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September 2016

Good advice from Cory Bernardi

I took Cory's advice last night, well worth the time.


It really makes you wonder about this deal made in the past couple of months by Julie Bishop.

Julie Bishop's deal with Frank Giustra/Clinton Foundation! In Indonesia! What could go wrong?

Has anyone checked Julie Bishop for a pulse or other signs of life lately?

There is a US Presidential election campaign underway.

In April 2015 Bill Clinton made this announcement about restrictions to the Clinton Foundation accepting money from foreign governments while Hillary was running for President.

Of all the brain-dead outright stupid and unnecessary deals I've encountered - and Gillard, Rudd and Turnbull take some beating - this has to be the singularly most stupid, least necessary, least thought-through and most embarrassing deal for the Australian Government I've seen in a long, long, long time.

This DFAT genii initiative only started in June this year and was published to the Australian Government's DFAT website on 20 July 2016.

This deal just got underway - with these guys! 

Intrepid group 

The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) is an initiative of the Clinton Foundation. CGEP combines the best of non-profit and for-profit approaches to create new enterprises that capitalise market opportunities to generate social impact by addressing market gaps in developing country supply or distribution chains. CGEP are overseeing this partnership’s enterprise development process including feasibility studies and market research, recruitment of pilot and the general manager, management of pilot and transition to enterprise, development and expansion of farmer technical assistance program, recruitment and training of farmers, design of logistics systems, and management of the commercial agreement with Unilever.

We've already hit one milestone - with more "value for money" in a couple of weeks.  

On 30 August, still a few weeks away, Bill's people, Frank's people and the DFAT guys will get together to workshop what the whole deal is supposed to be about and put it in an MOU.

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So why all the fuss?   Why all the risk?   Why are we dealing with the devil?

Indonesia's coconut sugar producers can't wait, that's why!

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Never before has so little money purchased so much trouble for so small a gain.

Here's the deal synopsis.

We've kicked in half a million.  Plus Australia's soul and our "leveragable DFAT connections".  

The boss, Frank Giustra from the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership gets to "leverage" Australia's government contacts in incorruptible Indonesia.  

You beauty, get that private jet fired up boys, we're off to resource rich Indonesia,  the land of "semua bisa diatur" ("all can be arranged", a phrase an Indonesian traffic cop might use - or a provincial governor with some hardwood forests, or the top half of a mountain in West Irian with a bit of gold in it - or a meeting with someone like, say, Frank "There's Uranium in them thar Kazakhstan Hills" Giustra!) 

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Here's Frank and Bill and hundreds of pair of white shoes


Photo: Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP/Getty Images

Former president Bill Clinton speaks next to Canadian billionaire Frank Giustra, center, and Mexican businessman Marco Slim, during the innauguration ceremony of the Acceso Oferta Local Food Company in Cartagena, Colombia on May 15, 2013.

Frank Giustra, a Canadian billionaire with interests in mining and filmmaking, gave $100 million to establish the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership. CGEP is technically a registered Canadian charity. It gives money to a sister organization with the same name that is part the broader Clinton foundation. The purpose of having two organizations with the same name, according to CGEP’s website, is so “Giustra and other Canadian residents could receive a charitable tax credit” for their donations.

More here

and here

Craig Thomson, Migration Agent, will pay $$$$ for fake employers in confidence NQA

We wrote about Craig Thomson's new job with the Wickerman Group in May last year.

The Wickerman Group Pty Ltd is a $1 Pty Ltd Coy whose secretary and sole director is 2GB's most successful former romance and divorce consultant Zoe Arnold.  

After a time, or a few times, Zoe left 2GB and went to work for Reba Meagher and John Della Bosca and Tony Sheldon and, well the Labor Party and stuff.

And Zoe met Craig around the time another gentleman actually repaid the union for those times wasn't Craig's signature for a start.

And Zoe and Craig got the Bateau Bay house and the first home buyers bonuses that everyone is entitled to on their first and possibly second, third/maybe fourth homes.

And Craig got $400,000 out of Labor and free trips on holidays and stuff.

Then! When the right wing conspiracy resulted in a fraudulent conviction for Craig on stuff he never done, Zeo set up this:

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Now, you won't believe this...actually yes you will.  More low rent unlawful crap from Craig ripping off taxpayers.

Disgraced former federal MP Craig Thomson running migrant placement scheme 

Deborah Snow 
  • Deborah Snow

Disgraced former federal MP Craig Thomson is running a migrant worker placement business from his home base on the NSW central coast, offering incentives which appear to exploit loopholes in laws designed to crack down on the abuse of visa schemes in regional Australia.

Mr Thomson - who last year said he was too broke to repay his former union hundreds of thousands of dollars he owes it for credit card abuse - is offering cafes and restaurants near his home several thousand dollars to take workers on temporary 457 visas or via the more permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.

Craig Thomson at court in 2014. The former MP was convicted of theft from the Health Services Union but escaped a jail term.
Craig Thomson at court in 2014. The former MP was convicted of theft from the Health Services Union but escaped a jail term. Photo: Paul Jeffers

Mr Thomson refused to tell Fairfax Media where he was getting the money to pay employers. But his business appears to be operating in a "grey zone" , according to some experts, because of recent bans on the payment of inducements in relation to migrant worker sponsorship.

The RSMS is designed to help regional employers hire migrant labour for specialised jobs when they can't find qualified employees locally. When a business has successfully a sponsored a migrant under the scheme, that worker can apply for a class 187 visa, valuable because it offers permanent residency with the ability to bring in family members. It is thus more highly sought after than 457 temporary worker visas.

ENDS  - more behind paywall at Fairfax.

Here is a link to Craig's website.

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Click on any of the links and it takes you back to the place you started.

Which is quite apt for the Thomsons.


Obama's message to black voters - "an insult" if blacks don't vote to continue his legacy

Get this straight - there is no place for racism or racist messages.  Got that?

Now piss off Whites, this is a message for Black Voters.

If you believe you have a valid claim to listen to the President's "A Message to Black Voters" but are currently identified as White, you must:

  • attend an approved anthropologically-endorsed pathology testing centre
  • provide such samples as an Officer might demand
  • await government analysis of the results 

You will be advised whether DNA and other background checks have been decided in your favour or not.