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Re: Trouble in Aus State Politics

Post by horace on Fri 02 Jun 2017, 06:17

Huzzah....Grub McDonald gaoled for ten years.

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Has more charges to be heard later this year.
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Post by horace on Fri 02 Jun 2017, 06:21

Has also lost his Parliamentary Super. Well done to the NSW Parliament for the legislative changes which enabled this.

I had the misfortune to meet McDonald in the 70s when he styled himself as a mover and shaker.
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Post by skully on Fri 02 Jun 2017, 06:44

Another Labor grub bites the dust. snoopy-dance
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Post by horace on Fri 02 Jun 2017, 07:10

skully wrote:Another Labor grub bites the dust. snoopy-dance

Fixed....unhappily grubs infest all sides of politics....somehow I think corrupt behaviour on the palest pink side of Oz politics is worse...I expect higher standards from them and that the browns are always open to corruption. While we may not be Brazil the lack of federal govt version of ICAC is a real problem. There is no examination of the behaviour of former pollies (notably Downer's involvement in spying on E Timor and his subsequent fat 'consultancy' with Woodside - was the company in receipt of intelligence obtained or aware of the spying?).
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Post by skully on Fri 02 Jun 2017, 10:12

I see MacDonald drew a large amount from his Super, hoping to avoid the carnage of a lost court case. The NSW Govt will have that back too, thank you.
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Re: Trouble in Aus State Politics

Post by horace on Fri 02 Jun 2017, 10:54

skully wrote:I see MacDonald drew a large amount from his Super, hoping to avoid the carnage of a lost court case. The NSW Govt will have that back too, thank you.

with an interest bill that will make him grind his teeth
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Post by Bradman on Sat 03 Jun 2017, 01:24

horace wrote:
skully wrote:Another Labor grub bites the dust. snoopy-dance

Fixed....unhappily grubs infest all sides of politics....somehow I think corrupt behaviour on the palest pink side of Oz politics is worse...I expect higher standards from them and that the browns are always open to corruption. While we may not be Brazil the lack of federal govt version of ICAC is a real problem. There is no examination of the behaviour of former pollies (notably Downer's involvement in spying on E Timor and his subsequent fat 'consultancy' with Woodside - was the company in receipt of intelligence obtained or aware of the spying?).

And real time disclosure rules, and a maximum donation level that requires more than a dozen paper bags to hit a quarter mil, and a real tightening of benefits along with a punishment regime that reflects the fact that its theft and corruption and not parking in a disabled spot.

The E Timor crap along with stuff like Whitlam's woeful record in that part of the world are merely realpolitik and all you can do is quietly hate the fact. Been binge watching Homeland and the absolute hypocrisy and arrogance of Saul and Carrie et al have me rooting for the terrorists. And why didn't the CIA just kill that mad bitch halfway through series two.
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Re: Trouble in Aus State Politics

Post by horace on Tue 25 Jul 2017, 03:35

Yowza Yowza.

In the early 90s with other bureaucrats I did a bit of work - which failed - on arrangements for the Murray Darling Basin. Then as now flow of the system in our fragile drought prone climate was central.

As is ever the case it is the communities downstream who wear the sins of omission or commission of those upstream.

Years later in my exile in the Chip Central nursing home I followed the political economy of Cubby Station. The dams there can hold several times the capacity of Sydney Harbour. Don't know the current figure but Cubby in those days paid $100k pa. Cubby probably still is the largest cotton grower. Water is the major input. Then Prem Beattie was keen to buy Cubby out. The local Chippies went so crazy that Beattie gutlessly pulled the pin.

Last nights 4 Corners documented water theft in nw NSW. Collusion between cotton irrigators and the current State Government was outlined. ICAC will take an interest.

Australia has no business growing cotton or paddy rice.

The program interviewed poor bastards in Broken Hill who have been rat farked by irrigators upstream.

Further downstream through the MDB our historic craziness about water continues to play out. Open drain irrigation continues to be wasteful and dark up ancient water tables.

Will be interesting to see how this plays out. Mad Barnaby is the Fed Minister. Will be interesting to see what he does.

Personally I refuse to buy Oz cotton or rice.
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Post by lardbucket on Tue 25 Jul 2017, 10:24

A very distressing program, that one.

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