Tag: secrets

Psst: Wanna Know the Real Reason Washington Leaks? | The Smirking Chimp

When it comes to secrets, the size of a city depends not on the number of people inhabiting it but in the velocity with which secrets flow. By this measure, Washington D.C. is one of America’s tiniest villages with a main street running about a block. Every juicy secret will get out. Every hot memorandum will leak. Every intoxicating paper marked “confidential” will leak even faster.

Source: Psst: Wanna Know the Real Reason Washington Leaks? | The Smirking Chimp

Dyson Heydon’s payout to alleged victims subject to secrecy clause

Former High Court justice Dyson Heydon.

The Secrets the Morrison Government keeps from us while our AG apologises for the harm done

Rachael Patterson Collins, Chelsea Tabart and Alex Eggerking made the claim under the Sex Discrimination Act, commencing their action after the High Court publicly apologised in June 2020 to six women whose claims of sexual harassment against Justice Heydon were upheld by an independent investigation. The settlement included an apology to the victims from Cash, on behalf of the Commonwealth. The amount of the payment was kept secret.

Source: Dyson Heydon’s payout to alleged victims subject to secrecy clause

White and might is right: the secrets which push us into other people’s wars – Michael West Media

War powers

How often do we see on the news “500 people are hiding in X theater” only to see it bombed by the enemy. Or, “we are going to Syria to bomb the mother fuckers”. Governments may hold some secrets but they sure as hell more often than not telegraph their punches for domestic currency to the enemy. It makes you wonder whose side their on.

Currently, Peter Dutton is sending promised “armored vehicles” to Ukraine. In reality reality “Peter Dutton doesn’t know how to get promised armored vehicles to Ukraine.”  The government announced it was sending 70k tons of coal to Ukraine. It might get there sometime next year if they can find a ship. However, Poland exports coal and is Ukraine’s neighbor and could get it tomorrow. Dumb is what Morrison is but always the ad man selling pet rocks, or cans of fresh air and advertising “fake news”

For decades, minor parties in Australia have introduced bills seeking to give parliament greater control over military deployments. In the debates and inquiries that have followed, a wide range of objections have been raised. We are told that, as military deployments are often made on the basis of confidential information, this information cannot be publicly disclosed to the parliament. Another common objection is that parliamentary decision-making would reduce the flexibility and speed needed to carry out military operations safely and effectively. Most of the opposition to war powers reform, received as part of Michael West Media’s ongoing survey of politicians, follows similar lines. You can see myriad responses here. However, some experts think there might be another reason — one that Australian pollies may be uncomfortable acknowledging.

Source: White and might is right: the secrets which push us into other people’s wars – Michael West Media

Recovery, resilience and a riddle or three: Morrison’s disaster-fighting behemoth – Michael West Media

The public may also not have noticed the secrecy that surrounds the new agency. For instance, it is yet to publish any data, apart from aggregates, on the recipients of the billions of dollars in funds it oversees. We do know that its boss, a familiar name to the political aficianado, is paid a lot.

Source: Recovery, resilience and a riddle or three: Morrison’s disaster-fighting behemoth – Michael West Media

India’s Vaccine Makers Are Profiteers, Not Humanitarians

A Health Worker holds a Used Vial of COVISHIELD Coronavirus Vaccine at a Vaccination Center in Sopore, District Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, India on 03 May 2021. Serum Institute of India CEO Aadar Poonawalla has said that the production of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield is in full swing in Pune and he will review the operations once he is back in the country. (Photo by Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via AP)

There are more secrets among the Vaccine manufacturers secrets protected in law than there is suggested in Wu Han. These secrets also kill. Why did Scott Morrison choose AstraZeneca? Was he pushed or did he jump? What were his priorities at the time? He certainly wasn’t telling the Australian public the truth but only making political announcements to lessen the damage already done.

The Indian government’s free-market approach to vaccine distribution has privileged profit over lives.

Source: India’s Vaccine Makers Are Profiteers, Not Humanitarians

Josh Frydenberg secretly deletes ASIC corruption findings

The Federal Government secretly deleted from the “independent review” into the corporate regulator three-quarters of the findings into $118,557 the regulator’s boss James Shipton charged taxpayers for his personal “tax advice”.

Source: Josh Frydenberg secretly deletes ASIC corruption findings

Not Just Careless: Australian weapons part turns up on Armenian battlefield – Michael West

Drone, Microair, Defence

How did an Australian-made transponder, a key part of drone technology, end up in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan where human rights abuses are prolific? Michelle Fahy investigates the murky trail of the drone bit and the cagey response of the Defence establishment from DFAT to DoD to Minister Marise Payne.

