Australian Federal Police

More pedos than the catholic church?

A massive child porn ring has been busted, 40 of the 348 paedophiles arrested were school teachers…I’ll bet they were registered too.

Six Australian children were either filmed or photographed as part of a global child pornography ring allegedly operating out of Canada.

Australian Federal Police said a three-year worldwide investigation, one of the largest of its kind ever carried out, had resulted in 348 suspects being arrested, including 65 Australians.

Those arrested in Australia were aged between 25 and 72 and included teachers and priests. They have been charged with 399 offences, including accessing, possessing, producing and distributing online child exploitation material.

Six Australian children were removed from harm, including one in the ACT and five in Western Australia.

Abbott sets a good example

Tony Abbott, like Julie Bishop, also sets a good example.

Let’s hope they have started as they mean to go on.

A room at the Australian Federal Police College in Barton, Canberra. Tony Abbott can expect to live in something like this while the Lodge is being renovated. Source: Supplied

A room at the Australian Federal Police College in Barton, Canberra. Tony Abbott can expect to live in something like this while the Lodge is being renovated. Source: Supplied

TONY Abbott has decided to bunk with Australian Federal Police recruits in a $120-a-night flat while renovations are conducted at the possum-infested prime ministerial residence The Lodge.

The modest and unusual digs, in a red brick AFP building close to Parliament, will feature a kitchenette and around-the-clock security from his AFP security officers and their junior colleagues.¬† Read more »

Peter Slipper is a dodgy bastard

The Peter Slipper fiasco continues on in Australia. Julia Gillard’s government is in disarray, propped up by crooks, liars and dodgy bastards, and one by one they are being picked off.

Slipper was summonsed to face court next month for alleged breaches of federal criminal laws, further destabilising Julia Gillard’s minority government in an election year.

The police statement said it was ”in relation to three offences of dishonestly causing a risk of a loss to the Commonwealth”.

The Queensland MP is due to appear in the Canberra Magistrates Court on February 15, where he can expect to be formally charged.

The Australian Federal Police have not confirmed what the summons is about, but court documents show that they relate to Mr Slipper’s alleged misuse of travel entitlements. The alleged offences carry a maximum five-year jail term.

He is alleged to have rorted his expenses to pay for cab charges carting his arse around vineyards.¬† Read more »

Independent Commission Against Corruption

ŠĒ• Sydney Morning Herald

In Australia the news has all been about dodgy politicians, corrupt union leaders, rorts, frauds and other corrupt behaviour. In each State they have an Independent Commission Against Corruption, and they are very effective and since being established have been run off their feet dealing with corruption. So much so that there are now valid calls for a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption.

In New Zealand we have a similar¬†stench¬†pervading our halls of power now. Winston Peters donations, constant Electoral law breaches by Labour mostly, The Bill Liu case, Philip Field, Kim Dotcom…then there are the dodgy activities and strange financial arrangements of many of our unions.

The only overriding concern I have heard from politicians is how such an organisation could be funded under out tight fiscal constraints…personally I don’t think that we can afford not to have one.:

The debate over allegations of misbehaviour by our federal politicians has an important subtext. Does Australia have the right laws and institutions in place to deal with accusations of corruption, including misuse of travel entitlements and electoral fraud?

Unfortunately, we do not. The lack of a national anti-corruption body means that dishonesty and breaches of public trust by parliamentarians and Commonwealth agencies may never be detected, let alone addressed.

Improving the accountability of our politicians has focused on the idea of a new code of conduct. Such codes usually amount to grand statements about how politicians ought to behave. They are generally unenforceable, except through the actions of other politicians.

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Although there is no harm in having a code of conduct for the federal Parliament, it is likely to be ineffective.

The federal opposition has understandably been critical of a new code of conduct. What has been surprising is that they have not taken the lead in arguing for stronger mechanisms to oversee the work of parliamentarians and public servants. The running on this has instead been left to the Greens, who late last week reinvigorated their 2010 bill in the federal Parliament to establish Australia’s first national anti-corruption body.

The Greens’ bill would create a national integrity commissioner responsible for preventing and fighting corruption by parliamentarians and in federal agencies. At present, such anti-corruption powers are held nationally by the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, which can examine only bodies such as the Australian Federal Police.

One of the great political videos of all time

ŠĒ• Sydney Morning Herald

This was one of the greatest political videos of all time…utterly devastating and the result of a judiciously timed leak designed to do the most damage.

It is still being played out as Police investigate:

THE Australian Federal Police have moved to a full-scale investigation of the leak of damaging video footage of Kevin Rudd repeatedly swearing and banging a desk, which helped trigger February’s leadership spill.

The federal police at first said it was not investigating the leaked video, which showed out-takes from a recording made within the prime minister’s office during Mr Rudd’s leadership, which were anonymously uploaded on YouTube.

Later, the federal police said it had received a referral and was ”evaluating the information provided”.

No Name Suppression for this guy

In Australia of course, there is no such thing as name suppression, even when it is a celebrity and they are charged with child pornography offenses. If this was in new Zealand he would for sure be hiding behind the burqa of name suppression.

A computer held by the Australian Federal Police is to be analysed for the defence of  former ABC host Andy Muirhead, who has faced a fresh charge in his child pornography case.

Muirhead appeared in Hobart Magistrates Court charged under state law with possessing child exploitation material, after earlier being charged under federal law with using a carriage service, the internet, for child pornography material.

Prosecutor Ian Arendt  told the court that, in effect, the second count arose out of material provided by the AFP.

Meanwhile here in new Zealand we have endless amounts of court time being wasted by a dirty pilot trying to keep his identity quiet.

A former Air Nelson pilot who was fired for having sex with a younger flight attendant and drinking excessively before a flight has lost a Supreme Court bid for name suppression.

The pilot, who has interim name suppression until September 7, has made three applications- to the Employment Court, the Court of Appeal and to the highest court in the land – to stop the publication of his name, all of which have been dismissed.

He appeared before the Employment Court in Auckland last week to try to overturn his sacking following a drinking and sex session during an unscheduled stopover in Napier in 2008.

He was said to have invited a 19-year-old flight attendant to his bedroom where they had sex.

The woman claimed the sex was not consensual but he argued she had actually initiated it.

The Supreme Court said in its judgment released today the pilot needed to show “extremely compelling circumstances” for him to be granted leave to appeal, but there were none.

So it appears that extremely compelling is now the test to get name suppression? Good to see that some judges at least get it.

Of course, there doesn’t appear to be any attempt here to protect the alleged victim or Air Nelson. The victim would be easily identifiable locally, as there are only a limited amount of hostesses are on that route, ie 1. Of course the stupid pilot is in a small sub-set of people himself, pilots who fly that route meaning his identity is probably already known around the community.

The simple point is this, you can’t keep secrets in New Zealand. End the suppression already.