthlessness of Burke is all too easy. What is it about WA as a society that allowed Burke to flourish in a way that no similar political phenomenon has flourished in another Australian State?
   Beresford makes a few stabs at an answer, blaming a supine media culture and the perennial temptation to run the State as a giant resources company. But there was more than this going on.
   Reading Beresford's book, you are constantly struck by the same names in the drama, everybody knowing each other, everyone in bed together in one way or another in that simultaneously delightful and claustrophobic embrace we know as Western Australia.
   Could it be that the very smallness of Perth's political and commercial elites and the shortness of its lines of political communication make it particularly susceptible to domination by one gigantic personality with a talent for marshalling loyalty?
   The other peculiarity of the book regarding Burke's "Second Coming" is Beresford's myopia towards parts of Labor politics swirling around his ultimate demise. Certainly, the Left's targeting of Burke had the effect of closing down his undesirable operations, but are we really to believe their campaign was an act of altruism untinged by considerations of power and tribal hatred? Hardly.
   The book certainly proves one thing. It reveals a Brian Burke who may yet produce a sequel.
   Greg Craven is vice-chancellor of the Australian Catholic University and previously was Professor of Government and Constitutional Law at Curtin University #

The Fifth Estate, The Sequel; If the Hat Fits, Wear It

,  2007, Terence J. McLERNON. 
  The Fifth Estate  
  The Sequel  

If the Hat Fits, Wear It
   This book covers some aspects of the twistings and turnings of Western Australian politics.  The Labor Government and the Australian Labor Party are split with differences, factional hatreds and allegiances, personal favours, and private interests.  The Government should be junked, but the economy is so buoyant that kindergarten kiddies could manage it.
   But it is streets ahead of the Liberal and National Parties.
   The power behind the Labor throne is Jim McGinty, Premier and ex-journalist Alan Carpenter being a compromise.
   Chapters 4 and 5 are about how two prostitutes made a professional tour to Port Hedland, allegedly with an unofficial "permission" from some police, in spite of the police superintendent's express prohibitions of gambling and prostitution in the area.  The women tried to get a sporting club to hold a raffle, with one of them as the prize!
   Chapter 6, "The Fat Wallet Mob 'Flow Charts'" details the story of people involved in mining and other shares.  Some of the people are supposedly ex-bankrupts and ex-prisoners.
   In chapter 7 WA Attorney-General Jim McGinty is said to have been sent a copy of the previous book, by a contact of Mr Ray Mickelberg, one of the family that it is said had been wrongly convicted over the Perth Mint Swindle.
   Mr McGinty allegedly returned the book in a plain envelope.  Requests for a response finally were rewarded.
   The chapter exposes alleged police false evidence in the case of a failed attempt to blow up the office where military conscription records were kept in Perth decades ago.
   The author praises Brian Burke and Julian Grill for lobbying to stop the gigantic firm Xstrata from leaving vanadium in the ground in recent years.  Parliamentarian John Bowler acted to save it, but was banished to the back bench in a hypocritical move, though he had saved the WA taxpayer from losing the value to the people of the $32 million spent for this mine.
   Read about a dodgy internet website, Croatia, Laurie Connell's failed investment bank Rothwell's, a Malaysian Sting, and why Scaley hanged himself at a Christian Brothers' orphanage.
   Then there's the story of Tommy Trantrum being sent from Clontarf Boys' Town, freeing him from a paedophile Christian Brother, to a farm where he shot the farmer's wife and as a result went to prison.
   Then follows page after page about the four Christian Brothers' orphanages in WA – Clontarf, Castledare (both in Perth), Bindoon, and Tardun.
   Fifteen Brothers allegedly either had sex or quasi-sex, and/or gave cruel beltings to a boy called Fred Smith.  Urinating on him and bare-bottom beltings are described, with the names of the paedophile-sadistic offenders.
   The exposé of the Christian Brothers by Barry Coldrey, and the campaigning and publications of the late Bruce Blyth are covered.
   Jim McGinty had spent time at a Roman Catholic seminary.  His sister Susan became a nun.  Father Anthony McMahon was sent to Kwinana parish.
   "Now, Jim is a cousin of mine but it could not be alleged that we are close.  No, not close at all." (p 130)
   Leo McVeigh at the age of five was being babysat by the priest and the nun, and while with the priest only was allegedly sexually abused.  (The priest and the nun fell in love and married.)  He told Church authorities in 1998.  He tried to get the police's sexual abuse unit to investigate, but it didn't.  The author thinks that the relationship with highflyers is why no apology was made, nor justice served.
   "Holy Double Cross" is the story of the widow Mrs Catherine Musk who in 1947 left £47,000 in trust (worth millions now) so that suitable Bindoon boys would be helped to be set up on their own farms. (p 157)  None of the money went to the boys. The Church went to court to ask it to allow the balance, $167,000 in 2006, to be used for scholarships for deserving students to attend at Bindoon a commercial agricultural college – run by the Brothers.  Paying themselves again.  See Gary Adshead's report, The West Australian, January 24, 2006. (p 159)
   Senator Andrew Murray (retired June 30, 2008) tried to help justice.
   On page 174 the author writes "Mr Kucera had made a habit of falsifying witness statements.  Way back in 1972 … Mr Kucera … had a confession from Ripley.  The similarity between the fabrications in the Mickelberg case … Ripley unjustly got 5 years jail and Kucera a feather in his cap."
BlackDogsBarkingBooks NOT DISPLAYING Dec 30, '08

   Publishing details: Black Dogs Barking Books, http://­www.blackdogsbarking , (NOT DISPLAYING Dec 30, '08), Perth (Post Office Box Z 5392, Perth, WA, 6001, Australia.) ©2007, published 2007, 200pp, 15 x 21 cm (5 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches), soft covers, photographs and photostats, contents, no footnotes, no index. ISBN 978 0 9803561 0 6, © 2007 Terence John McLernon, Tel +61 411 491 744. [A shorter version of this summary was displayed on Ethics / Carnalbooks.htm , from Dec 30, 2008. ENDS.]

The Fifth Estate

, 2007, Terence J. McLERNON ©2006. 
The Fifth Estate
   In this entertaining and humorous exposé of the rogues and rapscallions of the new criminal elite, The Fifth Estate, Terence McLernon uses his skills and knowledge as a former police officer and private investigator to highlight sundry rorts and scams.  Often they involve the still-intact police culture by which corruption has become ingrained in our society.
   Meet Two-Gun Elroy, Tatiana the Fake Russian Psychic, the bold Duck and the Fearsome Featherfeet, supported by a bizarre cast of miscreants from the netherworld and lower.
   Frenzied nights of nuptials are entwined with bribed officials, Chinese ho's, mad terrorist bombers and the night-time jaunts of Charlie 88 – the battered Squad Car on crawl around the clubs, pubs and sinners of Fremantle Town. Just another day at the crazy farm.
   Extract from pp 220-21: "… Nevertheless the Fifth Estate wallopers are responsible for such convictions of the innocent as John Button, Darryl Beamish, Ray, Peter and Brian Mickelberg, and Andrew Mallard, to name but a few.  What happened to these individuals is atrocious and they should be financially compensated immediately."
The Fifth Estate
   Terence J. McLernon is the fifth generation of his family to enter the Western Australian Police Force.  It is a record in Australia yet to be surpassed.  After a highly trained career in the Royal Australian Air Force, Terry joined the Wallopers.  As a mature man he was deeply unimpressed by the Cult of the Copper whereby the power to do good was perverted to private purposes of commerce and control.  He views the sub-strata of corrupt officials and police as being The Fifth Estate, the new 'untouchables.'  This is Terry's first book.  However, he is working on a sequel, entitled Charlie 88.  (From the back cover.)
BlackDogsBarkingBooks NOT DISPLAYING Dec 30, '08

