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• CREDIT BOSS GIVEN CHEAP LOAN: New shock for Teachers' Society members     
  New shock for Teachers’ Society members  


   Daily News (Perth, Western Australia; Price 40 cents RRP), Exclusive, By MARTIN SAXON, Pages One and 2, Thursday, August 27, 1987
A TOP WA Teachers' Credit Society executive – now on indefinite leave – was given a cheap 100 per cent housing loan to buy his Duncraig home.
   And assistant general manager of operations Mr Joe Bodlovich got his $84,000 home loan at about half the going rate.
   Inquiries by the Daily News show that at least one other senior executive had to borrow money at 11.5 per cent from Teachers' Credit to buy his home.
   But Mr Bodlovich, a former teacher who is also on the society's board of management, was able to get his loan at the knockdown rate of 6.09 per cent.
   Mr Bodlovich (48) and Teachers' Credit general manager Mr Alex Clark (40) were both sent on indefinite leave by the board three weeks ago in the wake of the society's liquidity problems.
   It is not clear when, or if, the two men will return to work.
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   It was revealed exclusively in the Daily News last week that Mr Clark and his wife held shares in listed companies which borrowed millions of dollars from Teachers' Credit.
   It was impossible to find out whether the credit society had a policy of lending money at discount rates to its senior staff.
  [Picture] Joe Bodlovich's Duncraig home ... bought with an $84,000 Teachers' Credit loan.  
   Acting board chairman Mrs Audrey Baldock refused to comment.
   "I am not prepared to comment on anything at this stage, till it all settles down." Mrs Baldock. a primary school teacher, said.
   "My members are my prime concern. I just want the R and I to get on with the job."


   The R and I Bank, at the government's prompting, has rescued the credit society.
   Board treasurer Mr Barry Markey, principal of Leederville Technical College, said the board had decided only the chairman could comment.
   Teachers' Credit acting general manager Mr Bill Johns also would not comment. #

   [RECAPITULATION: ... in the wake of the society's liquidity problems. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: A credit society, properly managed, cannot really have "liquidity problems."  The money flow was almost automatic.  The members were teachers, nearly all of whom were permanent, and receiving regular salaries going into their bank accounts, and would have been having their contributions (and if they borrowed for their home, their loan repayments) automatically deducted from the same bank accounts.  Only by stepping outside normal prudent practice, which the TCS allegedly did, for example, by lending for commercial ventures to companies connected to management staff, or by lending to a "health club," could the TCS have had "liquidity problems." COMMENT ENDS.]
   [ABBREVIATION: "R and I Bank" is the Rural and Industries Bank of Western Australia, government-owned.  (It was sold later, became owned by a Scottish Bank, and later fell into other hands. ENDS.]
[To this webpage 09 May 2009] [Aug 27, 1987]

• [$40m recovered from Rothwells, $10m deposited with Denis Horgan company.]     

[$40m recovered from Rothwells, $10m deposited with Denis Horgan company]

   From "Content Samuel," October 18, 1992
   To: His Grace the Catholic Archbishop of Perth, Most Rev. Barry Hickey, D.D., St Mary's Cathedral, Victoria Square, Perth, W.A., 6000
   In thanking you for your recent letter, I feel impelled to request full disclosure to all the Church followers of the MONEY INVESTED, LENT, PAID TO, ETC. IN DEALINGS WITH BUSINESS PEOPLE, whether Big Business or lesser, with the slightest hint of being WA Inc, Notre Dame, Barrack House Group, Bond, Connell, Dempster, or their families or friends.
   It was most disappointing to have been given a response from your office that gave the impression all was well (after the $40,000,000 had been recovered from Rothwells), when the reality was that $10.6 million had been "deposited" with the Barrack Securities company of Mr Denis Horgan.  Was this $10.6 million additional money, or was it part of the $40 million?  And you have been quoted as saying that the $10 million (? $10.6m) was to help with a liquidity problem of the companies.  The "temporary shortage of cash" scam is a classic of confidence tricksters.
   It was pleasing to learn from one of your letters that links with Big Business had been broken; but the daily news media has informed the public that Mr Peter Prendiville [or, ? Prindiville], formerly linked with Mr Horgan's companies, seems to have a position with Notre Dame Australia (the Catholic University).  The news media also reports that Mr Bill Hughes is still connected with Notre Dame.  I understand Mr Hughes is Big Business, and is the father of Mrs Eileen Bond, ex-wife of Mr Alan Bond, who was VERY Big Business.  Both of these were, if memory serves me correctly, on the early board of Notre Dame.  Therefore, it does not seem that the links with Big Business were broken.
   In my opinion, a thorough cleansing of Big Business out of Notre Dame would include the removal of these two, provided they are not replaced by people of similar circles.  A thorough cleansing of Diocesan advisory bodies would also seem desirable, but to a much franker and realistic standard than the standard so far set.
   Please will you consider making a public statement disassociating the Church from the Big Business-influenced board of Notre Dame, and withholding all parish contributions until a thorough cleansing has occurred.

   [COMMENT: It would seem that some leading lights in the get-rich-quick group were "piggy-backing" on moneys paid in for superannuation and/or holiday pay by employees of Roman Catholic activities, mainly schools.
   A list of Notre Dame Australia "governors" was sent to this prelate, and the answer included a request for a discussion.  Readers can guess that no discussion would ever move him towards righteous behaviour, so the writer did not take up the offer.
   The parishes were all ordered to send 10 per cent to the archbishop to meet the establishment costs of Notre Dame Australia. COMMENT ENDS.]
   [LOOK FORWARD: This website also has newsitems and commentary for the year 2008 about the brother of one of the above businessmen, and the Bethel Covenant Community.  The prelate forgot he had been told in 2000, not just 2007!  To make things worse, later a Church woman came forward and said she had complained about the sexy behaviour in 1994.  And he issued a statement that there had been no deceit in saying he had learnt of the sexiness only in 2007.  So that's all right then!  Not! ENDS.]$40m_recovered_from
[Oct 18, 1992]

• 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 in 1983 for Australia, 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 364.1680994; 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 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). 
   April 1992: Alan Bond is declared bankrupt by the Federal Court in Sydney. (p 426) 
   June 1993: Bond is charged in Perth with fraud over the Manet painting La Promenade. (p 427) 
   December 1994: 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) 
   January 1995: 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)  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) 
   January 1996: 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)  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) 
   February 1997: 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) 
   October 1998: The Australian Federal Police abandons "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. 
   March 2000: 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.]
[To webpage 17 Aug 2012; published 2000]

• Call for fair share of boom windfalls.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn.  New South Wales (Australia) flag; 

Call for fair share of boom windfalls

   The Perth Voice (suburban free newspaper), news [at] fremantleherald [dot] com , by BRENDAN FOSTER, p 2, Saturday, January 13, 2007
   PERTH: EQUAL rights for all and special privileges for none is the catch-cry of the East Perth-based Georgist Education Association.
• Georgist Association president John Massam believes everyone should share in nature's gifts and opportunities.
   The association is holding lectures this Sunday and Tuesday to explain the work of social philosopher Henry George who believed the root cause of social problems is an inequality of rights.
   "Henry George was a self-taught economist who argued that the task of government is to secure the equal rights of land to everyone," WA branch president John Massam said.
   Mr Massam said society should collect revenue from "windfalls" gained when people profited from shares or land values that go through the roof.
Lucky breaks
   "You can't tax a beggar but people who make huge amounts of profit from land or 'lucky breaks' should pay a bigger tax that is placed in public revenue," he said.
   "The public revenue collected from this tax could help pay for the police force, the army and navy and in doing so, lower income tax to almost nothing."
   Mr Massam said the Georgists also believed that there were imperfections in democracy and all opinions should be represented in parliament.
   "The Liberal Party defy what the State Government and people of WA want by planning to mine uranium, yet it goes against the popular will of the people," he said.
   Richard Giles from the Sydney branch will lecture on housing affordability this Sunday January 14 from 2 - 3.30pm at 10 Broome St, South Perth.
   There will also be a lecture on social justice and taxation on Tuesday January 16 from 10am - 1pm at the Georgist Education Association (Perth Tattersall Bowling Club), 2 Plain Street, East Perth.
   For more information Mr Massam on 9343 9532. #
   [COMMENT: Regarding "imperfections in democracy," proportional representation for elections is one of the policies proposed by association members.  ENDS.]
   [EPILOGUE: Advertising was placed with two small newspapers; both Sydney and Perth advertised in the W.A. daily paper.  There were approx. 32 at the first lecture, and 42 at the second.   ENDS.]
   [E-MAIL ADDRESS doubts?  Don't; this free Perth paper is operated by a free Fremantle paper.  [Jan 13, 07]

• Council slams lock-up plan. 

Council slams lock-up plan

   The Perth Voice, by FIONA WILLAN, p 3, Saturday, January 13, 2007
   PERTH: IN a rare display of unity, Perth council voted unanimously this week against the WA government's bid to resume private Northbridge land for a new police station.
   The public gallery was a sea of familiar faces at Monday evening's special council meeting, called by Cr Judy McEvoy.
   Cambridge mayor Marlene Anderton, Property Council of WA president Joe Lenzo, Northbridge Business Improvement Group president Paul Afkos, former Big N president Bob Smales and the WA Association of Property Rights' Leo Killigerew were among the crowd.
   "This is an extraordinary attack on private citizens," Cr McEvoy told council.
   She criticised the government for failing to negotiate with landowner Graeme Hardie before deciding to resume Lot 12, at the corner of Lake and Roe Streets.
   Cr Max Kay said council would've thought twice about injecting $31 million into the Northbridge link project had it realised it would include a number of apartments overlooking a police lock-up.
   Councillors said sites such as the empty IMAX theatre, Mega-Mart building and James Street carpark opposite Russell Square were more appropriate sites.
   Perth Police Superintendent Duane Bell told the Voice the footprint of the proposed police headquarters was too large for most sites.
   "All [police] land was considered, all government land was considered and railway land was considered and quickly dismissed," he said.
   All large sites were considered, but Lot 12 was deemed most appropriate - it was the right size, was central and a relatively safe location for police headquarters.
   Supt Bell said Mr Hardie had been informed of the possibility of land resumption at a meeting in mid-2006.
   Mr Hardie told the Voice the first he heard of it was through an unofficial phone call from a government property consultant in November 2006. #
   [COMMENT: While landowner Hardie is having his land compulsorily acquired by the Labor State Government, disgraced former Labor Premier Brian Burke is being questioned over his telephone calls (being broadcast on radio and television) and other actions allegedly to assist a land developer who is planning the "Port Coogee" canal home scheme.  The Corruption and Crime Commission questions are also about firms acting for developers allegedly paying the electoral expenses of candidates (successful) for local government elections, and their subsequent actions.  "It's not what you know, it's who you know."  Should Mr Hardie telephone such lobbyists?  ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: The report notes that "the empty IMAX theatre, Mega-Mart building and James Street carpark opposite Russell Square" were more appropriate.  Even people living on the other side of the planet could guess from Perth's population that it is indeed highly likely that there are a number of suitable alternative sites for the proposed lockup.  In the 1940s the lockup was north of the railway line; later it moved to East Perth almost at the Causeway.  What Perth needs are more police on patrol, not more lockups.   ENDS.] [Jan 13, 07]

• WA farmers to get say on exports.  Australia flag; 

WA farmers to get say on exports

   The West Australian, p 4, Thursday, January 18, 2007
   AUSTRALIA: WA farmers are likely to be able to express their views to an inquiry into the wheat export system at a series of meetings in the State.
   The Federal Government-commissioned inquiry into the export system, prompted by the Cole commission into the Iraq oil-for-food scandal, meets today in Sydney to discuss how to carry out its mission.
   It has been given until the end of March to consult with growers and the wheat industry about how the export system should operate.
   That followed the Government's decision to give export licences to companies other than AWB to sell part of this season's crop overseas.
   Committee member and former National Farmers Federation president Peter Corish said it was obvious the views of WA farmers would be important.
   "WA is a very important part, and while the committee has yet to meet, I can certainly assure growers that we will be taking a key interest in the concerns of WA growers," he said.
   Mr Corish said the committee, which includes former Woolworths chief executive Roger Corbett, former NAB agribusiness general manager Mike Carroll and former Telstra deputy chairman John Ralph, would listen to the views of exporters such as AWB and CBH.
   [COMMENT: Farmers' opinions will not be taken by a vote, but by a report written partly by non-farmers! – A grocer, a banker, and a Telstra man!  During the Great Depression of 1926-41, Australian farmers and politicians set up a system to stop global corporations reaping more of the profits from their crops than the growers, while the Soviet Union starved Ukrainians to death and exported their wheat, thus causing prices to collapse.  Are the present-day primary producers going to be fooled into allowing Big Business to listen to Big Business, and then to tell growers what growers are thinking?  COMMENT ENDS.]
   ALSO SEE: The Page One lead, "AWB chiefs reap $6.5m bonanza":
   AND, p. 4, "UN director on bribery charges": [Jan 18, 07]

• [Fat payouts to AWB leaders.] 


   The West Australian, p 4, Thursday, January 18, 2007
ANDREW LINDBERG, Executive director.  Payout: $3.025 million. Cole Inquiry found: "Mr Lindberg was not well served by some of those who reported to him, and on whom he relied. He has paid a very considerable price in reputational and no doubt monetary terms." Justice Cole found him not guilty of any criminal conduct
PAUL INGLEBY, Chief financial officer.  Payout: $964,506. Cole Inquiry found: "By approving the process or mechanism for payment by AWB of fees to an Iraqi entity through third parties, Mr Ingleby facilitated the making of those payments." Facing possible charges
PETER GEARY, General manager, trading.  Payout: $572,466. Cole Inquiry found: "He prevaricated in his evidence, declined to address questions put to him and obfuscated. I am not able to accept him as a frank truthful witness, nor can I accept that he had little knowledge as he said." Facing possible charges
CHARLES STOTT, General manager, international sales.  Payout: $1.364 million. Cole Inquiry found: "I am satisfied that he knew (trucking) fees were not UN approved, were being paid by AWB to Iraq via Alia, and were not being used, at least in major part, for transportation of wheat." Facing possible charges
JIM COOPER, AWB General counsel.  Payout $643,092. Cole Inquiry found: "It is a serious matter for an officer of a public corporation to knowingly provide materially misleading information in relation to the affairs of the corporation to a director of the corporation." Facing possible charges
   [COMMENT: What other exporters pay for TRANSPORTATION of the product, INSIDE the importing country?  Even under the United Nations "oil for food" programme, surely the transport of the wheat inside Iraq was a UNITED NATIONS responsibility, not that of the producing country?  Some of these executives, and the Australian Cabinet, had been warned of the illegalities a few years ago.  COMMENT ENDS.] [Jan 18, 07]

• A Multi-Year History in Brief. 

