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Today's surprise announcement* is that Christopher Pyne has been employed to look after Ernst & Young's defence business - ie advising on how to get the biggest bite out of the $200 Billion investment program he presided over as a minister.
If this isn't corrupt, could someone please explain why?
Here's a piece I published last year in anticipation of precisely this sort of self-interested bullshit.
This is the Australian Army's announcement about the Chief of Army's Land Forces Conference:
So the Chief of Army is having a conference - presumably to discuss military matters with our partners.
But our partners aren't our military allies.
A direct quote from the above
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Before we get to to Industry Defence & Security Australia Ltd - have a quick look at the Twitter account of Chief of Army Land Forces Seminar -Australian Army
It's chocka with Christopher Pyne and Marise Payne - either flogging weapons/equipment or inviting tenders.
And most of the acquisition stuff points to the private website www.pyneonline.com.au
Do you want a copy of the tender documents for our multi million taxpayer funded splurges?
Go to PyneOnline.com.au for all the details!
Or follow the Chief of Army Seminar - he's out there pumping Christopher up too!
And old mate Marise gets plenty of action there as well.
Now to the Australian Army's proud presenting "partner"
It's a charity that pays no tax.....
...but earned $2.2M on $5M turnover in the only year for which a financial report is available, doing among other things, the pumping up of politicians tyres!
The friendly folk at the Government's charities commission have decided the mates at ADSA Ltd don't need to furnish us with any more financial reports.......
This entity might have started out with all good intentions.
But its constitution has recently been updated.
And it seems to me with its involvement in "partnership" with the Australian Army and it clear cut role in promoting Pyne and others - it's descended into some murky depths.
Note that its conference is being held in Adelaide.
And I for one am disgusted at the same Rising Sun badge that our Anzacs fought and died for being displayed on the same level as this tawdry bunch of commercial and political carpetbaggers.
No wonder Pyne wanted Defence - look at the business names this "charity" is involved with:
|registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) as follows:|
|Registered as a charity view ACNC registration||07 Jan 2013|
|LAND FORCES 2022||19 Jun 2018|
|LAND FORCES 2024||19 Jun 2018|
|PACIFIC 2023||19 Jun 2018|
|PACIFIC 2024||19 Jun 2018|
|PACIFIC 2019||14 Jun 2018|
|PACIFIC 2020||14 Jun 2018|
|PACIFIC 2021||14 Jun 2018|
|PACIFIC 2022||14 Jun 2018|
|Rotortalk||12 Jun 2018|
|PARTNERSHIP AEROSPACE AUSTRALIA||23 Oct 2017|
|PARTNERSHIP AEROSPACE INDUSTRY AUSTRALIA||23 Oct 2017|
|TEAM AEROSPACE INDUSTRY AUSTRALIA||23 Oct 2017|
|Littoral 2018||05 Oct 2017|
|Littoral 2019||05 Oct 2017|
|Littoral Marine||05 Oct 2017|
|Littoral Security||05 Oct 2017|
|Team Aerospace Australia||26 Jul 2017|
|Team Careers Australia||26 Jul 2017|
|Team Maritime Australia||26 Jul 2017|
|Team Security Australia||26 Jul 2017|
|Land Defence Australia||31 Oct 2016|
|CIVIL SECURITY AUSTRALIA||19 Aug 2016|
|Indo Asia Pacific||17 Jun 2016|
|MARITIME AUSTRALIA||16 Mar 2016|
|LAND DEFENCE||23 Feb 2016|
|Land Forces 2016||23 Feb 2016|
|Land Forces 2018||23 Feb 2016|
|Land Forces 2020||23 Feb 2016|
|LANDDEFENCE DOWNUNDER||23 Feb 2016|
|LANDEF||23 Feb 2016|
LEST WE FORGET
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Here's a taste of just a few of the commercial opportunities in Chris's online showroom now!
Ministers and Assistant Ministers are entrusted with the conduct of public business and must act in a manner that is consistent with the highest standards of integrity and propriety.
They are required to act in accordance with the law, their oath of office and their obligations to the Parliament.
In addition to those requirements, it is vital that Ministers and Assistant Ministers conduct themselves in a manner that will ensure public confidence in them and in the government.
Forget the private websites lads.
The government has plenty of websites and people to manage them.
Taxpayers were taken for a ride by Turnbull who saw his "public service" through the lens of www.malcolmturnbull.com.au.
Even the hint of taxpayer funded stuff being promoted in private forums is tawdry and cheap.
Ministers wouldn't get away with running a consultancy on the side - with that consultancy out there 'helping' guide tenderers to the juiciest contracts.
A minister's personal website isn't that much different.
Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's please chaps.
Keep the personal websites for photos of the wife and kids.