   Publishing details: Black Dog Barking Books, http:/­www. (NOT DISPLAYING Dec 30, '08) , Perth (Post Office Box Z 5392, Perth, WA, 6001, Australia.) © 2006, published 2007, 224pp, 15 x 21 cm (5 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches), soft covers, photographs and photostats, contents, no footnotes, no index. ISBN 0 646 46871 5, © 2006 Terence John McLernon
   LINK for book: http://­­content/books/5th-estate/thefifthestate.php
[Publication date 2007]


Untamed and Unashamed

, 2007, by Pauline HANSON.  [Kiss and Tell, OR, How David Oldfield entered the Hanson camp.]
   AUSTRALIA: I first met David on September 10, 1996. He was 37 years old, tall, slender with dark hair and kept himself well groomed. I came to learn that he spent more time in the bathroom than any woman I know, including me. It was a common complaint from my daughter: If she didn't get to use the bathroom first on the mornings he stayed at my home, she would be late for the school bus.
   A few days after meeting David at the La Grange Hotel, he called me to say he would like to catch up with me for dinner some time. It was the end of the parliamentary sitting week and I was heading back to Queensland. We agreed we would meet during the next sitting session.
   During the next parliamentary sitting in Canberra he contacted me again wanting to catch up and have a bite to eat. He said he was concerned about being seen in public with me and asked if we could go somewhere private to talk and have dinner. It was very hard in Canberra because I had already become well known. I suggested that we have dinner in my unit at the Sundowner Village Motel which had its own cooking facilities. David not only arrived with the food and a bottle of wine but he also prepared it.
   We enjoyed each other's company and talked for hours. Not only did we talk but we ended up spending the night together. It was dawn before he left my unit.
   It was not until that night that he revealed he was associated with the Liberal Party and was a staff member for Tony Abbott, MP for the NSW seat of Warringah, and was on the Manly Council in Sydney. He stressed that it was very important his identity and association with me not be disclosed to anyone.
   My personal relationship with David did not last and was over in a couple of weeks. I knew he was not a man I could have a long-term relationship or fall in love with. I will always believe David used our short but close relationship to get a foot in the door. #
   The last portion of edited extracts from Untamed & Unashamed: The Autobiography, Pauline Hanson, JoJo Publishing, $34.95, which is out on March 29.
   - STM, The Sunday Times Magazine (Perth, W. Australia), "Pauline Explains," pp 24-27, March 18, 2007


  [Australians opposed breakdown of immigration policy.]    Engagement; Paul KEATING
   You can find substantial discontent with immigration policy anywhere and any time in Australia.  For half a century, when asked whether they supported the immigration progam[me], most Australians would tell the pollsters, no.
   … Had a referendum been held to consider changing the White Australia Policy in, say, 1970, I don't think there's much doubt it would not have been changed.
   … It was a change I welcomed. … (pp 260-1)
   'Impressive and even inspiring … There is in his reflections throughout the book a vigour, an urgency and a freshness of vision' – THE AUSTRALIAN
   Engagement is Paul Keating's fascinating and revealing account of his involvement in Australia's foreign affairs, and his reflections on Australia's place in the world.
   It is a detailed look at the development of APEC; Australia's relationship with its largest neighbour, Indonesia; the role of the United States in the Asia-Pacific; China's re-entry into the world community; and the particular problems of Australia's small neighbours in the South Pacific.
   Keating also probes the questions of Australia's national identity – the republic, multiculturalism, and the critical importance of establishing a proper relationship with its Indigenous people.
   Much more than a memoir, Engagement also examines the profound changes in the international environment wrought by globalisation and the information revolution, and what they will mean for Australia and the region in the twenty-first century.
   It is, above all, a strong, committed and passionate call for Australians to understand the importance of the Asia-Pacific to all they want to achieve.  A call for engagement.  It is compulsory reading for anyone interested in our nation's present and future. (back cover)
   Cover design by Michael Goldberg; Image by NSSDC/NASA

   DETAILS: Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia, Sydney.  ISBN 0 7329 1019 6; Politics/Current Affairs, Dewey shelf number 327.94, 310 + x pages, soft covers, 14·6 x 22·3 x 2·1 centimetres (5 3/4 x 8 3/4 x 7/8 inches), contents, index, acknowledgements, preface, photographs. AUD $8 paid.
   [COMMENT: This is Paul Keating, a former Prime Minister of Australia, who is another politician who openly states that the Australian voters did not want the restrictive immigration policy to be changed, but that the so-called representatives of the people brought in a breakdown of the policy.  To talk about the "Australian identity" after showing how he and his fellows really mean their own imagined identity, is the height of self-delusion. COMMENT ENDS.]
   [DEFINITION: "APEC" means the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Forum.] [To this webpage 16 Aug 2011; published 2000]

• BARRY, Paul; 2000;    GOING FOR BROKE:    How Bond got away with it  

  [Alan Bond defrauded Bell Resources shareholders of more than $1200 million]                       
   Going for broke; Paul BARRY Once upon a time Alan Bond was a hero – the man who won the America's Cup for Australia in 1983, the poor immigrant turned signwriter who became a billionaire, the Aussie battler made good.
   Then came a controversial exposé by Paul Barry on ABC TV's current affairs program Four Corners.  This explosive portrait of Bond and his business empire led to Barry's bestselling The Rise and Fall of Alan Bond, 1990.  Soon afterwards, Bond's house of cards collapsed, Bond was made bankrupt, and then sent to jail.
   Ten years later Alan Bond is back – but so is Paul Barry.  After serving less than three and a half years of his sentence for defrauding Bell Resources of more than $1200 million, Bond was released in March 2000 – just in time to read Paul Barry's exclusive front page story that he had smuggled millions of dollars back into Australia.
   But this was only the tip of the iceberg.  In Going for Broke Barry does what no one else has been able to do – show how Bond stashed his fortune overseas, and prove that if your pockets are deep enough and your lawyers good enough, you can get away with almost anything – as long as you go for broke.
   Going for Broke reads like a thriller – full of cloaks and daggers, car chases, courtroom dramas, larger-than-life villains and heroes – and it's all true.
   This is a story that had to be told.  And no one else can tell it like Paul Barry. (dustjacket's inside front)

   In March 2000, Alan Bond was released from jail after spending less than three and a half years behind bars.  His release after 1298 days meant that he had spent roughly one day in prison for every one million dollars Bell Resources' shareholders had lost through his fraud.  He had set many records in his time.  But this one probably beat them all.
   Only days before, a young Aboriginal man had been sentenced to a year in prison in the Northern Territory for stealing $23 worth of cordial and biscuits.  Had the same formula been applied to Bond, he would have been forced to wait another 50 million years for his release.
   Everyone has a Bond story. This is the one you haven't heard . .
   'Paul Barry's Four Corners exposé of Alan Bond had a devastating impact on public perceptions of Bond and his empire.  This book is even more powerful: it carries a kick like a mule's' - THE AGE (of Melbourne; dustjacket, back)

   AUTHOR: Born and educated in England, award-winning investigative journalist and bestselling author Paul Barry studied economics, politics and philosophy at Oxford University.
   A journalist with the BBC for ten years, he came to Australia in 1987 to work for ABC's Four Corners, where one of his most controversial reports was on millionaire Alan Bond.
   This led to the publication in 1990 of his first bestseller, The Rise and Fall of Alan Bond.
   His second book, the bestselling The Rise and Rise of Kerry Packer, was shortlisted for the 1994 Banjo Award for Non-Fiction.
   Paul Barry presents Media Watch for the ABC and writes for The Sydney Morning Herald. (dustjacket's back flap)
   Dedication: For all honest Australians.

