Category: corruption

Donald Trump Took Advantage of the US’s Legalized Corruption

Donald Trump Took Advantage of the US’s Legalized Corruption

Donald Trump is deeply corrupt. That corruption is a product of the larger kleptocratic system, created by a judiciary that would favor the rich even more with Amy Barrett on the Supreme Court.

Donald Trump Took Advantage of the US’s Legalized Corruption

The $10 billion cost of banks behaving badly

Bearer of bad news: NAB's interim chief executive Phil Chronican.

The LNP focus on Unions as the greatest thieves in the country. They busted Craig Thompson for $13 mill to prove it. How can you be so conned Australia? (ODT)

The cost of misconduct for the major banks and AMP just keeps ticking up. It’s not over yet but at this stage of peak remediation provisioning, the number appears to be approaching the magic $10 billion mark on a pre-tax basis.

via The $10 billion cost of banks behaving badly

Thousands of public servants say they’ve seen corruption as calls for federal ICAC grow – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Treasurer Scott Morrison gestures with his right hand at a press conference,

More than 4,300 federal public servants believe they witnessed corrupt behaviour in one year, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison faces mounting pressure to establish an integrity commission.

via Thousands of public servants say they’ve seen corruption as calls for federal ICAC grow – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Treason: Obama Iran Deal Officials targeted by Trump via Israeli Black Cube

Making policy by destroying the reputations of middle management in the government is of course highly destructive to the democratic process.

Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker now reports that the Trump aides who targeted former Obama administration officials Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl used the Israeli Black Cube agency, the same one deployed by Harvey Weinstein to keep his many victims of sexual harassment in line. It advertises itself as being able to provide the best former Mossad agents for the job (but if they are the best why are they former?)

I mind this behavior quite a lot and fear it won’t get the traction it deserves among the press and the public.

via Treason: Obama Iran Deal Officials targeted by Trump via Israeli Black Cube

Top Ten Signs the US is the most Corrupt nation in the World (2018 Edn.)

 

ratings that castigate Afghanistan and some other poor countries as hopelessly “corrupt” always imply that the United States is not corrupt. This year’s report from Transparency International puts the US on a par with Austria, which is ridiculous. All kinds of people from politicians to businessmen would go to jail in Austria today if they engaged in practices that are quite common in the US.

via Top Ten Signs the US is the most Corrupt nation in the World (2018 Edn.)

Game of Mates: Exposing the corruption club

GAME OF MATES: How favours bleed the nation has been acclaimed as one of the most insightful analyses of what many mislabel “corruption” in contemporary Australia, examining how the regulators of the common wealth and political insiders co-operate to mutually enrich each other in a “game of mates”. Authors Dr Cameron Murray and Professor Paul Frijters began as environmental economists, investigating land rezoning by the Queensland Government agency, the Urban Land Development Authority. The land rezoned by this authority increased in value by hundreds of millions of dollars as a consequence of the rezoning — a very generous “grey gift” to the successful developers.

via Game of Mates: Exposing the corruption club

Revealed: the extent of job-swapping between public servants and fossil fuel lobbyists

Australia has slipped on the  International Corruption Scale

Revolving door or golden escalator?

Much has been made in recent weeks of the provisions contained in the federal parliamentary code of conduct. Among other things, the code bans former ministers from lobbying the federal government for 18 months after leaving office. But given the fact that no current or former minister has been deemed to be non-compliant (including Robb), one could be forgiven for concluding that the code is simply a cover for business as usual.

Revealed: the extent of job-swapping between public servants and fossil fuel lobbyists

Top Ten Signs the US is the most Corrupt nation in the World (2018 Edn.) | Informed Comment

Top Ten Signs the US is the most Corrupt nation in the World (2018 Edn.)

So don’t tell the global South how corrupt they are for taking a few petty bribes. Americans are not seen as corrupt because we only deal in the big denominations. Steal $2 trillion and you aren’t corrupt, you’re respectable.

via Top Ten Signs the US is the most Corrupt nation in the World (2018 Edn.) | Informed Comment

Do we need a federal anti-corruption body? – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has revealed a well-known millionaire tried to bribe him when he was a relatively new member of parliament.

