Cairnsnews will be publishing a series of reports, perhaps nostalgic for older Queensland readers but what we are exposing from the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s until the present day is the extent of corruption between government, police, public service, big business and the unions. Queenslanders dropped their guard after the Fitzgerald Inquiry, which, incidentally did not go near the drug trade thinking we would go on to live in a somewhat sanitized society. Cairnsnews can reveal that nothing changed after the socialist Labor Party took over government in the early 90’s and in fact the Marxists made corruption and voter fraud an art form. Just ask the present Premier about her cosy relationship with the medical mafia, a part of which her father manages. On it goes, nothing has changed since Tony Fitzgerald waged war with crooked cops and politicians. This is the first of a series of Queensland the Corrupted State.
by Des O’Neill
When it comes to the bags of cash kickbacks, the Fitzgerald Inquiry made a big thing (and so they should have) of old Joh Bjelke-Petersen receiving bags of $50,000 cash.
Immediately after Fitzgerald the CORRUPT EVIL ALP made an ART FORM out of corrupt bags of cash only they now call it CONSULTANT’S FEES.
You see what was happening was that small business individuals, wishing to establish in QLD, could apply for a GOVERNMENT sponsored loan. If they approached their local ALP Member, they were told there was a upfront CONSULTANTS FEE of $50,000.1 billion
In 1996 after the GOSS ALP administration had been in power for six years the bad debt for QIDC (Queensland Industry Development Corporation) blew out to $962 Million. (YES THAT’S ALMOST 1 BILLION DOLLARS). Some of this bad debt was part of the old Nationals pre-Fitzgerald loans for mates scheme (which were never paid back) BUT THE BULK OF THE BAD DEBT MONEY WAS UNDER THE GOSS ADMINISTRATION.
What was happening was the SO CALLED CONSULTANTS FEE was going onto the top of the loan. e.g. Say the loan was for $500,000 add on the Consultants Fee which would make the total loan $550,000.
Now in 1998, when the BAD DEBT had blown out to $962M and QIDC was being wound up and merged with SUNCORP and it was floated. So what happened is that the Qld Auditor General, Len Scanlan wanted to engage a team of 24 auditors to go through the QIDC bad debts and recover as much of that debt as possible. Scanlan had the 24 positions all ready to advertise (in Govt. Gazette) however Peter Beattie over-ruled him.
Beattie retrieved the QIDC file off Scanlan and sent it onto an accountant, who just happened to be a former QLD ALP MP. This individual wrote a recommendation on the QIDC bad debt and it was forwarded to Deloitte for a final recommendation.
Guess who was Chairman of Deloitte at the time? It was none other than Wayne Goss. Of course the final recommendation came back that the whole bad debt be written off as unrecoverable.
What the Auditor General didn’t know, that if his auditors started digging through the QIDC bad debt files, is that the so-called $50,000 CONSULTANTS FEES would come to light. BUT BEATTIE OBVIOUSLY KNEW. The Nationals were quite happy to see the QIDC saga finally put to bed as it got rid of the mates loans saga. As for SUNCORP they had to take on the bad debt as QIDC (all $962M) was merged with them.
From information given to me, they were very unhappy about this obviously affected the value of SUNCORP’s float when it was publicly listed. As for the $50,000 consultants fees, it wasn’t going to the QLD ALP. It was going into politicians back pockets. Of course, the ALP bagman who collected the cash was Bill D’Arcy. Now what happened in early 2004 was that I met a small businessman, who wanted to start up a new small business in about 2003. He approached his local ALP MP for government support. He was told that there was an upfront CONSULTANTS FEE of $50,000.
This guy was honest and balked at that and soon dismissed the whole idea. He told me that about a week and a half later he received a phone call from another local ALP MP, who really put the weights on him for the $50,000. The businessman told me he was considering taking the whole matter to the CMC (QLD’s Crime and Corruption Commission at the time).
I told him he couldn’t do that, as it was equivalent to taking it to the ALP Headquarters in Peel Street, South Brisbane and getting them to investigate themselves. That’s how bad they (CMC) are! I further told him he was putting his life in danger by going there on an issue like that.
Funny thing about the ALP BAGMAN is that they (ALP) had to find a new one, because D’Arcy was in jail for paedophilia.
I know who that is (from the small businessman) and they (ALP) certainly looked after him.
He lost his seat in the ALP wipeout in 2012 and he now holds a senior position at a university.
What is needed is a Federal Royal Commission to clean up this corrupt mess of financial corruption and paedophilia. There is ample Federal jurisdiction for this.
