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On-the-ball AG George Brandis QC says Tony Abbott's "YES" badge-wearing assailant had nothing to do with "YES" campaign

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Oh, except for the "YES" badge.

And attacking a prominent "NO" advocate.

But other than the badge, and the attack on a leading figure in the "NO" campaign, there was absolutely nothing to do with the same sex marriage issue.


Will you help us get to the truth in The AWU Scandal - and hold those responsible for misleading us to account?

An important anniversary ticked over in June this year but few people noticed it.

We did.

24 June 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the incorporation of the Australian Workers' Union - Workplace Reform Association Inc.  

Here's the handwriting of one of the people who filled out the application to incorporate.

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That anniversary mightn't mean much to you - there aren't a lot of people who want to celebrate the date.

But it means a lot to the Western Australian archives.

Because 25 years is the time limit for access to ministerial correspondence files.

Four months ago they became available.

Gillard etc thought they were in the clear because someone had emptied this file.


But that was just one end of the deal.

The Minister's office was involved too.

In fact, 3 separate ministers - two were acting while one was on holidays.

Got the picture?

I have.

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There's nothing different from what GILLARD told Peter Gordon during her departure interview.


The stuff that will get her in trouble is the stuff she made up later.

I will return to Australia during the next week.

My private prosecution of GILLARD will be filed and charges served on her during the next month.

I know I can rely on you to help me get there.

Every touch leaves its trace.


Michael Smith, National Australia Bank

BSB: 084855 

Acct No: 537650476

Timeline to incorporation of the AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc

This is an important precis of evidence in the case against Ms GILLARD.

You'll recall Ms Gillard told the Trade Union Royal Commission that she received this letter from Ray Neal, and that she provided Ralph Blewitt with the legal advice in the memo below.


GILLARD's testimony is at odds with the truth and with the documentary evidence.

The AWU WRA Inc was incorporated by the direction of the then Minister.

Gillard knew that because she put together the documents "arguing the case for incorporation".

A court will soon get the chance to determine the matter.

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Turnbull - "If it's NO, that's it". Says SSM won't be issue at next election.

Does anyone believe this guy in anything he says?

If the plebiscite returns a "NO" vote, that's it hey Mal?

If Labor under Shorten says it'll be "YES" and gains ground will the Liberals just watch them Mal?


RSL boss let son use presidential suite at Sydney hotel for 7 years - all on the RSL credit card

How could anyone do this to his own, particularly to veterans.

Throw the book at him.  He's lucky not to be fragged.


Former NSW RSL president Don Rowe allowed son to use Presidential Suite at Sydney hotel for 7 years - paid for by RSL

Former NSW RSL president Don Rowe.

Former NSW RSL president Don Rowe.
  • The Australian

Former NSW RSL president Don Rowe stayed in the “presidential suite” of a Sydney hotel and allowed his son to use it for seven years even though the room was being paid for by the organisation, an independent inquiry into the veterans’ charity was told on Monday.

The inquiry, led by former Supreme Court judge Patricia Bergin, also heard Mr Rowe charged lavish meals, flights for family members, exorbitant supermarket bills and mortgage repayments to his corporate credit card throughout his 11-year reign.

Mr Rowe, who quit in November 2014 citing health issues, told the inquiry that staff at the NSW branch of the Returned and Services League told him a “presidential suite” at the four-star Hyde Park Inn had been made available for his use “as I saw fit”.

Mr Rowe said one of his sons stayed at the apartment over a period of seven years, and that on at least one occasion he used his RSL credit card to pay for his daughter to stay in the room when he wasn’t there.

“It didn’t mean that you could allow members of your family to use it ... did you understand that at the time?” counsel assisting Anthony Cheshire SC asked.

“No, I didn’t,” Mr Rowe replied.

The view from a deluxe room at Sydney's Hyde Park Inn.
The view from a deluxe room at Sydney's Hyde Park Inn.

