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Chapter Ten - The tenth remedy pursued

 

 

This remedy, pursued via Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV), commenced in October 2007, before my first 2008 AAT hearing, with the second hearing lasting until May 2011. Then, it became clear the CAV would not make a finding.

 

Absent Justice - 12 Remedies Persued - 10

 

Following the Hon. Senator Helen Coonan’s advice, Minister for Communications wrote to me in May 2007, stating I should take Telstra to court regarding these privacy issues.. I contacted Consumer As Affairs Victoria (CAV) through an advisor, who also assisted me in preparing a claim to be provided to a barrister for the CAV. From October 2007 through to late-2008, this un-named advisor, a once very high-ranking Victorian police officer, had a number of discussions with this barrister, who then proceeded to assess our various claims.

The barrister appeared overjoyed that I was able to provide evidence of faxes leaving the Sir Owen Dixon Chambers (the legal hub of Melbourne) being intercepted before they finally reached their intended destination. The barrister was also disturbed to hear that neither the TIO nor Telstra, ever returned to me the evidence I provided confirming faxes left the Crown casino complex arrived at my Cape Bridgewater business, even though they were not intended for me. Five years after the CAV came into possession of this evidence, it was returned to me in a state of disarray that seemed to me to indicate it had been investigated. However, Like the Institute of Arbitrators Mediator Australia (IAMA) see following this chapter never provided a finding either.

Following the Hon Senator Helen Coonan’s advice, I contacted all of the government agencies nominated by the senator, including the TIO’s office, and all declined to investigate my claims.

It became evident there was no one in Australia prepared to tackle Telstra regarding its unethical conduct, prior to and during the COT arbitrations, or its use of known faulty Ericsson exchange equipment.

Since back in 2003, a well-respected, ex-senior-Victorian Police officer, a recipient of the Order of Australia, has been attempting to help me to find a resolution to my 1994 arbitration issues and, during 2007, still on behalf of me but at the request of the Government’s most senior barrister, this same ex-police officer convened a meeting, which included me, in a restaurant just walking distance from the offices of the Victorian Government Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV).  The barrister and this police officer were already known to each other professionally but the barrister had been prompted to request this particular meeting as a result of some preliminary COT Case evidence that he had received.

At that meeting, the barrister stated words to the effect that the CAV had been waiting and hoping – for years – to be able to collect exactly this type of evidence because it so clearly proved (see Australian Federal Police Investigations page and Open Letter File No/12, and File No/13, beyond all doubt, what they had suspected for years: that certain powers to be had access to privileged documents which had been faxed through Telstra’s network between the various parties during litigation processes.  At the same time, the barrister also expressed serious concerns in relation to what he had already learned in relation to the way that, during my Arbitration process, Telstra had openly used falsified reports, had clearly authorised false witness statements and had been able to get away with making, and then actually carrying out, serious threats against claimants during a legal arbitration process that was being conducted in the State of Victoria.

After seeing just some of the COT evidence, and then being told that there was more, similar evidence that was still being collated, the barrister immediately noted that whatever could be provided to the CAV would definitely be investigated.

A short time later, in October 2007, the same ex-police officer personally hand-delivered, to Consumer Affairs Victoria, thirty-two separate, spiral-bound volumes of evidence and, within a couple of weeks, I was asked (again via the ex-police officer) to copy all thirty-two volumes of this evidence onto a CD (a job that actually took me a full two days to complete).  I was told that this would help to speed up the then-ongoing CAV investigation.

More than two years later that CD was returned to me and, so far (i.e. in 2021), the Department of Justice in the State of Victoria has continued to refuse to release any findings based on that material.  This has now led to all that material gradually being added to our website, absentjustice.com, so that the general public can decide for themselves whether I was right to bring this evidence to the Victorian Government’s attention.

The barrister was also concerned that Telstra had used falsified reporting (see Telstra’s Falsified BCI Report, Telstra’s Falsified SVT Report and Tampering With Evidence) and made false witness statements (see page|my-story/summary-of-events/|Summary of events]Tampering With Evidence) as well as threatening claimants during arbitrations that were conducted in the state of Victoria (see Senate Evidence File No 31).

