Independent Commission against Corruption

Aussies take lying ratbag politicians a whole lot more seriously than we do

While Len Brown appears to be getting off with so much as a slap on the hand with a wet bus ticket for lying in LGOIMA requests, in Australia they have organisations that can truly hold lying ratbags to account.

Like the Independent Commission Against Corruption…who are currently holding Joe Tripodi’s feet to the fire.

Former Labor minister Joe Tripodi  has been accused of lying to a corruption inquiry after giving extraordinary evidence that Eddie Obeid’s ”interest” in businesses at Circular Quay was not financial.

Mr Tripodi, who was recalled to the Independent Commission Against Corruption at his own request, changed his evidence on Wednesday to admit he did tell a staff member in 2006 that his corrupt former colleague had ”an interest” in three cafes at Circular Quay.

But the former ports minister claimed he meant ”interested or concerned” rather than financially involved in the lucrative businesses.

The Hong Kong Phooey

Once again the media have been found wanting.

Len Brown, his office and his council have been caught red-handed lying.

They have given many different accounts of a secret trip to China and provided no answers other than to say my allegations were correct, that he had been to Hong Kong.

There are many answers that remain unanswered, mostly because the media just go soft in holding Len Brown to account.

Compare the treatment of John Banks by the media, about a forgotten helicopter ride…and allegedly incorrectly completed expense returns.

Now look at the soft treatment for Brown. He forgot not only two 11 hour flights to Hong Kong but also the 5 days he spent there. He then forgot to complete his statutory declarations of gifts as required by the Council Code of Conduct for Elected Members….which clearly applies to him. To cap all that off, he then lied through his office in LGOIMA responses. Len Brown and his council and his office have actually broken the law and yet he is given a free ride.  Read more »

Time to Axe the Bludging Families Commission

You know a government agency is a total waste of time when even Labour want to give it the arse.

Socialist Cindy reckons that the Families Commission is pack of useless bludging mongrels and she would re-prioritise their spending.

As usual with Labour it would be reprioritised into something equally useless, but at least Cindy isn’t Nikki Kaye.

“Labour is prepared to tackle this head on. We will do away with the Families Commission and focus funding on an independent Children’s Commissioner. We will also implement a plan to measure and set targets to reduce child poverty that would be backed up by legislation, and report on progress every budget.

“The Government has the potential to improve the childhood of thousands of Kiwi kids living in poverty.

The better idea would be to scrap the whole lot and not bother with any more hopeless, overpaid, bludging bureaucracies in Wellington that can do little to prove they have achieved anything. Apparently the Families Commission actually has a purpose.   Read more »

Is the FMA corrupt?

miscarriage of justice

When you get a former Acting Supreme Court Judge saying there has been a grievous miscarriage of justice, people tend to wonder what’s going on.

Sir Ed Thomas has smacked the convictions of the directors of Lombard Finance with the line

“the Court of Appeal’s grasp of the facts was incomplete and it’s reasoning suspect or flawed in a number or respects.”

In legal circles that’s giving them a right shellacking.

The Lombard Finance case is worth looking at. The MSM tend to conveniently forget that as a result of the GFC over 60 finance companies in New Zealand collapsed. Some were run by dodgy crooks and they’ve been rightly hurfed into jail for completely ripping people off. Others like Hanover, well, the directors look as though they escape court all together.

But in Lombard’s case, there was no finding of fraud, negligence or mismanagement and the governance of the company was not questioned. Thomas says that the Lombard’s directors had been held to be honest and says:    Read more »

Corrupt ratbag now on bludge for legal expenses

Eddie Obeid really does have an entitlement mentality that is as astonishing for its cheek as for its greed.

He has picked the pockets of the government, unions and ALP and now wants to pick even more pockets.

Fresh from corruptly making millions of dollars by rigging a tender for a valuable coal exploration licence, Eddie Obeid has asked taxpayers to cover his legal fees ”in the public interest”.

In July the Independent Commission Against Corruption found Mr Obeid and his family made $30 million by rigging a tender for the licence at Mount Penny in the Bylong Valley with the help of then mining minister Ian Macdonald.

As Mr Obeid faces another turn in the witness box on Wednesday at the new ICAC inquiry into his interests in commercial leases at Circular Quay, his lawyers have written to NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith requesting financial assistance.   Read more »

Dodgy wop ratbag Joe gets hammered

Joe Tripodi, the ratbag ALP fixer is going down for corruption.