The inquiry, which is investigating systemic failings within the NSW RSL branch, its aged-care arm RSL LifeCare and its Welfare Benevolent Institution, was also told that Mr Rowe received a $20,000 car allowance per annum of which he used a portion to pay off the mortgage of his Armidale home.

An auditor’s report last year found Mr Rowe used his RSL corporate credit card to pay for $38,000 worth of his family members’ phone bills and to withdraw over $200,000 in cash during his time as president.

Mr Rowe later paid back the RSL about $2500, a figure he calculated himself based on the approximate costs of the phone bills.

A two-bedroom apartment at the Hyde Park Inn.
A two-bedroom apartment at the Hyde Park Inn.

The inquiry heard Mr Rowe would use the credit card for everyday living expenses, including toothpaste, shirts and a $568 bill at Coles on Christmas Eve in 2013.

The inquiry also heard that Mr Rowe, a Vietnam War veteran, was receiving two pensions the entire time he was president which amounted to approximately $2000 per fortnight, but failed to declare to Centrelink the RSL funds which he was using as income.

Mr Rowe admitted that throughout his tenure as state president, numerous members of his staff raised concerns about him not keeping adequate documentation for expenses, but that he never properly addressed this.

Mr Rowe began his evidence by apologising for spending the organisation’s money on personal expenses, while insisting he hadn’t done so deliberately.

“I apologise to the RSL, LifeCare and RSL Welfare Benevolent Institution and to the members of public who have donated for my failings as state president of the RSL,” Mr Rowe said.

“The achievements during [my period as president] ... have been overshadowed by many failings including my own,” Mr Rowe said. “I accept that responsibility. I unreservedly apologise. We’ve had a big stuff-up. I don’t blame anyone else. The buck stops with me.”

There's more at The Australian.


Introducing "The Defendant Day Care Centres"!!!!!!!!!!! With the NSW Supreme Court tick of approval!

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I think my mum and dad sent me to a Convent School because they were pretty confident the nuns were good people who'd set a good example.

Isn't that what we want from the people into whose care we entrust our children?

Apparently not.

The NSW Office of the Children's Guardian has taken insufficient exception to the approval by the NSW Supreme Court of a man who has failed a "working with children" check as now being a fit and proper operator of child care centres.

The individual who has avoided being named in the proceedings has the following criminal history/antecedents:

During a two-month spree in 1982, he variously:

  • grabbed a 23-year-old woman's crotch,
  • grabbed the crotch and breasts of another 29-year-old woman 
  • exposed his penis to her
  • pulled up the T-shirt of a 20-year-old woman and grabbed her breast 
  • invited her to perform fellatio
  • approached a 15-year-old girl and asked her to sit on his penis 
  • entered another woman's car without her consent and ignored her requests to get out 
  • grabbed her breasts, pushing off her bikini top in the process


His further criminal and civil offence history includes:

  • a drink driving offence in 1988,
  • a 1992 incident in which he entered a woman's bedroom and pulled down her nightdress
  • road rage 
  • a 2002 episode at a hotel where he racially abused patrons
  • groped two policewomen 
  • made sexually lewd remarks to an elderly woman after grabbing her bottom 
  • a conviction for cocaine possession in 2003
  • damages payment after he urinated on the floor of a hotel in 2003,
  • was charged over an altercation on a golf course – though the charges were later withdrawn
  • fined for opening a childcare centre without a licence in 2004.
  • faced allegations of domestic violence by two former partners and
  • reported to the Department of Community Services in 2015 after one of his teenage sons wrote a story about his dad swearing and hitting him.

A forensic psychiatrist retained by the children's guardian considered that the man posed a low-to-moderate risk of sexual or violent behaviour, but said he could not provide a definitive opinion because the man refused to have a psychiatric assessment.

Justice Richard Button found the tribunal accepted the man had behaved "boorishly, unattractively and anti-socially" but this did not mean he posed a risk to children and it had made no error of law.