Tres galant. Men who wear the Medal for Gallantry have earned the right to be heard on Angus Campbell's death ban
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synonyms: chivalry, chivalrousness, gentlemanliness, courtesy, courteousness, politeness, good manners, attentiveness, graciousness, respectfulness, respect"she acknowledged his selfless gallantry"
When Justin Huggett learned of incoming defence chief Angus Campbell’s ban on death-style icons, he thought it was a hoax.
When Justin Huggett learned of incoming defence chief Angus Campbell’s ban on death-style iconography in the army, he thought it was such a farcical idea that it must have been a hoax.
“The decision you make, sir — that denigrates the morale of the enlisted — flows on and denigrates combat power,’’ Mr Huggett subsequently wrote in an open letter on Facebook to Lieutenant General Campbell.
Whether it's the Workplace Reform Association, the Fatality Fund or other Wilson/Gillard slushies, there's a recognisable design or MO to their conspiratorial work.
Slater & Gordon's matter number 138368 was the AWU Michael Jones Higher Education Fund.
This account was handled in much the same way as the Fatality and Death Benefit Fund:
- pre-existing fund/account (ie prior to Wilson's installation as Secretary)
- not AWU funds - separate from AWU's financials
- Wilson (as secretary of AWU WA Branch) installed as effective trustee
- new bank accounts opened on pretext of getting higher interest
Here's the entry in the AWU WA Branch Executive Minutes for 22 August, 1991.
So what happened to the Michael Jones Higher Education Fund?
Why was it so important to engage Wilson's de-facto partner to provide pressing legal advice at considerable cost?
Why not check it out for yourself:
More on the fatality fund soon.
Thanks to reader Ross E for the tip on this - death symbology (Campbell-made-up-word - means symbols) pretty prominent on everyone's chest.
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Graham Richardson's an astute observer.
His column's about the banks (& AMP) but it could easily be about GILLARD, KITCHING, SHORTEN et al.
The House of Representatives showed its priorities when it got the soggy lettuce leaf out for Craig Thomson after he was found guilty of the highest offence on the statutes - contempt of the parliament.
Crooks in suits in the banks should be charged. Crooks in the white limo with the flag on the front should be charged. ASIC is weak. Careerist politically appointed DPPs and police chiefs are weak and selfish too.
Whatever-it-takes writes in his last paragraph:
The mob worked the banks out years ago and will now wait and see whether ASIC has the internal fortitude to do something serious about them.
We've worked GILLARD and crew out too - and that's where I diverge from Richo's path. We know police, corruption commissions and DPPs don't have the internal fortitude to do something about it.
Thankfully in Australia we don't have to "wait and see". We can lay charges ourselves.
11 May 2018
AMP, CBA and other banks may be crooks — but ASIC’s been our problem
If you thought the scandalous revelations of criminal misconduct by AMP at the financial services royal commission would be the low point for our financial institutions, you were proved wrong within 24 hours.
A day after AMP finally admitted to misleading the Australian Securities & Investments Commission on more than 20 occasions and charging thousands of customers for services it never rendered, the Commonwealth Bank demonstrated it was even worse and seemed almost proud to claim the gold medal for being truly rotten to its core.
In days gone by it must have been wonderful to be promoted into the upper echelons of these banking behemoths, but today it is a potential entry card to spending several years as a guest of Her Majesty, albeit not at Buckingham Palace but at a somewhat less luxurious institution.
On behalf of AMP, its head of advice, Jack Regan, gave spectacular testimony while seeming quite oblivious to the dangerous nature of his admissions.
No doubt before any of the bank representatives testify before the royal commission they are coached by teams of in-house lawyers and expensive hired guns. Before putting their heads on the guillotine block, bank executives should think long and hard about following the lines these legal conferences produce.
On Wednesday, a senior CBA executive proved the wisdom of that call.
When the executive general manager of Commonwealth Private, Marianne Perkovic, took the stand, she was the mug who had to say yes when asked by counsel assisting the commission, Michael Hodge QC: “Can I make sure that I’m understanding the reason you’re so emphatically emphasising what you describe as ‘context’?
“Is the explanation that you want to offer as to why it is that it took CBA more than two years to notify ASIC of its ongoing service fee problems that CBA systems were so hopeless that it had no idea what was going on in its business?”
So here is our biggest bank — which announces quarter after quarter, year after year, billions of dollars in profits — offering as an excuse for robbing its customers the insight that it is such a moribund, useless organisation, it didn’t really know what it was doing.
If Perkovic was following instructions, I would love to know which genius or genii came up with that one.
