In May 2015 Bill Clinton thought of Julie Bishop as one of the Clinton Foundation's "closest supporters" - so close and so supportive he invited her to New York for the CF's annual internal planning retreat.
Clinton's personal invitation was delivered through then Ambassador Kim Beazley direct to the Foreign Minister's office.
Clinton used the formal diplomatic channel to ask our Foreign Minister to take part in the planning day with him and his top advisors/leadership team "to celebrate our shared success, reflect on recent accomplishments and engage in discussion around our priorities for the year ahead."
"We hope you'll join us to share your input and to help us shape our work for the years to come. Thank you for your continued friendship and thought leadership".
This is just over 18 months ago. The level of intimacy given recent disclosures is frightening.
Just months prior to the invitation, Bishop was in New York for the Clinton Global Initiative where she made this announcement:
Former US President Bill Clinton and I have witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing Australia and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to work together to transform access to health in developing countries over the next five years.
The MOU will support Australia’s $5 billion aid program, which encourages innovation in research and new technologies to promote sustainable economic growth and alleviate poverty. It will also build expertise and networks in facilitating public‑private partnerships, civil society, and private sector financing for health investments.
Australia has previously worked with CHAI in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Vietnam and China to build capacity in government health services and systems, improve access to life‑saving technologies and lower the costs of treatment.
The Australian Government will pursue these innovative partnerships to strengthen health systems, improve maternal and child health and tackle communicable diseases, including control of drug-resistant malaria and tuberculosis.
I have announced the establishment of a Development Innovation Hub within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which will test creative ideas and strategies to address different development challenges.
Since 2006, Australia has contributed $88 million to CHAI and its sister organisation, the Clinton Foundation.
Through a lack of due diligence or worse Bishop helped Clinton and Ira Magaziner out of a big hole by signing the MOU. It airbrushed away the deregistered and fraudulently incorporated and operated Clinton HIV/Aids Initiative Inc (CHAI), replacing it with the Clinton Health Access Initiative Inc (CHAI).
And she committed us to working with Clinton for 5 years - that is to just on 2020 - nominating the CF's role as "supporting Australia's $5 Billion aid effort.
But Bishop's collusion with the Clintons takes on something of a more sinister hue when we consider adjacent events. HIV/Aids isn't the only profit centre exploited by the Clintons. Climate change is another lucrative earner.
Clinton's May invitation came as Tony Abbott's leadership was being whiteanted and as you'll see, Tony Abbott had many global environmental and Leftist groups who wanted to help kick that process along.
This report from the AFR in February 2015 sets the scene:
A federal MP has emailed colleagues pleading for calm as Tony Abbott ’s hold on the leadership became increasingly tenuous after Julie Bishop refused to give the Prime Minister an assurance she would not challenge.
A day after his National Press Club address, in which he appeared to buy some respite from his leadership woes, Sky News reported that at a meeting on Sunday, Ms Bishop had declined to give Mr Abbott an assurance when he sought one.
The Australian Financial Review previously reported that at the meeting, Ms Bishop confronted Mr Abbott with the concerns of the backbench to which she had been talking all week and she sought from him an answer as to how he planned to turn things around.
The New York Times also took an interest, publishing a story under the headline "Australian Leader Alters Course After Losing State Vote".
In the lead-up to the Clinton Foundation's retreat in May the extent of the network of Abbott enemies was becoming crystal clear.
Here's a grab of The Sunrise Project's website https://sunriseproject.org.au/
Sunrise was then engaged in a whatever it takes battle to stop the Adani coal mine in Queensland. With Labor back in power in Queensland they had a bit of wind in their sails - however Tony Abbott was still their major concern.
On 25 May 2015 John Hepburn, the Executive Director of Sunrise sent this email to a select group of 'discrete' funders and controllers including John Podesta and the Clinton Foundation.
