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Topic: The Berejiklian & Barilaro Show
Posted By: Tlazolteotl
Subject: The Berejiklian & Barilaro Show
Date Posted: 23 Oct 2020 at 3:44pm
Documents which Premier Gladys Berejiklian signed to give her approval of millions of dollars in grants to local councils were later shredded, a NSW parliamentary inquiry has heard.

One of the Premier's senior policy advisers, Sarah Lau, told the inquiry she also deleted electronic copies of the notes.

The inquiry is investigating the allocation of $250 million worth of grants under the Stronger Communities Fund amid accusations of pork-barrelling in the run-up to the 2019 NSW election.

Nearly all the grants were awarded to local councils in Coalition-held seats.

The inquiry heard that $141.8 million of the grant funding was allocated by the Premier, with $61.3million allocated by the Deputy Premier John Barilaro and $48.9 million by the Minister for Local Government.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-23/gladys-berejiklian-approval-of-council-grants-shredded/12806962" rel="nofollow - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-23/gladys-berejiklian-approval-of-council-grants-shredded/12806962



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Posted By: maccamax
Date Posted: 23 Oct 2020 at 8:03pm
They have evidence that the boyfriend got several grants to an amount of over 40,000 dollars , So the Shady Lady is going to need answers .

I suppose he is entitled to be compensated for services rendered ... BUT fair Go Ozzie ----     Not At Lonhro Prices.


Posted By: max manewer
Date Posted: 23 Oct 2020 at 8:14pm
Was Mark Latham watching ?


Posted By: TJMitchell
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2022 at 1:22pm
NSW Police have dropped all charges against Kristo Langker, a producer for YouTube political commentary channel Friendlyjordies, after he was arrested at his home in dramatic scenes and accused of stalking former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro.

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Posted By: jujuno
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2022 at 2:19pm
 was Kristo in love with Barilaro?

 


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Posted By: Passing Through
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2022 at 2:36pm




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Posted By: jujuno
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2022 at 2:41pm
 who are these boring self-serving people?

 


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Posted By: Second Chance
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2022 at 3:06pm
Yeah the clip is a real w@nk job, however it's correct in so far as it's patently clear the charges should never have been laid in the first place. 

Meanwhile, anyone know who Barilaro's bonking at the moment?  Is it still the lady with whom he was sharing his affections while still married with three kids, or has he moved on?


Posted By: djebel
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2022 at 3:15pm
Originally posted by jujuno jujuno wrote:

 who are these boring self-serving people?

 

Who are you talking about ?

Whilst the friendlyjordy is very unlikeable to watch some of there messages and exposes are impressive and are hopefully followed up on.

I am not sure they are self serving ?


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Posted By: Tlazolteotl
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2022 at 3:17pm
Just like the bulldust federal attack police raid on the AWU.

https://7news.com.au/politics/union-watchdog-ends-awu-investigation-c-5836453" rel="nofollow - https://7news.com.au/politics/union-watchdog-ends-awu-investigation-c-5836453


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Posted By: maccamax
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2022 at 3:18pm
Originally posted by Second Chance Second Chance wrote:

Yeah the clip is a real w@nk job, however it's correct in so far as it's patently clear the charges should never have been laid in the first place. 

Meanwhile, anyone know who Barilaro's bonking at the moment?  Is it still the lady with whom he was sharing his affections while still married with three kids, or has he moved on?


.. I'll save you from the Defamation SC ...      That was Shane your were talking about , We know ....      Not just pretty faces.


Posted By: TJMitchell
Date Posted: 15 Mar 2022 at 5:24pm
Originally posted by TJMitchell TJMitchell wrote:

NSW Police have dropped all charges against Kristo Langker, a producer for YouTube political commentary channel Friendlyjordies, after he was arrested at his home in dramatic scenes and accused of stalking former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro.

This McQueen bloke from the Fixated Persons Unit seems dodgy as f*ck


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Posted By: Second Chance
Date Posted: 02 Feb 2023 at 1:32pm
Why aren't we the least surprised, but a f#cking disgrace nonetheless:

The NSW Auditor-General has criticised the Department of Regional New South Wales, saying the process for fast-tracked grants in the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Program (BLER Fund) "lacked integrity".  The BLER Fund was established after the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires.

Ms Crawford also scrutinised a funding threshold decision and the overall role of the office of then deputy premier John Barilaro.  "For example, the guidelines did not set out a role for the then deputy premier or his office in the assessment process, but the deputy premier's office played a key role in project selection," she said.

"At the direction of the Deputy Premier's office, a $1 million minimum threshold, not mentioned in the guidelines, was applied to projects, below which, projects would not be funded.

"This resulted in a number of shortlisted projects in areas highly impacted by the bushfires, including all shortlisted projects located in Labor Party-held electorates, being excluded without a rationale being documented at the time."



Posted By: acacia alba
Date Posted: 02 Feb 2023 at 8:03pm
Listening to a piece on news tonight it appears half the funds have "gone missing " ??
Is this the money people all around the world donated to help ?


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Posted By: Passing Through
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2023 at 5:53am
No it is a federal and state govt funded relief program that had $4.5 billion in it. 

