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Links to Previous ‘Herman’ Posts:


- 19th May – The Tears of a Prime Minister -


- 24th Mar - An Example of bureaucracy gone mad -


- 10th Mar = The Carbon Tax – Post Election …


- 7th Mar – Wayne Swan – Please Stop


28th Feb – The Australian Labor Party View


- 6th Feb – Corruption


- 25th Jan – Anti Discrimination -


- 17th Jan 2013 – Atheism -


- 12th Nov - Hegemony


- 2nd Nov – A March early Federal election -


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Title:
– Simplex -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 24th May 2013 |
T he very art of spin means too often the good guy gets painted black. Everything is just a hue.

n. simple, designed for a single element, the minimum number of dimensions (simpleks) antonym – complex

Socrates said all attempts at logic ultimately collapse on themselves. All rational ultimately becomes irrational. Being in sanity is itself insanity. Over belief. Oscar Wilde said about “Do unto others” how would any other know what I would like done to me? The absolute Socratic of all logic collapsing on itself, the bizarre with a modicum of justification. That may be termed argument.

Happiness and success is when one doesn’t rationalise too hard. They expresses thru their eyes what others know to be simple pleasures thereby tapping into the feel good factor (love of existence). Addressing adversity while remaining detached and don’t over complicate or sensationalise. Demanding rationality the ego becomes highly emotional in their own persona. Too often there is no answer.

There is no black and white, there are only hues, (or shades). Shades is also a synonym for filters.

We wish for our world a greater respect and transparency. A healthy ego without excess pride, arrogance or greed. The capacity to say what you think and then let go. We only see or hear a fraction of what is going on in the varying dimensions.

These thoughts have many applications in our world and the varying sectors of our social fabric, the tapestry we call existence.

Try Sport. The Sydney Swans won the flag last year, and Melbourne Storm won the NRL Telstra Premiership, Qld won the SOO. Then into the new year, what is left, history, hangovers and individual memories, conjecture and it is time to do it all again.

This year the hotshots are Essendon, then Geelong; Storm then Rabbitohs, throw in the Chooks and now there are just contenders. Ben Barba after winning the Dally M is in rehab. And so it goes. Who ran second to Hi Jinx in the cup of 1960? Who cares.

Take the car industry. In 1945 Ben Chifley wanted an Australian built car. It was part of the logics post world war II, we could not depend upon the pacific shipping lanes in wartime for supply, it was imperative we had that internal capacity and know how. Chifley negotiated with the British Motor Corporation, and General Motors and Ford. None were that interested.

Holden were originally South Australian saddlers who went on to build chassis for motors and drive train sourced from General Motors (Buicks and Chevrolets). It was finally agreed a new joint venture company, called General Motors Holden would stump up pounds 1,000,000 plus technology and the government would add 3,000,000 and by 1948 the first all Australian car was produced at the Pagewood production facility.

GMH was so successful that by 1963 Detroit had bought out the Australian Government, and had received dividends way beyond the initial 4,000,000 pound (or AUD8,000,000) so in 1961 Ford decided to build a locally made Falcon for the Australian market. Chrysler joined the rush with the Valiant. The first R model had a dash board sourced straight out of Detroit, adapted from left hand drive to right hand drive. The indicators were back to front.

The Japanese car industry was in its infancy. Toyota until 1948 only built trucks. Honda until 1961 only built motor bikes. My friend at school his Dad had bought a Datsun, and we all called it “Jap Junk”.

By the time British Motor Corp evolved to Leyland, they too decided to build an Australian car in the P76, and by 1974 were haemorrhaging money. My Dad worked at Holden til 1956 and then BMC til 1962.

In the summer of ‘73 I personally was building 16 carbies that were going into the first police pursuit Chargers. They were growth industries. By 1969 the Aussie straight six was exported extensively to the Middle East, much more suited to the dry hot and arid conditions than European or American built offerings. In the Federal election of October 25th, 1969 it was going to be close, and the Liberals were led by John Gorton, and their coalition partner then was John McEwen (black Jack) to his adversaries, and while Gorton promised to smash the monopolies (BHP in steel manufacture & ACI in glass), McEwen gave a blank cheque of protection to Ford and Holden to maintain the Aussie export of cars, still fighting the Pacific War.

The Bathurst 500 was the ultimate of car rivalry. Holden stretched the HT to manufacture the Brougham (which in time became the Statesman) to compete in the Middle East against the prestige machs (Mercedes and Rolls Royce). Ford introduced the Landau.

Holden imported a 327 cubic inch V8 motor from Detroit while they tooled up a locally built 307.

Ford matched them by first importing the Mustang 289 while tooling up in Australia for a 308.

Chrysler first had a 269 but smashed them all with a 366, and still couldn’t win Bathurst. (The brakes couldn’t perform as well as the motor, and most cars were out of the race within 100 miles). In history every decision is now seen as simple.

The choices get eliminated in history. Just a scintilla of conjecture. Disputing the facts.

Yet today as Caltex is closing the Kurnell petrol refinery, Shell will soon not distil petrol in Australia at all, Ford announces a 3 year plan to cease production of the Falcon, choices are not simple, they are complex! Or are they?

The above example could easily have been around Bitumen Oil Refineries Aust. Ltd (Boral) or it’s fraternal twin Australia Motorists Petroleum Oils Ltd (AMPOL) and Shell and Caltex and the petrol game.

I have skipped the Button plan, the floating of the Dollar, Quantitative Easing and a whole lot more. I want to stay simplex.

The government and the AMWU both promise answers into the future for whatever that is worth. There are definitely no easy answers to such upheaval, just worries.

It is just far easier to stay with happiness and its causes. All things will pass away.

Will the trench war that was WWII ever be fought again. Mounted troopers gave over to trenches to guerrilla tactics, and now to terror and improvised explosive devices. Do the shipping lanes matter?

How many key decision makers even understand how the Pacific War was largely fought on supply. None of this affects this year’s return on funds employed or the share indices.

The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5 (DSM V) has just been released. The psychiatrist, who led the composition of DSM IV in the 1970’s, is now regretful of his earlier work and scathing on the mental health industry. He says that DSM IV had led to a plague of Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism and Bi-polar diagnosis.

All fuelled by the drug companies and their greedy share market returns. The Benzo group of drugs simply don’t work. After 3 months you need stronger doses and they are a terrible addiction. There are border line cases (self harm) who need lithium. There is schizo’s (people who hear voices) and a bit more, but too many depressions just need cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) or other rational arrivals. Psychology only dates back to circa 1900.

Once more what causes happiness?

Fortune tellers have an unwritten rule of not foretelling of disaster or ruination. It can be self fulfilling.

Nostradamus while fun spoke of a pig man flying in a metal horse and dropping a mushroom, while all is interpreted because  all written in very obtuse and rarely spoken latin, so that today believers say this was a gas masked pilot flying the Enola Gay and dropping the H Bomb on Hiroshima.

Simplex! Believing in Sanity is insanity.

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EYE-BALL’s ‘Herman’ …

EYE-BALL’s Herman on – The Tears of a Prime Minister –

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Links to Previous ‘Herman’ Posts:


- 24th Mar - An Example of bureaucracy gone mad -


- 10th Mar = The Carbon Tax – Post Election …


- 7th Mar – Wayne Swan – Please Stop


28th Feb – The Australian Labor Party View


- 6th Feb – Corruption


- 25th Jan – Anti Discrimination -


- 17th Jan 2013 – Atheism -


- 12th Nov - Hegemony


- 2nd Nov – A March early Federal election -


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Title:
– The Tears of a Prime Minister -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 19th May 2013 |
T HIS IS TRULY AMAZING – AND WORTH THE EFFORT….MATH QUIZ: Reveals your favourite movie!!

I did it in my head, then on paper, and finally on a calculator just to confirm my numerical capabilities. Each time I got the same answer, and sure enough it IS my very favourite movie EVER!

You will be AMAZED at how scary true and accurate this test is.
To start – Pick your favourite number from 1 to 9, any number, then multiply that number by 3; and add 3 Multiply that number by 3 again; then your total will be a two digit number. Add the first and second digits together to find your favourite movie (of all time) in the list of 9 movies below:

Movie List:

  1. Gone With the Wind
  2. The Godfather
  3. Top Gun
  4. Star Wars
  5. Forrest Gump
  6. Easy Rider
  7. Jaws
  8. The Sound of Music
  9. The Gillard Farewell Speech of 2013

I received this joke by e-mail in mid February. The strangest part is the sender was a former ALP member and Candidate. Such is the disaffection for this government. On November 24, 2007 I worked with this fellow at Narraweena Public School in the seat of McKellar, passing out ALP how to vote info. To each person as they walked out I said “Have a nice night” and to those who took ALP paraphernalia off me, I commented “you will have a good night”.

Recently I have been asked to enter a sweep on election night what time will Julia make her concession speech?

At the last election I predicted that the result would be unknown at the time of closing the national tally room on the Saturday night, I predicted the result would be called mid Sunday afternoon. I was only out by 2 plus weeks, and I believed that Windsor, Oakschott and Katter would join a coalition government. As the Coalition won 73 seats, that appeared to be consistent.

For some time, I have been doubting this parliament will last until September 14. Now I am convinced it will. To hear Abbott last Thursday affirm September 14, means that the opposition are working to this schedule.

