When we Looked at News Videos of the Maguire ICAC Hearing …

WHEN WE LOOKED AT NEWS VIDEOS OF THE MAGUIRE ICAC HEARING …

The reports we had seen on the news only featured Scott Robertson ICAC Assisting Counsel, examining.

However the camera then crossed to Arthur Moses SC seated there, and we were wondering what role he had in this inquiry?

We now see that Arthur Moses SC was there representing Gladys Berejiklian!

This is interesting … what a tangled web of property developers, real estate gatekeepers, the Law Council of Australia and MPs … because back in February 2019 a report appeared in the Australian Financial Review that REAL ESTATE AGENTS with the backing of the LAW COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA were able to weasel their way out of the Anti-Money Laundering legislation allegedly on the basis that imposing the full AML/CTF (the second tranche of the AML Laws) may create conflicts with the lawyer’s duty of confidentiality, and the principle of client professional privilege!

‘President of the Law Council of Australia Arthur Moses, SC, said their profession was already extensively regulated by the states and territories under a comprehensive and robust regulatory system.

The Law Council is concerned that imposing the full AML/CTF regulatory regime may create conflicts with the lawyer’s duty of confidentiality and the principle of client professional privilege, as well as increasing the cost of legal services to the community,’ he said.

At the time CAAN asked these questions

WHY is it with the purchase of real estate there should be some difference compared to buying or selling a vehicle, why is it different?

Why is it difficult to apply laws to the purchase of real estate?

Why is that compromising a lawyer?

Why should real estate be any different to any other matter?

If there are laws governing real estate so be it. It should not make any difference to a lawyer. If lawyers have a matter before them that involves a crime they have two choices:

-do it for their client knowing their risk

-not do it

View: ‘Labor to Target Lawyers, Accountants, Real Estate Agents’

https://www.afr.com/companies/labor-to-target-lawyers-accountants-real-estate-agents-20190224-h1bnd3

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Photo: Gladys Berejiklian’s lawyer Arthur Moses SC

Are your Eyes Wide yet Shut?

Eyes Wide Shut

EYES WIDE SHUT!

A sobering look at the politician who ‘saved Australia’!

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Gathered together A Little Background to Unemployment Minister Stuart Robert

A little background to Unemployment Minister Stuart Robert

VIEW: ‘Jobs Minister defends Dobseeker Hotline’

https://7news.com.au/politics/federal-politics/jobs-minister-defends-dobseeker-hotline-c-2688145

The following reports from ‘MICHAEL WEST’

https://www.michaelwest.com.au/the-blaming-and-scomos-hug-of-doom/?fbclid=IwAR0zDsEN3ytuuCWfKtLW8kHxkbHXQ82MJAU5BJTEEZ1CeVlZ05FwY1Vvcc0

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Stuart Robert, Dan Tehan and Simon Birmingham charged taxpayers more than $4,500 for an overnight trip to Sydney where they mingled with mining and banking donors at a $10,000-a-head Liberal party fundraiser dinner hosted by Channel Nine, according to Guardian Australia.

https://www.michaelwest.com.au/close-to-the-wind-the-trials-of-liberal-money-man-stuart-robert/?fbclid=IwAR27euWQ-nWh74pEAbUBT4p_Y8fR7m03SChlq1KzrjvwcJDE5GyPwbbVy7U

Stuart Robert investigated by ASIC despite ASIC oversight

https://www.michaelwest.com.au/stuart-robert-breached-ministerial-standards-over-donor-links/?fbclid=IwAR24Qh8XRq8ot64Ry_OFrgFf2OjoehERTPI1H0Mti-lw0WFSWyJDSwth-Kc

Stuart Robert listed parents as company directors without their knowledge

And the case for a Federal ICAC …

From ‘Sydney Criminal Lawyers’ … Teflon Gladys …

Gladys Berejiklian

LINKS to reports from ‘Sydney Criminal Lawyers’ … on Teflon Gladys

NSW Premier’s Office Accused of Corruption

30/10/2020 BY SONIA HICKEY

The potentially unlawful shredding of documents relating to $252 million in grants could finally be the nail in the coffin of New South Wales’ Premier Gladys Berejiklian,

The story so far

A NSW Parliamentary Committee investigating the $252 million Stronger Communities Fund has been told by two senior staff members of the Premier’s office that ‘working notes’ sent between Ms Berejiklian and her senior staff member Sarah Lau with regard to grant allocation, were physically shredded, and then digitally deleted, in what was “not routine practice”.