....the Abbott Government has established a Parliamentary Inquiry to examine the activities of environmental charities. It is part of an anti-environmental agenda that has been building for a few years now and is being pushed in large part by the mining industry as well as by various right wing think tanks and far-right members of the Liberal Party.
I have attached a word document with a series of articles that ran in the Australian Financial Review and The Australian last week, including one in which the head of the Minerals Council called for The Sunrise Project to have it's charitable status removed. We posted a blog on our website saying that fossil fuels in the Galilee Basin should stay in the ground, and the next day the head of the most powerful industry group in the country is in the paper calling for our charity status to be revoked.
The long and the short of it is that
- There is a reasonable likelihood that Sunrise will be called to testify to the inquiry;
- It is a House of Representatives Committee that has very strong coercive powers to summon witnesses and to call for documents to be tabled;
- This could potentially include board minutes, grant agreements etc
- If I refuse, the maximum penalty is 6 months in jail. If I didn't have children I'd be happy to tell them where to go (on principle) but it isn't really an option;
- This potentially creates a situation where we may need to disclose our funding and grant agreements;
Next steps: We have a strategy session with our lawyers and board on Thursday to plan out our response. As part of this we are seeking advice on steps we might take to avoid disclosure, challenge and limit disclosure, or to ensure that any disclosure is limited to the committee members and is not made public.
I have concerns about the potential PR impact of disclosure of both our funding and grantees - should that eventuate.
The next significant contribution came from Ken Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. Roth is writing to Herb Sandler of the Sandler Foundation - with Podesta/Hillary and the CF all copied in unashamedly on the note:
I’ll ask our new Australia office to look into this. As I mentioned in your office, Australia has a ridiculously narrow concept of a charity which does NOT include advocacy.
This is not uncommon in the Commonwealth. For example, in the UK, HRW had to establish a charitable trust which funds only our research, not our advocacy. We tried something similar in Australia but the tax authorities rejected us, so after a 4-year struggle, we ended up going to parliament in the waning days of the Labor government and got it to give us charitable status by special parliamentary bill.
So far the Liberals haven’t played with that...themining companies seem to own the Liberals, and they play very dirty. Please keep me informed of what more happens in this case, and I’ll let you know if our Australia office has anything to add.
Warm regards, Ken
That same day the Podestas started taking a great interest in East Timor and George Soros funding to crank up the litigation pressure on Australia as this email from 24 May 2015 shows https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/32358
We reported the end result of that matter a couple of weeks ago:
24 May, 2015. Email John Podesta to Hillary Clinton's campaign chief John Podesta under the heading
Do you know who cares about East Timor?
"Rumor is soros, The Australian government got the East Timor government to give up their coastal waters to Australia Hence oil Might someone fund/support East Timor government efforts to reclaim just boundaries Australian friend working on this Let me know if u know anything or care? Thanks much Tony (sic)"
Our boundary with East Timor is based on the geography of our Continental Shelf. It's the same basis for our maritime border with Indonesia.
The Treaty that describes (or should I say described) the Timor/Australia border was jointly agreed in 2006. Regardless of the geography, the treaty provided that East Timorese would receive a 50% share of the oil and gas revenues generated in the maritime region.
But that wasn't enough.
As we reported to you in October last year, The Clintons, Podesta and Soros have been at work trying to diminish Australia's sovereignty (particularly under the Abbott Government).
There are many more examples of the climate lobby, the "progressives network", environmental activist funding groups and others working jointly with Clinton/Podesta to target Tony Abbott.
And who did Clinton hand-pick to take part in his internal annual strategy planning day on 29 May 2015?
Last September I reported this to you - click on the headline to read the much longer and more complete original report.
Julie Bishop has potentially given the Clintons a piece of every single $3.8BN PA Australian aid contract
Hands up all those who'd like a piece of Australia's $3.8BN annual aid program?
Just clip the ticket from every contract let. You little ripper!
Do some of the ideas in this June, 2014 video from the "Shared Value Initiative" sound familiar?
