Tag: Michael West Media

Scott Morrison’s bureaucracy bloat: cost of government soars to $100 billion – Michael West Media

In spite of the Liberal party’s small-government rhetoric, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is running the most expensive government in recent memory with departmental expenses outstripping both tax revenue and Australia’s GDP; and dwarfing Labor government. Callum Foote investigates.

Source: Scott Morrison’s bureaucracy bloat: cost of government soars to $100 billion – Michael West Media

Perrottet invests in Putin not Parramatta – Michael West Media

Dominic Perrottet, Putin, New Generations Fund

Dominic Perrottet’s controversial hedge fund is lending to Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Cayman Islands. What is the NSW Premier doing funding dictators with NSW taxpayers’ money? Michael West reports on the New Generations Fund.

Source: Perrottet invests in Putin not Parramatta – Michael West Media

Revealed: Rupert Murdoch’s crack team of Liberal Party fundraisers – Michael West Media

“At the federal level the position is really dreadful, because donations do not include money that’s paid to fundraisers and events where people pay to sit at the same table as politicians. I think therefore it does mean that we’ve got to absolutely reappraise the whole system to avoid those sorts of perceptions of undue influence and too much access.” (former judge Anthony Whealy, QC.)

Source: Revealed: Rupert Murdoch’s crack team of Liberal Party fundraisers – Michael West Media

When governments defy the people: the authoritarian blueprint for oppression – Michael West Media

In the 1990s, I had become so radicalised that I covered up from head to toe, burned my brother’s music cassettes, believed that non-Muslims were conspiring to pollute my ‘‘pure’’ beliefs, and attempted to spread these radical beliefs via the medium of cassettes and leaflets. Without the networking power of the internet, I could pass my message to strangers, but only insofar as I could meet them in person. When the internet arrived in Saudi Arabia in 1999, my world was changed forever. Though heavily censored, the World Wide Web was my first window to the outside world. I managed to hack my way to enlightenment and launched a career in cybersecurity. Ten years later, I joined the Arab Spring movement, using social media platforms to advocate for women’s rights in the world’s most patriarchal society. Again, I was lucky: I was able to use the Internet to escape indoctrination. Today, I no longer use any social media platforms and live in self-imposed exile in Australia. Unfortunately, the Saudi government and other global dictators have mastered the craft of behaviour manipulation using the same tools we once used to gain liberation. Even more worryingly, I am witnessing the trans

Source: When governments defy the people: the authoritarian blueprint for oppression – Michael West Media

Profits of punishment: the big business of Australia’s private prisons  – Michael West Media

THE INCARCERATION BUSINESS NEEDS YOU!

Multinational prison contractors reap billion-dollar government contracts with soaring profits throughout the pandemic while inmates and their loved ones languish through uncertainty, lockdowns and COVID-19 outbreaks. An investigation by Stephanie Tran into Australia’s privatised prisons.

Source: Profits of punishment: the big business of Australia’s private prisons  – Michael West Media

It’s none of our business what happened to Morrison at Tourism Australia. Just ask ‘Scott’ – Michael West Media

Scott Morrison, Tourism Australia

The Prime Minister’s short-lived incarnation as managing director of Tourism Australia has long been a matter of speculation. A Liberal sacked by a Liberal government! But for correspondent Jommy Tee, it’s a case of ACCESS DENIED.

Source: It’s none of our business what happened to Morrison at Tourism Australia. Just ask ‘Scott’ – Michael West Media

Regional grants: the pork is succulent in super-safe seats – Michael West Media

”Magic” Mark Coulton and ”Not a little but a lot” David Littleproud have shown rare abilities in raiding the pork barrel. In the second part of his series, Jommy Tee examines the largesse being showered on two Coalition electorates as a result of substantial political interference.