Not Just Careless: Australian weapons part turns up on Armenian battlefield – Michael West

Scott Morrison’s ‘mates first’ policy is rotting Australia from the inside

Scott Morrison covid-19
Sacked from 2 countries for abuse of his position but like Trump kept under wraps

Accountability doesn’t matter. You don’t need to fear the consequences of misuse of taxpayer funding. “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept,” David Morrison famously said. For the Morrison government, it hasn’t merely accepted the low standards that have mired federal politics in sleaze, it has actively promoted them. This is the result.

Scott Morrison’s ‘mates first’ policy is rotting Australia from the inside

Department of Defence captured by foreign weapons makers Thales, BAE – Michael West

Defence investigates itself How “independent” or effective a review is it when a department secretly investigates itself and its contractors by appointing an existing contractor to conduct the review, does not make public the review’s existence or its terms of reference, and keeps any resulting report secret?

Defence says the review found “no evidence” of inappropriate excess charges. This is despite three stories the same day in The Weekend Australian containing detailed allegations. So serious were the allegations, they were escalated up to Defence’s assistant secretary of fraud control who reportedly then referred several matters to the Independent Assurance Business Analysis and Reform Branch of Defence. Is Defence saying multiple audit and fraud officials, including at the most senior levels, all got it wrong? Are we being asked to conclude that senior Defence fraud officials cannot accurately identify inappropriate excess charges? It seems there is a serious problem then, no matter which way we look at it.

Department of Defence captured by foreign weapons makers Thales, BAE – Michael West

Snow Job: why the cover-up over Snowy Hydro 2.0? – Michael West

Snowy Hydro 2.0

From Abbott to Morrison we have seen the rise of Australia’s most Secretive non tranparent Government (ODT)

The National Parks Association of NSW and ex-Energy Australia chair Ted Woodley are considering a legal challenge to the $10 billion Snowy 2.0, which they say will push back the transition to renewable energy and destroy thousands of hectares of national park, in light of the fact that the whole project hinges on a 30-year-old report which is being kept secret writes Callum Foote.

via Snow Job: why the cover-up over Snowy Hydro 2.0? – Michael West

George Christensen and other secrets. What do you think? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What sort of democracy are we? We are not allowed to know about the Lambie secret deal or the content of the Taylor emails; nor the circumstances of the secret trial jailing or witness J or the contents of an AFP report about George Christensen; and we are not allowed to know why Pastor Houston isn’t allowed into the White House. Why?

This government takes our right to know what they are doing very lightly.

via George Christensen and other secrets. What do you think? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Government wants to prevent Senate inquiry into Angus Taylor but One Nation has the deciding vote – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mr Taylor looks to journalists, not pictured, as he answers questions at a press conference. Mr Morrison is standing behind him.

via Government wants to prevent Senate inquiry into Angus Taylor but One Nation has the deciding vote – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Afghan Files: Defence leak exposes deadly secrets of Australia’s special forces – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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It’s what the LNP did with the history of this nation they went to war the ALP took them out of Vietnam and the LNP kept helping in more Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, all losing ones. They needed a winning war and decided on calling Asylum seekers “illegals” saying ‘Nope to the Malaysian Solution and telling Australia that they were winning a just war against “deplorables”. A Democracy is diminished when it’s government has too many secrets and buys and lies their way into power without any reasoned policies just scare mongering on the undeclared donations of Palmer and Murdoch. (ODT)

via The Afghan Files: Defence leak exposes deadly secrets of Australia’s special forces – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Paladin: Closed tenders and shady dealings

The Paladin Group is a small company with a shack on Kangaroo Island – until last week – as its head office.

After all the media interest, as well as a PO Box in Singapore, Paladin now has an office in Canberra. The phone might even work.

According to its website, Paladin is ‘… a leading provider of project support services in the Asia-Pacific.’

via Paladin: Closed tenders and shady dealings

Bosses at world’s most ambitious clean coal plant kept problems secret for years | US news | The Guardian

kemper plant

Disclosure regarding the $7.5bn Kemper plant in Mississippi throws further cloud over promise of clean coal energy

How America’s clean coal dream unravelled

via Bosses at world’s most ambitious clean coal plant kept problems secret for years | US news | The Guardian

UK minister Priti Patel secretly urged aid for al-Qaida via Israel | The Electronic Intifada

Underreported, but well-documented, the Israeli army occupying the Golan Heights uses its field hospitals to treat anti-government fighters involved in the war in Syria – including members of factions linked to al-Qaida.

 

UK minister Priti Patel secretly urged aid for al-Qaida via Israel | The Electronic Intifada