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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Our youth, a future of hope?

Our youth, a future of hope?

Yesterday I received a communication from a foreign school student who has an Australian Federal Police detachment in his country. His question, to me after reading my comments on Blak and Black was: “Are the AFP really as corrupt and racist as you make them out to be on your web site?” My immediate response to my enquirer was that on the basis of my own interactions with the Australian ...

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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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Mr Commissioner Hypocrisy doesn’t equal integrity

Mr Commissioner Hypocrisy doesn’t equal integrity

As part of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Additional estimates for 2006–2007, held in February 2007, Senator Evans put the following question on notice to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: Mick Keelty has also branded the Solomons Government as either corrupt or incompetent (see SMH -Police Mission to Solomons at Risk of Collapse 10/02/07). Does the Government have any ...

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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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Some uncomfortable parallels between Mubarak’s Egypt and contemporary Australia

Some uncomfortable parallels between Mubarak’s Egypt and contemporary Australia

Mr Paulo Flores is today’s guest poster on Blak and Black. Paulo is a European trained and qualified Psychologist, Lawyer, Mediator and Human Rights Activist. He is currently working in Australia as a mediator and investigator. Paulo was previously a case worker dealing with the victims of ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia. During many hours of heated discussions, fuelled by the odd bottle of red or two, we began ...

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The AFP and Detachment 88

The AFP and Detachment 88

Detachment 88’s major facility at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Co-operation was established in 2004 with almost $40 million of Australian funding. According to its website, most of the counter-terrorism seminars at the Centre are run by the AFP and according to The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2009/10 annual report, it is a major beneficiary of $16.3 million in annual funding allocated to the AFP to combat ...

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How complicit is the AFP in the torture of West Papuan’s by Detachment 88?

How complicit is the AFP in the torture of West Papuan’s by Detachment 88?

The attached video shows very clearly what I mean by torture of West Papuan by Detachment 88. What this video shows is a clear violation of international law. Detachment 88 is equipped by Australia and trained by the AFP. Is this what you want your tax dollars spent on? Do you want to be associated with a police force, the Australian Federal Police that condones, even tacitly, this type of ...

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We’re not racist, we’re Australian!

We’re not racist, we’re Australian!

Australia Day 2011, a mere 223 years after the English invasion and occupation of Aboriginal Australia, an invasion in which white ‘Christian’ males brought with them all of the then, as now, prevailing attributes of ‘Christian’ society; racism, misogyny, a misguided sense of white ‘Christian’ superiority materialism, corruption, hypocrisy, environmental vandalism and god forbid the rule of law, that epitome of civilized men, a rule that stipulates that all stand ...

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The AFP and the rule of law

The AFP and the rule of law

The AFP in its submission to: THE SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE INQUIRY INTO AUSTRALIA’S INVOLVEMENT IN PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, March 2007 made the following statement: The AFP Annual Report 2005-06 focuses on the pivotal role of the organisation in supporting emerging states in our neighbourhood and contributing to the global peace dividend. Participation by the AFP in peace and stability operations and regional capacity building is ...

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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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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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Racism and Corporate Australia

Racism and Corporate Australia

Over the next few weeks I will be putting up posts written by those who have assisted me in collecting statements or who have introduced me to the victims of the human rights violations I have briefly outlined in the statistics included under the tab Racism in Australia – the facts. Prior to handing over the reins to others, I thought that I would take a detailed look at a ...

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Three months for a dollar

Three months for a dollar

On New Year’s Eve I received a phone call from a representative of the Greens advising me that I would need to provide more evidence if I wanted an enquiry into the $130,000,000.00 that has gone missing from ACT Treasury. I was rather perplexed by this comment and advised my caller that I had neither requested nor did I expect any assistance from within the Australian establishment in furthering my ...

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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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The Moti affair: The ‘rule of law’ sinks under the weight of AFP mendaciousness

The Moti affair: The ‘rule of law’ sinks under the weight of AFP mendaciousness

After having mentioned the Moti affair in my posts a number of times, it has been brought to my attention that a number of my readers may be unaware of the extent of Australian Federal Police involvement this international miscarriage of justice. Mr. Julian Moti, a well-known international constitutional lawyer and former attorney-general of the Solomon Islands, was arrested and detained by Australian Federal Police on December 27, 2007 following ...

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