The revelations have resulted in fresh calls for the Premier to resign, amid concerns her staff may have acted unlawfully in disposing of the papers.

READ MORE!

https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/nsw-premiers-office-accused-of-corruption/

Teflon Gladys. Is it Time for the NSW Premier to Resign?

13/11/2020 BY SONIA HICKEY & UGUR NEDIM

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has faced scrutiny recently over her involvement in – or at least wilful blindness in the face of – allegations of corruption by members of her Party.

Just a few weeks ago, NSW residents were polarised over whether the Premier should resign after admitting to a long-term, secret personal relationship with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire; during which the pair discussed the latter’s questionable business dealings.

Shielded by the mainstream media

The narrative put forth by parts of the mainstream media was that the Premier’s personal life and poor relationship choice should not prevent her from continuing in her position.

But, perhaps the real question should have been: Did Ms Berejiklian know about, or at least turn a blind eye to, her partner’s potentially corrupt conduct, and breach her duty under the law to report it?

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https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/teflon-gladys-is-it-time-for-the-nsw-premier-to-resign/

Allocating Millions Without Documentation. So What? Says Berejiklian

02/12/2020 BY PAUL GREGOIRE

The rules pertaining to proper conduct applying to all citizens of this state, as well as less senior politicians, don’t apply when it comes to the NSW premier, according to the suspect actions and excuses of current office-bearer Gladys Berejiklian.

The latest scandal to beset the state’s leader – and perhaps the most damning – involves her signing off on a suite of council grants adding up to $141 million, much of which just happened to be allocated to councils in Coalition-held seats in the lead up to the last election.

Berejiklian is not the only minister to have signed off on the grants in order to “curry favour” within the community.

The $252 million grants rort – 95 percent of which was allocated to Coalition regions – saw deputy premier John Barilaro and a former local government minister giving biased approvals too.

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https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/allocating-millions-without-documentation-so-what-says-berejiklian/

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NSW Premier’s Office Acted Illegally, But Won’t be Prosecuted

25/01/2021 BY SONIA HICKEY & UGUR NEDIM

An investigation by the State Archives and Records Authority (the ‘SARA’) has found that the New South Wales Premier’s office broke the law when they shredded documents relating to $252 million in grants.

However, there is no indication any charges will be laid or that the premier or her office will be made legally accountable for their misconduct.

The law

The State Records Act 1998 (NSW) requires public officers to protect and retain a range of records.

Section 11 of the Act  is titled ‘Obligation to Protect Records’ and requires that:

(1) Each public office must ensure the safe custody and proper preservation of the State records that it has control of.

(2) A public office must ensure that arrangements under which a State record that it has control of but that is in the possession or custody of some other person include arrangements for the safe keeping, proper preservation and due return of the record.

(3) A public office must take all reasonable steps to recover a State record for which the public office is responsible and that the public office does not have control of, unless the record is under the control of the Authority or of some other person with lawful authority.

Under the government’s formal requirement for ministers’ offices records, and a requirement of the act, “briefing notes or papers maintained in the Premier’s Office” are “required as state archives.”

Section 21 of the Act further requires that a person must not ‘abandon or dispose of a State record’, nor ‘damage or alter a State record.’

The maximum penalty for the offence is a fine of $5,500, which applies to each breach.

The shredded documents are certainly state records for the purposes of the Act.

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https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/nsw-premiers-office-acted-illegally-but-wont-be-prosecuted/

Teflon Gladys: Inquiry Hears Fresh Evidence of Corruption

02/02/2021 BY SONIA HICKEY

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has attracted media headlines yet again as the New South Wales parliamentary inquiry into the allocation of government grants heard fresh reports of corruption.

Summary approval

The inquiry into the Integrity, Efficacy and Value for Money of NSW Government Grant Programs heard that the Premier approved a $20 million grant in Wagga Wagga without going through the required approval process.

Moreover, the grant was announced during the Wagga Wagga by-election that was sparked by the resignation of Daryl Maguire over corruption claims; Mr Maguire is, of course, the person with which Ms Berejiklian had a ‘secret relationship’ during that time.