Therefore the polling stations will close on the east coast at 6pm, and meaningful data will be available from 7.30pm. By 8pm Central Australia polling stations will be showing a tiny glimmer of hope for the ALP, but by 8.30pm when the first data comes in from the West Coast the East Coast will have about 65% of votes counted, and a 9% swing in Qld, a 8% swing in NSW, and a 6.5% swing in Victoria and 5% swing in Tasmania will see the coalition already having won 75 seats. At that time in Tasmania the Coalition will have won 3 of the 5 seats. At that time it will be announced Julia Gillard is expected to address the nation in about 10 minutes. It will be about 9pm before the cameras finally cross to the PM.

There will be no tears. By that time our Julia will have cried herself out. She will be stoic, and composed. She will have been marginally conceded her own seat of Lalor in Melbourne’s Central Western suburbs with a reduced majority. Her current 1st preference vote is over 64%. Knowing she is to vacate the lodge, she will want to retire, and will definitely state she will throw open the ALP leadership. Wayne Swann will lose his seat of Lilley. Kevin Rudd will be regularly featured on Channel 7. Even for him it will be uncomfortable. He will refrain from saying I told you so, and he will be constantly asked if he will seek the leadership only to respond he will do what it takes to rebuild the ALP brand. What he really wants is to break the grip of the ACTU and several unions that include AWU, TWU and ETU.

Prime Minister Abbott will be an ally in that cause, at that time.

I bumped into John Murphy today. He is the ALP member for Reid. That seat is right in the coalition targets. I asked him how he is doing? He replied OK. He was betting on the gallops and while ever the politician that was his focus. He asked where I live, and I told him in Grayndler. He mentioned what Albo was up to. They always assume you are a stool pigeon.

This week parliament has been illuminating. On Tuesday Swan gave a rather commanding budget speech, but afterwards I felt very hollow. On Thursday I was truly shocked how Abbott turned his speech into a campaign launch. And it was so effective. His promise on conclusion to work for the people of Australia, looking straight into the camera. Simply so effective.

This brings me to the tears, and the sad part. For the next 4 months we are basically rudderless. A government only interested in improving their electoral stocks, an opposition hell bent on meticulous planning and no bad publicity, ipso facto by election day the only real issue is how can you cast a senate vote, so that the coalition is kept in check.

On Thursday morning our PM was nearly in tears talking about the NDIS in Parliament. It is to be her epitaph. Sorry Julia, as hard as people may try you don’t get to write your own history. It is hard to expunge the Schools Building program. We will go on giving a Gonski for decades to come. Most importantly, Disability care is still rather conceptual, and the detail is still to come.

On March 11, 1983 John Malcolm Fraser gave his concession speech to Bob Hawke, and nearly broke down in tears. Hey Mal, life wasn’t meant to be easy! So choke on it!

Thirteen years later Paul Keating knew his time was up, and his speech was so confident, it was even vain glorious.

That what I see for our first female PM. The tears will be in trying to turn things around. By 9pm on September 14th there will be no tears left.

John Murphy turns 63 in a fortnight. By September he will be just shy of 15 years as MHR. He can retire gracefully.

In late September Julia Gillard turns 52. She will have 15 years as a MHR and over 3 years as PM. She will constitute our 7th surviving former PM. 52 is just too young to retire. Any job offers out there?

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EYE-BALL’s Herman on – An Example of bureaucracy gone mad –

March 24, 2013 1 comment
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Links to Previous ‘Herman’ Posts:


- 10th Mar = The Carbon Tax – Post Election …


- 7th Mar – Wayne Swan – Please Stop


28th Feb – The Australian Labor Party View


- 6th Feb – Corruption


- 25th Jan – Anti Discrimination -


- 17th Jan 2013 – Atheism -


- 12th Nov - Hegemony


- 2nd Nov – A March early Federal election -


To see more EYE-BALL ‘Herman’ posts:

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Title:
– An Example of bureaucracy gone mad -
| Author: EYE-BALL’s Herman O’Hermitage | 24th Mar 2013 |
The following is an example of the due process involved when dealing with Public Service bureaucracy when a long-term unemployed and mature aged person applies for employment within the public service.

The ease at which rejection is decided upon by the HR Departments within the Public Service ranks leaves applicants with only a single course of action – that is to pursue discrimination options to force the HR personnel into a contest to justify their selection criteria and attitudes, and how the system protects from within.

What follows is a presentation of the documentary evidence needed to pursue such an anti-discrimination application.

Form 59: Rule 29.02(1)

Affidavit: No.  xxx of 2013

Federal Court of Australia

District Registry: New South Wales

Division: Human Rights

Name of Applicant: [John Citizen]

Name of Respondent: [Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Immigration and Citizenship]

Affidavit of:  John Citizen

Address:  14 Smith Street, Smithsville, New South Wales, 2999

Occupation:  Accountant

Date:  March 22nd, 2013.

Contents

I, John Citizen of 14 Smith Street, Smithsville in the State of New South Wales say on oath;

  1. I am the Applicant, in this Application before the Court; I am 55 years old born on before 1960.
  1. Oath relating to source of Evidence
  • The following I know to be true by virtue of attached documents, private records and other personal attribute(s) which may include recall of conversations, documents supplied to AHRC under discovery or prior knowledge and experience. Often emails are cut and pasted into this deposition rather than attached for reasons of flow, simplicity and efficaciousness. [Where this occurs, there is an alternation in text and colour].
  1. Background
  • I have not been in regular employment since September 1998, when I was employed as an executive manager as part of the ABC Banking Group. I have been actively seeking wholesome and fulsome employment since March 2002. Since January 2010 I have been intensively seeking regular employment in white collar work and applied for about 400 jobs. In the 3 years since January 2010 I have been employed sporadically for about 20 weeks essentially working on the Federal, State and Local elections.
  • In February 2008 my doctor ordered I stop doing manual labouring due to soft tissue degeneration in both wrists and elbows.
  • In September 2011 I graduated in a Master of Applied Finance, including the honour “with Distinction”. Attached by way of annexure is a resume marked Annexure “JC1” and an academic testamur marked Annexure “JC2”.
  1. Public Service Employment Applications
  • Above I mention approx 400 jobs applications (at lines 14 to 16) and of those approximately one third were in civil service, the other two thirds in private sector. In all I have been interviewed 5 times, twice in public sector, and 3 times in private sector.
  • In April 2010 I applied for 29 positions with the Department of Finance and Deregulation, often where several recruits were required. On March 31st 2010 I drove to Canberra from Sydney and back to attend an information briefing session. Of the positions applied for they ranged from clerical level APS2 to EL2. (see below for further definition of those acronyms, APS 2 extremely junior, EL2 executive). In total I have made 48 applications to Department of Finance and Deregulation.
  • Relating to those 29 applications made between the 5th to 8th of April 2010 on 27 occasions I received a standard email rejection which read; (see letter below cut and pasted from an email)

Dear John,

I refer to your application for the above position.

On behalf of the Department of Finance and Deregulation, I regret to advise that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Thank you for your interest in this position and the time spent in applying.

Yours sincerely

HR Operations (Recruitment), HR Services Branch – Department of Finance and Deregulation

  • The rejection letters were received from 2 weeks to 4 months after my application and in respect of the residual 2, no further correspondence was received. Of the other 19 applications one was as a casual driver for Comcar based out of Sydney, and that application too was routinely rejected.
  • There have been several employment applications to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and several to Defence Materiel Organisation.
  • The only other interview in public sector arose in May 2012 recruiting for an APS 6 Accountant, with the Air Lift Systems Programme Office at the RAAF base at Richmond. That position was never recruited due to Federal Government budget cuts, last May.
  • To give meaning to the APS clerical levels (line 30 above) I have copied and pasted from the Australian Public Service Commission website a definition of employment band categories here from Fact Sheet 3. They are;
  1. ‘The level of APS jobs is based on the duties that are required to be performed. Jobs are classified and paid at different levels according to the complexity, responsibility and skills involved. The most common classifications used are as follows:
    1. APS 1 and 2—general administrative and service positions, cadetships and trainees
    2. APS 3 and 4—general entry level positions and general administrative, technical, project and service positions, and graduate positions
    3. APS 5 and 6—senior administrative, technical, project and service positions, which may have supervisory roles
    4. Executive Level 1 and 2—middle management positions
    5. Senior Executive Service Band 1, 2 and 3—senior leadership and management positions. More information is available at our SES page.
  2. Classifications grouped together, such as APS 1 to APS 3, are called broadbands.’
  • Each Australian Public Service Commission fact sheet has footnotes of which one can be perceived as direct age discrimination (maybe reverse discrimination). Directly quoted (cut and pasted on February 6th 2013) from Fact Sheet 1 titled “The Big Picture”
  • “Myth vs reality: APS managers are mostly men in grey cardigans.
  • Promotion to management positions is based on your skills and abilities, not your age, gender or how long you’ve worked in the APS. Forty-two percent of APS managers are women, and 35% of senior executives are women. Just over half of our managers are aged under 45
  • That is a culture of discriminating against mature aged men, and it has become a society acceptance, the concept of ageism, stereo typing age groups and therefore discriminating according to perceptive traits, rather than treating each case on its’ merits as required under APS merit considerations and Equal Employment Opportunity. Section 14 (b) (iii) of the Age Discrimination Act, 2004.
  1. The Non Ongoing Temporary Employment Register application made by deponent to respondent and basic timeline.
  • January 23, 2012 – My application was registered. It is attached and marked as Annexure “JC3”.  It is very scant, asking for contact details, employment history, education and name of referees. Please note well here the statement at question 1.8 on page 2 (cut and pasted, therefore directly quoted);
  • Please provide details of your previous employment for the last five years. As this is a separately assessable requirement, please do not refer to your resume details in completing this information.
  • A Resume is normally electronically attached to each Employment Application. That is already attached herein, the Annexure ‘JC1’. That resume was uploaded on the respondent application system on October 18, 2012 replacing an earlier version.
  • October 18, 2012 – At midday I was prevented from completing a different application due to time expiration at midday and requested that I be considered. As a consequence I was phoned by Ms Lily Chan. [The respondent website consistently calls noon 12pm which can widely be interpreted as midnight, noon is technically neither ante meridiem nor post meridiem].
  • October 19, 2012 – at about 3pm I was called by NSW HR Manager Mr Les Sweatman. Mr Sweatman conducted an initial phone interview in respect of the Non Ongoing Temporary Employment Registration. At one stage Mr Sweatman asked “Do you know what we do?” There were other totally contemptible questions,that made me feel like I was treated as an imbecile. I was asked when could I start and did I have any leave planned. An interview was arranged for the following Friday. The fact that I was granted an interview made me overlook all of the negative attributes.
  • October 26th 2012 – starting at 9.45am the interview was conducted by a selection panel made up of Ms Tina Oommen and Ms Julienne Jong Wah. I was met by Ms Lily Chan and shown to a room where I was told to prepare answers to selection criteria. As set out in the main court application (I was told to only use examples from the last 1 to 3 years despite that being discrimination under Section 15 of the Age Discrimination Act 2004) and Ms Chan took my driver’s licence and passport for photocopying to start the security vetting process. (This was despite me consistently saying I had already been granted security clearance by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency on July 21, 2012). The interview proceeded particularly smoothly, where towards the conclusion I was asked if my referees were still current. I left just after 11am. I was very excited.
  • October 29th 2012 – On the following Monday, my wife asked if I had heard anything from the respondent. I had told her I had been asked when I could start and did I have leave planned. (Phone call at lines 101 – 107 above).
  • October 31st 2012 – When nothing had occurred by Wednesday I emailed Ms Chan asking when a decision might be expected. I was told in a fortnight. That worried me.
  • On November 13th 2012 I received by email’

