TE-BO: The Difference between an honest Politician and someone like Julia Gillard …

TE-BO: The Difference between an honest Politician and someone like Julia Gillard …
| Author: TE-BO – The Eye-Ball Opinion| Date: April 16th, 2014 |


the-eyeball-opinion6The first thoughts on hearing NSW Premier Mr O’Farrell’s intention to resign less than an hour ago when he announced his evidence at the current ICAC inquiry was in contradiction to the evidence provided to the prosecution overnight, demonstrates his moral integrity and the respect he has for the office he serves.

O’Farrell is believable when he claimed to have no recollection of writing the ‘thank-you note’ produced as contradictory evidence.  The ‘note’ confirms the receipt of a ‘1959 bottle of Grange Hermitage wine’, valued at some $3000.

The gift was from Australian Water Holdings (AWH) executive Nick Di Girolamo, and he provided the thank-you note to ICAC prosecutors overnight after hearing Mr O’Farrell’s evidence given at yesterday’s ICAC inquiry.   See link here – to read Mr O’Farrell’s full testimony.

More importantly – the testimony given by Mr Di Girolamo during the morning session – again linked here – revealed how Di Girolamo went about the business of earning political favours using lobbyist offering donations and gifts.

Di Girolamo’s evidence has opened a can of worms on the work of lobbyist’s and how the halls of Government are greased with gifts, donations, and other methods to obtain political favours. Di Girolamo obviously has an agenda after his testimony to the ICAC inquiry – that might be: “if I go down I’m gonna take as many as I can with me …”

It was Di Girolamo who provided the prosecution with the evidence that brought down O’Farrell.  The NSW Opposition Leader – Mr Robertson – then did what any low-life politician would do – he tried to claim the moral high ground with the ALP Obeid and MacDonald scandals still front and center in everybody’s mind.   The right thing to do would be to acknowledge O’Farrell’s integrity in the action he has taken – Robertson’s response cost his side of politics heaps … it was an ill-advised speech at such a sensitive stage of the ICAC inquiry.   To hear Opposition Leader Robertson’s response click here.

O’Farrell’s decision to stand down is the only action his character would allow.  It can only be admired.

Compare that with Gillard’s performance given her complicity in the early 1990’s AWU scandal that cost her her Legal career.  From that point on she had criminal baggage that was always going to follow her around.  Yet – her integrity and character believed she could still have a career in politics that eventually took her to the Prime Ministership.

The gap in in how both these outcomes played out, gives us a measure of how integrity and character is measured in our political leaders.

This will not be the first big fish to fall as a result of the evidence revealed and findings made from this ICAC inquiry.   O’Farrell’s fall was not expected and this now gives an indication in how far this inquiry will go in shaping the political landscape into the future.

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  2. Hi TE-BO: Long time no see!.Hope this isn’t too long for you. On accountability, you’re spot on and Vive la difference!

    As you know, I have no agenda except to get to the truth to try and help rid Australia of the endemic toxic corruption which has blighted our great nation for too long. I don’t care which partys’ members are caught and punished if they’re found to be involved in corrupt behaviour. A return to honesty and integrity in many professions, including journalism, is long overdue!

    Waleed Aly’s ill-informed and obviously unresearched article seeks to perpetuate a diversionary myth Julia Gillard, John McTernan and many others have tried to create,- that it is all “muckraking” by the Liberal Party.

    His claim equates with many such examples from several taxpayer-funded ABC employees, particularly Jon Faine who the ABC holds out as a legal expert. He described the matter that has sparked so much investigation by police and other authorities, including the current Victorian Fraud Squad and the Royal Commission, as an “internal spat in a law firm” and “it’s a stack of cards that’s built on the thinnest of foundations and I can’t see the substance in it” – “I’ve been consistently saying that from the beginning”.

    The reality is far different as I’ll detail later in this post, I have edited one of Waleed Aly’s main claims to better reflect the true position.

    ‘At every opportunity, the ABC has sought to make the connection between the Liberal Party and driving the push for exposure of the scandal surrounding the AWU and the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association Inc Fraud, and Julia Gillard’s time as a Labor lawyer .