Robert J Lee in Brisbane
In 1990 Labor Premier and solicitor, Wayne Goss officially renamed the Queensland Police Force to the Queensland Police Service and the old motto of “Firmness with Courtesy” was changed to “With Honour We Serve”.
In 2014 many Queensland citizens would question the veracity of this new motto.
In the past month Queensland Police have shot seven citizens, four fatally, outstripping the Victoria Police Service’s dubious honor of being the most trigger happy cops in the nation.
How is it our police service has become so dangerously trigger happy?
Perhaps it all begins with relaxed entry standards combined with a Nazi-style training curriculum which determines the attitude and aptitude of community values by graduates from the Queensland Police Academy at Oxley.
Young recruits, some straight from high school with no life experience are easily melded and conditioned by the often savage attitude generated by the Academy that the public which they are supposed to serve are to be treated as “the enemy.”
The recent spate of unnecessary shootings by police could be explained by the relaxed physical attributes of recruits.
Once upon a time when this writer was interviewed as a potential recruit strict physical conditions were the basis of suitability for entry into the then more honorable police mold.
Male recruits had be no less than five foot ten inches in height with a suitable weight- for-height and age ratio.
They were asked basic questions such as:
“Do you smoke?” or “Can you row a boat?”
“Can you swim?” “Have you done any stock work?” “Can you drive a manual car?”
“Where have you worked?” “Have you had any contact with the general public?”
“Can you ride a horse?” “Have you used firearms?” “Do you play football?”
One tricky question off-handedly asked by a friendly Academy trainer: “I am doing craft work for a hobby, do you know where I can find some beeswax?”
This writer, having been reared in the bush was the only one of the group of potential rookies able to answer: “From a saddler or beekeeper.”
Upon returning to the bush this scribe was followed up for more than 12 months by the recruiting officer asking when I would start my new career as a police officer.
Alas the call of the bush was too strong and it did not eventuate.
Modern entry requirements have been so diluted that university graduates are given preference over those with sufficient people skills, business acumen and life experience but worst of all, over all those having the physical attributes necessary to become an efficient and effective officer of the law.
In 1970, when threatened with physical violence, a single officer having sufficient physical stature could easily apprehend an offender with a knife and place him in hand cuffs.
In 1985, when threatened with physical violence two officers of questionable physical stature could easily apprehend an offender with a knife and place him in handcuffs.
In 2010 when threatened with physical violence three officers using pepper spray, Tasers or .40 calibre Glock semi-auto pistols could easily apprehend an offender armed with a knife, jump all over him and drag him into a paddy wagon.
Chances are this 2010 offender would now be pepper sprayed, Tasered to death in some cases, or simply shot by all officers present.
This is what happens when 60 kilogram female police officers and 65 kilogram male officers are issued with a firearm they cannot properly use and do not have the necessary physical attributes to disarm an offender.
For confirmation just ask any range officer at any pistol range in the State.
A 15 shot Glock is not suitable for issue to tiny girls or boys whose grip and light body weight prevent them from even holding the nearly one kilogram pistol effectively.
Upon discharge the pistol recoils upwards and if the shooter cannot hold it tightly it often becomes dislodged from the hand or at best uncontrollable in the event of subsequent discharges.
Just ask any regional motor vehicle panel beater how many times he has had to patch up self-inflicted bullet holes in police vehicles.
This is policing in 2014 and why members of the public who in moments of abnormal instability lose their lives.
Combined with a Police Union President, Ian Leavers, whose public rants demand that only police should own firearms in Queensland make for an unpalatable brew of fascist-driven police corruption and incompetence.
Not so long ago police officers used to dress in uniforms with a standard pale blue shirt (UN colours) that are easily recognised and have a reassuring public image.
In 2014 police wear confronting para-military navy blue or black overalls, giving the public an image of stormtroopers waging war against the ‘enemy’ which unfortunately is us, the public.
Editor’s note: In response to correspondence from serving police officers from several states, it should be noted that Cairns News generally supports police for carrying out general policing duties. When the corporatized policemen are used by errant political corporations such the LNP to enforce widely unpopular corporate policies such as coal seam gas mining and the Brisbane G20 fizzer, it is up to individual officers and management to say, “enough is enough.”
Police officers have an unenviable job when informing parents or families about road fatalities or other dreadful duties, but they should not be party to enforcing corporate vandalism of the environment. So this news outlet is not being critical of police, but very critical of policies emanating from corporate government that are against the public interest and wellbeing that police think they have to support.
Robert J Lee contributing editor.