A Multi-Year History In Brief

   E-mail of January 23, 2007, said to derive from the David Icke website, which is www.david, received January 26, 2007
   18th May, 1967: Texas oil billionaire Nelson Bunker Hunt, using a sophisticated satellite technique to detect global deposits, discovers a huge oil source south of New Zealand in the Great South Basin.
   10th June, 1967: Hunt and New Zealand Finance Minister reach an agreement: Hunt will receive sole drilling rights and Muldoon will receive a $US100,000 non-repayable loan from Hunt's Placid Oil Co.
   8th September, 1967: Placid Oil granted drilling rights to the Great South Basin.
   10th May, 1968: Hawaiian meeting between Onassis and top lieutenants William Colby and Gerald Parsky to discuss establishment of a new front company in Australia - Australasian and Pacific Holdings Limited - to be managed by Michael Hand. Using Onassis-Rockefeller banks, Chase Manhattan and Shroders, Travelodge Management Ltd sets up another front to link the operations to the US.
   Onassis crowned head of the Mafia; Colby (head of CIA covert operations in S.E. Asia) ran the Onassis heroin operations in the Golden Triangle (Laos, Burma, Thailand) with 200 Green Beret mercenaries - i.e. the Phoenix Programme.
   Gerald Parsky deputy to ex-CIA/FBI Robert Maheu in the Howard Hughes organization, took orders from Onassis and was made responsible for laundering skim money from the Onassis casino operations in Las Vegas and the Bahamas.
   Mid-July, 1968: Placid Oil Co and the Seven Sisters (major oil companies) begin Great South Basin oil exploration - Hunt finances 45.5% of exploration costs, Gulf Oil 14.5%, Shell (US) 10%, B.P. Oil 10%, Standard Oil California 10%, Mobil 6.5% and Arco 6.5%.
   12th October, 1968: Hunt and Seven Sisters announce confirmation of new oil source comparable to the Alaskan North Slope - gas reserves estimated at 150 times larger than the Kapuni Field.
   Early 1969: Mafia consolidates its banking operations; David Rockefeller becomes Chairman of Chase Manhattan; Wriston at Citibank and Michele Sindona captures the Vatican Bank, Partnership Pacific launched by Bank of America, Bank of Tokyo and Bank of New South Wales.
   24th February, 1969: Onassis calls Council meeting in Washington to discuss strategy to monopolize the Great South Basin discovery. Council members included Nelson Rockefeller and John McCloy, who managed the Seven Sisters, and David Rockefeller, who managed the Mafia's banking operations.
   McCloy outlines the plan to capture all oil and mineral resources in Australia and N.Z.
   10th March, 1969: Parsky and Colby use Australasian and Pacific Holdings to set up a 'front' company in Australia. Using old banks - Mellon Bank and Pittsburgh National Bank - they buy control of near-bankrupt Industrial Equity Ltd (I.E.L.) managed by New Zealander Ron Brierly. 'Australasian and Pacific Holdings' 'consultant' Bob Seldon helps Michael Hand set up the new organization. Seldon took orders from Mellon and Pittsburgh National Banks, while Hand was directly responsible to Gerald Parsky and William Colby. Ron Brierly would take orders from Hand.
   24th July, 1969: New board established for I.E.L. includes Hand, Seldon, Ron Brierly, plus two Brierly associates - Frank Nugan and Bob Jones. Both are appointed consultants to Australasian and Pacific Holdings Ltd.
   Jones will help Brierly launder funds into real estate (Brierly/Jones Investments) while Seldon and Nugan will channel funds into oil and mineral resources through I.E.L.
   October 1969: Chase Manhattan begins new operation in Australia with National Bank Australasia and A.C. Goods Associates - Chase-NBA.
   J.C. Fletcher appointed chairman of Seven Sisters' company - British Petroleum (N.Z.).
   17th February 1970: Gerald Parsky sets up a new heroin-dollar laundry in Australia - Australian International Finance Corp - using the Irving Trust Co. New York.
   April 1970: Onassis, Rockefeller and the Seven Sisters begin setting up the shadow World Government using the Illuminati-controlled banks and the transnational corporations. In Melbourne they set up the Australian International Finance Corporation using:
* Irving Trust Co. N.Y. - linked to Shell Oil, Continental Oil, Phillips Petroleum.
* Crocker Citizens National - linked to Atlantic Richfield (Arco), Standard Oil of California which is Rockefeller-controlled.
* Bank of Montreal - Petro Canada, Penarctic Oils, Alberta Gas, Gulf Oil.
* Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ).
   Japanese members of One World Government move into New Zealand, helped by Finance Minister R. Muldoon
   Mitsubishi and Mitsui make a profitable deal buying up rights to ironsands helped by Marcona Corp. (US) and Todd (Shell/BP/Todd)
   Todd rewarded with sole New Zealand franchise for Mitsubishi vehicles
   Muldoon helps Mitsui (Oji Paper Co) obtain a lucrative 320 million cubic foot Kiangaroa Forestry contract with Carter Holt
   November, 1970: Fletchers extend the Rockefeller Travelodge operation by buying control of New Zealand's largest travel company - Atlantic and Pacific Travel.
   Manufacturers' and Retailers' Acceptance Company (in 1970 changed to Marac): This firm specialises in leasing and factoring (buying debts at a discount). It also finances imports and exports.
   The major shareholders are: the Fletcher Group (38.0%), the Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd (24.7%), NIMU Insurance (7.7%), Phillips Electrical (3.8%), National Mutual Life Association (2.4%), New Zealand United Corporation (4.0%).
   The CBA is a partner in the supranational Euro-Pacific Corporation, the other partners being the Midland Bank (UK), the United California Bank (USA), Fuji (Japan) and Societe Generale de Banque (France).
   Early 1971: Onassis and Rockefeller begin global operation to buy influence for the One World Government concept. They use Lockheed, Northrop and Litton Industries 'agent' Adnan Khashoggi, to organize operations in the Middle East, Iran and Indonesia. I.C.I. set up $2.5 million slush fund to Australia and N.Z.
   Finance Minister Muldoon changes law to allow Mafia-controlled banks to begin operations in New Zealand. Links also made by N.Z.I. in preparation for:
Paxus control with Hong Kong and Shanghai;
Wells Fargo with Broadbank;
Chase Manhattan with General Finance;
Bank of America and Barclays with Fletchers and Renouf in New Zealand United Corp.
   All members of the Business Round Table Organization.
   Late 1971: Gulf Oil and their man Brierly begin organizing chains of Shell companies and dummy corporations to conceal their takeover operations of oil, gas and mineral resources and related industries such as vehicle franchises, vehicle spare parts and finance services - all part of the Seven Sisters' controlled car culture.
   To extend links to the US banking operations they buy control of I.S.A.S. (NSW) and I.S.A.S. (Qld), which hold sole franchise for construction and mining equipment produced by International Harvester Credit Co, which is part of Chase Manhattan Bank and associated with First National Bank Chicago (Chairman Sullivan also Executive Vice-President of Chase Manhattan), Continental Illinois (linked with CIA and Mafia Michele Sindona of Vatican Bank) and Rockefeller's Standard Oil of Indiana (AMOCO).
   I.S.A.S. (Qld) also has strategic holdings in North Flinders Mines, Flinders Petroleum, Apollo International Minerals.
   February 1972: Onassis and Rockefeller help associate Adnan Khashoggi buy the Security Pacific National Bank in California and take control of the United California Bank through CIA-linked Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. Both banks used by Onassis and Khashoggi to funnel bribes and payoffs via the CIA's Deak Bank to captive Japanese and other crooked politicians. Security Pacific also used to 'launder' over $2 million for Nixon's re-election campaign. Khashoggi also buys 21% of Southern Pacific Properties, which is the major stockholder in Travelodge (Aust), thereby establishing direct links to New Zealand, and U.E.B. and Fletchers through its equity links with Travelodge (N.Z.).
   April 1972: Mafia banking operations expanded through New Hebrides with establishment of Australian International Ltd to finance Pacific development by the oil companies (Seven Sisters). Banks involved include Irving Trust NY, Bank of Montreal, Crocker International, Australia & N.Z. Bank and the Mitsubishi Bank, whose president, Nakamaru, is appointed Chairman.
   26th May, 1972: Gerald Parsky installs Michele Sindona as 'owner' of Franklin National Bank, helped by the Gambino Mafia family and David Kennedy - Chairman of Continental Illinois Bank and Nixon's Secretary of the Treasury.
   Pacific Basin Economic Council Conference in Wellington, NZ. Vice-President Shigeo Nagano also chairman of Nippon Steel and member of Onassis and other World Government organizations. Chairman of NZ sub-committee, J. Mowbray is also General Manager of the National Bank.
   Meanwhile, Michele Sindona, acting as the go-between for the Mafia and the CIA, was the conduit between US and European banks. Michele Sindona's Vatican Bank and associate Calvi's Abrosiano Bank was used to finance CIA neo-fascist Italian/Latin American operations through Licio Gelli's P2 Lodge, which helped to organize the 'death squads' of Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. This aided the P2 members such as Klaus Barbie ('The Butcher of Lyons') and Jose Rega - organizer of the A.A.A. in Argentina.
   16th August, 1972: Gulf Oil associate Bob Seldon helps establish new banking operation, first NZ international banks include Bank of New Zealand, D.F.C. (Aust), N.Z.I., Morgan Guaranty Trust, Morgan Grenfel and S.F. Warburg.
   Fletchers begins expansion overseas with deals signed in Indonesia, Fiji and New Guinea.
   December 1972: Kirk elected Prime Minister of New Zealand.
   February, 1973: Gerald Parsky, William Colby, Michael Hand, Frank Nugan and Bob Seldon move to further consolidate the Mafia banking operations. In NZ they acquire 20% Fletcher subsidiary Marac, using the Security Pacific National Bank helped by Marac Corporate secretary Alan Hawkins.
   Frank Nugan and Michael Hand use Fletcher and Renouf and their NZ United Corporation to link with I.E.L. and Brierly Investments through cross-shareholding agreement.
   In Australia, the Nugan Hand Bank begins operations with 30% of the stock held by Australasian and Pacific Holdings (100% Chase Manhattan Bank), 25% by CIA's Air America (known as 'Air Opium'), 25% by South Pacific Properties and 20% held by Seldon, Nugan and Hand.
   The Irving Trust Bank's New York Branch establishes US links between the CIA and Nugan Hand, a worldwide network of 22 banks set up to:
a) 'launder' money from Onassis heroin operations in the Golden Triangle and Iran
b) as a CIA funnel to pro-US political parties in Europe and Latin America, including Colby's P2
c) a spying conduit for information from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand
d) finance arms smuggled to Libya, Indonesia, South America, Middle East and Rhodesia using the CIA's Edward Wilson
   Colby and Kissinger use key CIA and Naval Intelligence officers to oversee the operation, including Walter McDonald (former Deputy Director CIA), Dale Holmgren (Flight Service Manager CIA Civil Air Transport), Robert Jansen (former CIA Station Chief, Bangkok), etc.
   Heroin flown into Australia by CIA's Air America and trans-shipped to Onassis lieutenant in Florida, Santos Trafficante Jr, assisted by Australian Federal Bureau of Narcotics officials and coordinated by CIA's Ray Cline.
   14th June, 1973: Inauguration of the Onassis shadow World Government - the Trilateral Commission. Includes over 200 members from the US, Europe and Japan - bankers, government officials, transnational corporations' top executives, trade unionists, etc. Of the world's largest corporations, 24 directly represented and dozens more through interlocking directorships.
   * Trilateralist strategy: monopolization of the world's resources, production facilities, labour technology, markets, transport and finance. These aims backed up by the US military and industrial complexes that are already controlled and backed up by the CIA.
   18th August, 1973: Ray Cline and Michael Hand meet in Adelaide to discuss CIA plan to establish spying operations in NZ.
   September 1973: Seagram's, with strong links to Chase Manhattan Bank of Montreal and Toronto Dominion Bank, buys 2,800 acres of prime land in Marlborough helped by Peter Maslen.
   17th February, 1974: Mafia sets up New Hebrides Bank - Commercial Pacific Trust Co (COMPAC). Banks include CBA, Europacific Finance Corporation, Trustee Executors and Agency Co, Fuji Bank, Toronto Dominion Bank, European Asian Bank and United California Bank, COMPAC to be used as a cover for heroin dollar laundering operations.
   26th February, 1974: Michael Hand meets Bob Jones in Wellington to implement plans for the CIA's new spying operation - countries targeted include France, Chile, West Germany and Israel.
   Using the Brierly/Jones Investment funnel, Jones buys building in Willeston Street which will be rented to France and Chile, another at Plimmer Steps to house West Germany and Israel.
   CIA will set up eavesdropping communications centre inside the Willeston Street building and another at 163 The Terrace which will link with equipment installed in the Plimmer Steps building. Four CIA technicians will run the whole operation.
   April 1974: Finance Minister Rowling appoints Ron Trotter to the Overseas Investment Commission, whose chairman, G. Lau, is also a member of the Todd Foundation (Shell/BP/Todd) investment board.
Whitlam and Kirk
   Mid-1974: Gough Whitlam and Norman Kirk begin a series of moves absolutely against the Mafia Trilateralists. Whitlam refuses to waive restrictions on overseas borrowings to finance Alwest Aluminium Consortium of Rupert Murdoch, BHP and R.J. Reynolds. Whitlam had also ended Vietnam War support, blocked uranium mining and wanted more control over US secret spy bases - e.g. Pine Gap.
   Kirk had introduced a new, tough Anti-Monopoly Bill and had tried to redistribute income from big companies to the labour force through price regulation and a wages policy.
   Kirk had also rejected plans to build a second aluminium smelter near Dunedin and was preparing the Petroleum Amendment Bill to give more control over New Zealand oil resources.
   Kirk had found out that Hunt Petroleum, drilling in the Great South Basin, had discovered a huge resource of oil comparable in size to the North Sea or Alaskan North Slope. Gas reserves alone now estimated at 30 times bigger than Kapuni and oil reserves of at least 20 billion barrels - enough for New Zealand to be self-sufficient for years.
   Oil companies completely hushed up these facts. To have announced a vast new oil source would probably mean a decline in world oil prices, which would not have allowed OPEC and Onassis plans for the Arabs to eventuate. N.Z. could be exploited at a later date, particularly since the North Sea operations were about to come on stream - Kirk was the last to hold out.
   September, 1974: According to CIA sources, Kirk was killed by the Trilateralists using Sodium Morphate. Rowling's first act as NZ Prime Minister was to withdraw Kirk's Anti-Monopoly Bill and the Petroleum Amendment Bill.
   Later, Rowling was to be rewarded with ambassadorship to Washington. Incidentally, the Shah of Iran was murdered the same way as Kirk on his arrival in the US.
   6th October, 1974: Ray Cline implements William Colby plan to oust Australian Prime Minister Whitlam. Nugan Hand Bank finances payoffs to Malcolm Fraser and other pro-US politicians. A joint bugging operation commences between CIA and ASIA.
   Rupert Murdoch, playing his part, uses his newspapers and television network to spread lies and misinformation. Whitlam, as well as refusing to waive restrictions on overseas borrowing to finance the aluminium consortium, had plans to ensure that all corporations were at least 50% Australian-owned. This interfered with the Seven Sisters' plans to build three oil refineries at Cape Northumberland in South Australia to exploit the Great South Basin discovery.
   December, 1974: Australian Governor-General John Kerr joins Ray Cline's payroll and received his first pay-off of $US200,000 credited to his account number 767748 at the Singapore branch of the Nugan Hand Bank.
   11th November, 1975: Governor-General Kerr sacks the Whitlam Government.
   August 1975: Rowling re-introduces unrecognizable Commerce Bill, designed to aid monopolization of the NZ economy and repeals the News Media Ownership Act, allowing more foreign ownership of NZ media. The new legislation does not define monopoly, competition or stipulate permissible maximum market share, or even ascertain what the public interest is - resulting in a sell-out to big business.
   December, 1975: Election battle between Rowling and Muldoon. Oil companies pour thousands of dollars into Muldoon's campaign via National Bank (NZ), whose general manager Mowbray is also a member of Todd Foundations; Investment Board Director Tudhope also Managing Director Shell Oil and Chairman Shell/BP/Todd. Muldoon wins.
   February, 1976: Muldoon implements pre-election secret agreement with the NZ Seven Sisters' oil representatives of Shell/BP/Todd for helping finance the National Party campaign.
   Muldoon removes the $3 per barrel oil levy for the New Zealand Refining Company, which increases the oil companies' profits by 100% at the taxpayers' expense and with all future oil prospecting licenses, the Government has the option to take 51% of any discovery without meeting exploration costs. This is designed to discourage further exploration, thereby keeping the lid on the Great South Basin discovery.
   Meanwhile, in Australia, new P.M. Malcolm Fraser reopens uranium mining and opens the way for takeover of mineral resources with big tax breaks for oil exploration, coal and mining.
   Muldoon returns a favor to the oil companies by arranging $US200 million loan for Maui Gas Development for Shell/BP/Todd.
   September, 1976: With captive politicians in place in both Australia and New Zealand, the Internationalists can now proceed with their strategy of takeover of the economy and exploitation of natural resources.
   "In New Zealand, the elimination of unnecessary competition is fundamental to a sound economy," Brierly says.
   Parksy and Colby use Brierly/Jones Investments as a vehicle to buy into A.B. Consolidated Holdings in New Zealand.
   Associate of R. Jones, Pat Goodman, is appointed 'consultant' of Australasian and Pacific Holdings.
   November, 1976: The Internationalists (Mafia) set up a NZ money 'funnel' using Brierley's City Realties. National Insurance Co acquires 33% of the stock. Largest stockholders in National Insurance are the US Firemen's Fund - Chairman and President Myron Du Bain also Vice Chairman of American Express (Amex). Chairman of I.E.L. linked International Harvester, Archie McCardell, also Amex Director. Amex linked with Chase Manhattan and seven Sisters' Texaco and Mobil. Du Bain also Director of CIA-linked United California Bank, which is a partner in Commercial Pacific Trust.
   To complete the money funnel, National Insurance becomes a stockholder in Chase Manhattan's Chase-NBA. Brierley's declared assets reach $100 million, with shareholder's capital of only $2.5 million - all cash acquisitions.
   3rd February, 1977: Parksy and Colby close down the Brierley/Jones Investment funnel and open up separate channels for Brierley and Jones. Jones will be supplied with 'laundered' funds via Sydney branch of the Nugan Hand Bank, while for Ron Brierley, Gerald Parsky uses Myron Du Bain, Dierctor of United California Bank and also chairman and president of the US Firemen's Fund, which are the largest stockholders in National Insurance (NZ). Funds to be 'laundered' via Chase Manhattan Bank through National Insurance to City Realty and via United California Bank through COMPAC (New Hebrides) to National Insurance and City Realties.
   To expand the Bierley/I.E.L. 'front', Parsky establishes Industrial Equity Pacific (Hong Kong).
   September 1977: Brierley's new holding company begins operations - A.B. Consolidated. H.W. Revell appointed Deputy Chairman and B. Hancox General Manager, while newly-appointed directors include S. Cushing, B. Judge, O. Gunn and P. Goodman, linked with Renouf, Fletcher and Papps through I.E.L./N.Z.U.C.
   * Strategy: To target and divide key sectors of the economy for takeover, exploitation and monopolization. Operations to extend to use Hong Kong facility, I.E.P. Fletchers to extend the Khashoggi/Rockefeller Travelodge operation by taking holdings in Vacation Hotels and Intercontinental Properties (Renouf Chairman).
   October, 1977: Muldoon and John Todd - Shell/BP/Todd - sign an agreement. NZ Govt would take 24.5% holding in the Great South Basin for $1.65 Billion. Hunt would reduce his holding from 45.5% to 27.5% and Arco would sell its 6.5%.
   * Reason: Hunt did not possess the technology to pump oil from deep water; Gulf possessed the technology but did not tell Hunt. Arco was not told anything and were swindled out of its 6.5% concession.
   November, 1977: Muldoon introduces the S.I.S Amendment Bill, designed to keep the economy free of obstruction and to help uncover obstructive elements. Telephone taps, mail tampering and other surveillance methods approved after CIA input on contents of legislation.
   Late 1977: Muldoon travels to the US to meet top Rockefeller officials, including Trilateralists' Deputy Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, and Richard Bolbrooke, who were in charge of the new "South Pacific Desk" at the State Department established by Rockefeller to target exploitation of both New Zealand and Australia. In Los Angeles, Muldoon meets top Rockefeller officials, Robert Anderson (Rockwell Chairman, also Director of Kashoggi's Security Pacific National Bank) and P. Larkin (Rockwell Director, also Chairman, Executive Committee Security Pacific National Bank and Director of Marac).
   April, 1978: Muldoon sets up Petrocorp. New Zealand taxpayers pay for the exploration costs but the oil companies control all distribution outlets. Muldoon blocks development of Maui B as restructured supplies mean higher prices and bigger profits for Shell/BP/Todd. South Island gas market not developed as Great South Basin fields closer than Kapuni. Plans develop for re-opening of National Parks for mineral exploitation.
   22nd July, 1978: Director of Australian Federal Bureau of Narcotics suspends his investigation into the Nugan Hand Bank after pressure from the CIA and Australian politicians controlled by Mafia, particularly Malcolm Fraser.
   Brierly's declared assets reach $200 million, with shareholders' funds only $17 million.
   May, 1979: Trilateral Commission secretary Zbignieu Brzezinski appoints Muldoon chairman of Board of Governors of IMF/World Bank on orders of David Rockefeller. Muldoon would head three-man administration committee which included Canadian Finance Minister Mitchell Sharp, key figure in the Mafia Council and the Trilateral Commission. Australian Treasurer McMahon also involved.
   8th June, 1979: Michael Hand, Frank Nugan, Brierley and James Fletcher meet in Hand's Sydney penthouse to discuss the establishment of the New Zealand Mafia organization.
   Mid- 1979: Gulf Oil using its man Brierley, begins operations designed to capture key sectors of the economy. A.B Consolidated restructured into the Goodman Group and Goodman to run operations but with the majority of the stock held by IEL and Brierley using Shell companies plus dummy corporations.
   * Strategy: To take over food and produce resources, Brierley and Fletcher restructured a small private company, H.W. Smith, using Cyril Smith as Chairman but with key executives Judge, Collins and McKenzie. Bob Jones helps.
   Private company used, as no Commerce Commission control, accounts not published, no public disclosure of transactions. Bunting is established as a shell company and the South Island is targeted for asset-stripping and takeover, as well as key sectors of the automobile industry.
   Unlimited funds channeled through City Realties, NZUC and Marac extends Travelodge operations by buying control of Transholdings, which has strategic holdings in Vacation Hotels and Tourist Corp. Fiji Holdings.
   17th August, 1979: New Zealand Mafia inaugural meeting in Sydney including Hand, Brierley, Fletcher, Goodman, R.Trotter, Alan Hawkins and L.Papps.
   Key sectors of the economy would be taken over- food, using Goodman; forestry and farming, using Fletcher and Trotter; property, using Brierley and Jones. Brierley, Hand and Papps would be responsible for banking, insurance and finance, while Hand and Hawkins would be responsible for setting up new "laundry" channels into New Zealand.
   The economy would be taken over using cheap loans of less than 5%, while consumers would pay 28%.
   October, 1979: BP Oil begins $100 million joint venture deal with Fletcher and Trotter at Tasman.
   Muldoon makes secret deal with oil companies which effectively robs New Zealand taxpayers by giving Shell/BP/Todd the Maui Gas deal. Normally the granting of drilling rights on public land is done using a worldwide system which incorporates an auction tender system. Muldoon bypassed this. Also, Shell/BP/Todd pays no tax on Kapuni profits, while putting funds into Maui development.
   19th November, 1979: Secret meeting in Auckland between Muldoon, Fletcher and Trotter to transfer 43% Tasman Pulp and Paper held by New Zealand Government to Challenge Corporation (Chairman Trotter) and Fletchers. Tasman has lucrative 75-year contract for cheap timber signed in 1955.
   Muldoon paid off with a $1 million 'non-repayable' loan - $500,000 to be paid into account number 8746665 at New Hebrides branch of the Australian International Bank.
   November, 1979: Muldoon drops restrictions on foreign investment. AMAX (Standard Oil of California subsidiary) captures the Martha Hill goldmine.
   Muldoon unveils the Government's plans (instructed by Rockefeller) to form New Zealand into an offshore production base for the multi-national corporations as benefits include government export incentives, stable government, cheap labour, and so on.
   27th November, 1979: Gerald Parsky's lieutenant, David Kennedy, meets Muldoon to deliver $US100,000 cash to Muldoon for implementing the Internationalists' Mafia Think Big plans.
   These plans began with big contracts and guaranteed profits for the Seven Sisters, Bechtel, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Nippon Steel, Internationalists' Mafia banks.
   With the experimental petroleum plant, the oil price has to be $50/barrel to be profitable, yet Mobil's profits are guaranteed.
   New Zealand Steel is to be expanded 500%, even though there was a global steel glut of 50%.
   Fletchers own 10% of New Zealand Steel and are majority stockholders in Pacific Steel and control monopoly over wire rod, reinforcing steel. Also, New Zealand taxpayers subsidize Fletchers' profits.
   Muldoon introduces the National Development Bill with 'fast-track' legislation, to keep the economy 'free of obstruction' for long-term monopolization. C.E.R. plan introduced, designed to integrate the economies of Australia and New Zealand with the Trilateral Commission for the purpose of exploiting the South Pacific countries and as a 'back-door' entrance into China - the world's largest untapped consumer market. New Zealand is also the closest country to Antarctica, which has a vast mineral resource for future exploitation.
   "Think Big" projects begin, even though Muldoon aware of studies that show New Zealand could conserve up to 40% of energy consumption using existing technology, which would mean funds could be invested elsewhere to lower consumer prices, lower inflation rates, less demand for imported oil and increased employment by creating new industry to manufacture and install energy-saving technology. None of these options seriously considered as all would lessen profits for members of the Rockefeller organizations.
   December 1979: Muldoon unveils 'stage two' of a four-stage plan to exploit the Great South Basin discovery. Plan prepared by Trilateralist 'Think Tank' - the Brookings Institute.
   'Stage Two' includes methanol plant and synthetic petrol plant, which would initially use gas from the Maui field and later would link with underwater gas pipe from Campbell Island.
   With the New Zealand Steel 500% expansion, 'stage three' of the project and Think Big contracts to go to Bechtel, Fluor Corp., Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Nippon Steel, etc. All investments would be financed by the New Zealand taxpayer.
   17th January, 1980: $500,000 deposited in Muldoon's account number 8746665 at the Australian International Bank, being the final payment for the Tasman deal.
   Early 1980: Kashoggi Travelodge operations extended with affiliation agreement between Dominion Breweries and Western International Hotels (Seattle First National Bank).
   May, 1980: Mafia's Nugan Hand banking operation crashes after Frank Nugan killed. Death ruled as suicide even though no fingerprints found on the rifle. Maloney, Houghton, Yates and Hand shred important documents, but miss some. CIA helps Hand and Bank President Donald Beasley escape to the U.S. The CIA and Australian Security Intelligence Organization cover everything up. Beazley appointed President of Miami City National Bank, run by Alberto Dugue for 'laundering' profits from the CIA Colombian cocaine operation.
   There is a probability that Michael Hand killed Frank Nugan because of his involvement with Hand's fiancée.
   25th May, 1980: Colby arrived in Australia to discuss replacement of the Nugan Hand Bank with Hand, Brierley, and Seldon. Immediate funding available from Sydney branch of the Deak Bank, a separate CIA operation, and IEL would be used to buy NZI Corp., to prepare for future laundering operations.
   Maloney, Houghton, Yates, and Hand would shred all documents leading back to the New Zealand Great South Basin connection, and the CIA would help Hand and Bank President Donald Beazley escape to the USA. The CIA and ASIO would also cover everything up.
   Hand and Beazley turn up in Miami - Beazley appointed President and Hand 'consultant' to the Miami City National Bank, but also Hand turned up in El Salvador to help organize bankrolling of the Contras with other ex- members of Nugan-Hand.
   23rd June, 1980: New Zealand Mafia, including Brierley, Fletcher, Trotter, Jones, Hawkins, Goodman, and Papps meet in Wellington to discuss merger of Fletcher Challenge and Tasman.
   In order to replace Nugan Hand Bank's 22 world-wide branches, quick moves are made to buy control of NZI by New Zealand Mafia using Brierley, thereby capturing an established, world-wide organization through the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, which is also linked to the CIA through its subsidiary, World Finance Corporation.
   Late 1980: Fletchers, with strong Rockefeller links, obtains lucrative contracts on US Bases in the Pacific and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
   Control extended over New Zealand natural resources - Fletcher Challenge and Tasman Pulp and Paper merged. NZFP takes control of M.S.D. Spiers and Moore Le Messurier (Aust). Brierley begins joint venture with NZFP through Williamson and Jeffrey. I.E.L, through Goodman, buys 20% of Watties and begins cross-shareholding agreement. Goodman continues buying up control of NZ bakeries and flour- mills.
   February, 1981: TNL., Brierley, AMOIL and MIM Holdings begin joint gold mining operation. MIM major shareholder is ASARCO (US), whose Chairman, Barber, is also Director of Chase Manhattan Bank.
   New Zealand Insurance and South British merger.
   Parliamentarians For World Order - Richard Prebble elected one of twelve councilors.
   Fletcher and Papps (Chairman UEB) sell their hotel operations to Singaporian interest closely associated with the Pritzker family - owners of the Hyatt Hotel chain. Bueton Kanter, Pritzker family lawyer and Director of Hyatt Hotels, who helped arrange the deal, was an old family partner of Paul Helliwell (CIA paymaster for the Bay of Pigs fiasco) and had helped the Pritzker family set up tax shelters using the CIA's Mercantile Bank and Trust and the Castle Bank, which had been set up by Helliwell for 'laundering' profits from the Onassis heroin operations as well as 'skim money' from the Hughes casino operations in Las Vegas.
   Others who used these banks include Richard Nixon, Bebe Rozo, Robert Vesco, Teamsters Union, etc.
   12th March, 1981: Brierley calls secret meeting in Auckland, which includes Jones, Fletcher, Hawkins, Papps and Burton Kanter, to discuss transfer of the Fletcher Challenge and UEB hotel operations to the Singapore front company controlled by the Pritzker family.
   20th July, 1981: Parsky, Colby, Brierley and Seldon meet in Sydney with two new members, Kerry Packer and Alan Bond.
   Chase Manhattan and Security Pacific National Bank will acquire 60% of Packer's company, with the stock being held in Australia, and 35% Bond's company, with the stock being held in Hong Kong.
   August 1981: Gulf Oil, using Brierley, strengthens its hold over New Zealand natural resources. Cue Energy launched, starring Lawrey and Gunn. NZOG launched with strategic holdings by Jones, Renouf and Brierley with licenses in PPD 38206 and 38204 - both next to Hunt's Great South Basin discovery, NZOG also controls 80 million tonnes of coal through the Pike River Coal Company.
   Brierley-controlled Wellington Gas, Christchurch Gas, Auckland and Hawkes Bay Gas and Dual Fuel Systems (Australasia) which controls the vehicle gas conversion market.
   Liquigas Limited set up to distribute LPG, controlled by Shell/BP/Todd and Fletcher Challenge.
   15th February, 1982: Brierley calls New Zealand meeting - Jones, Fletcher, Trotter, Hawkins, Goodman and Papps. New members include Bruce Judge, J. Fernyhough, and Frank Renouf.
   With Muldoon about to deregulate the liquor industry, Brierley and Fernyhough plan to buy up the New Zealand liquor industry, along with its outlets, Lion Breweries and Rothmans to help.
   Brierley will do the same in Australia. J.R. Fletcher becomes Managing Director of Brierley's Dominion Breweries to oversee operations. Rothmans and Brierley (through Goodman) have equal holdings in Saudicapital Corp. Lion Directors Myers and Fernyhough also stockholders in NZOG.
   Fletcher and Brierley begin their takeover of the freezing works industry. FCL buys into South Island works while Brierley begins takeover of Waitaki NZR through Watties with the help of Athol Hutton.
   With Think Big projects beginning, Fletcher and Trotter plan to take strategic holdings in NZ Cement, Wilkins Davies, Steel & Tube etc., and Brierley would use Renouf to take 3% stake of the Martha Hill gold-mine.
   Also targeted are clothing, footwear, carpet manufacture and more of the auto industry for takeover and monopolization.
   June, 1982: Meantime, in Australia, an new money funnel begins. H.W Smith buys to obscure South Pine Quarries, which is renamed Ariadne (Aust). South Pine Quarries owns 50% of Coal-Liquid Inc., with the other half owned by US Defense contractors McDonnellDouglas. Coal-Liquid renamed Impala Securities.
   The common link between Gulf Oil and McDonnell Douglas is the CIA's Mercantile Bank and Trust, which both companies use for world-wide bribery and payoff operations. McDonnell Douglas officials McKeough and G.T.Hawkins later appointed directors of Impala Securities.
   US links strengthened through Industrial Equity Pacific, which acquires part of Higbee Company in Cleveland, which in turn is closely linked to the National City Bank of Cleveland. This bank is closely associated with Gulf Oil's bank, Pittsburgh National and Mellon Bank.
   Bruce Judge installed as Ariadne manager.
   July, 1982: Media takeover begins. Brierley takes 24% NZ News Ltd and begins buying up private radio. Rupert Murdoch helps.
   27th July, 1982: Brierley, Jones and Goodman meet in Auckland with two Japanese members of the Trilateral Commission to discuss integration of the New Zealand economy into the Pacific Rim economy. Trilateralists include: Takeshi Watanabe (Japanese Chairman of Trilateral Commission) and Daigo Miyado (Chairman Sanwa Bank).
   The Japan/New Zealand Business Council would be established to co-ordinate policy with Goodman appointed as Chairman.
   17th August, 1982: Inauguration of restructured US Mafia Council - rulers include David Rockefeller, responsible for Banking; John McCloy; Redman Rockefeller and J.D. Rockefeller, who would run the Seven Sisters.
   Second-tier Council includes: Gerald Parsky - responsible for heroin and cocaine operations; William Simon - responsible for running the Presidency, Cabinet, etc; Katherine Graham - link to arms manufacturers; Zbigniew Brzezinski - link to National Security Council and CIA; George S. Franklin - link to FBI.
   Third-tier Council includes: Zbigniew Brzezinski - Secretary; Gerald Parsky - Heroin Cocaine operations; William Colby - crack operations, assassinations; John N. Perkins - banking, laundering; Leonard Woodcock - labour, unions; Mitchell Sharp - banking; William Simon - presidency, Cabinet; Ernest C. Arbuckly - arms manufacturers; George W. Bull - Bilderberg and Council of Foreign Relations; Katherine Graham - arms manufacturers; Alden W. Clausen - World Bank, IMF; Willam T. Coleman - CIA; Archibald K. Davis - media, radio, television, and newspapers; George S. Franklin - FBI, and Trilateral Commission co-ordinator; J.D. Rockefeller - to "spy" on the 15 man council.
   September, 1982: Goodman now helps establish the Japan/New Zealand Council with the Bank of Tokyo and the Industrial Bank of Japan. Tokai Pulp Co. buys shareholding in NZFP, which also begins joint venture with Shell Oil.
   Fletcher Challenge strengthens links with the Rockefeller organization by acquiring the Canadian operations of Crown Zellerbach, whose chairman is also director of Gulf Oil. Crown Zellerbach Corp. has direct connections to Rockefeller through directors Mumford, Hendrickson and Granville, to United California Bank through Roth and to the Bank of America through Chairman C.R. Dahl.
   Meanwhile, Robert Jones Investments floated to extend operations of City Realties, Ilmond Properties, Chase Corp., etc. The Commerce Building in Auckland sold to Robert Jones Investments by Robert Jones Holdings for $950,000 when recently it was offered on the market for $200,000. A quick $750,000 for Jones. Robert Jones Investments was set up by Brierley, Jones and Hawkins.
   8th December, 1982: Mitchell Sharp heads top-level Mafia meeting in San Francisco. Others include Parsky, Perkins, Woodcock and C.R. Dahl - Chairman of Crown Zellermach.
   Also present are - Brierley, Trotter, Fletcher and Seldon. Meeting to discuss Great South Basin exploitation strategy with:
first priority being monopolization of the economy
second priority to establish oil refineries and related industries
third to integrate New Zealand economy into Trilateral economy
fourth, to concentrate power back to the U.S. through the Seven Sisters, Chase Manhattan and Security Pacific National Bank
   Fletcher Challenge will link New Zealand economy directly to the U.S. by merging with Canadian subsidiary of Crown Zellerbach with funds provided by Security Pacific National Bank and United Californian Bank.
   Brierley, Fletcher, Trotter and Seldon will be New Zealand Ruling Council, headed by Brierley, who would take orders from Gerald Parsky.
   Mid-1983: Brierley's Ariadne (Aust) takes control of Repco (NZ) through Repco (Aust), thereby taking control of key auto-related industry, helped by Borg Warner and Honeywell - which are closely associated with IEL through International Harvester, Continental Illinois Bank and the First National Bank of Chicago. Toyota and Nissan also help so that Brierley now largest distributor of auto and industrial parts, largest manufacturer of pistons, filters and engine bearings, as well as biggest supplier of forklifts, tractors and agricultural equipment.
   Meantime, control is extended over the Great South Basin oil source with Hunt, after big losses resulting from trying to corner the world's silver market, being forced to sell out some of his concession to Gulf Oil, which uses Brierley to set up a new company - Southern Petroleum - which takes a 14.5% interest. Hunt retains overall control with 45.5%, Petro-Corp has 40% and Chairman F. Orr, also a Director of Brierley - controlled Watties.
   Brierley, through Goodman, takes control of TNL Group and its subsidiaries NZ Motor Bodies and L & M Mining, which has 15% interest in the Chatham Rise, right next to the Hunt concession.
   Southern Petroleum set up by Brierley in New Zealand was spearheaded by the Seven Sisters' companies with Gerald Parsky and William Colby initiators. Southern Petroleum to include 21% of the Great South Basin held by gulf and Mobil Oil. 90% of this stock held in Australia through IEL (ie Brierley's).
   11-12th May, 1983: New Zealand Mafia meet in Cook Islands. Includes Brierley, Trotter, Fletcher, Jones, Hawkins, Goodman, Pappas, Judge, Renouf, and Fernyhough. New members include A. Gibbs, McConnell, H.Fletcher and O.Gunn. Japanese Trilateralists Takeshi Wataneve and Daigo Miyado discuss 'integration' of New Zealand into the Pacific Rim economies.
   A new political party would be established using Jones and financed by the New Zealand Mafia Council.
   * Reason: Parsky and Colby wanted Muldoon out because he had 'welched' on a deal to set up two US military deep-water submarine bases planned for Dusky Sound and Guards Bay in the South Island. Parsky, Brierley and Ray Cline hold a separate meeting to discuss the purchase of New Zealand politicians, including Lange, Douglas and Bolger.
   Cline was 'consultant' to the CIA's Deak Bank, took orders from Colby, and was responsible for the 10 Australian politicians on the CIA's payroll, including: J. Bjelke Petersen I. Sinclair P. Keating McMullen M. Fraser D. Anthony K. Newman J Carrick B. Cowan R. Connor
   Cline outlines CIA plan to begin subliminal television advertising.
   22nd June, 1983: New Zealand politician J. Bolger meets Ray Cline in Sydney and agrees to join the organization for a monthly fee of $US20,000 to be paid into account number GA1282117 at Geneva branch of Credit Swiss.
   20th July, 1983: New Zealand politician R. Douglas meets Ray Cline in Wellington and agrees to join the organization for a monthly fee of $US10,000 to be paid into account number 3791686 at the Sydney Branch of the Deak Bank.
   July 1983: Parsky launches a new front company, Chase Corporation, with 25% of the stock being held through Security Pacific National Bank in Australia and 25% held in Hong Kong by Chase Manhattan. Brierley and Hawkins set up a 'back-door' listing to cover up true-ownership.
   August, 1983: Muldoon imposes withholding tax on all offshore borrowing.
   Chase Manhattan, United California Bank and Brierley begin new banking operation in New Zealand to take over the International Harvester Credit Co (NZ), Australasian Investment Company. Participants include Chase Manhattan's Kuwait Asia Bank, D.F.C., Saudicorp (Brierley has 12% through Goodman) and United California, represented by National Insurance which is part of Equus Holdings.
   Renouf sells 20% NZUC to Barclays and prepared for expanding of operations with Brierley.
   Meantime, Murdoch and Brierley expand their close ties by each taking a piece of New Zealand Maritime Holdings and with the election imminent, divide up New Zealand media for takeover to increase Mafia control. NZ News buys Hawkes Bay News, Nelson Tribune, Timaru Herald, etc. Brierley increases holding in Hauraki Enterprises and other private radio stations. Brierley and Murdoch have majority stockholding in NZPA with 48.5%, while in the UK, Murdoch has large stockholding in Reuters.
   The phony news becomes THE news.
   Head of the Murdoch operation is Burnett, who is also on the board of Winstones - a Brierley company.
   September, 1983: With global heroin epidemic, Rockefeller expands operations to recycle profits.
   New Zealand South British sets up the IDAPS computer bureau to establish international holding companies, dummy corporations, etc and to pursue aggressive global acquisition programme. IDAPS linked to satellite bureau in Australia, Far East, UK and the US, where the global network is completed through links with the Rockefeller organization computer network.
   General Manager of the operation, George Wheller, previously director of the international operators of Firemen's Fund (US), Chairman Du Bain, director of the United California Bank, and Vice-Chairman of Amex.
   As part of the expanded laundry operation, Rockefeller associate Adnan Kashoggi establishes new Australian bank - Security Pacific National Bank (Aust). Brierley's part of this operation is to buy up computer companies such as Andas, CID Distributors (NZ Apple computer franchise, etc).
   Investment companies begin operations in Australia and New Zealand to assist recycle Mafia profits.
   October 1983: Brierley takes over NZFP through Watties, helped by newly- appointed chairman Papps. Papps also chairman of NZ Railways and presided over transport deregulation, the major beneficiaries of which include Watties and Freightways - Managing Director Pettigrew and Director Lang also both on the NZFP board with Papps.
   Papps also responsible for the railways' electrification programme with big contracts for Cory Wright & Slamon, whose directors include I.I McKay, also on the board of NZFP.
   Late 1983: AMAX (Social) gives Gulf Oil a share in the Martha Hill gold bonanza by selling 15% of its holdings to Briereley through Goodmans. Oil companies say that only $870 million worth of minerals in Martha Hill, while true figure is closer to $3 billion.
   21st January, 1984: Australian Mafia Council meets in Sydney. Includes: Brierley Seldon Fletcher Jones Goodman Hawkins Papps Packer Bond Japanese Trilaterist Daigo Miyado
   New members include: J. Elliott L. Adler Holme's A'Court
   Seldon outlines strategy of merging Australian economy with the Trilateralist economy through Europe and the US.
   In Australia, the Mafia Council will monopolize the economy with company takeovers through the use of loans at less than 5%.
   Holme's A'Court's company would be taken over using Security Pacific National Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank, with some of the stock being held in London.
   Equiticorp will be launched using Hawkins, with 50% of the stock held by Security Pacific National Bank and Chase Manhattan in the US Equiticorp to registered in Hong Kong to cover up true ownership, and will use the same laundry as Chase Corporation - Hawkins will set up a maze of shell companies and dummy organizations to disguise operations.
   Hawkins previously associated with Kashoggi when Corporate Secretary of Marac, and linked with Renouf through their stockholding in CBA Finance, which is a partner in Commercial Pacific Trust with United California Bank, Hawkins forms umbrella company with Chase Corpl, Jedi Investments and Teltherm and begins setting up a maze of cross holding companies. Brierley retains his connection through his Charter Corporation's holding in Teltherm.
   January 1984: Brierley and Elliott begin moves to monopolize the food industry in Australasia by merging Goodman and the Elders Group, while Brierley sells 10% of Watties to the NZ Dairy Board - setting the stage for land takeover and establishment of the Corporate Farm.
   February 1984: New Zealand politician D. Lange meets Ray Cline in Wellington and agrees to go on the Mafia payroll for monthly fee of $UA40,000 paid into account number 5263161 at Commercial Pacific Trust, New Hebrides.
   March 1984: Muldoon knighted with GCMG for keeping the economy free of obstructions for easier takeover and exploitation.
   24th May, 1984: Four-man CIA team coordinated by Ray Cline arrive in New Zealand to begin installation of equipment for subliminal television advertising at five sites: Waiatarua Mt Erin Kaukau Sugarloaf Obelisk
   Sophisticated equipment can be installed within one kilometer of TV relay arrivals and all linked to one IDAPS computer bureau in Auckland.
   Same equipment installed in: Australia ,August 1985 Japan, September 1986 UK, February 1987 New York, 1987
   Also, Amax geologists now estimate Martha Hill gold source could be worth up to $30 billion on strength of high gold/tonne ore assay.
   17th July, 1984: In New Zealand, subliminal advertising begins on Channel Two between 6pm and midnight - hours later extended to begin at noon. Subliminal messages prepared in the US by the CIA and with New Zealand election imminent, tell voters to support the Labour Party, the New Zealand Party and to buy Mafia company products.
   New Zealand Party was formed to ensure that Muldoon would lose, as Big Business unhappy with controls over economy. Big campaign contributions from Brierley, the oil companies and the Business Round Table ensure a Labour victory.
   Later, Lange agrees to repay the favor to Brierley by selling the Government holding in the Kariori Pulp Mill to Winstones. New Zealand taxpayer loses $100 million.
   Government then becomes the arm of big business, using economic policies provided by the Business Round Table, implemented by Finance Minister Roger Douglas and the package being sold by David Lange, who also keeps up a noisy CIA directed ANZUS withdrawal campaign.
   * Reason:
1) ANZUS Treaty did not cover Mafia requirements over the Great South Basin discovery
2) To identify any opposition or threats within New Zealand who align themselves with supposed Government policy, Lange increases the SIS budget and strengthens links with the CIA
   Brookings Institute are the actual designers of the New Zealand Government economic policies provided by the Business Round Table (NZ Mafia front) and implanted by the Government.
   Douglas devalues the dollar and deregulates interest rates, which means cheaper labour, cheaper capital assets and high mortgage rates, thereby implementing Big Business policy of driving farmers off the land, establishment of the corporate farm and eventually remove viability of small business sector, etc.
   27th September, 1984: New Zealand Mafia meets at new 'safe house' registered under Fernyhough's name, in Auckland. Those present include Brierley J. Fletcher Trotter Jones Goodman Gunn Papps Hawkins Judge Renouf Fernyhough Gibbs McConnell
   Daigo Miyado announces appointment of Trotter as International Vice President of the Trilateral Commission Pacific Basin Economic Council.
   Brierley outlines strategy of privatization of the New Zealand Government and the establishment of the New Zealand Centre for Independent Studies which will be chaired by Gibbs, aided by Fernyhough and controlled by Cline, which will 'advise' Treasury on privatization.
   Parsky, Brierley and Seldon hold a separate meeting with Parsky, outlining plans for an expanded laundry operation which will coincide with the launch of 'Crack' - a new addictive product developed by CIA chemists for the world market.
   Equiticorp (Aust) will be launched with Adler as Manager and a new merchant bank using Elders, Goodman and Jarden.
   IEI will merge with Armco Bank, which has 20 branches in South East Asia; Ariadne will acquire the Bank of Queensland, and Brierley Investments will form a cross-shareholding with NZI Corp to further increase control by their Mafia organization. Other plans include the laundering of funds directly to the New Zealand and Australian Governments and the establishment of key companies within the economies of New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.
   The first key company will control the food industry in Australasia through merger of Elders, Goodmans, Allied Mills, Fielder Gillespie and Watties. Allied Mills will control 30% Goodmans, 30% Fielder, 20% Watties and will expand into Europe via acquisition of Rank, Hovis McDougall (UK). Allied Mills will be controlled through IEL.
   26th October, 1984: Trotter, Hawkins, Lange and Douglas meet in Wellington to implement Mafia plans to privatize the Government and to deregulate the banking system.
   Late 1984: As part of the IDAPS computer-controlled 'laundry' operation, Trotter and Fletcher help establish the 'Pacific Investment Fund' with Australian and New Zealand investments to be managed by Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank subsidiary, Wardley and the Japanese operation controlled by Tokyo Trust and Banking Company - owned by Sanwa Bank, Taiyo-Kobe Bank and Nomura Securities. All are members of the Rockefeller World Government organization.
   18th July, 1985:
   Australian Mafia meet in Sydney to discuss privatization of the Australian Government. Those present include: Brierley Trotter Fletcher Seldon Goodman Papps Packer Bond Elliott Adler Japanese Trilateralist Daigo Miyado
   Cline will set up Australian Centre for Independent Studies to 'advise' the Treasurer on the takeover of the economy. Impala Pacific will be set up in Hong Kong through Ariadne with 60% of the company stock held by Chase Manhattan and Security Pacific National Bank in Australia. In the UK, Tozer, Kemsly & Millbourn would be taken over using IEP, while in Australia, the Holme's A'Court Bell Group would be used to merge with Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, through Standard & Chartered Bank (Hong Kong), and Marae (NZ) Broadlands (Aust) would merge with NZI Corporation.
   18th August, 1985: Cline and 6-man CIA team begin installation of subliminal television equipment in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
   8th November 1985: Parsky, Colby and J.D Rockefeller meet in New York to discuss their plans to assassinate McCloy and the Rockefellers and to take control of the Mafia organization.
   Colby would organize a 8-man 'hit squad' to be headed by Gordon Liddy who had worked for Colby in the 1960's as a CIA contract killer, and was responsible for over 10 murders including:
17/8/61 - two members of the Gambino Mafia family in New York
24/11/63 - Officer Tippitt after the Kennedy assassination in Dallas
18/12/63 - witness to the Kennedy assassination in Dallas
19/4/65 - Politician in Chicago
27/7/65 - Politician in Washington
8/9/65 - Politician in Washington
27/11/66 - US 'independent' cocaine importer, in Mexico
25/11/67 - 'Independent' heroin importer, in Los Angeles
9/2/69 - Politician in Washington
   28th November 1985: Australian Mafia meet in Sydney - includes: Trotter Fletcher Hawkins Bond Elliott Adler Holme's A'Court
   Discussed strategy for merger of Goodman, Allied Mills, Fielde Gillespie Davis, Watties and Elders with Chase Manhattan Bank taking 20%, Elders and IEL 10%, with stock being held through Chase-AMP Bank.
   Elders would be used as major 'vehicle' in the global liquor economy with Courage Brewery in the UK to be used as entry into Europe.
   Strategy finalized to take over BHP, Australia's largest company, using Holme's A'Court, Brierley, Elliott and Hawkins.
   In London, Chase Manhattan would takeover stockbrokers Simon & Coates who specialize in Australasia Mafia owned companies such as Fletcher Challenge, Brierley, NZI Corp, Elders, Bell Group and BHP. Chase Manhattan could then issue and buy stock to manipulate the Australasian economy by increasing price, paying no taxes, creating inflation, and enslaving the people through debt to Mafia controlled banks.
   Parsky would oversee the 'launder' of further loans to the NZ Government and would begin to channel 'loans' through the Australian Treasury using captive politician Keating. Also NZ Government building would be sold to Jones and Australia Government buildings would be sold to Adler which would then be rented back to the respective Governments at inflated prices.
   17th November 1986: Brierley, Seldon, Packer, Bond, Elliott, Holmes, Court and Adler meet in Sydney. Also present is Rupert Murdoch to assist in Parsky strategy of media takeover in Australasia and the Pacific using Packer and Bond (TV and Radio) Brierley and Holmes A'Court (newspapers).
   Murdoch takes orders from Brzezinski since his News Corp was taken over in 1982 by Chase Manhattan and Security Pacific National Bank.
   At a separate meeting with Brierley, Seldon and Cline, Parsky outlines plan for 'key' Media Australasian Holding company using the Bell Group which would be taken over by with Chase Manhattan holding 27.5% in London and the US. Another 10% of the stock would be held through Security Pacific National Bank (US).
   8th February 1987: US Mafia Council meet in Washington - including David Rockefeller, John McCloy, Brzezinski, Parsky, Simon, Katherine Graham, and George Franklin.
   Brzezinski outlines plans to invade Iran using 75,000 strong mercenary army supported by US Air Force and Navy with starting date of 8th February, 1988. An integral part of the plan Saudi and Kuwaiti oil tankers would fly the US flag to provoke an Iranian attack so that US invasion of Iran would be 'justified'.
   * Reason: The Seven Sisters wanted to exploit a secret oil field near Bandar Abbas discovered in 1976 with estimate 150 billion barrels and also a huge gold source at Neyshabur discovered in 1977.
   The Iranian invasion would begin after the World economic system was collapsed by the Mafia controlled banks - target date 17th January 1988. Other countries on the takeover list include:
Mexico - for oil at Baisas
Nicaragua - for oil at Connto
Colombia - for gold at Popayan
South Korea - for gold at Chunchon
New Zealand - for oil in the Great South Basin.
   (Obviously this part of the plan failed to happen) #
[Jan 26, 07]
• [Debt-driven economy of Australia - David Keane, January 26, 2007]  Australia flag; 


   Recent Australian Economic Trends, au/~keane/ civilrep , By David Keane, keane § nw com au Western Australia, January 26, 2007
   AUSTRALIA: From April 2002, I have been producing analyses every three months, and sending these assessments out in a quarterly publication Recent Australian Economic Trends which is available by email to anyone contacting me and requesting to be placed upon the email distribution list.
   Any assessment of Australian financial management and bank regulatory policy, must begin with an assessment of the current state of Australia's financial affairs. In particular, it is vital that we analyse such significant national financial indicators as Gross Domestic Product, Gross Foreign Equity, Gross Foreign Debt, Gross Foreign Liabilities, Domestic Credit, and Total Australian Liabilities. Figures for these data are available on Internet at the website for the Reserve Bank of Australia ( http://www. statistics/ ). In this article, I have taken June data from June 1988 to June 2003, and quarterly data from June 2004. You can confirm these data by looking up Gross Foreign Debt, Gross Foreign Equity and Gross Foreign Liabilities on Reserve Bank table H4, seasonally adjusted Domestic Credit on table D2, and Gross National Product on table G10.
   These figures are provided by the Australian Reserve Bank every quarter, now 3 months late. On 20/December/06, the Australian Reserve Bank published the September 2006 figures for table H4, and so now we have available all the information for all these statistical categories up until the end of September 2006.
   I simply rearrange the Reserve Bank figures which helps with comparison and trend analysis, and so it can be easily understood by the lay person. I add together the figures for Gross Foreign Equity, Gross Foreign Debt and Domestic Credit to come up with an overall figure of "Total Australian Liabilities".
   In the analysis released in September 2004, the yearly increase in Total Australian Liabilities for the first time exceeded 25% of the Australian Gross Domestic Product. The level of Australian liabilities is now blowing out in a very dangerous and volatile manner. This, together with the serious concern about the collapsing US economy, led me to title the September 2004 edition, the "Double Alarm Bells Edition". We have clearly entered the end stage of our society's experiment with a debt driven economy. These three-monthly analyses therefore take on a brand new significance, as they tend to forecast turbulent weather ahead, much in the manner of a barometer.
Table A
   In Table A, the "Date" refers to quarterly figures provided by the Reserve Bank.
   "F Equity" refers to total Gross Foreign Equity (foreign ownership of Australian assets).
   "F Debt" refers to total Gross Foreign Debt.
   "F Liabilities" refers to Gross Foreign Liabilities = Gross Foreign Equity + Gross Foreign Debt.
   "saDomCr" refers to seasonally adjusted Domestic Credit.
   "TotalLiab" refers to Total Australian Liabilities = Gross Foreign Equity + Gross Foreign Debt + Domestic Credit.
Date		F Equity	F Debt		F Liabilities	saDomCr	TotalLiab
		A$billions	A$billions	A$billions	A$billions	A$billions
Jun-88		74.0		138.1		212.2		247.8		460.0
Jun-89		89.1		161.9		251.0		300.5		551.5	
Jun-90		98.7		184.2		282.9		337.1		620.0
Jun-91		105.2		197.7		302.8		346.0		648.8
Jun-92		113.2		218.0		331.1		341.9		673.0
Jun-93		127.6		238.5		366.1		348.0		714.1
Jun-94		158.3		235.4		393.7		371.4		765.1
Jun-95		172.0		268.2		440.3		406.3		846.6
Jun-96		193.2		275.5		468.7		458.6		927.3
Jun-97		217.1		302.8		519.9		502.4		1022.3
Jun-98		249.5		347.0		596.5		562.4		1158.9
Jun-99		287.0		359.8		646.8		624.9		1271.7
Jun-00		338.1		416.8		754.9		697.3		1452.2
Jun-01		357.4		496.3		853.7		772.7		1626.4
Jun-02		350.3		533.4		883.7		868.0		1751.7
Jun-03		363.0		582.7		945.7		964.7		1910.4
Jun-04		431.8		657.1		1088.9          1091.8		2180.7
Sep-04		437.8		663.0		1100.8		1126.4		2227.2
Dec-04		473.8		693.7		1167.5		1165.9		2333.4
Mar-05	      482.1		694.1		1176.2		1199.1		2375.3
Jun-05		421.4		715.4		1136.7		1240.3		2377.0
Sep-05		450.5		733.8		1184.3		1281.1		2465.4
Dec-05		470.6		768.4		1239.0		1323.9		2562.9
Mar-06	      500.0		813.3		1313.3		1370.7		2684.0
Jun-06		502.1		839.2		1341.2		1421.8		2763.0
Sep-06		526.0		867.5		1393.6		1468.2		2861.8
Table B
   In Table B the figure I quote for annual GDP (Gross Domestic Product) represents the four most recent (to that month) quarterly figures added up. For example the December 2005 annual GDP represents the quarterly GDP figures for March/05 + June/05 + September/05 + December/05 all added together to get an annual figure.
   Then the figures for Gross Foreign Equity, Gross Foreign Debt, Gross Foreign Liabilities, seasonally adjusted Domestic Credit and Total Australian Liabilities are provided as a percentage of annual GDP.
Date		GDP		F Equity     F Debt	F Liabilities  DomCr	TotalLiab
		A$billions	%ofGDP    %ofGDP	%ofGDP   %ofGDP	%ofGDP
Jun-88		514.812	14.4	       26.8	41.2	      48.1	89.4		
Jun-89		533.857	16.7	       30.3	47.0	      56.3	103.3
Jun-90		554.858	17.8	       33.2	51.0	      60.8	111.7
Jun-91		551.283	19.1	       35.9	54.9	      62.8	117.7
Jun-92		551.726	20.5	       39.5	60.0	      62.0	122.0
Jun-93		571.876	22.3	       41.7	64.0	      60.9	124.9
Jun-94		595.334	26.6	       39.5	66.1	      62.4	128.5
Jun-95		622.057	27.7	       43.1	70.8	      65.3	136.1
Jun-96		647.659	29.8	       42.5	72.4	      70.8	143.2
Jun-97		673.098	32.3	       45.0	77.2	      74.6	151.9
Jun-98		703.258	35.5	       49.3	84.8	      80.0	164.8
Jun-99		739.628	38.8	       48.6	87.4	      84.5	171.9
Jun-00		769.045	44.0	       54.2	98.2	      90.7	188.8
Jun-01		784.018	45.6	       63.3	108.9	      98.6	207.4
Jun-02		813.542	43.1	       65.6	108.6	    106.7	215.3
Jun-03		839.187	43.3	       69.4	112.7	    115.0	227.6
Jun-04		873.197	49.5	       75.3	124.7	    125.0	249.7
Sep-04		881.031	49.7	       75.3	124.9	    127.9	252.8
Dec-04		885.581	53.5	       78.3	131.8	    131.7	263.5
Mar-05	890.044	54.2	       78.0	132.2	    134.7	266.9
Jun-05		896.568	47.0	       79.8	126.8	    138.3	265.1
Sep-05		902.934	49.9	       81.3	131.2	    141.9	273.0
Dec-05		910.073	51.7	       84.4	136.1	    145.5	281.6
Mar-06	917.274	54.5	       88.7	143.2	    149.4	292.6
Jun-06		922.386	54.4	       91.0	145.4	    154.1	299.5
Sep-06		927.337	56.7	       93.5	150.3	    158.3	308.6
A New Rate of Increase of Indebtedness
   Total Australian Liabilities has risen by 35.6% of GDP in just one year. Or if we look at only the last quarter, Total Australian Liabilities has risen by 4 x 9.1% = 36.4% of GDP projected for a year. Either way, we have set a new record for these figures. The trend is alarming, depicting an exponentially increasing series of data.
   The trend is unsustainable and a huge crash is imminent in the future. I will not provide an analysis of the situation in this newsletter, preferring to do forward research so to publish a greatly in-depth analysis next newsletter.
   Yours for a truly sharing economy, David Keane
   [ON THE WEB, ALSO:   . ENDS.] [Jan 26, 07]

[Whisson invention:  Getting moisture by wind from the air]

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   The Weekend Australian Magazine ( magazine § theaustralian com au ), by Phillip Adams, Magazine p 42, January 27-28, 2007

PHILLIP ADAMS:  While we watch our
dams dry, our rivers die, our lakes
and groundwater disappear, Max
has come up with a brilliant idea.

For all sorts of personal and political reasons, Max Whisson is one of my most valued friends. We first made contact at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, when this most ethical of men was a principal guardian of our Red Cross blood supply. More recently he's been applying his considerable scientific skills to the flow of another precious fluid. Water.
   Does this country face a more urgent issue? Will the world have a greater problem? While we watch our dams dry, our rivers die, our lakes and groundwater disappear, while we worry about the financial and environmental costs of desalination and the melting of the glaciers and the icecaps, Max has come up with a brilliant and very simple idea.
   It involves getting water out of the air. And he's not talking about cloud-seeding for rain. Indeed, he just might have come up with a way of ending our ancient dependence on rain, that increasingly unreliable source. And that's not all. As well as the apparently empty air providing us with limitless supplies of water, Max has devised a way of making the same "empty" air provide the power for the process. I've been to his lab in Western Australia. I've seen how it works.
   There's a lot of water in the air. It rises from the surface of the oceans to a height of almost 100 kilometres. You feel it in high humidity, but there's almost as much invisible moisture in the air above the Sahara or the Nullarbor as there is in the steamy tropics. The water that pools beneath an air-conditioned car, or in the tray under an old fridge, demonstrates the principle: cool the air and you get water. And no matter how much water we might take from the air, we'd never run out. Because the oceans would immediately replace it.
   Trouble is, refrigerating air is a very costly business. Except when you do it Max's way, with the Whisson windmill. Until his inventions are protected by international patents, I'm not going to give details. Max isn't interested in profits - he just wants to save the world - but the technology remains "commercial in confidence" to protect his small band of investors and to encourage others.
   In essence, windmills haven't changed in many centuries. The great propellers producing electricity on modern wind farms are direct descendants of the rusty galvo blades that creak on our farm's windmills - and the vanes that lifted Don Quixote from his saddle.
   Usually a windmill has three blades facing into the wind. But Whisson's design has many blades, each as aerodynamic as an aircraft wing, and each employing "lift" to get the device spinning. I've watched them whirr into action in Whisson's wind tunnel at the most minimal settings. They start spinning long, long before a conventional windmill would begin to respond. I saw them come alive when a colleague opened an internal door.
   And I forgot something. They don't face into the wind like a conventional windmill; they're arranged vertically, within an elegant column, and take the wind from any direction.
   The secret of Max's design is how his windmills, whirring away in the merest hint of a wind, cool the air as it passes by. Like many a great idea, it couldn't be simpler - or more obvious. But nobody thought of it before.
   With three or four of Max's magical machines on hills at our farm we could fill the tanks and troughs, and weather the drought. One small Whisson windmill on the roof of a suburban house could keep your taps flowing. Biggies on office buildings, whoppers on skyscrapers, could give independence from the city's water supply. And plonk a few hundred in marginal outback land - specifically to water tree-lots - and you could start to improve local rainfall.
   This is just one of Whisson's ways to give the world clean water. Another, described in this column a few years back, would channel seawater to inland communities; a brilliant system of solar distillation and desalination would produce fresh water en route. All the way from the sea to the ultimate destination, fresh water would be produced by the sun. The large-scale investment for this hasn't been forthcoming - but the "water from air" technology already exists. And works.
   If you're interested, email me at PhillipAdamsl § bigpond com . After some filtering I'll pass the messages on to Max, particularly if you have a few million to invest. Better still, you may be the Premier of Western Australia or the Prime Minister of a drought-afflicted country suddenly expressing concerns about climate change. In that case, I'll give you Max's phone number.
   Australia needs a few Whissons at the moment - and the Whissons need some initial government funding to get their ideas off the ground. For the price of one of John Howard's crappy nuclear reactors, Max might be able to solve a few problems. Ours and the world's. ◎
   [COMMENT: Let's hope he doesn't suffer the fate of Rudolf Diesel! COMMENT ENDS.] [Jan 27-28, 2007]

• Ex-Guantanamo inmate to run in Australia election.  Australia flag; 

Ex-Guantanamo inmate to run in Australia election

  Reuters UK, http://uk. article/ worldNews/ idUKSYD8530 420070202 , By Andrew Cleary, 7:52AM GMT, Fri Feb 2, 2007
   SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian once detained in Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of helping al Qaeda said on Friday he would stand for election to the New South Wales state parliament.
   Mamdouh Habib, released in January 2005, was held in Guantanamo Bay without charge for almost three years after he was arrested crossing from Pakistan into Afghanistan three weeks after the September 11 attacks on the United States.
   "We're here in Australia, this has nothing to do with Afghanistan," Habib told a news conference in Sydney called to announce he would run as an independent in the March 24 contest.
   "This has nothing to do with terrorism -- we have no terrorists in Australia. If you want to talk about terror then talk to the U.S.," he said.
   Habib's candidacy comes as the gulf widens between Australia's small, mainly Sunni, Muslim community of some 280,000 people and the rest of the country, leaving many Muslims feeling besieged and trapped between two cultures.
   Anti-Muslim sentiment has been inflamed by Sheikh Taj El-Din Hilaly, the mufti of Australia's biggest mosque, who has compared unveiled women to "uncovered meat" and said Muslim Australians had more right to the country than people descended from convicts.
   Habib denied his views were extreme. He said he was standing to fight against racist attacks on minority ethnic groups including Muslim Australians, Aborigines and migrants, and to take care of the community in which he lived. Continued...
[Feb 2, 2007 ]

• [Sheik's outburst; Amanda Vanstone says Islamist "free to go," then followed her surprise dismissal.]  Australia flag; 

Sheik's outburst more than once is enough!