You can view some of the types of exhibits provided to the CAV during their two-year-plus investigation by clicking on CAV Part 1, 2 and 3, now collated on the absentjustice.com website, and form your own opinion as to whether the State of Victoria Department of Justice should have made a finding in 2007 regarding these very serious issues. While some of these numbered CAV exhibits are dated well past the period of that investigation and bear the CAV inscription, they were collated during 2011, when I introduced further evidence to the Department of Justice.

It is clear from exhibits AS-CAV 814, 815 and 816 (see AS-CAV 790 to 818) that the Victorian Department of Justice in 2011 would not investigate evidence of facsimiles that were intercepted in the State of Victoria during litigation/arbitration.

After being told more evidence was being collated, the barrister asked for all evidence to be provided for CAV to investigate. This ex-senior Victorian police officer personally submitted Alan’s 32 separate spiral-bound volumes of evidence to CAV. Within a couple of weeks, Alan was advised via this ex-senior Victorian police officer that CAV was investigating and requested all 32 separate volumes to be supplied on a CD (compact disc). More than two years after CAV said it was investigating this material, the evidence was returned and so far, in 2020, the State of Victoria Department of Justice has declined to make a finding on that material.

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Telstra threats carried out. 

Page 180 ERC&A, from the official Australian Senate Hansard dated November 29, 1994, details Senator Ron Boswell's inquiry to Telstra's legal directorate regarding withholding my 'Freedom of Information' documents during arbitration. This issue arose from my assistance to the AFP in their investigations into Telstra's interception of my telephone conversations and related faxes. Notably, forty-three arbitration-related claim documents faxed to the arbitrator never arrived, as indicated in his arbitration document schedule. This alarming event, which has not undergone a transparent investigation as of June 1994, demands attention.

“Why did Telecom advise the Commonwealth Ombudsman that Telecom withheld FOI documents from Alan Smith because Alan Smith provided Telecom FOI documents to the Australian Federal Police during their investigation?”

After receiving a hollow response from Telstra, which the senator, the AFP and I all knew was utterly false, the senator states:

“…Why would Telecom withhold vital documents from the AFP? Also, why would Telecom penalise COT members for providing documents to the AFP which substantiate that Telecom had conducted unauthorised interceptions of COT members’ communications and subsequently dealt in the intercepted information by providing that information to Telecom’s external legal advisers and others?” Senate Evidence File No 31)

As mentioned on this website, the threats against me during the arbitration proceedings have materialized, and the deliberate withholding of crucial documents is deeply troubling. Unfortunately, neither the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) nor the government has taken steps to investigate the harmful effects of this misconduct on my overall case presented to the arbitrator. Despite my cooperation with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in their inquiry into the illegal interception of phone conversations and faxes related to the arbitration, I still await their assistance.

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“…your persistence to bring about improvements to Telecom’s country services. I regret that it was at such a high personal cost.”

Hon David Hawker

“I am writing in reference to your article in last Friday’s Herald-Sun (2nd April 1993) about phone difficulties experienced by businesses.

I wish to confirm that I have had problems trying to contact Cape Bridgewater Holiday Camp over the past 2 years.

I also experienced problems while trying to organise our family camp for September this year. On numerous occasions I have rung from both this business number 053 424 675 and also my home number and received no response – a dead line.

I rang around the end of February (1993) and twice was subjected to a piercing noise similar to a fax. I reported this incident to Telstra who got the same noise when testing.”

Cathy Lindsey

“Only I know from personal experience that your story is true, otherwise I would find it difficult to believe. I was amazed and impressed with the thorough, detailed work you have done in your efforts to find justice”

Sister Burke

“…the very large number of persons that had been forced into an arbitration process and have been obliged to settle as a result of the sheer weight that Telstra has brought to bear on them as a consequence where they have faced financial ruin if they did not settle…”

Senator Carr

“I am writing in reference to your article in last Friday’s Herald-Sun (2nd April 1993) about phone difficulties experienced by businesses.

I wish to confirm that I have had problems trying to contact Cape Bridgewater Holiday Camp over the past 2 years.

I also experienced problems while trying to organise our family camp for September this year. On numerous occasions I have rung from both this business number 053 424 675 and also my home number and received no response – a dead line.

I rang around the end of February (1993) and twice was subjected to a piercing noise similar to a fax. I reported this incident to Telstra who got the same noise when testing.”

Cathy Lindsey

“Only I know from personal experience that your story is true, otherwise I would find it difficult to believe. I was amazed and impressed with the thorough, detailed work you have done in your efforts to find justice”

Sister Burke

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