Source: Regional grants: the pork is succulent in super-safe seats – Michael West Media

Wood for the Trees: rush to green hydrogen masks mammoth plans to wood-chip the forests – Michael West Media

biomass, green hydrogen, logging, wood chips

The COP26 audit busted Morrison and Taylor for understating the degree of land clearance done in their declaration of the Nations emissions. We really do need an Independent Statutory Federal ICAC and one that’s not a set up by Morrison or Taylor.

Is green hydrogen yet another spin with catastrophic consequences for the environment? Sue Arnold looks behind the greenwash to find wide-scale plans for logging for wood-chips.

Source: Wood for the Trees: rush to green hydrogen masks mammoth plans to wood-chip the forests – Michael West Media

Addicted to privatisation, addicted to failure – Michael West Media

Sydney Airport takeover, ASX, Ausnet

Morrison’s we do nothing Mantra sure fits the addictive failure of the LNP to achieve the best economic and cleanest energy  outcome possible..

The takeover bid for Sydney Airport all but done, a takeover frenzy grips the sharemarket. Investors, foreign and local, know Australian governments are an easy touch, that they allow their citizens to be pillaged, that some of them actually believe the bankers’ myth that privatisation means efficiency. Michael West reports.

Source: Addicted to privatisation, addicted to failure – Michael West Media

Social media: time to turn around the weapons – Michael West Media

Facebook and Google news media code

For all the benefits wrought by the information revolution, social media has become a tool of dictators. Its profit-driven, surveillance-based business model favours those with deep pockets and deadly motives. In the first of two articles, cybersecurity expert and human rights activist Manal al-Sharif suggests way to invent the digital world for the better.

Source: Social media: time to turn around the weapons – Michael West Media

APM promoters exit jobless profits in ASX float, turn to profiteering from disabled – Michael West Media

APM float, JobActive

In March 2020, as the pandemic began to grip, American investment firm Madison Dearborn acquired a controlling 55% stake in APM; the price it paid reflected a $1.5 billion valuation This takeover made American controlled firms the two largest profiteers from government contracts in the jobactive program. APM’s biggest rival, Max Solutions, is also US-controlled. Together, these two American controlled companies, along with another smaller provider, Atwork Australia, have pulled in $2 billion in government JobActive contracts. This equates to 60% of all taxpayer money spent on the scheme. Other notable APM shareholders are

Megan Wynne herself, who still retains a $254 million, 27.2% stake,

and her husband Bruce Bellinge who owns a $132 million, 14.1% stake through his company Bellinge Holdings.

The next and only other large shareholders are Michael and Sandy Anghie. Michael Anghie owns an $8.47 million stake directly while

Sandy Anghie (the Deputy Lord Mayor of Perth) owns another $6.15 million stake as joint shareholders of Wattle (WA) Pty Ltd.

Entity Value of shares Percentage Madison Dearborn Capital Partners $512 million 54.7% Megan Wynne $254 million 27.2% Bellinge Holding

Source: APM promoters exit jobless profits in ASX float, turn to profiteering from disabled – Michael West Media

Dodgicel: Andy Penn given more billions, this time to beat China to a telco takeover – Michael West Media

Barnaby Joyce, Keith Pitt, coal

Why the blazes was Telstra slotted $1.6bn by Scott Morrison’s government to buy Digicel, and how is it Telstra shares slumped by one-third during the bull market when they are raking in billions in NBN money? Kim Wingerei checks on the charmed existence of chief executive Andy Penn.

Source: Dodgicel: Andy Penn given more billions, this time to beat China to a telco takeover – Michael West Media

Documents reveal Dominic Perrottet, Paul Toole lobbied for Catholic control of $5bn cemeteries – Michael West Media

The Business of Being a Catholic in NSW

Documents obtained by Michael West Media reveal NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and deputy Paul Toole actively supported the handover hundreds of millions of dollars in Sydney’s cemetery assets to a company controlled by the Catholic Church between 2017 and 2020.

