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Introduction Robert Palmer Learning to live

This webpage is a work in progress last edited on 24 May 2024 

Absent Justice is most fortunate to connect again with Robert Palmer, who has somehow spent a large proportion of his life in pursuit of “a fair go” - not particularly for himself, but in the support of others.

 

This first insights came to the surface when, as a senior high school student, Robert was present at a speech given by a senior Australian Government Minister. The Minister stated that the Australian Community should not expect much intelligence to be shown by Australian Aboriginals because they had “different shaped heads”. 

 

At question time Robert asked where this “different shaped heads” position had come from. The visiting Minister said he would discuss this with Robert in the Principal’s office when the presentation finished.

 

Robert, with several teachers and staff, waited outside the Principal’s office for nearly an hour - but the Minister was a “no show”.

 

Robert was set to become an accountant, but he - and his future wife - decided to pursue teaching careers instead.

 

Soon after graduating “Rob’s Segments” of 12 minutes on country television was appearing every week. 

 

Many of “Rob’s Segments” were pre-recorded, but on one occasion it went to air live - and was two minutes short. The compere, Fred Fargher, asked Robert what parents should do to get a “fair go” for their children at school. Rob’s “off the cuff” reply generated more than two-thousand letters - this was in the days before email. Robert remembers that some of the letters described experiences so unfair that it was hard to keep the tears out of his eyes, but he answered every one! 

 

These letter provided Robert with added incentive to seek a fair go for all.

 
 
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Article 2 - 2/06/2024 By Robert Palmer 
 
HAVE YOU BEEN PHISHED BY A CYBERCRIMINAL?
 
Niki Burnside posted on the ABC last month that five Australians were among the thirty-seven individuals arrested in relation to a global phishing scam that targeted
tens of thousands of internet users. Among the victims were 94,000 Australians. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said the scam involved a minimum of 10,000
global cybercriminals who tricked their victims into providing personal information, such as online banking logins, credit card details and passwords.
The cybercriminals had conducted persistent phishing attacks using a cybercrime platform.
 
Phishing is a technique used by cybercriminals to convince their victims to provide personal information in order to commit criminal offences or steal money. This was
often done by sending texts and emails to victims containing links to fraudulent websites impersonating well-known organisations. The international operation involved 200 officers from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the AFP. The AFP believes the cybercriminals impersonating more than 170 fraudulent
websites, such as reputable banks, government entities and other major organisations, to trick unsuspecting victims into believing they were the legitimate websites.
 
When victims followed the link, cybercriminals could obtain a range of sensitive information, such as one-time pins, usernames and passwords, security questions and pass phrases. Cybercriminals then used their victims' personal information to access legitimate enterprises, such as financial institutions, where they could steal funds from victims' bank accounts. One phishing platform is believed to have originated in Canada to initially target North America.It then expanded to include the United Kingdom and Ireland before going global. As part of the deal offered, cybercriminals would sign up to a website at the cost of $270 per month and would in return be given "phishing kits”. These kits included the infrastructure to host phishing websites, email and text content generation and campaign overview services, enabling them to effectively exploit their victims.
 
The AFP further believed that Australian criminals were among its three top user countries. The one platform that was investigated had the potential to cause $28 million in
harm to the Australians through the sale of stolen Australian credentials while, in addition to financial losses, the victims of phishing attacks were subject to ongoing
security risks and criminal offending, including identity takeovers, extortion and blackmail. In 2023 Scamwatch received 108,000 reports of phishing attacks, estimated to total more than $26 million. To report an attack victims can contact Scamwatch, their local police, or visit cyber.gov.au. Additional Reading:
 
https://afp.gov.au/crimes/cybercrime

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-18/five-arrested-over-global-phishing-scam-
global-sting/103738840

https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news-alerts/scammers-pretend-to-be-the-
australian-federal-police-to-target-vulnerable-people

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-centre/media-release/global-sting-sees-australian-
offenders-arrested-cybercrime-and-phishing
 
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Article 1 - 24/05/2024 By Robert Palmer 
 
THE PERILS OF IDENTITY THEFT
 
From financial devastation to emotional pain, the dangers of identity theft are considerable. According to the Federal Trade Commission approximately 4.3 million
Americans were victims of fraud and identity theft in the first 9 months of 2023 - with losses exceeding $6 billion. A recent Australian Bureau of Statistics report
revealed 1.8 million people experienced card fraud in 2022-23, a further 514,300 people experienced some kind of scam, and approximately 200,000 people were
victims of identity theft.
 
Financial losses aren’t the only serious danger of identity theft. When criminals gain access to your personally identifiable information - full name, Social Security
number, birthday, etc. - they can cause serious damage to your career, reputation, credit history, and may even leave you fighting against a criminal record. Phishing -
where scammers send fake emails, texts, calls, or social media messages pretending to be someone that they are not - is one of the most common ways that identity
theft happens.
 
When someone steals cash out of your hand, it is a one-time loss - but when criminals steal your identity, it can take weeks, months, or even years to fully recover.
 
