Who knew ?More precisely, who knew and turned a blind eye?
When it comes to embarrassing questions such as who knew about the Perksgate rorting of $4,640,000 by 144 federal MPs in the run up to the 2007 federal election, the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, knew and did nothing about it!
When it comes to embarrassing questions such as who knew about the Quotagate fraud and the fatalities caused by this illegal activity, the Govenor-General, Quentin Bryce, knew and did nothing about it!
Those are two very heavy allegations; can I back them up with any proof?
The essence of truth is proof, so check out the following jpeg image of a letter from Quentin Bryce’s secretary. The ‘public discussion paper referred to in the text is my “Absence of Justice” document which was, at that time, about 36 pages of details concerning the injustices heaped upon welfare recipients, the fatalities caused by Breaching, and the illegal refusal of the Federal Police to investigate alleged criminal activity by federal politicians.
As I have pointed out in previous blogs, Tony Abbott was the Employment Minister in FY 2000-01 when 346,078 Breaches were issued at a rate of about 3 per minute. Whilst Tony Abbott was happy to point the finger at Peter Garrett for failing to report the 4 ‘Roofgate’ ceiling insulation installer fatalities to the Federal Parliament, Tony Abbott did far, far worse. How many fatalities is not known because, as a senior Centrelink official, Neil Skill, wrote om May 18th 2010:
“Centrelink does not collect ‘Post Breaching Terminal Outcome Statistics’ and is therefore unable to assist with your request for this information.”
Tony Abbottnot only failed to report the unlawful Breaching Quota fatalities (murders?) to parliament, he supported the doubling of the penalty from 13 weeks to 26 weeks! That was worse than being a total scumbag; much worse for the post breaching fatalities were easily foreseeable. Any, ‘ordinary, reasonable person’ (as the courts would say) could reasonably foresee what would happen when you breached welfare recipients and left them with nothing to live on, i.e. some would die, especially when you Breach at the rate of 3 per minute!
Keep in mine that Tony Abbott is a Rhodes Scholar and Quentin Bryce is both a former lawyer and a former Sex Discrimination Commissioner. Both knew full well what Breaching could do and both ignored the risks by doing nothing. This may constitute Criminal Negligence which is the failure to take action when action is required.
Here is what the lAustralian Criminal Law principles have to say about our nation’s criminally reckless breaching legislation:
Mens Rea: (literally) “Malice aforethought”, i.e. Breaching legislation in general and the FY2000-01 Performance Indicator Target quotas in particular:
Direct intention: the accused has a clear foresight of the consequences of his actions, and desires those consequences to occur, i.e. the aim or purpose was to deliberately cause a person’s death.
Oblique intention: the result is a virtually certain consequence or a ‘virtual certainty’ of the defendant’s actions, and that the defendant appreciates that such was the case.
Knowingly: the accused knows, or should know, that the results of his conduct are reasonably certain to occur.
Recklessness: the accused can reasonably foresee that particular consequences ‘may’ occur and proceeds with the given conduct, not caring whether those consequences actually occur or not. (This is a key characteristic of a SOCIOPATH.)
No ‘ifs’ and no ‘buts’; Breaching was always dangerous and the Performance Indicator Target quotas simply turned ‘Very dangerous’ into ‘Incredibly dangerous’.
Back in February 2010 I have a blog posting of a letter to Tony Negus, the Federal Police Commissioner, in which I point the injustice of investigating welfare recipients.
The September 14, 2009 refusal to investigate Perksgate was ULTRA VIRES, i.e. an unlawful decision, but having made it, Tony Negus was going to stick with it. However, the current case of Craig Thomson highlights just how stupid was the decision not to investigate Perksgate. Craig Thomson allegedly ripped off $70,ooo from the Health Services Union to pay for his 2007 election campaign.and now faces prosecution. However, the 144 politicians who, according to the Auditor-General, ripped off $4,640,000 to also fund their own 2007 election campaigns do not even get investigated.
Do you buy that! The reasons for no investigations were basically”
- The politicians had debated this rort in parliament and so the federal police id not need to do anything!
- The ‘gravity/sensitivity’ of the issue.
- ‘Government protocols’.
- ‘Available resources’, i.e. only enough (10 officers) available to investigate welfare recipients so none were available to investigate the 144 rorting MPs – that was an interesting prioritizing of ‘available resources’ wasn’t it?
On Friday 11th May 2012, Senator Penny Wong unknowingly totally blew these flimsy excuses away. Check out what she she said about ‘seperation of powers’, proper process’ and ‘the processes of our courts’. He is her viewpoint:
“… there are allegations made against members of parliament, made against individuals in our community … and the appropriate way to deal with those is to allow the courts to deal with them. Now, I’ve spoken about this for time, including on the ABC. When I’m asked about a number of things which are in the public arena, for example in the Fair Work Australia Report, I’ve said, if those allegations are correct, they are manifestly inappropriate. Manifestly! But politicians are not judge and jury when it comes to these matters, and there’s a very good reason for that. Because we have a system that is about the separation of powers and is about proper process when it comes to these and Anthony (Albanese) was making that point.”
“Well, we have said, very clearly, we believe that the Parliament should respect the processes of our courts; the processes which exist for very sound reasons. Regrettably, that’s not the way the Opposition, on this issue, are approaching it.”
Regrettably, that is not the way Tony Negus and Quentin Bryce approached the Perksgate issue of rorting politicians in 2009. Penny Wong’s comments can be downloaded from:
Download the MP3 file: bst_20120511-0710.mp3 and fast forward to about the 8 minute mark and start listening. Alternately, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a 300KB extract in wma format of the 90 second commentary.
When you get right down to it, “The Establishment” has been working very hard for decades to ignoreboth post breaching fatalities and the endemic corruption that infests the Federal Parliament. It is time for us to toss out those taxpayer paid time servers who do the Ultra Vires thing by deliberately turning a blind eye to Rule of Law. It is no longer good enough to just shrug of this corruption with the cynical comment, “They all do it!” If they do it, then thay should be held just as accountable as Craig Thomson or the targets of Centrelink’s “10 prosecutions a day” program.
OK, to finish off, check out the extract from the letter from Quentin Bryce’s secretary. If you want to contact me by snail mail, my address is on the letter.
Ron Medlicott. (A Christian advocate for equitable welfare justice.)