   News Weekly (Australia), by Dr Christopher J. Ward, National Affairs, pp 7-8, February 3, 2007
   Australia's firebrand Islamic cleric Sheik al-Hilaly has resumed his attack on Australian culture and values. Given that the sheik's fundamentalist Islamic views enjoy a considerable following, social scientist Dr Christopher J. Ward asks: to what extent can a democratic country permit what is effectively a hostile counterculture to exist unchecked in its midst?
Australia's top Muslim cleric - the "grand mufti" of Australia, Sheik Taj al-Din al-Hilaly - has done it again. He has proved quite conclusively that he has learned nothing from his inappropriate remarks demeaning Australian women as "uncovered meat" in October 2006.
   Neither his self-proclaimed exile nor taping his mouth has stopped him from appearing on Egyptian television to once again denigrate this country, criticising Australian law, culture and values, although one is sorely tempted to agree with him about certain practices that are anathema to some Christians as well as Muslims. However, the disdain that he showed for Australia in describing this country as peopled by descendents of English convicts, and claiming that Muslims had more right to live here as they had paid their fares, is beyond the pale.
   Islamic fundamentalism
   It was also informative that the sheik made these comments on an Egyptian current affairs program, while "explaining" the gaffes of last year. He visits that country frequently and it is only reasonable to point out that it is home to the notorious Muslim Brotherhood, the umbrella organisation for Islamic fundamentalist terrorist groups, especially Jamaat al-Islamiyya and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, both of which have ties to al Qaeda.
   While not for one minute suggesting that the sheik is a member of either group, his theology is very much in their tradition and he has a long, documented record of inflammatory statements since arriving in Australia. In 2004, he was reported as stating that the 9/11 attacks on New York's World Trade Center were "God's work against the aggressor", and has appeared to support suicide-bombers. Hence the current criticism from a number of Australian Islamic groups and individuals is as welcome as it is unexpected.
   As usual when al-Hilaly manages to shoot from the lip, his old colleague and erstwhile translator Keysar Trad, president of the so-called Islamic Friendship Association, was quick off the mark, stating that the comments appeared to be a "slip of the tongue".
   "I don't believe that he intended to take a swipe at Australian society. I got the impression that he was trying to justify living here to a person that was probing him... Those offensive remarks were made when the interviewer challenged him...
   "He was about to explain why he stays here despite all the controversy." (The Australian, January 13, 2006 [or 2007 ?]).
   It is noteworthy that this time "Trad the Translator" actually remarked that the mufti's words were offensive - surely a first.
   Not unsurprisingly, the sheik has once again claimed that the remarks in Egypt have been taken out of context and, predictably, Keysar Trad has again supported the "grand mufti", although Sheik al-Hilaly it must be said that quite a number of prominent Australian Muslims have said that enough is enough - he is an embarrassment to their community.
   Political reaction was quite interesting. The Prime Minister John Howard's first reaction, when he emerged briefly from his well-earned holiday, was somewhat muted: he described al-Hilaly as "a growing embarrassment to his community". Opposition leader Kevin Rudd was quoted as saying that al-Hilaly was "several sandwiches short of a picnic".
   Again, according to The Australian, Acting Prime Minister Mark Vaile took the view that there was nothing new about the brouhaha. "Obviously, they [the sheik's words] were totally inappropriate, as we've come to expect from Sheik Hilaly," he said. "You would ask yourself a question: 'Why does an individual live in a country where he doesn't agree with the laws of the land?' "  And indeed that is a question that should rightly be asked.
   Perhaps the Minister for Immigration, Senator Amanda Vanstone, who has been criticised of late, deserves plaudits for being one of the first to condemn al-Hilaly's words. In a pointed statement, she said: "Australians can be forgiven for questioning how seriously Sheik Hilaly takes his citizenship pledge to Australia and its people, a pledge that he shared Australia's democratic beliefs and he respected our rights and liberties."
   She added: "I remind Sheik Hilaly that if he doesn't like Australia, our heritage or our way of life, he doesn't have to come back."
   Despite significant and welcome criticism from within the Muslim community, including Kuranda Seyit, executive director of the Forum on Australia's Islamic Relations, and Waleed Aly, media spokesman for the Islamic Council of Victoria, there is little doubt that condemnation of the sheik across the board is tantamount to flogging him with a limp lettuce-leaf and will have about the same effect. Surely it is time that a new look is taken at the elements within the Islamic diaspora in this country.
   Once again, the question has to be asked: "To what extent can a democratic country permit what is effectively a hostile counterculture to exist unchecked in its midst?" Let there be no doubt that fundamentalist Islam constitutes such a counterculture.
   As in most Western countries, a proportion of fundamentalist Muslims in Australia crave Sharia law. They are by no means a majority but overseas research, especially in the United Kingdom, consistently suggests that about 40 per cent of a given Islamic community is likely to feel that way.
   Social research conducted in the UK also indicates that the majority of that 40 per cent are likely to be from a low socio-economic background and face difficulty in securing employment. However, a segment of fundamentalists are well-educated and, unlike the previous group, appear to be assimilated. As the bombings in London in 2005 proved, attacks were found more likely to be carried out by educated fanatics.
   A colleague of mine is famous, or notorious, for abhorring uncritical cross-cultural transfer of research results. However, it must be said that the UK is a comparable society to Australia in many respects. After all, we share a common heritage; more or less adhere to Judeo-Christian ethics; and are globalising societies, which welcome migrants.
   A problem arises when any migrant community achieves what could be described as a critical mass - that is, a sufficient number to practise their own cultural rites and follow their own mores and values, without necessarily being dependent on society as a whole.
   For example, in 1970, ABC television's current affairs program Four Corners ran a documentary on Greek migrants in Victoria, working on the assembly lines at General Motors Holden in Dandenong.
   There was criticism that so few spoke English. One worker summed up what was probably the majority view, through a translator: "I speak Greek at home; have fun at the Greek club; worship at the Greek Orthodox Church and all my mates on the assembly line are Greek. Why should I learn to speak English?"
   Why, indeed, especially when we were becoming a multicultural country?
   The dividing line in this instance is that Greek immigrants basically followed in the European tradition and the Orthodox religion.  Their folkways, like so many European migrant groups, were able to be sustained without conflict with the host culture.
   However, many Muslim immigrants find it extremely difficult to become involved in everyday life, have problems with the English language and become effectively "ghettoised".
  ‘Australian citizenship is a privilege, not a right, and if the mechanism does not exist in law for revoking citizenship and deporting a person, then it should be immediately introduced into Federal Parliament. ’  
   It is not difficult to feel sympathy for them and, while many work hard, others are left to the mercies of the welfare system and the charity of their community. And it must be said that Islamic charity groups funded from abroad, as well as locally, make life tolerable for newcomers.
   Regrettably, in Europe, the UK, the US and Canada, money from some of these charities has found its way into the hands of extremists and putative terrorists. Muslims in Australia are not a homogenous group - we see that in everyday life. Some of those most critical of Sheik al-Hilaly run the risk of alienation from their co-religionists and, given the dynamics of migrant communities, they could face punishment to varying degrees.
   The problem with the "grand mufti", as the sheik is frequently described, lies in the fact that he cannot be removed from what was a virtually self-appointed position.
   Moreover, his support base, centred on the Lakemba mosque in western Sydney, is strong and fundamentalist in orientation. The claim that the sheik's remarks have again been taken out of context does not stand serious scrutiny, notwithstanding a belated apology.
   Is this good enough? How many more times must Australia be traduced by this man and how long can ordinary citizens be expected to tolerate such divisive comments? Can we effectively measure the contribution the sheik has made to Australian life in terms of enrichment?
   The Prime Minister has quite rightly pointed to the fact that the previous Labor administration granted al-Hilaly Australian citizenship, probably for purely political and electoral reasons. It must be said that this was done in the face of honourable and stern opposition from the then Minister for Immigration, Chris Hurford, and objections from ASIO.
   Some elements of the press are apparently trying to stifle the sheik by using humour, and this can be a useful tactic. However, it is doubtful whether many in the Muslim communities see the joke. In fact, it is no laughing matter.
   Simply stated, Sheik al-Hilaly is a divisive force within Australia. The Howard Government has no qualms in turning away refugees, many of whom are deserving of support and residency.
   Australian citizenship is a privilege, not a right, and if the mechanism does not exist in law for revoking citizenship and deporting a person, then it should be immediately introduced into Federal Parliament.
   It should also be possible to deny re-entry to this country to "citizens" who have effectively undermined our way of life and slandered our fellow countrymen. Contrary to belief in some quarters, national sovereignty is one of the most important issues for the 21st century. #
   [RECAPITULATION: ... the Minister for Immigration, Senator Amanda Vanstone, ... added: "I remind Sheik Hilaly that if he doesn't like Australia, our heritage or our way of life, he doesn't have to come back." RECAP. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: And guess who had to be contacted while away from her usual haunts, to be told she was going to be out of the Ministry! Without any prior warning! And doing no worse than her predecessor in gulling the Australian public!
   AND guess who, in the November 24, 2007, national elections, lost his parliamentary seat by a campaign reminding electors of his 1988 immigration statement, and the fake leaflet put out by the husband of a Liberal candidate? COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 3, 07]

• [Water centralism, without authority, and sell-off?]  Australia flag; 

[Water centralism, without authority, and sell-off?]

   The West Australian, Letters, p 20, Monday, February 5, 2007
Water warning
   How odd that individual members of the Federal Parliament have said little or nothing to their electorates about this latest foot in the door towards the Commonwealth taking over States' rights - the management of water supplies.
   That aside, does the water proposal revive the Commonwealth intention, recurring again and again over the years, to abolish the States and reduce their governments to the level of regional councils, leaving Canberra in sole charge?
   The answer to the overweening ambitions of the Commonwealth is quite clear: we should secede from the Federation and become an independent State. Our geography, economy and capability do more than support the idea of such a change - they demand it.
   If John Howard, in walking on water, hopes to make a new road to federalism, he should remember a fact or two. A slip on water may be followed by a gulp and a gurgle, and permanent silence. Michael Jardine, president, WA Secession Association, Mt Lawley.
No authority
   It does not seem to occur to the Prime Minister or the premiers that they have no authority from the people of Australia to, in effect, alter the Constitution which was enacted by the British Parliament after being supported by the majorities in referendums in all the colonies.
   The Constitution itself prescribes that there is only one way in which the Constitution can be changed - by dual majorities in a referendum. No referendum is being proposed for expected transfer of power over river systems from the States to the Commonwealth.
   The politicians seem to think that they have the right to overrule the Constitution without any authority from the electorate. A. W. B. Hassell, Lakelands.
Sell-off plan?
   We should think carefully about John Howard offering the States $10 billion of taxpayers' money provided he gets control of the Murray-Darling-Murrumbidgee.
   What would a former lawyer and States' rights advocate and a former international banker have in common in this turnaround?
   Their desire to sell our water to global corporations, just like South America lived to regret. Right? John C. Massam, Greenwood.
Today's text
Share your belongings with your needy fellow-Christians, and open your homes to strangers. -- ROMANS 12:13. (The Bible for Today). From the Bible Society.

   Letters to the Editor, WA Newspapers, GPO Box N1027 Perth WA 6843. Fax 08 9482 3830. E-mail to: letters § wanews com au
   [COMMENT: Isn't it strange that the Liberal-National Government, and its Labour "Opposition," preach how efficient it is to have the National Competition Policy, but now during a drought they want competition between State water managements to be swallowed up by a monopoly? Isn't it strange that the AWB wheat single-desk selling policy is now called a monopoly, and the first step has been taken by the Howard government towards breaking its power to protect graingrowers. COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 05, 07]
• [Consumers will pay the $10,000 per head, AND more for tapwater.]  Australia flag; 

[Consumers will pay the $10,000 per head, AND more for tapwater]

   Letter to The West Australian, letters § wanews com au , sent by John C. Massam, Wednesday, February 14, 2007
   PERTH: It is the consumers who will bear the cost of the $10,000 per head dinner to meet PM Howard and other Federal Ministers in Perth.
   We consumers pay as taxpayers to bring the Cabinet to Perth, and we pay as purchasers in higher prices of the goods and services that the well-heeled sell, and we pay as shareholders or superannuation recipients by not receiving the full company dividends we ought to receive.
   Meanwhile, the pawns of the well-heeled say that householders ought to pay more for tap water, while the foreign-controlled BHP-Billiton draws 33 million litres of water DAILY free of charge in Australia.
   Muddle on, Australia!
[Feb 14, 07]
• [Hicks outrage: Held 5 years with changing charges and newfangled illegal courts, writer sees a puzzle.]  Australia flag;  Afghanistan flag;  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Cuba flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

One thing’s for sure, Hicks is an enigma

Paul Gray observes how Hicks, an Australian held prisoner by the US military in Cuba, has become a topic of growing interest to Catholics
   The Record (R.C. newspaper in W. Australia), by Paul Gray, Vista section page 4, Thursday, February 15, 2007
   The bishops of Australia have put their name to a statement of concern about David Hicks' case. One in particular, the Bishop of Broome, Christopher Saunders, has voiced his anger at the long delays in bringing Hicks to trial. In more muted tones, Cardinal George Pell is another who has raised his concern about the issue, publicly.
   Now, the Hicks issue is on the front-burner nationally, as Prime Minister John Howard and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer come under raking fire in Canberra, from the Opposition and human rights agencies, over what the latter allege is the Government's neglectful attitude towards Mr Hicks.
   Responding, Mr Howard has appeared to give ground, inch by inch, on the question. [...]
  [Picture] A drag: US Army police escort a detainee to his cell in Camp X-Ray at the naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.   PHOTOS: CNS  
   The essential point raised by opponents of Hicks' continued incarceration is that he is being punished, through deprivation of freedom, without having had the opportunity to have the case against himself tested in a court of law. This may mean, in fact, that he is an entirely innocent man, wrongly detained.
   Alternatively, he may be guilty of serious offences. The principal objection in the case is that, without a trial, it is impossible for any reasonable person to know what is true. [...]
  [Picture] Protest: Demonstrators demand the release of David Hicks from Guantanamo Bay detention centre in a march from Parliament to the US Embassy in Canberra. 
   Did Mr Hicks fire a gun at anyone else? Did he fire a gun at anyone else? Did he conspire with others to have bombs planted, either in Afghanistan or other countries?
   Despite the general wide availability of knowledge in this media age, few people in Australia or the United States can answer such questions. Claims about Mr Hicks' activities, however, exist in plenty. The most detailed set of these occurred in an article by journalist Piers Akerman this month.
   Mr Akerman reported the contents of US Defence department files. He also referred to "a chronological precis of (Mr Hicks') activities on file with the US defence department." Mr Akerman reports that Hicks "saw bullets flying" during a retreat from frontline fighting against "Coalition forces" in November 2001.
   The article claimed that Hicks engaged in detailed training in Afghanistan in activities such as marksmanship, "kidnapping techniques" and "assassination methods." Basing himself on the US Defence Department file or files, Mr Akerman also made the claim that Mr Hicks joined a group of fighters "engaged in combat against Coalition forces." These are serious allegations - the most serious yet to have been levelled against Mr Hicks on the public record so far.
   The concern in the mind of human rights activists will be that a miscarriage of justice may occur if these charges cannot be sustained through a fair and open legal process. Miscarriages of justice are not unknown in the English tradition - despite the fact that the legal systems of the United States Britain and Australia are highly regarded, not only by legal historians but by ordinary people.
   Two examples of miscarriage of justice, both British, are the 1970s-era cases of the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six. These two cases involved serious allegations of terrorist action and conspiracy by Irish people. The fallout from those cases, which seriously embarrassed Britain's legal establishment, was memorable. The Australian Government will be hoping for no repeat occurrence in the case of David Hicks. #
   [RECAPITULATIONS: The essential point raised by opponents of Hicks' continued incarceration is that he is being punished, through deprivation of freedom, without having had the opportunity to have the case against himself tested in a court of law. This may mean, in fact, that he is an entirely innocent man, wrongly detained. [...]
   Two examples of miscarriage of justice, both British, are the 1970s-era cases of the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six. RECAP. ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: And might we add the United States cases of death row inmates whose DNA does not match that of the perpetrators, and in Western Australia the "framing" of several innocent people.  Hundreds of years ago the cases of locking up people on whims and rumours led the English Establishment, fearing King Charles II's heir might lock his opponents up unfairly, to force the Habeas Corpus Act onto the Merry Monarch in 1679.  Habeas Corpus was suspended during the Irish resistances to English occupation and during the World Wars (See Pears Cyclopaedia, ~ 1958, p 573).  Theoretically the right to a speedy trial by proper courts had existed since Magna Charta, June 15, 1215, or even in the reign of King Alfred or earlier.  The world community of nations (except, nowadays, the USA and other regimes) accepted the right to freedom and a fair justice system decades and decades ago.  COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 15, 07]

• [Geraldton base:  Libs toy with Garrett's forgotten years]  Australia flag; 

Libs toy with Garrett’s forgotten years

   The Australian, http://blogs. the australian. mattprice/ index.php/ theaustralian/ comments/libs_ toy_with_ garretts_ forgotten_ years/ ; by Matt Price, Friday, February 16, 2007
   AUSTRALIA: PETER Garrett has performed a very clunky and awkward U-turn, finally declaring his "100 per cent" support for a new US military base proposed for Western Australia.
   The rock star cum celebrity pollie copped a pasting on Thursday after refusing five times to answer questions about the Geraldton base (Matt Price: Garrett slips up in an Oily moment)
   It prompted an all-out assault from the Coalition in parliament, a staunch declaration of support for the base by the federal Labor Party and belated acknowledgement by Garrett that he vigorously supported ALP.
   Garrett's discomfort has been caused by his old band's history of contempt for the US military, as expressed in Oils classics such as US Forces.
   Here's what Labor's environment shadow said today: "I want to make it perfectly clear that when I joined the Labor Party I accepted and understood what the policy was for Australian joint facilities... and that is a policy I unreservedly accept.
   "Twenty-five and thirty years ago, like a lot of other Australians, I was involved in actions and activities across this country. Of course you change your mind about some things over time; no one listening to this interview would expect otherwise.
   "There would be members on both frontbenches of the parliament, many people sitting in their bedrooms, in their lounge rooms, in the pub today who have views... which have evolved over time; mine have."
   Fair enough, I reckon. Most thinking people change their minds about issues as they grow older. Defence Minister Brendan Nelson, who hopped into Garrett in parliament, was once an ALP member who around the time Midnight Oil was at its peak proudly declared he'd never voted Liberal in his life.
   Garrett's problem is his lack of finesse. Episodes from his outspoken past will keep resurfacing this year - he's now a frontbencher and we're in feral election campaign mode.
   Refusing to answer questions is dumb and merely invites the spotlight. People will more readily forgive a change in old attitudes if Garrett is confident and upfront about his views, not babbling into the camera trying to duck relevant questions.
   Over to you...
   Your Comments
   Clement D Tsang of Shanghai (16 February at 11:54 AM)
   Small Hurt - is something that the cyber generation would call this comment..
   The crucible of democracy - the Parliamentary system, is sometimes the biggest waste of time, and this so called 'gaffe' by Garrett is a side issue to get both sides excited about who they call themselves during the election campaign..
   I just hope the ALP don't fluster at the finish line - I am sure that Rudd will get even more furious, which is exactly what I think he needs to do to win it...
   Jono of Carlton (16 February at 11:56 AM) Of course Garrett personally disagrees with this Labor Policy. But he's part of a political team, playing the political game, and therefore must pledge his support for the plan. He would certainly cop it from both sides if he didn't. It's all about winning the election, after that Labor can change their minds on anything they like. Garrett is learning quickly how to dodge and weave in the political arena, and once he holds power in government he can fully spread his wings and fly us all to safety!
   Sophocles of Sydney (16 February at 11:57 AM) Yawn. We all knew who Peter Garrett was before yesterday. Garrett's past is no secret. Let's now have an inquisItion into every view ever expressed by every MP in the chamber. I expect the thought police would be well occupied with some very murky and scary offenders in the backbenches and National Party regions. Howard as The Rodent was reaching for the supreme wedge. More important than Garrett's past, why haven't we heard about the negotiations for this US base before now? Something Howard was keeping in reserve for later in the feral election campaign? Something he had to pull off the shelf because he was copping an a*se kick from climate change, Hicks and Iraq?
   SteveWJ of North Sydney (16 February at 11:58 AM) How many people does one know who would stand by actions and comments made "in extremis" 20 years when the world was a very different place and we were all very different people. This sort of exercise by the Liberals (and Labor have been equally guilty in the past, too) goes a long way towards explaining why worthy, intelligent and committed people do not join politics and make public contributions. I would actually argue conversely that it creates unaccountable and dangerous blow-hards like Alan Jones. Peter Garrett, love him or not, has had a very positive impact on Australia over a long period by generating genuine and passionate interest among the young (now not so young) in a highly altruistic way into important global issues, most of which have emerged in time as real problems. His values and his commitment to what he saw as important has been consistent and principled. Having said that, now that he is an MP the question about his current attitude to the US presence in Australia must be asked. But to make a circus out of Garrett, including Peter Costello's ridiculous pastiche on the floor some time ago when he copied Garrett's dancing style, is tantamount to a personal act of denigration. Costello and the Libs risk losing a little corner of voters who respect Garrett's principled life well ahead of the Treasurer and his boorish behaviour. Another thing for you and your colleagues, Matt, is that despite knowing full well that we cannot in practice shoehorn half of the population's views to correlate neatly with Labor and the other half to correlate with the Coalition, so why expect politicians to hypocritically follow that route? Why do many journalists continue to pretend that this constancy of policy support should exist among Members, but it doesn't have to exist outside? Its an unrealistic view and smacks of synthetic story generation. Or am I being cynical?
   Matt Price response: Journalists are paid to ask politicians questions, Steve, and when a senior, high profile figure like Garrett can't answer a glaringly obvious and reasonable query, that's news.
   Mark of Canberra (16 February at 12:00 PM) Matt, Much ado about nothing ! Politicians (including, famously, our PM on many occasions in and out of parliament), duck questions they find awkward. The efforts by Downer, Costello and Nelson were especially juvenile yesterday because, as we know, they would not agree with every plank of Liberal policy, yet as team players they fall into line. Garrett has stressed this reality on many occasions. Perhaps this is the angle you journos might also have considered looking at instead of superficial attempts at political one-upmanship by overgrown undergraduates on the Lib front-bench !
   I remember the '80's (16 February at 12:09 PM) Yes, as Peter Garret says, there would be many people sitting in their bedrooms, in their lounge rooms, in the pub today who have views ... views which have evolved over time. The difference between those people and Garrett is that the former's views were contained to the bedroom, the lounge room, or the pub, and were expressed as one vote each at the ballet box; whereas Garrett's views from those days were - and still are - broadcast on radio and TV to the world, and influenced - and continue to influence - a great number of people to support an anti-US stance. Does Garrett ever stop to consider just how much the US forces have influenced his life in ways he may not have appreciated? For example, has he ever flown on a 747 jet? If so, whoever paid his ticket helped pay for the finance obtained by the airline to buy that jet. The airline bought that jet from the Boeing Company, which built that jet at their plant in Seattle, Washington state. Boeing's funds and know-how required to design and build the 747 can be traced to the money and experience gained during Boeing's history as a big US defence contractor, a history stretching back to before World War 2. US forces do indeed give the nod ...
   Matt Price response: I wonder if Darryl Braithwaite and other members of Sherbet still believe in wide access to handguns as expressed in "You've Got The Gun." (1972)
   John Kotsopoulos (16 February at 12:15 PM) You a very ineffective attack poodle Matt. Tell me why does it matter that he may have held certain views about the US in the past? Costello was ex- Monash Labour club, Nelson and Malcom "you broke the nation's heart" Turnbull have more relevant form. Oh and does Senator George Brandis resile from his description of Howard as "The Lying Rodent" (c) ?.
   Matt Price response: It's not the views, John - I thought I made it clear that Garrett's change of thought to line-up with ALP policy is perfectly reasonable. But a bloke that smart and with so much experience of politics and the media ought to be able to get his lines right.
   RD of SydneyCBD (16 February at 12:17 PM) What if Australian's don't want our country dotted with US military bases? Doesn't anyone wonder what the people, not the politicians, want? I think it ought to be the subject of a referendum and then we would not need to push people around for their convictions. Plus, it is very important that we have political leaders who dissent from the majority, what hope democracy without that? None, I suggest. I wish our media and politicians were mature enough not to bully people for thinking differently. Naive old me!
   aly (16 February at 12:17 PM) MATT dont go there!! Garret is a national icon and treasure, we all know he is a man of principle and you journos trying to put him on the spot for ideals held in his youth only makes you look stupid, we all knew when he joined the Labor party he would have to tone down some of his ideas, we accept that, he obviously felt he had a better chance of helping his beloved OZ by being with Labor rather than under the rodent or the radical greens, now THAT shows a lot of nous. If you're going to walk down memory lane why don't you grill ex Labor party man {Ive never voted for the Liberals} Brendan Nelson--- now that was a HUGE u turn bought about by raw ambition not ideals.
   Matt Price response: Actually, Aly, I think PG looked silly ducking the questions. Just as Nelson looks ridiculous preaching about political consistency.
   Michael of Sydney (16 February at 12:17 PM) Matt Haven't you changed your tune? I remember when you were impartial. Now you're holding people like Garrett up to standards you don't seem to demand of government members. What about Howard's change of mind on issues like Medicare and GST? You seem a little ready to excuse those. h all of Labor's policies. There are plenty of government members who don't agree with every government position, such as in relation to David Hicks. M
   Bruce of Hobart (16 February at 12:19 PM) It will be hard for some of the people who are familiar with Peter's musical career, who support him for his political stances in Midnight Oil, to reconcile that profile with the current one. Peter will need to explain a lot about his pathway to his current convictions, about how much is his own beliefs and how much is party policy. He clearly wants to make a difference in the mainstream, meaning he is not able to please everyone.
   Jason of Queanbeyan (16 February at 12:20 PM) This whole thing is interesting only in that no commentator has bothered to point out Peter Garret's previosuly stated position on this issue. Almost his first statement when preselected prior to the 2004 election was that he had reversed his view on US bases in Australia and he was fully supportive of them as an important part of the US alliance. Sure he failed to answer a few questions, as he said today the announcement was certainly a surprise (even to some government members) and he wasn't briefed on it and therefore did not feel able to answer the question. As he gets more experienced at the political game he will learn the art of the non answer better I am sure. However the question remains, why was this announced so soon, it is not even finalised with no memorandum of understanding or any idea how it will work or when it will be built. Without a memorandum of understanding how can we be sure we will know everything that goes on there as the government tried to assert yesterday. Will we really have access to everything they hear from other nations? I doubt it. My guess is the memorandum will have an out clause when the info gathered is not in America's interests to share it will not be shared. I am concerned about the perception that is devloping with Liberal Government this week, they seem to be making decisions and announcemnts on the run, the grand water scheme wasn't put through cabinet and it seems collegues were not consulted, (something I remember Howard gleefully accusing Latham of on his now imfamous troops out by christmas policy) it was a fait acomplie that has been foistered on the Premiers without much in terms of detail on how it would work (They are spending the new few weeks sorting it out at the beauracrat level till they can all agree?). The announcement of this base seems premature and designed for political point scoring, the comments on the democrats were at least a little reckless. What is going on here??
   Matt of Sydney (16 February at 12:31 PM) The attack on Garrett in Parliment did not look planned out. If it was, it was messy. You had pompous Downer reading lyrics from a Midnight Oil song (that was the grab that got played on the 6 o'clock news). Remember Redgum anyone? I agree his media standup was bad, but Garrett is popular with ordinary Australians and Libs missed a freekick by using pompous Downer. Garrett will have learnt from it.
   Matt Price response: At least he didn't sing US Forces, Matt.
   Uncle of Albury (16 February at 12:40 PM) Was it a core statement or just one that can bend with breeze, learn from the best Pete, ask big John. And as for being roughed up by (by me a pony daddy Downer, oh please!
   Abu Bashir Bakir of Canberra (16 February at 12:45 PM) Because Peter Garret mouthed those words , "US Forces Get The Nod", doesn't mean he actually believed them , he did it for the money and for a very hefty supply of it indeed. Midnight Oil continued to use political issues to ply thier recordings to the public , in fact it was thier stock in trade to do so. It i easy to see that Peter does not have what it takes to be a leader, but as part of a Team , like his days with the 'Oils', he can be relyed upon to pay his share; I mean it's not like he doesn't own property and only buys it to give back to the Aboriginal inhabitants of this land , he's as self serving as anyone else except that he's tasted probably more champagne and actually thinks he deserves it. Typical Labour Man.
   Matt Price response: I'm glad he did mouth them, Abu. It's a brilliant song.
   Marto of Adelaide (16 February at 12:46 PM) This is really just a cheap attempt to distract attention from the government's recent and not so recent failings. Everyone knows what the guy stands for. He shouldn't have to agree with everything Labor proposes. I would prefer to see a government where they can agree to disagree rather than just toe the line no matter how extreme the agenda. Sure the Libs don't publicly spat that often but I see that as a sign they are too scared to talk out rather than displaying party unity on particular issues. I have views that I held in the past which have changed somewhat to what I believe today. If we all stuck to our guns and never changed our opinions from the time we were young until the time we died - how stupid would we look. The Australian is a paper I used to respect but it has changed so much in recent years. There is very little balance left in its reporting. I'm no tree hugging lefty but you should really take a good look at your ranks and find some new talent. The articles/blogs are looking very predictable these days (lack imagination). Many people have been looking for a reason to vote Labor for the past couple of elections. They are tired of a government controlled by lies and endless spin.
   Aussie Bob of Sydney (16 February at 12:48 PM) You're being disingenuous Matt. Costello was once a Labor Party member, via the Christian Socialist organisation. Nelson even tried for Labor preselection. He famously claimed he "never voted Liberal in his life" (until he did, as was his right... to change his mind). And Abbott was a trainee priest who ditched his vocation, ended up getting his girlfriend pregnant and then deserted her... all by his own admission. Well, at least he thought he got her pregnant... Garrett is no ordinary Australian. He is an ikon, loved even, by many. Those who appreciate what he's trying to do for his country will understand that he's had to accommodate some of his erstwhile principles (from 20 years back!) in order to get the main message through on Climate Change. This is a storm in a teacup, and if it's the best the government can dish up, then bring 'em on. They don't get it: people aren't listening to them any more. They want an alternative. Garrett and his colleagues are that, in spades, warts and all. If all of us had to freeze our opinions and positions to whatever they were in our twenties, the world would be a vastly different place, and that includes the front bench of the Liberal Party.
   Burnie of Port Melbourne Vic (16 February at 12:50 PM) Gee, Matt, you're being a bit tough, here. Yes, Garrett was clunky in his initial response but according to the conventions of responsible governement (which the "alternative government" usually also adopt), the essence of his response was perfectly correct: it's for the responsible shadow minister to comment, "my gig's the environment". Anyway, if you want to talk about consistency, check out your colleague Greg Sheridan's contributions this week. On Tuesday, it was "John Howard made a serious mistake in the extravagance of his rhetorical outburst against US presidential candidate Barack Obama". And it was ll "too Machiavellian" to suggest that Howard was up to his usual political playmaking. Howard wouldn't play politics with such sensitive matters, would HE/ Oh yes he would and oh yes he did, according to none other than Greg Sheridan himself in his column on Thursday. A great week for Howard for Howard and what brilliant politics in "changing the conversation" to national security - hey, look , "climate change completely disappeared" ! What a relief for us all. Now, while I have your attention, for the first time in many years, I happened to catch Question Time in the House of Representatives. What a travesty and it's all aided and abetted by you media hounds who seem mesmerised by Costello's one liners.
   Matt Price response: Tough? Disingenuous? You're kidding. Imagine Malcolm Turnbull or Abbott or Costello fluffing a press conference like that - they'd have been similarly mauled. I disagree with Greg, Burnie - it's been a very bad week for the PM. But - call me shallow - I rather enjoy the Treasurer's one-liners, especially his running gag about Labor support for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
   dedre okulicz of D^Aguilar (16 February at 12:55 PM) Times change, and with age comes maturity and wisdom and knowing when its the right time to bite your tongue. Peter Garrett comes across as a thoughtful, principled young man , i hope he achieves all he has set out to do. Has anyone asked Brendan Nelson why he stopped wearing an earring, hmmm I wonder
   Matt Price response: My understanding, Diedre, is Nelson has lost the earring he famously declared he'd never ever remove. He's been asked about it loads of times. I suggest the ALP organise a large reward for information that leads to the discovery of the vanishing stud.
   Miranda of Townsville (16 February at 01:00 PM) I have no doubt that Peter Garrett is experiencing a certain amount of cognitive dissonance over this issue, as it seems pretty likely that he hasn't really changed his views on US bases since the 80s. However, party discipline needs to be adhered to, and with good reason - voters need always to know exactly what they are voting for. I feel sorry for him because he knows the only way to make a difference is to be in power and the only way to be in power is to be with one of the two major parties. He has no choice but to toe the party line. His attempts at stonewalling the questions show a decent human being trying to square the circle. It's sad that it has to be this way.
   Matt Price response: I guess that's one way of looking at it, Miranda. He strikes me as an honest, upfront, decent fellow who hasn't yet perfected the art of seamless political dissembling. He'll learn, though. #
[Feb 16, 07]
• [Hicks illegal imprisonment -- Hypocrites breaking our law at every turn]  Australia flag; 

Hypocrites breaking our law at every turn

   The Age (Melbourne, Australia), www.theage. national/ hypocrites- breaking- our-law- at-every- turn/2007/ 02/17/11714 05502477.html , COMMENT, by Robert Richter, February 18, 2007
   AUSTRALIA: PHILIP Ruddock is a hypocrite when parading his Amnesty International membership. He pretends to give a toss for the organisation and the principles for which it stands: the rule of law, freedom from arbitrary arrest and punishment, freedom from torture, opposition to the perversion of accepted civilised notions of justice and the obligations he owes to those notionally under his protection. Instead, he has publicly and shamefully betrayed all of these precepts.
   He is a liar when he pretends concern for David Hicks' fate. His protestations about Australia's efforts to secure a speedy trial for Hicks cross the line of decency when we consider that Hicks is, after five years, not charged with any offence. Nor is he subject to the jurisdiction of any lawfully constituted court of justice. We know he has not committed any offences against Australian law. Our A-G says so. We also know that he does not stand charged with any known crime against US law. So how is it that the Attorney-General has not demanded the return of Hicks to the country that owes him protection as a matter of law?
   It is because the A-G has publicly prostituted his duties to the law -- and to those he owes a duty of protection -- in the service of his political masters in the government he serves.
   I say this without cover of privilege and challenge him to sue for defamation and take the risk of the facts emerging in any litigation. Cabinet solidarity is one thing; his mealy-mouthed public utterances on the subject are another. He should at least have the decency to stay silent rather than seek to defend and advance the indefensible.
   He is, when last I looked, the Attorney-General. That means he is the first law officer of the Commonwealth. It is his primary obligation as Attorney-General -- not as a politician, which he discharges in the hurly-burly of politics as an ordinary MP -- to transcend the lies and evasions of politicians intent on holding on to power, and to discharge his duties to the law and the constitution: to protect and uphold the rights and liberties of, as well as enforce duties by, citizens of this country.
   His utterances about David Hicks are damp-squib lies and deceptions, as are those of his political masters John Howard and of Australia's-face-to-the world, Alexander Downer.
   When I became a citizen of Australia, I believed that as part of my pledging allegiance I also acquired the protection of my country at home and abroad. I can no longer believe in the latter while people like Ruddock, Howard and Downer are custodians of such protections. Nor can other Australians. Messrs Ruddock, Howard and Downer's pronouncements about seeking to have Hicks charged early in the new year (in front of commissions that have not yet been lawfully set up!) seem to me to be a desperate cover-up of their government's fundamental dereliction of duty. Instead of demanding Hicks' return, they have made themselves complicit in procuring an illegal process to occur as soon as possible.
   Rather than facing up to their duties to protect the fundamental rights of those subject to their theoretical protection, Ruddock , Howard and Downer are deliberately compounding the illegal actions of the American Administration by counselling and procuring an illegal process. This is a crime under our law. Instead of confessing to a wrong and doing the decent thing by trying to set it right, they are pushing ahead with "churching the whore" after the abortion. They urge the Americans to create a facade of legality for what is seen by all honest jurists as a gross violation of national and international law.
   Shame on you Philip Ruddock. I say the same to your superiors and accomplices, but I pick you out because you are supposed to be the enforcing arm of law and justice in Australia, instead of the aider and abettor of the disregard of national and international law and justice.
   In his latest defence of the indefensible (7.30 Report, February 6), Ruddock likened the serving of "draft charges" on David Hicks to being charged in Australia pending committal proceedings. He is lying. Hicks has not been charged. This can only happen with the approval of a "convening authority", which does not yet exist. Moreover, he is deliberately lying when comparing the process to what might happen in Australia because he knows that a person charged here must be brought before a court as soon as practicable -- within 24 hours -- or have access to habeas corpus.
   As a lawyer, he knows that if the matter had been placed before an Australian court, it would be struck out as an abuse of process for a number of reasons: one of the "draft" charges is retrospective and would be struck out. The charge of attempted murder would be thrown out because, as any university law student would know, training is not an attempt to do it. You actually have to be "on the job" in trying to kill. This is so without even addressing the issues of hearsay or the use of coerced evidence, which raise other fundamental objections to what is proposed.
   I used to say Ruddock bore an uncanny resemblance and presentation to an undertaker. I no longer do so because undertakers are decent, honest people doing a decent and honest job and should not be demeaned by a comparison to the indecency perpetrated by Ruddock as the frontrunner for his masters.
   Shame on you all. Bring David Hicks home NOW.
   Robert Richter, QC, is a Melbourne barrister. #
   [COMMENT: Mr Richter is right about the disgraceful behaviour of the Australian Liberal-National Government.  He is described in other newsitems as a Left-wing civil liberties lawyer.  Unlike the most serious Left-wingers of the 20th century (the Communists when in power), he opposes the death penalty. 
   Mr Ruddock (Liberal), now the nation's chief Legal Officer, formerly Immigration Minister, was transferred from that position when an MHR kept giving examples of supposed $10,000 payments being made to political accounts, followed by the granting of visas overriding the advice of immigration officers.  This is similar to the Labor Party's overriding of departmental advice that Sheikh Al-Hilali was unsuitable to be given a resident's visa. 
   Al-Hilali had been expelled from two Muslim countries for being too extreme!  In recent weeks he has stated that the Muslims have more right than the convict Anglo-Saxons' descendants to be in Australia, and that there are ruins of Muslim buildings in Australia pre-dating the British invasion of Australia!  What a wonderful world he lives in!   COMMENT ENDS.]
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$30m deal for brokers’ victims

   The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), au/perthnow/ story/0,21598, 21241781-27 61,00.html , EXCLUSIVE, by Joe Spagnolo, 01:00pm, February 17, 2007, published page 3, Feb 18, 2007
   PERTH: THE Carpenter Government and litigation funders IMF have finally agreed on a $30 million settlement package for victims of the Finance Brokers' scandal.
   An estimated 2300 West Australians will now recoup some of the money they lost. For some, it amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
   IMF executive director Hugh McLernon, whose firm has spent $1.4 million funding claims by 2100 investors in the past six years, has agreed to accept $3.4 million in fees after initially wanting double that amount.
   Mr McLernon, who is chasing a further $90 million in claims for clients in a law suit against seven legal firms tied to the scandal, has agreed to a condition demanded by the Government - that lobbyist Brian Burke not receive a cent of the compensation package.
   He had used Mr Burke and his partner Julian Grill in the long-running campaign.
   "I can guarantee that not one cent of this money is going to Brian Burke," Consumer Protection Minister Sheila McHale said.
   "The agreement was that the bulk of this money would go to the victims."
   Mr McLernon said he accepted a reduced fee for the sake of his clients. Hundreds had died awaiting a payout, he said.
   "Unless we agreed, our clients would not have got anything," Mr McLernon said.
   He said the finance brokers' victims would get back about 18 per cent of the money they lost, plus 6 per cent interest a year from when it was lost.
   Frank and Pat Lathlean, of Willagee, lost $143,000. Mr Lathlean praised IMF yesterday, saying if not for them he and his wife would have had nothing.
   The $143,000 they lost was to to buy a small retirement home, but those plans were now over, he said.
   The deal will see the Government set up a $30 million ex-gratia compensation fund for IMF's clients and an estimated 200 or more others affected.
   IMF will administer the compensation fund on behalf of the state. It will place advertisements calling for victims who are not IMF clients to lodge claims within two months.
   Ms McHale said settlement was conditional on 95 per cent of IMF's clients agreeing to it.
   IMF will not recover any extra fees or expenses over its damages claim against the Government, but may make millions more if the lawsuit against the legal firms is successful.
   [BACKGROUND: Mr Burke (ex-prisoner) and Mr Grill are former "Labor" ministers, now in disfavour (at least in public) with all except a few people, and as lobbyists in at least one deal they co-operated with former Senator Crichton-Browne ("Liberal").  The finance brokers' scandal went on while a "Liberal" Doug Shave was a minister of a department supposedly supervising such dealers.  His former father-in-law was being refused his money back, so a departmental officer was sent to see the finance broker concerned.  He was paid back.  Yet the minister/department made no further effort to stop the massive dishonesty that later inquiries revealed.  The present "Labor" government, responding to the pressure hinted at in the above article, is doing something at last.  COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 18, 07]

• No puzzle about Hicks -- civil court trial to clear the air. 

