Ambassador Chan speaks about Moti, Sogavare and the Australian Government

Ambassador Chan speaks about Moti, Sogavare and the Australian Government

The following article written by Ednal Palmer appeared in the Solomon Star on Saturday 15th January, 2011. While the article is ostensibly about the tenure of the outgoing Taiwanese (ROC) ambassador to the Solomon Islands Mr. George Chan, it traverses ground which I have covered in a number of posts I have done about Mr Moti and corruption within the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Government. Specifically it covers ...

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A blast in a bin; corruption holds sway

A blast in a bin; corruption holds sway

While strolling along the foreshore of Botany Bay today I spotted a Kingfisher. In Classical Greek mythology “Halcyon” is associated with the Kingfisher. There was an ancient belief that the bird nested on the sea, which it calmed in order to lay its eggs on a floating nest. Two weeks of calm weather were therefore expected around the winter solstice. This myth leads to the use of halcyon as a ...

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The model litigant: A comment by Jen Trees

The model litigant: A comment by Jen Trees

The Commonwealth and each of the States and Territories of Australia have an obligation to act as a model litigant in claims and litigation. This obligation is enshrined in legislation and form part of the ‘rule of law’, which governs the conduct of every Australian and visitor to our shores. In essence, a model litigant is required to act honestly and fairly in handling claims and litigation. Honestly and fairly ...

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Corruption comes at a cost

Corruption comes at a cost

On 5th January in an article titled: Closer checks urged after bridge collapse the Canberra Times ACT Assembly reporter Noel Towell reported that: The ACT Government has been told to keep a closer watch over builders working on government projects in the wake of last year’s bridge collapse in Canberra’s north. An official report into the oversight of the job, a bridge span of the Gungahlin Drive Extension over the ...

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The ALP and AFP corruption

The ALP and AFP corruption

In a modern democracy the state controls the apparatus of power for the benefit of the people, or so the theory goes. The apparatus of power includes the police, the judiciary and the bureaucracy. Each arm of this machine or apparatus is answerable to parliament, the elected representatives of the people. Likewise, each arm is independent, or at least was meant to be independent of direct political influence. The concept ...

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Racism takes many forms

Racism takes many forms

Kevin Spratt, an Aboriginal man from Western Australia, was tasered up to 41 times in a week and went to hospital with fractures, a collapsed lung and a dislocated shoulder after being taken out of his cell by a special ‘cell extraction’ team, a Corruption and Crime Commission inquiry has been told in Western Australia’s Capital, Perth, this week. In one incident tasers are used on him 11 times, including ...

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Justice <strike>Alabama</strike> Queensland style

Justice Alabama Queensland style

Anna Bligh you’re a disgrace, a racist and potentially a war criminal! Yes, you the Premier of the rotten state. You know when I worked in PNG in the 90s the Yanks up there often quipped that: “PNG’s biggest problem is that there are too many Queenslanders here” They weren’t wrong. Now that the Queenslanders have by-in-large replaced with Malaysians all the racists have come back to the roost, the ...

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The AFP doesn’t know what corruption is!

The AFP doesn’t know what corruption is!

THE Australian Federal Police don’t quite know what corruption is and want a better definition included in relevant laws. “I don’t think there is any universally declared understanding of corruption,” acting chief operating officer of the AFP Paul Jevtovic told a parliamentary inquiry hearing on Friday. While some things were “quite clear”, other conduct referred to professional standards fell into “a grey area”. A better definition would help police anti-corruption ...

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Siev – X and AFP Corruption

Siev – X and AFP Corruption

Human rights are said to be an attribute of any human being as humans are born free and equal. However, as legal norms they do not designate what is, but what ought to be. They are not statements of fact; as normative values they provide us with a yardstick for measuring and evaluating the reality. Persons whose life and liberty are not threatened, who enjoy their family life, who can ...

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The Liars Privilege – A Folly

The Liars Privilege – A Folly

Lord, how this world is given to lying. Quite so, Falstaff, but there is lying and lying. No, not another diatribe on police mendaciousness or theft or even racism, but a little folly on two former, but in their own way famous, European heads of state who were rumbled. Kurt Waldheim deliberately obscured details of his career in the German army.  What was he up to in the Second World ...

