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Chapter 2 - Discrimination

 

Open Letter Files Nos/12 and 13 prove COT cases’ faxes were intercepted during their arbitrations. So, with that firmly in mind, first try to imagine the people assigned to intercept the many COT arbitration documents as they left each of our premises, heading to the arbitrator, our financial advisors or our technical advisers. Try to imagine what it might have been like for those people, studiously chasing up and illegally intercepting our legal documents as they travelled around the fax circuit. Try to imagine doing this every day because, particularly at the peak of our arbitrations, most of the COTs were constantly using the fax system to send documents all over the place! Then, change tack a bit, and try to imagine you are one of us, a member of the COT group, just an ordinary Australian citizen, running an ordinary Australian small business: an ordinary person who trusts the government to do the right thing by ALL Australian citizens. And so, while you work at keeping your small business afloat, you also write up submissions, prepare legal documents (something you have never done before) and work hard to learn your way around complex technical documents, sometimes with an advisor at your side, but mostly alone.

Try to imagine what it would be like if, after all that effort, even before your documents reached their intended destinations, the defendant hijacks them as part of its reprehensible plot, so it could assess your documents, before they reach their intended destinations. This enabled the defendant extra time and the critical advantage of knowing, in advance, what was to come in the next part of the arbitration process. This gave a considerable advantage to the defendant because, of course, that gave them time to decide which aspect of the claim would be easy to defend and which would be best to wholly avoided. Try to imagine what that would have felt like for the claimants. You also need to remember, as we record elsewhere on absentjustice.com, that some of those documents, which we sent off through what should have been a secure fax system, never arrived at their intended destination at all.

I know this seems too fanciful to be accurate. Still, I am not Robert Ludlum or John Grisham spinning a story here, not even vaguely, because all this did happen here in Australia, a supposedly democratic country, not all that long ago – in the years between 1994 and 2001, as absentjustice.com/Open Letter Files Nos/12 to 20 show. Our evidence shows that this fax hacking started at the very beginning of 1994, in January, during the first process, the Fast Track Settlement Proposal so; as you read on, imagine you are sitting at your desk in your office, just like the COT members often did. You’ve been up most of the night working on your claim, and your privacy and fax system (which everyone used back then) are both about to be violated, yet again, by the defendant, without your knowledge or consent, and the government you pay your taxes to is NOT willing to investigate or assist you, as your business vanishes before your eyes. Wouldn’t you want to know why this was allowed to happen when all you asked for was a decent, properly working telephone system so you could operate your business like your competitors?

to be continued.

 

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