No puzzle about Hicks — civil court trial to clear the air

   Letter to the Editor of The Record, sent by John C. Massam on Sunday, February 18, 2007
   Thanks for publishing Paul Gray's "One thing's for sure, Hicks is an enigma" ( Vista, Feb 15).
   As the article says, "The essential point raised by opponents of Hicks' continued incarceration is that he is being punished, through deprivation of freedom, without having had the opportunity to have the case against himself tested in a court of law. This may mean, in fact, that he is an entirely innocent man, wrongly detained."
   AND, "Two examples of miscarriage of justice, both British, are the 1970s-era cases of the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six." (They were Irish people, living in England, whom the police "framed" for IRA terrorist acts.)
   Serendipitously, the article appeared a day after the European Union Parliament exposed 14 of its member nations, supposedly Christian, who have allowed U.S. CIA agents to kidnap people off the streets of Europe, and fly them off to Muslim or other countries for torture, or use European airports for overseas victims. Italy had previously issued arrest warrants for the U.S. kidnappers!
   Read "EU endorses damning report on CIA," British Broadcasting Corporation, http:// uk/2/hi/europe/ 6360817.stm , Wednesday, February 14, 2007.
   Sadly, although 382 MEPs voted in favour, there were 256 against and 74 abstaining. Nearly half accept "Big Brother" Hitler-Stalin justice!
   You see, it isn't just terrorist groups who kidnap people! Nor as a Brazilian man hurrying to a train found out in England, who shoot people dead for nothing.
   Hundreds of years ago opposition to locking up people on whims and rumours led the English Establishment, mistrusting King Charles II's heir, to force the Habeas Corpus Act onto the Merry Monarch in 1679.
   Habeas Corpus was suspended during the Irish resistances to English occupation and during the World Wars (See Pears Cyclopaedia, ~ 1958, p 573).
   Theoretically the right to a speedy trial by proper courts had existed since Magna Charta, June 15, 1215, or even in the reign of King Alfred or earlier.
   The main author of Magna Charta is believed to have been Archbishop Stephen Langton. He must have been a Catholic who heeded the Jesus message "to preach deliverance to the captives." (Luke 4:18 or 19)
   Even convicted criminals who repeatedly offend have the right to be brought before regular courts, but the Australian, British and American governments don't believe suspects in their phoney war on terror have normal rights.
   [ADDITION: While the Coalition of the Killing hold and torture prisoners of war, what mercy can Australian or other soldiers (and others) expect from Muslims or others who capture them in Iraq or Afghanistan?  There is a sharp contrast between "Strike off the heads of the disbelievers," and "Do unto others as you would that they do unto you."  The latter would attract, the former repels.  But acting like the rival belief leads to its followers being repelled.  ENDS.] [Feb 18, 07]
• Carpenter's men tell me all: Burke
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Carpenter’s men tell me all: Burke

   The West Australian, www.thewest. aspx?MenuID= 145&Content ID=21857 , by ROBERT TAYLOR and SEAN COWAN, Page One, Wednesday, February 21, 2007
   PERTH: Brian Burke boasted to disgraced former MP Norm Marlborough that he could rely on at least two current Carpenter Government ministers and five different ministerial officers to provide him with confidential Cabinet information.
   In a sensational day at the Corruption and Crime Commission hearing into lobbyists yesterday, secret tape recordings of phone conversations revealed Mr Burke telling Mr Marlborough that he could have one minister's "pants off him and f . . . ing working on his shirt and he doesn't even f . . . ing know."
   Mr Burke was reacting to being told by Mr Marlborough that there were concerns within Cabinet that confidential information was being leaked to the media and that the Peel MP, as the "new chum" with a known association to the former premier, would be a prime suspect.
   Commissioner Kevin Hammond suppressed the names of Carpenter Government ministers mentioned on the tapes, claiming that it was in the public interest to ensure that the confidentiality of Cabinet discussions was maintained.
   Mr Marlborough resigned from Parliament late last year after the CCC inquiry into the Smiths Beach development revealed the depth of his relationship with Mr Burke.
   On April 21 last year, just weeks after Mr Marlborough was promoted to the first Carpenter Cabinet, Mr Burke had to urge his friend to act quickly to quash any suggestion that he was the source of the leaks, protesting his own innocence and claiming that he had never passed on any Cabinet information he had received from Mr Marlborough.
   Burke: I don't ever leak.
   Marlborough: I know you don't.
   Burke: I can get anything I want off (minister's name).
   Burke: Mate that's just not fair. Mate I can get anything I want off (minister), not a problem in the world.
   Marlborough: Yeah.
   Burke: I can get anything I want off about five different ministerial officers from people I know. (minister) will talk to me whenever I want about anything.
   Mr Burke, who was doing work for litigation funder IMF, continually pushed Mr Marlborough for information on Government deliberations over compensation for victims of the finance brokers scandal.
   Mr Burke argued strenuously that he had not provided The West Australian's Mark Drummond's details of the Government's proposal for a Super Planning Authority.
   "How does it advantage me to have some story about this super planning ministry?," he complained to Mr Marlborough during one of the calls.
   But the commission then played a tape of a conversation on April 4 in which the former premier assured Drummond that the plan had gone through Cabinet.
   Burke: Well, it's gone through yesterday, mate, but you know, didn't get it from me.
   Drummond: Yeah, you know, but that's rock solid, though, isn't it?
   Burke: Mate, when have I ever misled you?
   Drummond: Many times.
   Mr Marlborough's appearance yesterday was cut short when he complained of ill-health that required medication.
   Marlborough broke cabinet confidentiality for Burke
   Carpenter's men tell me all: Burke
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• [Crichton-Browne, Liberal heavyweight fronts CCC.]  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

Liberal heavyweight fronts CCC

   The West Australian Online, www.thewest. default.aspx? MenuID=145& ContentID=21906 , by SAM RILEY, February 21, 2007
   PERTH: Former Liberal heavyweight Noel Crichton-Browne took the stand at the Corruption and Crime Commission today to answer questions about what he knew about confidential cabinet information leaked to disgraced former premier Brian Burke.
   Yesterday the commission heard that former Small Business Minister Norm Marlborough leaked cabinet information to Mr Burke.
   At the time Mr Burke was acting as a lobbyist for IMF, a company funding a group of investors seeking $120 million compensation from the State Government for money they lost in the finance brokers scandal.
   The CCC heard a number of bugged phone conversations that revealed how the lobbyists were trying to influence both sides of politics to hasten a settlement of the compensation claims.
   While the focus of the CCC has previously been on the Carpenter Government, today the Opposition became embroiled in the controversy, with phone intercepts shining a light on the influence of Mr Crichton-Browne on the Liberal Party
   In one phone conversation Mr Burke tells Mr Crichton-Browne what he wants in an opposition motion to be moved by Shadow Consumer Protection Minister Anthony Fels.
   Mr Burke said he did not want the motion to be too critical of the State Government because he was concerned it would endanger a quick settlement.
   In another bugged phone call Mr Burke tells IMF boss Hugh McLernon that Mr Crichton-Browne had managed to get the issue of the finance brokers settlement on the agenda of shadow cabinet.
   In another phone conversation on April 4, Mr Burke talks to Mr Marlborough about questions being asked in Parliament.
   Mr Burke tells Mr Marlborough that he had demanded Mr Crichton-Browne stop opposition members asking questions about the relationship between Mr Burke, Mr Grill and Mr Marlborough.
   "I said to him (Mr Crichton-Browne) you tell them that they are wasting their f...... time talking about people like me and Norm and Julian having lunch or next week they will be asking questions about him having lunch with someone," Mr Burke said.
   Mr Crichton-Browne said he could not recall the request being made by Mr Burke but he did admit to asking Dan Sullivan to stop formulating a motion attacking the government about their handling of the settlement.
   He also admitted dictating a speech to the secretary of Mr Fels, which was later delivered in Parliament virtually unchanged.
   Mr Crichton-Browne was employed by Mr Burke and Mr Grill on a $2000 month retainer.
   Also played at the CCC today was a bugged phone call on February 13 where Mr Burke told Mr McLernon what had been discussed in cabinet that day.
   Mr Burke also tells Mr McLernon he wants to end Mr Crichton-Browne's employment with the lobbyist consultancy run by Mr Burke and Mr Grill.
   Mr Burke told Mr McLernon that he wanted to see that Mr Crichton-Browne's employment was finished nicely because he was concerned that he would talk publicly about their dealings.
   Mr McLernon said he was concerned that if they stopped paying Mr Crichton-Browne he would talk.
   "It's a little bit more difficult for him to s...-can us if he's getting the silver," Mr McLernon said in the phone call.
   Counsel for the CCC Stephan Hall asked Mr Crichton-Browne about the lunch in early February at the Subiaco Hotel saying, "Do you remember the lunch? Mr Burke had the fish."
   "I think I do, I had the sausages and he (Mr Burke) ate mine as well," Mr Crichton-Browne answered.
   Mr Burke is scheduled to return to the stand this afternoon as the hearing continues.
   The CCC is also expected to rule on a submission from media organisations, including The West Australian, seeking to overturn a suppression order which prevents the publication of the names of Government ministers referred to in the hearing.
   [RECAPITULATION: In one phone conversation Mr Burke tells Mr Crichton-Browne what he wants in an opposition motion to be moved by Shadow Consumer Protection Minister Anthony Fels.
   Mr Crichton-Browne was employed by Mr Burke and Mr Grill on a $2000 [per] month retainer.   RECAP. ENDS.]
   [EXPLANATION: In the writing of some reporters, the Opposition spokesperson on consumer protection becomes a "Shadow Consumer Protection Minister," although he is not a Cabinet minister; AND before a recent WA election the Liberal "leader" told all his front bench he would run the campaign and they were not to say anything!!!  These "Ministers" all took it like lambs!  One woman front-bencher exposed this after the State election, which they lost again.  The Liberal and National roosters had kept as silent as feather dusters! ENDS.]
   [1st COMMENT: Mr Julian Grill is a former W.A. Labor Minister of the Crown.  One of his 1980s escapades was 53 Mount St, Perth.
   To sum up, two former supposed representatives of the "workers" and "unions" have been paying a man they would have dubbed a defender of the privileged classes and an "opponent", but who was a supposed defender of "liberal values" and "the rule of law", $2000 monthly so that they can assist the propertied classes to get even more wealth and money than they already have!  Gilbert and Sullivan could have written a comic operetta about it!  Union pioneers must be turning over in their graves, or perhaps rotating!  But the voters seem oblivious to the facts.   ENDS.]
   [2nd COMMENT: The sleazy obscenity in the above, and in some of the other newsitems and the tapes, make one wonder if Mr Burke was ever a member of the Roman Catholic Holy Name Society, whose members pledged never to use obscenity or blasphemy, and to regularly do soul maintenance at Confession and Communion.  Ah, well!  Did any of these lobbyists, business leaders, and parliamentarians and their contacts ever think they had a duty to set a good example to the younger generation and immigrants?   COMMENT ENDS.]
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• Burke, Crichton-Browne deal.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

Burke, Crichton-Browne deal

   PerthNow powered by The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), au/perthnow/ story/0,21 598,2126 3149- 2761,00.html , by Adam Gartrell, 01:00pm, February 21, 2007
   PERTH: FORMER Liberal senator and party power-broker Noel Crichton-Browne used a sitting MP raise a motion on his behalf, a corruption inquiry heard today.
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   West Australian Liberal MP Anthony Fels did the bidding in parliament of former senator and party power-broker Noel Crichton-Browne, who was acting in league with disgraced former premier Brian Burke, the Corruption and Crime Commission heard today.
   The (CCC) heard Mr Burke enlisted Mr Crichton-Browne's assistance last year to help garner Liberal support for his plans to pressure the Labor government into compensating the victims of the state's finance brokers' scandal.
   Mr Burke was at the time a paid lobbyist of IMF, the litigation funder acting on behalf of thousands of victims of the scandal, who lost up to $150 million by investing in pooled mortgage schemes touted by WA finance brokers during the 1990s.
   Aggrieved investors later launched a law suit, through IMF, against the state government, saying the Finance Brokers' Supervisory Board failed to adequately protect them.
   At the time of Mr Burke and Mr Crichton-Browne's work for IMF last year, the government was considering compensating the victims.
   Yesterday, the CCC heard sacked government minister Norm Marlborough repeatedly shared details of confidential cabinet information with Mr Burke, which the former premier used to advance IMF's interests.
   Today, Mr Crichton-Browne admitted to persuading upper house Liberal MP and shadow frontbencher Anthony Fels to move a motion in support of the scandal victims.
   Mr Crichton-Browne said Mr Fels knew he was working as a paid consultant for IMF, but moved the motion anyway. The motion was carried.
   The speech Mr Fels made in support of the motion was almost word for word one which Mr Crichton-Browne earlier dictated to Mr Fels' secretary, the CCC heard.
   The CCC heard that Mr Crichton-Browne earlier conferred with Mr Burke over how the motion should be phrased.
   In a secretly recorded phone call to Mr Marlborough, Mr Burke boasted that the Liberal Party was doing what he wanted them to do.
   "They're idiots, but I have got them all saying the right lines, have you noticed," he said.
   At that time Liberal MP Dan Sullivan was speaking in parliament after raising a motion calling on the government to resolve the finance brokers' scandal issue.
   The CCC has since last week been examining whether improper influence from lobbyists, namely Mr Burke and his business partner Julian Grill, led to misconduct by public officials.
   The hearings continue.
   [RECAPITULATION: ... Mr Burke boasted that the Liberal Party was doing what he wanted them to do.   "They're idiots, but I have got them all saying the right lines, have you noticed," he said.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Burke, Grill, and Crichton-Brown -- The Scarlet Pimpernels of W.A. politics!  Cross-party solidarity!  And, Mr Burke's comment about the Liberals made at least one old campaigner smile!  The quality has not improved since the 1980s!  No wonder, with the cheating, forgeries, and branch-dehydrating and branch-stacking that goes on before and during the pre-selection of candidates!  And the Liberals have the effrontery to throw mud at Labor and the union movement, which in the past five years was exposed as having lightning-fast membership "increases" (to win pre-selections, i.e., to keep honest candidates out).   COMMENT ENDS.]
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Corruption watchdog leaves another Carpenter minister fighting for his job
John D'Orazio: Dumped after the CCC pictured him talking to panelbeater Pasquale Minniti. Norm Marlborough: Sacked after the CCC revealed his dealings with Brian Burke. John Bowler: Demoted after admitting in Parliament his links to lobbyist Julian Grill. Ljiljanna Ravlich: Sacked as education minister after a CCC report on sex abuse claims.

Premier forced home to face new Cabinet crisis

   The West Australian, www.thewest. aspx?MenuID= 77&ContentID= 22034 , by ROBERT TAYLOR and SEAN COWAN, pp 1 and 7, Friday, February 23, 2007
   PERTH: Alan Carpenter will fly into Perth today to confront the fresh crisis engulfing his Government as another Labor Minister's career hangs by a thread and speculation mounts that more of his Cabinet colleagues will be grilled by the Corruption and Crime Commission.
   Mr Carpenter was forced to cut short his trade mission to India yesterday after the commission revealed that Environment Minister Tony McRae had asked lobbyist Julian Grill for fundraising help while dealing with a planning proposal put forward by one of Mr Grill's clients.
AUDIO: To listen to Julian Grill's bugged phone calls, go to this article's original webpage, and click as directed.
   And The West Australian understands there will be further pain for the Government next week when more ministers are expected to be called before the commission to explain their actions.
   Mr McRae was acting minister for planning and infrastructure when he reversed a decision to force a developer to readvertise a proposed subdivision at Moore River.
   Mr Carpenter will catch the earliest flight home today in order to read the transcripts of yesterday's hearing and question Mr McRae before making a decision on the Minister's future.
   Yesterday's revelation means Mr Carpenter is starting his second year as Premier in the same fashion as he ended his first. That finished with the dumping of two ministers, Norm Marlborough and John D'Orazio, after inquiries in the CCC, the sacking of Ljiljanna Ravlich as education minister and the demotion of John Bowler after he admitted his links to Mr Grill in Parliament.
   And in another startling revelation yesterday, Mr Carpenter admitted that he had walked out of a fundraising event for Wanneroo MLA Dianne Guise last year when he discovered that it had been organised by Mr Grill and his business partner, former WA premier Brian Burke.
I won't quit Cabinet, McRae promises
   He then made it known to all ministers and backbenchers that he would not attend functions they were involved in.
   Yesterday, the CCC was told Mr McRae struck difficulties in attracting a crowd to a fundraising lunch that was to feature the Premier and went to Mr Grill for advice.
   Two days earlier, he had signed off on a decision that meant Mr Grill's client would not have to readvertise his proposed subdivision.
   But, in a phone call played to the CCC, he started a conversation with Mr Grill by asking whether any progress had been made on the application and then indicated that it would be one or two weeks before he dealt with it. He then quickly moved the discussion on to his fundraising woes, and Mr Grill volunteered to work with Mr Burke to set up a fundraising lunch.
   Mr McRae told the commission he could not explain why he had told Mr Grill the decision had not been made, but CCC lawyer Philip Urquhart suggested Mr McRae had deliberately raised the issue of the application before broaching the fundraising issue.
   Mr Urquhart: I would suggest to you, you misled Mr Grill in the hope that that would increase your prospects of soliciting a benefit to yourself?
   Mr McRae: Well, I understand that that's what you've formed in your mind and I reject it absolutely.
   Earlier, Mr McRae also rejected suggestions he had made the decision in favour of Mr Grill's client because Mr Grill had donated money to his election campaign. Outside the CCC, Mr McRae said he would not resign from Cabinet. "I think it's clear from the commission's hearings that I've done absolutely nothing wrong and acted with absolute propriety," he said.
   Mr McRae's ministerial chief of staff, Rewi Lyall, was also dragged into the scandal when it was revealed that he had spoken to Mr Grill about the application several times before asking Mr Grill to help find sponsors for an arts festival. He admitted he told Mr Grill more about the application than he would have told an ordinary citizen.
   Liberal leader Paul Omodei said Mr Carpenter's decision to travel to India while the CCC continued its inquiry showed a level of political arrogance.
   "I think the public of Western Australia are quite entitled to be absolutely furious that we now have a repetition of virtually WA Inc," he said. #
   Go to West website to "click" these:
   AUDIO: Listen to the CCC tapes.
   Burke backs away from influence claims
   Liberals dump Fels over Crichton-Browne links
   "Spotted." ... union chief Kevin Reynolds ... was no doubt distracted by Wednesday's evidence at the CCC that his squeeze, Labor backbencher Shelley Archer, was caught on a bugged phone call to Mr Burke agreeing to fax him a copy of a confidential letter she'd obtained from a minister.  -- "Inside Cover", p 2.
   "Omodei sacks Lib MP for using NCB speech," by Jessica Strutt.  [With picture of Liberal MLC Anthony Fels, and caption.]  Liberal leader Paul Omodei yesterday stripped Anthony Fels of his shadow portfolios a day after it was revealed in a Corruption and Crime Commission hearing that former Liberal power-broker Noel Crichton-Browne wrote a parliamentary speech and motion for the Upper House MP. [...]
   ... right intention ... support the victims of the mortgage brokers' scandal [...]
   But Mr Fels contradicted his leader ...
   Mr Crichton-Browne was paid $2000 a month to help Brian Burke and his business partner Julian Grill with their work for litigation funder IMF ...
   Mr Fels said ... he was being treated unfairly ... -- p 6
   "CCC must name all or none: MP," by Ben Spencer.  [With picture of Ms Shelley Archer, and caption.]  Labor MP Shelley Archer has attacked the Corruption and Crime Commission over its decision to suppress the identities of two ministers named by Brian Burke as his sources of confidential Cabinet information, accusing Commissioner Kevin Hammond of double standards. [...]
   People were being "dragged through the mud" without good reason [...] "My view is that the hearings should be closed ... " [...] Edith Cowan University political analyst Peter van Onselen also criticised the decision, saying the CCC should release the names in the public interest. # -- p 7   ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: Faxing confidential letters, innocent, double standards, dragged through the mud, closed hearings, treated unfairly -- the politicians' red herrings are nicely hiding the fact that they have accepted a CIA kidnap and torture centre at Geraldton, plus PM John Howard's moves to centralise control over Australia's rivers and waters so that they can be more easily sold to Global Corporations.  Liberal, National, or Labor -- the subdividers and developers milk them all.  Meanwhile, the general members of the Liberal, National and Labor Parties and the trade unions slumber on.   COMMENT ENDS.]
   [FOR SALE: The Burke Ambush, 1986, Patrick ("Paddy") O'Brien (ed.), $10; Burke's Shambles, 1987, Anthony McAdam and Patrick O'Brien, $10; or the pair for $19.  The vendor reserves the right to refuse any potential purchaser, or to suspend sales at any time. - 28 Feb 07.  Also recommended: The Executive State, 1991, Patrick O'Brien and Martyn Webb, and The Burkes of Western Australia by Brian Peachey. [Feb 23, 07]

• Brian Burke 'a friend': Lee.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

Brian Burke ‘a friend’: Lee

   Cockburn City Herald (suburban free newspaper), news [at] fremantleherald [dot] com , (41 Cliff St, Fremantle, West. Aust.), by BRIAN MITCHELL, Page One, Saturday, February 24, 2007
   COCKBURN (Fremantle area): STEPHEN LEE stretched across three chairs to warmly shake the hand of Brian Burke after giving evidence at the Corruption and Crime Commission on Monday.
   The Cockburn mayor had just finished telling the CCC that:
  • he had no recollection of receiving invoices totalling $76,000 from Riley Mathewson, the public relations firm that managed his 2005 re-election
  • he had no recollection of a series of emails regarding his campaign, which had also been forwarded to Australand chief Chris Lewis and Australand consultant Brian Burke;
  • he had no knowledge of Mr Lewis striking a deal with Riley Mathewson in which the Port Coogee developer secretly paid $43,500 of Mr Lee's bill;
  • he had little recollection of a series of meetings he'd attended with Mr Lewis and Mr Burke at Australand's office and Mr Burke's home;
  • he did not agree Mr Burke was essentially running his re-election campaign, despite the existence of emails in which Mr Burke issues instructions to Riley Mathewson;
  • Mr Burke's role in his re-election campaign was unrelated to the former premier's $5000-a-month consultancy with Australand;
  • Mr Lewis had played only a minor support role, despite being kept fully informed by Riley Mathewson.
       Mr Lee told the CCC: "I'd known Brian [Burke] for quite a number of years through membership of the ALP and through bumping into [him] at various functions over the years.
       "[He said] he would like to offer some advice on campaign issues or on election issues ... as a friend."
       Mr Lee, who'd met at Mr Burke's home for breakfast in March 2005 in the presence of Mr Lewis and others, admitted knowing Mr Burke was at the time a paid consultant for Australand, which had major projects underway in Cockburn (on which Mr Lee voted).
      [Picture] • Stephen Lee leaves the CCC. 
       The CCC's Phil Urquhart asked Mr Lee whether he'd put "two and two together" when he saw Mr Lewis - Mr Burke's employer - was at the breakfast:
       "No, I didn't," Mr Lee replied. "Brian stressed he was [helping me] as a colleague, as a fellow party member and as somebody who he had heard good things about what we were doing in Cockburn."
       Mr Lee said Mr Burke had wanted to ensure the Coogee Coastal Action Coalition - which had run candidates in the February 2005 state election - did not gain a foothold on council.
       "[Mr Burke] just felt it would be wrong if because of some activist group the best outcome wasn't the result of the elections."
       Mr Urquhart asked Mr Lee about answers he'd provided to a WA Local Government Department inquiry in February last year. Mr Lee had told the department he had not known of any relationship between Riley Mathewson and Australand.
       But Mr Urquhart said Mr Lee had personally attended campaign meetings where Australand's Mr Lewis and Riley Mathewson representatives were present, and emails had circulated between the parties.
       Mr Lee was also questioned about cheques he'd received that appeared unrelated to his relationship with Australand.
       Four members of the Barrett family had each signed a cheque for $199 - but two had been drawn from the family company, Gladstone Pty Ltd.
       This meant Gladstone Pty Ltd was the donor and its $398 donation should have been declared because $199 is the maximum undeclarable donation.
       Another cheque for $200 had been received from a company called Control Holdings. With some prompting Mr Lee recalled it, saying "I remember now, I gave a dollar back." #
       [COMMENT: So, Labor people who know right well that Mr Burke was convicted of stealing Australian Labor Party property, and had gone to prison for it, go to great lengths to show publicly they know and respect him!  Similar stories about similar people come from all lands.  The voters get the politicians they deserve!  The giving of part of the seabed into private hands ought to have led to a constitutional crisis in Australia, but the dozy Liberals-Nationals hardly know what is happening, let alone what a dangerous precedent the Big Business mafia has set.  In fact, they DON'T WANT to know!  At least one of their number has been revealed as being in the same sort of business.   COMMENT ENDS.]
       [RECAPITULATION: ... had no recollection of receiving invoices totalling $76,000 from ...   ENDS.]
       [2nd COMMENT: Yet he is mayor of a big local government area!  Who thinks his thoughts?  I wonder of the CCC later on will play tapes that cast doubt on that statement.   ENDS.]
       [2nd RECAP.: With some prompting Mr Lee recalled it, saying "I remember now, I gave a dollar back."   ENDS.] [Feb 24, 07]

    • Call to ban corporate donations. 

    Call to ban corporate donations

       Cockburn City Herald, by Jenny D'Anger, Page One, Saturday, February 24, 2007
       CARMEN LAWRENCE has renewed her call for a ban on corporate political donations in the wake of the CCC hearings into Port Coogee.
       The federal Fremantle MP, a former national president of the ALP, said the extent of Australand's secret involvement in the election of Stephen Lee showed existing laws were deficient.
       Three years ago Dr Lawrence publicly questioned Australand's links with Cockburn council and received a scathing letter from the company's general manager in WA, Chris Lewis.
       "No political donation has been made to gain support or politcal favour for this project," he told Dr Lawrence. "At the very heart of [Australand] are high standards of integrity and honesty as part of our values and behaviours." Within 12 months of that letter Australand would secretly donate $43,500 towards Mr Lee's re-election campaign expenses and a further $38,700, again secretly, towards the expenses of supposedly independent lobby group, Port Coogee Now.
       Australand's role as the source of the funding was deliberately kept secret until Mr Lewis' testimony at last week's Crime and Corruption Commission inquiry.
       "Company finance reform is absolutely vital," Dr Lawrence told the Herald this week. Sweden, Germany and France had banned corporate contributions and Canada was about to do the same. Many countries that accepted corporate donations had much tougher disclosure laws than Australia. The MP says a register of all lobbyists, for charities, conservation groups, corporations or individual causes, must be set up.
       She said the real tragedy was that despite the revelations of Mr Lee's close links with Australand the most controversial aspects of the marina project were - with his support - now under way.
       "No-one was against development, only development over the ocean bed," she said.
       [COMMENT: But, Dr Lawrence's party, Labor, was in power, both in WA and in the Federal parliament, in the 1980s, and the WA Inc corruption was NOT stopped by the federal party, and Labor did NOT ban corporate donations to campaign funds.  NOR did it set up strict accounting to the very cent, which of course is the only system that can help to stop it, as the newsitem about the $200/$199 donations suggests.  On the positive side for her, it was Dr Lawrence who led the Labor Government move to organise a Royal Commission into the WA Inc corruption.  An observer thinks that about half her Cabinet were fairly honest.  In the current WA Labor Cabinet, one was retained even after public revelations that he had withheld workers' superannuation payments.  Other failings led to him being ejected, and so far about four have been ejected, with one more still retained because she could hold the balance of power in the Upper House.   COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 24, 07]

    • [Coogee campaign daily in 2005: Burke boasts to Bob.] 

    Burke boasts to Bob

       Cockburn City Herald, Page One, Saturday, February 24, 2007
       COCKBURN (Fremantle area): STEPHEN LEE rang Brian Burke every day during the May 2005 Cockburn elections, the Crime and Corruption Commission heard on Monday.
       In an excerpt of a bugged phone conversation between Mr Burke and long-time friend Bob Maumill, the former premier boasted of his role.
       "When [Stephen Lee] was running for council he was ringing me every day," Mr Burke told Mr Maumill. Later in the same conversation, Mr Burke said
       "I can't believe Stephen Lee mate. I put his election campaign together for him".
       He also said "I did Port Coogee for them", which is believed to be a reference to his lobbying for the approval of the controversial marina for which he was paid a half-share in a $150,000 success fee.
       Mr Burke - sitting in the witness box - said the extract appeared to be a tiny part of a longer conversation: "I don't know what's gone before, I don't know what's gone afterwards ... you extract that [bit] and take it almost as holy writ.
       "You can probably rightly accuse me of being extravagant, claiming credit that wasn't mine, of saying I did more than I did, all sorts of things, of being dishonest, of being untruthful but it's extremely difficult when you take this sort of extract from a private conversation between two good friends." #
       [RECAPITULATION: ... a private conversation between two good friends.   ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: About a "controversial" transfer of part of the public estate, or the Queen's domains, or whatever, into private hands!   COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 24, 07]

    • McRae sacked as Carpenter braces for more trouble.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

    sacked as
    braces for
    more trouble

       The West Australian, By GRAHAM MASON and ROBERT TAYLOR, pp 1 and 4, Monday, February 26, 2007
       PERTH: Alan Carpenter's beleaguered Labor Government is bracing itself for more damaging revelations at the Corruption and Crime Commission this week after Environment Minister Tony McRae was sacked yesterday for what the Premier called a major error of judgment.
       Mr McRae became the watchdog's third Labor ministry victim after John D'Orazio and Norm Marlborough were forced out of the ALP by the Premier after evidence at commission hearings.
       Mr McRae was dumped for discussing fundraising with lobbyist Julian Grill while saying he was considering a planning proposal lodged by one of Mr Grill's clients.
       But he did not go quietly.
       Mr McRae, who was promoted to Environment and Climate Change Minister in a pre-Christmas reshuffle after Mr Marlborough's dramatic exit, launched an extraordinary attack on the CCC.
       He also implied the Premier ignored the facts in axing him from Cabinet.
       But Mr Carpenter said Mr McRae was severely compromised.
       "I understand there will be some people who think I am being too harsh on Tony McRae," Mr Carpenter said.
       "If I had another course of action, I would have taken another course of action. But I believe his decision to telephone Julian Grill, who had a commercial interest in a project that Tony had before him, and then initiated another part of the discussion about fundraising, was totally wrong and I can't condone it and I can't defend it."
       The Premier revealed he was aware that other ministers had spoken to the CCC.
       The West Australian understands at least one will be asked to explain his relationship with Mr Grill and his business partner Brian Burke when the commission reconvenes today.
       "If issues emerge that require me to act in the way I've acted today, or in the way that I acted with Norm Marlborough or in the way that I acted with John D'Orazio, then I will act. I've got no choice. We must maintain faith in our Government," Mr Carpenter said.
       He ruled out an early election, saying that although it was a difficult time for the Government, the Labor Party would get through it and deliver its agenda.
       A defiant Mr McRae said the CCC either deliberately or incompetently withheld information that would have cleared him of any wrongdoing and questioned the Premier's action.
       He said it was extraordinary to be judged on the basis of a "false perception rather than the facts".
       "I have to take time to clear my name of what I think are extraordinary unfounded suppositions, propositions and innuendo," Mr McRae said.
       "I don't know how a State and a community can proceed if every time somebody in public office has something said to them without foundation or fact, the whole mass, you lot (the media) included, start baying like a pack pulling people down."
       At a Cabinet meeting in Broome in November, Mr Carpenter quizzed all his ministers about their relationship with Mr Burke and Mr Grill. He said yesterday Mr McRae had told him then that he had three conversations with Mr Grill.
       "I asked whether or not there had been any activity which would be of a serious enough nature for that minister to resign from the Cabinet and nobody volunteered," he said.
       "I think there are different perspectives in what constitutes a problem. I have got a very clear view of what sort of behaviour is indefensible and it would appear not everybody shares that view."
    Robert Taylor: Why Carpenter got it right. Page 4
    John D'Orazio

    August 25, 2006
    Norm Marlborough

    November 8, 2006
    Tony McRae

    Carpenter braces for more CCC trouble
       Opposition Leader Paul Omodei said that when Mr Carpenter demanded to know about other ministers' dealings with Mr Burke and Mr Grill some of them had lied.
       He said Mr Burke had boasted that two ministers attending today's Cabinet meeting would give him confidential information.
       "There will be two ministers sitting in on that meeting who are facing allegations of leaking confidential Cabinet information to Brian Burke," he said. "Their involvement in tomorrow's meeting seriously compromises the decision-making processes of the Cabinet."
       Mr Carpenter said he would discuss replacing Mr McRae with Cabinet today.
       Swan Hills MP Jaye Radisich, Upper House MP Sue Ellery and Victoria Park's Ben Wyatt are the front-runners. Mr Wyatt's relationship with Mr Grill could count against him.
       Education Minister Mark McGowan will temporarily take over Mr McRae's portfolios. #
       [RECAPITULATION: They have powerful backing in the lay party, Ms Archer through her partner, union boss Kevin Reynolds, ... ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Keep reading these newsitems! COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 26, 07]

    • Premier captive of Left, McGinty: union boss. 

    Premier captive of Left, McGinty: union boss

       The West Australian, by DANIEL EMERSON, p 4, Monday, February 26, 2007
       PERTH: Union heavyweight and Labor Party factional powerbroker Kevin Reynolds lashed out yesterday at Alan Carpenter for ending the Cabinet career of Tony McRae and labelled the Premier a "captive" to dominant forces within the party.
       The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union boss, a powerful figure in the Centre faction which supported Mr McRae's rise through Labor ranks, said Mr McRae had done nothing wrong and claimed his ignominious exit had been orchestrated by Attorney-General Jim McGinty and his Left faction.
       "Carpenter is a captive of the Left and McGinty and he's proved that," Mr Reynolds said. "Tony McRae has done nothing that warrants him standing down and I'm sure what he's done he is doing in the best interests of the party but it's about time that Carpenter woke up that this is all being manipulated by McGinty." The union boss denied negative public perception had rendered Mr McRae's position untenable.
       "People get on with life. He has done nothing wrong as far as I can see it. Maybe they should have waited until the (Corruption and Crime) Commission reports. They haven't even done that," Mr Reynolds said.
       Mr Carpenter asked for Mr McRae's resignation after allegations surfaced at the CCC that he had used his ministerial position to gain a financial benefit from lobbyist Julian Grill.
       Mr Reynolds' partner, Government backbencher Shelley Archer, was dragged into the CCC hearings last Wednesday when it was revealed she had given Brian Burke a copy of a letter she got from a minister.
       She slammed the CCC the next day for not suppressing her name and accused CCC lawyer Stephen Hall of sensationalising the hearings by gratuitously dropping the name of her husband during his questioning.
       Political commentator Peter van Onselen said Mr Carpenter should create an inner Cabinet comprised of his six most senior and trusted ministers to "insulate" Government decisions from undue influence and restore faith in his ministry.
      ‘If they have a similar structure to the Feds... then the processes... would be insulated ’  
       Dr van Onselen said the Premier should take the radical step of emulating the successful system used at Federal level by Prime Minister John Howard, who encountered few leaks from his Cabinet.
       "When you look at the people that have been implicated in these scandals, obviously to date McRae and Norm Marlborough, they are both junior, they are both bit players in the ministry," Dr van Onselen said.
       "If they have a similar structure to the Feds where they have an inner Cabinet and an outer ministry that only reports to Cabinet, then the Cabinet's decision-making processes would be insulated from these bit players who are susceptible to untoward dealings.
       "So at a State level, what I would be proposing would be for Carpenter to set up a Cabinet with as few as six people, literally himself, (Jim) McGinty, (Eric) Ripper, (Mark) McGowan, maybe even Kim Chance could get in there and certainly (Alannah) MacTiernan and someone like Michelle Roberts. If these senior people came forward to form a Cabinet and outer ministers could only make submissions to them."
       Constitutional law expert Professor Greg Craven said Mr McRae had done nothing wrong but Mr Carpenter had to ask him to resign to protect the Government's credibility. #
       [RECAPITULATION: Mr Carpenter asked for Mr McRae's resignation after allegations surfaced at the CCC that he had used his ministerial position to gain a financial benefit from lobbyist Julian Grill.
       Mr Reynolds' partner, Government backbencher Shelley Archer, was dragged into the CCC hearings last Wednesday when it was revealed she had given Brian Burke a copy of a letter she got from a minister. ENDS.] [Feb 26, 07]

    • McRae axing a clear message from Carpenter on peril of murky deeds. 

    McRae axing a clear message from Carpenter on peril of murky deeds

       The West Australian, by ROBERT TAYLOR, POLITICAL SKETCH, p 4, Monday, February 26, 2007
      [Picture] Tony McRae: Still can't see what he did wrong and has lashed out at the media and the CCC.    Picture: Sharon Smith  
       CITYHERE: Alan Carpenter got it absolutely right yesterday, sacking Tony McRae despite the former environment minister's protests of innocence and disquiet within the ALP about the methods and motives of the Corruption and Crime Commission.
       By busting Mr McRae to the back bench, the Premier sent a clear message to his party, the factions and more importantly the community that he would not be deflected from his crusade to impose strict standards of propriety on his MPs.
       His attitude contrasted starkly with that of Mr McRae, who still could not see what he did wrong yesterday and lashed out at the media and the CCC.
       But the CCC evidence is irrefutable and Mr Carpenter made a point of saying he questioned Mr McRae twice about it and came to the only conclusion available to him and indeed to any clear-thinking person.
       There is no doubt Mr McRae, as a minister, left himself severely compromised by discussing political fundraising with a person commercially involved with a project that was before him for consideration. That's not just perception, that's fact.
       Despite Mr McRae's indignation, it must be remembered it was not Julian Grill who initiated the fund-raising discussion but the Riverton MLA who rang the lobbyist, opened with a reference to the development proposal of Mr Grill's client and moved quickly on to money.
       This was the nub of Mr McRae's problem and one he could neither explain to the CCC nor to the Premier's satisfaction. If Mr McRae believes, as he claimed, that the CCC wilfully or incompetently withheld information that would have cleared him, why didn't he say so at the time?
       Instead, he walked out of last Thursday's commission hearing and declared that he was happy the CCC was doing its job and, through its hearing, had made it clear he had "absolutely done nothing wrong".
       As Mr Carpenter said yesterday, there are "different perspectives on what constitutes a problem".
       The question now is how much more strain the Government can take.
       Mr McRae has his sympathisers and is likely to be joined on the back bench by at least one more minister before the week is out.
       In the Upper House, Shelley Archer and Vince Catania, both questioned by the CCC about help given to Brian Burke, maintain they did nothing wrong.
       They have powerful backing in the lay party, Ms Archer through her partner, union boss Kevin Reynolds, and Mr Catania through a pivotal independent group.
       The Peel by-election showed Mr Carpenter's strong stance against the Burke elements is well received by voters but how many more ministers can he shed before it is clear that his Government's disease is terminal?
       And it's not just ministers and MPs Mr Carpenter has to worry about. Mr Burke is on tape boasting to Norm Marlborough about the number of ministerial officers he can call on for favours. Many see themselves as the next generation of Labor politicians.
       "This is like a bloody cancer that's gone through the party and it's got to be rooted out," said one minister. "This is going to go on and on and on even if we win the next term of government. It will go on through that too unless you root it out." #
    [Feb 26, 07]

    • [Samuel Burke, by 'The Bard of the Baw Baws' -- Why developers and negative-gearers get ahead]  Australia flag;  Victoria (Australia) flag;
       Original Publisher: Prosper Australia (Melbourne, Australia), By "The Bard of the Baw Baws," that is, Mr Jack Rankin, ~ 1950s, reformulated for distribution at "Land Tax Revolt" outside Perth Parliament House on Feb 27, 2007, displayed on WWW Feb 26, 07.


       "I am a wealthy gentleman
       My name is Samuel Burke
       And I grow richer every day
       Although I do not work

       I am no thief nor highwayman
       I keep within the law
       But as the blotter sucks the ink
       So I, my riches draw.

       I don't possess the Midas touch;
       Nor would I stoop to beg,
       Yet legally I have amassed
       A mammoth golden egg.

       I started when my uncle died -
       My bachelor Uncle Sid;
       He left his cat a thousand notes
       And me but fifty quid.

