Bill Shorten told the ABC on Friday (10-4-15) that the vote rigging scandal had been independently investigated by the NSW branch of the Labor Party and that one person had been suspended from the Labor Party. Bill Shorten gave no specific details and his statement raised more questions than it answered.
One thing is for sure and that is Bill Shorten is very worried that journalists will keep digging. He was very careful to put the blame and responsibility with the NSW branch of the party for what happened and the so-called “independent investigation”. Shorten has deliberately left plenty of wriggle room for later so he can lie like there is no tomorrow if he needs to.
One of the most concerning aspects is that it is two Labor Party insiders that have been pushing for a full investigation. The two insiders or their supporters have blown the whistle to the media because they have obviously been blocked from having an investigation by the Labor Party’s senior management.
The SMH reported: “The party’s NSW general secretary Jamie Clements said on Friday he would write to the NSW Electoral Commission for advice on whether that body could administer ballots for future state Labor leaders.”
“It follows concern raised by two senior Labor officials – John Graham, the NSW branch’s left-wing assistant general secretary, and Australian Manufacturing Workers Union state secretary Tim Ayres, who is also on the national executive.”
“They had been pushing for a thorough investigation after revelations that the addresses for scores of voting papers for the national ballot between Mr Shorten and Anthony Albanese were altered by NSW Labor head office. It is understood that addresses for 73 ballots in the seat of Auburn were changed. About 40,000 ballots were cast.” (Click here to read more)
Previously there were 50 dodgy ballots then the Labor Party said on Friday it was 73. The real number is most likely in the thousands. The Labor Party are in crisis management mode and have also said they are now investigating the possibility of having the NSW Electoral Commission run the next election for Labor Party leader. Sounds like more spin to me.
The ABC interview
I recorded the relevant part of Bill Shorten’s interview with the ABC which is in the video below. For people who are new to this story please read the previous post. (Click here to read the post)
(Click anywhere on the above video to watch)
The ABC and other mainstream media who have access to Bill Shorten need to ask a lot harder questions. Such as why the Labor Party have not made the independent investigation report public as it is clearly in the public interest to do so.
Why the cover-up? Who knew what and when?
It has been 18 months since the election for Labor Party leader in October 2013. So the big question that needs to be answered is: Who knew what and when and why have they been covering this up?
Why did Bill Shorten not make a public statement on the issue last year? He had to have known then. Why did he wait until it was leaked to the media?
What did Senator Sam Dastyari’s staff member know and do and who did he tell to change the addresses and who changed the addresses and what happened to the envelopes once they arrived at the new addresses etc. These are basic questions Mr Shorten should order Mr Dastyari to answer but of course Mr Shorten won’t because he knows the answers and how damaging they are.
Don’t worry people, Bill Shorten is on the job and he tells us that there is nothing to see here and that we should all move on. Thank Christ for Bill, for a moment there I thought we might have a major problem that goes to the heart of a democracy which is open and fair elections of our politicians.
Independent investigation by the corrupt NSW Labor Party into themselves
Bill Shorten and the Labor Party are claiming there was an independent investigation into the vote rigging. That is clearly a lie. The NSW branch of the Labor Party is rotten to the core and their corruption has been in the media on an almost daily basis for the last 4 years or so. For Shorten to say they independently investigated themselves is a joke.
The person who investigated the scandal would have been paid by Labor and/or was a Labor Party member. They would have also been given only the information that the Labor Party decided was relevant information and everything else would have been withheld. And it was ultimately a NSW Labor Party review tribunal that swept the scandal under the carpet. That is hardly independent.
News Ltd reported:
“The NSW party’s review tribunal found 73 out of 124 changes to branch member postal addresses before the ballot had occurred in the Auburn electorate.”
“However, tribunal chairman Greg James QC confirmed on Friday that nothing had emerged from the review to suggest the election of Mr Shorten as leader was flawed.”
“Mr James also found there was no prospect of a further inquiry producing any such suggestion.”
“NSW ALP secretary Jamie Clements said the party’s administrative committee had agreed with Mr James’ finding.” (Click here to read more)
Yep, some members of the Labor Party agreed was other members that everything was fine. They’re treating the voters like fools. If they really want an independent inquiry to get to the truth then have an open and public inquiry.
The SMH broke the story and I wrote a post that I published early Thursday morning. The SMH ran with another story Friday and then the ABC asked Shorten questions when they interviewed him Friday morning. From there NSW Ltd and others picked up on the story. The story has gathered pace and as I said in the last post it will be an election issue at the next federal election “unless there is an open and public inquiry”. The chances of that happening are basically zero, so watch the Liberals and other political parties raise it at the next election.
Unfortunately whenever Bill says “there is nothing to see here” the mainstream media regularly shut up and stop asking questions. The good news is that social media will not shut-up and will keep driving the issue until we get answers and if we do not get legitimate answers then it will cost the Labor Party votes at the next election.
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