Great insight into the Climate Change Carpetbaggers at the latest international conference

This is the world inhabited by Turnbull, Gillard, Clinton et al.

Scott Morrison has to stop the rot.

Australia should be fighting against this rubbish - not pandering to it.

 


Bill Shorten finds the Kevin Rudd back of the beer coaster plan-producer

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Sound like a plan to you?

Me neither.

But Labor!!!!!!!!!!.......

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/the-white-elephant-nbn-started-life-on-a-coaster-on-a-plane/news-story/e31c8d25df83c3628be96d71174cac30

https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2014/08/review-of-the-conroyrudd-beer-coaster-design-method-for-the-nbn-chaotic-rushed-and-thats-the-good-bi.html


Chief Judge of Vic County Court releases transcript of today's hearing on media reporting

I was amazed at the breadth of His Honour's comments.

His Honour is talking about substantial jail terms for a large number of media people.

Counsel for the DPP, in discussion with His Honour mentioned extraditions back to Australia.

With great respect, His Honour may find meaning in Henry of Huntingdon's story of King Canute - the "Big Pond" that is the internet has tidal flows that are beyond the control of even the Chief Judge of Victoria's County Court.

 

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County Court hearing tomorrow - application to lift suppression order on Pell matters

This email is from Victoria's County Court to "The Media".

 

From: <media@countycourt.vic.gov.au>
Date: 13 December 2018 at 12:35:40 pm AEDT
To: <media@countycourt.vic.gov.au>
Subject: Director of Public Prosecutions v George Pell - Update

Dear Media, 

Please note that the matter of the Director of Public Prosecutions v George Pell is currently before the County Court of Victoria.

There is a suppression order in effect made by Chief Judge Kidd on 25 June 2018. Please see attached. This order applies Australia wide. The Court is not able to provide any legal advice about this order. 

A hearing has been scheduled for 9:30am Friday 14th December 2018 in court room 4.3. The hearing is an application for review of the suppression order made on behalf of number news media organisations. 

If you have any further questions, please contact media@countycourt.vic.gov.au
  
Kind regards, 

Nevena Spirovska
| Manager Public Affairs
County Court of Victoria
 
250 William Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 
www.countycourt.vic.gov.au 


Parliamentarians & their staff will be protected from public hearings and findings of corruption in Morrison's CIC

Scott Morrison's media release on his Commonwealth Integrity Commission is below.

The Attorney General's 21 page paper on the new bureaucracy is here:

https://www.ag.gov.au/Consultations/Documents/commonwealth-integrity-commission/cic-consultation-paper.pdf

The biggest question I have after reading those documents is "Why?".

Why are we creating this new body?

The CIC will have two divisions:

  • Law Enforcement Integrity
  • Public Sector Integrity

The Law Enforcement Integrity division already exists and it has real teeth.  It's currently called the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity and it will simply move holus bolus into the new CIC.

The new bit, the Public Sector Integrity Division will cover parliamentarians, their staff and government departments.

And that new Division is an absolute toothless tiger.

It will not be permitted to hold public hearings.

It will not be permitted to make findings of corruption.

It will not be permitted to make any prima facie findings that criminal offences have been committed - in fact it won't be able to make findings of misconduct at all.

So, Scott Morrison - why are we creating this new bureaucracy?

 

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A new Commonwealth Integrity Commission will take the lead on detecting and stamping out any corrupt and criminal behaviour by Commonwealth employees.

The new CIC will be the lead body in Australia’s successful multi-agency anti-corruption framework.

Our government is committed to ensuring that Australians remain confident their representatives and Commonwealth employees are acting in their best interests.

This is a serious new Commission with teeth, resources and proper processes that will protect the integrity of Australia’s Commonwealth public administration, while avoiding the pitfalls, weaknesses and abuses of systems introduced by state jurisdictions and being proposed in alternative models.

