AFP corruption and their per diem

AFP corruption and their per diem

In the 1960s Donald Horne observed, “Australia is a lucky country, run by second-rate people who share its luck.” This observation was followed in the 1990s by Paul Keating when he made his famous Placido Domingo speech at the Press Club, in which he noted that Australia has never had a great leader of the stature of an Abraham Lincoln, a Franklin Roosevelt or a Winston Churchill. While I loathe ...

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No amount of education will ever make us white

No amount of education will ever make us white

The following is a letter I received from a reader of Blak and Black and the Fiji Sun, talking about his experiences as a Pakistani/Australian living in Australia’s Capital, Canberra: Dear Sir, I read with interest your article Moti End Game which appeared in the Fiji Sun on Friday 22 July 2011. I commend you on your courage in standing up for the rights of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific ...

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Don't play it again, Sam!

Don’t play it again, Sam!

Ah, Sam, you have really got up my nose. And given that smell contributes roughly seventy percent to taste, I can only say you’ve put me off my food! How dare you? How dare you presume to speak as a police officer, serving or otherwise, of breaching and belittling the very legal system that every person, citizen, resident or visitor, is entitled to expect will serve them with a just ...

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The politicisation of the AFP and ALP corruption

The politicisation of the AFP and ALP corruption

Racism, and in particular anti-black racism, is a part of our community’s psyche. A significant segment of our community holds overtly racist views. A much larger segment subconsciously operates on the basis of negative racial stereotypes. Furthermore, our institutions, including the criminal justice system, reflect and perpetuate those negative stereotypes. These elements combine to infect our society as a whole with the evil of racism. Blacks are among the primary ...

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Gratuitous acts of racism in Australia’s capital, Canberra!

Gratuitous acts of racism in Australia’s capital, Canberra!

In fact, the worst offender of institutionalised discrimination and marginalisation of Aboriginal people is the government.—Neil Gillespie, head of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc, South Australia (‘Poor health, racism go hand in hand – research’, Koori Mail 448 p.32) Over the last few months I have been liaising with an Indonesian journalist, who like me, has an interest in Australian Federal Police racism and corruption. While her particular focus ...

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Public Servant: Defence to criminal conduct

Public Servant: Defence to criminal conduct

In essence criminal law theory is based on the notion of personal responsibility; people are punished for their crimes because they could have chosen not to commit them. The choice to commit a crime is known as mens rea or the subjective mental states, which accompany the actus reus, that is, the act itself. For a detailed analysis of criminal law theory, see Boldt RC, ‘The Construction of Responsibility in ...

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Modern Racism by Paulo Flores

Modern Racism by Paulo Flores

Bakchos has asked me to write a post for Blak and Black about what has come to be known in the United States as Modern Racism a concept which I have discussed under the heading, Modern Racism. While the primary purpose of this post is education and information, it also acts as a rejoinder to comments left on Stumbleupon by Ratbags to Bakchos’s last post on Blak and Black, Lies ...

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Corruption and Racism in the Australian Federal Police and the death of Australia’s democracy

Corruption and Racism in the Australian Federal Police and the death of Australia’s democracy

21) After coffee was served Mr and Mrs King and I were discussing Mrs (name removed on legal advice) dog Sooty and all of his aliments when a dark haired man with an olive complexion and green eyes standing about 5ft 9ins approached our table. He saw Mr King and audibly said “you fucking bumb boong cunt, I told you we would get you, we don’t like fucking boongs in ...

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Stanhope-less is gone, now it’s time for accountability and transparency

Stanhope-less is gone, now it’s time for accountability and transparency

Well thank god for that! Like all good rats, the king of spin is the first to abandon the sinking ship of state the Australian Capital Territory. Yes, strictly speaking the ACT is not a state and nor should it ever become one, so perhaps a more accurate descriptor would be King Rat surfaces in Australia’s cesspool of greed, corruption and shady deals. Yes, I know that the cesspool of ...