   DETAILS: Publisher: Bantam Books, Transworld Publishers (a division of Random House), Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, New York, London. I.S.B.N. 1 86325 197 9; Categories: Bankruptcy - Australia, 2. Fraud investigation - Australia. 3. Corporations - Corrupt practices - Australia, 4. Businessmen - Australia - Bibliography. 5. White collar crime investigation - Australia.  Dewey shelf number 364.168 0994; 451 + xi pages, hard covers with dust jacket, 16 x 24 x 4 centimetres (6 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches), contents, index, endnotes, appendix "Bond's Millions at a Glance 1975-2000," Photo and Text Acknowledgements, photographs, acknowledgements and notes on sources.  From Warwick Book Exchange $11.95 in August 2012.
   [VANISHING MILLIONS, STEP BY STEP:  Over the years, the world's banks had lent him $14,000 million (page 31).  Late 1980s Mr Alan Bond had a Swiss bank account with millions of dollars, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) learnt about ? 1993. (p 429)  A creditors' meeting accepted one-sixth of a cent per dollar owed to them (p 238).  The Bond business empire collapsed with a loss of around $5,000 million (page ix, and p 240).  "… Bond had been allowed to go free." (p 240) 
   Jurg ("George") Bollag (of Europe) agreed to write off £400,000 that he was owed for expenses at Upp Hall, England.  "This magnanimous gesture would allow the Bond family to live in Bollag's, or should one say Bond's, magnificent country mansion forevermore."  (p 257, and p 350)  Legal fees: $5 million had been spent by the Bond family and Bollag in legal fees to keep his pursuers at bay. (p 257)  Overseas money: A contact had told police Bond had said it didn't matter if he was declared bankrupt, "because he had $50 million invested overseas in companies run by Jurg Bollag". (p 257)  "My money": The same contact has told the police that she had remarked to Alan Bond that Mr Bollag must be a very nice man to help Alan out like this, "at which point Bond had allegedly scoffed, 'Well, it's all my money'." (p 257). 
   1992, April: Alan Bond is declared bankrupt by the Federal Court in Sydney. (p 426) 
   1993, June: Bond is charged in Perth with fraud over the Manet painting La Promenade. (p 427) 
   1994, December: Dallhold's creditors accept 1.3 cents in the dollar. (p 431)  Also, December 1994: Alan Bond blames the banks for his financial demise, according to The West Australian's report of an interview with him. (p 432) 
   1995, January: Bond is charged with stripping money from Bell Resources. (p 432)  Also, January 1995: Ramsay applies to the Director of Public Prosecutions in Western Australia, Mr John McKechnie, to hand over documents obtained in the investigations into Rothwells, obtained to prosecute Mr Laurie Connell.  The Swiss will not give approval. (p 433)  March 1995: John Bond meets Jurg Bollag in Singapore. (p 433)  Also March 1995: Alan Bond is committed for trial on four fraud and dishonesty charges over the purchase, sale, etc. of Manet's La Promenade painting. (p 434) 
   1996, January: Alan Bond and Peter Mitchell are committed for trial on $1,200 million Bell fraud charges. (p 435)  March 1996: A lawyer acting for Craig Bond attempts to sell the Flinders portrait to the Art Galley of South Australia for $600,000. (p 435)  16 August 1996: A W.A. jury finds Alan Bond guilty of all four charges. (p 266).  He is sentenced to three years prison over Manet's La Promenade painting. (p 436)  August and September 1996: Craig Bond fails to turn up for examination in the Supreme Court of South Australia (S.A.) over missing Bond Corp paintings. (p 436)  1996 Picture caption: "Prison picnic. Alan, Diana and friends at Karnet Prison, 1996.  Rose Porteous and her husband Willie are on the right."  (One of the photographs between pages 324 and 325.)  Rose Porteous was formerly Rose Hancock, wife of Lang Hancock, iron-ore discoverer billionaire.  December 1996: Alan Bond, in the Bell fraud trial, pleads guilty to two counts of failing to act honestly as a company director, with intent to defraud.  In exchange, the conspiracy to defraud charge is dropped, along with four W.A. Companies Code charges.  Mitchell, who has returned from the United States, also pleads guilty.  Tony Oates is still in Poland, trying to avoid extradition. (pp 436-7) 
   1997, February: Alan Bond is gaoled for four years over a $1200 million Bell cash strip.  Craig Bond fails for the third time to attend the S.A. Supreme Court, and a summons for contempt of court is issued. (p 437)  April 1997: Craig is finally examined. (p 437)  May 1997: "Operation Oxide" leader Andrew Tuohy resigns from the Australian Federal Police (AFP).  August 1997: Alan Bond's sentence on the Bell cash strip is increased from four to seven years. (p 437) 
   1998, October: The Australian Federal Police (AFP) abandon "Operation Oxide."  It has taken 5 years and $700,000.  The police say they have little chance of securing a conviction of Alan Bond without Bollag's evidence, and little chance of making him talk. 
   2000, March: Alan Bond is released from prison after an appeal to the High Court frees him on a technicality. (p 439)  May 2000: The S.A. Supreme Court is asked to freeze the assets of a Bond family company, Carindale Land Corporation, which has allegedly received $5.1 million from Bollag in Liechtenstein (Europe). (p 439)  June 2000: A judge in the S.A. Supreme Court rules that the Portrait of Captain Cook belongs to Bond Corp. (p 439)   ENDS.]
   [REMEDIES:  … it is clear that trusts have the capacity to make a mockery of Australia's bankruptcy laws. (p 350)  … most European countries … refuse to accept that trusts are anything more than a device for cheating creditors (p 351).
   Even more blatant … was the way in which he stashed millions of dollars overseas.  … it is difficult and expensive to trace.  John Broome's … answer is to lock up a few advisers … lawyers and accountants …. Henry Bosch shares the view that lawyers rather than the law are at the root of the problem. (pp 350-54).   ENDS.]
   [SENATOR ANDREW MURRAY (Australian Democrat) from Western Australia said in the Senate on 19 November 1997 that he had been advised that millions of dollars had been spirited into and out of the country.  Many millions of dollars had been spent investigating Bond, but the missing millions, it seems, had been used to fund a legal challenge to every possible threat of prosecution. … audacious and serious misuse and abuse of the litigation process.
   … our legal system … allows wealthy individuals to mount a number of successive appeals …
   Let us ensure that our legislative processes are ever vigilant against the likes of Bond and Skase … (pp 355-6)   ENDS.]
   [LOOK FORWARD:  Around August 18, 2012, a court ruled that some banks must pay compensation to some shareholders in Bell Resources, which Alan Bond and his lieutenants controlled in its later stages, that ended in insolvency, with missing millions.   ENDS.]
[To webpage 17 Aug 2012; published 2000]

• BALSON, Scott; October 2000;    Inside    ONE    Nation (Limited) 

   Inside One Nation (Limited); Scott BALSON The "white ants" featured on the front cover design are based on David Ettridge's (ex World Vision) propensity for expelling various pioneers and others in the Pauline Hanson movement, calling them white ants.
   These included early effective support movement organiser Bruce Whiteside, volunteer webmaster Scott Balson (book's author), Bill Feldman (leader of the 11 Queensland MPs who were elected on 13 June 1988), and Mrs Heather Hill. - Demi Griffin.
   From back cover: This book represent a warts and all exposé of just what went on behind the scenes at One Nation's head office at Manly NSW and the autocratic and self-serving management style of Hanson's lieutenants, David Ettridge and David Oldfield.
   Balson was able to use his contacts in the party to piece together an intricate web of deception, lies and greed which destroyed the people's movement from within.
   While the Establishment parties and media may believe that they have won a victory over the people, they are wrong.
   What this book graphically demonstrates is how the will of the people has gone against the major parties and the phenomenal opportunity for the right person backed by a truly democratic party structure to obliterate the much disliked major parties in state and federal elections.
   There are millions of Australians waiting for the right person with the charisma and the vision to take up Hanson's mantle.
   This book demonstrates that it was not the Establishment which destroyed her party but the agenda of her executive.
   "Pauline's army" is still waiting anxiously for the right person to rise above and lead the masses

   This book has provided me with more pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that was Pauline Hanson's One Nation (PHON). The emerging picture confirms that PHON was never a political party but merely a "fan club". – Heather Hill, ex-Queensland State Political Leader of One Nation.

