Chris Pyne Delivers! For whom? For Sarah Hanson-Young, Penny Wong, The Greens and Labor.

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All his own work, all from his own Facebook page.

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Christopher I know too well the truth of the maxim "you'll be judged by the company you keep".

I wish I'd been less impetuous and more thoughtful in some of my decisions of the past.

We can't change history;  and it's difficult to watch you making it so ill-advisedly .

You are an elected member of parliament courtesy of the Liberal Party and a minister of the crown in an ostensibly conservative government.

What are you thinking consorting with the enemy?

Could you imagine John Howard, Peter Costello, Paul Keating, Bob Menzies, Tony Abbott - anyone with a skerrick of gravitas cavorting with that political company for a publicity shot?

What are your priorities mate?

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Check-in.

UPDATE

Thanks for your notes and well wishes.

Last Thursday morning I woke up with a line of what looked like Mr Vesuvius(es) on my left outer calf.

Couldn't really walk, went to local medical facility and was diagnosed with cellulitis with some bacterial infection that was right throughout my system.

The main reason I've been away from the website is the painkillers as the sausage-skin struggled to keep the leg-innards in.  I'm off them now, still on the horse tablet antibiotics and will be (God willing) full speed ahead in the morning.

 

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I've been quite unwell the past couple of days - on an IV antiobiotic drip with a serious but slowly improving infection on my lower left leg.  

I'll spare you the gory details.  Hopefully back tomorrow.


Gillard's x partner Bruce Wilson linked to murder - .357 Magnum round left on car "keep your mouth shut or you'll get one of these"

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Bruce Morton WILSON, Julia Gillard's lover and partner for at least 4 years - in action outside the Trade Union Royal Commission.

 

Former union boss linked to murder


The Australian

Julia Gillard’s ex-boyfriend, former union boss Bruce Wilson, has been sensationally linked to the 1975 gangland-style murder of Perth brothel madam Shirley Finn.

A witness, Philip Hooper, today described to the West Australian Coroner’s Court how he and his girlfriend were parked near the murder scene in South Perth on the night and had heard four gunshots.

He said two men — who he identified as police officer Bernie Johnson and Perth identity Laurie Tudori — later came up to his car and told him not to go to the police.

He broke down in tears as he described the threats and intimidation he had since endured, including how Mr Johnson had threatened to frame him for the murder of Ms Finn. Mr Hooper, 68, who is gravely ill, said his testimony was his final chance to tell the truth of what had happened.

Shirley Finn was murdered in 1975.
Shirley Finn was murdered in 1975.

“I have been scared for 42 years,” he said. “I have been shot at and it’s not nice.”

Mr Hooper said Mr Wilson — who he knew as an Australian Workers Union leader in WA — had left a .357 magnum bullet on his car at his workplace with a note that said: “Keep your mouth shut or you’ll get one of these.”

He said he knew of Mr Wilson as a “violent person who liked to get his own way”.

Mr Wilson had once attempted to throw a roofing contractor off the roof off a building site because he refused to pay $10,000 to the union.

Mr Hooper said Mr Wilson’s threat had prompted him to make a statement to police in 1994. “I thought, ‘this has got to bloody stop’,” he said.

The allegations made by Mr Hooper predate Mr Wilson’s relationship with Ms Gillard by about 15 years.

Mr Wilson has been connected to the establishment of an AWU slush fund at the time he was in a relationship with Ms Gillard.

The AWU affair dogged Ms Gillard during her time as prime minister. Ms Gillard, who has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, provided legal advice to help Mr Wilson establish the fund.

Mr Wilson has never previously been linked to the murder of Ms Finn. The case has intrigued Perth for the past 42 years.

The inquest is continuing.


Tim Wilson MP wrote to me this morning after I criticised his colouring-in book. Here's my response.

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Tim Wilson MP, Liberal MP for Goldstein wrote to me and some of our readers this morning.

 

 

 

 

Dear Tim,

Thanks for your note today. Now I'm more worried about you than ever.

Until now you could have argued the colouring-in books were already ordered.  

You might have said you couldn't have known the books would be such a divisive issue in the same sex marriage wars.  

You could've added that with the benefit of hindsight it's not the best of looks.

You'd still be stuck with trying to justify blatant political advertising to children - paid for by taxpayers.

But if you'd laid low and not further inflamed the issue the whole thing might have blown over and out.

But your note to me today comes in answer to mine in which I wrote:

It's bad enough the blatantly political advertising was made for kids.

Worse it was sent to schools.

But worse still is Wilson's effort to get between the way parents want their children raised and the way he sees the world.

Do what you want with whoever you want in your own time Tim.

But don't sell it to kids.

Don't use the Party's logo to legitimise your own decisions.

AND DON'T EXPECT TAXPAYERS TO PAY FOR IT!

In answer, Tim says "give me your address and I'll send you a copy (of the books).  I think you'll find they are quite good".

Well Tim, they might be "quite good" as colouring-in books go.

You and Ryan might be beautifully depicted.

But my criticisms have gone unanswered - and your judgement has gone missing.