Even after you think that you have recovered, statistics indicate that there is a 26% chance you will become a repeat victim of identity theft and fraud and become one of the 6% who lose more than $10,000 throughout multiple attacks. When we think of the dangers of identity theft, the first thing that usually comes to mind is financial fraud.
 
Once a criminal has access to your personally identifiable information or credit card
numbers, they can often ...
Luckily, most credit card companies and banks will not blame you for the money that an identity thief spends in your name - if you report the fraud quickly, and actively
work to shut down the scammer. Doing that still does not stop a thief from draining your savings, racking up debt, or damaging your credit score.
 
With your personally identifiable information, criminals can commit medical identity theft and so use up your healthcare benefits, receive treatments under your name,
or illegally acquire prescription drugs. They may even alter or misrepresent your medical history - causing many other issues. Identity thieves are very much aware that your inbox is the key that unlocks many of your other online accounts. If your passwords are weak hackers can use cyber attacks that will defeat passwords in a matter of minutes or even seconds. Once they do this scammers can request password reset emails and take over your other accounts. They are able to use your email address to send spam messages and malicious links to people in your network. Or, they might even search for sensitive information and photos which they can use to pile extra pressure on you.
 
When a criminal steals your personally identifiable information they may be able to file for taxes under your name. Scammers will report bogus income and claim
fraudulent benefits to get a massive refund. Then, when you go to file your taxes, your legitimate return gets flagged as fraudulent. In 2021, the American Internal
Revenue Service identified $2.2 billion in tax fraud.
 
When hackers gain access to your email or online accounts, they often use them to run other scams. Social media identity theft is especially common. Scammers could search for sensitive photos and videos in your account and use them to extort you. This type of identity theft can be emotionally devastating, so always protect your
social media accounts with strong passwords and multi-factor authentication.
 
Criminals may steal your identity by
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America - an identity is stolen every two seconds. Identity theft happens, but the faster you become aware of the warning
signs of identity theft, the faster you can shut down criminals and prevent fraud. If you have been, or have become, the victim of identity theft:
A recent report estimates that it takes at least six months and 80 hours of dedicated work to recover from identity theft.

To be continued: 

 

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Blowing the whistle 

Absent Justice - Hon Malcolm Fraser

While in the midst of my arbitration case against the Telstra Corporation, I stumbled upon a freedom of information release by Telstra. The release disclosed that Telstra had documented and redacted my phone conversations with former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser see page 12 → Australian Federal Police Investigation File No/1. During those phone conversations, I expressed my concerns that Australia was providing wheat to China in 1967 despite being aware that China was redirecting it to North Vietnam. I'm curious to know how the interception of my telephone conversations during the arbitration proceedings in 1993 and 1994 with Malcolm Fraser is related to my exposure to the government on 18 September 1967 that Australia was trading with the enemy. 

What intrigues me is the reason behind documenting a seemingly harmless conversation about Australia's wheat selling to China while being aware that China was supplying wheat to North Vietnam during a conflict with Australia, New Zealand and the United States. I am confident there must be a significant motive behind this, and I am determined to uncover it.

It's difficult to fathom the extent of harm inflicted on the young Australian, New Zealand, and United States service members by North Vietnam soldiers who were fueled by the wheat supplied to them by their communist Chinese supporters. Sadly, many of these brave service people lost their lives or were left with permanent injuries.

1.     In September of 1967, I brought to the attention of the Australian government that a portion of the wheat allocated to the People's Republic of China on humanitarian grounds was being redirected to North Vietnam during the Vietnam War Chapter 7- Vietnam - Vietcong

2.    Who else in the Australian government was aware that Australian wheat intended for a starving communist China was being redirected to North Vietnam to feed the North Vietnamese soldiers before those soldiers marched into the jungles of North Vietnam to kill and maim Australian, New Zealand, and United States of America troops? Refer to Footnote 82 to 85 FOOD AND TRADE IN LATE MAOIST CHINA, 1960-1978, prepared by Tianxiao Zhu, who even reports the name of our ship, the Hopepeak and how the seaman feared for our lives if we were forced to return to China with another cargo of Australian wheat. This wheat was being redeployed to North Vietnam during the period when Australia, New Zealand, and the United States of America fought the Vietnam Cong in the jungles of North Vietnam.   

3.   During the 1960s, the Australian Liberal-Country Party Government engaged in misleading conduct regarding trade with Communist China despite being cognizant that Australian merchant seamen had vehemently refused to transport Australian wheat to China. The grounds for such an objection were their apprehension that the wheat would be redirected to North Vietnam during the North Vietnam War between Australia, New Zealandand the United States of America. The underlying inquiry is to ascertain the government's rationale for deliberately deceiving the general public and jeopardising the country's troops whose lives were being lost in the conflict in North Vietnam.  Murdered for Mao: The killings China 'forgot'

4.    Why didn't Australia's Trade Minister, John McEwen, correctly and honestly advise the people of Australia why the crew of the British ship Hopepeak had refused to take any more Australian wheat to China because they had witnessed its redeployment to North Vietnam during their first visit to China?  

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“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

“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

“…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

“…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

“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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