   One Nation had the potential to save Australia, if only it had been structured correctly, and for the right reasons.  The shattered hopes of hundreds of thousands of Australians is the only product of the movement which had promised so much.  What a tragic waste of all that enthusiasm and dedication.
   Many people showed a lot of loyalty to Pauline – loyalty which was not returned.  Everybody who dared to question was branded as a threat and ostracised.  Not only did Scott Balson dare to question, but in the book, has provided some of the answers.
– Ian Petersen, political adviser, Queensland City Country Alliance MPs. (back cover)

   Bruce Whiteside established The Pauline Hanson Support Movement. (pages 15-23)
   John Pasquarelli told me that both David Oldfield and Mrs Hazelton told Ms Hanson that Pasquarelli's advice that she look for a seat in the Senate was ill-advised because she would not be able to become Australia's first female Prime Minister if she took this step. … It was, Pasquarelli claims, because of this issue that he was fired. (p 19)  [Sensible observers knew that she had a good chance of winning a Senate seat, but little or no chance of winning a lower house seat or of becoming PM, no matter what she did.  Ms Hanson and at least one of the Davids had other ideas.]
   Whiteside contacted Liberal Party John Elliott for financial help on 23rd December 1996.… [Elliott later fell from grace.] …
   Elliott was talking about financial support to eradicate the [Australian] Democrats from their spoiler position in the Senate – a political ploy that John Samuel was hell bent in achieving in Western Australia. (p 21)
   The agreement to set up Pauline Hanson's One Nation was made at Manly, NSW, on April 28, 1997, by three people – Pauline and the two Davids. (pp 27-28)  The existing Pauline Hanson Support Movement founded by Bruce Whiteside was used to help fund the PHON, but Mr Whiteside himself was later expelled. (various pages)
   The veracity of Tony Abbott, a Federal Liberal MP and Employment Services Minister, in seeking legal action is well documented.  As will be seen later in this book Abbott was to be a central figure behind the initial legal action taken by Terry Sharples against One Nation following the 1998 Queensland State Elections.
   At odds with this record is his complete inaction following the desertion of [David] Oldfield to One Nation.  In fact, Abbott seemed quite dismissive about Oldfield's act of treachery against the Liberal Party as he clearly was a paid member of Abbott's staff while working with [Pauline] Hanson and [David] Ettridge to establish Pauline Hanson's One Nation.
   … several high profile Liberal identities like the West Australian power-broker Noel Crichton-Browne were seen in her [Pauline Hanson's] company.  Browne often stayed over with [John] Pasquarelli in Melbourne, so his links go beyond Oldfield. (p 141)
   Many believe that Crichton-Browne was the go-between for WA-based John Samuel 102 a close associate of Abbott and John Elliott 103 and the wealthy mine magnate Harold Clough.
102 In 1996 Samuel's wife, Joan, was recorded as the recipient of preferences from Pauline Hanson Support Movement's Chris Burke on a draft "How to vote" card for the North Metropolitan Region (Perth WA).
103 Elliott was the Liberal Party [national] president.
(p 142)

   As will be seen later in this book, Oldfield and Abbott had a falling out after the 1998 Queensland State Elections – with Abbott then playing a major part in trying to bring the party down through the legal system. (p 146)
   Ettridge's official list of "white ants," was published in November 1997 (pp 147-8).  The list is: Bruce Whiteside; Vic Piccone, Silkwood/Kurrimine; George Merrit, Adelaide (author of Pauline Hanson, The Truth); Alf Dennis, Hervey Bay; Brian McDermott, Beaudesert; John Pasquarelli, Melbourne; Chris Bramwell, Brisbane; Gary Bayley, Dandenong; David Garrett, David Pigeon, Brian Harris, Sydney; Brett Turnbridge, Dandenong; Malcolm Taylor, Hervey Bay; Stephen Jolley, Melbourne (militant behind the Dandenong violence); Brendan Bell, Townsville; Peter Boyle, Rockhampton; Allan Esson, Murgon and Townsville; Ron Snape, Bega; John Seale, Melbourne (author of Hansonism, Trick or Treat?; Ken Fordham; Jean Evans, Gold Coast (who had bought a car for the support movement); Ken Bear, Dandenong; David Graham, Geelong; Don Pinwell, Kingaroy (Australia First's Queensland leader); Reg Bishop, Ipswich president.
   Other "white ants" declared by Ettridge included Bevan Collingwood (for redesigning the draft constitution to give the power to members instead of the two Davids); Helen Dodd (publisher of Ms Hanson's first official biography Pauline, the Hanson Phenomenon, for raising the issue of a photograph's copyright; she was escorted under guard out of an electoral office). (pp 149-50)
   Peter Clifton (he questioned the finances, and from being South Australian vice-president and Gawler branch president he was told he and others were unfinancial.  Gawler branch dissolved itself after that.) (p 150)
   Other "white ants": Scott Balson (the book's author, and O.N. webmaster), Barbara Hazelton, Tom King, John Mackintosh, Mrs Hill, Bill Feldman, Ian Petersen and the Queensland State MPs, etc. (p 150)
   The two Davids set up the O.N. headquarters in Manly NSW, even though the main strength for a while was Queensland federal MP Pauline Hanson and later 11 MPs elected to the Queensland State Parliament.  Manly's centralised methods and lack of financial reporting were opposed by various ordinary members and the MPs, leading to expulsions.  Trying to get the addresses of people in other branches was forbidden, and the Peel branch in Western Australia was shut down for doing this.  It seems that Pauline Hanson's One Nation was really only three or four people.  The thousands who joined were in a supporters' group, and had virtually no control over membership admissions, expulsions, or finances. - Demi Griffin.
   During 10 to 12 April 1988 One Nation's first birthday party was held at Ms Hanson's farmlet.  Several hundred came, but 1000 had been budgeted for.
The "500 Club" is born
   What I needed to do was package a set donation into some exclusive club.  A donation of $500 by just ten members would raise $5,000 which would go a long way in alleviating Ettridge's [financial] dilemma. (page 170)
   Jack Struber was the first to put up his hand … I took the stage … Within minutes there were ten of us standing there … (p 171)
   The 500 Club members:
  1. Scott Balson*
  2. Jack Struber
  3. Kelvyn Boag
  4. Peter James
  5. Harold Hines
  6. Ivan Casson
  7. Leonard Montes
  8. Geoff Hazelton*
  9. Colene Hughes*
  10. Helen Dodd*
* Four of the 10 later nominated as "white ants" by Ettridge (p 172)
   Footnote 114 on page 173: Members of the 500 Club had to wait six months before they received receipts. … (p 173)
   In total $1,500 was paid to the band leader in cash with no receipt being taken – just me as a witness. (p 174)

   By December 1999 five of the 11 Queensland O.N. MPs were in the breakaway reform group the City Country Alliance. (see picture page 349 dated 10 Dec 1999)

   This book is fascinating reading for anyone who lived through the heady days when ideas like 2 per cent interest on bank loans, and temporary visas for boat "invaders," were put to the public and mercilessly cut down by the Establishment.  In some other countries the "bank rate" of interest has been down as low as half a per cent.  The visa idea was later adopted by the Australian Coalition government, to be abolished by Labor, then reinstated.
   One Nation opposed the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) (see pp 129-133, and 222), were roundly criticised, but later the French Republic refused to continue the almost-secret negotiations.
   The radical Left had sent thug-like crowds to close down or prevent meetings of Pauline Hanson supporters; and on the right, Big Business spent money to tie up party leaders with court cases.
   This book was probably written before the episode of Pauline Hanson being sent to prison.  She was later exonerated. - Demi Griffin.