Adulation from people who'll never vote for you will leave an empty feeling at the next election.

Fond regards,

Michael

 

PS - well may we say the colouring-in books are quite good.   Quite good for whom is not so clear.

 


Private Theogene Ngamije - thank you for your service digger!

This is a beautifully written story from the Australian War Memorial.

Congratulations digger and thank you for your service. 

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'He saved my life'

13 September 2017 by Claire Hunter

Theogene Ngamije

Private Theogene Ngamije: "I pray that someday I get to change someone else’s life."

Theogene Ngamije was just a boy when he thought his life was over. He’d been separated from his parents in a refugee camp in war-torn Rwanda in 1994, but the kindness of an Australian peacekeeper gave him hope when he needed it most.

Now, 23 years later, Ngamije is a private in the Australian army.

“No day was easy, it was hard. I was always scared, hungry and intimidated,” Ngamije said at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of Australian involvement in peacekeeping at the Australian War Memorial on Wednesday. “I wished there was another planet on which I could make a living. I thought that was the end of my life.”

Growing up in a refugee camp, Ngamije said he had “no future direction or any hope of a better life”, but that destiny and luck never left his side.

“On the good day, a day I can call being born again, a tall Australian soldier took a knee and offered me a piece of biscuit and Australian flag patch from his uniform. That kindness came when I needed it most,” he said.

“It is stuck on my heart and it feels like it was only yesterday. He saved my life and many other children who were displaced at that time. There are no words that can describe how thankful I was and remain even to this hour.”

In January 2011, Ngamije arrived in Australia with his uncle and his family.

“Australia recognised me, gave me hope and a home,” he said. “The opportunities I had were unlimited.”

Ngamije began to think of ways in which he could “pay back … this beautiful nation” and “specifically a peacekeeping soldier that helped me”.

He decided the best way was to join the army, and after a long wait for citizenship, enlisted in the Australian army on the 6th of February this year.

“I pray that someday I get to change someone else’s life,” Ngamije said.

“I chose to enlist in the army due to the help, inspiration and unforgettable rescue I received from that Australian soldier. I also wanted to pay back this wonderful community for everything they gave me.

“To the peacekeeping soldier that changed my life, from deep down in my heart I thank you. I shall forever be grateful and keep carrying your load as a soldier.”

Australia first sent military observers on a United Nations Consular Commission to Indonesia in September 1947, and since then has had tens of thousands of military and civilian operatives on station around the world.

The anniversary was marked by a special ceremony at the Memorial commemorating the 16 Australian peacekeepers who have been killed on duty.

Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson said the anniversary highlighted another side of the Australian military experience, one of good will and development that continues to change and adapt as the 21st century progresses.

“Peacekeepers, and the work they have done and continue to do in Australia’s name, are vital facets of the story we tell at the Memorial,” he said.

“It is a story of war but also a story of compassion, service and mateship. It includes interactions with our friends and neighbours during times of trouble and also of peace.”

But for Theogene Ngamije it means so much more. And he will be forever grateful to the unknown Australian peacekeeper whose kindness changed his life.

ENDS

 

Rwanda (UNAMIR), 1993 - 1996

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References
  • Fry, Gavin; Lloyd, David, Rwanda : the Australian contingent 1994-95(Canberra: Australian Army, 1996)
  • Horner, David Murray, The Australian centenary history of defence. Vol. 4, The making of the Australian defence(Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • Londey, Peter, Other people's wars: a history of Australian peacekeeping(2003)
  • Parry, Bill (Winston Oliver), We were there in the R.A.R. / Bill Parry. We were there in the Royal Australian Regiment(Mango Hill, Qld.: Winston Oliver Parry, 2005)
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ACT Magistrates Court registers private prosecution of George Brandis and issues him a summons to face charges

I should point out at the start that this case against George Brandis QC won't be going anywhere.  I don't support Rod Culleton in bringing this ill-founded brief to court - but I would fight to the death for us all to retain the right to do it.
The law allows anyone to bring a charge to court.  The law also allows the DPP to pick up and take over the charge at any time.   That's a great safeguard against malicious prosecutions - but it's also a dangerous risk to well intentioned and considered private cases.
This is the former (if ever) Senator Rod Culleton's charge and summons sheet in his private prosecution of Attorney General George Brandis QC. 
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With great respect to Mr Culleton, he's got buckley's of getting the charge understood properly, let alone proven.  
But he's very enthusiastic nonetheless, no doubt energised by losing his job and looking for someone to blame, vision-limiting influences with which I'm well acquainted.
http://amp.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/rod-culleton-brings-private-prosecution-against-george-brandis-in-canberra-court-20170906-gycfrx.html

Speaking outside court, Mr Culleton said he had "a very strong case".

"People now, if their senators aren't going to step up and properly represent their constituents like I am, they can file a private prosecution for $80 in here (ACT Magistrates' Court) and go their hardest. I think it's great."

He doubted Commonwealth prosecutors would drop the case if they eventually decided to take it on.

