Queensland living up to its reputation as a police state
Banking Royal Commission must start now
The corrupt legal system and Netherlands-based Rabobank have skinned another scalp, this time a farming family living near Prarie, 400 klm west of Townsville.
Seven carloads of armed police and two carloads of receivers arrived at the Bradshaw cattle property Laurelvale near Prarie on February 1 at the behest of dodgy receivers Ferrier Hodgson who then took possession of the property allegedly due to non-payment of a loan.
Accompanying the intimidating police armada was a locksmith from Thuringowa Locksmiths and Locksmiths Services near Townsville, Will Caldwell and Warwick Yates (pictured) from receivers Ferrier Hodgson Brisbane and Gadens Lawyers solicitor Scott Couper of Brisbane.
Neil Bradshaw, 29, the son of Lloyd and Noeline Bradshaw was arrested at Laurelvale Station and dragged off by two burly police officers then taken 200 klm to Charters Towers police station.
He was charged with obstructing police and assault. Neil says he did not at any time intentionally assault police.
Bail conditions set by the attending sergeant prevent Neil from going back to his home on the property.
He said the police told him they were there to protect the bailiff and arrived in such force because like every rural property the Bradshaws had firearms in their possession.
As can be found on most family run properties, Neil owns cattle running on the station and machinery which he believes will be stolen by the receivers.
“My cattle are not mortgaged and nor is the machinery, but I won’t get them back from this lot. I have been told they are mustering my cattle right now,” Mr Bradshaw said.
“Both properties are in drought declared shires although we have had good rain it will take us years to recover from the worst drought in history.
“We produce hay but instead of selling it we kept our own cattle alive for three years and if we didn’t do this Rabobank would have had no stock to sell at all.
“We were offered $700,000 for Laurelvale in the middle of a drought but its real value is $2.2 million and our debt is supposed to be $5 million because Rabobank has pushed it up with all their charges with the receivers.
“If we sold Laurelvale with 850 head we could pay them out but they wouldn’t accept our offer and they said they don’t want it because they can’t get the true value.”
In similar circumstances to scores of other fire sales the banks and receivers enforce unreasonable demands to make debt reductions and generally forbid moving stock to other properties with good feed.
In one case at Charters Towers in 2015 receivers Korda Mentha allowed at least 500 head of cattle to perish because the owners were not allowed to shift the cattle to agistment and the receivers had provided no money to feed them.
In this case Mr Bradshaw said Rabobank demanded the family pay the entire debt “straight away.”
“They are trying to get their hands on Ballabay Station(Pentland) too, so my parents have worked for a lifetime for nothing,” he said.
Member for Dalrymnple Shane Knuth of Katters Australia Party has been following the case and is critical of the legal system that allows such travesties to occur.
“These people have committed no crime and contributed so much to their community over many years,” Mr Knuth said.
“They have been heavily involved in Landcare and supporting the beef industry. It is not their fault they copped five years of drought and a government enforced live cattle export ban.
“It will take them up to five years to recover from this drought.
“This episode demonstrates a clear demand for a Royal Commission into banking.
CATTLE BRANDS NOT MORTGAGED
Cattle producers and agents are warned not to buy or deal with cattle with the following brands, which are not mortgaged to Rabobank and belong to Neil Bradshaw:
9G2 (script) UE9 (script)
Described as Brahman cross cows and calves; greys and reds; heifers and steers greys and reds some with Bazadais cross.
These cattle are listed on Personal Property Securities Register and legally cannot be sold without the owner’s permission. Neil Bradshaw has a registered interest and has a superior claim to that of the receivers, according to legal advice.
Firearms industry and gun owners claim NSW Firearms Registry has been compromised leading to gun theft
More than 2300 registered firearms have been stolen from private residences across NSW since 2009, prompting calls from the industry that the thefts were more than coincidence.
Fifty firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition were stolen from registered NSW gun owners in one period of 16 days, with claims the firearms registry has been compromised.
One robbery victim had eight guns stolen within months of being audited by police and his new address added to the registry.
“I was audited by police in May last year and robbed in October. I had eight weapons stolen from a secure safe,” the victim said.
“I live in an estate of 70 homes and was the only place robbed. To me it was obvious I was targeted with information from somewhere.
“Call me cynical but it is too much of a coincidence.
“I have been in the same shooters club for years and never had a problem.”
In a number of cases since May 14, when the robberies began, entire gun safes have been removed from properties with weapons inside.
Officers said criminals could access the information through a variety of sources – not just the registry.
However dealers are not buying the explanation from police saying the registry would be a gold mine to criminals as it contained details of the types of weapons, where they were stored and addresses of owners.
“We have no evidence to suggest the information has come from the registry,” head of the firearms and organised crime squad Detective Superintendent Ken Finch said.
He said there was no investigation into the registry at the moment – but nothing had been ruled out.
Supt Finch agreed some of the recent thefts appeared to be targeted: “Most are in rural areas where people know locals have multiple weapons.”
Supt Finch said the registry was subject to strict audit provisions and not accessible by all police officers.
“Access is only granted by a local area commander when it is needed for an investigation.”
He said only a limited number of civilians had access and usage of the list was strictly monitored: “Gun clubs are another possible source of information. Some robberies could be opportunistic.”