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https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/teflon-gladys-inquiry-hears-fresh-evidence-of-corruption/

Gladys Berejiklian Referred to ICAC Once Again

19/03/2021 BY SONIA HICKEY & UGUR NEDIM

The New South Wales Upper House has referred Premier Glady Berejiklian to the state’s corruption watchdog, which is already investigating the business dealings of her former partner Daryl Maguire.

Conflict of Interest

The motion asserts that the NSW Premier failed to declare a conflict of interest when dealing with road upgrades.

In that regard, there are concerns that Ms Berejiklian met with Mr Maguire about an upgrade to a road more than 100km from his Wagga Wagga electorate, which runs past two investment properties he hoped to use as short-term rental accommodation.

It also alleges the Premier failed to disclose a conflict of interest when planning the M9 Outer Sydney Orbital; a project in relation to which Mr Maguire stood to obtain a financial benefit from.

“Mr Maguire stood to profit from both the upgrade of the Cobb Highway and from knowledge of the M9’s route. He was the premier’s partner at the time,” Labor leader in the Upper House Adam Searle said

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https://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/gladys-berejiklian-referred-to-icac-once-again/

LINKS to Reports on Drew Pavlou and Chinese Interference at the University of Queensland

-How can the University of Queensland recover from the Drew Pavlou Affair

 May 30, 2020 by Paul Frijters

-Suspended UQ Student Drew Pavlou Sues University of Queensland

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-11/suspended-uq-student-drew-pavlou-sues-university-of-queensland/12346170?utm_source=abc_news&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_content=mail&utm_campaign=abc_news

-Drew Pavlou sues University of Queensland for $3.5M (Macro Business)

SHAUN MICALLEF’S MAD AS HELL ON STUART ROBERT AND OTHER HONOURABLES …

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS ON STUART ROBERT

ABOUT 3 MINUTES IN … IN CASE WE CAN EVER FORGET STUART ROBERT …

A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF THE PRIME MINISTER … AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES MINISTER

WHEN STUART ROBERT MISTAKENLY …

charged Taxpayers $38,000 for his own internet usage

accepted a $40,000 Rolex watch from a Chinese businessman

breached Ministerial Standards by having shares in a Trust linked to the mining company of a generous Liberal Party donor

created the impression that he was in China in an official capacity for a signing ceremony between a Chinese business and a mining company whose Executive Chairman was a generous Liberal Party donor

made his 80 year-old father a Company Director; named his parents’ home address as the company’s principal place of business which looked after tens of Millions of worth of Government contracts

-he was responsible for ROBODEBT

-and in charge of MY GOV Website which crashed a few weeks ago which he mistakenly blamed on a denial of service attack

SHE SAID ‘WHAT’S YOUR POINT?’ !!! !!!!!!!!!!

Here he is explaining how our information will be kept private!

It’s all on his phone, and he deletes it and presumably blows it away with one of Bridget McKenzie’s shotguns!

VIEW: SERIES 11 EPIDODE 12

AN EPA Accredited Auditor has been Outraged by the Plan to dig up Sydney Harbour’s toxic sludge

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WESTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL: Source: Environmental Impact Statement

From local commentators

-mirrors community concerns in St Peters when Westconnex trashed the joint there

-The State Govt has also ignored the old coal mines under the sludge. The proposed pipes may well be placed over unstable “ground” and crack.

FROM Carrie Fellner’s report in the SMH about the expansion of the privately owned Hong Kong Consortium MTR Metro … and its twin tunnels linking Rozelle with the Warringah Freeway in North Sydney

READ MORE:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/i-m-outraged-secrecy-over-plan-to-dig-up-sydney-harbour-s-toxic-sludge-20200317-p54awm.html

It looks like more of the same from NSW INC with this project running roughshod over communities in their path … this time dredging toxic sludge, and tunnelling …

‘Thousands of tonnes of toxic sludge containing cancer-causing chemicals is set to be dug up from the bed of Sydney Harbour, under plans for the Western Harbour Tunnel that one of the state’s leading contamination experts fears do not protect the public, including fishermen and families who swim in harbour pools.

It comes amid revelations the exact concentrations of the chemicals in the sludge will remain secret after the NSW government ruled that a report containing the information was “commercial in confidence” and should not be released to the public.