   DETAILS: Publisher: Interactive Presentations Pty Ltd, PO Box 11, Mt Crosby News, Queensland 4306, Australia; October 2000.  ISBN 0 - 9577 - 4152 - 9; Category: Politics/Current Affairs; 376 + viii pages, soft covers, 15 x 22 x 2 centimetres (5 7/8 x 8 5/8 x 3/4 inches), contents, index, footnotes, preface, appendices, photographs, other images.  Warwick Book Exchange, secondhand AUD $9·95.
   OTHER BOOKS by Scott Balson: Murder by Media, Death of Democracy in Australia (Jan 1999); One Voice, Many Issues (Mar 1999); Enemy of the State (Mar 2000), the story of his arrest.
   [AUTHOR'S LINKS: <http://­>, <gwb & gwb com au>.
   [RECAPITULATION: Elliott was talking about financial support to eradicate the [Australian] Democrats from their spoiler position in the Senate – a political ploy that John Samuel was hell bent in achieving in Western Australia. (p 21)
   [1st COMMENT: Regarding John Samuel, there is strong evidence for this.]
   [2nd COMMENT: Regarding the "500 Club," one wonders if the author, Scott Balson, knew of the 500 Club that in Western Australia seemed around those years to be a group doing various deeds to stymy non-Liberal political groups.]  [To this webpage 18 Aug 2011; published Oct. 2000]

BARRY, Paul; 2000 revision (orig 1990)   THE RISE AND FALL OF ALAN BOND  

   This book gives the story, up to the time it was written, of one of Australia's leading corporate rogues. The Rise and Fall of Alan Bond; Paul BARRY
   Using other people's money (as later insolvency and court proceedings showed), he even financed a challenge for the America's Cup, a near-land ocean race, and won with Australia II in 1983. (see p 6)
   He was a part, a large part, of "WA Incorporated," or the "Burke Years," along with Laurie Connell of Rothwell's "Bank," and others.
   Who was this man who had seemingly survived the stock market crash of October 1987 (p 1), bought Heileman's brewery for $1700 million (p 50), bought a Van Gogh painting "Irises" for US $49 million (p 4), and who had praised Chile's dictator Pinochet?
   According to this book, "He had plundered his public companies, crushed those little people who happened to get in his way, avoided paying taxes on a massive scale, and bent the rules at every opportunity … " and kept on borrowing and buying, borrowing and buying, until the banks finally called time. (pp 6-7)
   The book details his juvenile scallywag doings in Britain, and then goes on with his first Australian brush with the courts.
   According to The West Australian of June 12, 1956, "Alan Bond, 18, signwriter, of Quarry Street, Fremantle, appeared on two charges of having been unlawfully on premises. …
   "Bond was put on a £25 bond to be of good behaviour for six months on each of the two charges." (p 44)
   How did he get his real first million? There was a "huge block of already subdivided land at Kardinya, on Perth's southern edge, … up for sale at $1.2 million … he and McNab flew to Melbourne … went to the head office of a finance company called CAGA and borrowed the lot – deposit and all. … The year was 1967, and Bond was twenty-nine.  He had made it at last.
   Yanchep Sun City (p 91), the failure to win the America's Cup with Southern Cross, then he returned to Australia.  It was 1974, and there was a vicious credit squeeze. (p 94)
   The cost of borrowing had soared above 20 per cent.  The developer Home Units of Australia had to be rescued, the bigger property and building company Mainline collapsed in August, and at the end of September the biggest of them all, Cambridge Credit, went to the wall. (p 94) The property boom which had raged so long had gone bust. (pp 94-95)
   Bond Corporation owed $100 million, and its assets would fetch only $50 million in a forced sale. (p 95)
   Banks had been lobbied by the Premier, Sir Charles Court. (p 99)
   Later the same Sir Charles criticised Bond (p 102), and rumours spread that Bond's group would collapse.  The Perth Stock Exchange commented on Bond's statement about his finances, and there was a penalty for spreading false information. (p 103)
   Finance companies had lent heavily for land, charging four per cent above what the banks did, fees were often 10 per cent of the loan.  But now CAGA let a deadline for interest be extended, and IAC which already had $80m of doubtful debts had the Bond $35m as well. (p 105)
   Because IAC was a company of Citibank (USA), US $140m was brought to prop it up, thus allowing Bond and others to continue.
   There had to be a rescue in February 1975 over the Robe River $2.2m interest payment.
   More crises were staved off, then Sir Charles Court's Liberal-National WA Government bought the Santa Maria estate "to safeguard Perth's water supply", and 15,000 acres (6070 hectares) on the southern edge of Yanchep, at a handsome profit to Bond. (p 120)
   Among the photographs is a picture of the Curtin Foundation, including PM Bob Hawke, Premier Brian Burke, Alan Bond, John Roberts of Multiplex, Cr Rod Evans, WADC chairman John Horgan, and Laurie Connell (Rothwells "Bank").
   The South Australian Parliament passed a special law to force Bond to reduce his holding in Santos from about 30% to no more than 15%.  He was able to sell shares on the stock market, where the shares had nearly trebled in value. (p 140)   He had made millions.
   Buying the Palace Hotel, Perth, gave the four principal directors a personal profit of $899,000 each. (p 144)  "Bond and his three co-directors were removing $3.6m from the shareholders of Bond Corporation and giving it to themselves." (p 145) [To be CONTINUED] [Put on this webpage March-April 2009]
   [COMMENT: The financial trickery of the huge International Corporations and Banks is interspersed with the interesting facts about the 1970s and 1980s in Western Australia.  The "recovery" from those rollercoaster days allowed the global credit system to survive, with even more unrealistic schemes and unrealistic huge credit creation, until the whole world's system began staggering around 2007-2008.  All sorts of leaders in various countries kept saying that the fundamentals of their particular country "were sound," but by October-November 2008 it was like whistling in the wind.
   By February-April 2009 it is obvious that the Global Corporations are running a Great Recession, or even the start of another Great Depression.  Huge insurance companies, banks, and great vehicle manufacturers are asking governments around the world to save them from collapse.  Governments make no provision to stop job-shedding, but lend or grant billions to the Top End of Town.  The taxpayers will later have to repay the bonds that were sold to get funds that saved the banks!  It is a "round robin" fraud of global proportions!
   And Mr Bond?  His companies having become insolvent, and he, like ex-Premier Burke, having gone to prison, now lives a life of luxury, allegedly wheeling and dealing. - jcm Apr 10, 09. COMMENT ENDS.]

BLACKBURN, Estelle; 1999 (orig 1998);   BROKEN LIVES  

   Besides the women and men he murdered and injured, Eric Edgar Cooke's rampage also was partly to blame for two innocent men, John Button and Darryl Beamish (a deaf-mute) going to prison for murders they did not commit. Broken Lives, Estelle BLACKBURN
   How the police got confessions from Cooke, and then got him to issue retractions, is one of the amazing parts of this wonderful book by Estelle Blackburn, BA, journalist and later public relations officer.
   Some of the detectives and others involved ought to have been charged with something, and punished themselves, because it was obvious that John Button was innocent.
   The John Button miscarriage of justice was just one such by the Western Australian police force and the courts in the 20th century.
   Eric Edgar Cooke, who had a hare lip and a speech impediment, was 17½ years old on October 15, 1948, in the first stealing incident recorded in this book.  He stole a torch and a travelling clock, total value £3/13/- from a city flat occupied by John Birman, the assistant director of Adult Education. (p 26)
   The book goes on, detailing his accidents at work, his marriage and subsequent children, his night-time prowling and stealing of small moneys etc and of cars and deliberately running people down (starting in 1958, p 46), his regular cat burglar exploits, and then his murder of women.
   He stole first one rifle, and later another, using them to shoot men and women, either in their cars or at home or in bed (Jillian Brewer, p 88).  He had spent some time in prison for some of his minor crimes.
   Yet he was not even really suspected of the major killing spree, which had Perth in fear in the early 1960s, until a woman picking bush flowers stumbled across where he had stashed the second rifle.
   The book gives details of how the lives he had broken, including the families and the surviving victims, and his own wife and children, continued afterwards.
   Some of the blame must fall on his father, who had hated him from birth and had belted him repeatedly.
   Cooke was the last man hanged legally in Western Australia; it was on Monday, October 26, 1964.
   DETAILS: Stellar Publishing P/L, , revised 1999 (orig. 1998), ISBN 0-646-36173-2; 410 pp + vi pp, soft covers, 16 x 24 x 2·7 cm (6¼ x 9½ x ~ 1 inch), contents, appendices, photographs and photostats, map, author interviews, acknowledgements.  UK £12·50, AUD $24.95, US $17.50.  (To this webpage Apr 10, 2009). [Revision 1999]