No reported investigation has been conducted to date into NSW Firearms Registry information leaks and co-ordinated gun theft from registered owners.
Highly trained policewoman mistakes .40 cal pistol for Taser
Meanwhile a highly-trained policewoman Sergeant Sheree Bissett shot and killed a man at Lakemba who had mental issues and was harming himself, posing no threat to any other person.
Witnesses state Sergeant Bissett and three other female officers attended the incident where she tested her Taser several times then drew her Glock handgun and without any proper warning shot Salter in the back.
Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell said the critical incident investigation report, written by Detective Inspector Russell Oxford of the NSW Homicide Squad, was “seriously flawed” and he thought it is more likely than not that Sergeant Bissett mistakenly chose her Glock, having intended to employ her Taser.
The officers claimed to the NSW Police Integrity Commission Mr Salter grappled with Constable Abela before Sergeant Bissett shot him in the back, but paramedics and Mr Salter’s father said there was no contact.
Wilson, Abela and Metcalfe have been charged with perjury and giving false evidence, while Bissett has been charged with one count of giving false evidence to the commission. All four have been ordered to stand trial in Sydney’s Downing Centre on April 26, 2016.
These officers are still out there, not suspended, with guns, and the capabilities of fabricating evidence.
The public should be terrified that Sergeant Sheree Bissett who has difficulty distinguishing between a non-lethal Taser and a Glock .40 cal pistol, is still on duty with a firearm in her holster.
by James Purtill of Triple Hack
Nick Folkes, the founder of a new anti-Islam party, lives on a street that smells of gardenia flowers and overlooks Sydney city. He answers the door wearing a cartoon of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a nuclear bomb. As night falls, the city lights up.
His manner is non-threatening, almost ingratiating. The party is selling commemorative t-shirts for $50 each. “Australian-made organic cotton,” he says, holding one. “Make a few dollars.”
The t-shirts read: ‘Sydney is fun. Cronulla is a riot’.
The interview is held in the party HQ – a small crowded room by the front door. Further back in the house Folkes’ wife, who is originally from Japan, is banging pots together cooking the family dinner.
Details of his domestic life contrast starkly with the the logistics of organising a party strictly opposed to Muslim immigration. The Party for Freedom, which Folkes says has 400 members, celebrates the racially-charged violence in Cronulla 10 years ago as a “rebellion”. In the centre of the room beside a box of children’s shoes is a full-size coffin, stood on its end and painted black.
It is stenciled: ‘2015 Cronulla beach memorial Saturday 12/12/15. RIP multiculturalism‘.
Party for Freedom founder Nick Folkes beside a coffin commemorating the Cronulla riots.
triple j Hack: James Purtill
The coffin was Folkes’ idea. He had planned to hold a mock funeral procession with pallbearers and a hearse, and bury it at the beach, but police said no and sought an injunction to stop the rally.
“I know it’s a very controversial thing to say, but Islam isn’t compatible with our way of life,” he says, seated at his desk beside the coffin. On the desk is a copy of the Qu’ran annotated with sticky notes and a stack of anti-Islam Cronulla rally flyers. The room is full of all kinds of flags: the Aboriginal flag, the boxing kangaroo, the southern cross flag, the Australian national flag.
“What happened 10 years ago we feel needs to be marked.”
A police officer helps a man after he was set upon by a crowd at Cronulla beach in Sydney on December 11, 2005.
On Thursday, Folkes will go before the NSW Supreme Court to fight the police injunction. He is also fighting a racial vilification charge in the Federal Court. He looks weary and hunted. He’s just paid a barrister $5000. Whatever happens in court, he says, he and others will go to Cronulla on Saturday to commemorate the riots. They want to celebrate an episode in Australian history that exposed an ugly racial divide the mainstream would prefer to forget. Folkes says he will go to jail if necessary.
Hack: What are you commemorating?
Folkes: A rebellion
Hack: But was it a good thing?
Folkes: I think overall it was a good thing. We spoke to residents who say there were serious problems going on down there. Gangs were going into the area.
Hack: But we have police to deal with that.
Folkes: The unfortunate thing is these people are protected, they’re privileged.
Folkes: Ethnic privilege. Where do we fit into this multicultural project?
Hack: But you’re white, you’re part of the most privileged group in the country.
Folkes: If I went to government and said I’d like a multicultural grant they’d tell me to piss off.
from Robert J Lee in Brisbane
The controversial Member for Cook, Billy Gordon, dumped from the ALP after he revealed his historical criminal convictions, has retained his plum position after police dropped their investigations into sexting allegations made by two Far North women.
In October police issued a statement claiming there was insufficient evidence to lay charges against Mr Gordon, an Aborigine, for sending the women images of his penis.
Mr Gordon sent a text message of his penis to another Cairns woman, Christine Gibson, 50, who told him she would take it to the media unless he paid her $10,000.
Cairns News received information claiming there had been political interference with the investigation into the two other women’s allegations, causing the cases to be dropped.
Disgraced Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller last week resigned from Cabinet after the Opposition accused her of “behaviour unbecoming of a Minister”, although no explicit mention was made of Mr Gordon’s sexting allegations.
The State Labor Government hangs tenuously on now independent Billy Gordon’s vote. Should Mr Gordon be charged with an offence that carries a sentence of more than one year’s jail, he will have to quit his position.
And gone will be the ALP government.