Mind you, Perkovic was on a roll and her next assignment in obfuscation was to attempt to murder in cold blood the English language. She should have been aware just how thin was the ice she was treading on when commissioner Kenneth Hayne felt obliged to intervene to urge her to answer the question and told her it would be “safer for you” if she did.
Perkovic, though, was a bit like Margaret Thatcher — the lady was not for turning.
You can understand the frustration and irritation of Hodge, and why he accused Perkovic of “dissembling”, when you read this particular answer: “I’m just trying to explain to you, in this two-year period before we actually identified that we actually had a problem with OGS (ongoing services packages), as to what we were solving for with the information that was in front of us in a broader context of the business.”
The legal eagles who briefed her omitted telling her a very important point — when you are caught with your hand in the till up to your armpits, you should cop it on the chin and answer questions directly.
This woman was set up to take the fall on behalf of others in the bank, above her pay grade, who sanctioned these rip-offs.
Let’s hope the commission gets around to finding just who these others are.
As I am writing this column I have just seen this headline feature on Sky News: “Commonwealth Bank under fire for charging customers when they are dead”. You don’t need to ask “which bank”, it could only be the Commonwealth.
What troubles me after all this is the question of which way ASIC will go in prosecuting the miscreants. Its history of dealing with large financial institutions, including AMP, is riddled with enforceable undertakings ignored by those who sign them.
The undertakings are ignored because AMP and others are confident ASIC will lie down on the job and let them get away with it. If they are fined one or two million dollars, they pay the fine and continue their malpractice.
Big corporates have been absolutely confident they can treat ASIC as mugs, because they are. If AMP is so cocky that it can admit to wilfully misleading the regulator on more than 20 occasions, it must have been pretty confident that a slap on the wrist was the worst penalty it could be dealt.
Whether being treated with so little regard wakes ASIC and its new chairman up from their deep slumber is another matter. Although Treasurer Scott Morrison seems confident ASIC will look at criminal charges, the record suggests that is not likely.
ASIC has done little or nothing about banks owning financial planners that in turn put clients into their own funds even if the rate of return is lower. The practice screams conflict of interest, yet still we read about how well AMP has profited from this rort.
Given what we have all read and seen in recent days, Australians honestly hope that some bankers really do get their comeuppance.
The mob worked the banks out years ago and will now wait and see whether ASIC has the internal fortitude to do something serious about them.
PS - I love this observation
No doubt before any of the bank representatives testify before the royal commission they are coached by teams of in-house lawyers and expensive hired guns.
Chief of Army bans "death symbology/iconography". What's a rifle for General? ICB? Crossed swords???
This is crazy.
A soldier's job is to close with and kill the enemy.
Death goes with the territory.
Soldiers need to be very good at bringing death to the enemy.
This badge is American but it'll give you the idea as to what the Chief of Army wants to ban.
And this is the Infantry Combat Badge, issued to Australian infantry soldiers after their first engagement in combat with the enemy.
It's worn on the left breast in uniform.
The badge features a bayonet. A bayonet has one purpose.
Around August 1995, when Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard came unstuck Slater and Gordon gradually ceased acting for the AWU.
Over the next year or so the firm progressively sent its AWU client files to the AWU's Sydney offices.
Here's an original record showing each file, colour coded to show which dispatch box the file was transported in.
That report records the fate of 89 files - almost all of them were sent to the AWU.
The firm even sent clearly personal work to the union, like the file on the Ralph Blewitt defamation action presumably because the union was paying.
In a handful of cases, Slater and Gordon staff separated the file contents into material Slater and Gordon itself wanted to retain, and material that was sent on to the AWU.
But one file stands out. It wasn't going anywhere.
Six matters up from the bottom of the first page - matter No 126939, the AWU Fatality and Death Benefits Fund.
Julia Gillard was responsible for the file, billing around $10,000 from February 1992 to November 1993.
The AWU, via Bruce Wilson's new Melbourne office at 54 Victoria St Carlton (Trades Hall) was listed as the client.
But no one at Slater and Gordon was proud of that work.
And there was no way the AWU or anyone else outside the firm was going to get their hands on that file.
On 14 August, 1995, Gillard's last effective day of work at Slater and Gordon, the file found its way first into Bernard Murphy's hands, then on to Jonathan Rothfield.
Then as almost all the other AWU files were sent on to the union, the Fatality Fund file was kept under lock and key.
The file was kept at Slater and Gordon for at least 3 years after Gillard was sent packing.
Only the most senior people in the firm handled it. The AWU was not notified of its existence.
I will publish some new material here that will fill in the gaps.