Good afternoon,
I am writing to you regarding your application for a position with DIAC through our Non-ongoing Register.

Your claims to these APS 3 positions have been considered and unfortunately on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Thank you once again for taking the time and making the effort to register your interest with our department.

Feedback
In general applicants who were unsuccessful in this recruitment exercise were unable to provide sufficient evidence that they were able to fulfil the capability requirements expected at the APS 3 level at interview. Information related to these capabilities can be obtained on the Department’s website at http://www.immi.gov.au/about/careers/

If you intend to apply for future positions with the Department, I would recommend that you also read the document titled “Cracking the Code – How to apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service”. This publication can be found online at http://www.apsc.gov.au/publications07/crackingthecode.htm

Kind Regards
HR Services Section NSW
Department of Immigration and Citizenship

  • November 14, 2012 – I asked for specific feedback in writing, and filed a complaint in the Australian Human Rights Commission under Australian Human Rights & Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1984 and Age Discrimination Act, 2004.
  • November 20, 2012 – An alleged e mail transmission from HR Service Manager Recruitment, People Services Network NSW (Mr Les Sweatman) that is not contained in my records whatsoever, that defines the merit principle. It is attached and now termed Annexure “JC4”. Discussed further at lines 301 – 302 & 359 – 367. On that same day Acting Director, People Services Network (Ms Patricia Torrens) contacted me to start an attempt at private conciliation.
  • December 11, 2012 – I received an email from the Acting Director, People Services Network on behalf of the respondent, that includes the sentence “As advised, it is the department’s policy to provide verbal feedback to applicants on the outcome of a recruitment/selection exercise and I advised that I was more than willing to set this up for you with the selection panel.” I maintained my stance I wanted the evidence set out in writing, due to the fact that over time too often the feedback is shown to be nothing but contempt.
  1. Subsequent Applications for Employment.
  • On December 4th and December 5th I made 2 further employment applications for work with the respondent.
  • Annexure “JC5” is a job description for recruitment (Respondent reference 60017949) titled APS Level 6 several positions, applied for on December 4th, 2012
  • Annexure “JC6” is a copy of my application. Again please note at Question 3.2 on page 3 the statement (identical to lines 90 to 92 above);

Please provide details of your previous employment for the last five years. As this is a separately assessable requirement, please do not refer to your resume details in completing this information.

Only your last 5 years of employment is relevant to their employment assessment.

In response on December 24th, 2012 I was informed by email,

Dear John,
I refer to your application for the above position. Your claims to the position have been considered in relation to the behavioural based questions against which all applicants were assessed.

I wish to advise that on this occasion, your application has been unsuccessful. If you wish to receive feedback on your assessment please contact me at Sofia.Basic@immi.gov.au and I will provide this feedback from 2 – 4 January 2013.

Thank you for your interest in this position and the time spent in applying.

Sofia Basic
Chairperson
DIAC

  • Further feedback as requested was received in writing by email on December 28th, 2012 and read;

Dear John,

Thank you for your application for the above position.

The panel received over 100 applications many of which were of a very high standard.

The panel has agreed that more succinct answers would strengthen your responses, and that you should attempt to answer the points provided in order to fully address the required selection criteria in future applications.

I wish you the best in your future career.

Regards,
Sofia Basic
Chair Panel Member

  • That feedback fails to mention how many potential recruits were interviewed or how many were indeed hired. The reference “The panel has agreed that more succinct answers would strengthen your responses” is a euphemism saying get someone else (an expert) to write your (or critique your) selection criteria responses for you. Once more it goes to the heart of Section 15 of the Age Discrimination Act 2004. Due to the fact that I have not previously worked in the public sector, I am often advised to pay a selection panel expert to write my selection criteria responses for me. On Annexure “JC6” at page 3 under Question 3.1 General Information or at page 9 Question 7.1 declaration, there is no mention of stating on oath the application is all of your own work. That is; not prepared by someone else in the shadows. In the above email it states “many of which were of a very high standard” and does that mean they are coached, insiders or indeed experienced at the process? I have consistently asked, and been constantly denied an answer, is there a system to check for plagiarised or near identical responses?
  • Annexure marked “JC7” is a second job description for several positions titled APS Level 6 (Ongoing and Non Ongoing). At that time the respondent reference used was 60029214. [A similar position is now being recruited respondent reference 60022771 applications closing on March 20, 2013, where that position location is limited to Belconnen ACT].
  • Annexure “JC8” is a copy of my application, relating to Annexure ‘JC7’. Once more; note well the statement at question 3.2 on page 3; (Previously highlighted above at lines 90 – 92 and 167 – 169)

Please provide details of your previous employment for the last five years. As this is a separately assessable requirement, please do not refer to your resume details in completing this information.

  • That discrimination is consistent. Verbally I am informed your resume is only considered or relevant when you are shortlisted.
  • Once more a standard rejection was received on December 13, 2012 and on January 4th, 2013 the following was received;

Hi John

Thanks for seeking feedback on your application. It was a very competitive selection process as we received 154 applications in total of which only 11 were shortlisted for interview.

The scores for your written application are below.

  1. Contributes to Strategic Thinking – Unsuitable
  2. Achieves Results- Unsuitable
  3. Supports Productive Working Relationships – Unsuitable
  4. Displays Personal Drive & Integrity – Unsuitable
  5. Communicates with influence – Requires Development
  6. Demonstrates Professional / Technical Proficiency – Requires Development

The Selection Committee felt that your examples were too basic and did not demonstrate your ability to perform at the APS6 classification. It would probably benefit you to review the Work Level Standards and Capability Development Framework to ensure the examples you are using are in line with the APS6 classification. Higher scores also would have been applied if your examples were more relevant to the advertised role (i.e. workforce planning or another HR field).

Your example for the ‘Supports Productive Working Relationships/Displays Personal Drive and Integrity’ criteria did not address the question asked. The Selection Committee also felt it was inappropriate for you to name departmental employees in your criteria response.

I hope this feedback is helpful to you.

Regards
Shannon Yates
Assistant Director
Workforce Planning & Org Management Section People Strategy & Planning Branch