Dr Bill Ryall, a leading environmental consultant, has raised the alarm bells over a plan to dredge up part of Sydney Harbour to put in place a new Western Harbour tunnel.
Dr Bill Ryall, a leading environmental consultant, has raised the alarm bells over a plan to dredge up part of Sydney Harbour to put in place a new Western Harbour tunnel. CREDIT:DEAN SEWELL

Dr Bill Ryall, who worked as an EPA accredited auditor and has been involved in some of the city’s most significant contamination clean up efforts at Homebush and Barangaroo, has now decided to speak out, slamming the decision to withhold the “critical” report.

BECAUSE Dr Ryall is unable to assess the risk to human health or the marine environment with dangerous toxins from industrial activity and storm water built up over 150 years on the harbour floor

-past studies have shown the tracts of sediment are worse than Tokyo Bay or New York Harbour

chemicals include dioxins, hydrocarbons, tributylin, polychlorinated biphenyls, pesticides, heavy metals and PFAS

-under an EIS the sludge will be dredged for tunnels to be laid along the bed of the harbour

-workers would have to dig up a heavily polluted layer of sediment 1.5 metres deep

.using two pre-fabricated tube tunnels lowered onto the sea floor between Birchgrove and Waverton

SINCE the report remains ‘commercial in confidence’ how can the community be assured that some 760,000 cubic metres of sediment would not be affected by contamination?

DESPITE a risk assessment finding that buried contaminants posed a high risk. What management actions would render them low risk?

HOW is it acceptable that up to 1300 cubic metres of contaminated sediment particles would be lost to the harbour waters … to be ingested by fish, crustaceans and oysters?

WHY is the NSW Government not ensuring adherence to its legislation requiring developers to report contamination to the EPA?

-carry out a detailed investigation

-have remediation action plans signed off before releasing an EIS to the public

IS the secrecy about eliminating the costs in excess of $100M for treating sediments and disposing of the contaminated wastewater?

AND … inevitable odours of ‘rotten egg gas’ from wet acid sulfate soils during removal of the sludge!

Dr Bill Ryall has concerns over contamination.
Dr Bill Ryall has concerns over contamination.CREDIT:DEAN SEWELL

HOW has the FIRB escaped Scrutiny?

FOLLOWING all the Australian Assets, Property, critical Infrastructure that have gone offshore … largely to CHINA (the PRC), how is the proposal that the FIRB be allowed to continue to function, and to merely properly investigate systems, cyber security and data protection?

IT would seem the better alternative … to save what is left of Australia’s National Estate … is to disband, to dissolve the FIRB and subject this body to even more investigation … and even to enforce appropriate penalties ?…

It appears to many that the FIRB together with the FID have betrayed Australia and its Constituents by their very function through formulating mitigations (conditions) allowing the sell-off of our National Estate!

DESPITE the chaos in Hong Kong in August 2019 FIRB Chairman, David Irvine flew there to view the Chinese-owned Chow Tai Fook (CTF) owned by one of Asia’s wealthiest families, the Chengs.

FIRB chair David Irvine visited Alinta owner Chow Tai Fook last year as the company's presence grew in Australia.
FIRB chair David Irvine visited Alinta owner Chow Tai Fook last year as the company’s presence grew in Australia.CREDIT:LOUISE KENNERLEY

What was his interest? Was it the sway held by this Family in the region?

And the growth of the PRC in Australia despite the FIRB?

CTF was granted approval to buy Alinta Energy provided it satisfied a number of conditions not disclosed publicly

-then granted approval to buy Loy Yang B, a power generation plant in Victoria

-an investment in Star Entertainment to enter a joint venture to build Queen’s Wharf Casino in Brisbane

The FIRB approved the Alinta sale despite inadequate internal privacy controls and cyber security, and certain conditions were not even close to being met.

-change happened when Roger Brake from the foreign investment division of Treasury was asked to explain the process it went through to approve Alinta

-it is Treasury which is responsible for auditing, monitoring and enforcing conditions of foreign sales, including Alinta to Chow Tai Fook; how it is unclear

*Professor Allan Fels, a former chairman of the ACCC described the FIRB as a black box and said the scrutiny was long overdue.

-that the FIRB  was not a regulatory body; it was not independent, politically *

-nor transparent; conditions imposed are generally not released to the public

-nor does the FIRB have the power or resources to enforce or follow up its decisions

The FIRB approved the Alinta sale despite inadequate internal privacy controls and cyber security, and certain conditions were not even close to being met.

