Scott Morrison's imploding act

 

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  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Just as Scott Morrison appears to have wrested the upper hand from the Labor Party along comes a stream of corruption scandals to engulf the LNP months out from and election. First we have the odd case of Mathias Corrman and his family getting free flights from Helloworld! travel, a company owned by a Liberal Party 'mate' who was also trying to tender for DFAT travel. From Fairfax:

Labor is demanding an investigation into senior Liberals with links to travel business Helloworld in a dispute over whether the Australian ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey, used his position to help the company.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended Mr Hockey in Parliament on Wednesday by insisting the ambassador did not tell staff to set up a meeting with the company in Washington DC, months before it bid for a lucrative government contract.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age revealed on Monday that Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and his family received free flights from Helloworld in 2017, months before the company won a contract with the Finance Department.

Then we have the mysterious case of Peter Dutton awarding a $423 million contract to an unknown company based at a beach shack on Kangaroo Island (SA) - via the Financial Review:

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has urged Australia to investigate the awarding of a $423 million Manus Island security contract to the “inexperienced and unknown” Paladin Group.

…”The department’s answers to questions during Senate estimates were completely unsatisfactory, and Minister [Peter] Dutton can no longer turn a blind eye.”

Then we also have Tim Wilson passing on information from a petition to a private company, Michaelia Cash refusing to co-operate with police investigating whether she released information to the press ahead of a police raid.

The fact that ScoMo is refusing to sack any of them is disappointing in the extreme.

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  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Just as Scott Morrison appears to have wrested the upper hand from the Labor Party along comes a stream of corruption scandals to engulf the LNP months out from and election. First we have the odd case of Mathias Corrman and his family getting free flights from Helloworld! travel, a company owned by a Liberal Party 'mate' who was also trying to tender for DFAT travel. From Fairfax:

Labor is demanding an investigation into senior Liberals with links to travel business Helloworld in a dispute over whether the Australian ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey, used his position to help the company.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended Mr Hockey in Parliament on Wednesday by insisting the ambassador did not tell staff to set up a meeting with the company in Washington DC, months before it bid for a lucrative government contract.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age revealed on Monday that Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and his family received free flights from Helloworld in 2017, months before the company won a contract with the Finance Department.

Then we have the mysterious case of Peter Dutton awarding a $423 million contract to an unknown company based at a beach shack on Kangaroo Island (SA) - via the Financial Review:

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has urged Australia to investigate the awarding of a $423 million Manus Island security contract to the “inexperienced and unknown” Paladin Group.

…”The department’s answers to questions during Senate estimates were completely unsatisfactory, and Minister [Peter] Dutton can no longer turn a blind eye.”

Then we also have Tim Wilson passing on information from a petition to a private company, Michaelia Cash refusing to co-operate with police investigating whether she released information to the press ahead of a police raid.

The fact that ScoMo is refusing to sack any of them is disappointing in the extreme.
don_dunstan

They really have no idea of the 'pub test'. Even if these contracts were above board (and I find that very hard to believe) it's still not a good look giving big contracts to mates.
  michaelgm Deputy Commissioner

Corman said it was an honest oversight not paying the fare, inclined to believe him.
Hockey, that snout will never be far from the trough. Lifters and leaners, Indeed.
Zero  time for the other three.

Aside from irregularities surrounding the security contract, hiding head office at the beach on KI has prevented any sort of protest from get up or others.
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Corman said it was an honest oversight not paying the fare, inclined to believe him.
Hockey, that snout will never be far from the trough. Lifters and leaners, Indeed.
Zero  time for the other three.

Aside from irregularities surrounding the security contract, hiding head office at the beach on KI has prevented any sort of protest from get up or others.
michaelgm

I'm not that lenient on Cormann, after all it wasn't that long ago he slugged the taxpayer about $45 grand from memory for an air force jet to Adelade and then Perth to meet with a few crossbenchers when they were trying to get the company tax cuts through. He went missing for a while after that story broke as well.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
I wonder who leaked the Cormann story though. It was private travel, never Billed to the Government, so it would have had to have been leaked by Helloworld or someone in his office?
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
It gets even better:

Hockey owes me
Andrew Burnes

Some interesting tidbits from Dfat estimates today:


Penny Wong has receipts. And she is not afraid to deploy them.

She has just read out from an email from Russell Carstensen. Joe Hockey has not seen this email.