   The Burkes of Western Australia
, ? 1990s, Brian PEACHEY.
   More details awaited. [? 1990s ]

• PASQUARELLI, John; 1998;    The Pauline    Hanson Story     by the Man Who Knows  

   The Pauline Hanson Story; John Pasquarelli    'Hell hath no fury … like a bald man sacked.' Bob Hart, Herald Sun, Melbourne.
   Love her or hate her, people are intrigued by Pauline Hanson …
   Pauline Hanson's impact on the Australian political scene can be described as nothing less than astonishing.  As the fish and chip shop lady who was elected on March 2, 1996, as the Federal Member for Oxley, Pauline Hanson has touched a vital nerve among Australian voters. 
   (John Pasquarelli was her political adviser from March 7, 1996 until he was dismissed without notice that same year on December 9.  See page 229.  Towards the end of his employment, he had been working with Pauline on forming a party, but behind his back she had been planning with the two Davids on forming a different kind of group. See page 278)
   The intensity of the love-hate relationship that so quickly developed between the phenomenon of Pauline and the public attests that, be they for or against her, Australians – as well as many beyond our shores – have their own opinions of the woman and her politics.
   But what was the initial driving force that propelled Pauline into the Federal political arena?  How is it that one woman's voice came to be heard across an entire continent?  What was it that gave her middle-Australia appeal?  And what of her firm stance on Aboriginal and immigration policies?
   As her political adviser, John Pasquarelli proved instrumental in launching Pauline Hanson upon Australia.  John's sharp insights regarding the behind-the-scenes proceedings of her meteoric rise are the revealing subject of The Pauline Hanson Story by the Man Who Knows.
   And know her he does.  The relationship between Hanson and Pasquarelli has been described as that of puppet and puppeteer, but there are those who find it more akin to Pygmalion, or indeed Frankenstein.  However, despite being a seasoned political adviser with political nous, John's rollercoaster ride with Pauline Hanson ended with his own ignominious and bitter dismissal.
   In The Pauline Hanson Story by the Man Who Knows, John Pasquarelli's penetrating and colourful prose makes for compelling reading, and his predictions of the future of the Pauline Hanson phenomenon may well prove prophetic. (back cover, with additions)
   In the Foreword, by Victorian branch president of the Returned Services League Mr Bruce Ruxton, he wonders if Australians live in a free society, judging by the orchestrated attacks by political parties and the news media.
   "I encountered similar experiences to Hanson myself, in the 1980s when the RSL spoke out on immigration.  The mere raising of the subject brings 'grubs out of the woodwork' – the sort of 'grubs' that will do Pauline Hanson's cause no good." (page vi)
   Both David Ettridge and David Oldfield have often pontificated to supporters of One Nation about the need for loyalty to their leader and the Party.  Is their brand of 'loyalty' a selective commodity?  David Oldfield's former employer Tony Abbott [a leading Liberal Party MHR] certainly appeared to think so in a bitter speech to Parliament on Thursday, June 19, 1997. … Abbott named Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge as recipients of calls from David Oldfield's mobile phone during Oldfield's employment with him.  … never been challenged … (page 278)
   Jodi Blaine worked in Pauline Hanson's fish and chip shop from when she was 15 and continued working there after Pauline sold the shop in early 1997.  "… Pauline … asked Jodi Blaine to spend four hours cleaning the premises.  … she was not paid … Jodi Blaine lodged a complaint … Ipswich Courthouse … more allegations … Pauline … niggardly … $40 … ordered to pay Jodi Blaine … $1467.67." (pp 285-6)
   Appendix 1: Letter of advice by former Liberal Senator Noel Crichton-Browne, dated October 26, 1996. (pages 317-9)
   Appendix 2: Article "Pauline Hanson's Bitter Harvest," by David Leser, Good Weekend magazine, November 30, 1996.  "Incredible as it may seem, three months after attending her first Liberal Party meeting she was preselected from a field of three to contest the seat of Oxley, the seat Bill Hayden had held for 27 years until his appointment as Governor-General in 1988." (page 327)
   "Denying she was a racist, she said it was unfair that indigenous Australians were getting preferential treatment.  She said she was fighting for white Australians … " (page 328)

   DETAILS: Publisher: New Holland Publishers; Sydney, etc., © 1998 by John Pasquarelli.  ISBN 1 86436 341 X; Categories: Politician Biography, Woman Politician, Aborigines Australian, Emigration and Immigration, Australia Politics and Government; Dewey shelf number 994.065 092, 338 + xiv pages, soft covers, 15·5 x 23·4 x 2·5 centimetres (6 x 9 1/4 x 1 inches), contents, index, list of abbreviations, preface, epilogue, photographs, cartoons, other images, two appendices.  Cover / photograph: Andrew Meares / The Fairfax Photo Library.  AUD $17·95 discounted in 1999 to $2·95.
[Bt. 29 Dec 1999; to webpage 17 Aug 2011; published 1998]


Indecent Dealing; The Nightmare of an Innocent Teacher,

1995, by Phil BURROWS.
   On September 8th, 1993, the police ran a "dob-in-a-paedophile" campaign called "Operation Paradox". Indecent Dealing 180x274; Phil BURROWS
   Phil Burrows became the innocent victim of an anonymous phone call, suggesting he had pornographic materials at his home. A search of his flat found a series of photos taken in the course of his studies into children's playground rhymes. On the basis of one of these photos, he was charged with 3 counts of indecent dealing.
   His life was turned into a living nightmare. This remarkable story tells of the acts of malice, as well as mistakes, that can have tragic consequences. Above all, it shows how frail our rights and liberties really are.
The Author
   Phil Burrows is 48 years of age and has been teaching for 27 years of those years.
   A dedicated teacher, his career with the W.A. Education Department has included appointments from classroom teacher to Principal. His academic life has been relentless, involving over 10 years external studies and another 6 years part time, during which he completed a Master of Education degree.
   Phil has published extensively, both in his academic field of language and concerning Civil Liberties. He has served as Secretary of the W.A. Council for Civil Liberties and feels that issues of liberty and justice are of first importance.
   Publishing details: State School Teachers' Union of Western Australia, and Foundation Press, Perth (Western Australia), 1995, 82pp, 14 x 22 cm (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches), soft covers, illustrations, no footnotes, no index. ISBN 1 875 778 03 9, $AUD 10.00.