  • In this instance Mr Yates has said 11 were selected for interview, but not how many were recruited. The fact that the position is now re-advertised is something more again. At the top of Annexure ‘JC8’ page 3, Question 2.12 there is a glaring hypocrisy where a similar function is now re advertised; “An order of merit may be created from this vacancy and used to fill similar positions in the future.”
  • The scoring of the responses at paragraph 2 (Lines 227 to 230 above) coupled with the lines 237 to 240 now reproduced ‘Your example for the ‘Supports Productive Working Relationships/Displays Personal Drive and Integrity’ criteria did not address the question asked.” Also goes to the heart of section 15 of the Age Discrimination Act 2004, a potential hire who has spent 3 years actively seeking work, and the respondent approach consistently fails under section 15 (2) of the Age Discrimination Act 2004. The selection panel’s authority is grandiloquent and acuminate. More broadly under the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity since September 2009 it is no longer a core virtue of Australian Public Service policy and therefore EEO is abused at will.
  1. Depression and Anxiety (Health Issues)
  • My regular doctor is Dr Q, of Practice (earlier mentioned at lines 18 to 19 herein). From winter 2003 to about 2008 Dr Q insisted I stop doing manual labouring. In February 2008 Dr Q referred me to a specialist unit of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital to conduct tests on soft tissue injury to wrists and elbows on both arms. The results were long term non reversible damage without pain relieving surgery. From that time I have done minimal manual labouring and the inflammation has subsided. I have never been personally involved in any worker’s compensation claim or issue. Pins and needles are still commonly endured.
  • My wife Ms Jane Citizen is a Registered Psychologist, who works at St Pius Hospice in the Anxiety and Depression unit. Most lately she is specialising in Post Traumatic Stress programs mainly for the NSW Government. She also has a small private practice, where she knows personally the psychologists working at the Practice, and has had patients referred to her by that medical practice.
  • Due to issues of ethical standards the deponent needed to source an alternate referring doctor to find an unrelated psychologist. On November 19th 2010 Dr O of the second Medical Practice referred me to a Registered Psychologist; Ms M under the Federal Government’s Mental Health Care Plan to address work related issues. The most relevant consideration is that I don’t need treatment or chemical dependency I need sustainable work.
  • The central issue here is; each November/December I develop the onset of anxiety and depression as the holiday season approaches, due to the recruitment process being deferred until the new year, and the process of reflection that also occurs during the new year celebrations. This matter now before the court has been central to my thoughts during December 2012 and January 2013. Each passing year is 1 less year of prospective employment, retirement savings and achievement within a lifetime. This past holiday season since this dispute was referred to the Australian Human Rights Commission, the issues include on Christmas day I had a throbbing in my right ear akin to blood pressure. By the second week of January I had a bleeding in my right ear which I put down to an ear infection. Since then I have developed a blurred vision in my right eye. I am now referred to an ophthalmic surgeon.
  • Each time I have work to look forward to my health issues clear up miraculously.
  • My underemployment clearly affects my domestic relationships. My wife never expected to marry a house husband and often tells me “get a job or get out”.
  1. Merit applied to Integrity and Communication
  • The respondent consistently refuses to acknowledge there is a problem within what they term “merit based selection”. Indeed it is not merit, but designed to discriminate. Employment applications who display merit are perfunctorily and routinely rejected.
  • Under the Australian Human Rights Commission investigation of the facts, on January 13th, 2013 I received an e mail with 2 attachments. The first was;
    • Their response to my application, while the other was
    • 40 pages of attached documents numbering 14 attachments
  • Only 3 of those documents are annexed herein. They are Annexure ‘JC4’ introduced at lines 147 to 152, and 2 others now attached and described as Annexure “JC9” and “JC10”. The rest are extremely repetitive and would disperse from the central facts if reproduced.
  • Annexure “JC” is undated and unsigned. I verily believe this appraisal was written in late December 2012 from verbal communications. It relates to the interview on October 26, 2012 (evidenced at lines 108 to 118 above). It is written to address my constant request for feedback from November 13, 2012 onwards. (evidenced at lines 144 to 159 above).
  • Annexure ‘JC9’ misquotes me and thereby vilifies me. Several aspects of paraphrasing me are factually wrong.
  • Annexure ‘JC9’ fails to include how the interview panel (Ms Oommen and Ms Jong Wah) diminished the recruitment opportunity in terming it basically a call centre style position. This attached synopsis ‘JC9’ fails to mention how the interviewers claimed 19 out of 20 of the positions filled will be terminated at the end of 6 months. The document fails to mention how I said words to the effect “that is a challenge I readily accept”. It fails to mention how the interviewers asked me to confirm the contact details of my referees. Indeed most of the information is designed to fit the facts, as an afterthought.
  • The annexure termed ‘JC9’ was the 14th of 14 documents supplied by the respondent to the Australian Human Rights Commission under their investigation process (hence marked attachment N at top right corner).
  • Annexure “JC10” only adds to intrigue, and lack of decency, accountability and transparency. That document displays how the apparent author Ms Tina Oommen (sender) has blind copied it to 4 non-government and unknown e mail addresses. That may well constitute misconduct by Ms Oommen. Could it constitute evidence of attempting to hire known personal associates or give them advanced knowledge of what was transpiring?
  • At line 142 above of what was sent to me the authorship is accredited to “HR Services Section NSW” rather than Ms Oommen, again totally lacking any integrity, transparency or accountability.
  • Moreover when that document is copied 7 times for no good reason into the Australian Human Rights Commission investigation of facts, it has the effect of diminishing and dispersing far more critical evidence.
  • Annexure “JC11” is the last written communication I received through the Australian Human Rights Commission investigation process on February 6, 2013. Once more that document is undated and unsigned. I received it by E mail attachment of a forwarded communication from AHRC. The document only enhances the belief that the story has been designed to fit the facts. An attempt to reinforce the respondent’s central tenet, I the deponent do not meet the APS merit principle in verbal interview, where I maintain, a wholly discriminating perspective of merit as evidenced throughout. Their use of APS Merit principle fails under Section 15 (2) of the Age Discrimination Act.
  • The Merit principle is summarised in annexure ‘JC4’. At lines 147 – 152 I state my records show that I did not receive that document on that day. When you couple ‘JC2’ with ‘JC4’ and finally the conclusion contained in ‘JC11’ the preposterous nature of the respondent claims are exposed. It all swings on a series of clandestine verbal communications designed and practiced by the respondent, requests for evidence in writing by the applicant, and the claim “The non ongoing APS3 exercise in which you were recently a candidate was based on this principle”. (At line 23 of Annexure attached and now termed Annexure ‘JC4’). – (A document I claim I only received through the investigation process of the Australian Human Rights Commission).
  • As set out in the Federal Court Application thereafter the Australian Human Rights Commission suggested by way of conciliation;
  • If anyone was selected from the interviews of late October or early November with a similar age profile to me would I withdraw my complaint. Particularly in the light of the concealed blind copying of the document now called annexure ‘JC9’ and several other experiences; over many Australian Public Service employment applications,
  • I counter offered that I would agree to that provided the further caveat be added that showed those similar aged recruits were not former Australian Public Service who had been made redundant or taken early retirement.
  • That ended the Australian Human Rights Commission investigation and conciliation process.
  • No conciliation was conducted before a Delegate of the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
  • Therefore the notification was issued under Section 46PH (1) (i) of the Act.
Sworn / Affirmed by the deponentat Sydney in New South Wales onMonday the 22nd day of March 2013.Before me: )))))
   Signature of deponent

Signature of witness

[Name and qualification of witness]

List of Annexures – copies not provided:

Document Number Details Paragraphs Pages
1 Affidavit of John Citizen in support of an Application in the Federal Court under the Australia Human Rights Act and the Age Discrimination Act 2004 sworn in Sydney on March 22nd 2013 174 12
JC1 Annexure being an Employment Resume of the Applicant 17 3
JC2 Annexure being Master Degree Testamur of the Applicant 1 1
JC3 Annexure being the Non Ongoing Employment Register Application lodged with Respondent on January 23rd 2012. 12 3
JC4 Annexure being an Email of HR Manager NSW of the Respondent supplied to Australian Human Rights Commission that details Merit based selection policy of Australian Public Service Commission. 2
JC5 Annexure being a Duty Statement of an Employment Application between the parties. (Deponent Reference 60017949 -several positions) lodged during conciliation process. 3 4
JC6 Annexure being an Employment Application Summary for that position in ‘JC5′. (Deponent Reference 60017949 – Several Positions) lodged December 4th, 2012 9 steps  (7 critical questions at pages 5 to 9) 10
JC7 Annexure being a Duty Statement for another Position advertised by the deponent, (Deponent reference 60029214 Several Positions) lodged during conciliation process. 11 3
JC8 Annexure being an Employment Application Summary for that position in ‘JC7′ (Deponent reference 60029214 Several Positions) lodged on December 5th, 2012 9 steps  (7 critical questions at pages 5 to 7) 8
JC9 Annexure of Email by Selection Panel member that is blind copied to Non Government  adresses 1
JC10 Annexure being notes ascribing merit of the deponent in interview of October 26, 2012. 8 2
JC11 Annexure being the last communication between the parties when attempts to conciliate failed 5 1

Application to the Federal Court:

IN THE FEDERAL MAGISTRATES COURT

File number: XXXXXXX

OF AUSTRALIA

REGISTRY: Sydney

John Citizen – Applicant ……and

Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Immigration and Citizenship – Respondent

APPLICATION – Human Rights

Type of application

This application alleges unlawful discrimination under section 46PO of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.

First court date

This application is listed for hearing at (court location):

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Court date and time (registry staff to insert) at ………….. am/pm.

All parties or their legal representatives should attend this hearing. Default orders may be made if any party fails to attend. The Court may hear and determine all interlocutory or final issues, or may give directions for the future conduct of the proceeding.

 

(for) Registrar

Date: ………./………../…………..

Part A – Orders sought

 

  1. Final orders sought by applicant/s

State precisely each order sought by way of final relief. Examples of remedies include an apology from the respondent, employment or re-employment, and compensation.

 If you seek compensation you must provide details of how much compensation you are claiming and how the amount has been calculated; for example, loss of income

 

  1. A sum of $30,000 to compensate for lost potential wages, and
  2. A sum not specified to compensate for trauma and stress associated, and
  3. A sum relating to reasonable legal costs.

2.  Interlocutory, interim or procedural                orders sought by applicant/s

Complete only if interlocutory, interim or procedural orders are sought

 

  1. None

Part B – Grounds of Application

3. What discrimination are you complaining of?

The unlawful discrimination must:

(a)     be the same or substantially the same as the discrimination that was the subject of the complaint terminated by the Australian Human Rights Commission, or

(b) arise out of the same or substantially the same acts, omissions or practices that were the subject of complaint.

The applicant applied for work with the respondent on January 23, 2012 through their temporary non ongoing register.

The respondent interviewed the applicant on October 26, 2012 for a non ongoing APS 3 position, and rejected the applicant on November 13th, 2012 for employment claiming without proper specificity the Merit Principle of the Australian Public Service Commission (APS) prohibited further consideration.

This is demonstrably false. An APS 3 position is a graduate level entry position. Every critical evidence throughout is verbal or recollection of a verbal communication.

