Dodgy ALP Ratbags getting their beans

Perhaps the most fun in politics right now is watching the dodgy ALP ratbags get their beans in Australia at the moment:

THE words packed all the power of a hunting rifle in the crowded hearing room high above Sydney’s streets.

”Look, Mr Macdonald, what I really want to put to you is that in fact you’re a crook.”

The accusation, from the lips of counsel assisting the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Geoffrey Watson, SC, seemed to suck all the air out of the commission’s gallery.

Ian Macdonald, the fellow being accused of skulduggery, was a cabinet minister in the New South Wales Parliament until 2010, when, having gained the sobriquet Sir Lunchalot, he resigned after a spot of bother concerning misuse of public funds.

He is no stranger to ICAC hearings. Last year the corruption commission inquired into his extracurricular habits allegedly paid for by a Sydney property developer and murder suspect, Ron Medich. Though no findings have been reached, he was accused of enjoying the services of an Asian prostitute as recompense for introducing investors to senior bureaucrats.

The man with whom Macdonald was now being accused of conspiring in an inside-knowledge coal mining scam worth tens of millions of dollars, Eddie Obeid, was also a former state Labor cabinet minister and the leader of a faction so powerful its very name – The Terrigals – struck fear into the heart of premiers.

Captivated Sydneysiders had queued for hours, as they have done for weeks now, to snap up scarce tickets for what has become the hottest show in their rollicking town, and the drama playing out before the lucky few has proved no disappointment.

It is high time we had a similar organisation in New Zealand, one that had the nads to take on bent politicians, bent political parties and bent unions.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.