Monthly Archives: March 2015
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likely cause the breakdown of civil law on the basis that the consent underlying that jurisdiction had in effect been withdrawn by a significant proportion of those involved, and that obtaining a judgement against a defendant could no longer be regarded as generally enforceable or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.
What do you know, inside organized socialism lurk bullies and rape apologists.
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.
After listening to what is said and exposed on this YouTube video, you can only conclude that Tumblr is like the homework the dog ate.
Tumblr: Aspergers syndrome and narcissism rolled into one mindless echo chamber.
SBS2 Six-part series premieres 8.30pm,Tuesday 24 March 2015
Want to find out more about the poisonous narcissistic losers that ruined occupy and their inner doublethink?
I’m pretty sure one of these hipster losers swanked his way around OM mentally masturbating himself off in front of all and sundry actually had the gall to get on the show. Fucking hilarious!
Many people wonder if occupy might have been more successful were it not for these self obsessed children. I’m not one to encourage people to watch television in general, but this might be interesting.
It should be in this link from tomorrow.
Beware the SJW
Oil, a dark liquid with dark secrets.
I think this speaks to the housing affordability crisis that has artificially been created in Melbourne (and other Australian cities) by super funds speculating in real estate.
So enters Courtney Barnett to explain the situation with her unique style of silver tone guitar, incisive half sung/half spoken word lyrics. Then something really strikes you about this young woman, she actually seems authentic, apparently no make up, jeans and t shirt sensibility. She is almost a reaction to utterly plasticized corporate controlled music and pop culture of the last three decades.
But I guess you would have to be authentic to say, “Hey buying a house is going to be a hell of a struggle in Melbourne right now” rather than the oh so standard response of people just grinning and bearing it to keep up appearances. Thanks for singing about something that really resonates with a lot of people.
Courtney Barnett: More likely to meet Christopher Walken, than put a down payment on a flat in Brunswick.