    Hence its bizarre pursuit of an effort to portray that scandal as a complete non-scandal, despite the vast amount of documented and sworn evidence to the contrary. The point is clear: that the ABC tried to cover its failure over many years to report on Labor’s rot, by excessively biased and over-the-top coverage of matters such as ‘Tony Abbott allegedly punched a wall 30+years ago, and more recent allegations of emerging Liberal rot!’

    1995. The original allegations about the scandal were all raised by Union/Labor officials: Robert F Smith and Ian Cambridge in particular. This ultimately resulted in Gillard’s forced resignation and exit from S & G and the legal profession on 11/9/95. Her employers had found after their incomplete investigation of the documents and circumstances, that “the nature of the wrongdoings alleged required us to believe that she had knowingly participated in a fraud and deceived her partners about it for a year or more.”

    In 1995, Mr.Phil Gude was Minister for Industry and Employment in the Victorian Liberal Kennett Government and as such, was the appropriate person for two Labor/Union whistleblowers, an AWU Official accompanied by a Labor MP, to approach with allegations of improper use of Union monies. Mr.Gude was given certain information which, as recorded in Victorian Hansard, he brought up in Question Time on October 12 1995.

    In 2006, Julia Gillard acknowledged in her ABC ‘Australian Story’ that it was her Labor and Union factional enemies who had approached and given the material to Mr.Gude.

    In 2001, Mr. Geoff Leigh was contacted by 20yr Union/Labor member, Bob Kernohan and given sworn affidavit/Stat.Decs and many other supporting documents he’d been served with and saved from a related Court case. The AWU had tried to collect and destroy all such documents from others who held them. As recorded in Hansard, Mr. Leigh raised the matter in the Victorian Parliament on 28/2/2001.

    In 2006, the matter was raised by Julia Giillard in an interview for the ABC program, “Australian Story”. Again she offered no credible explanation but in acknowledging it was her own side of politics that raised matters with Phil Gude, she said it was: “another thing that happened in what had been an ongoing set of very unpleasant battles and experiences within Labor about getting preselected, so in some senses I guess I wasn’t surprised, it make you angry and all of that but it certainly doesn’t shock you when you have been around Labor politics for a while”.

    In 2007 Glenn Milne wrote an article and he too, sourced a lot of information from Labor/Union stalwart Bob Kernohan’s sworn Statutory Declaration and other documents including the 19/11/96 affidavit of Ian Cambridge. That detailed all the AWU Rules breached in the creation of the AWUWRA. Inc.

    In spite of the obvious conflict of interest, Gillard admits she advised and assisted her lover Wilson to set up, register and incorporate the bogus entity, enabling him to open and operate the unauthorised bank accounts through which cheques made out either to the AWU or the entity ‘passed off’ as the AWU by the unlawful use of its name. Wilson then allegedly misappropriated, laundered and converted the monies to his own personal use.

    Milne checked with Julia Gillard before he published. She claimed for the first time, that she had been “young and naive”. but didn’t say why. *****.

    *****(In his statement prepared 17 years after the 11/9/95 exit interview, Peter Gordon falsely claimed : “There was no evidence which explicitly or even indirectly controverted the explanation Ms Gillard made at the time and has made publicly since as to her dealings with Mr Wilson; namely that she had been‘naïve’ and had been ‘taken in by a conman.”

    Contrary to Peter Gordon’s claim, and the fact that current chief of Slater & Gordon, Andrew Grech, also supported it, there is no evidence whatsoever in the redacted transcript of the Gillard exit interview he and the late Geoff Shaw conducted, that Gillard advanced that, or any other “explanation”. She has never publicly claimed Wilson was a conman or involved in any criminality).

    In 2011 Glenn Milne again raised the AWU Fraud matter that was based on Bob Kernohan’s Stat Dec and related documents. Ms.Gillard arguably abused the office of Prime Minister in trying to further stifle and if possible, end, investigations into her actions when a lawyer, by an intervention at managerial level with the newspaper organisation concerned, Her intervention led to Glen Milne losing his job and also regular guest spots on the ABC “Insiders” program.

    Also in 2011, Bob Kernohan contacted Michael Smith of 2UE and provided him with all the information that, despite an offer of a safe seat in Parliament in the ’90’s if he was silent, followed on his refusal by constant threats, intimidation, a bashing and with-holding of his financial entitlements for several years after he was forced to leave the Union, he had tried to have raised in the interest and service of his former Union members on so many occasions.