       I thought I would inherit more;
       I thought he loved me well
       But when his cat gained more than I,
       It needled me like hell.

       By chance our politician came
       And asked why I was glum.
       I told him of my legacy -
       The meagre paltry sum."

       "Cheer up my lad", our member said
       "You must take my advice
       You must invest the lot in land
       ’Twill soon increase in price.

       Jump in my car and come with me"
       (He took me to the coast)
       "It's here that values will advance;
       It's here they'll rise the most.

       Now here are tidings that you must
       Not breathe to any man;
       It's here that money will be spent;
       It's on our secret plan.
       It's here the government intends
       To make a thriving port
       This is the place to speculate;
       The best that could be sought.

       It's here that roads and railway tracks
       Are going to converge,
       All these will lift the price of land
       And force the upward surge".

       He said he'd purchased all he could
       And prospects were so bright,
       Asserting that within a year
       He would come out all right.

       I bought a block and very soon
       The public works began,
       Up went the value of my lot,
       I was a prosperous man.

       As time went on, I sold my patch,
       For just two thousand quid.
       I wanted cash to spend elsewhere
       And this - I surely did.

       I bought more land where I perceived
       Would rapidly progress.
       I sold it all more readily -
       With even more success.

       And ever since those early days
       I keep upon the scent,
       I nose it from the governments
       Where money will be spent.

       And there I buy what land I can
       And have the titles set;
       And wait until it's right for sale;
       And thus great profits net.

       Just as the spider sets its web
       To catch the flies and lice;
       I, too, can catch what others earn
       As lots advance in price.

       What need is there for me to work?
       I buy and then relax;
       By merely owning land I reap
       What others pay in tax.

       Now I have many millions worth
       Of land and real estate
       Enriching me with increments
       While I but rest and wait."

       So that's the tale of Samuel Burke
       Which he himself unfurled,
       Its stench ascends to Heavens heights
       And reeks throughout the world.

       Some half our earnings goes in tax
       Which governments demand
       And much of it's presented free
       To owners of the land.

       To owners, such as Samuel Burke,
       Whose estates are far flung;
       Who reaps the earnings of us all
       Which by imposts are wrung.

       No wonder we have millionaires
       And needy folks galore;
       When some can reap what others earn
       And keep within the law.
       The truth about all taxes must
       No longer be ignored;
       Our present taxes are
       Deception, theft and fraud.

       We must collect a charge on land
       For government's finance,
       And untax toil and industry
       So all may have a chance

       I plead with all tax-burdened folk
       To join us in the fight;
       And introduce these great reforms
       Of justice truth and right.
    §   §   §              
       For more information on how natural resource revenue can help make all Australians prosper and bring employment to all without ecological harm, contact: GEORGIST EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (Inc), www.multiline. ~georgist .  Postal: 2 Plain St, East Perth WA 6004, Australia.  Tel. 08  9343 9532, 0408 054 310, or 9221 1973.
       georgist § multiline com au , OR john.massam § multiline com au .
       PROSPER AUSTRALIA (Victoria), www.prosper. AND www.taxreform. .  Bookshop and Office, lst Floor, 27 Hardware Lane (off Bourke St), Melbourne Vic 3000.  Tel. 03  967O 2754, Fax 03  967O 3063
       prosper § vicnet net au . Membership $30.00 p.a., bi-monthly journal Progress
       ASSOCIATION FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT, www.associat ionforgoodgov. , Sydney, NSW.  Tel 02  4455 7880, Fax: 02  4455 7881.  Postal: P.O. Box 251, Ulladulla NSW 2539
       goodgov § westnet com au , bi-monthly magazine: Good Government
    AUTHORISED by John Charles Massam, Georgist Education Association Inc, 2 Plain St, East Perth, WA, 6004.
       [RECAPITULATION: I keep upon the scent, I nose it from the governments Where money will be spent. And there I buy what land I can And have the titles set; And wait until it's right for sale; And thus great profits net. [For Feb 27, displayed 26 Feb 07]

    • [Negative gearing on land, now revolt against land tax.] 

    [Negative gearing on land, now no land tax either!]

       Georgist Education Association (Inc.), by John C. Massam, Tuesday, February 27, 2007
       PERTH, W.A.:




    to pay LAND TAX, either

    WHO is left to pay for hospitals, schools, police, and the defence forces?
    Will the tax avoiders go into the front line to stop crime or alien attacks?

    I'd like to see that!

    LAND increases in value mainly because of COMMUNITY GROWTH and enforcement of the RULE OF LAW, and public SPENDING.

    Why shouldn't the Community, through governments, get that increased land value back, as a charge for progress and a stable society?

    Taxation is the price we pay for civilisation.

       Authorised by the Georgist Education Association Inc, www. multiline. georgist 2 Plain St, East Perth, WA, 6004, or telephone 08 9221 1973, or 08 9343 9532, 0408 054 319, georgist § multiline com au , AND john.massam § multiline com au
    [Feb 27, 07]

      ['Wogs and sprogs and market gardeners' -- Brian Burke]    Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

    Burke apology for language

       Wanneroo Times, , By Frances Sacco and Justin Bianchini, Tuesday edition, page 3, February 27 - March 5, 2007
       PERTH: BRIAN Burke has apologised for using derogatory language in relation to Wanneroo market gardeners, saying he was embarrassed the comments came to light.
       Last week a secretly taped phone conversation between the former WA Labor Premier and former Joondalup Commissioner Peter Clough was played to the Corruption and Crime Commission in which Mr Burke referred to his "Wogs and sprogs and market gardeners".
       At Thursday morning's CCC hearing, Mr Burke asked Commissioner Kevin Hammond if he could give a public apology.
       "I wish to apologise to the commission and to the public for the thoughtless and hurtful use of the phrase, 'Wogs and sprogs and market gardeners'.
       "That doesn't reflect my lifelong commitment to the ethnic community and the protection and the enhancement of their interests and I'm very embarrassed and sorry for having used that phrase."
       Mr Burke's apology came in the same week another northern suburbs Labor figure was mentioned in evidence to the CCC.
       In a secretly taped phone call between Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Sam Salpietro and Mr Burke on Anzac Day last year, Cr Salpietro referred to Kingsley MLA Judy Edwards.
       Cr Salpietro was discussing councillor support for a rezoning application involving one of Mr Burke's clients when he referred to Mrs Hughes [?] and her Wanneroo councillor husband, Colin:
       SALPIETRO: Now I'm not sure if, if you want to talk to Judy and talk to Colin.
       BURKE: I'm gonna talk to Judy.
       SALPIETRO: Okay, because Colin tends to follow Alan.
       BURKE: Can he influence Alan?
       SALPIETRO: No.
       BURKE: He can't.
       SALPIETRO: Don't even try, no, no, let, let Alan go...
       BURKE: Yeah.
       SALPIETRO: Yeah, don't even try, try and be at the meeting but, but, but uhm, ah, Colin we need.
       BURKE: Yeah.
       SALPIETRO: And then, then you would have, myself
       BURKE: Yeah.
       SALPIETRO: Brett, Mark, Frank, Colin, Ian, ah I'll get Rudi that's seven ah, and, and we'll probably get Laura that's eight. You know and that's all we need.
       BURKE: How many you've got on the council? SALPIETRO: Well we got fifteen in total. #
       [RECAPITULATION:   Mr Burke ... 'Wogs and sprogs and market gardeners'     ENDS.]
       COMMENT: Well, now people from non-British or non-Irish backgrounds now know what Mr Burke REALLY thought of them all along, even while he was making friendly multicultural speeches as MP and later Premier and later Australia's Ambassador to Ireland and the Holy See!!! 
       Three CABINET MINISTERS have been dismissed in a short time for alleged shortcomings.  One allegedly sent a draft of a Cabinet document to an outsider.]  ENDS.] [Feb 27, 07]

    • Premier admits: It's a State of disgrace.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

    Premier admits: It’s a State of disgrace

       The West Australian, by Robert Taylor, Sean Cowan and Graham Mason; Page One, Wednesday, February 28, 2007
       PERTH: Alan Carpenter admitted yesterday that the Burke-Grill affair was threatening to destroy his Government – just minutes before he was forced to sack a fourth minister following revelations at the Corruption and Crime Commission.
       ... sacked Local Government Minister John Bowlder, a long-time friend of Julian Grill, from the ministry and the Labor Party ... he leaked confidential Cabinet and parliamentary information to the lobbyist. [...]
       ... he had sent Mr Grill an email containing a draft copy of a parliamentary standing committee report into a mining dispute between Xstrata and Mr Grill's client Precious Metals Australia.
       Mr Grill forwarded it to PMA chief Roderick Smith who produced a list of recommended changes, many of which were incorporated into the final report.
       Mr Bowler ... appeared to agree to delay a decision on a mining tenement dispute between PMA and BHP-Billiton.  He had already told Mr Gerill he would rule in BHP's favour ...
       ... Mr Bowler was accused of leaking to Mr Grill a Cabinet decision about Fortescue Metals Group's bid to build a railway, and was also accused of leaking details of Cabinet's decision to cut the royalties it got from Kimberley Diamond Company.
       ... staying in Parliament as an Independent ... "I never, ever thought at any time I was doing anything that was wrong ... I was duped ..."
       [COMMENT: Was he "duped"?  No, the public has been duped by such politicians and certain businesspeople!   COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 28, 07]

    • Just another spectacular day in life of PMA boss. [Roderick Smith] 

    Just another spectacular day in life of PMA boss

       The West Australian, by JOHN PHACEAS, p 2, Wednesday, February 28, 2007
       PERTH: Multi-millionaire Roderick Smith's emergence as a key figure at yesterday's CCC hearings was not the first time the Perth businessman had made headlines.
       Until yesterday, he was riding high on the back of his efforts to reopen the $200 million Windimurra vanadium mine near Mt Magnet, the project at the centre of the latest scandal involving former resources minister John Bowler and lobbyists Brian Burke and Julian Grill.
       In recent times, life has been pretty good for the Liberal stalwart and one-time president of Peppermint Grove Shire.
       Windimurra is slated to reopen early next year, four years after Swiss-based mining giant Xstrata permanently shut, then deliberately trashed, the project just as rising vanadium prices offered the chance to transform the marginal venture into a world-class money-spinner.
       Since then, the value of Mr Smith's company Precious Metals Australia has rocketed from virtually nothing to $200 million, valuing his own stake at a cool $23 million.
       But turn the clock back a few years and the story was very different.
       In July 2002, Mr Smith was forced to make a grovelling public apology and pay $2.15 million to settle a two-year legal battle with tough entrepreneur Danny Hill, who claimed he had been duped into investing almost $3 million in PMA in mid-2000.
       Shortly after Mr Hill's Westgold Resources made its investment in PMA, it became clear that both the company and Windimurra were in deep financial strife because of weak vanadium prices and major operational problems at the mine.
       Mr Hill promptly sacked Mr Smith from his new position as executive chairman of Mr Hill's Saracen group of companies, only to be hit by a $500,000 unfair dismissal claim.
       But when the case went before the Industrial Relations Commission in May 2002, Commissioner Jennifer Smith upheld the sacking and found Mr Smith had made false statements about Windimurra's performance and had consistently tried to obscure the true financial position of PMA.
       When the settlement was reached to end Westgold's lawsuit two months later, Mr Smith had to sell his $4 million Peppermint Grove mansion Belvue.
       His business reputation in tatters, he kept a low profile until resurfacing in early 2004 to spearhead the battle to wrest Windimurra from the hands of Xstrata – at the wheel of a brand-new Maserati sports car. #
       [RECAPITULATION: ... life has been pretty good for the Liberal stalwart and one-time president of Peppermint Grove Shire. [...] ... business reputation in tatters ...   ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Reputation?  But he still had lots and lots of assets!  Marxists would chuckle at the reporter's petite burgeoise morality outlook.   COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 28, 07]

    • Evidence taints Windimurra mine report. 

    Evidence taints Windimurra mine report

       The West Australian, by AMANDA BANKS, p 2, Wednesday, February 28, 2007
      [Picture] Roderick Smith: Key figure in yesterday's CCC hearings.  
       PERTH: A parliamentary inquiry into the controversial closure of the Windimurra vanadium mine, near Mt Magnet, has been placed under a cloud by damning evidence in the Corruption and Crime Commission.
       The report of the economics and industry standing committee was highly critical of Windimurra's Swiss owner, Xstrata, for closing the mine against the protests of junior mine partner, Precious Metals Australia.
       It made nine recommendations for major changes to State laws to prevent similar closures which were against the public interest.
       But the committee's report, tabled in November 2004, has been tainted by evidence that its draft was leaked to lobbyist Julian Grill by John Bowler, then a Labor backbencher and and member of the committee.
       The CCC was told PMA, which employed Mr Grill to lobby, suggested changes which were in the final report.
       Liberal MP John Day, the committee deputy chairman when it investigated Windimurra's closure, told Parliament yesterday he was outraged by the CCC evidence which indicated PMA had been feeding information to Mr Bowler about changes to the final report. #
       [COMMENT: Hands up any HONEST and DECENT people involved in these dealings!   COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 28, 07]

    • [Will Brian Burke's 'wogs and sprogs' comments end his lobbyist career? Hypocritical 'multiculturalism' exposed.] 

    Will Burke’s ‘wogs’ comments end his lobbyist career?

       Letter e-mailed to Wanneroo Times, by John C. Massam, sent on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
       WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Surely ex-Premier Brian Burke's "wogs and sprogs and market gardeners" description of the Wanneroo area's non-Anglo-Celt residents (WT 27/2) exposes his "multicultural" credentials as hypocrisy.
       He is not alone among the "silent majority" who denigrate ethnic and other groups, while permitting the adoption of U.N.-type anti-discrimination laws that make it an offence, even to tell the truth.
       One West Australian was fined $10,000 for remarks about the anti-women and undemocratic traditions of a certain ethnic group, and the lawyer for two Victorian pastors were forbidden during a hearing even to read out the written principles of a different group.
       Like me and millions of others, Mr Brian Burke spent most of his life as a member of the parasite classes which eat food that other people have grown.  But most of us respect the people who go out in cold weather and burning heat to grow the essentials of life, and many of us actually love their way of life, quietly growing herbs in pots and fruit-trees in our gardens.
       Mr Burke is allegedly in a business relationship with Mr Julian Grill (also "Labor") and "Liberal" Mr Noel Crichton-Browne -- plus luminaries in the property development and business communities of Perth.
       We had read all about such goings-on around 1986-87, but the major parties would not bring in the critical reforms, including the petition and referendum (CIR) reform recommended around the time of the Royal Commission.
       The Corruption and Crimes Commission is to be congratulated for exposing this group, and trying to clean up "the Wild West" -- again. #
    A cut-down version was in The Australian, March 2, 2007, and see:
    http://blogs.the australian. letters/index. php/theaustral ian/comments/ voters_will_ struggle_to_ find_an_hon est_politic ian_in_wa/
       [RECAPITULATION: Mr Burke is in a business relationship with Julian Grill (also "Labor") and "Liberal" Noel Crichton-Browne -- plus luminaries in the property development and business communities of Perth.   RECAP. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: A two-party three-pronged approach to getting more for those who have much!  (Why, it's similar to the forthcoming decisions to increase the export of a noxious "munition", i.e., uranium, and to centralise Australian water ready for its gradual sell-off to Wall St, The City, Zurich, etc.)  But, returning to the W.A. local scene -- there might be MORE than THREE people in this lobbying group!  Remember, the CCC had put a listening device in the home of Mr Julian Grill.  Click the W.A. Corruption and Crime Commission every week, or even every day!   COMMENT ENDS.] [Feb 28, 07]

    • Verbal Trickery  Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom of, flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  

      Verbal Trickery  

       Annals Australasia, annalsaustralasia § nareg com au , p 29, January-February 2007
       'We must distinguish between these two very different pieces of verbal trickery.  Both are well-known and tried ways of keeping a name while you change a thing.  In the first case you take the name off one institution and put it on another.  The classic example in English history is the case of the Church of England.
       In the other case you preserve the name attached to the fossil of the thing, but you transfer its active principle (in the case of the House of Commons, Sovereignty) to another thing.
       The classic example of this second policy in English history is the change in the function of kingship, the old established authority of which was taken away and given to the Aristocratic rule of Parliament, while the name "King" and some few ritual trappings of the old kingly function were retained.
       In the first policy you call a new thing by an old name, and pretend you have the old thing still, because you have the old name.  In the second policy you keep alive the mere name of a dead thing, and you pretend it is not dead because its name is alive ...'
       - Hilaire Belloc, THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND MONARCHY (1920)
    [Rec'd 01 Mar 07; Jan-Feb 2007]

    • [Businessmen's corruption usually not exposed as the Burke group's has been.]  Australia flag; 

    [Businessmen’s corruption usually not exposed as the Burke group’s has been.]

       The Australian online comments, by "Mulga Fumblebrain" of Adelaide, 10:29 AM, March 02, 2007
       AUSTRALIA: The Burke affair says so much about the sad state of affairs in this benighted country.
       Burke himself is typical of right-wing Labor. No ideology remains after decades of compromise and betrayal of their constituency, but naked self-interest.
       The triumph of the santamaniac tendency is a Labor Party devoid of any class consciousness, supplicant to a 'business community' whose class consciousness and delusions of superiority are pathological.
       Indeed the aspiration of most Labor figures seems to be to leverage their political connections into post-political wealth. Witness Hawke, Keating and Carr.
       Those not playing the game, Jim Cairns and Barry Jones for example, are treated with bemused contempt.
       The Burke affair seems to be concentrating entirely on the politicians and lobbyists, and ignoring the business grandees behind the scenes.
       In a show democracy like our own, where real power is economic and the real rulers are businessmen, the business class, whose very modus operandi is essentially corrupt, are untouchable.
       Imagine the saucy vignettes one could expose if the boardrooms or private offices of our unelected rulers, the business elites, were bugged. Not much chance.
       Burke was an employee, his lack of principle and scruple no concern to the Labor mates, or the business interests concealed by a gossamer veil.
       But to pretend that corruption and influence peddling are Labor concerns alone, is laughable in the extreme. Corruption on the Right is merely better organised and more socially acceptable, because perennial.
       Upstarts like Burke have ambitions above their station in life, whereas businessmen secretly conniving with Howard to shove nuclear power down our throats, are exemplars of all that has made Australia what it is today.
       [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: By courtesy of Tony. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: And below John's letter in Friday's Australian (online), among the responses to the topic is the above, which seems to be on the money (quite literally) -- T T-S.  COMMENT ENDS.]
       [POSSIBLE DEFINITION of "santamaniac" in the third paragraph MIGHT BE an insulting reference to Bob Santamaria, the now-deceased leader of the National Civic Council, in an attempt to make out that Burke (who was one of several in the so-called "Catholic Mafia" in W.A. during the W.A. Inc. days, and since) was really an NCC person. ENDS.] [Mar 02, 07]

    • Our forsaken schools  Australia flag; 

    Our forsaken schools

       The Weekend Australian, www.theaust 0,20867,2131 4703-7583, 00.html , by Christopher Pearson, p 28, Opinion, March 3-4, 2007
    JULIE Bishop, the federal Education Minister, was quite matter-of-fact on The 7.30 Report on Wednesday night.  "About a third of our 15-year-olds are functionally illiterate." Left unspoken were two other obvious conclusions.
       First, these were kids their teachers had given up on. Second, their parents lacked the ability or inclination to rectify the problem at home.  For the first time since the mid-19th century, reading has become a chore adults quite commonly delegated to other people and inter-generational illiteracy is becoming an entrenched dimension of disadvantage.
       It's with this grim view of the present and the foreseeable future in mind that we should take on board last week's report from the Productivity Commission. As usual, it beat the drum on the benefits of reforming energy markets, transport and infrastructure; unfinished business that can further enhance national prosperity. But it stressed the need for a new agenda: human capital reform.
       Partly this was a matter of reducing chronic disease and injury to ensure fewer people are excluded from the work force. Partly it was a matter of reforming tax and welfare systems to increase incentives to work. Mostly it was about education.
       If ever there were a time for a back-to-basics approach, the Productivity Commission says it is now. The agenda takes in improving early childhood education, literacy and numeracy, better school completion rates and skills training. It estimates substantial reform could add 9 per cent to economic output during the next 25 years, increase household incomes by an average $1800 and lift workforce participation by nearly 5 per cent. It also calculates that during that time it could boost state and federal revenues by up to $25 billion.
       The Productivity Commission's brief is to imagine how much better off we'd all be in a more rationally ordered world. Sceptics tend to share Kant's intuition that "out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing can ever be made". But even so, within living memory, before 1970, we know that ordinary state school students were regularly achieving much higher levels of literacy and numeracy than their present counterparts. Is it too much to ask the current crop of schoolteachers to replicate these results?
       According to the annual Schools Australia report, released on Monday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, an increasing number of parents think it is. They are giving up on public education in hordes and droves. In the past decade, private schools have grown at nearly 20 times the rate of government schools. The number of state school students has risen by just 1.2 per cent since 1996, compared with 21.5 per cent for Catholic and independent schools, to say nothing of the more radical option of home schooling, for which reliable statistics are hard to find.
       In Victoria, where dissatisfaction with public education has long been an issue and nearly 40 per cent of senior secondary students are educated privately, overall enrolments remained relatively steady. In South Australia during the decade, government school enrolments fell by 7.7 per cent and in the ACT by 12.3 per cent.
       These regional collapses of confidence in public education are certainly spectacular but they need to be seen against the backdrop of long-term change. Since the Karmel report in 1975 and the era of substantial public funding of non-government schools, there has been a fairly steady drift to the private sector. Jack Keating, an educationist at the University of Melbourne, reckons it at about 0.4 per cent a year. Last year 66.8 per cent of Australian children were in government schools and 33.2per cent in the private sector. If, as seems inevitable, the rest of the country follows Victoria's example, the ratio will soon be 64.6per cent to 35.4 per cent.
       The question everyone in the political class is tiptoeing around is this. At what point do most public schools simply become sinks of disadvantage, places where a residue of kids with average or below average IQs and more than their fair share of other problems confound everyone's efforts to teach them life's basic survival skills? You could re-formulate the question by asking: at what stage does the abandonment of public-sector education by what used to be called the lower middle classes reach a tipping point?
       Some compare the presence of parents who work in the professions to the proverbial "leaven in the lump" of a school community; the dads who are likeliest to coach the soccer team and the mums who volunteer to teach remedial reading. Others, less sentimentally, say that petit bourgeois parents are good at getting grants and zebra crossings out of local MPs because they're more effective at making formal complaints and marketing grievances to the media.
       Those parents and their children are gravitating towards the larger, academically successful and selective public schools, which are likely to stay that way while most of the smaller, academically weaker schools will stay small and become weaker still. That means average students are probably going to be increasingly short-changed, as the burden of looking after the overall educational needs of communities in non-selective schools becomes a more thankless task, entrusted to an increasingly demoralised bunch of teachers.
       There was a time when I would have greeted any decline in public-sector education as a cause for celebration. I still think that a great many state teachers and their appalling unions have preyed like parasites on the long-suffering proletariat. The trouble is that the private sector often employs the same kinds of teachers, is politically correct and third rate in much the same ways and is infected with many of the same fads and questionable methods.
       The Catholic parochial system, for example, is almost beyond parody. The values and formation it purports to instil in its pupils is anything but Catholic.
       Father O'Bubblegum, Auberon Waugh's comic creation, can still be found strumming his guitar and singing the lyrics of John Lennon's Imagine, with no sense of incongruity, at school masses. Vatican II-era nuns can still be heard pushing the feminist pieties and Marxist Sociology 101 they learned as mature-age entrants in diploma courses 30 years ago. Lay teachers who are often neither Catholic nor discernibly Christian are entrusted with religious instruction.
       It is scarcely surprising that so few of the kids passing through the system should still be going to church even one Sunday a month by the time they're 20. Apart from the Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, few Australian Catholic bishops have attempted any sort of reform or reined in their education bureaucracies. Some profess themselves powerless to do so. Accordingly, there has been a marked trend in recent years for traditionally minded Catholic parents to send their children to Anglican or Lutheran schools where, whatever else is lacking, at least the biblical catechesis is adequate.
       While the Catholic schools are more aggressively ordinary and anti-intellectual, there's no shortage of paid-up philistines in the independent schools. And let's not forget the genteel ideologues. The social justice wing of the Uniting Church is over-represented, as are the deep greens, people who won't teach phonics and the social studies teachers who fancy themselves in "Sorry" T-shirts. It's gratifying to see how many of the young survive their ministrations with critical faculties intact and a sceptical, often explicitly conservative attitude to all the codswallop they've been taught.
       A great deal more could and no doubt should be said about the shortcomings of Australia's Catholic and independent schools. But, whatever private education's failings, if what we conceive as the public sector is to remain viable it is going to have to become much more like its private competition. Whether along the lines of charter schools or various hybrids, public schools urgently need to be rebadged and given a new remit. The less they operate like government agencies, the more confidence they're likely to inspire in parents. The more power parents and principals have, at the expense of head office and the unions, the better the chance of shifting demoralised or incompetent staff and boosting morale. Performance-linked pay is another overdue development.
       In the rebadge exercise, there should be a rethink of the ownership and control of schools that aims to capture the benefits that come when an enterprise is owned (and loved) by the people who work there, or even by an individual, rather than by the state. For example, short of outright sale, there's a case to be made for leasing existing public school premises at peppercorn rentals to the entrepreneurial heads of the low-fee colleges that are burgeoning on the outskirts of most of the capital cities.
       Some, I'm sure, would leap at the chance to take over deadbeat schools, lock, stock and barrel and run them more or less non-selectively on a state subsidy, which would in all likelihood be a fraction of the present cost. In a market system, as Keating argued in The Age last week, they should be rewarded for taking on the most challenging and disadvantaged pupils.
       [RECAPITULATION: "About a third of our 15-year-olds are functionally illiterate." ... The number of state school students has risen by just 1.2 per cent since 1996, compared with 21.5 per cent for Catholic and independent schools ...
       I still think that a great many state teachers and their appalling unions have preyed like parasites on the long-suffering proletariat. The trouble is that the private sector often employs the same kinds of teachers, is politically correct and third rate in much the same ways and is infected with many of the same fads and questionable methods. ...
       The Catholic parochial system, for example, is almost beyond parody. ... Father O'Bubblegum ... can still be found strumming his guitar and singing the lyrics of John Lennon's Imagine, with no sense of incongruity, at school masses. Vatican II-era nuns can still be heard pushing the feminist pieties and Marxist Sociology 101 they learned as mature-age entrants in diploma courses 30 years ago. Lay teachers who are often neither Catholic nor discernibly Christian are entrusted with religious instruction. ...
       ... there's no shortage of paid-up philistines in the independent schools. And let's not forget the genteel ideologues. The social justice wing of the Uniting Church is over-represented, as are the deep greens, people who won't teach phonics and the social studies teachers who fancy themselves in "Sorry" T-shirts. It's gratifying to see how many of the young survive their ministrations with critical faculties intact and a sceptical, often explicitly conservative attitude to all the codswallop they've been taught.   ENDS.] [Mar 3-4, 2007]

    • Tokyo governor promotes kamikaze film  Japan flag;  

    Tokyo governor promotes kamikaze film

       The West Australian Online, www.thewest. aspx?Story Name=361026 , AAP, 8:35 WST, Saturday, March 03, 2007
       TOKYO: Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara launched a publicity campaign for a film celebrating the bravery of its wartime "kamikaze" suicide pilots on Friday, as Japan wrangled again with Asian neighbours over its World War Two history.
       "I Go to Die for You," scripted by Ishihara, a 74-year-old nationalist writer and politician, tells the story of the young men, mostly in their teens and twenties, who were trained to crash explosive-laden aircraft into US warships. [...]
       The launch of the film casting Japan's wartime military as tragic heroes came just as South Korea drew renewed attention to what it says is Japan's failure to atone for atrocities committed by its armed forces before and during the war.
       "We hope that Japan will not try to glorify or justify a mistaken past, but instead show sincerity by following its conscience and the international community's generally accepted precedent," South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun said on Thursday. [...]
       The first kamikaze attack took place off the coast of the island of Leyte in the Philippines in 1944 and its success led to the recruitment of more young men for suicide missions.
       "One thing I want to make clear is that the suicide attacks by religious fanatics around the world are completely different from the special attack forces," Ishihara told reporters.
       "They are random attacks on civilians. The special attacks were clearly acts of war," he said.
       More than 2,000 planes were used and 34 US ships were sunk in Japanese suicide attacks in the last few months of the war, according to a Japanese encyclopaedia. #
       RECAPITULATION: ... the suicide attacks by religious fanatics around the world are completely different ... ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Ishihara is telling a "whopper," because there is a religious element to the suicide pilots' disgraceful attacks, and the outrageous way their elite tricked them into it. 
       The Japanese Prime Minister for years attended a religious ceremony at a Japanese war shrine which honoured, among the thousands of dead killed in the imperial wars of conquest, war criminals.
       The Japanese school system refuses to include the horrors of the Rape of Nanking and other atrocities during the imperial conquests of Korea, Manchuria, China, and later Indochina, the Dutch East Indies, the Philippines, Burma, etc. 
       When the Japanese invaded a non-Chinese area, they spent a huge amount of time hunting down and murdering any Chinese they could find.
       Allied forces recorded this genocide, while suffering in such atrocities as the Burma Railway and the death marches.
       The Japanese "Establishment" is now ("Leader denies Japan war role in sex slavery," The West Australian,p 42, Saturday, March 3, 2007, quoting PM Shinzo Abe) trying to say that thousands of non-Japanese women went voluntarily as "comfort women" to the war zones where the Japanese were murdering, conquering, looting, etc.!!!  They were sex slaves.
       In brief, just like large segments of the German people after the 1st World War, some prominent Japanese have not repented for the wars of agression, and this resentment could lead to future conquests.  Remember, however, that China has, since World War II ended, conquered Tibet, and attacked Vietnam more than once.   COMMENT ENDS.]
       [DOCTRINE: The war party actually took over a sect of Shinto, and made it like a State religion, so it became an article of faith that heaven awaited anyone who died for the Emperor.  Readers -- is there a present-day terrorist group that teaches a similar doctrine to its young people?   ENDS.]
       [2nd COMMENT: Those people who keep claiming that President Truman and the U.S.A. committed a war crime by using the atomic bomb ought to re-read in history of how the suicide pilots could have broken the back of the Allied liberation of East Asia, and would have prevented a quick end to the deaths and degradation going for another few years.  They ought to also read of how Japanese in foxholes had to be burnt out with flamethrowers, because to surrender was "dishonour" under the Code of Bushido.  This religious and "knightly" zeal delayed the liberation of various places by weeks, and was costly in the lives of the Allies and of the civilians in those countries, as well as wasteful of the lives of the deluded Japanese.   ENDS.] [Mar 03, 07]

    • Lobby pair turn on own  Australia flag; 

    Lobby pair turn on own

       Perth Now powered by The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), au/perthnow/ story/0,21598, 21319747-27 61,00.html , 03:00pm, March 03, 2007
      [Picture] TURNCOAT: WA Education Minister Mark McGowan has accused lobbyist Julian Grill of turning on the ALP during the last election, when he and Brian Burke helped a Liberal campaign in his seat of Rockingham     Picture: Jody D'Arcy  
       LOBBYIST Julian Grill worked against his own party at the last state election when he was paid "thousands" of dollars to help a campaign against the Labor Government.
       And disgraced former premier Brian Burke helped the campaign with "advice."
       Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels confirmed yesterday that the council paid Mr Grill thousands of dollars and took advice from Mr Burke at meetings at his home about a campaign designed to put heat on the Gallop Government about a local train line.
       But Education Minister Mark McGowan, also Rockingham's MP, said ratepayers' cash had bankrolled what was a political campaign against him and the Government - engineered by local Liberals including Mr Sammels - that enlisted the services of the notorious lobbyists.
       "I was disgusted to find during the last state election that Liberal party people were using ratepayers' money to fund a campaign involving Mr Burke and Mr Grill, against me and the Government," Mr McGowan said.
       "This was a highly improper activity on the part of the council and those people.
       "And it also shows that Mr Burke and Mr Grill did not discriminate in who they assisted, that they were willing to assist Liberal Party-associated people in a campaign against Labor candidates and the Government.
       "Mr Sammels can say that the campaign was only about the rail link, but when you look at the wording of what they put out and when they put it out, it was obviously an attack on the Government designed to make people vote Liberal."
       Campaign leaflets said, "Why is Rockingham still waiting" and "The Minister (Alannah MacTiernan) thought it was a great idea" in relation to the Government's decision not to have trams in Rockingham.
       Mr Sammels denied the campaign was political or engineered by the Liberal Party, saying the council, which also contained Labor sympathisers, made the decision to run it.
       He conceded it was a "campaign against the Government", but did not want to say whether he was a Liberal Party member, though he wouldn't deny it.
       Mr Sammels confirmed that he and his wife had helped Liberal candidates in previous elections.
       He said Mr Grill's services had been enlisted well before the election and the campaign happened to be timed with the election campaign because Ms MacTiernan had made a decision to give Rockingham gas-powered buses rather than trams.
       "We spent about $40,000 on the campaign, but that didn't all go to Julian Grill," Mr Sammels said.
       "Julian Grill was on a retainer and I can't recall what the retainer fee was ... it would have been (thousands a month).
       "Julian Grill organised a meeting at Brian Burke's house, he had just had a back operation and was confined to the house.
       "We went along there and Mr Burke gave us some advice that we never paid for.
       "I guess it was in relation to the campaign of what maybe we should or shouldn't do. But we never employed Brian Burke.
       "In hindsight, maybe it wasn't the right thing to do, but we had to make a decision at the time." #
    [Mar 03, 07]

    • Concern as China builds up Dili links.  East Timor flag; East Timor Action Network  China flag; Mooney's MiniFlags  Australia flag; 

    Concern as China builds up Dili links

       The West Australian, By LINDSAY MURDOCH, p 44, Saturday, March 3, 2007
       DILI: Street thugs have a favourite place on Dili's waterfront. Just past the fortified Australian Embassy residential compound, they hide behind a high fence on a building site with an unending supply of rocks.
       The architect's plans on a billboard at the front of the complex look like a luxury resort hotel in Ball, with coconut palms, fountains and garden walkways.
       But the building, due for completion by September to house East Timor's Foreign Ministry, is the first of three as part of a "charm offensive" by China.
       As the fledgling Government in Dili struggles to recover from violent upheaval last year, which left dozens dead and almost 3000 buildings destroyed, China has steered Dili's biggest construction projects.
       Diplomats in the capital are watching curiously how the world's most heavily populated nation is spending many millions of dollars to establish an economic, diplomatic and strategic foothold in one of the smallest nations on Australia's doorstep.
       They say China is looking to East Timor for a source of raw material and energy supplies and wants to develop close ties with the nation as part of a strategy to expand Beijing's influence in South-East Asia.
       Diplomats say China also is keen to use close ties with Dili to limit Taiwan's ambitions in the region.
       As well as the Foreign Ministry, China plans to build a new presidential palace and its own embassy, all funded by Beijing, overseen by Chinese engineers and built by Chinese and Timorese workers.
       China has wooed East Timor's leaders with all-expenses-paid trips to China, established tentative relations with East Timor's army, including donating equipment such as tents and uniforms, and has paid for at least six army officers to be trained in China.
       The building of a presidential palace on a former heliport in central Dili is embarrassing for Australia, which has just spent millions of dollars building a warehouse complex on the site for its 800-strong soldier contingent deployed in the country.
       Australia has been asked to move the building several hundred metres to allow China to build a palace for whoever wins presidential elections due on April 9. East Timorese Prime Minister Jose Ramos Horta said the land "had been allocated previously for presidential accommodation".
       Work is set to start soon on a grand new Chinese embassy on another waterfront site.
       Australian academic Kate Reid-Smith has raised the possibly that East Timor could eventually become China's newest satellite state in South-East Ask.
       "If China secured working control of Timor Leste's (East Timor's) sea lanes, the capacity to isolate Australian and Indonesian territorial and military assets, considered strategic threats to Chinese interests, opens a regional Pandora's box," she said.
       But Mr Ramos Horta said that China should not be feared despite concerns by Western countries that it was emerging as a world power.
       "I do not see how China should be seen as a rival," Mr Ramos Horta said.
       "Demographics dictate that the Chinese have to create jobs for their millions of workers who come on to the market every year. That means continuing to expand their economy and expanding their economy means stability in the world." #
       [COMMENT: It would be better to believe Kate Reid-Smith's warning about sea-lanes, remembering that the bumblefooted Howard Cabinet is heading the same way as the pro-China Rudd-Burke groups in Labor.  (By the way, former Labor leader Kim Beazley was also a pro-swamping high-immigration man.)
       For Mr Ramos Horta to say that the land had been allocated for presidential accommodation is a laugh -- the East Timorese "government" is only playing at being rulers, and has plenty of land available for palaces!
       Until East Timor can wrest control of its half of the seabed from Australia and the international oil cartel, its leaders ought to live quietly in ordinary-sized houses, preferably in an allied army camp!
       The sad story of the recent anti-Chinese riots in the Solomon Islands, and the mass-murders of Chinese people years ago by the Indonesian army, ought to be studied by the East Timorese.  And by the current Chinese dictators.   COMMENT ENDS.] [Mar 3, 07]

    • Friend of Julian Grill -- where do you stand on major problems?  Australia flag; 

    Friend of Julian Grill - where do you stand on major problems?

