The lawyers acting for federal MP Angus Taylor have refused to respond to an email I sent them last night (22/4/19) putting them on notice that I would publish the Twitter thread that they claimed last week was defamatory of Angus Taylor. The twitter thread is a must read as it leaves no doubt that federal MP Angus Taylor has acted corruptly and his actions should be refered to the police for further investigation and charges.
Angus Taylor’s and Barnaby Joyce’s refusal to answer media questions regarding the $80 million fraud is what is most telling. Barnaby Joyce did a radio interview yesterday and he ducked and weaved better than Muhammad Ali in his prime. (Click here to listen to the interview)
The two journalists who were threatened with defamation proceedings, Michael West and Margo Kingston, did nothing more than Retweet the below Twitter thread. (Click here and here to read the lawyers letters threatening legal action).
As more evidence has come to light over the last few days it is becoming more and more evident that Angus Taylor and Barnaby Joyce have been lying to the Australian public about their true knowledge of the $80 million dollar #watergate fraud. Therefore the only conclusion that can be drawn from the evidence is that Angus Taylor and Barnaby Joyce have both benefited financially from the $80 million fraud or are trying to cover-up the crimes of others involved in the fraud.
The chances of Angus Taylor or Barnaby Joyce suing anyone for defamation is zero and that’s why Mr Taylor’s lawyers did not respond to my email but I know they read the emails as I received read receipts from them.
Below is the email I sent last night:
From: SHANE DOWLING
Sent: 22 April 2019 21:19
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: Notice on intention to publish allegations regarding your client Angus Taylor – Criminal conduct by lawyer Paul Svilans
Dear Mr O’Brien and Mr Svilans
I will be publishing on my website in the near future a copy of the Tweet thread that was published on the 10th of April 2019 titled “Money For Nothing” (and your tricks for free)” published by Ms Ronni Salt @MsVeruca and & Jommy Tee – electric HiLux owner @jommy_tee which you threatened defamation proceedings against journalists Michael West and Margo Kingston for Retweeting as you claimed it defamed your client Federal MP Angus Taylor.
I have had time to have a look at the material and situation and it does not defame your client so I intend on publishing it on my website as it is in the public interest to do so especially given we have a federal election only weeks away. Even if it did defame your client, which it doesn’t, it is protected as political communication which I am sure both of you are aware as per the High Court judgment Lange v Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1997) 189 CLR 520.
I should also bring to your attention that your conduct in making baseless threats to journalists could and would be construed by a court of law as an attempt to conceal the serious indictable offences that your client has been involved in. E.g the fraud and theft of taxpayers money by Angus Taylor and Barnaby Joyce in the #watergate scam. So, be careful of what you say and who you threaten otherwise you might find yourselves facing criminal charges.
I approached Barnaby Joyce (via Twitter) and asked him who are the lawyers he claims he is talking to in regards to #watergate but he has not responded. Are you also representing Barnaby Joyce?
If you would like to respond or make comment by 5pm Tuesday the 23rd of April 2019 I will be happy to add that as part of my article.
Below is the Twitter thread that exposed Australia’s #watergate scandal. It was published on Twitter on the 10th of April 2019 and caused federal MP Angus Taylor to instruct lawyers to threaten 2 Australian journalists with defamation proceedings. The thread was taken down from Twitter and the account that published it Ronni Salt @ MsVeruca was blocked for at least one day.
It is important to publish the below Twitter thread as it shows exactly what Angus Taylor didn’t want the public to know and that’s what motivated him to make defamation threats in an attempt to conceal it from the public. I suspect another motivator was Mr Taylor also didn’t want the police to know what he has been up to.
For those who don’t know a Twitter thread is multiple messages on Twitter joined together making one message. It’s basically an article on Twitter as the below thread about Angus Taylor shows.
Below is the Twitter thread and it starts after the first picture:
So we’re back on the farm this month & here’s another great yarn we found.
It’s about the unbelievable luck of one of the Liberal Party’s rising stars, his mysterious business connections in the Cayman Islands & the water we all paid for but never got.
Let’s call him Mr X.
Before that though, Mr X worked with consulting firm McKinsey & Co doing multi-million $ projects with another man called Tony Reid.
In fact, our rising star Mr X & Tony Reid were such great mates they started their own company together in 1998.
(Remember this detail)
In 2007/8, our rising star Mr X knew a good business opportunity when he saw it.
He knew farming water & its buybacks were going to be very lucrative.
So when he saw 2 huge farms for sale in southern QLD with millions of $$ of water rights on them, Mr X looked into them.
Company E bought those 2 huge irrigation farms – “Clyde” for $27 million, “Kia Ora” for $61 million.
That’s quite a splurge. You’d want your money back, right?
The problem for poor old Mr X & his Company E was, the farms weren’t as profitable as they thought.
But by 2012 Mr X’s mind was on other things and he’d decided that politics was his game.
He began to donate a lot of money to the Liberal Party.
By a strange coincidence, there was also another donation to his campaign for the NSW Libs that year.
Meanwhile, Company E’s 2 farms Clyde & Kia Ora are bleeding money
Their debts to their Caymans parent company are almost $80 million. Gobsmacking right?
And in an astonishing about-face, Barnaby the Water Minister suddenly discovers he likes water buybacks after all
Yes, while Mr X’s mate Tony is negotiating with the federal government, Mr X’s mate Tony is also still happily running a company with Mr X – who is now a Minister in the federal government.
How very fortunate.
Back to poor old Company E
They’d fallen to an after-tax loss of $13.19m in 2017, a fall from its loss of $7.14m in 2016
The company was saddled with net current liabilities that included convertible notes of $69.484m & a promissory note of $11m due to its parent company.
Who started Eastern Australia Irrigation Ltd though?
How did this company get to be so fortunate with million $ water sales?
Its founder is touted as a future Prime Minister, dislikes wind farms, loves coal mines & it would appear – money from strange places.
This thread was a team effort. It was compiled from research conducted predominantly by @jommy_tee and myself (to a lesser extent) and an anonymous insider whistleblower.
Media or general enquiries to @jommy_tee
It has been pointed out to us that some of the technical data on this thread was compiled by Maryanne Slattery of The Australia Institute. I was not aware of this report when we started, but as you will see on reading, there is some amazing work in it. >
Sorry – Maryanne can be contacted on twitter at @MaryanneSlatte1 for any media enquiries or research data.
End of Twitter thread
One of the worst things about Angus Taylor’s legal threats is that we are in the middle if a federal election and we should be able to debate issues freely without politicians making baseless legal threats. Politicians such as Angus Taylor and Barnaby Joyce are happy to lie to the Australian public all year and increase their lies during the election campaign then have the hide to threaten us with defamation if we tell the truth about them.
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