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January 2013

A little bit of nostalgia as I reminisce about our strong negotiator and the day I was told not to broadcast Bob KERNOHAN's interview- with a special request for our legally minded friends

8am call that put Julia Gillard's old news on front page (or in a docket)

  • BY:INSIDE STORY EWIN HANNAN 
  • From:The Australian 
  • September 03, 2011 12:00AM

APPROACHING 8am last Monday, John Hartigan was walking into his office after a session of boxing, stairs and weights at a park in Sydney's inner-city Glebe when his mobile phone rang. It was Julia Gillard.

"I presume you know why I'm calling," the Prime Minister said.

Hartigan, chairman and chief executive of News Limited, had no idea. He soon did, as the Prime Minister voiced her displeasure at the publication that morning in The Australian of a column by Glenn Milne, which revived 16-year-old allegations about Gillard's one-time relationship with former unionist Bruce Wilson.

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The Offender

You would be aware that the offender's home was raided by police on 24 October last year.
If you've watched the video package above, you will have seen the offender's mouthpiece Chris McArdle opine that the offender's handwriting is not present on hooker-related credit card vouchers, notwithstanding the offender's later payment of the bills with HSU money when the statements arrived.
As I said on the day, every touch leaves its trace.
The offender would be well aware of the matters alleged against him.   He was invited by police to drop by for a chat to put his side of the story.   He has declined to co-operate.   Steve Lewis pointed out that, "Mr Thomson has declined to be interviewed by both the NSW and Victoria Police, who are expected to wrap-up their case against him by Christmas".   Well it's back to work now, post Australia Day.   
It's hard to imagine that anything more remains to be done.   He's had every chance to put his case.   All the conceivable evidence has been amassed.   He has declined to be interviewed.   I would have thought that the offender's conduct, as set out in Terry Nassios's report provides compelling grounds for police to bring the offender to justice.   Right about now would be good.
Craig credit card vouchers

David Marr on free speech and how John Howard was stifling it

It's good to see that David Marr is on to Nicola Roxon.   I wonder how he'd compare the current regime to Howard's?  Thanks DerFred for the tip about David's essay.

Careful, he might hear you

June 2, 2007

Under John Howard's terms, freedom of speech doesn't include any expression of dissent, writes David Marr.

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Broadband and mobility

Telstra's customer service boss Gordon Ballantyne has given an exclusive interview to Mitchell Bingemann of The Australian newspaper, ahead of Telstra's half-year results announcement in February.

He told The Australian that Telstra's 4G mobile network is nearing its millionth connected device.

One million.   It was launched in September, 2011.   The demand for fast mobile broadband speaks for itself.   There's no public subsidy, no taxpayer risk - on the contrary, Telstra pays the taxpayer for the rights to use the radio frequencies that the network operates on.

Compare and contrast with the taxpayer funded NBN.   According to The Australian's Mitchell Bingemann, "The most recently available statistics on NBN connections, valid to September 30 last year, showed just 52,014 premises had been passed and only 6358 had taken an active service on the NBN". 

Telstra's 4G or Long Term Evolution mobile network can achieve download speeds of 300 megabits per second in lab conditions.  In the field it's up to 10 times the data speed of a 3G network.

These actual numbers should send a shiver down every taxpayer's spine.   $50 billion to build a network that nobody seems to want.

Telstra races to the magic million mark with super-fast 4G mobile network

  • BY:MITCHELL BINGEMANN 
  • From:The Australian 
  • January 28, 2013 12:00AM

A DOUBLE demerit long weekend is probably not the best time to enthuse about speed, but as Telstra quickly closes in on the one millionth device to be connected to its super-fast 4G mobile network, the telco giant's customer service boss Gordon Ballantyne just can't help himself.

"We're getting close to the million mark," Ballantyne exclusively told The Australian ahead of the telco's half-year results in February.

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It's hard to believe that an Australian Government could try this on - Nicola Roxon's speech laws

It's shocking to think that this proposed legislation even made it to the drafting stage.   Who could possibly put their name to this abomination?  As usual, the Gillard Government proposes to exclude itself from the effects of its rabid laws, but as Victoria's Attorney General Robert Clark points out, everyone else will be subject to what amounts to thought control.  And thanks to The Australian newspaper for its vigourous pursuit of this issue and our right to free speech.

Labor's dangerous discrimination draft should be shown the door

LAST last year, the Gillard Labor government released a draft anti-discrimination law for public comment that was supposed simply to consolidate a few existing commonwealth laws.

Instead, the proposed law would impose sweeping restrictions on freedom of speech and on people's conduct in their workplaces, shops, schools and clubs. It would also impede the ability of state police and state governments to protect the community.

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Is the Prime Minister a person of interest in the Victoria Police investigation into The AWU Scandal

I've been asked by a number of journalists whether the Prime Minister is being investigated by police for her conduct in relation to The AWU Scandal in the mid 1990s.

On 22 January Victoria Police released this statement from a spokesperson Leone Johnson:

"Victoria Police Fraud and Extortion Squad is currently investigating a complaint regarding the alleged misappropriation of funds from a union.

"As the matter is under investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further."

A journalist colleague wrote to Victoria Police on 23 January, 2013 and asked who was under investigation and who had made statements.   This is the on the record response from Victoria Police.

Victoria Police does not confirm who may or may not be under investigation or providing statements.

 Adam West |   Police Media Unit | Victoria Police 

I lodged a report with the Chief Commissioner of Police on 17 October, 2012 naming Julia Gillard as the person who had apparently created a false document in the Power of Attorney used in the purchase of the Kerr Street property.

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Barry O'Farrell's speech laws

You might recall on Monday 14 January I was shocked to read that Barry O'Farrell's government was considering tightening racial discrimination laws to make it easier to secure convictions for racial vilification - the link is here.   It struck me then as the last thing a state conservative government ought be concerning itself with.

Well the Premier of NSW is back in the news today with this nonsensical reasoning.

Failure to prosecute rioters means laws need closer look - O'Farrell

Date
January 28, 2013
THE Premier, Barry O'Farrell, has nominated the Muslim riot in central Sydney last year as one reason why an inquiry is needed into whether the state's racial vilification laws need strengthening.

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