In that interview I was verbally instructed to confine my critical selection responses to examples in the last 2 -3 years despite Section 15 & 18 (1) (a) of the Age Discrimination Act. (2004). Full details in applicant’s deposition.

Those verbal responses led to one document being produced in conciliation which clearly misquotes me, and thereby diminishes and vilifies me.

When asked to give specific feedback, the respondent routinely does not respond and in AHRC relies upon non specific feedback, by reference to DIAC policy and procedure (including APS Merit standards).

In conciliation the Respondent offered under section 15 of the act to prove that potential hires, of a similar age to the applicant were indeed recruited in this process thereby not discriminating according to age.

Due to the consistent lack of accountability and transparency, the applicant asked the respondent to prove that those few recruits were not former APS employees who were returning to work after taking early retirement or redundancy, thereby distorting the appropriateness of that apparent data. Advanced Standing.

That request saw the conciliation process break down. The failure to address the merit based policy of APS employed and relied upon by DIAC that includes Equal Employment Opportunity.

4. Under what Act is the discrimination you are complaining of unlawful?

X  the Age Discrimination Act 2004

 the Disability Discrimination Act 1992

 the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

 the Sex Discrimination Act 1984

5. State all sections of the Act that are relevant to this claim

Section 14 through to Section 18 – Ageism

Part C – The applicant/s

6. Full name(s)
Attach extra page for any additional applicants

X  Mr

 Mrs

 Ms

Family name:

Citizen

Given names:

John

7. Home or contact address (incl postcode)

xxxxxxxxxx St,

xxxxxxxx    NSW  xxxx

8. Telephone/Fax No.

Business hours:

xxxxxxxx

After hours:

xxxxxxxxx

Fax no:

9. Are you over 18 years?

X  Yes    No

10. What is your first language?

This includes languages such as Sign and Auslan

English

11a. Do you need an interpreter at the  hearing?

11b. If yes, please state language or type

 Yes   X  No

12. Do you have any special requirements?

If yes, please give details; for example, wheelchair access,

hearing loop, presence of personal assistant or carer.

 Yes   X   No

Part D – The respondent/s

13. What is your relationship to the person or organisation against whom you bring this application?

  Employee of person/organisation

  Former employee of person/organisation

  Co-employee

  Customer of person/organisation

X   Other (please specify) Potential employee

Part E – Extension of time

14. Do you need an extension of time?

You must complete this section if your application and claim is made more than 60  days after the date of issue of written notice of the termination of the complaint by the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. If yes, please provide reasons.

 

 Yes   X  No

Part F – Required documents

15. These documents must accompany your application and claim

X     A copy of your original complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission (if available).

X     The notice of termination of complaint given by the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Signature of applicant/s or lawyer

Signed by (print name/s) John Citizen

X  the applicant/s or   lawyer for the applicant/s

Date: …………/…………/………..

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO RESPONDENT/S

To the respondent (name): Commonwealth of Australia Department of Immigration and Citizenship

of (address): 5th Level, 26 Lee Street, Ultimo, New South Wales. 2007

If there are two or more respondents, provide details: …………………………………………………………………..

You should seek legal advice about this application. You may file a response. If you file a response, you must file and serve the response within 14 days of receiving this application. If you do not file a response, you must file and serve a notice of address for service before the hearing.

Form approved by the Chief Federal Magistrate pursuant to Subrule 2.04(1A) for the purpose of Subrule 41.02A(1) – November 2009

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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 17th Dec 2012 |
Every body is reeling and has an opinion on the recent mass shooting in Connecticut USA.  Another 27 people died including 20 children aged from 5-10, and the teachers who tried to protect them. The shooter and his mother, one of the teachers, also died.

‘People kill people’, the gun does not point or pull the trigger all by itself – this oxymoron statement is the standard response that comes out after each one of these mass shootings.

There has been 41 USA mass killings – [i.e. 4 or more deaths constitutes as mass shooting] –  since 1997 when Australia introduced its gun buy-back legislation.   Before that date, there were 25 odd mass shootings in America.

In Australia there had been 13 mass shootings before the 1997 Howard introduced legislation culminating with the Port Arthur shooting of 35 people.  There has been no mass shootings in Australia since that Legislation was introduced.

This is evidence that legislation has had an influence in Australia in reducing gun related mass shootings.  In the time since 1997 there have been family massacres where guns were not used … how can you have mass murders by guns when guns are not used – again a oxymoron type debate.

If guns were readily available would there have been mass gun shootings – of course … so in part the legislation is seen to have worked because it took guns off the streets and made it harder to obtain gun licenses.

American gun laws revolve around the US Constitution and the 2nd Amendment – the Right to bear Arms.

That Law states: [Wikipedia source - linked here.]

The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.

In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions concerning the Second Amendment. In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. In dicta, the Court listed many longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession as being consistent with the Second Amendment. In McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment limits state and local governments to the same extent that it limits the federal government.

The Actual wording states:

U.S. Constitution – Amendment 2
Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arms

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Notes for this amendment:
Proposed 9/25/1789
Ratified 12/15/1791

The ‘Bill of Rights’ (1689) and the ‘US Constitution’ are documents that most modern day society’s have adopted in part in the forming of their own Constitutions.  The defining reasoning in all those who have used the ‘Bill of Rights’ and ‘US Constitution’ – is they have removed the ‘right to bear arms’ clause and amendment.

Make no mistake, if America really wanted to rid their communities, the drug dealers, the gang-bangers, and the 200 million registered guns, assault weapons and the like, they would have done so.   The will is not there because to own a gun in America is a freedom of expression.  The crime rates dictate people want to protect themselves – you have a gun, I’ll buy a bigger or even two guns to fight back.

The Gun Lobby’s financial support to the Republican Senators who vote as a block on any move to amend the gun ownership laws have deep pockets, and the money made in the gun retail and wholesale business represents a massive chunk of American commerce.

Take tobacco as an example in this debate – Government’s worldwide have increased taxes on tobacco to astronomical levels to create a deterrent to stop people killing themselves. The medical expense for tobacco induced cancers reduce all the tobacco taxes collected to a negative sum – the rest of the community pays the shortfall.

Why not ban the product all together under the Drug Legislation because tobacco kills people – it’s a freedom and whilst the science in the last 40 odd years has connected cancer and tobacco – in all that time tobacco lobbyist’s have kept the tobacco industry alive despite the US$ billions paid out in compensation to dead and dying tobacco smokers.

If legislators really wanted to rid their communities of their guns – a first step would be to lift license fees, annual and initial, increase the cost of weapons via sales like taxes, make it so expensive to own a gun that people will hand them back if an incentive is involved – much the same as the strategy was for tobacco.  This has not been achieved with any effectiveness.

87 people die or are injured in gun related crime every day in America – that is day after day every day of the year … for a society to accept these numbers and go about their business as if unconcerned says much about where American values reside.  You then turn the American debate to abortion and the like and all of a sudden Americans are up in arms over civil liberties concerned with the ‘right to choose’.

The two debates, guns and abortions are opposites  – hence the conundrum that is the complex society America represents.  The gun ownership debate is as much about a freedom of choice as opposed to the death and destruction guns create.   The debate needs to be framed differently if it is to have any chance of success.

America is a brutal society – crime is rampant and even more so since the GFC impact – store ownership is an invitation to be robbed and so they take to defending themselves – with guns.  It is all an escalation equation based on a society where freedoms have turned the American morality and conscience to a level that threatens the very basic freedoms it was meant to protect.

Killing somebody is destroying all the freedoms and civil liberties that person was entitled to …  America is a society out of control and when the East looks to America and says ‘stay away’ … ‘we don’t want you infecting us with your lewd and morally depraved societal values’ – they are not wrong.

Porn, grotesque violence, suggestive video games, comic strips, music lyrics,  cult movies based on depraved psycho’s, all in the name of entertainment – for most it is just that – but for the twisted and confused mind it means a whole different thing and the message it gives provides the thought and mentally disturbed with options they carry out in real life.

Who committed the crime – the messenger delivering the concept, or the mentally disturbed person pulling the trigger?

I don’t have an answer – but while man fights wars with guns and the like – while he finds that killing people is acceptable, be it sanctioned via war, or law-abiding execution, or tolerance of drug dealers killing themselves and innocents caught in the cross-fire, man’s right to defend themselves will lead to revenge and like retribution killings.

It is as simple as it is complex – this kid who carried out these murders used his mothers guns who by all reports was an enthusiastic gun owner and user.   There is only the motive left to understand because access and opportunity was provided by third parties in a free and open society.

Could the mother have seen this coming – an unanswerable question … but when school grounds and classrooms become the battlegrounds where sicko’s target for whatever reason … there is something horribly wrong with our teachings and the societal examples being provided.

The parents of these children will never have another Christmas where they don’t have the sense of loss this tragedy has created.   In a week or so the media and people will have moved on and be thinking about their own Christmas and family – this is a hard issue for America and if Obama is to achieve anything in his second term of office – riding the streets and homes of assault type weapons would be a defining achievement.

 


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The SMH Senior Reporter – Kate McClymont wrote a story last week about an ‘Ocean’s 11′ type Bank heist that is worthy of reading.   I for one had not heard of this ‘heist’ until I read the story and wanted to share – it’s a worthy piece of journalism by a quality writer …

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International men of mystery


| Author: Kate McClymont | Date: Dec 13th, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

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They were the Aussie Ocean’s Eleven – no guns, no masks, no getaway cars. With the last of the crew behind bars, Kate McClymont details how a group of robbers staged one of history’s biggest bank heists – without setting foot in a bank. 