       From an Unusual Suspect, Letter to Mr Graeme Campbell (former Labor and then Independent MP for Kalgoorlie), 72 Hare St, Kalgoorlie WA 6430, Australia, Sunday, March 4, 2007
       Hearing, reading, and viewing the unfolding machinations of the "Labor" Brian Burke, Julian Grill, and "Liberal" Noel Crichton-Browne lobbying efforts in Western Australia reminds me of the intricacies about immigration and cultural aggression unravelled in a book Australia Betrayed; How Australian democracy has been undermined and our naive trust betrayed, 1995. 1
       Let me quote: "The present leadership in Australia, on the other hand, works against the grain of its country's most valued traditions, ..."
       MHR Graeme Edwards and others seem to maintain that they will continue their friendship with former MLA Julian Grill.  Did you read the years-old newsitem of how the Lord McAlpine sold 53 Mount Street, Perth, to Minister Grill at below an estimate of its value, and later a Broome development received ministerial approval?  Your championing of unpopular causes, founding Australia First, and supporting a patriotic party in Queensland, gets a "tick" from me, but this letter is to "tick you off" for keeping up friendly relationships with anyone who had any part in taking $1,000,000,000 of the W.A. taxpayers' money through W.A. Inc. machinations.
       Enclosed is a "Books" webpage which gives a summary of some facts that might have led Federal Treasurer Peter Costello to say in Parliament "Anyone who deals with Mr Brian Burke is morally and politically compromised."
       At present, while the news media are discovering that a radical union leader's "squeeze" who honours Mr Burke is a seemingly-invincible member of the WA Upper House, what is really happening in the world?  The warmonger John Howard is off to sign a security treaty with Japan!  The Japanese leadership still honours Japanese war criminals, denies that the sex slaves were forced to give sex to Japanese troops on invasion and occupation duties, and in schoolbooks glides over the Rape of Nanking.  How naive are the Australians who allow this, and allow Howard-Downer to order our SAS to train with Kopassas, the Indonesian torture and murder experts?
       Today's Sunday Times on page 5 mentions Mr Kevin Rudd's "very strong message" about China and its booming economy and WA's important role in the context of China.  Do you remember the "Pig-Iron Bob" criticism of Robert Menzies (by Labor and reformers) for forcing wharfies in the 1930s to load scrap iron bound for Japan's war machine in China, some of which allegedly came back as shrapnel to kill our people?  Didn't Communist China invade Tibet and part of Indochina in recent decades?
       The same page says that the present Environment Minister Ian Campbell was at a brief meeting with the WA Turf Club to discuss establishing a National Indigenous Cultural Centre.  How "politically correct".  He has lost his Cabinet post through this.  Presumably the horse-racing Establishment are "morally and politically compromised" -- or are they going to continue to show their heels to the Common Man and Woman, and get subsidies from the longsuffering taxpayers?
       Page 8 says that Kim Beazley is still keeping up his friendship with Burke.  Listen to the tape recordings on www.perthnow. and read the transcripts at www.ccc.wa. .  Are you running with the hares and hunting with the hounds?
       Whose side are you on?  The crooked pro-immigration anti-patriotic money-grabbing Establishment, or the people?  Yours etc.
       Enc. Books: JWC, showing Burke's Shambles, The Burke Ambush, and The Executive State; Burke apology for language "wogs" Feb 27, 2007
    1 Graeme Campbell (MHR for Kalgoorlie at the time) and Mark Uhlmann, 1995, Victoria Park and Carlisle, Foundation Press; ISBN 1 875 778 020, $20.
    [Mar 4, 07]

    • CFMEU may still use Burke as an adviser.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

    CFMEU may still use Burke as an adviser

       The West Australian, www.thewest. aspx?MenuID= 77&ContentID= 22757 , by KIM MACDONALD, p 4, Monday, March 5, 2007
       PERTH: Brian Burke's imprint on the Labor Party could continue after the powerful construction union refused to rule out using the disgraced former premier as a general adviser despite conceding he would no longer be useful as a lobbyist.
       It comes as the Left-aligned Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union pleads with the construction union to drop all contact with Mr Burke and his business partner Julian Grill, claiming the pair treated the Labor Party as an extension of their business empire and did not care about the working class.
       But Kevin Reynolds, secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, said he and Mr Burke had been close friends for 30 years and he was not about to "throw him on the scrapheap".
       Mr Reynolds said the CFMEU's State executive would consider whether there was a role for Mr Burke to play for the union, such as a general advisory role.
       But Mr Reynolds conceded that the CFMEU would not get value for money if it hired Mr Burke as a lobbyist because Labor MPs had been banned from dealing with him.
       The union heavyweight said the pair had a long-standing personal and professional relationship. He admitted that he stayed at Mr Burke's ambassadorial residence in Ireland in 1989 but denied reports that the pair had holidayed together in Phuket.
       Mr Reynolds' wife, Shelley Archer, last week refused to resign from the Labor Party after the Corruption and Crime Commission accused her of leaking confidential information to Mr Burke. She threatened legal action over any bid to remove her.
       Mr Reynolds declined to comment on Mr Grill's refusal to resign from the party, but he predicted the matter could be headed for the courts.
       "If they try to force Julian Grill out then I would suggest there better be very good evidence as to why he should be forced out because I believe this sort of action, whether it's Julian Grill or anyone else, has the potential of ending up in court," Mr Reynolds said.
       But the two dominant unions in the Left-aligned faction, the LHMU and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, said they would oppose Mr Grill's bid to remain in the party.
       Union delegates would have a say on the matter through the State administrative committee and the State executive if the party embarked on a formal process to expel Mr Grill.
       AMWU secretary Jock Ferguson said he believed the majority of union delegates were opposed to Mr Grill remaining in the party.  Mr Burke resigned last November.
       "If you seek power on the back of a tiger, you may well end up inside it," Mr Ferguson said of the politicians who had lost their positions because their dealings with Mr Burke and Mr Grill. #
       [RECAPITULATION: Mr Reynolds' wife, Shelley Archer, last week refused to resign from the Labor Party after the Corruption and Crime Commission accused her of leaking confidential information to Mr Burke. She threatened legal action over any bid to remove her. [...]
       AMWU secretary Jock Ferguson said he believed the majority of union delegates were opposed to Mr Grill remaining in the party.  Mr Burke resigned last November.   ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Ms Archer is in the WA Upper House, and if she was forced out of the Labor Party and sat on the crossbenches she would be a danger to the Party's legislative programme, and to the "appointments of party hacks" policy, otherwise known as "parachuting in", or "Jobs for the Boys, and Girls" (practised by both sides of politics).
       Please inform the Webmaster of the reason given when Mr Burke resigned last November.   COMMENT ENDS.] [Mar 5, 07]

    • Rudd backflips over dinner with Burke.  Australia flag; 

    Rudd backflips over dinner with Burke

       The West Australian, , By ANDREW PROBYN, FEDERAL POLITICAL EDITOR, Pages One and 5, Tuesday, March 6, 2007
       AUSTRALIA: Kevin Rudd yesterday performed a stunning backfljp over his version of how he came to be at the now-infamous dinner with Brian Burke, admitting he knew well in advance that he would be dining with the disgraced former WA premier.
       Mr Rudd's spokesman yesterday said the Labor leader could not remember precisely when in mid-2005 Labor MP Graham Edwards had inyited him to the dinner but that it was presumably some time before Mr Burke sent out an email invitation on July 28.
    The West Australian
    If Mr Rudd wants to dispel the perception that he was currying political favour with Mr Burke, he should give a detailed and consistent explanation of events.
    > EDITORIAL           16

       Asked whether Mr Rudd was told at that time that Mr Burke would also be at the dinner, held at Perugino Restaurant in West Perth on August 1, the spokesman said Mr Rudd had made it clear in previous statements he knew Mr Burke would be attending.
       The admission is a further blow to the impression created by Mr Rudd and Mr Edwards last week, when they sought to defend the Labor leader against Government attacks over his dealings with Mr Burke by claiming he was only an accidental guest at the function.
       "I remember Ruddy was staying at my place at the time and I was going so I took him along," Mr Edwards said last Wednesday.
       Mr Rudd said last week he had been staying at Mr Edwards' home and accepted Mr Edwards' invitation to tag along to the dinner out of politeness and a sense of obligation.
       That claim was shattered when The West Australian revealed on Saturday the emailed invitation sent out by Mr Burke made it clear Mr Rudd was the guest of honour.
       In response, Mr Edwards changed his story, revealing on Sunday that he had told Mr Burke that he would be inviting Mr Rudd to the dinner.
       Mr Edwards said that he had become aware of Mr Burke's plans for a dinner in mid-2005 and that he had "used my friendship with Kevin to get him to go along to it".
       The revelations raise questions about whether Mr Rudd has been deeply dishonest about how he came to be at the dinner.
       Mr Edwards refused to answer any more questions on the issue yesterday.
       And last night, after previously insisting his future leadership prospects may have been raised at the dinner by Mr Edwards in a general sense only, Mr Rudd said former

    I didn’t ask for help: Rudd

    leader Kim Beazley's performance might have been the subject of evening discussion.
       "I can't recall that," Mr Rudd said. "But it's quite possible those sorts of questions were raised. In those sorts of discussions about general politics, when you've got 20 or 30 people around the table, there's lots of to-ing and fro-ing. I can't recall all of that."
       He also revealed he had "some telephone contact" with Mr Burke about another proposed meeting, which was later cancelled.
       Mr Rudd said John Howard's claim he was using his meetings with Mr Burke to shore up support for a leadership tilt was absurd and an improper use of the Prime Minister's office.
       He emphatically denied he was courting favour, saying Mr Burke was a "lifelong friend" of Mr Beazley and, in any event, when he toppled Mr Beazley in last December's leadership spill, he got the support of only two out of nine WA members of caucus.
       "At no time had I ever asked Mr Burke to support me to remove Kim Beazley and be replaced by me – never, ever, ever, ever – and that's just an absurd allegation for Mr Howard to make," he said.
       "Does anyone think that at a dinner like that I'm going to go and declare publicly to a room like that that I am asking for their support to remove Mr Beazley and to replace him as leader of the Labor Party?  It's absolutely absurd" #
    [Mar 6, 07]

    • WHAT THEY SAID -- [Burke's colleagues tangled in their own words]  Australia flag; 


       The West Australian, , p 5, Tuesday, March 6, 2007
    It was Mr Edwards that invited Mr Rudd to the dinner


    I remember Ruddy was staying at my place at the time and I was going so I took him along


    I've been mates with Graham for a long time. He's a really good bloke and you go and stay at a bloke's house, this is how it unfolded.


    A great personal friend of mine is Graham Edwards and when it came to Graham's long-standing personal friendship with Brian Burke I felt some obligation of friendship to Graham to meet and that is the judgment that I took at the time.


    At some time mid-2005 I became aware that Brian Burke was planning what I understood was a regular dinner with various business leaders in Western Australia. That dinner was to be held on 1 August. I told Mr Burke that I would be inviting Kevin to that dinner.


    It was Graham Edwards who said at the dinner that it was 'undoubtable' that one day Kevin Rudd would be a Labor prime minister.


    No, that's not my recollection. Graham probably said something like: after Mr Beazley was prime minister, with whom he's a very dear and close friend, that in his view that at some stage down the track I would replace him.

    [Mar 6, 07]

    • [Why wasn't Mr Rudd's explanation given in Parliament? -- Burke furore] 

    [Why wasn’t Mr Rudd’s explanation given in Parliament? - Burke furore]

    The West Australian, Letter to The Editor, p 19, Tuesday, March 6, 2007
       Kevin Rudd should explain to the electorate why he did not respond in Parliament to the Government's vigorous exposure of his meetings with Brian Burke.
       Normally, a leader of the Opposition would have responded or made a personal explanation about how he happened to have been a guest of Brian Burke. But he sat mute.
       He chose instead to call a press conference immediately after Parliament adjourned to give an account of his involvement. Brian Peachey, Woodands.
    [Mar 6, 07]

    • [A Tragic Mistake -- Justice American style.]  United States of America flag; Mooney's MiniFlags 

    A Tragic Mistake

       Repent Australia, Vol 12, No 4, page 1, April 2007 (received Mar 6, 2007)
       Following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on 14 April 1865, seven men and one woman were arrested as accomplices of the actual killer John Wilkes Booth.
       For about three months they were locked in cells with their heads encased in canvas shrouds, their hands manacled with handcuffs and their legs chained to heavy iron balls until brought to trial.
       Four of them were consigned to the gallows and four to imprisonment on fever-ridden Fort Jefferson Island where one died after a year.
       Three years later the three survivors were pardoned and the nation shamefacedly confessed that, except for two of them, none of the victims of an angry nation's vengeance should even have been charged.
       Man judged man - and made a tragic mistake. [...]
       [COMMENT: The U.S. justice system hasn't changed for the better since 1865, judging by the hoods on prisoners, the chaining, and other attacks on human rights in Abu Ghraib (Iraq), Guantanamo Bay (Cuba), and the other hellprisons run illegally by the United States of America.  The U.S. leadership, the Congress, and the electors, have not been swayed by the Red Cross-Red Crescent, nor by the international human rights commissions, nor even by news media exposes.  The Congress has recently passed a law to prevent innocent victims suing for compensation! 
       The Repent Australia leaflet talks of the "dark, perilous days of lawlessness and confusion."  Many reformers are tempted to write that the electors are tricked into voting for lawless politicians, blaming shadowy forces behind the scenes and discussing conspiracy theories.  The Just World Campaign has reluctantly come to a different view -- who is to blame for the re-election of the three warmongers in the U.S.A., Britain, and Australia?  If 80 per cent of the votes had been AGAINST an aggressive war for oil, even the electoral fraud that was practised could not have prevented changes of government in each country.
       A "parish pump" example:  In Western Australia, Labor Minister Norm Marlborough was exposed by the Corruption and Crime Commission, and ordered out of the Labor Party and out of Parliament by the Premier.  He resigned, a by-election was held in Peel electorate, and with a reduced majority a Labor candidate was elected!  In other words, although the same corrupted party had chosen a candidate by the same methods that had put people like the Marlboroughs and such up as candidates, we are told that the electorate virtually said "Kick me again!"
       "The fault ... is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings." -- CASSIUS, Julius Caesar, 1, 2, 135; William Shakespeare, 1564-1616.   COMMENT ENDS.]
       [INFORMATIVE LINK: Torture at Abu Ghraib: The full sworn testimony of Ali Shalal, index.php? context=view Article&code= 20070219& articleId= 4865 , February 19, 2007. [Apr 2007, received Mar 6, 07]

    • [Grill and Burke saved taxpayer by mine deals, but Lefties oppose.]  Australia flag; / 

    It’s all about Labor factional warfare

       The West Australian, Various Letters to The Editor, p 20, Wednesday, March 7, 2007
    It's all about Labor factional warfare
       When John Howard has a meal or a meeting with George Bush it could give rise to some concern. However, we rely on John Howard to filter any requests or suggestions from the President through the medium of his own assessment of Australia's best interests.
       When Brian Burke has a meal or a meeting with Kevin Rudd, or lan Campbell or the devil, I do not worry at all. Brian Burke has no power to command, no power to legislate, no power to enforce. All he has is the power of persuasion. If his arguments were good enough it would be very irresponsible to ignore them.
       One could deduce that the hysteria surrounding Julian Grill and Brian Burke is because they were obviously successful. They held the Government accountable; this is something that Mr McGinty's left-wing lobbyists will never do.
       The Premier was whining that business was largely responsible because it wanted to talk to Messrs Grill and Burke. A more sensible approach would have been to ascertain just why this was so. He would have found out that they actually listened to the problems and devised effective strategies for overcoming them.
       It is a matter of record that had it not been for the work of Julian Grill and Brian Burke, Portman Mining would have been forced to close down and the government, enthusiastically supported by the Left and the Green bureaucracy, wanted to lock up the available ore deposits in nature reserves.
       Similarly, Xtrata, a Swiss company, closed down the vanadium mine in the Murchison merely to protect the price from its mines in Africa. It had no concern for the substantial taxpayer investment in infrastructure. The deal that was brokered by Julian Grill, to return the leases to a local company, was a good outcome and certainly in the best interests of the State and taxpayers.
       What this entire circus is about is Labor Party factional warfare where the enormous and intrusive powers of the State are being used as a weapon of the Left. This is why there is no scrutiny of Left ministers or the Attorney-General; this situation could be about to change. Graeme Campbell, Kalgoorlie.
    A surprise?
       Brian Burke has been demonised and slammed for the ramifications of his lobbyist tactics. Those politicians who have had dealings with him are now paying the price for their indiscretions.
       The CCC has recorded damning conversations between the lobbyists and their political friends. Is the fact that business and politics are dirty and underhanded affairs a surprise to anyone? It is all very nice to use Mr Burke as the epitome of evil but the fact is that this is our society stripped down to reveal reality.
       Brian Burke simply carried out his business in the society that we all have built, the society that we have come to accept. We accept the clown act that goes by the name of Parliament. We accept business practices that care nothing for future generations.
       While you condemn Brian Burke, keep in mind that he played in a shabby political system and did it for businesses that hired him to do so. He is smarter than the average bear.
       The real fact of why he is now being so savagely attacked by all sides of politics is simply because he is smarter than any of them. Instead of stoning him to political death we should harness his intellect and get him working for us.
       Brian Burke - political journalist. If you think politicians are scared now, imagine the look on their faces if this happened. Ian Evans, Geraldton.
    Face the people
       Abraham Lincoln defined democracy as "government of the people, by the people, for the people".
       Until now, I believed that we held the same ideals in Australia.
       At present, in WA, we certainly don't have government by the people or for the people. It is even questionable whether we have government of the people. What we seem to have is a political quagmire into which democratic ideals sank long ago.
       When a government loses the moral right to govern, as the Carpenter Government has done, then it should face the people at an election.
       Mr Omodei, call on the State Governor and ask him to sack this Government and appoint you premier of a caretaker government until the people can have their say.
       Kerr did the right thing with Whitlam in 1975. Demand that the State Governor do his duty here in WA now. Bob Stephen, Hillarys.
    It's draconian
       Some public good may yet come of the W A Inc Mk II saga. The chickens coming home to roost in the ivory towers of both sides of politics might prompt our politicians to reconsider some of the legislation they passed without due consideration when "let's get tough on crime" was flavour of the month.
       It may be appropriate to arm the CCC with powers to eavesdrop, tap telephones and bug premises to gather evidence of corrupt activity. However, having gathered that evidence, it is completely another thing to compel the suspected person to undergo interrogation without that evidence being disclosed and thus virtually to invite him (or her) to commit perjury. (The instinct for self-preservation by denial in the face of overwhelming fact is one which most of us have had since childhood).
       It is appropriate that people should not be permitted to profit from their criminal activity but legislation which goes beyond that and permits the confiscation of all property, whether crime-derived or not, is nothing short of draconian.
       Unfettered confiscation belongs to feudal England and trial by ambush to the Star Chamber and totalitarian regimes. Neither has a place in WA. Malcolm Hall, Perth.
    Short memory
       In a TV interview Peter Costello claimed Mr Burke had played Kevin Rudd like a piano. He has a short memory. Mr Howard played him like a piano over the leadership question. The tune? When I'm 64. George Lodge, Bentley.
       Letters to the Editor, WA Newspapers, GPO Box N1027 Perth WA 6843. Fax 08 9482 3830. E-mail to: letters § wanews com au
       [COMMENT: Regarding George Lodge's witty letter, it is now generally believed that years ago when Mr John Howard was jockeying to have a second turn at being Liberal leader, he got Mr Peter Costello's support by saying that he would not want to be still leader after he passed the age of 64.  When he turned 65 Mr Costello made a leadership bid, but Mr Howard denied having made a promise.  It seems it was another "non-core promise," about as truthful as the children overboard, and the non-existent WMDs in Iraq.
       Regarding ex-MHR Graeme Campbell's last sentence, it is hard to guess just what he means.  Time might tell.   COMMENT ENDS.] [Mar 07, 07]

    • Burke, Grill, Crichton-Browne Outcry Is 'Red Herring' For Sell-Outs  Australia flag; 

    Burke, Grill, Crichton-Browne Outcry is ‘Red Herring’ for Sell-outs

       From an Unusual Suspect, another letter to Mr Graeme Campbell (former Labor and then Independent MP for Kalgoorlie), Wednesday, March 7, 2007
       Sorry that I was out yesterday (doing some unpaid political work) when you rang and left a message for me, which included a claim that I had not taken some action that you considered important.  Let us set aside the fact that I am such a small pebble, most people would not know what issues I had taken up.
       The main point I made was that you are one of many members and ex-members of political parties who contend that they are friends with so-and-so, and they intend to continue that friendship -- no matter what, it seems.
       You see, during the Premiership of Carmen Lawrence, at great cost there was a Royal Commission into the alleged corruption of the Burke-Dowding era. In that inquiry the sad and sorry story of entrenched habits, customs, beliefs, and practices of many people in high places -- Labor and non-Labor -- and their connections, were exposed to public view.  Later a Commission on Government, at great cost, reported on reforms to the system designed to prevent a repeat -- but the major parties balked.  And about two decades later it seems that instead of the prison sentences ending the criminals' influence, many people kept up their contacts.  And we now learn that some of these disgraced people are actually making a living doing things that seem to be similar!  Sadder for me was reading the Graeme Edwards (Vietnam war victim) is part of the "fellowship".  Even allowing for some boasting, today's report that Noel Crichton-Browne aided the careers of two Liberals is amazing.
       The enclosed newsitem "Lobby pair turn on own" of March 3 deserves a closer look.  If this is correct, Mr Julian Grill was enlisted by a Liberal to run a campaign against a Labor candidate, Mr Mark McGowan, who at the time the story was written was Education Minister.  Doesn't Mr McGowan deserve some "friendship" from people in the Labor camp, or is it only for selected people?  Was their action against the Anti-Discrimination Act, perhaps?  Was it against Party rules?  Mr Brian Burke has left the Party, but Mr JulianGrill hasn't, it is reported.  Would YOU have helped in that campaign?
       Then, take the previous report that Messrs Burke and Grill had organised for Mr Noel Crichton-Brown to receive a monthly fee for some lobbying.  Mr Crichton-Browne is a former so-called Liberal Senator.  By the ALP's definition he is or was anti-worker.  But Burke and Grill are "Labor."  They are supposedly pro-worker.  Or are they all members of the "Mefirst Party"?
       If I heard you correctly, my previous letter was a mish-mash.  Isn't a "workers' " representative helping the well-heeled to break through the rules so they can get even richer, quicker, an example of people with mish-mash motives?
       I repeat, the mass media's noise about the lobbyists is a red herring or smokescreen obscuring greater corruption.  The warmonger John Howard is off to sign a security treaty with Japan!  The Japanese leadership honours Japanese war criminals, backs a movie glorifying the religion-deluded suicide kamikaze pilots, denies that the sex slaves were forced to give sex to Japanese troops on invasion and occupation duties, won't admit machine-gunning Australian nurses in the surf, and in schoolbooks glides over the Rape of Nanking and other atrocities.  The Liberal-National Government has ordered the SAS to train with the Indonesian special forces -- known for cruelty, from a nation that ordered the murder of Australian journalists during the illegal conquest of East Timor.  Plus, as Kevin Rudd intimated on television, the Howard group's illegal attack on Iraq is worthy of far more condemnation than his attending a dinner with Brian Burke.
       The sellout of Qantas, the sacking of 600 automotive workers (can't compete with exploited Asian and Eastern European workers), the importing of foods into an Australia that can grow any food, the fact that politicians keep on allowing the Multinational Corporation BHP Billiton to draw, FREE OF CHARGE, 33,000,000 litres of water DAILY (during the worst drought for decades, too), the civil service turned from being independent into a place to put incompetent party hacks, the passing on of details about minor parties to faction leaders in the major parties, and other traitorous acts are worthy of far more mass-media publicity, and public outrage, than the actions of businesspeople giving huge sums to convicts.  Or even to the so-called "Mafia" that they support.
       Enc.: Lobby pair turn on own, Mar 3, Concern as China builds up Dili links, Mar 3;
       Why wasn't Mr Rudd's explanation ... , Mar 6, A tragic mistake - Justice American style (in 1865), Mar 6.
    [Mar 7, 07]

    • Relocalisation -- bringing it back home. 


    - bringing it back home
       Living Now, 116 Cardigan St, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, Tel. 03 9342 3500;  BY MARTIN OLIVER  pp 12-13, March 2007 issue, obtained 07 Mar 07
    Over the last eleven years, Australians have been encouraged to believe in the all-pervading importance of our export-orientated economy.  By contrast, in many places, especially newer 'McMansion' suburbs, the once-familiar concept of 'community' has eroded, leaving a collection of private individuals sharing the same locality.
    During the same period, Australia has also seen an accelerating shift towards greater extremes of wealth and poverty, also known as 'income polarisation'. If current trends persist, and there is a greater financial squeeze, low-income earners could compete with others for low-paid jobs (win-lose), or work together for a collective benefit (win-win). The second option requires mutual trust and a shared belief in a society of cooperatively minded people.
       Helena Norberg-Hodge arrived in Ladakh in 1975, accompanied by a German documentary team. Previously cut off from the outside world, this remote mountainous region of India, also known as 'Little Tibet', had just been opened up to tourism. She was privileged to experience Ladakh both before and after the impact of globalisation.
       Up to this point, the population had been healthy and happy, living in extended family groups with a high level of self-sufficiency. There was no crime, and money was tangential to their existence. Although well adapted to survival in a tough climate, the Ladakhis were no match for the global juggernaut. As the province switched over to a cash economy, people were forced to leave their land and move to Leh, the swelling regional capital. Absurdities multiplied when imported flour became cheaper than flour grown in the nearest village, and eventually it became uneconomic for Ladakhi farmers to continue earning a living. In her influential book Ancient Futures, which details the cultural unravelling in Ladakh, Norberg-Hodge emphasises that similar changes have been taking place throughout the world. Searching for solutions, she has become a key formative figure in the 'relocalisation' movement that aims to reverse globalisation with an emphasis on local production, particularly in the key area of food.
       Traditionally, when things were a little less topsy-turvy, town and cities were largely self-sufficient, and would trade to obtain commodities that they were unable to produce locally.
       Under the prevailing 'neoliberal' view championed by governments and big business since the 1970's, regions and even nations are supposedly better off specialising in a few key exports and importing the rest from elsewhere. In many places, aided by government policies, local production of necessities has largely died off, and the modern global economy now treats communities as ready markets.
       In a quest for sanity, relocalisation groups linked to the Canada-based Post Carbon Institute have recently started to spring up in various parts of Australia, including the Northern Rivers of NSW and Kuranda, Maleny, and the Burnett region in Queensland. They are part of a fast-growing international network.
       The urgency of their mission is spurred by the prospect of the world's oil supply peaking within a few years, which, together with climate change, will probably force radical changes to future agricultural practices and trade patterns. Much farming and food distribution in industrialised countries has become heavily dependent on oil -- for fertilisers, pesticides, tractors, packaging, and transportation. Without a shift towards local 'low carbon' alternatives, the world's food supply graph will closely follow any downward trend in oil production.
       To many people, Irish economist Richard Douthwaite's 1996 book Short Circuit is still the relocalisation bible. He takes the sobering view that, as a consequence of free trade and deregulated capital movements, residents of Western countries can no longer depend on continuous access to food and energy imported into their local area from a distance.
       In Douthwaite's view, the only way to ensure continuation of supply is to build an independent local economy. He lists four key areas: implementing local agriculture; designing a decentralised energy network; creating a complementary local currency; and setting up a local banking system.
       One of the fastest-growing sources of planetary greenhouse emissions is trade-related transportation. Much of this to-ing and fro-ing involves the long-distance movement of food, with the result that the oil industry, shipping companies and middlemen take the lion's share while the farmer often loses out. The inefficiencies of this system are highlighted by Norberg-Hodge, who gives an example of the UK and France exporting to one another roughly equal tonnages of butter.
       Government policies tend to create an uneven playing field between large and small food producers, with agricultural subsidies generally going to the big players to facilitate exports. As conditions for agribusiness grow increasingly deregulated, in some countries small growers and artisan manufacturers are becoming increasingly over-regulated, particularly in the area of hygiene.
       Some imported produce such as American grapes and Mexican garlic is appearing in Australian supermarkets. To support domestic growers, consumers need to remain informed via country of origin labelling, and may have to pay extra - assuming that the Australian-grown option remains available. Another solution is to buy local or grow your own. Various options include backyard vegetable patches, community gardens, and fruit trees in cities. Other initiatives that actively connect consumers with growers are farmers' markets and Community Supported Agriculture 'box schemes'.
       In the UK, America and Canada, the number of farmers' markets has mushroomed in recent decades. This movement was non-existent in Australia until the mid-1990's, but today dozens of markets are running in cities and rural areas. Among the many advantages are far greater returns to the grower. While a farmer selling to a supermarket might expect to be paid 5-20% of the retail price, selling direct at a farmers' market provides a far higher 40-80% return, helping to make some smaller acreages financially viable.
       Environmentally speaking, buying from local farmers helps curb climate change by cutting down on embodied fossil fuels. Food is more likely to be organic or chemical-free, packaging is minimal, and eating in season enhances freshness while reducing the need for energy-hungry refrigeration.  Tests have shown tht supermarket produce may be anywhere up to a year old.
       A growing number of people in North America, where the average item of food travels thousands of kilometres from farm to plate, are starting to revolt by restricting their diet to what is grown or processed within a hundred miles (about 160 kilometres) of where they live. This '100 Mile Diet' experiment was pioneered by Alisa Smith and James McKinnon in the Canadian city of Vancouver.
       Some 'locavores' have quickly learned that eating exclusively local means a restricted choice. Often participants have lost weight, while others have ditched veganism to include meat in their diet. Sometimes the diet has uncovered a wealth of nearby artisan food makers whose existence participants had earlier been unaware of.
       Bearing out Douthwaite's warning, in South Australia and Victoria where the power sector has been privatised, higher prices and periodic power cuts have become a feature of life. Across the Tasman, Auckland was closed down for several weeks in 1998 following a blackout caused by a slow infrastructure upgrade by the city's utility. Could such problems be solved at a local level?
       A few Greens such as Caroline Lucas, a UK representative in the European Parliament, advocate the radical step of dismantling the national power grid. Besides dramatically cutting carbon emissions, this would require a major shift towards smaller scale renewable energy such as wind, solar and tidal power. Even in cooler countries, financial hurdles permitting, each building could become a miniature solar power station.
       Europe has also seen some discussion about 'microgrid' systems that can circulate electricity or heat within a community. Such a set-up could service the needs of dozens of households through one large wind turbine, or perhaps a small-scale biomass heat plant using coppiced tree plantations as a feedstock.
       Every day, trillions of dollars float around the financial markets, in search of profit through speculative currency trades, or via investment in a range of morally questionable activities. From a relocalisation standpoint, the key question is whether the supply of money within a community continues to circulate locally, generating prosperity, or whether it quickly disappears elsewhere.
       Keeping dollars within the local economy may be more reliable than the preferred strategy of Australian councils - attempting to lure investment dollars from outside. In practical terms, often this comes down to the choice between shopping at supermarkets and large chains, or at smaller independent stores. A recent study by the New Economics Foundation in the UK has found that every dollar spent at a locally owned outlet circulates to generate nearly twice as much income for the local economy as the same dollar spent at a supermarket.
       Of all countries, in Australia the supermarket sector is concentrated in the smallest number of corporate hands, with Woolworths and Coles controlling about eighty per cent. Supermarket openings are often followed by a wave of local stores shutting down, as they find themselves unable to compete on price. Unless we support independent retailers, they will inevitably disappear.
       Maleny is an alternative town in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland that is home to Australia's greatest concentration of cooperatives - 21 at the last count. In 2004, a large percentage of the community united, ultimately without success, behind a campaign to stop a Woolworths development. This was widely seen as a 'Ladakh-style' incursion by an element of the global economy into a town that is pioneering democratic economic ownership.
       To aid local spending, complimentary local currency can play an important role. This includes LETS (Local Energy Trading Systems), Time Dollars, and a variety of note-based currencies. All are transacted in a similar manner to regular cash or cheques, except that being tied to the local area they can be harnessed to strengthen relocalisation efforts. LETS, which has made the greatest inroads in Australia, plays a useful role in stimulating trade among individuals. At the same time, its reliance on paper cheques and accounting using negative and positive balances have generally failed to excite the business community. In the upstate New York city of Ithaca, a remarkable individual called Paul Glover was responsible for the introduction of the Ithaca Hour. This US $10-equivalent note and its various denominations have been an incredible success, attracting around 300 participating businesses, and encouraging replication across America and further afield.
       Not content with this achievement, Glover went on to found the Ithaca Health Alliance, a health insurance cooperative open to all New York State residents. In an arena dominated by corporate giants, he is a believer in what he terms 'Health Democracy' and is working to set up a similar cooperative in Philadelphia. Back in the years when neither Centrelink nor Medicare existed, a group of Australian workers banded together to create a vital safety net. Starting in the middle of the 19th century, members of friendly societies would pay a weekly premium in exchange for a guarantee of support in the event of illness or hardship.
       One of Australia's few remaining friendly societies, Foresters ANA, has been helping to establish and support local lending circles in its home city of Brisbane and elsewhere in Queensland. These small groups issue zero-interest loans on a similar principle to the original friendly societies, and owe their low default rate to group cohesion and mutual trust.
       Communities, unlike isolated individuals, can come together to decide what is best for the local area, rather than for profit-hungry outside interests. If they are ambitious, this may involve taking the first steps towards an independent local economy.
       As in the mainstream arena, access to finance is a high priority. While much charitable giving and philanthropy directs funds to charities involved in downstream 'problem management' activities, a shift of emphasis towards proactive local initiatives can facilitate upstream solutions.
       If no government money is accepted, the resulting feeling of autonomy can generate substantial energy, and long-term resilience against the vagaries of government funding is assured. Control of land is another important factor. Rather than planning to continue running a group project such as a community garden on land leased from the local council at a peppercorn rent, a community buy-out of the site protects against the unpleasant surprises experienced by some garden projects.
       In the same way that friendly societies evolved from nothing to establish hospitals and pharmacies, there is no reason why a community group should not become an umbrella for a network of mutually supporting cooperatives, creating local well-paid employment.
       Garth Kindred of the Autonomous Regions Coalition (ARC) in Northern NSW believes that the region has been starved of funding by a Sydney-centric state government. Instead of lobbying for more money, the ARC has opted for a more creative approach involving relocalisation and community-level democracy. He hopes that more regions throughout the country will start looking at autonomy.
       Following a Y2K-style data event, a natural disaster, or an oil supply squeeze, relocalised communities will be more resilient to disruption. In the same way that Cuba survived a substantial cut in its oil imports by decentralising the food supply chain, individualist Australia could perhaps benefit from transcending personal concerns to think holistically about the future.
       [Picture] Martin Oliver is a writer and researcher based in Lismore (Northern NSW).
    Relocalisation initiatives
    Community building
    Agriculture and food
    Finance #
       [RECAPITULATION: Some imported produce such as American grapes and Mexican garlic is appearing in Australian supermarkets. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: This is not the half of it!  Garlic from China is ruining the Western Australian growers, and fruits come in from various directions.
       And the Federal Government plans to import New Zealand apples (subject to fire blight), saying it cannot be scientifically PROVEN that the disease will spread!  A4 paper from two overseas countries was about $4 cheaper per carton of five than the Australian-made, when the Webmaster bought some this week.  On March 7 prawns from two overseas countries were seen alongside Australian ones while the Webmaster was shopping.
       The writer claims that most food travels hundreds or thousands of miles, and the growers get less and less. We have an example in WA -- the Big Two are paying the dairies LESS now for milk than five years ago. My guess is that they must have bought broadacre automated dairies in Victoria, and wish to increase those profits, too.
       (A radio team recently researched and found that in the shopping centres, the big grocers etc. get the rent at one-third of what the other businesses pay.  I wonder who has the controlling interest in shopping centres!   COMMENT ENDS.] [March 2007, obtained 07 Mar 07]

    • [How Burke's team silenced reporters.] With a nod and a WA Inc.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

    With a nod and a WA Inc

       The Weekend Australian, by Jan Mayman, p 22, March 10-11, 2007
    The old Brian Burke scandals have become laced with irony as probes into the former premier's contemporary activities continue, writes Jan Mayman
    IT was a moonless, stormy Sunday night when they knocked on my door after 10pm: two men in raincoats looking furtive. I'd never seen them before and restrained my huge dog as I peered through the flyscreen. They had no trouble persuading me to let them in. "We have a very important story for you. Can we show you our documents?"
       They emptied their briefcases and spread papers all over my dining room table as my dog sat in a corner watching every move. He wanted to jump up and lick them, though they clearly didn't realise that.
       Looking edgy, they rapidly explained their story. They were senior bureaucrats in the West Australian State Energy Commission, and Brian Burke's Labor government was planning to enter what they said was a potentially disastrous deal led by a dodgy South Korean company, a wildly uneconomic plan to build an aluminium smelter fuelled by WA's North West Shelf gas - sold at half production cost. Local consumers would be subsidising huge foreign profits.
       They believed publicity was their only hope of blocking the scheme and I was the Perth correspondent of the now defunct National Times, edited by the fearless Brian Toohey. He would love the story, they assured me.
       I was incredulous. Burke was the toast of the country in those sparkling 1980s, hailed as a future Labor PM, architect of WA Inc - the most efficient combination of business and politics the country had seen. And who were these late-night callers? Their highly technical documents were largely incomprehensible to me. The scheme had been enthusiastically reported in The West Australian. One of its principals, a glamorous Korean billionaire, had been pictured dancing with the state's youthful energy minister, David Parker.
       The next day I checked my night visitors' names with some trusted sources and established they were indeed the senior public servants they claimed to be. Then I found an academic who agreed to check the documents and help me translate them into plain English.
       He called me back in high excitement. This was indeed an extraordinary deal, potentially disastrous for WA.
       "Are you sure these documents are genuine?" he asked. I assured him I was. He was stunned. I recalled an incident in Burke's first days as premier, when I was chatting to his press secretary after interviewing the new Labor hero, then aged 36, in his Parliament House office.
       There was a small commotion as a rotund, balding man strode into the anteroom and pushed open the premier's door without knocking. He was clutching a large pigskin briefcase so full of papers it would not close.
       "Who was that?" I asked. It was Laurie Connell, the well-known racing identity and the last person I would have imagined as a political adviser. We were all so innocent in those distant days.
       The academic was at first very reluctant to have his name mentioned in the media. Eventually he agreed, when I explained that such a sensational exposé would lack credibility without analysis of the documents by an impartial expert.  After discussions with Toohey, I took the documents to Sydney along with my story. I wanted to be present for the inevitable discussions with sub-editors and lawyers, and to make sure no errors crept in during the editing process, something that happens even on the finest newspapers.

      [Pictures] Seat of power: Parliament House, Perth, where master strategist and Labor Party darting Brian Burke ruled during the glittering '80s    Formidable: Burke    Open access: Laurie Connell  
       The story got a great run in The National Times but driving home in a taxi from Perth airport, I was unnerved to see newspaper posters on every corner: "Police seek stolen documents". I had an uneasy feeling they might mean me. I was right.
       The next morning my cleaning lady arrived early, and I tried to sound casual as I warned her that the police might drop by wanting to see me.  She looked bemused.  "Don't let them in whatever they say. I'm off to walk the dog."
       I was actually taking the documents to a friendly neighbour, on Toohey's advice "Get everything out of your house and say nothing.  Refer them to me."  The neighbour stashed them under her bed, and I returned home.
       "The police have been, they're coming back," said the cleaning lady, white-faced, eyes wide with dismay.
       Soon afterwards they arrived, plainclothes men, the classic nice guy, nasty guy pair.
       "We'd like to come in and talk to you," said Mr Nice Guy, while the surly one stood scowling.  "I have nothing to say to you," I replied through the screen door, holding back my big dog.  A cross between a great dane and a ridgeback, he did not like these visitors and growled softly as we spoke.  They did not linger.
       Soon afterwards the real harassment began - endless phone calls from the media and later, television crews outside my home.  With the exception of fellow freelancer Duncan Graham and The Australian's Vickie Laurie, most fellow journalists were unsympathetic and clearly considered me a criminal.  They had been well briefed.  Few were interested in the serious issues my story raised.

      For the first time in my life I found it hard to sleep. As the headlines continued, many friends stopped calling  
       A senior Australian Journalists' Union official called. A former colleague, he then worked for Burke's media machine. I poured out my feelings to him: "... this is police-state stuff, trying to invade a journalist's home, intimidation of the worst kind, time to make a stand. If they get away with this ..."
       He could not understand why I was angry. "You have to look at it from the police point of view, Jan, they are only doing their job," he said. Over the next few days, as I waited for the police to return with a warrant, I thought of a cousin who'd left the force because he loathed doing house searches - turning a place over, it was called - leaving a home in chaos as a technique to wear suspects down and induce confessions.  I wondered if my friendly neighbour could mind my cello, a precious French antique, and whether I should put my fiercely protective dog in a kennel for his own safety.
       I had a call from the academic I had quoted in my story. The police had visited his home, too, at dinner time.  He and his wife were appalled, the children were deeply upset.  He had to spend $200 on legal advice - a large sum in those days.  I was horrified.
       With the support of journalist friends in other states, I planned to make a formal complaint to the Australian Journalists' Association, appealing to the national executive to issue a formal protest against Burke, himself a former journalist and AJA member.  When Burke called a media conference to ramp up the "stolen document" saga, I attended and asked if he or Parker had sent the police to my home.  He avoided the question.  Much later on I learned Parker had intervened to stop police raiding my home in the early morning: with a search warrant.
       For the first time in my life I found it hard to sleep at night, insomnia that still lingers.  As the headlines continued, many friends stopped calling and elderly neighbours were stunned by this apparent outbreak of crime in respectable suburbia.  "She seemed like such a nice girl, too," was one comment.
       Eventually a Burke minder contacted me with an offer: if I agreed to drop my campaign against Burke via the journalists' union, they would withdraw all action against my academic source and me, too.  They would even refund his legal fees.  Neither of us had been charged with anything but 1 knew the underpaid academic would appreciate compensation for his legal fees, and I urgently needed to get back to earning my living, so I reluctantly agreed.
       I should have maintained my rage, because the academic was never paid and was so upset by the experience that he left the state.
       The Korean-led consortium that had planned to rape and pillage WA resources fell over the following year.  The alleged Korean billionaire was never seen in town again.
       In the years that followed, the WA media was inundated with endless stories about wondrous government-business money-making partnerships.  Few were critically analysed.  Key financial details were often hidden on the grounds of "commercial confidentiality" and "the shield of the ground".  It was a stunning assault on our hallowed Westminster tradition of transparent public accounting.
       Journalists who toed the line were rewarded with lavish hospitality and exclusive stories.  Those whose reports offended WA Inc people were often sued.  At one stage, 20 or so had defamation writs hanging over their heads.  None of these got to court, but they effectively silenced public debate.
       Like other Burke mates, Connell became a multimillionaire and a household name before his early death.  No brave bureaucrats risked their jobs by leaking documents to journalists.  The public service was politicised at the highest level by Burke appointees.
       The crazy times rolled on until the 1987 stockmarket crash brought the house of cards down to expose the rotten core of WA Inc.
       It took a later Labor premier, Carmen Lawrence, to call the royal commission that finally exposed some of the corruption and triggered the legal action that sent Burke to jail for rorting his travel expenses.
       The Burke forces have never forgiven her and too many in the WA Parliament today owe their seats to them.  This is the problem facing Premier Alan Carpenter.  He made his name covering the WA Inc royal commission for the ABC.  I wonder if ever he wishes he was back in journalism?

