The NSW government is in crisis and a good chance to lose the election next year after just one term in power. It is something that Prime Minister Tony Abbott and crew need to have a good look at because what is happening in NSW could easily happen federally and Mr Abbott would go down in history as “One Term Tony”.
Both the federal and NSW Liberal governments are similar in that they won power by replacing extremely corrupt Labor governments. There might not be a lot of corruption in the Abbott government yet as it is only a few months old, though a little bit is creeping in, but we will look at that last.
Firstly though lets look at NSW where the latest poll shows the Liberal government will lose the next election which is due in March 2015 after only one term in power. Remember the current NSW Liberal government won power in a landslide in March 2011 because of mass corruption in the then Labor government.
The reason given for the rapid reversal in the polls is corruption. I have reported on the corruption in the O’Farrell government many times at least as far as the NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith is concerned. And only a few day ago it was announced that three MP’s in the O’Farrell government were under investigation by the NSW crime fighting body, ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption). The three MP’s Chris Hartcher, Darren Webber and Chris Spence have since resigned from the Liberal Party, but remain in parliament.
So the corruption is starting to mount for the NSW O’Corrupt government at the worst possible time given the next election is only 12 months away in March 2015
What is not well-known, but my main interest in this story, is that there is a stick of dynamite that will probably go off in the next few months in the form of prisoner James Kinch and the AG Greg Smith in the Supreme Court of NSW.
James Kinch had been waiting in a Thailand jail for quite a while but he is back in an Australian prison and due to go to trial in August. It says in the SMH:
“A man who allegedly corrupted former top crime fighter Mark Standen, plotting with him to import enough precursor drugs to make $120 million of the drug ice, has pleaded not guilty to a string of drugs charges.”
“In the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, British national James Henry Kinch was indicted on two sets of charges – the first relating to narcotics offences alleged to have been committed from 2001 to 2003, and the second relating to the international drug-smuggling cartel involving Standen from 2006 to 2008.”
and “Mr Kinch’s lawyers indicated a stay application would be filed to prevent both trials from going ahead. That will be heard next month.” (Click here to read more)
I wrote in a previous post on Greg Smith:
Who is James Kinch? He is alleged to have been an accomplice to Mark Standen who was the former 2ic of the NSW Crime Commission and is serving 16 years jail for a drug importation attempt after being found guilty in 2011. Another accomplice, Bakhos ”Bill” Jalalaty is serving six years jail.
In 2004 the head of the NSW Crime commission, Phillip Bradley, wrote a letter to Greg Smith at the DPP and asked him to drop drug and money laundering charges that James Kinch was then facing after being arrested in 2003. Mark Standen played a role in helping draft the letter. There was no justifiable reason for Greg Smith to drop the charges. Those same charges have been re-instated by the federal police against James Kinch.
In the post I wrote in June 2011 titled “What is the price of freedom? About $900,000 if you are bribing Commissioner Phillip Bradley at the NSW Crime Commission.” Greg Smith is mentioned for his role (when he worked at the Director of Public Prosecutions office 2004) in dropping charges against James Kinch so the NSW Crime Commission could get its hands on a $900,000 bribe to let Kinch go. Kinch was in a jail in Thailand awaiting extradition to Australia to face a number of charges including the ones that Greg Smith dropped. (Click here to read more)
Greg Smith has a lot of questions to answer as to why he dropped the criminal charges against Kinch and would know there is a good chance he could end up in court as a witness so he will be hoping that the judge does stop the case from being heard. As Attorney-General I wonder if he will ring the judge and try to make sure that does happen.
For the reason above the O’Farrell government will struggle to win the election next year. This should be a wake up call to Prime Minister Abbott and his government. They also could lose the next election. The corruption so far federally is not that great. It is by and large limited to the expenses scandal, the dodgy appointment of Tim Wilson to the Human Rights Commission by the federal A-G George Brandis and the Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash lying in the Senate.
If PM Abbott does not take a hard-line in relation to corruption when it arises in his government he could end up losing the next election very easily the same as Barry O’Farrell looks like doing. Tony Abbott will have to deal with more corruption in the next 2 years as that is always the case when in government and how he deals with it will have a large bearing on who wins the next election.
What the politicians need to learn is that governments can and will change at a rapid pace because of better reporting due in large to social media. The days of corrupt governments staying in power for long periods by grovelling to a few media barons is long gone.
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