The CMCT is a government trust which oversees and collects payments managing government assets. This means that Peter O’Mara as CEO of the CMCT spent over a million dollars public money to develop an arrangement to transfer hundreds of millions in public assets directly to the Church. Minister Pavey is expected to seek a referral to the NSW Auditor-General to have the CMCT account investigated.

Source: Documents reveal Dominic Perrottet, Paul Toole lobbied for Catholic control of $5bn cemeteries – Michael West Media

Bad apples or bad orchard? KPMG Australia fails ethics test – Michael West Media

KPMG, cheating scandal

Accountants are there to ensure compliance or is that to avoid compliance to rules so complex compliance is nigh on impossible ? Their clients happily spend money to avoid spending money on rules constructed by accountants and are willing to spend whatever it takes to increase their bottom line. JobKeeper was a perfect storm where in Australia the government and the accounting industry aligned in the a process of corporate welfare sold as an essential for the Nation.

So much so disguised foxes are employed to watch the foxes in the henhouse. Why does ATO bother to train investigators, who when let go by the ATO like thousands were when Tony Abbott was PM so easily find jobs in the tax minimization industry?

Last month a regulatory body from the US censured and fined KPMG Australia over professional standards. The findings raise a pressing question: how widespread is this poor culture within the accounting industry? On September 13, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) of the US made an order that (1) censures KPMG Australia; (2) fines KPMG Australia $450,000; and (3) requires KPMG Australia to undertake remedial actions. The board’s website explains that its mission is to oversee audits of public companies in order to protect investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports. This body investigates and, if necessary, disciplines registered public accounting firms and their associated persons for violations of specified laws, rules, or professional standards. So why do investors in public companies need protection from KPMG Australia? What ghastly behaviour has attracted the ire of the Americans?

Source: Bad apples or bad orchard? KPMG Australia fails ethics test – Michael West Media

Perrottet invests in Putin not Parramatta – Michael West Media

Dominic Perrottet, Putin, New Generations Fund

All Liberals are doing their part in ensuring Australia’s appetite for boom or bust risk but with none on their part.

Dominic Perrottet’s controversial hedge fund is lending to Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Cayman Islands. What is the NSW Premier doing funding dictators with NSW taxpayers’ money? Michael West reports on the New Generations Fund.

Source: Perrottet invests in Putin not Parramatta – Michael West Media

Whither the WestConnex cash? Berejiklian buries tracks on Transurban’s $11bn toll road windfall – Michael West Media

WestConnex, Transurban

Just how good is the WestConnex mega-deal which toll road monopolist Transurban has struck with NSW? Where is the that $11b going and what is this mysterious new “WestInvest”? Wendy Bacon investigates the deception around Australia’s biggest and most secretive infrastructure project.

This week, more stories highlighting the pain of tolls have emerged from another Parliamentary Inquiry into tolling regimes. Big trucking company Toll recommended that its trucks avoid tollroads where the benefits are not clear. But late this week, there is more diversionary spin. Channel Nine reports that the NSW government has announced 19 new bridges at the St Peters Interchange and five kilometres of motorway which will cost $2 billion.

Is this the same Sydney Gateway project that was first announced 7 years ago and announced again in 2018? Is this old money spun into another upbeat announcement or has the $2 billion project morphed into an even bigger project to feed traffic into Westconnex? Unbelievably, the same old PR line of drivers saving 40 minutes from Parramatta to the airport, as has been constantly used since 2012, has been recycled again.

The question is not how the profits from the sale of WestConnex will be used but rather how much WestConnex will cost the public now and in the future.

Source: Whither the WestConnex cash? Berejiklian buries tracks on Transurban’s $11bn toll road windfall – Michael West Media

$66 Billion Reasons: did Scott Morrison get the French submarines right? – Michael West Media

French submarine, AUKUS

Technology might have moved in leaps and bounds over the past 900 years but corrupt and inefficient political systems remain de rigeur. It is now the media rather than the Church which deliver credibility to the political system, a system which governs in the interests of corporations rather than people. Yet it is people who are going to have to pay for government, if Budget paper estimates are any guide – as corporate tax receipts are not tipped to rise too much. We will pay for the useless military expenditures, for a patently unfair political and economic system which diverts wealth from ordinary people to corporations, which rewards corporate and political fealty above good government and fairness.