       Jan Mayman is a Perth freelance journalist and a Gold Walkley award winner. #
       [COMMENT: A number of the businesspeople who started or enlarged their fortunes from the WA Inc corruption were members of the so-called Curtin Foundation.  Although Burke and Alan Bond were imprisoned for a few years, most of the other businessmen were never charged, imprisoned or sued, and some are still in business.  Estimates of the money removed from the taxpayers, investors, and consumers range from $AU 1000m to 2000m.  (And the devoted public servants of the State Energy Commission?  No facts, but the SEC has been sold by the "LibLab" Parties -- on its way to being globalised so that the profits will flow overseas in a different way.)  For books on the subject published at the time, click Books.   COMMENT ENDS.] [Mar 10-11, 07]

    • [Mokbel the drugrunner got reference, though politician Thomson and his minister wife say they never met him.]  Australia flag; 

    Minister did not know Mokbel

       The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), By LINCOLN WRIGHT, p 18, March 11, 2007
       OUSTED Labor frontbencher Kelvin Thomson did not discuss Tony Mokbel's liquor licence application with his wife, even though she was the minister in charge of licensing.
       Marsha Thomson was consumer affairs minister in the Bracks Government when her husband gave Mokbel a reference in August 2000 to support the application.
       A Labor source said Mrs Thomson knew nothing about the letter until the night before her husband quit the front bench.
       "She never met Mokbel and neither did he," the source said.
       Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has asked Labor senators John Faulkner and Robert Ray to review the system of MPs giving references.
       At the time of the reference, Mokbel was importing 2kg of cocaine from Mexico, but is now a fugitive charged with murder.
       Mr Thomson quit this week as Labor's legal affairs adviser. #
       [RECAPITULATION: Mr Thomson quit this week as Labor's legal affairs adviser   ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: "Legal affairs adviser"!  The reference was given so that Mr Mokbel could get a licence for some vocation.  Anyway, no wonder most State Labor governments go soft on drugtaking, and on crime generally!  And that Australian Labor and the Coalition allowed Indonesia to invade East Timor, and murder five journalists plus one -- it's only people with "middle-class values" who could object, surely?  In Australia, the Liberals and Nationals too suffer from similar disorders, such as giving contracts without tender to organisations they hardly know, "officially"!  And some electors think that elections in Australia are dinkum!   COMMENT ENDS.]
       [2nd COMMENT: The fact that there was a husband in federal politics, and his wife a minister in State politics, makes one wonder if the voting public hanker for the Middle Ages, with hereditarly dukes and barons ruling them!?  Or the USA, with two Roosevelts and now a second Bush lording it over them?  Speaking of the USA, the Mafia get brainy sons, daughters, nephews and nieces to train as lawyers, some ending up as judges.  Oo-oops!  It looks as if it's happening in Western Australia, but that's another story!
       And, I hope everyone enjoyed the third-last sentence -- instead of a prohibition, the A.L.P. white hope appointed a two-man committee!  Nobody needs a Bachelor of Divinity degree to know it is wrong to write a good-character reference praising someone you never met!  Or to comprehend it would be foolish, because it might backfire, and cost you more than it was worth!  The public might not have heard all there is to know about this strange occurrence.  [Mar 11, 07]

    • [How a Fail became a B Pass in our schools.]  Australia flag; 

    How an F became a B in our schools

       The West Australian, by BETHANY HIATT, Page One, Wednesday, March 14, 2007
       PERTH: Students who scored as low as 49 per cent in a recent series of Statewide exams were deemed to have reached a highly desirable "achievement target" equivalent to a B-grade by the Education Department.
       In another alarming insight into the standards now considered acceptable by education authorities, Year 9 students hit the so-called 2006 achievement target in writing with a score of 49 per cent, down from 54 per cent the previous year.
       Students needed 53 per cent to hit the target in maths, down from the 56 per cent needed in 2005, 67 per cent in reading, down from 71, and 61 per cent in science, up from 58.
       An achievement target is designed to challenge more academically gifted students and differs from a minimum benchmark, the lowest standard considered acceptable.
       Of the Year 9 students who sat the tests, 14 per cent failed to achieve the minimum benchmarks in English and maths even though the score needed to achieve the basic pass for maths was 28 per cent. English is broken into reading, which had a 39 per cent pass mark, and writing, with a 35 per cent pass mark.
       Education Minister Mark McGowan revealed recently that more than half of the 16,000 Year 9 public school students who sat the tests last year failed to meet the achievement targets.
       But at the time he refused to reveal the scores required to hit those targets, despite claiming they were "challenging" and were considered the equivalent of a B grade or better.
       Mr McGowan said just 45 per cent of Year 9 students achieved the target in maths and science, 47 per cent in reading and 51 per cent in writing.
       That was a drop of one per cent on the 2005 results across all subjects except writing, which improved by one per cent, despite the injection of extra resources into high schools aimed at boosting literacy and numeracy.
       Education Department curriculum standards executive director Chris Cook said the scores needed to hit achievement targets changed from year to year according to the difficulty of the tests.
       "If there are a higher number of difficult items then the percentage required... is lower," she said.
       Shadow education minister Peter Collier said those standards were unacceptable, while Melbourne education consultant Kevin Donnelly said he was concerned that WA set the benchmark bars so low that many students could stumble over them.
       "The reality in WA is that a lot of kids are going into secondary schools unable to read and write or add up," he said. #
       [COMMENT: Uninterested and decadent voters have elected crooked party manipulators, who appoint their sort of people into the Education and other Departments.  Many of these "experts" come through an education "programming" system that is based on the false belief that everyone would be equally clever, if only the wicked businessmen/women weren't ruining everything!  So "levelling" in their jargon has the secret meaning that we are all at a level intelligence, and so must all pass!   COMMENT ENDS.] [Mar 14, 07]

    • Pauline Explains  [Kiss and Tell, OR, How David Oldfield entered the Hanson camp.]  Australia flag; 


       STM, The Sunday Times Magazine (Perth, W. Australia), pp 24-27, March 18, 2007
       AUSTRALIA: [...] I first met David on September 10, 1996. He was 37 years old, tall, slender with dark hair and kept himself well groomed. [...]
       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. ... David not only arrived with the food and a bottle of wine but he also prepared it.
       ... 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. ... I will always believe David used our short but close relationship to get a foot in the door. #
       Segments of the last portion of edited extracts from Untamed & Unashamed: The Autobiography, Pauline Hanson, JoJo Publishing, $34.95, which is due out on March 29.
       [RECAPITULATION: 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 ...   ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Yes, Tony Abbott.  Later Mr Abbott was reported as having organised with two businessmen for money to have court cases and other attacks on Pauline Hanson's One Nation.  In W.A. a Mr John Samuel joined O.N., and the following day was threatening legal action. 
       Yes, the same as the one who years before had joined the Australian Democrats, found a Perth stockbroker to fund advertising for a State election (61 candidates), later threatened to sue federal officebearers, and presided over a "reformers" group that ended up telling the bank not to honour the signature of the State A.D. treasurer (she was speechless!), and took much of the furniture away from the A.D. office in Maylands!
       And, for many years the breakawy "A.D.s" have kept an office going in a Perth suburb, at 254 Walcott St, Mt Lawley, WA, 6050, Tel. 08 9370 5075 (see page 92 of the Perth Telephone Directory, White Pages, Business and Government, 2006-2007.)  They found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!  Or, now we know what keeps some prices high – funding such adventures.   COMMENT ENDS.]
       [AFTERMATH: The David Oldfield truth test.  Check newsitem of March 30. ENDS.] [Mar 18, 07]

    • Politicians who rejected e-mail -- Economy at crossroads.  Australia flag; 

    Politicians who rejected e-mail – Economy at crossroads.

       Just World Campaign (Perth, W.A.), March 19, 2007
       AUSTRALIA: Some politicians or their staffs have decided to reject certain people's input, and some persist even when politely asked to re-open their e-mail equipment.  The e-mail equipment of the following politicians rejected the following e-mailed information: Senators David Johnston, david johnston § ag gov au (Liberal, W.A.); Bob Brown senator brown § aph gov au (Greens, Tasmania); Bronwyn Bishop MP § aph gov au (Liberal)
      John Massam
      Monday, 19 March 2007 11:08 PM
      Global tipping point - who gives orders to debtors?
      OR Debt increasing - the REAL economic outlook

    By David Keane, March/2007
    PO Box 582, Gosnells 6110, WA

       Imminence of Three Global Tipping Points
       Never before in modern history, have the financial markets demonstrated such unpredictability and volatility. The crisis facing humanity is reminiscent of early 1929, just before the great stock market crash. But the present volatility, level of indebtedness and lack of safeguards is now far more extreme than in 1929.
       Let us consider an article by Ann Pettifor, of New Economics Foundation, 1/September/2003.
       "Jubilee Research at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), the team that spearheaded global awareness of a third world debt crisis released provocative new research in September 2003 which argues that the "first world" is approaching a major debt crisis. These findings appear in the first of NEF's annual reports on the global economy, Real World Economic Outlook, which shadows the IMF's annual World Economic Outlook.
       "The report predicts that a giant credit bubble, created by central bankers and finance ministers (the engineers of decades of 'easy money') has now reached a 'tipping point'. This point - at which the 'bubble' of financial assets exceeds GDP by nine times - has triggered financial crisis elsewhere. Another 'tipping point' would be a rise in interest rates - not likely for economies like the US and the UK which have massive foreign deficits.
       "On a global level, there is a US$100 trillion of debt outstanding, but only US$33 trillion of income with which to repay those debts. Even the drastic recent stock market falls (in 2001) have barely dented the credit superstructure. When this credit bubble bursts in the United States and Britain, it will be middle class consumers that will first bear the brunt of the financial crash."

       A global economic collapse was delayed in 2001 because China and Japan both bought immense amounts of US treasury bonds. Also the US economy temporarily recovered by building a colossal real estate bubble, which gave the illusion of a temporarily prospering US economy. But in real economic terms, both of these influences will prove useless when the global collapse actually does happen, and will only amplify the future problem. [figures and more discussion available from David Keane.]
    - *** JOHN C. MASSAM, Greenwood (Perth)
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       [COMMENT: To revise an old proverb, "Put not your trust in politicians."  Postage and envelopes were used to send this message to the ones whose staff has decided to close their eyes to uncomfortable ideas.  The Australian debt was made a feature of the election campaign when the John Howard Liberals and National Party successfully won the election which put him into the PM's chair -- A debt bus ran around some capital cities.  The Labor Party had pretended the debt wasn't dangerous, and neither was its rate of increase; now the Liberal and Nationals are doing the same.  As for most electors, they don't even know it's happening!  ENDS.]
       [READ ALL of David Keane's economic analysis at: Main Chronology 19 # Crossroads [Mar 19, 07]

    • Oldfield fails test on Hanson sex.  Australia flag; 

    Oldfield fails test on Hanson sex

       The West Australian, , p 13, Friday, March 30, 2007
       SYDNEY: David Oldfield has apologised publicly to his wife after failing a lie detector test on the question of whether he had sex with his former boss Pauline Hanson.
       He agreed to take the test on television after denying the One Nation founder's claims they had a sexual liaison in Canberra in 1996.
       He was told the lie detector had given a "definite indication of you being deceptive on that particular question".
       Mr Oldfield, while not admitting he had sex with Ms Hanson, said last night he owed his wife Lisa an apology for taking the test on the Seven Network's Today Tonight.
       Ms Hanson said yesterday that while she knew Mr Oldfield had been lying, his biggest problem appeared to be that he had apparently lied to his wife. #
       [RECAPITULATION: ... whether he had sex with his former boss Pauline Hanson. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Well, at the time in 1996 Mr Oldfield's boss was Mr Tony Abbott, who in 2007 is a Minister in the Howard Government.  Mr Abbott later led a trio who financed court cases against the One Nation leadership, helping to expose its undemocratic nature under the two Davids, waste its money, waste its leaders' time, and dishearten its supporters.   COMMENT ENDS.] [Mar 30, 07]

    • Gallop slams business for Burke ties.  Australia flag; 

    Gallop slams business for Burke ties.

       The Weekend Australian, by Matt Price, p 3, April 14-15, 2007
       AUSTRALIA: FORMER West Australian premier Geoff Gallop is furious with the state's business community for hiring disgraced lobbyist Brian Burke.
       And he has vowed to encourage Kevin Rudd to establish a national body similar to his state's powerful Corruption and Crime Commission, whose investigation of the Burke affair cost the jobs of three ministers.
       Dr Gallop hasn't listened to the explosive phone intercepts or read the damning transcripts, and resists the temptation to say "I told you so". But breaking his silence for the first time since the exposure of Mr Burke's lobbying techniques rocked state and federal politics, Dr Gallop said he was furious with the state's corporate leaders.
       "I'm still waiting for someone in the business community to stand up and condemn the way these people have been operating, but instead they're blaming the Government," he told The Weekend Australian.
       "That's just a cop-out, that's totally unacceptable. I find it absolutely outrageous."
       Mr Burke and his partner, former MP Julian Grill, were widely employed by West Australian businesses as consultants and lobbyists.
       But a CCC investigation revealed Mr Burke used a secret phone to contact then West Australian cabinet minister Norm Marlborough. The former premier was taped dictating answers to parliamentary questions to Mr Marlborough, and insisting the minister appoint a woman to an advisory board.
      [Picture] Gallop 
       Mr Marlborough was sacked and forced out of politics, and subsequent CCC hearings produced two further resignations from Premier Alan Carpenter's cabinet. Federal Labor leader Kevin Rudd was criticised for meeting Mr Burke three times, and human resources minister lan Campbell was forced to resign from federal cabinet when it was revealed he, too, met with the lobbyist.
       During his premiership, Dr Gallop banned his ministers from dealing with Mr Burke and Mr Grill, and refused to promote Mr Marlborough because of his close friendship with Mr Burke.
       But when Dr Gallop resigned early last year citing depression, Mr Carpenter scrapped the ban and welcomed Mr Marlborough into his cabinet
       "As soon as I heard about Norm going into cabinet I knew there would be a problem," Dr Gallop said
       "I have a great fondness for Norm. So the situation caused me a great deal of concern, because as premier I knew everything that was said would be going back to you-know-who. I'm sure Alan wishes in hindsight he'd kept the ban, but that's the way things happened."
       Dr Gallop hinted that the relentless pressure caused by the omnipresence of Mr Burke and Mr Grill contributed to his decision to quit on health grounds.
       "Politics is a hard business and there are always enormous stresses and strains," he said. "I was always very concerned to make sure my government acted properly and was seen to act properly, so this interference by Burke and Grill was constantly playing on my mind."
       Dr Gallop, now living and working in Sydney, said he had followed reports of the recent furore but was disinclined to study the tapes and transcripts compiled by the CCC.
       "On a personal level, I feel very upset for Norm and (sacked minister) John Bowler," he said. "I'm not justifying what they've done, that's just how I feel."
       Dr Gallop said he would be encouraging a future Rudd Labor government to create a body similar to the CCC. "I'd strongly recommend Kevin Rudd adopt this kind of corruption instrument," he said. #
       Man in the panama hat – Read The Weekend Australian Magazine
       [COMMENT: In addition, part of the Burke and Grill team to lobby government ministers was former Liberal senator Noel Crichton-Browne.  Voters have been electing Tweedledum and Tweedledumber!   COMMENT ENDS.] [Apr 14-15, 2007]
    • Face farming reality [plus Iraq casualties, Harvest Festivals, Teachers' pay.] 

    Face farming reality

       The West Australian, Various Letters to The Editor, p 18, Thursday, April 26, 2007
    Face farming reality
       I have heard politicians, captains of industry and commentators repeat the warning that, without the water they need, tree crops in the Murray-Darling such as fruit, olives and grapes are likely to die and that in this event it will take a minimum of five years for new plantings to grow to harvestable age.
       This significantly understates the problem. No farmer in his right mind who has just lost his entire resource to a drought, which in all probability is caused by intractable and long-term global warming, is going to contemplate replanting the same crops again when it is possible, even probable, they will not reach maturity due to further drought.
       Farmers faced with this situation will be forced to consider a total restructure and a switch to a more drought-resistant and presumably annual crop – that is, if such a crop exists and is suitable for their soil and climate, if they still have the financial resources to afford such a major change to their operations and if they can bear to go through with it. Otherwise, it is likely they will cut their losses and take what they can get for their property and we will again see the further corporatisation of our agricultural industry and our land, probably to international companies that have no allegiance whatsoever to Australia's land or its people.
       We may well face the loss of the bulk of our fruit farms right across southern Australia and should perhaps consider what food crops might grow successfully in such places, with little or no irrigation, in the climate we must now anticipate. If we imagine things will return to "normal" in five-to-seven years we are likely to be seriously disappointed. It is misleading and irresponsible to overlook, ignore or underplay this reality. Tony Troughton-Smith, Glen Forrest
    No credibility
       The Lancet says that John Howard should be removed (report, 21/4). Sounds preciously like partisan politicking to me – and The Lancet has a history of that. In October 2006, around the time of Congressional elections, The Lancet stated that there had been 650,000 Iraqi deaths since the US invasion.
       Hamit Dardagan, co-founder of Iraq Body Count, a London-based human-rights group, called The Lancet's figures "pretty shockingly high". His group tabulates the civilian death toll based on. media reports and hospital and morgue records. He says the figure is 48,693.
       The Lancet's credibility to make any sort of comment on political affairs is approaching zero. Helen Dyer, Ferndale.
    [Too busy for Harvest Festivals]
       Unfortunately, people such as E. Gibson (Time to give thanks, 24/4) are now so removed from the realities of agriculture that their opinions are quite misplaced. Who do you think is doing the work out here? We do not take good years for granted, they simply do not come along often enough. Rain is great, but it's the crop inputs drowning us, with exorbitant price hikes in fertiliser and fuel.
       And, yes, farmers do give thanks for the wonders of nature and the land. No other profession lives and breathes or is affected by the changing seasons as much. Sorry, we do not have tune for harvest festivals, we are just hoping (and praying) there is a harvest. Besides, who would come – food comes from a supermarket, right? Peta West, Kulin.
       As a secondary-school teacher with 16 years of experience, I thought Hugh Mackay's opinion (Tying teachers' pay to performance is flawed, 21/4) was excellent. I found his statement that "it would be hard to think of a profession more worthy of praise and remuneration than teachers" most relevant to the current teacher shortage.
       During the last holiday break I worked as a labourer for a tradesman friend of mine who was short-staffed. Not only was the daily remuneration better than teaching, for every job I was praised by the customer for a job well done (and they were paying well for the service). Praise for a job well done from students, parents or administrators is something that is seldom offered to a secondary-school teacher.
       Most teachers do their jobs not for praise, but because they care. If there aren't adequate pay and working conditions either, then it is no wonder that teachers are leaving for better-paid jobs and university graduates are seeking more rewarding occupations. P. Jorgensen, Carramar.
    [Apr 26, 07]

    • We're gearing to be the raiders  Australia flag;  China (People's Republic of China) flag; 

    We’re gearing to be the raiders

       The West Australian, , Business, By MARCUS PADLEY, p 46, Thursday, April 26, 2007
       AUSTRALIA: The extraordinary sight of 100 massive bulk carrier ships sitting off the port of Newcastle waiting to be filled with coal for Chinese customers sums up the demand for commodities.
       It also highlighted the disgraceful incompetence of Australian bureaucracy which has bottlenecked this opportunity. All the more embarrassing is the bickering over its resolution.
       But that's not the point. I have been doing some in-depth research on the demand for chunks of Australia.
       Every time one of those ships sails a big chunk of Australian soil gets delivered to the Chinese. These are big ships. Using the specific gravity of iron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, aluminium and uranium, relating that to density and calculating volume, estimating available bulk carriers, export tonnages and extrapolating growth, allowing for bottlenecks, weather disruption and exploration success, one thing has become very clear.
       On March 14, 2023, the last bulk carrier will sail and all that will be left of Australia is ... Tasmania.
       China is acquiring Australia by stealth and the Australian Government is on to it. What else could explain its bumbling port incompetence. It is the Government's bid defence, and it's working, for now. But it is not enough and is just delaying the inevitable.
      [Picture] Waiting game: Coal carrier ships line up off Newcastle port, 120km north of Sydney, waiting to be loaded. 
       The Chinese are smart. They have agents infiltrating Australian shareholder registers and, in some cases, the management. Some of our most prospective resources projects are already in the hands of the Chinese. They are coming and there's nothing we can do about it.
       THE TIP: One very experienced trader once told me that trading inside information had cost him more money over the long term than it had ever made him. So I am cautious as I tell you there is a takeover coming and it's, big. Huge. Although the Chinese will own Australia by 2023, they are impatient.
       They have a plan, modelled on a draft plan put together by Margaret Thatcher after Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. Margaret never implemented it, but the Chinese will.
       They are going to buy us out. There are only 20 million of us. They're going to make us an offer we can't refuse.
       THE BID: They are going to offer $1 million to every Australian who offers to bog off back to their native country. That's it. It'll be cheaper for them and good for us. It's not as if Australia is really an Asian country after all.
       It will be a big opportunity. The "sell and go" agreement. There will be some small print of course, geologists and Andrew Forrest will have to stay.
       OK, fantasy over. It'll never happen of course. Macquarie already owns more than 90 per cent of Australia and is very unlikely to accept. Unless of course it gets, offered the management contract. Hmmm. Maybe that's the plan.
       But the point is made. China needs Australia and if China is going to continue to grow at 8 per cent to 9 per cent for the next 10 years then everyone else is going to want an investment in Australia. Forget private equity, that's the froth. Think every international investment fund, every global resources company will want to be on board.
       On this scenario BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto will have to get big or risk being taken over. They are particularly vulnerable.
       My grandmother could borrow the money from the ANZ and bid for BHP Billiton or Rio and the free cash flow from either of those companies would cover her interest payments twice over. For some of the other resources stocks it's many more times. It has to happen, it is only a matter of time.
       Then there's the Aussie dollar. It's going nuts. Why do you think that's going on?
       Because it's a commodity driven currency. In 2010 when it achieves parity with the US dollar we'll look back and realise how obvious it was. The Australian economy, dollar and stockmarket, courtesy of China, are breaking from the pack.
       Invest in that. Don't doubt it.
       And a word to BHP Billiton's predator and any other US private equity firm. Whatever you're thinking of buying you'd better get on with it, because with the share prices and currency on the move it won't be long before you can't afford it. We'll be raiding you lot.
       Marcus Padley is a stockbroker and the author of the daily stockmarket newsletter Marcus Today. For a free trial of the newsletter, go to #
       [COMMENT: At first the Just World Campaign imagined this was a real article warning of the ongoing takeover of the business and agricultural sectors of the Australian economy, and the crippling of fisheries.  Alas, his words after "OK, fantasy over," showed that he is witty, but might not be gritty.
       Share and stock market guru, seemingly thinking we all have shares, sees 100 ships trying to take Australian coal and iron ore as the trigger for a fantasy, and invitation.
       Not a word that the iron ore, the coal, plus the oil and gas are all being sold below market prices, with no tax or charge for the environmental damage they are doing to the global ecology.  And no word of whether much of the trade is a danger to world peace, let alone about giving some royalties direct to Aborigines and other Australians.   COMMENT ENDS.] [Apr 26, 07]

    • Mallard review could be open.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

    Mallard review could be open

       Perth Now powered by The Sunday Times (Perth, W. Australia), au/perthnow/ story/0,21598, 21659203- 2761,00.html , by Nicolas Perpitch, 01:00pm, May 02, 2007
       PERTH: [Click the link above]
    [May 02, 07]
    • Mallard police lawyer can't represent all five.  Australia flag; 

    Mallard police lawyer can’t represent all five

       The West Australian, www.thewest. aspx?MenuID=77& ContentID=27689 , by ROY GIBSON, p 9, 6:30 WST, Thursday, May 3, 2007
       PERTH -- A probe into alleged corruption by police and prosecutors over the wrongful conviction of Andrew Mallard for wilful murder 12 years ago got off to an explosive start yesterday when a veteran Perth barrister was told he could not appear before the Corruption and Crime Commission for all five officers under suspicion.
       Lawyer Ron Davies tried to challenge the CCC's powers but gave in when Acting Commissioner John Dunford revealed that the officers were likely to be called to private hearings and insisted that Mr Davies could represent only one of them.
       Mr Davies claimed he had been assured by counsel assisting the commission, Jeremy Gormly, that there would not be private hearings – but Mr Gormly denied this.
       After a short adjournment, Mr Davies announced he now acted only for Assistant Commissioner Mal Shervill, who was the case officer during the controversial Pamela Lawrence murder inquiry in 1994.
       The other four officers – Assistant Commissioner David Caporn, Supt John Brandham, Insp. Alan Carter and Sgt Mark Emmett – must find new lawyers in time for public hearings next month.
       Mr Davies told the CCC that the officers would co-operate fully – they wanted everything aired as soon as possible because they had been subjected to scurrilous allegations.
       Mr Gormly promised a "slow and thorough" examination of the evidence when the CCC probes one of the most controversial criminal cases to pass through the justice system.
       He said there would be a step-by-step analysis of all available material to see if there was misconduct by police and prosecutors involved in the murder investigation and the various court cases.
       Mr Mallard spent 12 years in jail for the wilful murder of Mrs Lawrence before his conviction was quashed last year by the High Court. A subsequent cold case review by police concluded that the most likely killer of Mrs Lawrence was convicted murderer Simon Rochford, serving a life sentence in Albany Prison.
       But after being questioned by detectives about Mrs Lawrence's death, Rochford committed suicide. The details of the cold case review have never been published because of a direction by the CCC to the Commissioner of Police but Mr Gormly revealed yesterday that this direction would be withdrawn soon, leaving Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan free to release the report.
       Mr Gormly said the public hearings would be in five segments:
  • The forensic investigation after the murder of Mrs Lawrence, including the discovery of a palm print attributed to Rochford in her jewellery store in Mosman Park.
  • The police investigation up until Mr Mallard's charging in July 1994.
  • The conduct of the DPP prosecutors to Mr Mallard's conviction.
  • The various appeal procedures, including his conviction's quashing.
  • The cold case review and other remaining matters.
       Mr Gormly said: "It is an investigation and the purpose is to find out by a slow and careful sifting of the material what it is that happened." #
       [MORE COVERAGE: "Mallard review could be open," au/perthnow/ story/0,21598, 21659203- 2761,00.html , by Nicolas Perpitch, 01:00pm, May 02, 2007   ENDS.] [May 3, 07]

    • Quigley blasts police over Mallard case 'attack'.  Australia flag; 

    Quigley blasts police over Mallard case ‘attack’

       The West Australian, by ROY GIBSON, p 9, Thursday, May 3, 2007
       PERTH: Lawyer and MP John Quigley was an angry man outside the Corruption and Crime Commission yesterday after it was suggested that his conduct in 2002 in relation to contact with an undercover police officer should be investigated.
       The matter was raised by police lawyer Ron Davies who claimed that Mr Quigley had said things "of an entirely inappropriate nature", and that, because Mr Quigley was a public officer, he should be investigated by the CCC when it looked at the conduct of police and prosecutors.
       Outside the commission, Mr Quigley said that he had not acted inappropriately in speaking to a police officer about his undercover work during the Mallard inquiry in 1994.
       He claimed it was all part of an ongoing attack on him by police.
       Mr Quigley said he would give evidence to the commission if asked.
       "Right from day one, these coppers have set out to attack me and belittle me," Mr Quigley said.
       "I don't expect these officers to ever stop attacking me in their lives.
       "I blew the whistle on... the false conviction and false imprisonment of Andrew Mallard."
       Mr Quigley represented police regularly during his legal career and is a life member of the WA Police Union.
       "The police hate me – well, not all police," he said. "These particular five officers hate my guts. I blew the whistle."
       "For 20 years, I acted for the police. It was my knowledge of police methodology which enabled me to tip this case upside down.
       "The police prosecuted the wrong person and had him convicted of wilful murder." #
    [May 3, 07]

    • Lawrence/Mallard tactics to cost millions.  Australia flag; 

    Lawrence/Mallard tactics to cost millions

       Letter sent to The West Australian, by Unusual Suspect, sent May 3, 2007
       I prophesy there will be huge sums wasted by the tactics of police and others at the Corruption and Crime Commission's inquiry into how Andrew Mallard was wrongly imprisoned (see report of 3/5) www.thewest. aspx?MenuID=77& ContentID=27689 .
       My belief arose when I heard an experienced lawyer tell the Commissioner that the counsel assisting had told him there would be no private hearings. It is standard practice that the CCC and similar bodies interstate use private hearings to find out the truth, and just as importantly, who is trying to tell the truth and who isn't.
       And to claim that there had been "scurrilous allegations" by a man with the same initials as the national carrier, and a journalist, shows me that, right from the start, time and money will be wasted.
       You see, the lawyer who they were targeting knows the methods of the police union -- he used to be their preferred lawyer. Far from being "scurrilous" the inquiries by the brave journalists and this lawyer and others were shown to be along the right lines.
       And for the five police not to each have his own lawyer, knowing how the CCC works, suggests to me that there won't be "enough time" to hire other lawyers when the CCC tries to start its hearings in June. The taxpayer will have to hear cries about "due process" and "human rights," and foot the bill for more delays -- funny, that!
       I beg the police union and the group involved, in the interests of regaining public respect, to do the opposite of what my intuition suspects they have been doing up to date. #
    [May 3, 07]

    • Rents to soar $100 as house crisis bites.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

    Rents to soar $100 as house crisis bites

       The West Australian, By SHANE WRIGHT and RHIANNA KING, Page One, Wednesday, June 20, 2007
       CANBERRA -- Renting a house in Perth could cost $100 a week more in the next year as migrants flood into WA to take advantage of the employment boom, a leading property forecaster warns.
       Residex chief John Edwards said Perth, where rent has traditionally been relatively cheap compared with most capital cities, would become one of Australia's most expensive for tenants with a median price of almost $400 a week by the middle of next year.
       "We expect weekly rents to increase in Perth by up to $100 over the next year due to the continuing high demand for housing," Mr Edwards said.
       "Renters in this city certainly have the capacity to meet the rising cost as WA currently has the highest weekly earnings of any State."
       But Real Estate Institute of WA president Rob Druitt rejected Residex's forecast, though he believed rents would rise.
       "We see more about $10 a quarter or $40 to $50 a year, which is in line with what's been going on the last couple of years," he said.
       Predictions of rising rents came as nervous coalition MPs agitated over housing affordability in yesterday's joint party room meeting, with backbenchers worried about the political fallout.
       WA Senator Alan Eggleston said extending mortgages to as long as 60 years, as in Germany, could be the solution. "By extending the life of mortgages, payments are reduced and people are partially insulated from interest rate changes," he said.
       "Longer loans that give lower payments mean more people can enter the market without the barrier of having to save for a larger deposit."
       Senator Eggleston said another option was tax concessions for interest on home loans.
       "If we do not resolve the problem of housing affordability, Australia could be faced with a unique paradox where our citizens have excellent chances of employment, good wages, high levels of education ... yet low levels of home ownership will become the norm for the first time in our modern history and the Australian dream may never be the same again," he said.
       Treasurer Peter Costello has warned against longer loans, saying caution was needed because borrowers could pay more in the long run.
       Senator Eggleston and WA Liberal MPs Don Randall and Michael Keenan criticised the WA Government for contributing to the crisis and urged it to reduce "excessive" property taxes and free up more land.
       Mr Keenan, the member for Stirling, suggested younger home buyers be allowed to use superannuation for a deposit. People around the age of 30 would have $30,000 to $40,000 in superannuation, an appropriate sum for a loan, he said.
       People from "his generation" were the hardest hit. "It was an idea I was putting out for the Government to have a look at, but there are lots of different ways you could do it," he said. #
       [RECAPITULATION: Mr Keenan, the member for Stirling, suggested younger home buyers be allowed to use superannuation for a deposit. People around the age of 30 would have $30,000 to $40,000 in superannuation ... ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: So MHR Keenan wants to use up the savings for retirement, instead of going to the root causes of the land price "bubble." COMMENT ENDS.] [Jun 20, 07]

    • CCC to investigate Burke-Fong email affair.  Australia flag; 

    CCC to investigate Burke-Fong email affair

       The West Australian On-line, www.thewest. aspx?MenuID= 145&Content ID=32881 , 16:45 WST, Friday June 29, 2007
       PERTH: The Corruption and Crime Commission will investigate whether there has been any misconduct in the relationship between the State's highest paid bureaucrat Neale Fong, and former premier turned lobbyist Brian Burke.
      [Picture] Mr Fong.   
       Commissioner Len Roberts-Smith QC said the investigation had been launched following the assessment of a complaint made to the CCC by Opposition leader Paul Omodei.
       Mr Roberts-Smith said the CCC has been conducting an ongoing investigation into the activities of lobbyists including Mr Burke and had material that for legal reasons could not be handed over to Ken Pettit, who is also conducting an inquiry into the matter.
       "The decision to conduct the investigation is also due to the nature of the complaint against Dr Fong and his seniority," Mr Roberts-Smith said.
       "It is not possible at this stage to say what form the investigation will take or to give a likely completion date." #
       [COMMENT: Previous news reports were that Mr Fong had not had any e-mail contact with Mr Burke.  Then it was revealed he had, but could not remember what they were about.  Mr Eddy Lee of Amcom was supposed (reported June 26) to have arranged, through Mr Burke, to meet Mr Fong on May 1, 2006, to discuss selling $2m worth of telecommunication products to the State Government.  "Oh, what a tangled web ..." ENDS.]
       LINKS: Also see June 21 www.thewest. default. aspx?MenuID= 77&ContentID= 32068 , AND June 22 www.thewest. aapstory. aspx?Story Name=393694 . [Jun 29, 07]

    • Hughes denies link with Burke.  Australia flag; 

    Hughes denies link with Burke

       Joondalup Times newspaper (Perth suburb), p 3, July 12, 2007
       KINGSLEY MLA Judy Hughes has denied campaign donations from Brian Burke meant they had a close association.
       Mrs Hughes responded to calls from Hillarys MLA Rob Johnson that she step down from the joint standing committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission by saying that she had no intention of doing so.
       "I don't see it as a donation to Judy Hughes as such, but to the Labor cause," she said. Mrs Hughes said that after months of campaigning starting in 2004, it began to look as though she would win the then-Liberal held seat of Kingsley, which made Labor insiders, such as Mr Burke, take notice.
       "I door-knocked for 10 months," she said. "Anything I won was because I was prepared to do the work myself."
       Mrs Hughes said there was no potential for conflict of interest because the committee's role was purely to oversee the CCC and did not interfere in investigations or hearings. Mr Johnson made the call for Mrs Hughes' resignation earlier this week.
       "I am not saying Judy Hughes has done anything wrong, just that there is or has been a relationship and that could generate perceived conflicts of interest considering the CCC's investigations into Brian Burke," he said. #
       [COMMENT: Is there no limit to the reach of Brian Burke, Julian Grill, and Noel Crichton-Browne?  Remember, the WA Parliament has already started an inquiry into the Corruption and Crime Commission -- no wonder, some politicians might fear who will be exposed any day soon!  In Queensland when an equivalent body exposed Labor Party election fraud a few years ago, the Labor-dominated Parliament allowed the prosecution to proceed, but later changed its format and name.  In Victoria, when the Auditor-General's reports exposed too much, the Parliament removed the staff and told the office-holder to "farm out" the work!  A later Cabinet has reversed that decision. COMMENT ENDS.]
       LINK: Corruption and Crime Commission (W.A.) [Jul 12, 07]

    • New rights charter 'may help criminals'.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

    New rights charter ‘may help criminals’

       The West Australian, www.thewest. , By AMANDA BANKS, pp 1 and 8, Saturday, August 25, 2007
       PERTH (WA): Laws which ensure tough jail terms for WA's most dangerous rapists, paedophiles, drug dealers and home burglars and allow property to be confiscated from organised criminals could be scuttled by the State Government's controversial new human rights Bill, one of Australia's leading constitutional experts has warned.
       Key planks of the Government's policies to curb anti-social behaviour, including the Northbridge curfew and move-on orders, could also be undermined, according to Curtin University's Greg Craven.
       Professor Craven said the Bill could expose the Government to legal action over failures to protect children, pro-choice groups could try to dismantle remaining restrictions on abortion laws that were passed amid heated debate in 1998 and prisoners could launch legal action over living conditions in WA's overcrowded jails.
       He said defence lawyers were likely to trawl through the Bill, which canvasses basic civil and democratic rights in areas such as arrest, detention and court processes in their fight for their clients.
       Professor Craven said the Government, which has set up a committee to investigate the Bill and released a draft for comment, had failed to consider the potential ramifications of a human rights Act, which could result in a shift of power from Parliament and into the hands of the judiciary.
       He also warned the Bill could prove a political boon for the Opposition in the lead-up to the next State election, opening the Government to attack on law and order issues.
       But Attorney-General Jim McGinty yesterday rejected the suggestion that laws would be struck down by the Bill, saying the draft Act included built-in protections that maintained the sovereignty of Parliament and ensured no human right was absolute.
       Mr McGinty said even laws that were declared by the Supreme Court to be incompatible with the human rights Bill would not be overridden by the ruling and Parliament would be able to retain laws that breached the Act but were in the public interest.
       "Democratically elected Parliament will retain the right to override established civil and political rights, but they need to then deal with the political consequences," he said.
       "Parliament has got the right to enact laws and we are not proposing that the courts have the right to strike them down. Parliament can say this is an area in which we think it is appropriate to curtail someone's human rights.
    Rights charter ‘may help criminals’
       "Maybe there is a political price to pay or maybe a political benefit." But Professor Craven said arguing that Parliament could simply override the laws defeated the purpose of having a human rights Bill. He said some of WA's tough criminal laws may even be considered "bad laws" but fundamental and complex policy issues should be decided by elected MPs, not left open to interpretation by the government-appointed judiciary. "It is the whole law that is the problem. It is the essential character that makes it difficult," Professor Craven said.
       "The thing that makes them (the human rights laws) so challenging is you can't tell what they mean in advance. The question is not whether there are issues or not, it is who should decide questions like that. Should it be elected parliamentarians, comprised of a wide range of men and women from a range of backgrounds, or unelected judges from narrow backgrounds who know nothing about policy? This legislation becomes an enormous bargaining chip with which groups can make demands of government. I think it will have very significant effects. My own view is they will be bad effects."
       Fred Chaney, who chairs Mr McGinty's human rights committee, said Professor Craven's concerns would be considered but had only been supported in a minority of public submissions. He said the committee would not draw any conclusions until submitting its report in November. #
       [COMMENT: The Labor Party's Left wing tries the Bill of Rights gambit to "paper over" the the long-term breakdown of law and order, exposure of police "framing" people such as Mallard, understaffed hospital and health system, and general misgovernment.  The comments of the ex-Minister Fred Chaney show just what is wrong with the "wet" wing of the Liberal Party!  The hospital system in disarray was shown a few days later, August 30, by a front-page headline "Hospital chaos as 170 wait for a bed."  What on earth would the two-party system do if there was a terrorist attack or an earthquake? ENDS.] [Aug 25, 07]

    • Trials to be longer and dearer under rights laws: DPP. 

    Trials to be longer and dearer under rights laws: DPP

       The West Australian, By AMANDA BANKS, p 8, Saturday, August 25, 2007
       PERTH: The State Government's proposed human rights laws could blow out the length and cost of trials when lawyers argue over them in the criminal courts, WA's top prosecutor has warned.
       Director of Public Prosecutions Robert Cock said the laws could increase demands on resources, leading to more arguments that could prolong trials as the laws were clarified.
       "Naturally, these sorts of Bills seem to generally have a process which requires some judicial interpretation," Mr Cock said. "There might be greater scope for additional arguments to be presented in criminal trials. Anything that prolongs trials obviously has cost implications. I am not saying it is a concern. It is a matter of identifying it and being prepared for it."
       But Attorney-General Jim McGinty said the introduction of similar human rights laws in Victoria, which had been used as a model for the WA Bill, had not caused longer and more expensive trials.
       "The number of times it will be raised are few," Mr McGinty said. "Robert Cock is jumping at shadows on this issue."
       Fred Chancy, chairman of the Government-appointed human rights committee investigating the Bill, said it was possible the laws would prolong trials but he would "suspend his judgment" pending the group's report to Mr McGinty.
      ‘Anything that prolongs trials obviously has cost implications’  
       Mr Chaney has also revealed many people told him they wanted the charter extended to cover broader social and economic rights, particularly breaches of the rights of disadvantaged and marginalised groups.
       Mr Chaney described the level of support for broader rights as unusual, but said the right to affordable shelter amid an unprecedented housing crisis, the trampling of property rights and disrespectful behaviour by public servants had emerged as common themes during consultation.
       But he warned that no other jurisdiction had incorporated broader social and economic rights in a human rights Bill, saying there were practical difficulties in enforcing the laws.
       "How do you actually do anything about that (affordable shelter) in a rights context when you are really talking about the availability of builders and tradesmen and money for materials?" Mr Chaney said. "It starts to get very, very complicated."
       Committee summaries of feedback reveal concerns it could lead to a duplication of the fiasco in Britain, where pressure is mounting to dump a commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights.
       Other submissions hailed the Bill as necessary to counter the erosion of human rights and to hold government departments accountable.
       The Supreme Court, Aboriginal Legal Service, WA Law Society, DPP and police will lodge submissions on the draft bill and the ALS will hold public forums on Monday. The deadline for submissions is Friday. #
    [Aug 25, 07]

    • The Bill and the Fallout. 
       The West Australian, www.thewest. , p 8, Saturday, August 25, 2007
       (The proposed Bill of Rights could lead to court cases seeking compensation for many of Western Australia's regular practices, and even of innovative laws passed by the very Government that is proposing this new law!)


