Friday, 30 November 2012

PM Gillard, Illegalities and "slush funds."


Sleeze and Smear.
Michelle Grattan, in the Sydney Moaning Pravda, writes (Link) inter alia:
  • Accusations of criminality are over the top;
  • That the PM said the association wasn't a union. … It obviously wasn't

Accusations of Criminality

hat the PM said the association wasn't a union. … It obviously wasn't.''

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/gillard-winged-but-still-flying-20121129-2aimg.html#ixzz2DfZijwcS
That the PM said the association wasn't a union. … It obviously wasn't

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/gillard-winged-but-still-flying-20121129-2aimg.html#ixzz2DfZpjPhO
hat the PM said the association wasn't a union. … It obviously wasn't.''

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/gillard-winged-but-still-flying-20121129-2aimg.html#ixzz2DfZijwcS
Dictionary.com defines a slush fund as
a sum of money used for illicit or corrupt political purposes, as for buying influence.
World Dictionary:
a fund for financing political or commercial corruption.
Even the Not-so-reliable Wikipedia:
a slush fund can have particular connotations of illegality, illegitimacy.
A fine string of words:
  • illicit, 
  • corrupt,
  • illegality,
  • illegitimacy.
 So, before Sue Butler from the Macquarie Dictionary redefines "slush fund" in  PM Gillard's favour, the overwhelming feeling is an illegal fund.

The 34 y.o. young and naive Ms Gillard, in her Slater and Gordon exit interview, described the AWU Workers' Reform Association as a slush fund - an illegal fund.

Strike One! 

The association wasn't a union!


When questioned about working for Wilson or the AWU,  MS Gillard said that she believed, in working for Wilson who was a union official, she was working for the union. (link)
Gillard yesterday seemed still in two minds, saying that when it came to establishing an association that bore the name of the AWU, her client was Wilson and his associate Ralph Blewitt as representatives of a team of union officials who would run together for re-election - not the AWU. But she also appeared to place weight on the fact she had kept the AWU informed, through Wilson and Blewitt.
"The people I was dealing with - Mr Blewitt and Mr Wilson - were both office holders of the AWU," the Prime Minister said.
"My client in creating the Workplace Reform Association was Mr Wilson and Mr Blewitt acting as representatives of a team of officials who were going to run together for election in the trade union. But did I separately advise the AWU that this was occurring, well of course I didn't. 
Of course she didn't!

On the other hand,  (link) Slater and Gordon thought they were two different entities:
Slater and Gordon said in its statement it acted for both the AWU and (then) union official Mr Wilson.
“In acting for the official, Slater and Gordon obtained information: i) that was confidential to the official; and ii) the disclosure of which to the union would have represented a conflict between the interests of the union and the interests of the official.”

However, (writing to the WA Corporate Affairs Commissioner - link)
Julia Gillard enabled the incorporation of a union slush fund from which her then boyfriend later stole hundreds of thousands of dollars by formally denying to authorities that it was a trade union organisation.
So Ms Gillard's claim that the association was set-up for the union and under instructions from the union has been negated by her own submission to the WA Corporate Affairs Commissioner.

Strike 2!

Officer of the Court.


The lawyer practises law as an officer of the Court. The lawyer’s role is both to uphold the rule of law and serve the community in the administration of justice.” 

These are the opening words of the Statement of Ethics proclaimed by the Council of the Law Society of New South Wales on 20 November 1994. (pdf)


Did the young and naive lawyer, Ms Gillard, an officer of the court, mislead the WA Corporate Affairs Commissioner by writing that the association was for workplace reform when she knew that it was a slush fund?

Three Strikes....You're out!

Cold Heat!


Headline:

Heatwave strikes eastern Australia

Parts of eastern Australia are sweltering as heatwave conditions take hold today.
Temperatures have passed 40 degrees across regional areas today, with the latest weather observations from the Bureau of Meteorology showing tops in excess of 44 degrees in some places.

Watch the alarmist doomsayer come running with cries of
  • the end of the world is nigh
  • prepare ye for the end;
  • We'll all be doomed.

Before the doomsayers start their screaming tirades, a quick reminder from NOAA. (Link) Until these records get corrupted, massaged, manipulated, Australia's record high temperature (probably caused by Jumbo Jets and rampaging SUVs) was 53.3ºC on 16 January, 1889. (link)  

Continent by Continent, the record highs were all recorded before pre 1945, ie pre the major industrialisation push, with the exception of the coldest continent on Earth, Antarctica. When, in the mid seventies, the alarmists were saying we were heading for the next ice age, Vanda Station, Scott Coast Antarctica recorded 15ºC.

Meanwhile, up in the Northern Hemisphere, as previously pointed out in these pages (here)

Britain faces coldest winter for 100 years

  • Temperatures to plummet to minus 3°C this week and could fall as low as 20°C in December
  • Fears that snow blizzards could close roads and shut down rail networks as winter takes hold

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Britain will shiver tonight as temperatures plummet in the first taste of what promises to be one of our coldest winters for a century.
The cold snap is expected to last until the end of the week, creating dangerous conditions on the roads and adding to the misery of those already battling floods.
Temperatures could fall to as low as minus 3°c (27°f) in some places, with snow already falling in the Pennines. In Saltburn, North Yorkshire, northerly winds have become so strong that they are pushing water back up a cliff.
Britain will shiver tonight as temperatures plummet in the first taste of what promises to be one of our coldest winters for a century.

The cold snap is expected to last until the end of the week, creating dangerous conditions on the roads and adding to the misery of those already battling floods.

Temperatures could fall to as low as minus 3°c (27°f) in some places, with snow already falling in the Pennines. In Saltburn, North Yorkshire, northerly winds have become so strong that they are pushing water back up a cliff.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239556/UK-weather-forecast-Britain-faces-coldest-winter-100-years-Big-Freeze-follows-flood.html#ixzz2DemzJuwL
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  Global warming? or Global Cooling?  Or, perhaps just Earth's natural cycles....
  • Temperatures to plummet to minus 3°C this week and could fall as low as 20°C in December
  • Fears that snow blizzards could close roads and shut down rail networks as winter takes hold


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239556/UK-weather-forecast-Britain-faces-coldest-winter-100-years-Big-Freeze-follows-flood.html#ixzz2DemYlHtC
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