It’s lunch time on Christmas Eve 2003, and last-minute shoppers, jostling and rushing past to get everything done on time, pay scant attention to the two men entering a side door of Telstra’s phone exchange in Dalley Street, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. Using his Telstra card to swipe himself through the security door, Barry Osborne, 42, a Telstra linesman, along with Ernst Hufnagl, 52, an underworld figure, confront a spaghetti-like network of phone cables covering a large swathe of the city.

[Photo Info - Barry Osbourne. Photo: Kate Geraghty]

Osborne knows exactly what he’s looking for. It only takes a matter of minutes for the wiring whiz to hack into cables connecting him to a special phone line at State Street Global Advisers (SSGA), an international financial outfit, housed in a skyscraper across town, that manages billions of dollars. Osborne needs this authorised line to send a fax containing investment instructions to JPMorgan Chase, another banking monolith located only a stone’s throw from the Telstra exchange. Once Osborne has hot-wired the line, and he has the two financial giants “talking” to one another, Hufnagl sends a five-page fax through to JPMorgan, purportedly from SSGA, requesting a $150 million transfer from account number 28966, belonging to the superannuation funds of federal public servants.

The first page of the fax goes through without a hitch. But when the remaining pages stall, there are several minutes of white-knuckle panic. After multiple failed attempts, and with precious minutes slipping away, the two are forced to switch to a generic Telstra fax line, figuring it will be the number on the title page that counts.

Over in a secure room at JPMorgan, a fax machine spits out the first page, then suddenly stops. Although a senior clerk puts in a call to SSGA about the missing pages, this is the day before Christmas, and no one calls back. And sure enough, soon the remaining pages roll out of the machine, full of dollar signs in stark black and white. A $150 million transfer, into four nominated overseas bank accounts. Two of the accounts are with the HSBC bank in Hong Kong: one, for a company registered in the British Virgin Islands used for depositing money into gambling cruises, is to receive $30 million; the other, for a company involved with gambling in Macau, is to get $20.6 million. The third account, in the name of a Richard Kurland at Switzerland’s Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, is to receive $26.7 million. The fourth account, in the name of Stylianou Georgios Ltd at Greece’s Laiki Bank, is to be injected with $71.9 million.

[Photo Info - Dallas Fitzgerald. Photo: Kate Geraghty]

Meanwhile, the two swindlers still have their biggest security hurdle to cross – the “confirmation call back”. Using the SSGA line that Osborne has hacked into, and posing as Craig Slater, an authorised signatory to the Commonwealth Super account, Hufnagl calls Greg Bourchier, an assistant treasurer at JPMorgan. In his best attempt at impersonating a banker, Hufnagl asks Bourchier, a pudgy, rather nervous man, to complete the “call back” to the designated line at SSGA, confirming that all details in the faxed instruction are correct.

Everything appears to be proceeding to plan. The two men are jubilant as they pack up their tool kit and gear. And there is a spring in Hufnagl’s step as he walks the short distance to a seedy strip joint on Market Street called Lady Jane’s, to report back to his boss, underworld legend “Teflon” Tony Vincent, who has masterminded the operation. In sheer daring, the Vincent plan is in a class with some of the best heist movies ever made – an Australian “Ocean’s Eleven”, if you like. But for now, all Hufnagl can think about is what he’ll do with his cut.

[Photo Info - Jamie Vincent.]

Later that afternoon, senior bank staff from JPMorgan return from their festive Christmas lunch, eager to get away on their four-day holiday. Despite noticing that the people from SSGA have mistakenly dated the fax November rather than December, they authorise the release of a colossal $150 million. Within minutes, four overseas bank accounts with next to no money in them – two in Hong Kong, one in Switzerland and one in Greece – are bursting with balances each in the tens of millions.

The tiniest of slip-ups

It’s now late on Christmas Eve 2003, and a posse of topless strippers in stilettos listlessly perform their raunchy routines for a sad throng of lonely, glassy-eyed men. In a private room at the back of the club, crime boss Tony Vincent, a bullet-headed brute of a man in his mid-60s, is nervously moving his blue-tinted glasses up and down the ridge of his nose. Word has come through that the whole sting, for which he had assembled a diverse crew of criminals of different nationalities and skills, and which promises to make them all rich beyond their wildest dreams, is at risk of becoming unstuck by the tiniest of slip-ups.

[Photo Info - Tony Vincent.]

A tiny, three-letter slip-up, to be precise. Some time earlier, when the bank manager of the Laiki Bank in Athens was going through his accounts on Christmas Eve – at that time of year, Greece is nine hours behind Australia – he was astonished to see $71.9 million suddenly deposited into the bank account of Georgios Stylianou, a man of very modest means. And so he called Stylianou personally. “Were you expecting such a sum of money?” he enquired. Stylianou declared he most certainly was. Apologetic, the bank manager explained that the funds could not be cleared because a “Ltd” appeared beside Stylianou’s account name. Stylianou would need to get JPMorgan to remit the funds to the correct account name – minus the offending “Ltd”.

After hanging up, the bank manager took the added precaution of sending a fax through to JPMorgan, double checking that such a vast sum was really meant for Stylianou’s account. Meanwhile, a panicked Stylianou was on the phone to Vincent in Sydney, informing him of the “Ltd” glitch.

But Vincent, knowing that the bank staff in Sydney have left for their Christmas break, and will not return until the following Monday, has time to plan a crisis strategy. He and the Ocean’s Eleven crew will have five days’ grace until the bank will be alerted to any kind of mistake, but it also means they’ll have to wait until Monday to send another fax purporting to come from JPMorgan. Sending a fax any earlier may be too risky, as the overseas banks will be suspicious as to why they are receiving a fax from a bank in Australia closed for the Christmas break.

Vincent immediately summons three of his loyal lieutenants to a crisis meeting at the strip club, including a man nicknamed “Mr Pink”. (In the film Reservoir Dogs, Mr Pink is one of the criminals planning a diamond heist.) Mr Pink is Dallas Fitzgerald, the 22-year-old son of one of the country’s scariest men, bikie boss Felix Lyle. Also at hand is Garry Peterson, nicknamed ”Fat Bastard” by his criminal mates, and Matthew Terreiro, who helped set up the fraudulent Greek bank account.

[Photo Info - High-seas rollers … Jian Ping Wang (third from right) with Alexandr Roizman (second from right) aboard the floating gambling den, Captain Omar III.]

Meanwhile, a bank account in Switzerland that has lain dormant for 10 years with the paltry sum of $90, is suddenly brimming with $26.7 million. The account belongs to Richard Kurland, a 56-year-old South African-born solicitor and fraud investigator who moved to Australia some 20 years earlier and settled in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Some months earlier, Kurland agreed to his Swiss bank account being used by a friend, Leon Kuris, who insisted he was about to receive a great deal of money from an investor. As Kuris was unemployed – and full of crazy get-rich-quick schemes – Kurland assumed it would amount to nothing.

So you can imagine his astonishment on Christmas Eve when he receives a call from Kuris asking him whether “the money” has arrived. He gets an even bigger shock when he rings to check his account balance at the Banque Cantonale Vaudoise in Lausanne. A bank staffer confirms that Kurland’s account is now bursting with $26.7 million. Kuris hastily explains that the money is from an “investor” named “Dallas O’Hara” (actually Fitzgerald), introduced to him by his old friend Alexandr Roizman. Kuris gives instructions to Kurland that the funds are to be immediately transferred to other accounts across the globe.

Because Kurland’s account has been dormant for 10 years, and is now awash with money that he immediately wants to transfer, the Swiss bankers want to ask a few questions. To buy time, they tell Kurland that because he wants to transfer such a large sum of money, he’ll need to come to Switzerland to do it in person.

[Photo Info - Bad company: (left to right) Jamie Vincent, Arkadi Drisner and Dallas Fitzgerald.]

While Richard Kurland is up for much of the night dealing with the Swiss, and trying to get the money transferred on behalf of his friend, over in Hong Kong other members of the syndicate are busy trying to launder the $30.5 million that has been sent to an account held with HSBC in the name of Hong Kong Power Limited. Kuris’s friend Alexandr Roizman, a 48-year-old invalid pensioner rumoured to be ex-KGB, is on his way to Hong Kong to spend the night on a gambling ship.

This is money laundering at its most basic. Gamblers deposit money into their account before the ship sets sail. Once on board, these funds are issued as gambling chips. At the end of the cruise the gambler’s funds are returned by way of a receipt, which can be easily converted into untraceable cash in Macau the following morning. On the night of December 29, having previously sailed rich American tourists around the Caribbean, the Captain Omar III is about to embark on its maiden voyage as an ocean-going gambling den.

By the time the ship sets sail at 8.30 that evening, the penniless Roizman has the astronomical sum of $30.5 million sitting in his gambling account. Gambling with him on this night is a friend from Sydney, 37-year-old Jian Ping Wang, who was a public relations liaison officer at a casino in Macau, before coming to Sydney to work as a cook.

Roizman and Wang have to wait 1 1/2 hours – until the ship gets into international waters – before the gambling begins in earnest. Roizman sips some of the fine cognac on offer and wolfs down food from the generous buffet. He pops his head into the mahjong room on deck 5, looks through the duty-free shops and whiles away some time watching a lame Las Vegas-style show in the bordello-red lounge room.

Unlike Roizman, Wang, a professional gambler, isn’t fazed by the croupier’s rapid-fire hand movements as she flicks the cards onto the green felt table. For hour after hour the pair gamble at baccarat. As dawn is breaking over the calm expanse of the South China Sea, the pair have lost a colossal sum – more than $3.4 million. But they don’t care. The receipt for the rest of their money is in excess of $27 million. As the Captain Omar III is cashless, all they have to do now is redeem their receipt at the famed Casino Lisboa in Macau.

