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Taking on the Establishment

“Radical Transparency. There is no going backwards. We must ensure that greater transparency will drive the prevention and uncovering of corruption in the years ahead.” — Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank.

Last edited April 2022

Please note: The following segment is only in draft.
 

Beware The Pen Pusher Power - Bureaucrats need to take orders and not take charge.

The statement made by Peta Credlin, Barrister, Solicitor, and onetime Chief of Staff to The Hon Tony Abbott (Prime Minister of Australia) now a high profile Australian media guru and TV host wrote a very interesting article in the Herald Sun newspaper on 21 May 2021,under the heading:

"...Beware The Pen Pusher Power - Bureaucrats need to take orders and not take charge.

Now that the Prime Minister is considering a wider public service reshuffle in the wake of the foreign affairs department's head, Finances Adamson, becoming the next governor of SoUth Australia, it's time to scrutinise the faceless bureaucrats who are often more powerful in practice than the elected politicians.

Outside of the Canberra bubble, almost no one knows their names. But take it from me, these people matter.

When ministers turn over with bewildering rapidity, or are not "take charge" types department secretaries and the deputy secretaries below them can easily become the de facto government of our country".  

Since the start of the 2013, across Labor and now Liberal governments, we’ve had five prime ministers, five treasures, five attorneys-general, seven defence ministers, six education ministers, four health ministers and six trade Ministers.

I found this article to be somewhat frightening to say the least. Frightening because Peta Credlin has hit the nail squarely on the head “bulls eye”, I can relate to what this article is all about and can link it to the many bureaucrats and politicians I met before, during and after my arbitration who during that period a change of government had taken place. The same faceless bureaucrats who in the 1980s to 1996, was advising the Bob Hawke and Paul Keating government on telecommunications issues which included the failed COT Cases Telstra arbitrations maters immediately became the advisers to the liberal government when they won office in March 1996. Lo and behold, where still advising the government a decade later.

When the COT Cases tried to expose the crimes committed against them, including having to suffer ongoing telephone problems after their failed arbitrations, Telstra was able to deny there was ever a significant problem because the arbitrations were all conducted under a cloak of confidentiality.

Thus this legal trickery used relentlessly by bureaucrats in Australia that it is not of public interest to pursue this matter had it been pursued as it would have been in most western democracies. Those hiding behind the various confidentiality agreements would have been charged with perjury or worse. 

It became obvious many problems experienced by the COT cases originated from either negligence or deliberate malfeasant on the part of a number of government agencies including AUSTEL then then communications regulator. Therefore, I have used page 3 of the Australian Herald Sun newspaper dated 22 December 2008, written under the heading Bad bureaucrats as proof that government public servants need to be held accountable for their wrongdoings. 

I ask you to consider the journalist is saying "IN THE PAST YEAR"; what about the year before 2007 and 2008? Did a similar amount of government Pen Pusher Power - Bureaucrats commit these same crimes the year before those crimes?

“Hundreds of federal public servants were sacked, demoted or fined in the past year for serious misconduct. Investigations into more than 1000 bureaucrats uncovered bad behaviour such as theft, identity fraud, prying into file, leaking secrets. About 50 were found to have made improper use of inside information or their power and authority for the benefit of themselves, family and friends“

This abuse by Telstra and bureaucrats has continued unabated from at least before the early 1990s and has continued through Australia’s National Network (NBN) roll out to at least 2018.

These are the same Pen Pusher Power - Bureaucrats who have now let China [throiugh the backdoor] build a navy base in the Solomons Islands. Because that is what will surely happen over the next decade or sooner than five years from now. 

Absent Justice - Bernard Collaery

The Secret State

On 26 September 2021, Bernard Collaery, Former Attorney-General of the Australian Capital Territory, (under the heading) The Secret State, The Rule of Law & Whistleblowers at point 7 of his 12-page paper noted:

On some significant issues the Australian Parliament has ceased to be a place of effective lawmaking by the people, for the people. It has become commonplace for Parliamentarians to see a marathon superannuated career out with ideals sacrificed for ambition.

Perhaps the best way to expose this part of the COT story is to use the Australia–East Timor spying scandal which began in 2004 when an electronic covert listening device was clandestinely planted in a room adjacent to East Timor (Timor-Leste) Prime Minister's Office at Dili, to covertly obtain information in order to ensure Australia held the upper hand in negotiations with East Timor over the rich oil and gas fields in the Timor Gap. The East Timor government have stated they were unaware of the espionage operation undertaken by Australia.

Using the Australia–East Timor spying scandal as an example which can readily be checked by googling the words Australia–East Timor Spying - Witness K Bernard Collaery we can compare this spying scandal with what Telstra did during several government-endorsed COT arbitrations when the Telstra corporation was then still owned by the Australian government (see Open Letter File No/12, and File No/13).

This appears not to have been considered in the most recent Witness K and Bernard Collaery phone-bugging scandal (see abc.net.au court-document-witness

Bernard Collaery was in the Supreme Court on 18 November 2021 in relation to subpoenas and Judge Mossop's decision regarding the Appeal court's remitting of matters back to him. The interminable to and fro continues. But the Attorney General's recent decision to try and bring new secret evidence, not even to be shown to Bernard Collaery, is a new low in the government's behaviour.

The Attorney General is also trying to keep the Appeal Court's reasoning for its recent decision secret. This is outrageous and reflects the state of the law in Australia now! It's no wonder that retired judge Stephen Charles, a Director at the Centre for Public Integrity, describes this prosecution as 'one of mendacity, duplicity, fraud, criminal behaviour, invasions of legal professional privilege, contempt of court, denial of a fair trial and failure to act as a model litigant'. Harsh words indeed.

I found the Bernard Collaery - The Police State article most relevant to the matters raised by the COT Cases and their dealings with TelstraBernard Collaery has hit the nail squarely on the head.

 

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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.”

The Hon David Hawker MP

“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

“A number of people seem to be experiencing some or all of the problems which you have outlined to me. …

“I trust that your meeting tomorrow with Senators Alston and Boswell is a profitable one.”

Hon David Hawker MP

“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

“All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”

– Edmund Burke