The material hasn't been made public until now.
In my opinion, it shows Gillard and Wilson acting in concert to achieve an unlawful purpose.
The fund was owned not by the AWU, but by the members who'd been paying in their 10 bob per pay since the 1930s.
By the time Wilson and Gillard arrived the contribution was $1 per fortnight and the fund held about $300,000.
But it wasn't AWU money.
It was private money - and many members of the Death Benefit and Fatality Fund weren't members of the AWU.
Both Gillard and Wilson appear to have gone way over the line in the way they treated that money.
They either forget, or didn't care about who owned it.
In 2012, long before the new material I'll publish here became available, Dr John Lourens, lawyer Val Majkus and I wrote and published a paper titled "The AWU Fatal Accident and Death Fund - A Journey Through Time". We started with this observation:
One persistent and widespread suspicion has been that the architects and masterminds behind (The AWU Scandal) might have also been involved in further misappropriation of funds from the families of deceased miners. In the minds of ordinary Australians, embezzling one and a half million or more dollars (in 2013 dollar equivalents) from hard working trade unionists is bad enough. But going that extra step and stealing money from widows and orphans plumbs the lowest depths of deception and criminal behaviour. Understandably, despicable conduct of this nature simply invites widespread public outrage and condemnation.
It does indeed.
Every touch leaves its trace.
Congratulations Bernard Gaynor - Full Bench of the High Court ruling in Bernard's favour on free speech issue
God only knows how Bernard Gaynor keeps on keeping on - quite literally!
Bernard has been tied up with constant court battles for years, all because he speaks his mind about his Christian beliefs.
It's cost him his job in the Army.
It's cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars.
And there's no measure for the personal and emotional costs that Bernard and his beautiful family have been forced to pay.
Yesterday Bernard had a significant win - on behalf of us all.
The Full Bench of the High Court ruled that serial complainant Gary Burns couldn't "tribunal shop", or use a NSW anti-discrimination agency against a person (Bernard) in another state.
The ruling clips the wings of the speech police a little - and for that we all owe Bernard a vote of thanks.
Here's the mammoth ruling from the Full Bench, delivered yesterday.
Bernard funds his court battles through donations - and I'm sure he'd say a little help from above too.
You can donate to support Bernard by clicking here.
Here's some of Bernard's post on his win.
The High Court has unanimously ruled today that the entire anti-discrimination system in New South Wales has been operating against me and others unconstitutionally.
The New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) has had no power to hear any of the 35 complaints brought against me with the support of the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB).
And anti-freedom activists like Gary Burns should never have been able to launch their reign of terror in the first place.
This is a critical win in the fight for freedom. And it is proof that our legal system can work for common sense so long as we are prepared to put in the hard yards.
You can read the 107 page judgement here.
However, this battle is not over yet.
The ‘conservative’ New South Wales government changed its tribunal laws on the eve of the High Court hearing in an attempt to keep the complaint process alive. As a result, only yesterday I received more legal paperwork. I now need to fight the ‘new’ system all over again.
Plus the ADB has written to me in the last few days to state that it will ignore these rulings and simply continue with its attempts to terrorise me (and everyone else) into silence.
But fight on I will because when we fight, we win. And when freedom itself is at stake, we cannot afford to do anything less.
The NCAT has also recently tried to get around the High Court and previous New South Wales Court of Appeal rulings in my favour by declaring that it is a court just like them. It continues to believe it has the power to drag people from other states before it to answer for their views on marriage and morality.
So that is another front that has also opened.
But today is a day to celebrate.
And tomorrow is when I begin the process of firing back against the ADB. This organisation is responsible for this scandal and the massive waste of taxpayer money that has funded it. I have every intention of holding them to account.
I thank you all for your support in this long battle. I would not be writing without your incredible generosity and encouragement. There are so many I have not been able to thank personally (I am very slowly getting through the emails) but please know that you have my immense gratitude, as well as that of my wife and our eight children.
Please know that your support has been vital in this battle. It is you, rather than the mainstream conservative institutions, who have facilitated and enabled this fight. And it is you, rather than these organisations, who have won a victory against the LGBT lobby and the states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania who all spent taxpayer funds backing the rainbow bullies in the High Court.
You are on the front line and that is why this victory today is yours and one I hope that you savour.
I also thank God. He has protected our family throughout this ordeal.
I thank Our Lady Help of Christians who watches over Australia and intercedes for us.
And I thank my brother, Patrick, who died on Australia Day in 2016. Pat always supported me in this battle and I know he continues to help.
Thank you once again for your support.