AN example of the lack of transparency of the FIRB was when Delta Electricity, lost out on a bid for Loy Yang B to CTF in late 2017!

a condition of FIRB approval was that Loy Yang could not be more than 47 per cent foreign-owned

Delta’s consortium was 67 per cent Australian-owned; the balance was owned by US investors

YET CTF was granted approval to buy Loy Yang B, which is 100 per cent Chinese owned

-there was no explanation for the decision or why the rules changed for CTF

-it costs $millions to mount a takeover offer, including paying for due diligence and arranging financing

Delta Electricity was the only majority Australian bidder for Loy Yang B power station; critical generation infrastructure requiring majority ownership

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FIRB in the report of Adele Ferguson, ‘A Black Box that Needs an Overhaul: How has the FIRB escaped Scrutiny?’

View:

 https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/a-black-box-that-needs-an-overhaul-how-has-firb-escaped-scrutiny-20200306-p547h3.html#comments

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SOME COMMENTATORS VIEWS

-And to be told by this excellent research by Adele, that an Australian firm willing to invest in Australian assets is then undermined and outbid by kowtowing to foreign buyers makes no sense if it was to be seen as a logical and fair – but if it is seen from the nefarious, secret, underhanded perspective it seems to have been, then every Australian must start being alarmed AND alert.

A lady of Indonesian ancestry (but an Australian citizen) who lived close by told us that the rental house next door to us was owned by her sister back in Indonesia but the title is in her name. That scenario is very common in Australia and not even visible to the FIRB.

It would be interesting to run a report on Australian citizens born in other countries who owned say 10 houses or more.

-Selling off basic industries to overseas owners such as electrical generation and supply is idiotic. We have a government obsessed with national security and passing legislation that threatens free speech and information flow but sell off important entities to overseas owners. Fundamentals such as electricity, water, gas and communications should be considered to be held as essential to our national security

-Another Treasurer Morrison FAILURE.  Does it ever end ?

Critical infrastructure should never be foreign owned. In fact, critical infrastructure shouldnt be private/corporate owned. Successive governments have sold our assets to temporarily boost their budget bottom line. Then its gone.

-Agree, when we sell majority interests in critical infrastructure to abroad, we effectively hand substantial economic control to a foreign entity. Then again, buying Australian economic controls is seems a lot easier as well as cheaper than military invasion.

– It’s a bigger risk to the country than corona virus

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FIRB chair David Irvine visited Alinta owner Chow Tai Fook last year as the company's presence grew in Australia.
FIRB chair David Irvine visited Alinta owner Chow Tai Fook last year as the company’s presence grew in Australia.CREDIT:LOUISE KENNERLEY



News Corp, Nine accused of closing AAP to damage competitors

Paul Hamra, managing director of The New Daily, said start-up media newsrooms with limited resources relied on AAP to help cover breaking news around the country.

“As a customer of the service, no one thought to contact us to discuss options, such as increased syndication fees, restructured offerings or equity,” Mr Hamra said.

“ … I get the impression News Corp and Nine just want to set up their own newswire service instead, with their own content, controlling more of the market and restricting access for new Australian journalism ventures.

THE MEAA said …

“ … today’s reports suggest a more sinister motive: The closure is designed to deliberately harm their print and online rivals who subscribe to AAP for news about politics, sport, business, courts and crime, and for breaking news.

“The fact that they didn’t put AAP up for sale indicates News and Nine simply wanted AAP shut down.”

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News Corp, Nine accused of closing AAP to damage competitors

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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and fellow media giant Nine have been accused of closing news agency, Australian Associated Press, to damage their smaller competitors.

After repeatedly asserting that unfair competition from tech companies  Google and Facebook brought about AAP’s demise, new reports indicate News Corp and Nine might have had a more cynical motive for closing the decades-old news agency and putting hundreds of staff out of work.

AAP management announced on Tuesday that, after 85 years of servicing the Australian media industry, the news service would close on June 26.

About 180 jobs will be lost from AAP’s editorial arm, with hundreds more expected from other divisions.

On Thursday, The Guardian reported that AAP chairman Campbell Reid, who is also a News Corp executive, told AAP staff that Nine and News Corp were tired of subsidising a breaking news service for their competitors.