   Rebuilding The Federation,
1994, Richard COURT, MLA, Premier of Western Australia.
   The secondary title of this 44-page booklet is "An audit and history of State powers and responsibilities usurped by the Commonwealth in the years since Federation," and it is dated February 1994.
   The federal constitution came into force in 1901, leaving the States in sole responsibility for governing regarding everything except powers explicitly stated as given to the federal Commonwealth.
   These sole State powers included: Law and order, the regulation of commerce and industry, transport services, natural resources including land, essential service such as water supply, sewerage, drainage, electricity and gas; local government; education, housing and health; and the environment. (p 7)
   Since federation, the Commonwealth had intruded into every one of these sole responsibilities, the booklet states, in some cases to effectively usurp the States' role for all practical purposes. (p 7)
   The downward spiral towards centralism lists the loss of income tax, which the Commonwealth took over exclusive rights to in 1942, under wartime regulations.
   Mr Court rightly points out that the High Court of Australia has wrongly taken powers and responsibilities from the States.
   (It is now clear to this reviewer, at least, that before federation the Colonies ought to have insisted that they appoint, in rotation, the judges to the High Court.)
   The 1975 Racial Discrimination Act, the 1988 Franklin Dam case, the 1992 Mabo cases, and the 1993 Commonwealth Industrial Relations Reform Act were among the losses of State powers that were listed.  Some had worthy intentions, but the aggregate loss of powers can lead to a centralised out-of-touch oligarchy.
   Examples of Commonwealth intrusion, that most electors would not know about, were the 1920 decision in the Amalgamated Society of Engineers case, the Petrol Tax case stopping South Australia from levying petrol tax, and the John Fairfax and Sons Ltd case to stop New South Wales from levying a tax on newspapers.
   One of the inexplicable High Court decisions was the 1985 Gosford Meats case, disallowing the NSW Government from levying an annual licence fee on an abattoir, claiming it was an excise duty (and so invalid under Section 90). (p 30)
   This booklet ought to be on the bookshelves of every State and Federal politician.  Copies of it are at the Georgist Education Association office in Perth. - John C. Massam, March 29, 2008.

The Executive State; WA Inc. & The Constitution

, 1991, Patrick O'BRIEN and Martyn WEBB (editors).
   This book describes how the extraordinary powers in the Westminster system under the Western Australian Constitution have been misused, costing present and future generations $1,000,000,000, and eroding their democratic rights.
   Australia is an elective dictatorship.  The book proposes radical constitutional reforms. (back cover)
   … report … into the sale of the Midland Abattoir was tabled three minutes before the assembly was dissolved in late 1986. […]
   … vain attempt to get National Party support for legislation to establish a statutory authority to handle the government's involvement with the Bond Corporation in the controversial Petrochemical Industries Company Ltd (PICL) joint venture.
   … this was an integral part of the government's ill-fated Rothwells rescue operation that involved not only the investment of over $300 million of taxpayers' funds in the non-existent plant, but also the government's secret guarantee for the project to the tune of approximately $1.2 billion. … ministerial denials … 1989 election campaign … Dowding finally admitted he had authorised in an official government letter a guarantee for the $1.2 billion Kwinana petrochemical project (Daily News, 24 August 1989) (p 108)
   Previous denials of the guarantee: Joe Berinson 15 December 1988; Dowding 21 October 1988; Parker 12 April 1989 (p 109) […]
   … In 1989, Dowding … liken[ed] the Senate inquiry into drugs in sport to "McCarthyism" … In July the then Minister for Education and a future Premier, Carmen Lawrence, claimed that parliament was a waste of time and "the plaything of grandstanding egomaniacs" (The West Australian, 27 July 1989) […] … phone-bugging scandals. (p 129)
   Precis: 18 November 1987, Mr MacKinnon asked the Treasurer how much had been approved for the State Government Insurance Corporation (SGIC) to borrow to buy property and shares from the Bell Group.  Mr Brian Burke replied that no decisions had been made.  On 13 November the SGIC Board noted that the deal would require the Premier to approve borrowing of $160 million.  On 19 November the Board was told that the Premier had approved. … An enquiry draft stated "The conspiracy to retrieve the monies by administrative abuse of Government instrumentalities such as the SGIC, GESB and the R & I Bank becomes crystal clear." (pp 222-23)
   Authors: Hal Colebatch (barrister and journalist), Ann Duffield (political researcher), Anthony Ley (previously student guild newspaper editor), Leslie R. Marchant (retired associate professor of history), Patrick Mugliston (barrister and solicitor), Patrick O'Brien (associate professor of politics, a Fulbright Scholar), and Martyn Webb (professor of geography).
   Details: Constitutional Press, Perth, ISBN 0 646 04875 9, Dewey 354.941009; 400 pp, soft covers, 13 x 19.5 cm (5 1/8 x 7 5/8 in), no index, chapter notes. [1991]

Burke's Shambles; Parliamentary Contempt in the Wild West

, 1987, Anthony McADAM and Patrick O'BRIEN.     
   Described in Parliament as "the biggest political scandal in Australia today," the great Midland abattoir affair is more than just another tale of skulduggery from the "Wild West."  It is, as even Premier Brian Burke conceded in Parliament, an "international story."
   This book sets out the full story of that scandal.  For the first time it lifts the lid on how deals are done, businessmen attacked, information suppressed, witnesses pressured and Parliament subverted.  It is a book which everyone concerned about the fate of parliamentary democracy should read.
   [Prestige Brick, Mr Peter Ellett].  … in 1968 … Police Constable Ellett, was convicted of stealing, while on duty, the sum of about $300 from a dead body.  … The West Australian of 8 November 1968 … from Southern Cross … plea … guilty … having stolen money from the body of Mr Robert Whyte. (p 12)
   … it was no private-sector entrepreneur, but Tricontinental … the State Bank of Victoria … Labor … that was providing Ellett with his finance … possibly as much as $14 million … vendetta by the Labor Party in government against Ric New and Midland Brick […] (p 19)
   Community opposition to the Government's sale of the Midland abattoir and saleyards was voluble from the moment it became public on 18 April 1986, two weeks after the offer of acceptance was signed.  It was on that day that the Minister for Agriculture, Julian Grill, announced the sale but, it may be noted, withheld such information as the buyer's name, the price, or what was planned for the land. (p 42) […]
   … Julian Fletcher Grill, Ll.B., J.P., … driving offences … on one occasion having left the scene of an accident at high speed after having collided with a police car (in August 1969).  He was also on another occasion involved in a fatal accident when a car he was driving knocked down and killed a 77-year-old pedestrian, Cuthbert Gerald Richardson … at 7.30 p.m. on 10 October, 1963, apparently while on a cross-walk in Hay Street, Perth, on a clear night while on his way to a meeting of the Royal Commonwealth Society.  … only 30% brakes … one headlight working. (p 57)
   Details: Burke Press, Chelsea, ISBN 0 0587698 0 X; 270 pp, soft covers, 11 x 18 cm (4 3/8 x 7 1/8 in), no index, no endnotes, 4pp photographs.
   [COMMENT: "Paddy" O'Brien has died since these books were published.  In February-March 2007 Brian Burke, Julian Grill, Noel Crichton-Browne, Graeme Campbell and Graeme Edwards were being mentioned in newsitems about the Corruption and Crime Commission, while W.A. ministers fell, and a Federal minister fell around March 3, 2007.   COMMENT ENDS.]