The ship makes its way back to the Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong, at the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula. Although it’s still early, the wharf, flanked by an enormous modern shopping centre, is already busy. With his dark hair parted in the middle and tied back in a pony-tail, Dallas Fitzgerald stands waiting. He has a million and more reasons to be pumped with adrenalin, but the young man maintains his trademark inscrutability.

Armed with a receipt entitling them to collect $27 million, the trio catch a high-speed ferry for Macau, known as the Monte Carlo of the Orient, where the huge Stanley Ho-owned Casino Lisboa is located. They are about to be rewarded with the mother of all Christmases.

Any residual Christmas cheer among JPMorgan staff swiftly evaporates when they return to work on Monday, December 29. First, there’s the fax from Laiki Bank querying the multimillion-dollar deposit into Stylianou’s account. Then the JPMorgan people responsible for the Commonwealth Super fund are aghast when they discover account 28966 is catastrophically overdrawn. There are ashen faces all around as they trace the $150 million back into four overseas accounts, now converted into Hong Kong dollars, Swiss francs and euros.

The treasury staff ring Craig Slater, from SSGA, an authorised signatory to the Commonwealth Super account. When Slater says he doesn’t know what they’re talking about, there is rising panic at JPMorgan and they forward him the fax. To their horror, he swiftly declares it to be a forgery. The two financial institutions then check their phone records. JPMorgan has a recording of the call which Hufnagl, posing as Slater, made to Bourchier. But at their end, SSGA has no such recording. Clearly the voice is not Slater’s. And JPMorgan has no record of a ”call back” from their office to SSGA.

Facing the potential embarrassment of being the victim of Australia’s most audacious bank fraud, JPMorgan immediately contacts the foreign banks and puts a temporary freeze on the four accounts while the bank obtains the necessary court orders. Not long after, police from the nearest station, The Rocks, arrive.

While JPMorgan and SSGA engage in a series of crisis meetings, the Ocean’s Eleven syndicate is also busy. Osborne and Hufnagl are back at the Dalley Street exchange armed with a bodgied-up letter on JPMorgan letterhead to correct the ”Ltd” mistake on Stylianou’s account. But it’s too late. The account has been frozen by the bank.

Meanwhile, Fitzgerald, Roizman and Wang are making their early-morning dash to Macau, the pulsating neon-lit gambling mecca, their destination the once-grand Casino Lisboa. But when Roizman presents the receipt to withdraw the $27.4 million, the trio are informed the account has been frozen. Fitzgerald demands that the cashier try again. The answer is the same.

Fitzgerald immediately jumps on a ferry back across Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong’s business district, where he attempts to withdraw funds from the other Hong Kong account used in the sting. But to his dismay it, too, has been frozen. A series of tense phone calls ensues between Fitzgerald and Jamie Vincent – Tony’s son – back in Sydney. The normally taciturn Fitzgerald is beside himself. He screams down the phone complaining that the money can’t be accessed and that he is surrounded by “a bunch of angry f…ing Chinamen”. Minutes later, sounding deflated, Jamie rings back to say it is “all kind of f…ed”. The Ocean’s Eleven sting is dead in the water.

Organised crime’s dark heart

A fortnight passes, and as the mammoth, meticulous scale of the bank heist becomes more and more apparent, the Australian Federal Police is called in. The team leader assigned to the investigation, which becomes known as Operation Riparian, is Brad Kirwan, a fresh-faced 33-year-old, who has only been with the AFP for two years, after 14 years of service in remote outback communities and a stint as a detective on the Gold Coast. His deputy is Scott Miller, a tall 36-year-old, who worked in customer service for Telstra for 13 years and the finance sector until a mid-life crisis of sorts propelled him to join the police. As fate would have it, Miller’s background will be a perfect fit for the investigation.

But at this point both men are not to know that this case will take over their lives for the next two years, leading them into the dark heart of organised crime in Australia. The task for the pair of relative ”newbies” is daunting. Their main leads are a fax, which was sent from the Telstra exchange, and an unknown voice purporting to be SSGA’s Craig Slater’s saying, ”How are you going, mate? … Not too bad” as he confirmed the instructions regarding the transfer of the $150 million. Identifying that mysterious voice would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

The investigation has two distinct arms: the actual fraud and the laundering of the money once it had been stolen. Kirwan and Miller slog away for more than a month before their first breakthrough: JPMorgan’s treasury officer. Greg Bourchier took the call from the fraudsters, and JPMorgan phone records indicate that he didn’t make the compulsory ”call back” to SSGA. When police trawl through his personal phone records, they discover an intriguing connection – and start joining the criminal dots.

Bourchier is a family friend of Garry Peterson, the former secretary-manager of Newtown RSL club in Sydney. Peterson is the ”Fat Bastard” on phone intercepts for another investigation under way, into illegal drug activity – Strike Force Westbank. Peterson is a close associate of both Dallas Fitzgerald and Tony Vincent. For the past 18 months, members of Tony Vincent’s criminal network have been the subject of a covert joint investigation by the NSW Crime Commission and the NSW police who suspect the group of being involved in large-scale drug distribution and money laundering.

As it turns out, on December 24, 2003, undercover police attached to Strike Force Westbank were at their posts watching and listening to Vincent and his crew, although they had no idea about the bank heist. They interpreted the panicked talk of cash transfers as referring to the importation of drugs.

After listening to hundreds of hours of telephone intercepts of Vincent’s crew, Kirwan and Miller hit the jackpot. There – on a call to Peterson – they listen to a voice saying, ”How are you going, mate? … Not too bad.” It is Ernst Hufnagl. More intercepted calls confirm that the phrase is Hufnagl’s trademark ”phone tic”. They now have the man who rang Bourchier at JPMorgan the previous Christmas Eve pretending to be Craig Slater.

Hufnagl’s phone records provide their next major breakthrough. As they match up all the numbers Hufnagl has phoned, they stumble across the number of Barry Osborne. ”Hey, that’s the Telstra guy!” Miller calls out excitedly to his colleagues.

The Telstra phone exchange just around the corner from JPMorgan was one of the first ports of call for the police. Although he had never worked as a Telstra technician, Miller’s time with the organisation makes him familiar with how phone lines worked, and he revisits the Dalley Street exchange line to determine just how a fax could have been sent from there. That’s when he makes another discovery: Osborne’s use of his Telstra swipe card to come in the side door. The exchange was being renovated at the time, so if the linesman had bothered to use the front door, there would have been no record of him in the building that day.

Mysterious figure

As the police team of 14 sift through material, they discover that Osborne didn’t work at the Dalley Street exchange, and on December 24, 2003 he was on a rostered day off from the Waverley depot, where he normally worked. Using the surveillance and intercept material from Strike Force Westbank, Kirwan and Miller are able to reconstruct the key movements of the gang leading up to the bank heist. And as they trawl back over surveillance records, they discover customs have secretly copied the contents of a bag owned by a mysterious figure suspected of being an international drug trafficker.

Arkadi Drisner, an Israeli citizen who is on Interpol’s intelligence reports, but has no convictions, first turned up on intercepted calls on Tony Vincent’s phone in May 2003. In September of that year, customs officers at Sydney airport searched Drisner’s luggage and copied everything they could find. Among the documents in his bags were faxes on JPMorgan letterhead relating to foreign-currency bank accounts. There were also handwritten notes about how to transfer money around the world. The notes also had some dates identifying public holidays in Australia and overseas.

When Kirwan checks the handwriting on these faxes, he identifies it as that of the strangely anxious Bourchier – he has found the insider at JPMorgan. Then another big break: they obtain footage from an earlier search, on a drug-related matter, of Dallas Fitzgerald’s inner-city apartment. Fitzgerald has JPMorgan documents lying on a table, again with Bourchier’s handwriting plastered all over them.

In August 2005, after 20 months of a painstaking investigation that has led them through a maze of international money laundering and local mob activity involving drugs and sex parlours, Kirwan and Miller have amassed enough evidence to get the Feds to swoop. By this time, however, many of the Ocean’s Eleven crew are already in jail for unrelated offences.

If there is any lingering doubt about the sheer cunning and bold planning of the whole Ocean’s Eleven sting, it’s swiftly dismissed by police following the first wave of arrests. Sitting in a paddy wagon are Osborne and Hufnagl, who although plainly anxious about what lies ahead for them in criminal charges, manage to swap some friendly small talk. Opposite them sits a clearly agitated man, the bank insider Bourchier. The pair have no idea who this frightened man is.

What happened to the “Ocean’s Eleven”

■ ”Teflon” Tony Vincent was already doing a six-year-stretch for drug supply when he was charged with the Ocean’s Eleven offences. He was given a three-year sentence, which he served at the same time as his drug matter.

■ Dallas Fitzgerald, who told the jury he was called “Mr Pink” because this was his favourite colour, received a three-year sentence in November last year for his role in the money-laundering aspect of the heist.

■ Alexandr Roizman was sentenced to a five-and-a-half-year minimum sentence in February 2010 for dealing in the proceeds of crime.

■ Gregory James Bourchier, the JPMorgan insider, was given a two-and-a-half-year minimum jail sentence in 2008.

■ Jamie Vincent was jailed for 20 months in 2010. He had only been out of jail for a short time, having already served five years over drug offences.

■ Barry Osborne Ernst Hufnagl received minimum jail terms of three years in 2008.

■ Matthew Terreiro was arrested for his part in organising the Greek bank account. The charges against him were dropped in April 2009.

■ Jian Hua Chen, a well-known gambler at Sydney’s Star casino, received a three-and-a-half-year sentence for helping to set up one of the Hong Kong accounts.