Mr Reid was quoted as telling staff in AAP’s Melbourne bureau that News Corp would develop its own breaking news service.

It has also been reported that Nine is considering a similar move.

Mr Reid reportedly said that News Corp was “committed to the supply of breaking news”, adding “we don’t have to supply it for everybody else in Australia who’s telling us that they don’t want it”.

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Some 180 journalists around Australia will lose their jobs. Photo: AAP

ACCC monitoring

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has not announced an investigation, but confirmed on Thursday it was looking into the closure.

“The ACCC is aware of the announced closure of AAP and is keeping abreast of potential issues that may arise,” it said.

A spokeswoman said it would need to find that competition would likely be lessened to raise concerns.

The New Daily, The Guardian, The Daily Mail and the former Fairfax regional mastheads now controlled by Antony Catalano all rely on AAP for breaking news and photography.

Former ACCC chairman Allan Fels told The New Daily that while it was unlikely a legal problem with AAP’s closure could be proved, it would diminish competition and was a “landmark moment in the history of Australian journalism”.

Dr Fels said AAP has long formed the backbone of much of Australia’s journalism, particularly smaller newspapers, and was also quite an important ingredient for News Corp and Nine.

“It covers things that often the major newspapers aren’t resourced to do and it provides material for countless smaller newspapers,” he said.

“I’ve been saying for a while that public-interest journalism is shrinking as we speak. But this is a spectacular example.”

Paul Hamra, managing director of The New Daily, said start-up media newsrooms with limited resources relied on AAP to help cover breaking news around the country.

“As a customer of the service, no one thought to contact us to discuss options, such as increased syndication fees, restructured offerings or equity,” Mr Hamra said.

“We might have paid more – so, I hear, might have other customers, which could have helped the AAP business model. But no one asked.

“I get the impression News Corp and Nine just want to set up their own newswire service instead, with their own content, controlling more of the market and restricting access for new Australian journalism ventures.

‘Sinister motive’

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance on Thursday said News Corp and Nine “must answer for the decision to shut AAP”.

News Corp and Nine said the reason for shutting down AAP was that it was no longer financially viable and had been damaged by the proliferation of free news on social media and digital content aggregators,” MEAA federal president Marcus Strom said.

“However, today’s reports suggest a more sinister motive: The closure is designed to deliberately harm their print and online rivals who subscribe to AAP for news about politics, sport, business, courts and crime, and for breaking news.

“The fact that they didn’t put AAP up for sale indicates News and Nine simply wanted AAP shut down.”

The loss of the extensive news coverage provided by AAP means consumers around Australia will lose a trusted, reliable, accurate and impartial source of vital information.

“The media bosses responsible for the decision to shut AAP should pledge to employ any AAP editorial staff who want to remain in journalism,” Strom said.

Government action

Dr Fells called on the government to step in to help smaller media organisations. Photo: AAP

Dr Fels, who is chairman of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative, said public-interest journalism was shrinking and AAP’s closure was a “spectacular example”.

He said declining local journalism meant less court reporting and matters of concern to the local community, and called on the government to step in. Dr Fels flagged tax breaks, subsidies, scholarships and training support as potential ways to boost journalism.“It’s a fact that in the UK, Canada and parts of the US, and France as well, the government has been stepping in to protect the continuation of journalism, to give it some boost, especially local journalism,” he said.

SOURCE: https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/03/05/news-corp-nine-aap-accusations/

Vietnamese company buys three cattle stations, with plans to expand into cotton and tourism

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THERE we go again, selling the farm

WHY not it’s all up for grabs!

WHAT does the FIRB stand for?

IS it

-‘Foreigners Interest Reinforcing Buyups’

Or
-‘Foreign Interests Retaining Buyouts’

Or FIRB =
Failure, Indifference, Rubberstamp, and Betrayals *

Q Can Australia buy up Vietnam, and do what we like?

A We tried before and failed and they are not going to allow us to have another go!

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David Irvine, FIRB; all but five foreign investment proposals approved by FIRB …

P.S. …

‘The purchaser will look into growing cotton and building tourism to diversify its international interests.’

Growing cotton … what about the environment of the Northern Territory and Western Australia … to take more than its share of Our Water … as they vertically integrate their tourism … fly in tourists by their Vietnamese airlines … with their own guided bus tours and tourist shops … and stay in their own accommodation …

HOW long before the Australian workers become redundant and are replaced by foreign Visa Workers?

