Ernst & Young - diverse or divisive?

Ernst & Young – diverse or divisive?

A lot of noise is made about ‘closing the gap’ between Indigenous Australians and their non-Indigenous counterparts. There are so many factors to address; no one remedy is going to work in all areas, no one person has the only resolution; but central to the process must be an awareness and accountability for failures and deliberate harm metered out to the Indigenous of this nation by individuals, corporations and governments. ...

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Ernst & Young, bastions of corporate responsibility

Ernst & Young, bastions of corporate responsibility

There’s been significant debate in the past year about the introduction of ethics classes in public schools in New South Wales. The St James Ethics Centre was tasked with developing and implementing a curriculum, including sourcing volunteers to teach the program. The St James Ethics Centre has a strong history of developing and assessing ethics. In 2003, it undertook the first Australian Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI), which it has conducted ...

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Longing for a good neighbour

Longing for a good neighbour

‘Poetry, like the law, is a fiction’, wrote William Hazlitt in a critical essay of 1816. Hazlitt the critic took as his subject all aspects of his society’s culture, including the connections between law, literature and power. He analysed the rhetoric of the lawyers and the legislative acts of politicians as products of a legal imagination comparable with the literary imagination of the poets. He examined the effects of those ...

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Canberra Corrupt: The self styled Creative Canberran

Canberra Corrupt: The self styled Creative Canberran

Dear Creative_Canberran, Please forgive my tardiness in responding to your racist, defamatory and provocative insights into my research and writing abilities. No, your infantile rant on RiotAct has not escaped me; it’s just that it’s taken me some time to identify precisely who you are. After reading your infantile rant, I asked my main man Mahmud to track down the arse-wipe who wrote this, to which Mahmud replied, “Brother asking ...

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Canberra Corrupt: Aboriginal Australians Not Welcome

Canberra Corrupt: Aboriginal Australians Not Welcome

The ACT Government isn’t so much corrupt as it is immoral – Senior ACT Public Servant I had lunch in Canberra yesterday with Paul, a former colleague from my public service days, who had naively made the transition from the Australian Public Service (APS) to the ACT Public Service (ACTPS) a few years ago. Over the course of an extended and convivial lunch we happened upon the topic of the ...

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What values do we want to bequeath to our children?

What values do we want to bequeath to our children?

There are many reasons behind Blak and Black’s decision to attempt to identify and expose Australian Federal Police (AFP) corruption where we can, the main reason however is the relative power even the most junior AFP Constable has over an ordinary citizen; power that seems to be magnified when the AFP operate extra-territorially, What happened to Captain Fred Martens, Mr Julian Moti QC, the Solomon’s triumvirate and the Sogavare Government itself ...

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Have the AFP been busted, yet again?

Have the AFP been busted, yet again?

I have been arguing since 1996 that it is unlikely that David Eastman is responsible for the murder of Colin Stanley Winchester APM (18 October 1933 – 10 January 1989). Winchester was an Assistant Commissioner in the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and commanded ACT Police, the community policing component of the AFP responsible for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). On 10 January 1989, at about 9:15 pm he was shot ...

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Aborigines and the Australian Justice System

Aborigines and the Australian Justice System

For very many Aboriginal Australians the phrase ‘Australian justice system’ is an oxymoron. There are any number of reasons, many of which are justified, why we as Aboriginal Australians think of the Australian ‘just-us’ system as being exactly as it says, a system that is just for us, which if you are an Aboriginal only serves to further entrench your marginalization. The following exchange between a Canberra based public prosecutor ...

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Why Australia should not be rewarded with a seat on the UN Security Council

Why Australia should not be rewarded with a seat on the UN Security Council

My apologies for my tardiness in updating Blak and Black over the last week or so, I’ve been reviewing evidence with a former colleague and equally concerned citizen relating to the alleged theft of $130,000,000.00 from the ACT Home Loan Portfolio (“Portfolio”) and its laundering through a Sydney ‘massage parlour’. Also, this will be the last post for a few days as Blak and Black is migrating to a more ...

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What Civil Liberties Australia has to say about corruption in the AFP

What Civil Liberties Australia has to say about corruption in the AFP

Pius wrote in ALP corruption, a suicide in the AFP and death threats made against a three year old – Human Rights Australian style about the actions of certain Australian Federal Police (“AFP”) officers who were involved in intimidating a witness to corruption at the highest levels of the Australian Capital Territory Government and the Australian Labor Party. In this post, Pius detailed how two AFP Agents threatened and assaulted ...

