The NSW Liberal / National Party coalition led by Premier Mike Baird have exposed how corrupt they are and how desperate they are to cover-up their corruption by in effect sacking the head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Commissioner Megan Latham.
Whatever made Premier Mike Baird do what he has done there must be a huge pot of gold in it for him because he has put the last nail in the coffin for his own political career. Maybe his actions have something to do with his secret meeting in February with Charif Kazal who in 2011 was found to be corrupt by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for bribing government official Andrew Kelly. The secret meeting seems to have been linked to the sale of the power network Transgrid for $10.26 billion to a consortium which is part owned by Middle Eastern government organisations that are notorious for paying bribes. (Click here to read more)
Recent revelations of the international Unaoil bribery scandal show links to Charif Kazal’s brothers and in effect possibly link Premier Mike Baird which I wrote about in April. (Click here to read the article) Charif Kazal is a well-known critic of ICAC, since they found him to be corrupt, and apparently raised ICAC’s future with Premier Baird at their secret meeting.
Megan Latham rattled to many cages
Megan Latham had upset too many corrupt people, including over ten sitting Liberal Party MP’s, Eddie Obeid and Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen etc, and they organised to make sure Latham was removed one way or another. The government introduced new legislation under the guise of improving ICAC which also included making Megan Latham reapply for her job even though she still had 2 years to run on her employment contract. Latham was clearly never going to get the job if she had replied as they could have easily introduced the same legislation without the need for her to reapply if they wanted to keep her. What they did is what is called a constructive dismissal which is unlawful and it would fun times if Latham sued the state government for constructive dismissal because I think she would win and they would likely settle before it ever hit court.
Some people will think it is a win for corruption in NSW but it isn’t. It is a desperate act by a desperate government who just over a week ago lost the Orange by-election with a record 34 per cent swing against the National Party.
As soon as Megan Latham was gone Mike Baird rewarded corrupt Liberal MP and former police minister Mike Gallacher with a $20,000 raise. Mr Gallacher was found to have acted corruptly by ICAC. The ICAC’s Operation Spicer report said “Mr Gallacher was one of a number of Liberal MPs who sought to evade election funding laws that banned donations from property developers” and “was not always a truthful witness“. (Click here to read more) In other words Mike Gallacher perjured himself like there is no tomorrow to cover-up his bribe taking which the Liberal /National Party are now rewarding.
Many suggest that “ICAC has ‘had its fangs removed’, legal heavyweights say, after commissioner resigns“. This is true but it also makes the public wake up to how corrupt the current government is and if the 34 per cent swing in the Orange by-election was to happen across the state at the next election than it will decimate the government. And that is highly likely to happen given the massive hole they have dug for themselves.
It must also be remembered that Megan Latham was not above corruption herself so her loss is not that great. Latham refused to investigate the $2.2 million the Mafia bribed NSW judges that was reported by Fairfax Media and the ABC. I know Latham and ICAC refused to investigate the Mafia bribe because I raised it with them several times including making 2 formal complaints. (Click here to read more)
Who wanted ICAC dead?
There are many who wanted ICAC dead so they would not be on the receiving end of current and future reports by ICAC. One report that is still to be written and published is Operation Credo (Australian Water Holdings) which involves corrupt former NSW Labor MP Eddie Obeid and some of the wealthiest people in NSW. They have all rallied behind Margaret Cunneen and become her new best friends.
The battle to destroy ICAC has been going on for a long time and The Financial Review wrote in February 2016:
At the heart of the power struggle that is playing out behind the scenes in NSW politics is a mystery.
It’s a complex whodunnit. An extraordinary combination of forces and interests has put the future of the state’s corruption-fighting body at risk over a failed investigation – to say nothing of the potential damages bill the state may face at the end of this.
Sydney has been transfixed by the saga of a wronged – and very angry – prosecutor, who wants to destroy her tormentor, which is no less than the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
“They’re out of control, these people,” says deputy senior prosecutor Margaret Cunneen, SC.
“They’re a rogue agency. This whole thing, this has to be completely destroyed. It should be part of the police.”
Cunneen is a charming figure with a sure eye for a media quote, and her complaints strike a popular chord. But it is Cunneen’s backers and fellow travellers who stand to gain the most from the controversy.
It’s the fellow travellers, including former subjects of ICAC, who have been pulling the strings in a campaign against ICAC, piggybacking on Cunneen’s concerns.
She herself says it is a “disgrace” how they have been treated, notably Cascade Coal which ICAC found had corruptly obtained mining leases on land owned by former Labor power broker, Eddie Obeid. “As for Cascade,” she says, “I understand it was a bona fide purchaser for value without anything to do with Obeid.”
Her mission to close down ICAC may rewrite not only factional power within Premier Mike Baird’s government, but the control of mining leases worth more than $1 billion – the focus of earlier ICAC inquiries. This makes the fight to control the organisation the state’s biggest battle for power in years. (Click here to read more)
Margaret Cunneen and her boyfriend Eddie Obeid
Margaret Cunneen has strong links to many criminals and has been caught out lying to the media about those links. I published an article in April last year titled “Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen lies to hide friendship with killer Roger Rogerson etc.” which raises several of her criminal links. (Click here to read the article)
The below photo is one of the most scandalous photos ever taken and Margaret Cunneen should be sacked immediately. To give it some context and understanding how bad it is a juror was discharged (sacked) from a jury this year for smiling at an accused criminal because it gave the impression of bias or pre-judging the matter. (Click here to read more)
Margaret Cunneen not only had a secret meeting with Eddie Obeid behind the court while the trial was afoot but has also used the media to defend his corrupt coal deal as quoted above. For Cunneen to be making public statements defending Eddie Obeid it clearly raises the suspicions she is on his payroll. Then to have a secret meeting with him at the courthouse when the trial is in progress is a scandal. Did she pass on a message to her fellow prosecutor on behalf of Eddie Obeid to go easy on him? He was found guilty months ago and still isn’t in jail so you must wonder if someone’s palm has been greased.
The above photo is from an article published on the 24/11/16 titled “Margaret Cunneen’s prayers answered: ICAC commissioner Megan Latham resigns“.
Megan Latham could not have foreseen the devastation that would flow from the arrival of a package of material from the Australian Crime Commission in July 2014.
The package for Ms Latham, the commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, contained audio and transcripts of phone taps of deputy senior Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen, SC, who is heard apparently praying for a miracle.
“Let’s hope that St Anthony does a miracle and takes all the alcohol out of the sample,” Ms Cunneen was heard telling a tow truck driver whose phone had been bugged.
The ACC was suggesting that Ms Cunneen had attempted to pervert the course of justice by advising Sophia Tilley, the then girlfriend of Ms Cunneen’s son Stephen Wyllie, to feign chest pains to avoid being breathalysed at the scene of an accident. (Click here to read the article)
While Sophia Tilley did ultimately test negative for alcohol, after avoiding the test for a number of hours by faking a chest pain, she was later arrested and charged in a separate matter for cocaine possession. It raises the question of whether of not she high on cocaine when she had the car crash?
The below picture is Margaret Cunneen with her friend and convicted killer Roger Rogerson.
Roger Rogerson pictured above with Cunneen was found guilty of murder in September 2016. (Click here to read more)
The fact that Margaret Cunneen can keep her job, associate with criminals and use her position to bring down ICAC shows just how deep the corruption in NSW goes. But their days are numbered as the corruption is being exposed everyday now with the internet truth train unstoppable and undermining ICAC won’t stop it.
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