WHY has Gladys Berejiklian announced an abrupt end to the 11.00 a.m. Covid-19 presser?
The decision followed a journalist’s questions whether she is the subject of a corruption inquiry by ICAC – questions which she refused to answer, and many believe …
-that ICAC has now upped the ante in its investigation into her former boyfriend, Daryl Maguire
-documents reveal that she had dinner at Maguire’s Wagga Wagga home with a business associate he partnered with to run a cash-for-Visa scheme
.despite telling ICAC that she was ‘shocked’ to hear of the scam
–questions remain about what she knew about Maguire’s business dealings; how much she turned a blind eye to, and in doing so whether she acted corruptly
–ICAC has nowissued S22 Orders to Berejiklian’s staff, other senior NSW ministerial offices and government departments
-ICAC investigators are focusing on a $5.5M grant awarded to a shooting association
–Berejiklian’s office has also been implicated in a number of other corruption scandals over the past 18 months
-including her office shredding and deleting at least three documents concerning the distribution of $252M in Stronger Communities Fund grants: 95% allocated to councils in Coalition seats prior to the last State Election
-a significant question yet to be answered: why the Berejiklian/Maguire relationship was not formally declared under the NSW Ministerial Code of Conduct
-under the Cover of Covid focus has been drawn away from the corruption inquiries; ICAC reports it is determined to continue with its investigations
As a result, the Premier may still have important questions to answer, which could seriously damage her credibility in the eyes of both her party and the people of New South Wales.
Saffron was born in Annandale, New South Wales in 1919, of Russian Jewish descent. He was educated at Annandale and Leichhardt primary schools and at the highly prestigious Fort Street High School. Although his mother hoped he would become a doctor, Saffron left school at 15 and began his business career in the family’s drapery firm in the late 1930s.’
‘King of the Cross: Sydney crime boss Abe ‘Saffron’s secret friends and properties’
This story was first published on May 31, 2007.
‘Saffron was a NETWORKER extraordinaire. He had contacts in politics, business, the public service, local council, the immigration department and in the judiciary, all the way to the highest court in the land.
By the early ’70s, he had moved out of the day-to-day running of the clubs and brothels, instead taking ownership of the real estate in which they operated.’
Frank William Theeman known as Frank Theeman (1913-1989), businessman and land developer, was born on 28 May 1913 in Vienna, son of Jewish parents Arthur Thiemann (d. 1936), bank officer, and his wife Frieda, née Donreich, and was named Franz Wilhelm.
Frank Theeman immigrated to Australia from Vienna in the late 1930s, started with almost nothing, and rose to become a highly successful businessman.(Fairfax Media)
‘Theeman had developed close political connections with the Liberal Party of Australia and saw opportunities in the Liberal ascension to power in New South Wales in 1965, when planning restrictions were eased to open residential areas to commercial development’
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’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 State Records Act 1998 (NSW) requires public officers to protect and retain a range of records.
(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.
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.
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