“Mr Carstensen says he was in Europe on the 23rd of April on personal leave and was going to go straight from Europe to Melbourne, where he lives, apparently, when he was contacted by Mr Burnes by email and sms and voice call, ‘to tell me he had arranged a meeting with Mr Hockey and I had to fly home via Washington to meet with him’.

“I asked Mr Burnes how this could be done so quickly and he verbally advised, ‘Hockey owes me.’

There is silence in response to this. Beats and beats of silence.


https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/feb/21/asylum-coalition-labor-morrison-shorten-politics-live?CMP=soc_567&page=with%3Ablock-5c6e1250e4b0cc09362e03c0&fbclid=IwAR1WszzLgLxKPtOLuALA4mDoRAsVqRimT3r-wvuvssfsoAvf0cTIQ7XDqwQ#block-5c6e1250e4b0cc09362e03c0
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Hands up those in favour of an Independent, Broad-Based, Anti-Corruption Commission, with powers to take on anyone.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Julia Bishop has just announced that she will not contesting the next election, surely this is the biggest resignation so far, and it just indicates to me, that the Libs may cop a towelling at the Federal Election. - https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/former-foreign-minister-julie-bishop-announces-resignation-from-parliament/ar-BBTSFBE?ocid=spartanntp
Kind Regards
  michaelgm Deputy Commissioner

Hands up those in favour of an Independent, Broad-Based, Anti-Corruption Commission, with powers to take on anyone.
Valvegear
Both hands up.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Aside from irregularities surrounding the security contract, hiding head office at the beach on KI has prevented any sort of protest from get up or others.
michaelgm

If every company involved in contentious activity was worried about a GetUp protest then the Kangaroo Island shack business would be the only be segment of the real estate market that's booming Razz
  kitchgp Deputy Commissioner

I wonder who leaked the Cormann story though. It was private travel, never Billed to the Government, so it would have had to have been leaked by Helloworld or someone in his office?
mikesyd
It also raises questions as to how the leaker found out about it to be able to leak it. If, as we are told, it was a system error it would have lain dormant in the system forever, unless some sort of audit was conducted. If it came to light in such an audit it should have been charged to the credit card straight away. It seems more likely that someone was instructed to not charge for the tickets and that someone leaked it, or mentioned it to someone else who leaked it. One wonders how often this MP or others were able to avail themselves of these novel travel arrangements. There seems to be a lot of the raw prawn in all this.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Corrupt politicians? What's the world coming to? Laughing
  michaelgm Deputy Commissioner

Aside from irregularities surrounding the security contract, hiding head office at the beach on KI has prevented any sort of protest from get up or others.

If every company involved in contentious activity was worried about a GetUp protest then the Kangaroo Island shack business would be the only be segment of the real estate market that's booming Razz
bingley hall
They stuck it there for a reason(s)
Took awhile to become public knowledge, unintended consequences? Or master stroke?

Razz Back at ya.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
It also raises questions as to how the leaker found out about it to be able to leak it. If, as we are told, it was a system error it would have lain dormant in the system forever, unless some sort of audit was conducted. If it came to light in such an audit it should have been charged to the credit card straight away. It seems more likely that someone was instructed to not charge for the tickets and that someone leaked it, or mentioned it to someone else who leaked it. One wonders how often this MP or others were able to avail themselves of these novel travel arrangements. There seems to be a lot of the raw prawn in all this.
kitchgp
It's a much bigger concern that Joe Hockey seems to have been using his job to advance the interests of a company that he was a share-holder in. Really he should be charged over that or at the very least sacked from his very high profile job.

You have to wonder, what other 'favours' has he been doing for 'mates' in his capacity as US Ambassador?
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
It also raises questions as to how the leaker found out about it to be able to leak it. If, as we are told, it was a system error it would have lain dormant in the system forever, unless some sort of audit was conducted. If it came to light in such an audit it should have been charged to the credit card straight away. It seems more likely that someone was instructed to not charge for the tickets and that someone leaked it, or mentioned it to someone else who leaked it. One wonders how often this MP or others were able to avail themselves of these novel travel arrangements. There seems to be a lot of the raw prawn in all this.
It's a much bigger concern that Joe Hockey seems to have been using his job to advance the interests of a company that he was a share-holder in. Really he should be charged over that or at the very least sacked from his very high profile job.