Vietnamese company buys three cattle stations, with plans to expand into cotton and tourism

NT Country Hour

By Daniel Fitzgerald

Updated 5 March 2020

a winding river with a hill and sunset in the background.
Auvergne Station, near the WA-NT border, is one of three Top End properties bought by a Vietnamese firm. (Facebook: CPC)

A Vietnamese agricultural company has settled a deal to buy three Top End cattle stations, covering 732,900 hectares and with 60,000 head of cattle, more than 12 months after a contract was signed.

Key points:

  • A year after signing a contract, Clean Agriculture and International Tourism settles a deal to buy two NT and one northern WA cattle stations
  • The Foreign Investment Review Board and the Vietnamese government needed to approve the deal worth $130 million
  • The purchaser will look into growing cotton and building tourism to diversify its international interests

The Auvergne and Newry Stations, along with Western Australia’s Argyle Downs Station, are now in the hands of Clean Agriculture and International Tourism (CAIT), a subsidiary of the Vietnamese-owned TH Group.

The deal to buy the properties — including the land, stock and plant — from Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC), was worth $130 million when the contract was announced in January 2019.

After approvals from both the Foreign Investment Review Board and the Vietnamese government, one of the biggest Top End land deals in recent history was completed in late January, with most of CPC’s workforce continuing with CAIT.

A man, wearing a blue shirt, stands beside a cattle yard
CAIT representative Steve Petty says the company is taking a “slow and steady” approach to developing the properties. (Carmen Brown)

What is Clean Agriculture and International Tourism?

CAIT is controlled by the TH Group — a Vietnamese agricultural company that runs around 45,000 dairy cows, producing around 40 per cent of the country’s fresh milk.

The TH Group has rapidly expanded in the past few years, investing heavily in high-tech dairy machinery, and in 2018 put $US630 million towards a milk processing plant in Russia.

TH Group’s chairwoman, Thai Huong, has previously been listed by Forbes magazine as one of Asia’s most powerful businesswomen.

Kununurra-based Steve Petty is a director of CAIT and the company’s representative in Australia.

Dr Petty said the company saw the purchase of the CPC properties as an opportunity to expand into pastoralism, cropping, and tourism.

“It’s a move to diversify their international interests into other areas,” Dr Petty said.

“They know cattle from their existing dairy business … they see what the potential is in northern Australia, and they are quite excited about what can be done in this area.”

six people on horseback crossing a rive with a hill in the background.
Clean Agriculture and International Tourism now owns 732,900 hectares of land in the NT and WA. (Facebook: CPC)

Plans to consolidate cattle and develop cropping

While the company has plans to develop cropping on the pastoral properties, Dr Petty said consolidating and developing the cattle business would be the primary focus.

“It is a pretty good base that CPC have left there, and the plan is to build on that foundation,” he said.

“[CAIT] will then work to look at opportunities for agriculture that would involve improved pasture, and then into some level of cropping.

“The key place would be Auvergne, where there is a lot of potential.

“But there is a lot of work that needs to be done with the respective agencies for approval before taking that step.

“Further down the track there might be some involvement in tourism but that might be a three or five-year time frame.”

In the short term, CAIT aims to focus on growing forage crops such as sorghum, before following the lead of several other Top End stations by looking at cotton. *

“There is interest in the cotton area — there is a lot of work going on in the Territory and the Kimberley into opportunities. So they will look closely at that [in the future],” Dr Petty said.

“There is quite a bit of research that still needs to be done in terms of what is going to be economic and what makes sense.”

Emily Bryant drafts cattle in the yards at Auvergne Station.
All the managers and most of the staff previously employed by CPC are now working for CAIT. (ABC News: Kristy O’Brien)

Slow and steady approach to development

Dr Petty said the company was taking a slow and steady approach to the development of the three properties, in consultation with the NT Government.

“The NT Government has, to date, been very supportive of development in these areas but also very focused on what the regulations are, what is permissible, and what the potential environmental impacts or implications of a development [could be],” he said.

“So I think that between the NT Government and the CAIT group, it is going to be an evolution rather than any revolution.

“I think that is healthy for the NT and healthy for the company as well.”

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SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020-03-05/vietnamese-companys-plans-for-top-end-cattle-country/11951422

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