Comrade Dan Andrews’ desperate Covid cover for unravelling widespread corruption
by staff writers
VICTORIA’S political crisis will deepen, despite Premier aka comrade Dan Andrews’ attempts to exploit a so-called second wave in COVID19 infections, to deflect attention from it and buy time.
In addition to the scandal involving the foul, crooked Labor branch stacker and former Local Government Minister Adam Somyurek and two other ministerial resignations, the state has been caught in two massive fraud allegations involving the Dandenong City Council and the Department of Health and Human Services and the brazenly illegal “withdrawal” of taxi business licences in 2017.
Dandenong council, in the bullying manner typical of the bureaucratic, corporate monstrosities called “local government”, is accused of fraudulently shutting down a catering business named I Cook Foods 18 months ago.
The privately-owned family business just happened to be serious competition for another catering company, Community Catering, in which Dandenong council and others have financial stakes. This company was in financial difficulty and is being bought by the State Government.
Meanwhile taxi operators who were shafted by this same out-of-control China client state called Victoria, are now battling in the courts in order to get some justice after Andrews and company simply cancelled 5000 “pepetual licences” at midnight on October 9, 2017. So-called “transitional payments” of totally inadequate amounts, were offered with the new legislation.
The move smoothed the path for the entry of Silicon Valley tech giant Uber to the Australian market and no doubt paid off handsomely to Victorian Labor Party coffers.
One former taxi operator told Cairns News the government simply removed the word “perpetual” from the redrafted legislation and then let Uber into a now largely unregulated market.
“They reduced the price of the plates to zero. My business, superannuation, income and inheritance for my children is all gone.
“Licences used to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per set of plates. That’s where the wealth was in the industry. But now people have a debt on something that no longer exists.”
Dandenong Council and Red Dan hand-in-hand for dollars
Comrade Dan’s crooked corporate state also works hand in hand with the council corporations.
I Cook Foods supplies packaged food for nursing homes, Meals on Wheels and hospitals, but was temporarily shut down by Dandenong council and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). They used the death of an elderly woman initially attributed to listeria and linked it to I Cook Foods.
Ian Cook’s factory was later cleared of having contamination and documents revealed council officers knew within days of the closure that the listeria levels at the business were safe.
However, the council raised other “food safety” concerns, including a slug being found in the kitchen, and laid 96 food safety charges against Mr Cook and his company.
The closure resulted in 41 people losing their jobs and basically destroyed a $25 million business. It is still managing to survive on limited business.
A council health inspector is now accused of planting the slug on the property after video footage was reviewed.
Luckily for Ian Cook, his matter has now been widely publicized and was the subject of a parliamentary hearing this month (June).
Ian has also been given access to a commercial law process by a group of Geelong activists, which has enabled him to sidestep the courts and expensive legal obstruction by council solicitors.
He has also gained the voluntary help of two retired Victorian cops who have been supplied with extensive evidence of the misconduct.
It is hoped prosecutions may be undertaken in the near future.