The Burke Ambush; Corporatism and Society in Western Australia

, 1986, Patrick O'BRIEN (ed.).
   Brian Burke needs to be warned of the possibility of his Government eventually becoming the victim of corruption, since corporatism inevitably leads to a state of corruption.  This is because the necessary secrecy that surrounds the invisible handshakes between big government, big business, big unions and other large corporate interests such as education and welfare institutions, leads to an erosion of fairness in a government's dealings with the people, and thus the denial of natural justice to all. (pp xiii-xiv) […]
   One of the more peculiar ambivalencies of Burke's Government is that while surrounding himself with advisers and other retainers who are hostile to the democratic capitalist tradition, the Premier has used the powers and purse of the State to assist the businesses of those Perth-based millionaires who bankrolled the coffers of the ALP's John Curtin Foundation, thus providing the bulk of the funds being used by the ALP to campaign against free enterprise. …
   It was in only the last six weeks of the life of the State Parliament that the Liberal Party came out of its state of torpor … by asking a series of detailed questions concerning the expenditures of taxpayers' funds on WADC, EXIM and the Seaman Land Rights Inquiry.  … Burswood Casino … the M.R.P.A. … funding of the arts. […]
   … following his ambush of Ron Davies as Labor's leader, Burke successfully ambushed Ray O'Connor and a Liberal Party which had fallen into a state of torpor … ambushed the W.A. taxpayer. … Patrick O'Brien, December 1985. (pp xv-xvi)
   Besides Associate Professor O'Brien, the other authors are: Robert Bennett (journalist), Hal Colebatch (writer, solicitor, journalist), Anthony Dale (lawyer, writer, amateur yachtsman), Tom Herzfeld (engineer, Mundaring MLA 1997-83, consultant), John Hyde (founder of Australian Institute for Public Policy, former federal MP), Michael McKinley (lecturer in international politics), P.W.Nichols (barrister, editor of law journals), and Joseph Poprzeczny (economist, journalist).

   Details: Apollo Press, Nedlands, ISBN 0 949901 04 0; 268 pp, soft covers, 12 x 17.5 cm (4 3/4 x 6 7/8 inches), no index, no endnotes, only cover photographs. [1986]
The Mickelberg Stitch, 1985, Avon LOVELL     


,  1985, by Avon LOVELL.

A Real-Life Thriller
  • An ingenious swindle of the Perth Royal Mint nets a fortune in gold bullion ..
  • The Police turn up the Mickelberg family
  • and brothers Ray, Peter and Brian are sentenced to 20, 16 and 12 years gaol.
       The Prosecution case was based on a mass of questionable evidence:
                – unsigned 'confessions'
                – fabrications, omissions
                – and a forged fingerprint!
    Now the Mickelbergs are hunting down their persecutors.
    Avon Lovell's documented exposé of an Australian courtroom Watergate is a triumph of investigative writing.
    The facts are explosive
    The story unfolds like a drama
    Police methods in Australia will never be the same . .
       Avon Lovell is a publisher with experience in investigative journalism on metropolitan newspapers in Hobart, Adelaide and Sydney.  He has owned his own suburban newspaper in Perth.  As an editor and publisher he has produced many Australian books.
       At present Mr Lovell is writing a series of short stories, a television comedy, a community history and a sequel to
    The Mickelberg Stitch
       Extracts from pp 177-78: … Ray Mickelberg … worry … taxation … a false name in Building Society or Bank accounts.  … Mr [Ron] Cannon … introducing evidence about the Yellow Rose nugget failed dramatically. …
       {At a trial in June 1984, Raymond Mickelberg and Brian Pozzi pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to fraud [sic] in regard to the Yellow Rose of Texas [a fake gold nugget that family members had moulded and sold to Alan Bond].  Both received five year maximum sentences.  Brian Mickelberg was gaoled for three years maximum, and Mrs Peggy Mickelberg … was sentenced to 18 months gaol. …}
  •    DETAILS: Creative Research, North Perth (W. Australia), 1985; 286pp, soft covers, 11 x 18 cm (4 3/8 x 7 1/8 in), contents, no index, photographs, no endnotes. ISBN 0 908469 23 3
       [AFTERMATH: The "Stitch" was banned for alleged defamation by court action, the sequel was published, appeal after appeal occurred, the ban was lifted, and years later, FINALLY, "The Establishment" in the judico-politico-legal system of the State of Western Australia admitted that the convictions were "unsafe."
       And the appeal courts, grudgingly, have been finding other "unsafe" verdicts, such as murders "pinned" on John Button, Darryl Beamish, and Andrew Mallard.  One of the Mickelbergs, released from prison, was flying an aeroplane which "ran out of fuel," fatally for him.
       The Webmaster is proud to say he tried to sell the "Stitch" while it was banned and afterwards, and attended the ceremony in a bookshop, Hay Street, Perth, at which it was officially "relaunched" after the ban ended.  One of the allegedly minor sideshow bit-part actors in the lawless destruction of Ray, Peter and Brian Mickelberg had later entered the place where laws can be changed, and is retiring from there in 2008! ENDS.]

    PARTIAL CONTENTS and ANCHOR LIST (After reading an article, use Browser's "Back" button to return to Anchor List)
    Broken Lives, Estelle BLACKBURN. PERTH, W. Australia. Serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke, and the imprisoning of John Button for a murder that Cooke had committed.  Cooke and others had confessed to the same crimes! (orig 1998) 1999
    • The Burke Ambush; Corporatism and Society in Western Australia, Patrick O'BRIEN (ed.). W. AUSTRALIA. 1986
    • The Burkes of Western Australia. Brian PEACHEY. ? 1990s
    Burke's Shambles; Parliamentary Contempt in the Wild West, Anthony McADAM and Patrick O'BRIEN. W. AUSTRALIA. Labor's Brian Burke and his team, the Midland Saleyards sale, WADC, EXIM, the Land Rights Inquiry, Burswood Casino, the M.R.P.A. – W.A. Incorporated! 1987
    Engagement: Australia faces the Asia-Pacific. AUSTRALIA: Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating lets the cat out of the bag about the eroding away of the restrictive immigration policy. 2000
    Every Bit of a Circle is Bent; The Fifth Estate - Book III.  By Terence McLERNON.  More exposures of some police, some politcians, and some clergy in W. Australia. 2009
    • The Executive State; WA Inc. & The Constitution, Patrick O'BRIEN and Martyn WEBB (editors). W. AUSTRALIA. $1 billion wasted. 1991
    • The Fifth Estate, by Terence J. McLERNON. W. AUSTRALIA. False evidence led to the convictions of the innocent including John Button, Darryl Beamish, Ray, Peter and Brian Mickelberg, and Andrew Mallard. © 2006; 2007
    • The Fifth Estate,The Sequel; If the Hat Fits, Wear It, by Terence J. McLERNON.  W. AUSTRALIA. Exposes police false evidence, and the RC Christian Brothers' sex abuse. 2007
    • The Godfather: The Life of Brian Burke; Quentin BERESFORD. 2008
    • The Going for broke; How Bond got away with it.  WESTERN AUSTRALIA and the world.  Second book about Alan Bond's depradations, by journalist Paul BARRY, 2000.
    Indecent Dealing; The Nightmare of an Innocent Teacher, by Phil BURROWS.  A Western Australian teacher's passion for children's playground rhymes ended with him being charged with indecent dealing.  His union and a staunch friend stood by him. 1995
    Inside One Nation.  AUSTRALIA: The group's webmaster Scott BALSON tells all. Oct 2000
    Litany of Lies A true story of gold heists, bombings, feral cops, greed, murder & revenge, by Avon LOVELL.  WESTERN AUSTRALIA: The Mickelberg gold from the Mint case and how the police involved in that case, the Wardle case, and others, were not prosecuted for "framing" people. March 13, 2011
    • The Mickelberg Stitch, Avon LOVELL. PERTH, W. Australia, 1985
    • The Pauline Hanson Story by the Man Who Knows.  AUSTRALIA: John Pasquarelli helped her after she won a seat in Australia's federal parliament, but he and another helper were dismissed without notice on December 9, 1996.  This is a warts and all account of Pauline Hanson, with the two Davids, Bruce Whiteside, and others for good measure. 1998
    Rebuilding The Federation, Richard COURT, MLA, Premier of Western Australia. Many State powers have been filched by Canberra. 1994
    • The Rise and Fall of Alan Bond. Paul BARRY (of ABC TV's Four Corners in the 1990s). PERTH, W. Australia, 2000 (revised).
    Untamed and Unashamed, by Pauline HANSON.  Kiss and Tell, OR, How David Oldfield entered the Hanson camp. (Pauline Hanson's One Nation which got 1 million votes one year, gradaully spiralled downwards.) 2007

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