Here are Ira Magaziner and Bill Clinton talking about their plans to monetize charity and aid in 2007 - right about the time the Clinton HIV/Aids Initiative Inc was being deregistered for failure to adhere to financial regulations.
Today we unveil another of the Clinton Foundation's clandestine influence peddling incursions into Australia's foreign aid funding arrangements.
This is a doozy.
It happened with Julie Bishop's active assistance. Bill couldn't have done it without her.
We're used to the Clinton Foundation securing hundreds of millions in donations under the cover of contracts for HIV/Aids, Climate Change, Women, Racism etc.
Julie Bishop's changes would position Clinton associated interests at the head of every single aid/development contract between commercial entities and the Australian Government.
A new way of doing business indeed.
On 31 August 2015 Julie Bishop made this announcement:
ENGAGING THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN AID AND DEVELOPMENT
Today I announce a new strategy to enhance the Australian Government’s engagement with the private sector across all areas of the aid program.
Engaging the Private Sector: Creating Shared Value Through Partnership invites business to work with the Australian Government to help solve our region’s development challenges.
Here's Julie introducing the benign sounding arrangements in September 2015. To get with the program, you'll have to get with the program, which means using the shared value jargon etc.
Here is the website for the Shared Value Project as launched by Julie Bishop in her "new strategy" announcement on 31 August 2015.
Julie tells us that the science is settled on how Australia's aid should be spent. There is no less an authority than a "global consensus" standing behind this Clinton baby.
So what is The Shared Value Project in Australia, the key to Bishop's "strategy to enhance the Australian Government’s engagement with the private sector across all areas of the aid program".
The Shared Value Project is the peak practice body for shared value in Australasia, and the exclusive regional partner of the Shared Value Initiative.
Click on it. You know you want to.
Bill and Hillary Clinton's Head Office
The Clinton Foundation (and its multifarious, nefarious connections and colourful business identity friends) jumped on board the revolutionary Shared Value Idea on 2012.
By Monday, 12 May 2014, one year before J. Bishop discovered it, Professor Michael Porter's revolutionary idea that shared value means “creating economic value in a way that also creates value for society" had been bought big time by the Clintons.
Shared value like GMH making money out of cars that get you places. Or hotel rooms that let you snore privately. Drug companies that make dough by making you better etc.
I think Porter should have quit at 5 forces.
Three Ways CGI Commitments Integrate Shared Value
This week, the Shared Value Leadership Summit meets in New York City, featuring contributions by a number of members of the CGI community. Tomorrow morning’s opening session— which will be live webcast—includes remarks from Professor Michael E. Porter and a panel including Tony O. Elumelu of Heirs Holdings and Arif Naqvi of The Abraaj Group. The summit itself is a result of a 2012 CGI Commitment to Action by FSG and partners to launch the Shared Value Initiative (SVI), with the goal of helping companies learn about and adopt principles of “shared value.”
As defined by Porter and Mark R. Kramer in 2011, shared value means “creating economic value in a way that also creates value for society.” As part of the 2012 commitment, SVI works with its partners to spread learnings and the practice of shared value concepts, and developing research to this effect. Since 2012, SVI has doubled its commitment partners from 15 to 30, including a variety of CGI members from across sectors. SVI has also certified more than 80 individuals as “shared value consultants,” and is engaging over 2,000 professionals on a regular basis through their online platform.
Michael Porter and Mark Kramer's Foundation Strategy Group was set up in 1999 to help charities do good. God only knows what they were on when they allowed the Clinton virus in.
It took the Clinton magic and 17 years of thinking music for Australia to work out that the future for our nation's aid program involved doing things of economic value that also create value for society.
So there you have it. Why sweat it out competing for individual contracts when you can clip the ticket for all of them.
Oh, and you'll never guess what one of the showcase Sharing Value projects for DFAT is!
Clinton Giustra, Julie and the Indonesian coconuts!
There's something apt about the white shoe brigade men inviting Ms Bishop to be a part of their plans.