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September 2020

Entitled ABC pay-rise recipient gets Minister on to lecture him about why she should be paid more than other Aussies

thanks to the incomparable Jill Jacks and her formidable media monitoring global conglomerate.


Always a job going at Luna Park if you dip out at the ABC hon.

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Hotel Quarantine Inquiry - no evidence of bad faith or corruption in engaging private security contractors

On Sunday our reader Marmion sent this email to the Inquiry

Sent: Sunday, 27 September 2020 9:53 AM
To: 'Contact Quarantine Inquiry (Quarantine Inquiry)' <[email protected]>
Subject: Cost to Government of the Security contracts - action if fraud suspected
Importance: High

Dear Emily,

Ms Ellyard, Counsel Assisting the Inquiry examined Mr Phemister closely on the number of security guards stood up by each security company and the hourly rates they were paid and the rates they paid their staff.

She noted Unified Security stood up 1754 staff were paid the highest hourly rates plus meal allowances (sounds like Union thinking) and they were given more work than the other Security Companies.

She said the Board of Inquiry would be looking at the various payment schedules “in their fullest detail.”

With news reports that Unified were paid between $30 to $44 million and if the figures do not add up, one hopes, the Board, in its final report, will recommend the Government and relevant authorities take action, if any fraud against the State is suspected.

All the best,


Marmion points out that on Monday, counsel assisting the Inquiry made the following submission:

At pages 2196 – 97:

“There will be no suggestion from those assisting you that those engaged in setting up this program worked other than with the best of intent and to the best of their ability.

Bad faith or corruption is not what the evidence shows.”

Over the course of the next few days we'll take a very close look at that assertion.

US Senate Judiciary Committee releases letter from Director National Intelligence - serious allegations against Hillary Clinton

The Russia hoax was Hillary's creation - and the Obama/Biden White House knew all about it.
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SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

Chairman Graham Releases Information from DNI Ratcliffe on FBI’s Handling of Crossfire Hurricane

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today released a letter from Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe. DNI Ratcliffe responded to Graham’s request for intelligence community information regarding the FBI’s handling of Crossfire Hurricane.

 DNI Ratcliffe provided the following declassified information to the committee:

  • “In late July 2016, U.S. intelligence agencies obtained insight into Russian intelligence analysis alleging that U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had approved a campaign plan to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians' hacking of the Democratic National Committee. The IC does not know the accuracy of this allegation or the extent to which the Russian intelligence analysis may reflect exaggeration or fabrication.”
  • “According to his handwritten notes, former Central Intelligence Agency Director Brennan subsequently briefed President Obama and other senior national security officials on the intelligence, including the ‘alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.’”
  • “On 07 September 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok regarding ‘U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server.’”

“I appreciate DNI Ratcliffe responding to my request for any information concerning all things Russia in the 2016 campaign, not just alleged Trump-Russia involvement.

“Director Ratcliffe will make this information available in a classified setting. I will try to review the material as early as today.

“This latest information provided by DNI Ratcliffe shows there may have been a double standard by the FBI regarding allegations against the Clinton campaign and Russia. Whether these allegations are accurate is not the question. The question is did the FBI investigate the allegations against Clinton like they did Trump?  If not, why not?  If so, what was the scope of the investigation?  If none, why was that?

“I look forward to speaking with Director Comey about this latest information, and many other topics, at tomorrow’s hearing.”



Police Remembrance Day. We will remember them.



We pause to honour our colleagues who've been killed on duty.

For me there are some very personal links.

Angela Rose Taylor was murdered by Craig Minogue and others in the 1986 Russell Street bombing.

I was at the Academy for Constable Taylor's funeral and feel privileged and humbled to have been awarded the Angela Taylor Memorial Prize as Dux of the Academy when I graduated.

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Thank you for your service and sacrifice Angela.

Steve Tynan and Damian Eyre were at the Academy with my squad-mates and me.

In 1988 vicious killers lured Steve and Damian to an ambush in Walsh Street South Yarra.

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Steve and Damian were cut down with shotgun blasts then finished off with point-blank shots from their own service revolvers. 

I had the privilege of leading the funeral parade with full police honours out of the Victoria Police Academy.

I will never forget right wheeling out of the Academy to be confronted with thousands of police in uniforms representing the whole country standing shoulder to shoulder lining the street.  It was a very long, slow march as one by one they saluted those brave young blokes.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice Steve and Damo.

I also served with Gary Silk, my regular partner on the Port Melbourne divvy van.

In August 1996 Gary and Rod Miller were sitting off an armed robbery target, the Silky Emperor Restaurant in Moorabbin.

Vicious criminals Bandali Debs and Jason Roberts shot and killed them from behind. 

They didn't stand a chance.

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It's a privilege to have known and worked with you Gary, thank you for your service and sacrifice.

We talk a lot about our Glorious Dead from wars and we give thanks for our veterans who've served overseas.

Police face deadly risks every day they go to work.

And not just for the months of a deployment.  Year in, year out.

There's no Gold Card for police, no Department of Veterans Affairs looking out for them and no TPI pension either.

Lest We Forget.