Scott Morrison has recent history of helping his close mates make $million from government contracts such as David Gazard and Nine Chairman Peter Costello but the new Covid scam also involves another friend Scott Briggs. Mr Briggs is also the president of Scott Morrison’s Federal Electorate Council in his Sydney electorate of Cook.
Given Scott Morrison was sacked as Managing Director of Tourism Australia in 2006 for deliberate lies and deception in relation to the awarding of government contracts worth $184 million it should be no surprise that Morrison is funnelling as much money as he can to his friends while he is Prime Minister. (Click here to read more)
Before we look at the new Covid scam let’s have a look at the Submarine deal where David Gazard and Nine Chairman Peter Costello made a profit which I suspect was in the $millions. What is odd about the Submarine deal is that the media are now looking into the Covid scam because it involves Morrison’s friends, but the old media have never touched the Submarine scam, except for one story by the ABC in 2019, even though it also involves Morrison’s friends.
I published an article titled “France had Scott Morrison’s mate David Gazard on their payroll for the $90 billion Submarine scam. Has Morrison pulled off one of the biggest stings ever?” which sets out the background. While the submarine deal was announced in 2016 by the then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull the contact was still not finalised until 2019.
The ABC reported (11/2/19):
A long-awaited contract for the $50 billion Future Submarine program will be signed in Canberra today by France and Australia, following months of tough negotiations and the recruitment of a high-powered lobbyist.
The ABC can reveal one of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s key political confidants was recently hired by the French state-owned shipbuilder Naval Group to help improve a rocky relationship with the Defence department, and to secure a crucial Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA).
“ECG Advisory Solutions“, a lobbying firm founded by former Liberal party candidate David Gazard, has been advising Naval Group since last year on how to handle the difficult SPA negotiations with Australia.
Mr Gazard, who was chief of staff to former New South Wales Liberal leader John Brogden, began his friendship with Mr Morrison when he was the Liberal Party’s State Director for the 2003 election.
In a statement, Naval Group confirmed the arrangement but did not disclose how much Mr Gazard’s company was being paid for its lobbying services.
Mr Morrison discussed progress on the SPA with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G20 summit in late November and told reporters they had agreed to elevate it “back up to leader-level to ensure it’s finalised in the near term”. (Click here to read the article)
David Gazard seems to have resigned from ECG Advisory Solutions since I first published the article about him although he might continue to be a shareholder but Peter Costello is still a partner which you can see on their website. Mr Gazard registered a new company called DPG Advisory Solutions, which he owns 100% of the shares, on the 26th of June 2019 which is the company that has been used for the Covid scam.
A key point about the Submarine deal is that Scott Morrison’s mates make $millions from government contracts with no government tender. It says above “Mr Morrison discussed progress on the SPA with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G20 summit in late November” which was November 2018 and then all of a sudden the French employed ECG Advisory Solutions, then owned by David Gazard and Peter Costello, and likely paid them $millions to finalise the contract negotiations. The Submarine deal has Morrison’s and his friend’s fingerprints all over it and the old media won’t report it. (Click here to read more)
I published the below YouTube video on Wednesday (8/12/21) covering the issues this article raises titled “Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison helps his mates become rich from government contracts”:
The Scott Morrison Covid scam
The ABC reported last week (Thursday 2/12/21):
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says it is a “disgraceful slur” for the opposition to suggest he had any role in the Home Affairs Department awarding an almost $80,000 contract to a company run by two of his closest friends.
Last month, the ABC revealed the limited tender contract was given to former deputy NSW Liberal Party director Scott Briggs, who is also the president of Mr Morrison’s federal electoral conference in his Sydney electorate of Cook.
Quarantine Services Australia (QSA) was officially registered as a company on August 30 by Mr Briggs, with the aim of bringing up to 160,000 foreign workers and students a year into Australia via a private hotel quarantine system.
Two weeks earlier, another company linked to Mr Briggs, DPG Advisory Solutions, was awarded a $79,500 “limited tender” contract by the Home Affairs Department to provide “consultancy services” to help develop the proposal.
DPG Advisory Solutions was founded and run by former Liberal Party candidate David Gazard, who previously worked as a Coalition ministerial adviser and journalist and is also a close confidant of Mr Morrison. (Click here to read more)
With the changing travel restrictions and after being exposed in the media Quarantine Services Australia might not be viable which means DPG Advisory Solutions might not make any more money from the Home Affairs Department. But if Scott Morrison wins the next election I’m sure that his mates will make plenty of more money from government contracts.
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