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The first thing we should learn

The first thing we should learn

The first thing we should learn Epictetus was a stoic and the Enchiridion, from which the following extract is taken, was one of the principal manuals of Stoic philosophy. The science of philosophy of divided into three parts: the utility and importance of the principles established; the proofs or demonstrations by which these are sustained; and the organisation or arrangement of the various parts which constitute such proofs and demonstrations. ...

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The Art of Political Lying

The Art of Political Lying

“We are told the devil is the father of lies, and was a liar from the beginning; so that, beyond contradiction, the invention is old: and, which is more, his first Essay of it was purely political, employed in undermining the authority of his prince, and seducing a third part of the subjects from their obedience: for which he was driven down from heaven, where (as Milton expresses it) he ...

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The Human Rights Revolution

The Human Rights Revolution

“No one shall be subject to cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.” This statement of Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is part of what Michael Ignatieff aptly calls “the judicial revolution” in human rights since 1945. Other critical international documents of the revolution include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Convention of 1948, the revision of the Geneva Convention of 1949 ...

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The Mirrors

The Mirrors

As society becomes more narcissistic, as we push ourselves harder and harder in the name of status at the expense of everything else, society starts heading towards the unknown. It has now reached a crevasse; on the left side of the crevasse stands the mirror of truth, on the right stands the mirror of self-deception and the moral right. Like all things self deceiving, the mirror on the right is ...

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Angelique, Pat and the ‘rule of law’

Angelique, Pat and the ‘rule of law’

In my post titled Angelique, I noted that she was not the only Aboriginal person to have been discriminated against and forced out of the Australian Capital Territory Revenue Office (ACTRO). I have just received permission to discuss the matter of a former Commissioner of ACT Revenue, a Wiradjuri, member of the Stolen Generations and cousin of Ms. Isabel Coe, whose husband Mr. Billy Craigie was one of the founding ...

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Racists, Torturers and Common Criminals...The Australian Federal Police

Racists, Torturers and Common Criminals…The Australian Federal Police

As I have expressed in my ‘About’ page, a major consideration for me in becoming a cyber-pamphleteer was to protest about the racist and subsequent violent treatment I have been subjected to by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) over the last seven years. It is not only me; over two hundred other Indigenous Australians have provided me with statements alleging racial vilification and physical assaults by the AFP. When I ...

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The Cold Joke

The Cold Joke

The Cold Joke has subtle application for the Way Australia’s Indigenous peoples are treated by our own Government. White the torture we are subjected to on a daily basis is not of the same nature described by Jonathan Glover in the following extract of his book A Moral History of the Twentieth Century, the underlying concepts remain the same. Among the strongest expressions of lack of respect is the cold ...

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"Men are respectable only as they respect”

“Men are respectable only as they respect”

So says Ralph Waldo Emerson, but what do the police and bureaucracy say in Australia? Well it’s something like: “If you don’t give us the respect we believe you owe us, we’ll fit you up” Respect is becoming an ever increasing theme on the lips of the police and the bureaucracy. What started out as a whisper is reaching a crescendo. What has changed? To answer this, we need to ...

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Tasers and the marganilised

Tasers and the marganilised

Mr. Anand Grover, UN Special Raporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health findings on Australia’s treatment of its Indigenous peoples, (4 December 2009): “Indigenous populations are also vastly overrepresented in the prison population … Basic needs, such as adequate housing, safe drinking water and sanitation and access to education are not being met. Unresolved issue surrounding native titles ...

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The times they are a-changin' ... or are they?

The times they are a-changin’ … or are they?

I’m going to start this post by quoting from an inspiring speech delivered by an Aboriginal woman, Christine Fejo-King, at the launch of the book “This is What We said” in Canberra this year: “For so long Aboriginal Australians lived under the policy of ‘protectors’, it almost seems that we have gone full circle and have arrived back at that point. A state of affairs spoken of by a number ...

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