Category Archives: Law & Government
Interesting article on the validity of the Freeman on he Land movement not only on the basis of it’s “alternative” legal principles but as an effective peaceful protest movement designed to disrupt civil court proceedings to a point where they no longer become affordable for the state:
“The real impact of the Freeman movement is likely to come not from any arcane legal discovery but from a systematic peaceful protest by the public against what is perceived as the unjust abuse of the civil law. Were the disruption to the courts already engendered by this movement to be repeated on a larger and more widespread scale, it would likely cause the breakdown of civil law on the basis that the consent underlying that jurisdiction had in effect been withdrawn by a significant proportion of those involved, and that obtaining a judgement against a defendant could no longer be regarded as generally enforceable or affordable. Without a single unlawful act being committed, those people concerned would have had a potentially far-reaching effect on our nation’s legal development whose consequences cannot at present be foreseen.”
Self-reporting to authorities of suspected foreign bribery and corruption by Australian companies is failing to occur, with top accounting firm Deloitte revealing it has investigated at least 100 potentially illegal acts involving local firms in the past two years.
It is understood that only a handful of those companies have reported to police their suspicions that their own staff have engaged in foreign bribery or other criminal conduct.
The revelations are likely to strengthen calls from the federal police to reform Australia’s anti-bribery regime to encourage companies to disclose suspected corruption.
Deloitte senior partner Frank O’Toole said the upcoming Senate committee on foreign bribery by Australian companies should call for major changes to the nation’s anti-bribery laws.
His comments come with the release by Deloitte of a survey of more than 250 senior executives from top Australian and New Zealand companies and public sector organisations.
The survey, released exclusively to Fairfax Media, found that one-third of all companies operating in high-risk offshore destinations, including Asia, Africa and the Middle East, had uncovered a suspected bribery or corruption incident over the last five years.
Almost a quarter of all executives surveyed said their firm had, during that same period, confronted corruption involving a staff member or contractor inside Australia.
The Australian Federal Police recently told a Senate inquiry it had more than a dozen active foreign bribery investigations.
Mr O’Toole said another alarming finding from the Deloitte survey related to the failure of many firms to have an adequate anti-corruption regime to detect and prevent graft in their overseas operations.
Forty per cent of executives interviewed from firms with an offshore operation “don’t have (or don’t know if they have) a formal compliance program in place to manage corruption risk”.
“We haven’t seen any tangible decrease in levels of corruption in recent years, or any major shifts in attitudes towards it, especially in offshore jurisdictions,” Mr O’Toole said.
He said the findings highlighted the ongoing problems with the way Australia tackled white collar crime.
“We have heard a lot from the federal police about how they have ramped up their investigations of foreign bribery and that is no doubt true. But they are coming off a low base and there is still only two still unresolved prosecutions in the 15 years since foreign bribery laws were passed in Australia.”
The AFP is preparing to charge several executives and companies in the coming months with foreign bribery offences.
Senior federal police have previously called for companies to be given incentives to co-operate with authorities, including a commitment to have self-disclosure recognised during sentencing.
In the United States, which has one of the more successful anti-foreign bribery regimes in the world, disclosure by companies or whistleblowers is encouraged through a series of incentives.
These include financial rewards for tip-offs and negotiated settlements with companies that co-operate with investigators.
The Senate committee inquiry into foreign bribery will start later this year.
It was established after Labor senator Sam Dastyari told Parliament he had evidence that major Australian firms had engaged in corrupt practices overseas.
Mr Dastyari was also critical of the failure of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the AFP to effectively combat the problem.
Former federal court judge Roger Gyles, who was recently appointed by the Abbott government to review the nation’s terrorism laws and who also chairs the local branch of corruption watchdog Transparency International, recently told Fairfax Media that Australia’s foreign bribery laws needed to be overhauled.
Mr Gyles said the key change was moving the burden of proof from prosecutors to those who have been shown to have made payments to foreign officials.
If the company cannot show a payment is legitimate, then a case may be proven, he said.
OK I know what you are thinking, WTF is this about. After doing some legal research (which we do from time to time for the lols), we discovered that locomotives and railway rolling stock are not classed as vehicles according to the road safety act 1986, and therefore are completely unregulated. Insanely enough a bicycle is considered to be a vehicle or almost any thing else that moves. Kick a can down the road, its vehicle, but if it has railway wheels under it, they can’t touch it.
Vehiclemeans a conveyance that is designed to be propelled or drawn by any means, whether or not capable of being so propelled or drawn,and includes bicycle or other pedal-powered vehicle, trailer, tram-car and air-cushion vehicle butdoes not include railway locomotive or railway rolling stock;
So for all the people who don’t have a license we have the solution: Jet train.
Our resident engineers are furiously struggling to find way to steer the dam thing, and there is also that kind of annoying thing about the way it leaves massive grooves in the road, but we are sure than since speeding fines alone are a billion dollar per year industry, the market will find a way.
So lost your license due to speed, booze, pills, or what ever?
Want to escape the hassle of staying sober and obeying speed limits?
Getting tired of having to stop for flashing blue lights?
Tired of waiting at intersections?
Then jet train could be right for you!
Save money and time by avoiding fines and court cases!
Best of all its completely legal*.
*According to Victorian Road Safety Act 1986 a locomotive is not a vehicle and none of the act applies to it.
Legal and making sense are not the same thing obviously.
For those on a budget we are working on a small flat bed bogey with a pulse jet for forward motion.
ABC 4 corners investigation has uncovered the amoral gamification of government contracts purported to offer job seeker assistance.
This video may not be available after march 9 2015 so get in fast.
Forging and falsifying documents seemed to be industry standard practice.
Specific rorts uncovered were:
Categorizing people into more at risk categories in order to get more funding.