       Clause 7: Every person has, after he or she is born, a right to life and a right not to be arbitrarily deprived of life.
    Implication: Moves by pro-choice groups to dismantle remaining restrictions on abortion laws.
       Clause 10: A person lawfully in Australia has the right to move freely within WA and to choose where to live in WA.
    Implication: Challenges to the Northbridge curfew for juveniles and move-on laws designed to prevent anti-social behaviour.
       Clause 17: Every child has the right to such protection as he or she needs because of being a child and must have a name and their birth registered with the State.
    Implication: Legal action over the failures of Government departments and agencies, such as the Department of Child Protection, for failing to protect children.
       Clause 20: Aboriginal people have distinct cultural rights and must not be denied the right, with other members of their community, to enjoy their identity and culture, maintain and use their language and maintain their kinship ties.
    Implication: Action over failures to deliver key services to remote Aboriginal communities.
       Clause 21: A person who is arrested and detained on a
    criminal charge must be promptly brought before a court, be brought to trial within a reasonable time having regard to all the circumstances or otherwise be released.
    Implication: Challenges to remands in custody when the court system is facing a backlog.
       Clause 22: A detained person must be treated with humanity and respect for the dignity of all persons and must be separated from people serving sentences of imprisonment where reasonably practicable.
    Implication: Legal action over living conditions in WA's overcrowded prisons.
       Clause 24: A person charged with an offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.
    Implication: Challenges to laws which reverse the onus of proof, including proceeds of crime confiscation laws and drugs laws.
       Clause 26: A person must not be tried or punished more than once for an offence for which they have been finally convicted or acquitted in accordance with the law.
    Implication: Challenges to mandatory jail terms for repeat home burglars and indefinite jail terms for dangerous rapists and paedophiles, arguments for the formal recognition of tribal punishment. #
       [COMMENT: The proposed Bill of Rights could lead to court cases seeking compensation for Western Australia setting a curfew on children haunting night-club areas, for the State not protecting children, failing to provide services in communities hundreds of kilometres from towns, WA's 12 to 24 month court delays, overcrowding in WA's prisons, crime and drug confiscation laws, and indefinite confinement of dangerous rapists and paedophiles, etc.
       Clause 26 is quite problematical, because law-enforcement agencies are now waking up that, with new science it is now possible to prove the guilt of people who got an acquittal, just as it is proving the innocence of people wrongly convicted.  Governments are toying with the idea of abolishing the judicial rules against "double jeopardy," but this Bill of Rights wants to enshrine it!
       In short, the State Labor Government, talking of a budget "surplus" while buildings and railway tracks are not maintained, is offering the public a dream instead of doing what by law it is already supposed to be doing -- the shadow instead of the substance. COMMENT ENDS.] [Aug 25, 07]

    • New tax shock to hit land buyers.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

    New tax shock to hit land buyers

       The West Australian, By ROBERT TAYLOR, State Political Editor, p 2, Saturday, September 1, 2007
       PERTH: Hard-pressed WA land buyers could soon be hit with a development tax applied by local governments, adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a block.
       WA is the only State without a uniform "development contribution" charge, but that is set to change with the Local Government Association and Urban Development Institute of Australia working out a formula that would apply across the State.
       "The major developers do the right thing already but this is a net to try to catch the ones who do a 25-lot development and disappear and take the money and go to another area and do another 25 lots," WALGA president Bill Mitchell said yesterday.
       UDIA chief executive Debra Goostrey conceded that consumers would pay for" any increases in development charges because of the new uniform formula which would be applied at the discretion of individual councils.
       "If the developer contribution is higher than it is now, those costs will be passed through to the consumer," Ms Goostrey said. "The figures aren't done at the moment. It will really need to get beyond the stage it is now and actually be running some trials to see what it means on the ground."
       But Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said she was confident any increased costs would be absorbed by developers.
      [Picture] Another blow: Thousands of dollars could be added to the cost of a block.  
       "I don't believe in the current market in WA that this is going to add to the cost of land. I think it may have an impact on some developers' profits," Ms MacTiernan said. She said market forces would stop developers passing on to consumers any increase in costs from the tax.
       "There's never been any analysis of who has actually made the money out of the property boom," she said. "And how the price of the same land, a block that's sold for $125,000 in 2004, was selling for $230,000 by the same developer two years later, right across the metropolitan area.
       "There were profits of 150-200 per cent that were being made, so I don't believe under those sorts of conditions that what this is going to do is increase the price."
       But prominent property developer Nigel Satterley said that with the market tightening, profit margins were contracting and developers would pass on any increase in costs.
       In the Eastern States, development taxes are calculated on the pressure a new subdivision places on existing shire infrastructure, including community halls, swimming pools, sports grounds and even library books.
       Ms Goostrey said developer contributions had in some parts of the east coast "blown out" affordability but she hoped the UDIA and WALGA could come up with a formula that was equitable.
       Shadow treasurer Troy Buswell said the State's Economic Regulator should examine the underlying costs of land development.
       "There is a concern that local government and State Government utilities are charging more than is justified for the infrastructure they're providing and if that underlying issue isn't addressed then the replacement of existing fees and charges by a uniform development tax may simply be passing on an inflated, unjustifiable cost to consumers," Mr Buswell said. #
       [EXPLANATION: "Shadow treasurer Troy Buswell" really means the Opposition's spokesperson on treasury matters. ENDS.] [Sep 1, 07]

    • Burke, Grill, Buswell cleared by CCC report.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

    Burke, Grill, Buswell cleared by CCC report

       The West Australian, by ROBERT TAYLOR, STATE POLITICAL EDITOR, pp 1 and 7, Wednesday, October 10, 2007
       PERTH: The long-awaited Corruption and Crime Commission report into the Canal Rocks development at Smiths Beach near Yallingup has found that much-vilified lobbyists Brian Burke and Julian Grill did nothing illegal in trying to influence the outcome of Busseltoa Shire Council approvak for the project.
       The Smiths Beach investigation, which cost taxpayers $3 million and led-to a wider inquiry into tits activities of Mr Burke and Mr Grill, has recorded findings of misconduct against two senior jublic servants, former Environmental Protection Authority boss Wally Cox and three sitting Busselton shire councillors but cleared Deputy Opposition Leader Troy Boswell of any wrongdoing.
       The commission also found that former South-West development minister Norm Marlborough, who was sacked by Alan Carpenter when the CCC revealed the extent of his ongoing contact with Mr Burke, had "failed to act with integrity in the performance of his duties" by agreeing to Mr Burke's request that former Basselton shire president Beryle Morgan be appointed to the board of the South-West Development Commission.
       But Mr Marlborough broke his long silence over his treatment at the CCC yesterday to claim he had never been given the opportunity to respond to the adverse findings in the report and pointed out that he never appointed Ms Morgan to the SWDC.
       And Mr Marlborough also claimed that he told Mr Burke in a telephone conversation sometime in September or October 2006 that he would not appoint Ms Morgan to the board.
       "I'm guilty for not appointing her. I rang Burke in the morning from my home and told him that the appointment wouldn't be made. In fact we had a verbal stoush. And I'm saying to them (the CCC) you pleased yourself what conversations you put out, you would have a copy of this one, let the public hear it," Mr Marlborough said last night.
       A spokesman for the CCC claimed yesterday that the commission had "fulfilled the obligations under section 86 of the Act in terms of giving parties receiving an adverse mention the opportunity to comment".
      [Pictures] THE WINNERS: Brian Burke, Julian Grill, Troy Buswell; AND THE LOSERS: Paul Frewer, Wally Cox, Mike Allen.  
    With the air clear, clouds gather over Omodei’s future
       First and foremost, the Corruption and Crime Commission's report into the Smiths Beach scandal clears the way for Vasse MP Troy Buswell to take over the leadership of the Liberal Party from Paul Omodei before the 2009 State election.
       Secondly, it casts serious doubt on the value WA taxpayers are getting from a Corruption and Crime Commission that appears, at this stage at least, to have spent a lot of time and money discovering that lobbyists try to influence public servants and politicians on behalf of their clients.
       Who's who in the Canal Rocks saga P7
       Careers tarnished by CCC findings P9

       The Government has launched a concerted attack on Mr Buswell since he gave evidence at the CCC hearings that he had met Liberal Party powerbroker Noel Crichton-Browne in a carpark at Parliament House and, in part, had discussed the Smiths Beach issue.
       But the CCC report actually commends Mr Buswell for how he dealt with the approach from Mr Crichton-Browne, saying it was to his credit that he had told other Busselton councillors of an approach from the lobbyist and that they needed to ensure there were at 1east two of them present at any future meetings.
       With the Smiths Beach report out of the way, Mr Buswell will almost certainly be promoted into the party's top job before the election is due, given Mr Omodei's continued poor showing in the polls.
       The CCC failed to deliver the knockout blow against Mr Buswell that Alan Carpenter and his senior ministers had been predicting for the 10 months, which might be why the Premier, Treasurer Eric Ripper and Attorney-General Jim McGinty were all out of town yesterday.
       In fact, the Smiths Beach report turned into a damp squib, failing comprehensively to nail Mr Buswell and almost vincicating Mr Carpenter's bogeymen of choice, Brian Burke and Julian Grill.  It came close to reinforcing their claim all along that they were just very good at their jobs.
       Continued on page 6

       Mr Burke and Mr Grill both lashed out at the CCC after the report was handed down, claiming they had endured enormous scrutiny, loss of privacy, huge financial expense and great stress to their families, only to be cleared of any wrongdoing.
       "While I am naturally pleased to read that the CCC does not allege criminal, corrupt, misconduct or even improper behaviour by me or Julian Grill, I remain puzzled about how the inquiry and public hearings leading to this report, its cost and the great damage it has done to innocent people can be justified," Mr Burke said.
       But while CCC executive director Mike Silverstone said no recommendations for criminal charges would result from the allegations surroundings Smiths Beach, the commission was getting independent legal advice in regard to false evidence given at the hearings late last year.
       The commission made misconduct findings against acting director-general of the Department of Water Paul Frewer and Department of Planning and Infrastructure senior officer Mike Allen, and recomme disciplinary action against Department of Environment and Conservation officer Mark Brabazon.
       Yesterday afternoon, the director general of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Mal Wauchope, announced that Mr Frewer would be removed from his position and sent back to the DPI, while disciplinary actions would be started against other two public servants.
       Mr Allen said he would welcome a public sector investigation into his role because he said "they will do a better job than the CCC".
       "What they said about me is based on no evidence whatsoever and they have taken an assumption by Brian Burke that was in his testimony as being the Gospel truth.. . They've come out with a finding of misconduct against me and it's based on an awful lot of hearsay and supposition," he ...
       Continued on page 7
       [See also Page 9 about Mr Wally Cox.]
       [TO BUY THE PAPER: GPO Box N 1027, Perth, WA, 6843, Australia; Tel 9842 3177, letters § wanews com au . ENDS.] [Oct 10, 07]

    • Carpenter to expel Archer from ALP.  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 

    Carpenter to expel Archer from ALP

       The West Australian, www.thewest. aspx?MenuID= 145&Content ID=46981 , AAP, November 14, 2007
       West Australian Premier Alan Carpenter says he wants to expel MP Shelley Archer from the state parliamentary Labor party after she was found in contempt of parliament.
      [Picture] Shelley Archer.   
       Mr Carpenter told reporters in Perth today he had asked Ms Archer, the partner of union boss Kevin Reynolds, to resign but she had refused.
       The premier said he was now moving to have her expelled.
       “I have just had a meeting with Shelley Archer, I want her out of the State parliamentary Labor party by way of resignation or expulsion,” Mr Carpenter said.
       “She said she won’t resign so I want her expelled.”
      [Picture] Alan Carpenter.   
       The move comes after a West Australian parliamentary report last night recommended criminal prosecutions be considered against lobbyists Brian Burke and Noel Crichton-Browne as well as two sitting MPs - Ms Archer and Liberal MP Anthony Fels.
       Mr Carpenter said the report into a bid to set up an inquiry into the state’s iron ore policy revealed “a litany of deceit, of conspiracy and of false evidence”.
       The select committee found Mr Burke and his business partner Julian Grill sought to influence the parliamentary standing committee on estimates and financial operations in late 2006 and early 2007 as it considered an inquiry into WA’s iron ore industry.
       Mr Burke and Mr Grill had been hired as lobbyists by Cazaly Resources in its fight against Rio Tinto for control of the Shovelanna iron ore mining tenement.
       The committee found Mr Burke and Mr Grill had devised the idea for an iron ore industry probe with the aim of positively influencing the battle for Shovelanna.
       Central to their plan, the select committee said, was influencing two members of the standing committee in question.
       Mr Carpenter acknowledged today was not a good day to be moving to expel any Labor MP.
       “It is not a great day to be making this sort of decision with the federal Labor Party’s national campaign launch.
       “I’ve done this because I believe her behaviour has been completely unacceptable.
       “I’ve said before that when members of my government act in such a grossly inappropriate way I believe that they should be put out of the party or forced out of the state parliamentary Labor Party. I should act.
       “What I believed has been revealed by that report is a litany of deceit, of conspiracy and of false evidence.
       “I anticipate that there will be a strong angry reaction from some members of parliament and of the Western Australian community.
       “I’m disturbed ... by how easily Brian Burke in particular and others have been able to manipulate people.”
       The premier said he had told ALP state secretary Bill Johnson to anticipate proceedings will begin to have Ms Archer forced out of the state Labor Party if she won’t resign.
       Comment was being sought from Ms Archer. #
    [Nov 14, 07]

    • Room for many more close to city.  Australia flag;  Victoria (Australia) flag; 

    Room for many more close to city

       The Age (Daily, Melbourne, Vic., Australia), www.theage. national/ room-for- many-more- close-to- city/ 2007/11/15/ 119476686 8966.html , by Ben Schneiders, page 3, November 16, 2007
       MELBOURNE (Vic), Australia – THOUSANDS more people could live close to the city if swathes of vacant and disused land was converted into new houses and apartments, a new report shows.
       Despite claims that land shortages are the source of the housing affordability crisis, in one small area around Footscray there is enough unused land to house more than 1000 people, the report by Earthsharing Australia has found.
       Author Karl Fitzgerald tracked vacant land and homes, as well as disused industrial and commercial sites, in Bluestone ward in the City of Maribyrnong. He found there was scope for an extra 430 dwellings, which could increase the area's estimated population of about 9000 by more than 10 per cent.
       The ward includes the suburbs of West Footscray and Footscray, where median house prices have jumped more than 25 per cent in the past year to above $400,000.
       Mr Fitzgerald said it was speculators sitting on land, rather than a lack of land on the urban fringe, that was the bigger factor in housing affordability.
       He said speculators could hold land and wait for capital gains to flow their way over time. His group, part of Prosper Australia, wants holders of under-used land taxed more heavily to encourage development.
       RMIT associate professor Michael Buxton said the issue was widespread across Melbourne. He said such taxes would need to be introduced carefully as they could be a disincentive or lead to the wrong types of development.
       Housing Industry Association Victorian executive director Caroline Lawrey said a property owner had the right to determine if and when it was developed. #
       [RECAPITULATION: Mr Fitzgerald said ... speculators could hold land and wait for capital gains to flow their way over time. His group, part of Prosper Australia, wants holders of under-used land taxed more heavily to encourage development.  RMIT associate professor Michael Buxton said the issue was widespread across Melbourne.  He said such taxes would need to be introduced carefully as they could be a disincentive or lead to the wrong types of development. ENDS.]
       [COMMENT: Oh, yeah?!  In whose opinion?  And has anyone wondered why more people would be wanted (? from overseas), after years of drought? COMMENT ENDS.]
       [LINK/S: ENDS.] [Nov 16, 07]

    • Rural And Water, Fishing, Police, Hospitals -- Why Support Dinosaurs?  Australia flag; 

    Rural And Water, Fishing, Police, Hospitals -- Why Support Dinosaurs?

       To various News Media, From an Informed Source, Saturday, November 17, 2007
       Here in WA we have a Labor government refusing to let a little man, Brian Burns, clear his two blocks of land in the Albany region (with no compensation), and closing down the domestic commercial fishing industry up and down the coast near Perth, while failing to cut the bag limits for pleasure fishing.
       Yet the Coalition has failed to provide enough naval and air power to stop foreign fishermen plundering our reefs and seas, and does little more than talk to stop the Japanese, like the Russians before them, from clearing the whales out.
       In drought-crippled Victoria and New South Wales, town and city dwellers will still be able to water gardens and lawns, while food and fibre producers will go bankrupt for lack of a part of their water allocation. In one State the irrigators will get the accounts to pay, but will have a zero allocation! That State is supposed to be Labor.
       How could Australian electors change to Labor or support the Coalition, with the Burke and Crichton-Browne scandals in Western Australia showing that the Establishment will do anything, including using Labor and Liberal lobbyists side by side, to "rip off" the public.
       Could anyone believe that the police disarray in Victoria is not the responsibility of Labor to fix? And isn't the Coalition after 11 1/2 years in power to blame for the scandal of the Income Tax laws, evaded and avoided by the people well blessed with this world's goods?
       Hospital emergency department overcrowding has been caused by decades of reductions in university places for doctors and training for nurses, the guilt falling both on the Coalition and Labor, who both then let the rules be broken for immigrants who really are needed in their own disease-stricken homelands.
       That is why I believe the Libertarian Movement advertisement that asks us to oppose selling Australia out, and to break the two-party Establishment.
       "If small party candidates are not elected, your vote is not 'wasted', the major party in the second last place is likely to get your vote," the advertisement says. (The Weekend Australian, November 17-18, page 17).
    [Nov 17, 07]

    • Protect your rights; your Senate vote is vital!  Australia flag;  Western Australia, State flag; Aust. Nat. Flag Assn. 
       The West Australian, Advertisement, p 22, Thursday, November 22, 2007
    10 • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2007                             THE WEST AUSTRALIAN



    Graeme Campbell is committed to protect our Common Law Rights - the right to free speech, the right to a fair trial, the presumption of innocence and in particular, the right to own, use and enjoy property, including the family home, without unfair interference by the State.

    He insists that State Governments be required to compensate individuals "on just terms" as is required by the Australian Constitution.

    Where State Governments' blight the value of private property by such means as heritage impositions, radical environmental policies and slow autocratic planning procedures, proper compensation should be made to those affected.

    For many Western Australians ownership of property has become a liability. Increasingly, taxes and restrictions on land use and management are destroying the enjoyment and benefits of ownership. The damage to private incentive and investment will become more apparent when the boom times end.
    Graeme Campbell will fight for you - and no one else has
    put their hand up!

    VOTE 1
       [COMMENT: A property rights association based in Applecross backs Graeme Campbell of Kalgoorlie standing for the Senate.  Mr Campbell during 2007 continued his strong support for beleaguered lobbyist Julian Grill, formerly of WA Inc infamy. COMMENT ENDS.] [Inserted on WWW 14 Jan 2008; date is Nov 22, 07]

    • Political pain that all states must embrace.  Australia flag; Australian Nat. Flag Assn.  Queensland (Australian State) flag; 

    Political pain that all states must embrace

       The Weekend Australian, by PETER BEATTIE, p 20, December 8-9, 2007
    THE Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission caused me, as premier, enormous political pain and, more than any other organisation, put my government at risk on several occasions.
       CMC investigations or inquiries caused me to lose a deputy premier and two members of state parliament, while one former minister went to jail, another is facing court and a couple of other ministers lost their portfolios.
       Since its inception in 1990, this standing royal commission has pursued crooked police officers, dishonest politicians and public officials to keep all the bastards honest, to borrow a line from Democrats founder Don Chipp.
       The CMC emerged from the Fitzgerald inquiry into corruption in Queensland which ran between 1987 and 1989. In May 1987 the then Queensland National Party government headed by Joh Bjelke-Petersen was forced by public and media pressure to set up a commission of inquiry into possible misconduct and illegal activities by police.
       This followed the broadcast of an ABC Four Corners program called The Moonlight State and the publication of various press articles. The Fitzgerald inquiry and report led to the establishment of the Criminal Justice Commission, which became the CMC, to deal with official misconduct and corruption.
       Without the Fitzgerald report, this independent, standing royal commission would never have been created. Unlike politicians, commissioner Tony Fitzgerald QC did not depend on favourable media coverage for re-election, and the inquiry's public hearings and subsequent recommendations changed Queensland forever.
       Cleverly, he recommended that this independent watchdog be accountable, through an all-party committee, to the parliament, not to the executive government. This safeguards the commission's independence. The executive is responsible only for the commission's budget, but this too is carefully watched by the estimates committee process and the parliament through the committee.
       So, why am I consistently on the public record as one of the CMC's strongest supporters, and why did I, as premier, refer many of the matters to the CMC that subsequently caused me such pain? The answer is simple. Queensland needed, and indeed all states need, a watchdog beyond government control to maintain honesty and integrity in public administration.
       NSW and Western Australia have similar powerful watchdogs. Even though in Queensland the CMC came about only as a result of the Fitzgerald inquiry, eventually other states, such as Victoria, will have to follow suit.
       For politicians, these independent bodies are a political nightmare, but for public administration they act like a truth serum. History has shown that a cosy link between politicians and corrupt police leads to corruption. Police power needs checks and balances. Internal police processes are not enough. There has to be external review, with the protection of the parliament.
       More to the point, the public must be empowered to take allegations to an independent body to have their concerns fairly and properly investigated without the dead hand of political intervention from executive government to protect politicians, police or local government from the consequences of their misdeeds.
       The CMC has had a therapeutic effect on politicians and police alike because they know their behaviour can be the subject of an independent investigation.
       This in Queensland has resulted in a significant improvement in public behaviour and a serious change in culture since the pre-Fitzgerald corrupt days. Queensland is a better and more honest place. Sure, there is the occasional vengeful or mischievous complaint, but these can be dismissed after investigation and, in addition, it is an offence to make false complaints.
       Bodies such as the CMC are the only long-term safeguards against political and police corruption. There also needs to be a voice for the public to balance police union advocacy for its members whenever there is an incident involving police and the public.
       The union is a regular voice in the media explaining a police shooting or other incident Where is the public voice? The only hope is independent bodies such as the CMC.
       It is worth remembering that while the CMC's inquiries caused my government considerable political pain, they didn't cause political damage. The reason for that is simple: whenever there was an issue of alleged misconduct, it was referred immediately by my government to the CMC for investigation. The community knew we were honest and behaved honourably, notwithstanding the political pain. The electorate rewarded us for our honesty at the ballot box on several occasions.
      [Picture] Tony Fitzgerald QC  
       It is worth remembering what this fiercely independent body has prevented since it came into operation. The way to do that is to look at the outcomes of the Fitzgerald inquiry, where former police commissioner Terry Lewis was jailed in August 1991 for 14 years for corruption; Geraldo Bellino was jailed in 1991 for seven years for corruption; Vittorio Conte was jailed in 1991 for seven years; Warren Armstrong was jailed in 1989 for five years for corruption; Hector Hapeta was jailed in 1989 for heroin trafficking and in June 1990 for corruption; Ann Marie Tilley was jailed in 1990 for five years for corruption; former police officer Allen Bulger was jailed in 1990 for 12 years for corruption; former National Party minister Russ Hinze died in 1991 while on bribery charges; former premier Bjelke-Petersen beat perjury charges when the jury could not reach a verdict; former National Party ministers Don Lane, Brian Austin, Leisha Harvey and Geoff Muntz also served jail sentences; and Jack Herbert, a former corrupt police officer and bagman who gave evidence to the inquiry after being given immunity from prosecution, has regularly given evidence in a range of trials. Herbert lived with his wife Peggy under protection in New Farm in my former electorate until his death.
       Former premier Peter Beattie was a solicitor at the Fitzgerald inquiry.  He was also inaugural chairman of the parliamentary criminal justice committee, which supervised the Criminal Justice Commission.  Beattie has a master of arts from the Queensland University of Technology for a thesis on the Fitzgerald inquiry and the CJC entitled The Window of Opportunity: The Fitzgerald Experiment and the Queensland Criminal Justice Commission 1987-1992.  He was premier for more than nine years until September.
       [COMMENT: Might we add the electoral fraud convictions of Labor Party personalities, arising out of the inquiries of the FIRST such body (mentioned in the above article), the Criminal Justice Commission.  By searching for "electoral fraud" on this website, some of this material will be found.  Mr Beattie was a Labor Premier. COMMENT ENDS.] [Dec 8-9, 2007]

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    * [$40m recovered from Rothwells, $10m deposited with Denis Horgan company.] W. AUSTRALIA: Roman Catholic Church's links and cash deposits with the group loosely called "W.A. Inc" and Notre Dame University. Oct 18, 1992
    * Brian Burke 'a friend': Lee.  The Port Coogee development approval: Cockburn mayor STEPHEN LEE told the CCC that: he had no recollection of receiving invoices totalling $76,000 from Riley Mathewson, the public relations firm that managed his 2005 re-election, he had no recollection of a series of emails regarding his campaign, which had also been forwarded to Australand chief CHRIS LEWIS and Australand consultant BRIAN BURKE.  Mr Lee warmly shook the hand of Mr Burke.  Mr Burke's role in his re-election campaign and the former premier's $5000-a-month consultancy with Australand were discussed.  Feb 24, 07
    * Brokers: $30m deal for brokers' victims. The Western Australian Government and litigation funders IMF have finally agreed on a $30 million settlement package for victims of the Finance Brokers' scandal.  (But a nasty surprise awaited the W.A. public.  Read about the lobbyists.) Feb 18, 07
    * Burke, Grill, Buswell cleared by CCC report. PERTH: Oct 10, 07
    * Burke, Grill, Crichton-Browne Outcry Is 'Red Herring' For Sell-Outs. Royal Commission after the Burke premiership, Commission on Government, prison sentences.  But some of the same people earn living by lobbying!  Mr Julian Grill was enlisted by a Liberal to run a campaign against a Labor candidate, Mr Mark McGowan.  Far more serious are the sellout of Qantas, the sacking of 600 automotive workers, food imports, BHP Billiton gets 33m litres of water free daily, civil service independence overturned.  Mar 7, 07
    * [Businessmen's corruption usually not exposed as the Burke group's has been.]. Mar 02, 07
    * Call to ban corporate donations.  Although it is the Labor Party in WA that is revealed as taking secret donations from Big Business, the former national president of the party, Carmen Lawrence, MHR, is calling for a ban!  And some people will put her pleas down as a plus!  Feb 24, 07
    * Carpenter's men tell me all: Burke.  Brian Burke boasted to disgraced former MP Norm Marlborough that he could rely on at least two current Carpenter Government ministers and five different ministerial officers to provide him with confidential Cabinet information. ... Mr Marlborough resigned from Parliament late last year after the CCC inquiry into the Smiths Beach development revealed the depth of his relationship with Mr Burke. Feb 21, 07
    * Carpenter to expel Archer from ALP. W.AUSTRALIA: Nov 14, 07
    * CCC to investigate Burke-Fong email affair. PERTH: Jun 29, 07
    * CFMEU may still use Burke as an adviser.  Kevin Reynolds, secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, said he and Mr Burke had been close friends for 30 years and he was not about to "throw him on the scrapheap". ... the two dominant unions in the Left-aligned faction, the LHMU and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, said they would oppose Mr Grill's bid to remain in the party.  Mar 5, 07
    * Concern as China builds up Dili links.  "If China secured working control of Timor Leste's (East Timor's) sea lanes, the capacity to isolate Australian and Indonesian territorial and military assets, considered strategic threats to Chinese interests, opens a regional Pandora's box," she said.  Australia has been asked to move a millions-of-dollars warehouse complex several hundred metres to allow China to build a palace for whoever wins presidential elections due on April 9.  East Timorese Prime Minister Jose Ramos Horta said the land "had been allocated previously for presidential accommodation".  Mar 3, 07
    * [Coogee campaign daily in 2005: Burke boasts to Bob.] He also said "I did Port Coogee for them", which is believed to be a reference to his lobbying for the approval of the controversial marina for which he was paid a half-share in a $150,000 success fee. Feb 24, 07]
    * CREDIT BOSS GIVEN CHEAP LOAN: New shock for Teachers' Society members. PERTH, W. Australia. An executive, Mr Joe Bodlovich, got his home loan at about half the usual interest rate, no deposit required. Aug 27, 1987
    * Crichton-Browne, Liberal heavyweight fronts Western Australian Corruption and Crime Commission about links with disgraced Brian Burke.  [Cynics say that in most countries there is only the High Finance Party, with different branches vying for votes.] Feb 21, 07
    * Deal between Brian Burke (Labor) and Crichton-Browne (Liberal), enlisting Liberal MP Anthony Fels to help the victims of the W.A. finance brokers' scandal.  Feb 21, 07
    * Debt-driven = "[Debt-driven economy of Australia - David Keane, January 26, 2007]" Recent Australian Economic Trends. In the analysis released in September 2004, the yearly increase in Total Australian Liabilities for the first time exceeded 25% of the Australian Gross Domestic Product.  But now the level of Australian liabilities is blowing out in a very dangerous and volatile manner. We have clearly entered the end stage of our society's experiment with a debt driven economy.  Jan 26, 2007
    * Disgrace = "Premier admits: It's a State of disgrace."  PERTH: W.A. Premier Alan Carpenter admitted that the Burke-Grill affair was threatening to destroy his Government – just minutes before he was forced to sack a fourth minister following revelations at the Corruption and Crime Commission.  Feb 28, 07
    * Evidence taints Windimurra mine report. Feb 28, 07
    * Ex-Guantanamo inmate to run in Australia election. Feb 2, 2007
    * Face farming reality [plus Iraq casualties, Teachers' pay.]  No farmer in his right mind who has just lost his entire resource to a drought, which in all probability is caused by intractable and long-term global warming, is going to contemplate replanting the same crops again when it is possible, even probable, they will not reach maturity due to further drought. Apr 26, 07
    * Fair Share = "Call for fair share of boom windfalls."  Georgist Perth president John Massam said people who make huge amounts of profit from land or 'lucky breaks' should pay a bigger amount towards the police force, the army and the navy, and in doing so, lower income tax to almost nothing.  Jan 13, 07
    * Fail = [How a Fail became a B Pass in our schools.]  PERTH: More of the "dumbing down" in Western countries.  Mar 14, 07
    * Fat payouts [to AWB leaders.]   Lindberg, Ingleby, Geary, Stott, and Cooper -- payments, and a Cole Inquiry comment on each.  Jan 18, 07
    * Friend of Julian Grill -- where do you stand on major problems?  A letter asking the opponent of People Smugglers, Mr Graeme Campbell, former MHR of Kalgoorlie, where he stands with his continuing friendship with former "Labor" Minister Julian Grill, named as a member of a lobbying team that included former "Labor" Premier Mr Brian Burke and former "Liberal" Senator Mr Noel Crichton-Browne."  Mar 04, 07
    * Gallop slams business for Burke ties.  FORMER West Australian premier Geoff Gallop is furious with the state's business community for hiring disgraced lobbyist Brian Burke.  April 14-15, 2007
    * Gearing ="We're gearing to be the raiders."  Stock market guru, seemingly thinking we all have shares, sees 100 ships trying to take Australian coal and iron ore as the trigger for a fantasy, and invitation. Apr 26, 07
    * [Grill and Burke saved taxpayer by mine deals, but Lefties oppose.] "It's all about Labor factional warfare."  Letter from Mr Graeme Campbell, former Labor MHR.  But for the work of Julian Grill and Brian Burke, Portman Mining would have been forced to close down. ... Similarly, Xtrata, a Swiss company, closed down the vanadium mine in the Murchison merely to protect the price from its mines in Africa. It had no concern for the substantial taxpayer investment in infrastructure. Mar 07, 07
    * [Hicks outrage: Held 5 years with changing charges and newfangled illegal courts, writer sees a puzzle.]  The RC bishops of Australia have put their name to a statement of concern about David Hicks' case.  The Bishop of Broome, Christopher Saunders, says Hicks ... is being imprisoned without having had the opportunity to have the case against himself tested in a court of law.  British miscarriages of justice are the 1970s-era cases of the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six, supposedly Irish terrorists.  Feb 15, 07
    * [How Burke's team silenced reporters.]  With a nod and a WA Inc.  20 defamation writs against journalists silenced public debate. Mar 10-11, 2007
    * Hughes denies link with Burke. PERTH: July 12, 2007
    * Hypocrites breaking our law at every turn.  Minister Philip Ruddock is a member of Amnesty International, yet he does not bring David Hicks home from the illegal imprisonment (5 years now) at Guantanamo Bay. Feb 18, 07
    * Just another spectacular day in life of PMA boss. [Roderick Smith] . PERTH. Feb 28, 07
    * Lawrence / Mallard tactics to cost millions.  The first day of the Corruption and Crime Commission had two aspects that look like delaying tactics. May 3, 07
    * Lobby pair turn on own. Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels confirmed yesterday that the council paid former WA Labor Minister Mr Julian Grill thousands of dollars and took advice from former Labor Premier Mr Brian Burke at meetings at his home about a campaign designed to put heat on the Gallop Labor Government about a local train line.  A Labor Minister said ratepayers' cash had bankrolled what was a political campaign against him and the Government - engineered by local Liberals including Mr Sammels - that enlisted the services of the notorious lobbyists.  Mar 03, 07
    * Mallard police lawyer can't represent all five.  And he claimed he had been promised there would be no private hearings! May 3, 07
    * McRae axing a clear message from Carpenter on peril of murky deeds. PERTH: Feb 26, 07
    * McRae sacked as Carpenter braces for more trouble. PERTH: Feb 26, 07
    * [Mokbel the drugrunner got reference, though politician Thomson and his minister wife say they never met him.]  They were Labor politicians, supposedly defending the workers and the poor from the "greedy rich", and leading us all to a better life!  Mar 11, 07
    * [Negative gearing on land, now no land tax either!]  (This leaflet was produced by the Georgist Education Association to hand out at a Land Tax Revolt on Tuesday Feb 27, 2007, to which about 200 people came, at the front of Parliament House, Perth.)  Feb 27, 07
    * New rights charter 'may help criminals'.  PERTH: Labor Left-wing try the Bill of Rights gambit to "paper over" the long-term breakdown of law and order, exposure of police "framing" people such as Mallard, understaffed hospital and health system, and general misgovernment. Aug 25, 07
    * New tax shock to hit land buyers. PERTH: A uniform "development contribution" charge is planned on new subdivisions. Sep 1, 07
    * No puzzle about Hicks -- civil court trial to clear the air.  Serendipitously, the article about David Hicks appeared a day after the European Union Parliament exposed 14 of its member nations, supposedly Christian, who have allowed U.S. CIA agents to kidnap people off the streets of Europe, and fly them off to Muslim or other countries for torture, or use European airports for overseas victims.  Italy had previously issued arrest warrants for the U.S. kidnappers! Feb 18, 07
    * Oldfield fails test on Hanson sex.  On Today Tonight Mr David Oldfield, formerly of One Nation, was told a lie detector showed he had been deceptive in relation to a question about whether he had sex with party founder Pauline Hanson. March 30, 07
    * Our forsaken schools. ... about a third of Australia's 15-year-olds being functionally illiterate.  Pseudo small-L liberals and halfbaked Marxists, in both State and private schools, have an agenda in which teaching phonics is frowned on.  (The article does not mention whether teaching the arithmetic tables, or even the alphabet, are also frowned on.)  Mar 3-4, 2007.
    * Pauline Explains – Kiss and Tell, OR, How David Oldfield entered the Hanson camp.  OR, how to cheese off 1 million former O.N. voters!  Mar 18, 07
    * Political pain that all states must embrace. By Peter Beattie, former Premier of QUEENSLAND. Dec 8-9, 2007
    * Politicians who rejected e-mail -- Economy at crossroads. [Mar 19, 07]
    * Premier forced home to face new Cabinet crisis. Western Australia is involved in corruption to get land development and other deals speeded up by Cabinet ministers dealing with colourful former politicians Brian Burke and Julian Grill (Labor), and Noel Crichton-Browne (Liberal).  Feb 23, 07
    * Premier captive of Left, McGinty: union boss [Kevin Reynolds says]. PERTH: Complaints from friend of people exposed. Feb 26, 07
    * Protect your rights; Your Senate vote is vital! PERTH: A property rights association based in Applecross backs Graeme Campbell of Kalgoorlie standing for the Senate.  Mr Campbell during 2007 continued his strong support for beleaguered lobbyist Julian Grill, formerly of WA Inc infamy. Nov 22, 07
    * Quigley blasts police over Mallard case 'attack'. PERTH: May 3, 07
    * Relocalisation -- bringing it back home. Britain and France export to one another roughly equal tonnages of butter.  Mar 07, 07
    * Rents to soar $100 as house crisis bites. PERTH: [It's really a land crisis.] Jun 20, 07
    * Room for many more close to city. MELBOURNE. Nov 16, 07
    * Rudd backflips over dinner with Burke. AUSTRALIA: Kevin Rudd yesterday performed a stunning backfljp over his version of how he came to be at the now-infamous dinner with Brian Burke, admitting he knew well in advance that he would be dining with the disgraced former WA premier Mar 6, 07
    * Rural And Water, Fishing, Police, Hospitals -- Why Support Dinosaurs? AUSTRALIA: Nov 17, 07
    * Samuel Burke, by The Bard of the Baw Baws -- why developers and negative-gearers get ahead.  "I keep upon the scent, ... And there I buy what land I can ... And wait until it's right for sale; And thus great profits net."  [These lines are particularly up-to-date, because in February 2007 a corruption inquiry in Western Australia has been exposing land subdividers, developers and others wanting governnment approvals, using three "colourful" ex-politicians as lobbyists.  Displayed Feb 26, 07
    * The Bill and the Fallout. PERTH: Labor in W.A. tries to tie up the courts with a "Bill of Rights," or pie in the sky a-la-UN and EU. Aug 25, 07
    * Tokyo governor promotes kamikaze film.  More than 2,000 planes were used and 34 United States ships were sunk in Japanese suicide attacks in the last few months of the war, according to a Japanese encyclopaedia. Mar 03, 07
    * Trials to be longer and dearer under rights laws: Director of Public Prosecutions.  PERTH: Aug 25, 07
    * Verbal Trickery. Hilaire Belloc on the transfer of sovereignty from the British Crown to the Aristocrats. (orig. 1920) January-February 2007
    * WA farmers to get say on exports.  The Federal Government-commissioned inquiry into the export system, prompted by the Cole commission into the Iraq oil-for-food scandal, ... until the end of March to consult with ... the wheat industry ... the committee ... includes former Woolworths chief executive Roger Corbett, former NAB agribusiness general manager Mike Carroll and former Telstra deputy chairman John Ralph, would also listen to the views of exporters such as AWB and CBH.  Jan 18, 07
    * What they said.  [Burke's colleagues tangled in their own words.] I remember Ruddy was staying at my place at the time and I was going so I took him along. OR IS IT: I told Mr Burke that I would be inviting Kevin to that dinner. Mar 6, 07
    * [Whisson invention: Getting moisture by wind from the air]  They don't face into the wind like a conventional windmill; they're arranged vertically, within an elegant column, and take the wind from any direction.  The secret of Max's design is how his windmills, whirring away in the merest hint of a wind, cool the air as it passes by.  One small Whisson windmill on the roof of a suburban house could keep your taps flowing. January 27-28, 2007
    * [Why wasn't Mr Rudd's explanation given in Parliament? -- Burke furore.]  Kevin Rudd should explain to the electorate why he did not respond in Parliament to the Government's vigorous exposure of his meetings with Brian Burke. -- Brian Peachey. [Mar 6, 07]
    * Will Burke's 'wogs' comments end his lobbyist career?  He is not alone among the "silent majority" who denigrate ethnic and other groups, while permitting the adoption of U.N.-type anti-discrimination laws that make it an offence, even to tell the truth.  Mr Burke is in a business relationship with Julian Grill (also "Labor") and "Liberal" Noel Crichton-Browne -- plus luminaries in the property development and business communities of Perth.  We had read all about such goings-on around 1986-87, but the major parties would not bring in the critical reforms, including petition and referendum (CIR) reform recommended around the time of the Royal Commission.  Feb 28, 07
    * ['Wogs and sprogs and market gardeners' -- Brian Burke.]  Former Labor W.A. Premier's description of non Anglo-Celt people in the Wanneroo Joondalup area, exposed by his tapped telephone conversations.  [Mr Burke, like nearly all leaders of the major political parties, pays lip-service to "multiculturalism", while manipulating society's systems to ensure that the major racial group/s obtain unearned moneys from the public purse.] [Feb 27, 2007]
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