The Australian federal police are currently investigating three federal politicians and had a win in the Federal Court in the Peter Slipper/Mal Brough/James Ashby matter on Thursday (19/5/2016) which is the same day they raided the offices of Senator Stephen Conroy and a Labor Party staffer’s home. Early in the week Federal Liberal National MP Stuart Robert, who is also under investigation by the AFP, was busted corruptly stacking the Gold Coast Council with LNP people while they claimed they were independent.
Police raids on Senator Stephen Conroy and a Labor Party staffer
The Australian Federal Police raides on Thursday night were in relation to leaks in January from a government department regarding cost blowouts at the National Broadband Network (NBN). This embarrassed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as he previously had responsibility for the NBN when he was the Communications Minister.
The police raided a Labor Party staffer’s residence and Senator Stephen Conroy’s office who was previously the Communications Minister before the 2013 election. The Labor Party’s lawyers have claimed parliamentary privilege on the documents seized by the police and it will now be up to parliament to decide if the police can use the documents in their investigation.
There is an argument that the police raids are over the top as the information leaked was in the public interest. The other argument is that if the police allow the leaking of the documents when will the leaking end.
Court judgement another step closer to jailing retiring Liberal MP Mal Brough
It is a big coincidence that the raids happened only a matter of hours after Justice Geoffrey Flick handed down his judgment giving the police access to text messages in the Peter Slipper / James Ashby sexual harassment case. The text messages will be used in the AFP’s investigation of federal MP Mal Brough who is retiring at this election.
Mal Brough is under investigation for encouraging James Ashby to copy the diary of Peter Slipper when he was a federal MP and Speaker of the House. Mal Brough was caught admitting his crime on Channel 9’s 60 Minutes program. It September 2015 60 Minutes confirmed the police investigation and Mr Brough’s admission as per the below video which shows a clear cut breach of Section 70 Crimes Act 1914 which deals with:
“Disclosure of information by Commonwealth officers”
(1) A person who, being a Commonwealth officer, publishes or communicates, except to some person to whom he or she is authorized to publish or communicate it, any fact or document which comes to his or her knowledge, or into his or her possession, by virtue of being a Commonwealth officer, and which it is his or her duty not to disclose, shall be guilty of an offence.
The NBN leaks are also covered by Section 70 so Senator Stephen Conroy and Mal Brough should be able to be tried at the same time and save taxpayers some money but unfortunately the law probably wouldn’t allow it.
With the amount of evidence that the public have already seen against Mal Brough and with his confession on 60 Minutes it is not a matter of if he will face criminal charges but just a matter of when.
Gold Coast Council corruptly stacked by the Liberal Party
Federal Liberal National Party MP Stuart Robert is currently under investigation by the federal police. In February this year it was reported:
A FEDERAL Police investigation into dumped minister Stuart Robert’s China trip has surprised his colleagues, who fear it will be an embarrassing distraction during the upcoming election campaign.
The Herald Sun revealed yesterday that the Australian Federal Police would investigate Mr Robert’s trip to Beijing in August 2014, to watch mate and $2 million Liberal donor Paul Marks sign a deal with a Chinese mining company. (Click here to read more)
Stuart Robert is obviously a major criminal with his fingers in many pies as the above and below show. He comes across as the Eddie Obeid of the Gold Coast.
On Tuesday (17/5/16) the ABC’s 7.30 Report broadcast a story which showed Mr Robert corruptly stacked the Gold Coast Council election in January with two of his own staffers. The staffers claimed they were independent for the election but were financed $30,000 each from a slush fund controlled by Mr Robert called the Fadden Forum.
“But the MP has denied any wrongdoing. The $60,000 Stuart Robert funnelled to independent candidates was not declared until after the polls had closed.”
“But the secret LNP funding is not the only activity that has raised alarm bells. At least four candidates all had the same one person working on their campaigns.”
They all claimed they were independent of each other which is a lie.
“They were putting out the same messages. They were talking – wherever you go, wherever you go with pre-polling: no matter where it was in the city, the same messages were coming through.”
“The common link was Simone Holzapfel: former staffer to Tony Abbott, a generous donor to Stuart Robert’s Fadden Forum and a lobbyist for developers.” (Click here to read more)
The below video is the 7.30 Report story on the Gold Coast Council election stacking and well worth watching to see how democracy really works when the fix is on.
Nick Di Girolamo’s defamation case withdrawn
Corrupt Liberal Party crony Nick Di Girolamo on Friday (20/5/16) discontinued the defamation case he instituted against Fairfax Media which I wrote about in my last article (Thursday – 19/5/16). As I said in the article Nick Di Girolamo was always going to lose and it would have become very embarrassing for the Liberal Party as well as the Labor Party. I think a lot of people were looking forward to seeing the former NSW Premiers and Arthur Sinodinos in the witness stand but that won’t happen now which is lucky for them.
While “The terms of the settlement are confidential” it also says “these important pieces of journalism remain on the public record” and “Lawyer and businessman Nicholas “Nick” Di Girolamo has dropped his case for defamation against Fairfax Media and three reporters, Sean Nicholls, Kate McClymont and Linton Besser.” (Click here to read more)
The federal election is starting to heat up and become the “Corruption Election” that it was meant to be. Every which way you turn there’s another crook or criminal being exposed trying to get elected or run another scam. The widespread media exposure is good for democracy and I am sure the smaller political parties and independents running in the federal election are loving it as it is mostly Liberal and Labor Party corruption being exposed. If the Liberals and Labor don’t clean up their mess soon they might not be around for much longer.
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