Same water, same valuer, $80m and nought. The same type of water licences for irrigation properties near those for which the Coalition government paid $80 million in 2017 were valued at zero between 2008 and 2010, writes investigative reporter Kerry Brewster in this exclusive report.Barnaby Joyce signed off $80m for Angus Taylor’s old company after zero was paid for same sort of water nearby – Michael West
Dumb but legal clears Taylor but blames Joyce (ODT)
The most controversial buybacks were in 2017, in the so-called “watergate” deals worth $80 million with Eastern Australia Agriculture, in Queensland’s Condamine Balonne Catchment.
The buybacks were executed under then-water minister Barnaby Joyce, who faced criticism because the parent company Eastern Australia Irrigation was domiciled in the Cayman Islands, a known tax haven, and recorded a $52 million profit from the sale.
The watergate scandal featured during last year’s federal election campaign, with speculation over Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s role in the deal with Eastern Australia, where he was co-director until 2013 when he was elected to Parliament.
UPDATE (1/17/15): Cop Claims 95-yr-old man was a “threat”
John Wrana was a brave man. He actually fought in one of the bloodiest wars America has seen, only to come back and be murdered by a coward (pictured above in the pink tie).
Unsurprisingly, Officer Taylor has relied on the defense that he “feared for his life” as a justification to pump five rounds into a feeble old man, according to the latest reports.
The Officer claimed that John Wrana was a “threat.”
“John Wrana was absolutely not an imminent threat, but a confused old man,” the prosecution argued in response.
The cops who use this slogan “I feared for my life” are common cowards and liars — they are the absolute lowest and most dishonorable members of society.
UPDATE: (1/13/15): Trial Begins for Cop Who Shot WW2 Veteran to Death.
Officer Taylor is being charged with reckless conduct, and has replied that he was “just doing his job.”
John Wrana fought for these cops to enjoy freedom, only to be shot by them at 95-yrs-old.
They then handcuffed him and snapped pictures of his body as he laid on the ground bleeding to death.
The trial began Tuesday, January 13th and the defense claims that John Wrana was threatening officers with a “deadly weapon.”
The cops claim that John had a knife, but John’s family said he had a cane, which he only needed to stand and support himself.
It is difficult to see how multiple cops with body armor and riot shields were threatened by this tiny old man to the point of having to shoot him to death.
One of the rounds from the shotgun blew the skin off John’s body, according to the prosecution. The 12 gauge shotgun was equipped with blunt force projectiles known as “bean bag rounds” which travel at 190 mph, and it was used to shoot John from less than eight feet away over and over again, causing his death. The full details and video continue below:
The refusal eventually led staff to call the police and report him for being “combative.”
John Wrana, Jr., was just days away from celebrating his 96th birthday as one of the oldest living World War 2 veterans.
He was staying at the Park Forest Assisted Living Center in Park Forest, Illinois.
Police officers eventually showed up to the scene to try to get John to cooperate and take the urine sample.
They decided to use force on John since he refused to leave his room.
That’s when Officer Taylor pulled out his 12 gauge shotgun and opened fire on John.
He continued pumping five rounds into John’s body with bean bags from a distance of only six to eight feet away.
That distance is far less than the permissible distance for shooting people with “non-lethal” weapons, according to reports.
John Wrana fell to the ground and bled to death from the shotgun wounds, according to reports.