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ALP corruption, a suicide in the AFP and death threats made against a three year old – Human Rights Australian style

ALP corruption, a suicide in the AFP and death threats made against a three year old – Human Rights Australian style

The following post has been written by a colleague of mine from Papua New Guinea (PNG). I first met Pius in 1996 when I was working for the Papua New Guinea Banking Corporation (PNGBC) in the mid-1990s as its insolvency and reconstruction manager. At that time Pius was involved with Amnesty International working with West Papuan refugees living in makeshift camps on the PNG side of the Fly River, the ...

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Do the AFP have the skill and integrity to manage a $2Billion budget?

Do the AFP have the skill and integrity to manage a $2Billion budget?

The request for assistance was then referred on to the Federal Police but they said they didn’t have the resources to respond. (Serco Regional Manager John Hayes) The above quote from Serco Manager John Hayes is part of a response he gave to a parliamentary committee enquiring into the circumstances leading up to the Villawood Detention Centre which occurred earlier this year. While the circumstances leading to the riot and how Serco responded ...

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Aborigines are without any legal protections in Australia

Aborigines are without any legal protections in Australia

One of my pet issues on Blak and Black is what befell the former Commissioner for ACT Revenue (“the Commissioner”), a Wiradjuri and member of the Stolen Generation(s), which made him a person without any legal protections in Australia. What rot I hear you say. Well if so, I ask readers to consider the following events, which I have put together in chronological order, and consider whether what happened sounds ...

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Bolt: A man who doesn't need the pillow case

Bolt: A man who doesn’t need the pillow case

An interesting comparison drawn from the Bolt judgement. Yesterday marked a line in the sand in Australian journalism. It’s just one line, but a significant one, with the finding of the Federal Court of Australia against Andrew Bolt and the Herald Sun in defending two of four articles written and published by the duo against charges that they breached the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA). The fearful thing is, that had ...

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Ernst & Young: A vehicle for hiding corruption in Canberra

Ernst & Young: A vehicle for hiding corruption in Canberra

There is no question about racism being a profound form of ignorance, but when it becomes something that informs employment decisions by one of the world’s biggest accounting firms, Ernst & Young, and a Australian Government Department ACT Treasury, then it becomes something more than simply abhorrent – it becomes a point of view which can be openly expressed in boardrooms and in official government correspondence. It’s at this point ...

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Irony

Irony

Little men with little minds and little imagination go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds. (Zig Ziglar) The following two comments were received by Blak and Black yesterday in response to Blak and Black’s post “Has the Pacific Islands Forum (“PIF”) become a tool for white neo-colonial interests?”. The first comment was made by someone who identifies himself as “Richard Toms” ...

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The wisdom of Miles Jordana: Hidden in plain sight

The wisdom of Miles Jordana: Hidden in plain sight

The following is a modified version of an article which first appeared in the Fiji Sun on 12 September, 2011 and which Blak and Black has linked to since publishing the following article. The Fiji Sun article was subsequently copied and published by the Solomon Star on 14 September 2011. I gratefully acknowledge the Fiji Sun as being the major source for what follows. As the High Court of Australia ...

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The AFP and whistleblowers, again!

The AFP and whistleblowers, again!

Callahan and colleagues (2002) suggested that organizations must focus on three trust-building tactics – accountability, reliance, and aspiration – to cultivate helpful internal whistleblowing procedures. These principles provide people and mechanisms to reach the outcome of an ethical organizational culture and help balance the need for profit with unbiased management of all organizational members. Reliance is about employees being able to trust the written and oral polices and standards. A ...

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A call for a Royal Commission into the AFP

A call for a Royal Commission into the AFP

“A State cannot claim to be operating under the rule of law unless laws are administered fairly, rationally, predictably, consistently and impartially.” (Chief Justice Spigelman, as he then was, in an Address given on 20 March 2003 at the International Legal Services Advisory Council Conference Sydney) Ann Applebaum in Gulag: A History reminds us that the rule of law requires that an individual is punished only for what he does, ...

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The AFP and the 'Nazification' of Australian Society

The AFP and the ‘Nazification’ of Australian Society

I’m writing this post in response to some comments that have been left on Blak and Black over the last week or so. The comments are interesting from a number of perspectives, though for me their interest lays not so much in the comments themselves, but in the socio-economic backgrounds and age of the commenters. The commenters I’m referring to are tertiary educated, work in the medical profession and are ...

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