Source: $66 Billion Reasons: did Scott Morrison get the French submarines right? – Michael West Media

That Fella Down Under! Scott Morrison’s AUKUS deal designed to win election, not make Australia safe – Michael West Media

AUKUS, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, submarines

Strap in for a media blitz on the threat from China. Prime Minister #ThatFellaDownUnder Scott Morrison and his merry band are about to take a war to the election. Michael West reports.

The PM’s army of propagandists has been working around the clock over the past two days marketing the latest announcement to a fawning press: AUKUS, a new “Alliance for the Ages as China Threat Grows”, according to The Australian. And what results!

Christian Porter’s secret legal payments are off the front pages, as is the JobKeeper mega-rort, the biggest transfer of wealth in history from working Australians to wealthy Australians and foreign corporations.

Early Thursday morning there was no AUKUS. The AFR did have a scoop though, splashing with: “PM to announce $90b French submarine deal is dead”.

Source: That Fella Down Under! Scott Morrison’s AUKUS deal designed to win election, not make Australia safe – Michael West Media

Grey Expectations: where Coalition, Labor, cross-bench stand on war powers reform – Michael West Media

#warpowers

in November 2020 found over 83% of Australians want Parliament to vote on this issue. Michael West Media decided to flip the same question back to our politicians to see what they had to say. We’ve contacted over 50 so far, with an aim to eventually seek out responses from all Senators and Members of Parliament. Some have been outspoken on the issue, some prosaic, and some so timid so as not to even venture a “no comment.” For this latter group we had to create a new category for politicians “in hiding, refusing to answer us”. Some responses have surprised us, but others, as one of our Twitter followers put it, “responded exactly how you would have expected them to respond.” Politics, like fashion, sees trends emerge.

Source: Grey Expectations: where Coalition, Labor, cross-bench stand on war powers reform – Michael West Media

“Doing it Tough”: Defence spending spin belies deluge of dollars for multinational contractors

 

“Doing it Tough”: Defence spending spin belies deluge of dollars for multinational contractors
Defence spending spin

THE REAL NEWS

Scott Morrison spins defence spending and says contractors are “doing it tough”. The numbers show big dollars going to weapons makers from the US, France and Britain, while locally, lawyers, accountants and management consultants are in the frame. Marcus Reubenstein reports. The Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Defence Minister Linda Reynolds trumpeted the announcement: “A $1 billion investment package to boost Australia’s defence industry and support thousands of jobs across the country.” As is de rigueur under current government/media arrangements, all the political correspondents of the mainstream media had been handed the story on a platter the day before the announcement. Moreover, the ABC’s report included the inexplicable statement that “Australia’s defence industry was struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic”.

“Doing it Tough”: Defence spending spin belies deluge of dollars for multinational contractors

Privatisation of child care laid bare: women pay high price – Michael West

 

Privatisation of child care laid bare: women pay high price – Michael West
Privatisation of child care

Why isn’t this a not for profit industry after all it’s a service for our most valuable assets (ODT)

Despite huge government subsidies of more than $8 billion a year, parents still pay an arm and a leg for this essential service. And the women who mostly do the caring and educating receive pittance wages while the landlords, developers and investors make a mint. Lisa Bryant reports.

Privatisation of child care laid bare: women pay high price – Michael West

 

Democracy and the Great Pestilence: understanding the mess we’re in – Michael West

Democracy and the pandemic

Sensationalism has focused on fistfights over toilet rolls, but the real story is the withdrawal of democratic oversight, and how little public resistance there is to the declaration of martial law. Power granted is power conceded; and power relinquished is power reclaimed with difficulty. John Keane reports.

via Democracy and the Great Pestilence: understanding the mess we’re in – Michael West