You have to wonder, what other 'favours' has he been doing for 'mates' in his capacity as US Ambassador?
don_dunstan
Yes both sides do dubious things but the LNP don't do it cheaply. $1m invested in one ASX company isn't too shabby Joe Laughing
It would be 'interesting' to see the median net worth of each party's MPs.

Friends with benefits indeed!
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Pauline Hanson endorsed by the CFMMEU after the complete sell-out of Aussie workers by the Labor Party on TPP-11:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEXejrrz_Bk

Now the Labor Party have also sold out Aussie workers on the Australia/Indonesia FTA. Is there no level the Labor Party won't stoop to in order to sell out the Aussie workers?
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
What, no takers? Where are the angry hordes of Labor Party faithful crawling all over me telling me that I'm completely wrong and that Pauline Hanson is an unrepentant racist, a stupid fish-and-chip shop lady who should keep her mouth shut?

Instead - nothing. It's because you all know that I'm right - Pauline Hanson better represents the interests of the Aussie working class than the party set up in the 1890's ostensibly to protect them from the ravages of unchecked capitalism. They've strayed so far from their objectives that they sell faster than the LNP in many instances - they voted to keep off-shoring jobs, they voted to allow cut-price on-shore labour to be imported without market tests, they voted to allow Chinese government take-overs of Australian resources and companies without FIRB oversight.

Again, burn the Labor Party to the ground, it no longer represents anyone or anything other than its own self interest. It needs to be destroyed for the good of the nation - maybe then (and only then) will something better come along. I certainly hope they don't win government this year or we'll be plunged even deeper into the recession we're about to enter, but unfortunately the LNP have proven themselves too incompetent to government so the Labor Party will win by default, just like the LNP in 2013.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
What, no takers? Where are the angry hordes of Labor Party faithful crawling all over me telling me that I'm completely wrong and that Pauline Hanson is an unrepentant racist, a stupid fish-and-chip shop lady who should keep her mouth shut?

Instead - nothing. It's because you all know that I'm right -
don_dunstan
No. It's because we're all bored boneless by you printing the same thing over and over ad nauseam.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
No. It's because we're all bored boneless by you printing the same thing over and over ad nauseam.
Valvegear
You speak for everyone on this board now, Valvegear?

Scott Morrison's relentless pushing of the boats hasn't worked - News.com.au:

Newspoll gave Labor superiority over the government 53 per cent to 47 per cent two-party preferred.

It was the third survey in a row with that result, confirming a trend favouring Labor just three months before the election expected in May.

The message for the government is that many voters hadn’t heard the Prime Minister.

So you'll be pleased to know that it'll be another Labor government soon - no doubt Shorten will be spending his way to prosperity shortly after that.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
You speak for everyone on this board now, Valvegear?
"don_dunstan"
Yep - same as you did when you wrote, "It's because you all know that I'm right."
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
You speak for everyone on this board now, Valvegear?
Yep - same as you did when you wrote, "It's because you all know that I'm right."
Valvegear
Oh well it's settled then, we're both right and we're both speaking for everyone on this board.

Silly old Georgina Downer giving out novelty cheques emblazoned with her name and the Liberal Party's symbol when in reality it had nothing to do with her:

From the ABC;

On Friday, Ms Downer, the daughter of former foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer, posted a photo on her Facebook campaign page showing her handing over a novelty cheque for $127,373 to the Yankalilla Bowling Club south of Adelaide.

The post generated dozens of critical comments questioning why Ms Downer — and not independent Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie — was presenting taxpayers' money to a community group in the electorate.

Ms Sharkie said she had "never seen" such a stunt before, accusing Ms Downer of "misleading conduct".

"I have never seen a time when a preselected candidate outside an election campaign has handed over a cheque for taxpayer funds with that cheque carrying their image and their name," Ms Sharkie said.

Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has now referred the post to auditor-general Grant Hehir.
  justarider Chief Train Controller

Location: Stuck on VR and hoping for better.
Please mods, add the Yawn emoji.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Wanna laff


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2007-07-17/howard-announces-emissions-trading-system/2505080
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Almost everybody wants "Action on Climate Change", but not many want to pay for it...

As for the latest polling - ScoMo is going to have to pull a big rabbit out of a hat (Election Budget?), or Shorten is going to have to do a Hillary Clinton and fall over badly at the finish line for the COALition to win this year.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Wanna laff
"wobert"
Why do the words, "non core" spring immediately to mind?

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