Former Labor minister Joe Tripodi has spent a torrid day testifying at the Independent Commission Against Corruption after the head of the investigation announced he is also a target.

In a sensational development, assistant commissioner Anthony Whealy, QC, announced on Friday he had “formally enlarged the scope and purpose” of an inquiry into corrupt former minister Eddie Obeid to include Mr Tripodi.

The former ports minister faces a potential finding of corruption over his involvement in renewing lucrative cafe leases owned by the Obeid family at Circular Quay.

The ICAC may recommend criminal charges be considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions if he is found corrupt.

The ratbag show continues in Australia

Day after day dodgy ALP ratbags are being rinsed before the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Yesterday it was Joe Tripodi’s turn.

These revelations are going to cripple the ALP for a generation.

Former Labor minister Joe Tripodi knew his political ally Eddie Obeid had a secret interest in cafes at Circular Quay when he bypassed a tender and renewed leases for the lucrative businesses.

Lynne Ashpole, the former deputy chief of staff to Mr Tripodi, gave evidence at the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Thursday that Mr Tripodi told her in 2006 that Mr Obeid had an interest in the waterfront cafes.

The explosive testimony contradicts Mr Tripodi’s previous claims he was unaware of Mr Obeid’s stake in the cafes when he renewed the leases in 2009 for up to 10 years. Mr Tripodi is expected to give evidence on Friday.

“During your discussions of this issue, Mr Tripodi mentioned to you that Mr Eddie Obeid owned one or two leases down at Circular Quay?” junior counsel assisting the commission, Ben Katekar, asked.

Another dodgy ratbag from NSW

It seems if you want to be involved in Aussie politics you have to be a corrupt ratbag…at least to be a member of the ALP.

And other politicians and the media don’t hold back in calling things how they are either. Shame our media have sold out long ago to crooks and ratbags.

Barely a fortnight ago, former senior state public servant Steve Dunn was given a frank character assessment in the State Parliament.

The occasion was a debate on a bill to abolish the controversial Game Council of NSW following a damaging review of the taxpayer-funded body by Mr Dunn in his capacity as a private consultant.

As the Shooters and Fishers Party MP Robert Brown eviscerated Mr Dunn and wondered how he could have reached his conclusions, fellow Shooters and Fishers MP Robert Borsak, enraged by the Dunn report, interjected: ”Because he’s corrupt, that’s why!”

Also to face the inquiry: Former public servant Mark Duffy. Photo: Adam Hollingworth

Little did they know Mr Dunn would be named on Monday as a witness in the latest Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry into former Labor minister Eddie Obeid.

Dodgy ALP Ratbag cops one in the chook again

Eddie Obeid is the ratbag that just keeps on giving.

He is back before the Independent Commission against Corruption with three more investigations.

Former Labor parliamentarian Eddie Obeid and two former departmental chiefs will be adversely named during the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s three-pronged inquiry which began today.

In his opening address, counsel assisting, Ian Temby, QC, outlined the details of the corruption watchdog’s trio of fresh inquiries into Mr Obeid’s dealings.

Mr Temby said the inquiries spanned three departments – Treasury, the Department of Water and Energy, and NSW Maritime – four separate ministers, and a period of more than a decade.

Mr Temby, formerly the inaugural head of the ICAC, said the hearings involved “lobbying of an unusual kind” by an MP, in circumstances where his family’s interests were involved.

Someone in Australian Politics who isn’t a ratbag

Australian politics is full of ratbags…in the past few years there have been a parade of them through the Independent Commission against Corruption. Going back through the years you had the ratbags of the Bjelke-Peterson government, then the NSW Labor government.

However…there is one person who isn’t a ratbag and that is the Governor-General, showing some integrity long since lost in most politicians.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce offered her resignation to Prime Minister Tony Abbott in anticipation of her son-in-law Bill Shorten being elected Labor leader.

But Mr Abbott declined the offer and asked her to serve the rest of her term, which ends in March.

In a statement, Mr Abbott said Ms Bryce had offered to quit to avoid any perception of bias. Mr Shorten is married to Ms Bryce’s daughter Chloe.

But Mr Abbott said he had declined to accept Ms Bryce’s resignation, given the length of term remaining, and that the Coalition had a clear majority in the House of Representatives.