    Again, because of Ms.Gillard’s arguable abuse of the office of Prime Minister, by intervening at managerial level with the 2UE hierarchy, Michael Smith was not allowed to go to air with his pre-publicised proposed interview with Kernohan. He refused to compromise his principles as required by an ultimatum from management, and as a result left his job.

    In 2011. WA Labor/Union official Kevin Reynolds raised the Gillard/Wilson relationship at a union meeting. Accusing Ms.Gillard of hypocrisy, Mr Reynolds told members it was just one of many secrets he would reveal about Labor’s inner circle.

    http://www.maynereport.com/articles/2011/08/29-1202-7942.html

    In 2012, Labor MP Robert McLelland, who had been Attorney-General under Gillard until she demoted him because of his support for Kevin Rudd, raised the matter in Federal Parliament. As award-winning investigative reporter at the “Australian”. Hedley Thomas explained when asked a series of questions by the ABC’s Media Watch, “the reporting was motivated by a conclusion I reached in late June 2012 after Mr.McLelland’s speech, and one piece of information from a source, that a vexed issue in which the Prime Minister played a central and important role, had not, in fact, ever been forensically examined.”.

    http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/1230_thomas.pdf

    In 2012, former Labor/Union official Ralph Blewitt expressed his intention to return to Australia and confess to his part in the AWU Fraud with Gillard’s lover Bruce Wilson. As a result, Labor lawyer Nick Styant-Browne, one of the former Slater & Gordon equity partnership employers of Ms.Gillard, made public statements and soon after released material including a draft statement of his former colleague, Peter Gordon.

    He then released a transcript of a recorded 11/9/95 exit interview with Gillard, a document he had agreed with Peter Gordon in 1995 should be held ‘for our individual benefit in the event that it was needed to protect their position in any subsequent external investigation of the AWU matters.”

    They had kept it secret for 17 years but Styant-Browne said: “when Blewitt emerged I formed the view, and Peter agreed with me, that the story had some traction and that it could rebound to us in a very unhappy way”..

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/parting-company-brothers-no-more-20121012-27ik0.html.

    Leaving aside the Royal Commission, tne current state of play in Waleed Aly’s non-scandal being investigated by the Victorian Fraud Squad, is described in the recent ruling by Magistrate Lauritsen and covered very well in today’s ‘Australian” by Hedley Thomas, but these are some main points..

    ‘The evidence identified in this investigation points strongly towards establishing that the creation of the Australian Workers Union – Workplace Reform Association Inc. was for the sole purpose of legitimising the ‘false’ invoicing for ‘work’ provided by the association.’..

    (Det.Sgt. Ross Mitchell says) ‘he is investigating the commission of four types of offence in relation to Wilson and others – obtaining property by deception; receiving secret commissions; making and using false documents; and conspiracy to cheat and defraud. He now believes Wilson, Blewitt and others were involved in committing these offences.’

    ‘For those documents answering the description in s.118, I am satisfied that, in each instance, the communication was made or the document prepared in furtherance of the commission of a fraud or an offence.

    I will make the order sought by Mitchell.’

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/time-for-the-cops-to-give-it-up-for-the-abc/story-e6frgd0x-1226889403601#

    CONCLUSION: Almost without exception, every time the Gillard/Wilson//Blewitt/AWU Fraud Scandal has been raised or surfaced, the primary reference has been from a Labor or Union source, contrary to the claim made by Waleed Aly, several ABC and various other apologists for Gillard and Labor in the MSM and other fields.

    Some of the information in this post has come from a strident critic of Rupert Murdoch, News Limited and other Murdoch institutions. Stephen Mayne was the founder of largely left-wing supportive site Crikey.com. I suspect he would be deeply offended if someone tried to call him a conservative, or worse, a right-wing misogynist nutjob on the internet.

    However, to his credit, he has provided some fair and reasonably unbiased coverage which the ABC, as it is currently run, could only dream about achieving, but it’s one taxpayers wish they would make at least some effort to try to do so!

    This Fairfax Waleed Aly article which mentions his position with the ABC “Drive” program, presumably to try and give him some credibility, reveals it’s a forlorn wish.