Claiming payments for assisting job seekers into work even when the job seeker was not assisted.
Funneling job seekers into in-house training courses order to claim a training payment, often the training was low quality, inappropriate or never actually provided.
What is more shocking was successive governments were aware of the widespread fraud and waste but did nothing to punish the fraudsters.
So a total of 18 billion dollars was spent on this program, conservative estimates are that about half was fraud by the contracted agencies.
18 billion dollars spent over a 16 year period is a lot of money, what else could be done with such a sum.
In November 1960 President Kennedy was elected and quite quickly promised to have a man on the moon before 1970.
In the period of 1961 and 1969, 34 billion dollars was spend on getting man on the moon.
So effectively we could have had half a moon landing for the price of the wacky ideologically driven ‘be mean to the battlers’ program.
So who is behind all of this, who else Tony Abbott,
Minister for employment when the program was announced,
under John Howard.
After divisive party spill (leadership) vote Tony Abbott effectively shoots the messenger by sacking party whip Phillip Ruddock. Even Opposition parties were taken aback at the apparent knee jerk reflex of Tony Abbott’s faction, dishonoring a well liked and long serving parliamentarian.
As the bad press around Abbott mounts, one can only imagine he is simply living in a self constructed fantasy land. Having bee initially endorsed by the media tyrant Rupert Murdoch, he has now completely ‘Jumped the shark’ now being criticized by the very same Murdoch.
It really goes to show the circus politics descends into. The system is based on two things that you will see again and again;
1) it is based on violence
2) the rules don’t apply to the rulers and their puppets.
Look at how they behave. Honestly you can make this stuff up.
This is your ‘democracy’ in action.
Ryde mayor Bill Pickering has been knocked unconscious and taken to hospital after tensions erupted at a polling booth for a council byelection on Saturday.
Cr Pickering was handing out ham sandwiches at Putney Public School when he was allegedly confronted by independent candidate Vic Tagg, according to deputy mayor Roy Maggio, who witnessed the incident.
Cr Maggio described the punch as a “king hit” which caused Cr Pickering to fall backwards into a garden bed, at which point he began to have a seizure.
Voting was under way at the time for the East Ward byelection, which was triggered by the resignation in December of former mayor Ivan Petch, who was found by ICAC to have engaged in corrupt conduct.
It is understood Mr Tagg, who is a former mayor of Ryde and former-Liberal councillor, had been talking to voters at the booth and describing the Liberal party as “corrupt” before he allegedly approached Cr Pickering and punched him in the jaw.
Both Cr Pickering and Cr Maggio are members of the Liberal Party. Mr Tagg is currently the president of the Chamber of Commerce and chairman of Ryde-Hunters Hill Life Education. He unsuccessfully ran as an independent candidate for the East Ward in the 2012 Ryde City Council elections.
Independent candidate Vic Tagg.
Police and ambulance were called to the scene and Cr Pickering, 52, was taken to Ryde Hospital.
He is in a stable condition in hospital, where he has been put in a neckbrace and is awaiting the results of scans to determine the extent of his injuries, according to a person close to Cr Pickering who did not wish to be named.
Cr Pickering has also given a statement to police from his hospital bed.
Mr Tagg allegedly left the school after the incident and could not be contacted on Saturday afternoon.
Cr Maggio said a “sombre” mood descended on the polling booth after the incident, and that most of the other candidates left the site soon after.
Police are investigating the matter and ask anyone with information that has not already spoken to police to come forward.
Mr Petch, who was suspended by Local Government Minister Paul Toole, resigned in December after his Supreme Court challenge to the ICAC’s corruption findings failed.
The ICAC also recommended the Director of Public Prosecutions examine whether Mr Tagg should be pursued for breaches of campaign donation laws.
Lisa Visentin with Leesha McKenny
Rotherham was not an isolated incident, the pedophilia of Islam is pervasive.
Another thing pervasive is the refusal to state that yet again Muslims are responsible, 3 are even named Mohahmad.
Arrested and charged in Halifax for crimes during 2005 – 2011:
Hedar Ali, 35, of Nantwich, Cheshire. He is charged with rape (x2) and trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation (x2).
Fasil Mahmood, 35, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 and supply of a class B Drug.
Zameer Asif, 24, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child.
Mohammed Ramzan, 34, of Bradford. He is charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16, rape and trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Khalid Zaman, 37, of Bradford. He is charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16, rape (x2) and supply of a class B drug.
Ataf Ali, 32, of Bradford. He is charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16 and voyeurism.
Mohammed Fiaz Askar, 32, of Bradford. He is charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16.
Aesan Pervez, 26, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual assault (x3).
Mansoor Akhtar, 23, of Huddersfield. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x2) and the supply of a class B drug.
Furqaan Ghafar, 30, of Derby. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.
Aftab Hussain, 35, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual grooming, sexual assault and sexual activity with a child under 16 (x2).
Talib Saddiq, 29, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x2).
Amaar Ali Ditta, 25, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x2).
Silkander Malik, 30, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.
Akbar Aziz Hussain, 29, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 and supply of a class B drug.
Azeem Subhani, 23, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x2).
Tahir Mahmood, 42, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x3) and sexual assault.
Mohammed Ahmed, 41, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.
Haaris Ahmed, 31, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x3) and supply of a class B drug (x3).
Taukeer Butt, 29, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16 (x4).
Arshad Majid, 24, of Shipley. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.
Christopher Mulqueen-Bennett, 36, of Newport (Gwent). He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.
Muhammed Asim Janjuha, 33, of Bradford. He is charged with rape.
Haider Ali, 39, of Halifax. He is charged with rape, sexual activity with a child under 16 and causing a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity without consent.
Sikander Ishaq, 30, of Halifax. He is charged with sexual activity with a child under 16.