Source: Do we need a federal anti-corruption body? – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Corruption on Turnbull’s watch widens and deepens ( & it’s not the Trade Unions)

 

If December and January were bad for corruption in Australia, February has been appalling. Alan Austin reports in what started as a monthly IA series but now looks like becoming fortnightly.

Source: Corruption on Turnbull’s watch widens and deepens

ATO report shows nearly 600 big companies paid no tax in 2013-14 | Australia news | The Guardian

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says figures are remarkable and urges Malcolm Turnbull to focus on large companies instead of cutting health funding

Source: ATO report shows nearly 600 big companies paid no tax in 2013-14 | Australia news | The Guardian

Asylum seekers in Cambodia suffer extortion, discrimination, probe finds

Protesters in Phnom Penh hold signs during a demonstration against Cambodia's plans to resettle intercepted refugees.

Protesters in Phnom Penh hold signs during a demonstration against Cambodia’s plans to resettle intercepted refugees. Photo: Reuters

Bangkok: Cambodian authorities frequently extort money from asylum seekers living in the impoverished nation, according to an investigation that raises new concerns about Australia’s plan to send refugees there.

Asylum seekers have also told of how they are targets of discrimination in the country, often paying inflated prices for food, work equipment and basic necessities because they are not Cambodian.

“There is a foreigner price and a local price,” a refugee told Human Rights Watch investigators. “But we can’t afford the foreigner price.”

A Sri Lankan refugee said people call him a terrorist and use offensive words against him because he is an ethnic Tamil

Human Rights Watch has released a report detailing how asylum seekers and refugees living in Cambodia face hardships including difficulties obtaining employment, denial of access to education, substandard access to health services, extortion and corruption by local officials.

Refugees said fear of mistreatment by Cambodian authorities kept them from speaking out or joining organisations to bring complaints.

The report’s release follows similar claims by Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young during a visit to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh this week.

Ms Hanson-Young described sending refugees to Cambodia as “madness”, saying what she had seen in Phnom Penh’s slums had hardened her opposition to the plan, which has been condemned by human rights groups, refugee advocates and Cambodia’s opposition MPs.

The Abbott government is paying almost $40 million in additional aid over four years to Cambodia in return for the country accepting an unstated number of refugees who volunteer to resettle outside Phnom Penh.

They will be offered accommodation, training, food and loans to start small businesses over their first 12 months in the country.

Human Rights Watch called on the Australian government to press Cambodian authorities to implement key reforms to improve treatment of refugees in Cambodia before transferring any people from the tiny Pacific island of Nauru who are being encouraged to take up the Cambodian option.

“The Australian government shouldn’t make the refugees in Nauru suffer further by dumping them in a place unable to adequately resettle or reintegrate them,” said Elaine Pearson, Human Rights Watch’s Australian director.

Human Rights Watch interviewed 10 of 63 refugees living in Cambodia and spoke to refugee and migrant support organisations, human rights groups and United Nations agencies.

Years after arriving in Cambodia – one of Asia’s poorest nations – not one refugee had received a Cambodian residence card or citizenship, depriving them of availability to basic services.

The refugees are issued only a “parkas” proclamation by the Ministry of Interior that confirms their right to stay in Cambodia.

But the proclamation cannot be used for many official purposes.

“This piece of paper is absolutely useless,” a refugee told Human Rights Watch.

“To get a job, a driver’s licence, open a bank account, buy a motorbike or even receive a wire transfer, you need to show a passport, not this piece of paper.”

Some refugees said they are in a dire financial situation and would be unable to survive in Cambodia without support of the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Refugees told of how they rarely go outside because when they do they often face extortion, bribery and corruption.

A self-employed street bread seller said: “We have to pay bribes just to be able to sell food.”

Another refugee said the main problem in Cambodia was discrimination and mistreatment based on a person’s financial status.

“But it is also worse if you are a refugee with the wrong skin colour and not the right religion,” one said.

“Money will buy you everything, but if you haven’t got money then you can’t protect yourself and can’t protest about discrimination and mistreatment.”

One refugee had advice for refugees on Nauru: “This is a corrupt country. You will not find jobs. We have been here more than two years and we have no money and not enough to eat. It’s better to wait in Nauru. It’s a very, very bad life here in Cambodia … there is no future.”