We began carefully considering options for a national anti-corruption body in January this year, and we have taken the time to ensure this model fits into the existing system but avoids the worst aspects of some state anti-corruption bodies.

We have been determined to get this right, rather than ride a political bandwagon.

The CIC will be a well-resourced, centralised and specialist centre that will investigate criminal corruption across the Commonwealth. It will be an independent statutory agency led by a commissioner and two deputy commissioners, with public sector and law enforcement integrity divisions.

The public sector integrity division will cover departments, agencies and their staff, parliamentarians and their staff, staff of federal judicial officers and subject to consultation judicial officers themselves, as well as contractors.

The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) will be reconstituted as the law enforcement integrity division, with a significantly expanded jurisdiction to also include the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and the whole of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR).

Both divisions will investigate allegations of criminal corruption. We will amend the Criminal Code Act 1995 to add new corruption offences to ensure the most serious and systemic incidents of corruption are clearly understood and can be punished.

The overwhelming majority of people working for the Commonwealth do the right thing, and they do their work for the right reasons. The CIC will help ensure that this remains the case.

Our government will avoid the serious failings of state-based integrity bodies that on too many occasions have proved to be ‘kangaroo courts’ falling victim to poor process and being little more than a forum for self-serving mud slinging and the pursuit of personal, corporate and political vendettas. We have learned from their mistakes in bringing our proposed new Commission together.

While the CIC will have the power to conduct public hearings only through its law enforcement division, the public sector integrity division will not have the power to make public findings of corruption. Instead, it will be tasked with investigating and referring potential criminal conduct to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. This approach ensures that it is the courts that make findings of criminally corrupt conduct.

It is disappointing Labor has sought to undermine Australians’ confidence in the public service in recent months, announcing a proposal for an integrity commission yet providing no detail of how it would work, how it would be structured, or how it would operate within the existing multi-agency framework.

Our approach is designed to give Australians confidence appropriate mechanisms are in place to detect and prosecute corrupt or criminal behaviour by all commonwealth employees.

Further details on the CIC model are available in a paper at https://www.ag.gov.au/Consultations/Pages/commonwealth-integrity-commission.aspx

We will undertake extensive public consultation on the proposed model, led by a panel of technical experts. The outcomes of that consultation process will feed into the final design and our government will then legislate to implement that design.


PM Morrison announces establishment of Commonwealth Integrity Commission

In his brief remarks, the PM said "the government" had been working on a 'sensible, measured, carefully considered' proposal for an integrity commission with real teeth since January.  They kept that a very good secret!

Here's the Attorney General's public statement:

On 13 December 2018, the Australian Government announced that it will establish a Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) to strengthen integrity arrangements across the federal public sector.

The CIC will be a centralised, specialist centre for the investigation of corruption in the public sector. It will also work with agencies to build resilience to corruption and bolster agency capability to detect, deter and investigate corrupt conduct.

The CIC will be established as an independent statutory agency, led by a commissioner and two deputy commissioners. The CIC will comprise:

  • a law enforcement integrity division – this will have the same functions and powers as the current Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, but with a broader jurisdiction
  • a public sector integrity division – this will investigate alleged criminal corruption involving government departments and their staff, parliamentarians and their staff, the staff of federal judicial officers, and in appropriate circumstances, recipients of Commonwealth funds.

Further information on the proposed functions and structure of the CIC is outlined in the following consultation paper:

If you require this document in an accessible format, please contact anticorruption@ag.gov.au for an alternate version.

The government seeks views on the CIC model outlined in this consultation paper. Feedback received throughout this consultation will help to inform the development and implementation of the CIC.

Making a submission

Submissions to this consultation should be emailed to anticorruption@ag.gov.au and must be received by 5:00pm AEST on 1 February 2019.

Submissions and names of authors will be published on this website, unless the author clearly requests otherwise.

If you experience accessibility issues with the documents on this page or have an enquiry about this consultation process, please contact anticorruption@ag.gov.au