■ Jian Ping Wang, who along with Roizman gambled away $3.4 million on the Captain Omar III, received a six-and-a-half-year jail sentence in 2010.

■ Richard Kurland, who had the dormant Swiss bank account, had charges dropped after the court ruled he didn’t know the funds were from the proceeds of crime.

■ Leon Kuris also had charges dropped on the basis he did not know the funds were derived from fraudulent activity.

■ Arkadi Drisner flew out of Sydney on Christmas Day 2003, the day after the fraud. He hasn’t been seen since.

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The Department of Human Services have become the new ‘jackboots’ in Gillards Nazi like approach to welfare recipients doing some on-line eBay trading.   The Dept now has the ability with new laws now allowing them to track eBay traders responsible for threshold trade limits.  It can also match these people with the Centerlink database to catch out undeclared incomes.

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Wheeler-dealer eBay sellers pinged for $230k as the hunt for welfare cheats goes online


| Author: Patricia Karvelas | Date: Dec 13th, 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

A CRACKDOWN on welfare recipients using eBay to make undeclared money has led to 71 investigations, with six cheats found to owe a total of $237,861, but so far only $725 has been recovered.

In the first tangible results from the trial run by the Department of Human Services, eBay has been forced to reveal the identities of about 15,000 people who sold more than $20,000 worth of goods on the site in a year.

The Australian can also reveal that 337 welfare recipients — 15 of them on child support — have been spied on using optical surveillance to check if they are receiving income they are not declaring, to keep their welfare payments. This compared with 588 — 22 child support — investigations in 2010-11.

Human Services Minister Kim Carr said while many people were honest, online trading was a growing problem.

“Unfortunately, there is a small minority who may seek to exploit online trading at the expense of the social security system,” Senator Carr told The Australian.

“The rapid growth of global online trading forums such as eBay has created more opportunities for people to earn income, in some cases without declaring it.

“This kind of activity, where fraudulent, has been met with a highly effective compliance program.”

Senator Carr said if the eBay data matching pilot continued to produce results, it could become a permanent part of the department’s compliance armoury.

“If the pilot is successful, the eBay data matching program may be used in the future as part of our broader compliance program,” he said. “Overall, our compliance program has shifted over the past year towards early intervention — to help people avoid getting behind with reporting, and free up resources to enable a more personalised service to those most in need.”

The government emphasised the trial was in its early days, but first results were encouraging. The department secured the 15,000 eBay user records in September last year after a privacy protocol was agreed to with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Since then the department has methodically cross-checked those 15,000 records against Centrelink’s records to find people who were Centrelink recipients as well as big eBay earners in the 2010-11 financial year.

The nine debts worth $237,861 pinned on six customers on November 8 represent the first tangible results from this trial.

An assessment of the trial’s future will be made once the results from the initial 15,000 records have been produced.

In a sure sign that the Government is in a revenue crisis – eBay sales and or purchases by people on welfare are now being targeted as a new source of welfare savings.

The welfare system has a program where recipients can become eligible for credits, or work a number of hours and not have their pension offset.  All designed to supplement the welfare payment which is grossly inadequate.   What is this message telling welfare recipients?

What the above story does not tell us is what types of pension these people were receiving, except for the small numbers quoted as earning ‘child-support’ benefits.

Surely with the ‘tax minimisation’ schemes operating that effectively reduce the tax paid by high net worth individuals through Trusts, and off-shore registrations, the Tax office could come up with better ways to use the Human Resources investigators to catch larger fish.

This Government is so desperate for positive news during thus AWU hiatus, the Department Minister Senator Carr,  believes this is a big enough story to warrant national broadcasting – if they wanted to really catch people why broadcast the technology?

Genuine welfare cheats are a problem – but if you are a middle-income earner and work on commission incentives – estimating incomes forward to allow Social Security to make child-support payments can be a tricky business.   Under and over estimates happen all the time – what is the Dept telling those on child-support welfare – declare your eBay trades.   That is a stone best left unturned – because then ‘losses’ can become a part of the equation with tax offsets.

If one was to compare the taxpayer cost of say – former Speaker in the House of Representatives Mr Slipper and his ‘rorts’ and overseas ‘junkets’, it would take how many welfare cheats to cover what Slipper has ripped out of the ministerial expense system?   The latest report had Mr Slipper spending $300k on parliamentary expenses since he stood down as Speaker.  This included $100k worth of overseas trips for himself and family – see linked story here.

Slipper cried foul recently and declared he would go bankrupt if he had to pay his own legal costs to fight the Ashby case.   The Judge did him a favour yesterday by giving him a favourable verdict – see story here.  EYE-BALL wrote a post on this story and it can be read here – the point being is that income accountability shout start at the highest level – if Slipper can escape punishment with ‘pay-back’ deals if he gets caught, why would he not continue to test the system for all he can rip off..

I’m a little on the fence on this subject – unemployment benefit is less than $400 a week – where is the Human Resources Dept targeting – child support type welfare, disability, or single mother support welfare.   Rents around Australia are pushing $300 a week in rural areas, and 4-$500 in metropolitan zones.   How can the unemployment benefit allow anyone to survive.

Rent assistance has not been increased on any index basis since the early 2000’s.   In that time rents in some areas have more than doubled.   Advocates have argued for years about the inadequacy of the welfare payment to genuine applicants.   It is a political football – the perception in giving welfare increases to unemployed persons over and above normal indexing is always a negative poll trigger.   Targeting disability and middle-income child support type welfare is a vote winner.

There are many mixed messages in this announcement.

Tax evasion is a National past-time for everybody – if someone is arbitraging eBay buyers and sellers good luck to them – what is the margin/profit being made … if turnover is the benchmark criteria, not all sales would be profitable.

These traders are paying GST on new store items sold/purchased on eBay – many bored home makers do eBay trading whilst at home taking care of their children.   Would the Government rather them be watching TV, or down the pub playing the pokies … if they are intuitive and smart enough to make good use of the time and make a few bucks doing it – why should the Government want to intercede and try and make a case to have child-support welfare removed, reduced and/or paid back.

Where is the incentive in life when the Government has its hand in you pocket all the time.   The GST is supposed to take care of the tax on these types of items … second-hand goods don’t attract GST nor should they.

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Title:
– Bob Katter’s Australian Party -
– an alternative -
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 3rd Dec 2012 |
There is an alternative if you like your Politics Nth Queensland style. Bob Katter is winning friends in Queensland politics with LNP defections.  His numbers look set to rise after last weeks turmoil involving QLD Premier Campbell Newman.

Talk is that Clive Palmer is looking to form an alliance to take on Newman and see him forced out of the LNP Leadership.  Just how they do that up against a 75 odd seat majority is still an unknown.

Perhaps Bob’s ‘Australian Party’ is worth a look.

The following was sent as a promotional ‘tongue in cheek style’ message.

Well AT LAST A POLITICIAN WHO SPEAKS THE TRUTH!!!

On the basis of this email, the day will come when the ANZAC Day Parade will be banned, RSL’s will close and Australian soldiers will wear a different uniform.

As Bob Katter says below, the Australian flag is already forbidden in some public areas. Sometimes I wonder if we can still call this place Australia – it’s already owned by many foreign countries now with huge investments in place.

Whether you love him or hate him, he hits a raw nerve!

Bob Katter …. Saying it as it is:

“… My great, great, great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Boer War. My grandfather watched and bled as his friends died in World Wars 1&2. My grandfather watched as his friends & brothers died in the Depression of 32. My father watched as his friends died in Korea. I watched as my friends died in Vietnam, East Timor & Desert Storm. Our sons and daughters watched & bled as their friends died in Afghanistan and Iraq .

None of them died for the Afghanistan and Iraq Flag. Every Australian died for the Australian flag.

At a Victorian high school foreign students raised a Middle East flag on a school flag pole. Australian students took it down. Guess who was expelled … the students who took it down.

160 West Australian high school students were sent home, because they wore T-shirts with the Australian flag printed on them.

Enough is enough.

This message needs to be viewed by every Australian; and every Australian needs to stand up for Australia.  We’ve bent over to appease the Aussie-haters long enough.  I’m taking a stand.

I’m standing up because of the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the Australian flag.

And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message.

AUSTRALIANS, stop giving away Your RIGHTS!

THIS IS OUR COUNTRY!

This statement DOES NOT mean I’m against immigration!

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE, IN MY COUNTRY, welcome to come legally:

  1. Get a sponsor!
  2. Learn the LANGUAGE, as immigrants have in the past!
  3. Live by OUR rules! Dress as we Australians Do.
  4. Get a job!
  5. Pay YOUR Taxes!
  6. No Social Security until you have earned it and Paid for it!
  7. NOW find a place to lay your head!

If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone, then YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

We’ve gone so far the other way … bent over backwards not to offend anyone.  Only AUSTRALIANS seem to care when Australian Citizens are being offended!

WAKE UP AUSTRALIA!!!

If you do not pass this on, your fingers deserve to cramp!

“Made in AUSTRALIA & DAMN PROUD OF IT!!!!!”

AMEN …”

Written by Bob Katter

To get a better understanding of Bob Katter and his family values – his support for his daughter during her ‘assault’ charges hearing, arising from a physical altercation with her children’s kindergarten teacher earlier this year – shows Bob has raised interesting children.

Bob stood outside the courtroom distributing flyers about the injustice and read to the attending press a statement of support.   It speaks volumes for Bobs committment to family … see linked story with video here -

To find out more about Bob Katter and his policies and what he stands for – use this link to visit – Bob Katter’s ‘Australian Party’

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