    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/by/Waleed-Aly

    The ABC’s constant and continuing sustained effort over many years to mislead, misrepresent, frustrate and sidetrack proper investigation of the AWUWRA Inc Fraud Scandal appears to be deserving of a separate judicial inquiry into its part in a coverup Ian Cambridge has recorded appeared to be in place and under way in the Union, Labor law firm and political arenas in 1995/96.

    http://michaelsmithnews.typepad.com/files/qlddelegatesjan96-1.pdf Ian Cambridge Address to QLD AWU Delegates

    Finally, the fact that Waleed Aly and Jon Faine are both lawyers and yet could still make make such ridiculous statements unsupported by one shred of credible evidence, indicates just how low standards in the legal profession and the ABC have sunk over the last few years!. Where are the Law Institute of Victoria guardians and those of other regulatory bodies that they stand by and allow these grubs to bring even worse odium on lawyers and the profession in general?

    Cheers H/B

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    • Hello Hillbilly,

      Thank you for your post and I will post it as a ‘TE-BO post’ under your user name if that is OK with you.

      The research by yourself and the many others make this scandal the rival of any in our history. How could an entire ALP party with the past knowledge of Gillard’s AWU involvement, allow her to become our PM? It can only mean that ascension within the ALP is by right of passage, and not based on merit or qualifications. A ‘factional’ deal was done between power brokers and even RUDD is complicit as he picked her – or rather was forced to have Gillard as his Deputy. Any person who put integrity before ambition would have said ‘no’.

      This process has diminished the office of PM – has made Labour the anti-Christ of all things democracy related. It has diminished us as a Nation, it has left us debt legacy that will be the burden on generations to come. The people should be woken from their slumber and be forced fed this crap so as they understand that they have the vote and they should demand a more accountable political system that is not corrupted. Our legal system is corrupted by political appointments as evidenced by the appointments of so many with connection with the AWU scandal and appointed by those with connections to the AWU scandal.

      Why the ABC maintain the position they have defies all logic – it makes a laughing stock of all the hard fought privileges the media has achieved – to think they have laid down for someone like Gillard makes them worse than ‘whores’ – they make whoring an honorable trade in comparison.

      I no longer read any on-line media unless it is free – and even then I can count on one hand the journalist I will seek out and read. To me the media profession is a diabolical representation of integrity and a reason why society suffers from a technology induced version of ADHD/ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder] …

      The story by Aly connecting O’Farrell’s association with corruption with that of Obeid and company is a delusional and fanatically desperate attempt at seeking any form of peer recognition … it fails miserably.

      TE-BO.

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      • Use it as you like TE-BO. We are on the same wave-length that transcends politics, as are many fellow-posters on Michael Smith News and elsewhere. One of my great cyberfriends, JohnL, who, as you no doubt know, has carried out several brilliant forensic accounting analyses of various matters connected with the fraud, all of which have added considerable understanding of what took place, freely admits he was a ‘rusted-on’ Labor supporter for 40 years.

        He has often been assisted by a former solicitor, (one of many who post there), who represents everything we wish all lawyers would be.

        This is something the ABC, most sections of the MSM, the legal profession, academia et al have failed to grasp.
        They are bound by their own particular ideologically constricted approach which has led to their wilful blindness to the facts staring them in the face. Many have backed themselves into a such a corner there is no escape, so all they are left with is diversion and desperate ad hominem attacks in attempts to ‘shoot’ or discredit the messengers.

        Blogs like yours have changed the face of many areas of debate in Australia and the world and given many of us a voice and a platform where we have shown we can put most so-called journalists to shame. The Canberra Press Gallery is a prime example.!

        Thanks for all your efforts TE-BO,. Go for your life!

        Cheers H/B

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  3. I am quickly coming to a similar point of view Bleyzie. I’m not grouchy yet, as I’ve found my little patch of ground to hide away from it all, but I can clearly see the things you speak of as directly against the population for the benefit of a few hundred.

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    • Kevin, Nice to hear from you. The next year to 18 months in Australian Politics will determine how we will be governed in the decades to come. The ‘free lunch’ era where the taxpayer paid for everything am MP charges as political expenses has to be done. The true democracy model is broken and where we go next is the big question.

      A start would be for a public declaration that would confirm to the public that all Political Parties allow its Members a free vote on all Parliamentary questions. Members would be able to vote their conscious on contentious votes if the risk of dis-endorsement was taken off the table. This would hopefully diminish the internal ‘factions’ in all parties and the power they hold.

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