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EYE-BALL Opinion on – Two Examples of Injustice … a Corrupt Politician and a Corrupt Political Appointee

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– Two Examples of Injustice –
– Corrupt political Appointee & Politician –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 9th Aug 2012 |
T wo diverse court hearings into political corruption surfaced today – one received a $100,000 fine, and the other pleaded for leniency.

The ABC reported the following story:

Former AWB boss fined over Iraqi bribes


| Date: Aug 9th 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

Former Australian Wheat Board (AWB) managing director Andrew Lindberg has been fined $100,000 for his role in the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal.

Mr Lindberg has admitted breaching the Corporations Act by not telling the United Nations or the AWB board about bribes paid to the former regime of Saddam Hussein.

The AWB paid almost $300m in kickbacks to the Saddam regime during its participation in the oil-for-food program introduced in 1995 as part of UN sanctions imposed after the first Gulf War.

Mr Lindberg has also been banned from managing a company for a year.

Speaking outside the Victorian Supreme Court today, he warned firms to be cautious when trading abroad.

“I’ve never resiled from my responsibilities and I don’t do it now. And I just want to get on with my life and do what I can,” he told reporters outside the court.

“I think in any market, particularly overseas when you deal with third-world countries, I think you’ve got to be very careful, and it’s perhaps easier than you think to make mistakes.

“I just want to get on with my life now and thank everyone that’s supported me and thank the court for the consideration I’ve been given.”

… read more …

The $100,000 fine and no jail term – how much did he profit in bribes and kickbacks? How can he afford the $100,000, legal bills with a disgraced employment track record?

Something ain’t right here … the second story was reported by ‘The Australian’ …


Former MP Karyn Paluzzano tells of headless rabbit threats


| Author: | Date: | Link to On-Line Story. |

A FORMER NSW MP has tearfully apologised for lying to a corruption inquiry and told a court how threatening letters and decapitated rabbits were sent to her during the probe.

Karyn Paluzzano, 52, cried as she told Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court today she regretted having falsely claimed parliamentary sitting-day relief payments and then lying to an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) inquiry about it.

“I am extremely sorry and regretful,” Paluzzano said.

“I was a public figure so I let my community down.”

In June, the former Penrith Labor MP pleaded guilty to making false and misleading statements about parliamentary entitlements.

She also pleaded guilty to giving false and misleading evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) on April 16, 2010.

In sentencing submissions before the court, Ms Paluzzano said she had “feared for her life” after receiving threatening letters before the start of the inquiry.
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The headless bodies of rabbits had also appeared at the front and back doors of her home, she said.

There was no evidence as to who had sent the items.

At the time, the court heard, her electoral office manager Tim Horan was under performance management after an inspection of his office computer found he had been using gambling websites.

It was Mr Horan, she said, who prompted the corruption investigation into her.

The court also heard the ICAC inquiry, which led to her quitting parliament in 2010, resulted in having the media camped out on her lawn and her name emblazoned across the front page of local papers.

“It was ferocious,” Paluzzano said.

Paluzzano, who is now working as a teacher, said the experience left her deeply depressed.

She would not be able to teach again if she received a jail sentence, the court heard.

The hearing continues.

… read more …

Boo fuckin’ who … he are two examples of the worst possible crime ever – abusing the trust of the Australian people, one at State level, and the other as a Political appointee to a National iconic Government Agency.

One is pleading for leniency so she can hold a job teaching – the other involved in the biggest international scandal in a decade – and no jail time for either.

Former MP Paluzzano is still to be sentenced – and why does she not expect to be found guilty?   Who gave her any indication that she still might be able to teach?

This is wrong – the poor corporate fraud perp does time for any major fraud – and both these crimes represent the highest calibre of crime and their talking about fines and the like.

This truly is Bullshit …

Justice is not equitable – it is a class legal system – those who can afford a good defence, and those thrown to the overworked and under funded Public Defender.  WHere do you think they got the funds to but good lawyers … proceeds of their crimes …


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  1. August 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Obviously the court proceedings are not known – and the comments offered above are based on the published stories – but whatever Lindberg and Paluzzano did – they knew they were committing a fraud … and we know that Paluzzano did receive a financial advantage – and we have no idea whether Lindberg actually profited from the bribe and kickback scheme that paid over $300 million.

    You take a good whiff … can you smell the stench …

  2. Gerry Hatrick
    August 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Karen Paluzzano has breached her exalted position of trust. The media does not highlight the quantum of her fraud. Yesterday Tripodi, Obeid and Rosenthal have been referred to ICAC. Obeid and Tripodi have been publicly supported by former Premier Kristina Kenealy. Kristina has recently resigned parliament to take up a sports administration appointment.

    We the decent citizens of NSW deserve to see justice done. The magistrate has asked the prosecutor in the case of Karen Palluzano if they request a custodial sentence. A custodial sentence is mandatory. We are asked to vote for these thieves, and all we every really know is the public face. We can smell corruption and self interest, but not prove it. Decent people go further, give them a chance.

    Give them a chance to create good governance, but when they fail us, hang them high. NSW before the last election, was scandal after scandal to the point of not wanting to listen anymore.

    At the Federal government level we observe self interest. A government confused by government of the people, for the people by the people with party interests. Craig Thomson and HSU is example enough. The HSU executive abused the monies owned by unionists in some of the lowest paid health sector jobs, tough and uncompromising jobs. They did it without regard for social consequence. So to did Karen Palluzano. She committed perjury before ICAC. Craig Thomson stood before federal parliament and soliluquised his personal pain rather than accepting the basic truth that the HSU East branch is totally out of control. He continues to draw a public stipend. He continues to prop up an unpopular government. His crime simple festers.

    In the matter of Karen Palluzano we have the chance to rebase truth and justice, and restore democratic values.

    An armed hold up with a platic gun carries a mandatoru sentence of 2 to 5 years imprisonment, simply because of the fear created in the victims. For mine, Karen Palluzano’s crime is worse.

  3. August 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

    A second AWB xecutive was sentenced late last week – he received a lighter sentenced that was recommended – read story here …

    What is happening to Corporate Justice against fraud and ‘trust’ positions …

    $300 million in bribes and kickbacks is the value involved – whether these people received parts of these funds is not the main issue – Internationally agreed sanctions which Australia were a sign on party were breeched …

    These people should have no protection … if they spilled all they know for ‘fat-cats’ higher up the food chain … well leniency might be understandable – but where are the ‘fat-cats’ nominated?

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