"This is a great case. It's all on Hansard, it's in the public interest, we've got all our ducks in a row.

When asked if he faced a difficult task in running the private prosecution, Mr Culleton said it was "hard to become a senator too, but I got there".

"I've had a look at all my senate manuals, I was in the high court of parliament for a period of time and I've had a look at what the law is really about.

"It's not overly complex, it's just about finding an avenue and sticking to it and having right on your side, which is all on Hansard and I'll run my case beautifully."

I can't see how his charges will survive the first proper mention with Brandis represented.
Mr Culleton will have no admissible evidence to lead because of the parliamentary privilege that protects parliamentarians and their proceedings. Nothing that's said in a house of parliament can be used in a court outside it.
Misleading the Senate is dealt with by the Senate as a contempt - recall the House of Representatives and their internal treatment of Craig Thomson's bulltish stories.
Now all of that said - the fact that the criminal division of the Magistrates' Court in the ACT allowed the information to be filed, a summons to be issued for service on Brandis, a court date scheduled and a first mention hearing to go ahead bodes well for private prosecutions.
Culleton's charges will of course be knocked out if they proceed further in open court.
I've put 6 years into investigating Gillard and her co-offenders. My prosecution may be picked up by the DPP, but it won't be knocked out in court.
As a very junior but busy policeman I was the informant in more than 100 criminal prosecutions.  Victoria Police are trained to produce a brief of evidence for the first hearing of a charge that could be taken all the way to the High Court.
I'll have more to say about my private prosecution later today.
FEDERAL POLITICS

Rod Culleton brings private prosecution against George Brandis in Canberra court 

Former One Nation senator Rod Culleton​ has brought a rare private prosecution against federal Attorney-General George Brandis​ in a Canberra court, accusing him of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Culleton appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday for the first brief mention of the case, alleging Mr Brandis misled the Senate over matters that led to his dismissal.

Mr Brandis had been served with a summons but did not appear.

Federal prosecutor Peter Botros asked that the case be adjourned for 10 weeks so the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions could decide whether it would take the matter on.

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis.
Attorney-General Senator George Brandis. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mr Culleton began to speak about the circumstances around the case from the bar table before he was interrupted by Magistrate Karen Fryar.

"This is not the place to grandstand, Mr Culleton," she said. "I don't care what happened in the Senate, what matters is what happens here.

"What I have is your private prosecution summons."

Ms Fryar said it was not uncommon in private prosecutions for territory or Commonwealth prosecutors to consider whether they should take over the prosecution.

"In all due respect this is a private prosecution, it's my prosecution, Mr Culleton said. His comments prompted Ms Fryar to respond: "In all respect it's up to the CDPP."

ENDS

 


CFMEU honcho Brian "Sparkles" Parker referred to the DPP for perjury again.

"It is, with respect, not possible to envisage worse union behaviour".  

Justice Flick, Federal Court, on the CFMEU

Yesterday colourful trade union identity Brian Sparkles Parker was referred to the DPP again.  Like Kimberley Kitching, Bruce Wilson and sundry other AWU Secretary(ies) you have to wonder how he gets away with no apparent further action.

It must be like the GP sending you or me to a specialist doctor.

"Sparkles!  How's the perjury coming along?  Pretty well by the look of Justice Flick's notes here, you're getting a lot of prac".

Justice Flick said this case involving the CFMEU's intimidation and standover tactics at the Barangaroo site joins more than 100 other recent convictions. 

He said the CFMEU has "long demonstrated by its conduct that it pays but little regard to compliance with the law and indeed has repeatedly sought to place itself above the law".

 It is difficult, if not impossible, to envisage any worse conduct than that pursued by the CFMEU. The CFMEU assumes a prominent role in the industrial affairs of this country and has consistently exhibited a contempt for compliance with the law. The conduct of its officers and employees has consistently shown a total contempt for the rights of occupiers and a total contempt for the constraints imposed by the law. It is difficult to perceive how such conduct can be regarded as in the best interests of the bulk of its members and the workers it supposedly represents. Such conduct may promote the CFMEU as a “militant” union. But the constraints imposed by the law apply to all – including the CFMEU.

It is, with respect, not possible to envisage worse union behaviour. The prior imposition of penalties – some nearing the maximum – against the CFMEU has not deterred it from engaging in clearly unlawful industrial action. Indeed, the conduct for which the CFMEU assumes liability in the present proceeding shows a further and serious contempt for the law. The CFMEU’s conduct exposes a cavalier disregard for the prior penalties imposed by this Court and exposes the fact that such prior impositions of penalties have failed to act as a deterrent against further unlawful industrial action.

And yet the blatant criminal behaviour continues.

Shorten, Wong and crew see nothing wrong with associating with these crooks and thugs.  They are cut from the same cloth.

Turnbull can tell us how bad the CFMEU is - as if we needed reminding.

But no one appears to be taking the definitive action that's obviously needed.

The CFMEU is a racketeering influenced corrupt organisation.

Deregister and disband it.

Here are some hits and memories from the Trade Union Royal Commission.

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