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Australia the land of the fair go – now that’s bullshit unless you happen to be fair!

Australia the land of the fair go – now that’s bullshit unless you happen to be fair!

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment (ATSI) rates have soared by a whopping 52 per cent over the past decade. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s now account for a quarter of Australia’s prison population. The decade that witnessed this staggering growth in the ATSI imprisonment rate began on a high note with the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk for Reconciliation and included former Prime Minister Rudd’s apology to the stolen generations. ...

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Australia: The façade of democracy!

Australia: The façade of democracy!

Australia is a signatory to two important international anti-corruption conventions: the United Nations Convention against Corruption (entered into force 14 December 2005) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials (entered into force 15 February 1999). In 1999, the Commonwealth Parliament passed the Criminal Code Amendment (Bribery of Foreign Public Officials) Act to implement Australia’s obligation under the OECD Convention. The ...

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perjury and perverting the course of justice strike at the heart of the administration of justice

perjury and perverting the course of justice strike at the heart of the administration of justice

“…each of the offences of perjury and perverting the course of justice strike at the heart of the administration of justice…” The above statement comes from Justice Bruce James’s judgment in the case of former Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld. In 2009, Einfeld was sentenced to three years’ jail, with a non-parole period of two years, after pleading guilty to false statements over a $77 driving fine. He admitted he ...

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“Politics is the art of the possible.” —Machiavelli

“Politics is the art of the possible.” —Machiavelli

“All Things Obey Money.” This may be true, but if it is, it is because fools obey money. Just because it’s the first thing that comes to mind does not mean it is the best answer. “A finger is useful for pointing to the moon, but woe to him who mistakes the finger for the moon.” —Zen saying Money is like an umbrella spread over everything. It can be exchanged ...

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Corruption and racism in Australia, our eyes wide shut!

Corruption and racism in Australia, our eyes wide shut!

A friend from Melbourne, who has been the victim of ‘anti-wog’ racism since migrating to Australia as a child with his family, often quips that, “Sometimes you have a lucky day and you don’t realise it at the time.” Yesterday may be just one of those days for me! My day started with this e-mail from a regular BlakandBlack reader, which I have copied in full, below. While I don’t ...

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“idiots...drunks...and people with nowhere else to go...”

“idiots…drunks…and people with nowhere else to go…”

“Well, invaded by idiots, perhaps, Mr Humphries, and that would not surprise me at all. Being invaded by drunks would not surprise me either. Being invaded by people with nowhere else to go would not surprise me either. But I ask you, Mr Humphries, as you sit there with your smug look on your face – – -“ When I first read the above in the Hansard DEBATES OF THE ...

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Equality and the law

Equality and the law

“You don’t have to worry about your little boong mate Marky suing you for fitting him up. When I’m finished with him he’ll be in the gutter where he belongs with all his other boong mates. You will be able to piss on him as you step over him on your way to work” (Excerpt from a verbal exchange between an ACT DPP Prosecutor and an ACT Department of Treasury ...

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“You can only have as much justice as you can afford”

“You can only have as much justice as you can afford”

What do Darren Bloomfield, Isobel Coe, Angelique, the former Commissioner for ACT Revenue, Uncle Billy, Ms King, ‘Spooky eyes’ ‘Bird’ Pat, ‘Lizard’ John Johnson, Albert Mason, Richard Hansen, Trevor Beal and me all have in common? More to the point, what do we have in common with two hundred other Australians? Firstly, we are all Indigenous Australians. Secondly, we have all been terrorised, bullied and denied fairness by the institutions ...

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The genteel art of bullying

The genteel art of bullying

I was recently discussing the genteel art of bullying with a former associate, Paulo Flores, who is a psychologist and mediator and Watershedd, a recent contributor to Blak and Black. During the course of both of these conversations the topic turned to the definition of bullying. This made me stop and think and eventually realise that what I’m actually ‘banging-on’ about to the United Nations and on Blak and Black ...

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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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