The NSW govt decided how the 10% of that fund was used last year should be allocated.

They decided that 21 of the 22 approved relief packages should go to LNP seats.




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Posted By: Tlazolteotl
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2023 at 6:28am
The Auditor-Generals at the federal and state level are my heroes. If you want the truth, ask them.

I am a little surprised that the pollies have not managed to neuter them by now, by installing partisan flunkies or limiting their remit. Bit of a mystery. Why is it so?


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Posted By: Passing Through
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2023 at 6:38am
Auditor General is appointed by the Governor of NSW or GG in federal issues.

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Posted By: Passing Through
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2023 at 2:07pm


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Posted By: Passing Through
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2023 at 2:09pm
Also Minns calls for an ICAC referral over bushfire grants rorts.

Quite a day for Barrels.


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Posted By: Tlazolteotl
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2023 at 2:55pm
Went for the insanity defence and needed it.Wink


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Posted By: Plastic letters
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2023 at 7:30pm
The assult charge was a nonsense. The paparazzi clown deserved it…..despite Barilaro being an A grade flog Tongue


Posted By: jujuno
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2023 at 8:42am
 I reckon a few cameramen are lucky not to have them smashed.

 Those reporter sticking mics in people's faces, then asking: "Did you really hit that guy?' are lucky they aren't on the receiving end, too.

 Where does intrusion end?

 


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Posted By: Tlazolteotl
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2023 at 8:48am
Having lost out on a seat on the NSW trade commissioner gravy train, Barrels now wants to be pokiesNSW boss. I hope he gets it. His mental health is fragile.


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An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.

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Posted By: acacia alba
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2023 at 8:49am
Some of the stuff the media people do begs the question.  If you or I did some of that stuff , the person we were doing it to would be calling police, wouldnt they ?
And seriously, I would expect a punch in the face if I did some of that stuff.


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Posted By: jujuno
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2023 at 8:52am
 exactly...

 Thumbs Up


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Posted By: Passing Through
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2023 at 5:30pm
"Icac to release report into former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian next week"

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Posted By: Second Chance
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2023 at 5:44pm
Don't know the exact Terms of Reference, which will certainly be critical in terms of the ambit of the ICAC's findings.
My tip as a perennial cynic: unacceptable behavior but not ones subject to findings of criminal offence.


Posted By: oneonesit
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2023 at 5:56pm
At best she was love ❤️ struck & careless - at worse a lot more. 

Neither is a reasonable excuse as Premier of the State. 




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Posted By: jujuno
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2023 at 6:48pm
 She's been suitably humiliated.

 


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Posted By: oneonesit
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2023 at 6:54pm
Really ? She got a plum job with Optus didn’t she ? 

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Posted By: rusty nails
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2023 at 9:01pm
Originally posted by jujuno jujuno wrote:

 She's been suitably humiliated.

 
She was caught shredding documents!!!

Lock her up!


Posted By: Second Chance
Date Posted: 20 Nov 2023 at 3:00pm
Given past events both the Optus directors and Legal Counsel will all be wondering who she'll next elect to share her bed with. Shocked

This courtesy of the Herald-Sun:

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/gladys-berejiklian-positions-herself-to-replace-kelly-bayer-rosmarin-as-optus-ceo/news-story/7317dc6a139614788ec480bd74ccd07f" rel="nofollow -

The search for the next Optus chief has begun with former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian positioning herself during the outage. 



Posted By: Tlazolteotl
Date Posted: 20 Nov 2023 at 3:05pm
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/gladys-berejiklian-positions-herself-to-replace-kelly-bayer-rosmarin-as-optus-ceo/news-story/7317dc6a139614788ec480bd74ccd07f" rel="nofollow -





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Posted By: Passing Through
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2023 at 6:11am
if Singtel are actually trying to dig themselves out of a public relations hole, a CEO with an adverse corruption finding hanging over her head will not be the best option.

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Posted By: Passing Through
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2023 at 6:28am
I read that Scummo has moved to the front of the queue offerings to take over the positions of CEO, CFO, COO. CSO, CIO and anything else they like. 

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Posted By: Tlazolteotl
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2023 at 6:28am
The cult of Gladys

https://www.themonthly.com.au/blog/russell-marks/2021/14/2021/1634180001/cult-gladys-berejiklian

Russell Marks

October 14, 2021

What explains the hero-worship of the former NSW premier?

When Gladys Berejiklian resigned as NSW premier on October 1, the story should have been that she’d done so in disgrace. It had been almost exactly a year since she’d infamously appeared before an Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry and admitted she’d been in a “close personal relationship” with corrupt former backbencher Daryl Maguire until some time in 2020. In June 2018, Berejiklian had moved the Greater Sydney Commission out of the planning department and into her own portfolio, against the advice of department heads, at a time when Maguire was lobbying the Commission to release land for development (and complaining about it to Berejiklian). At the same time, she also relaxed the guidelines for the Stronger Communities Fund, which meant that 95 per cent of its grants were pork-barrelled into councils in Coalition-held or marginal electorates during the lead-up to the 2019 state election. Berejiklian personally approved dozens of the grants in a secret process, and then staff in her office destroyed the notes of her approvals in breach of the State Records Act.

Last November, Berejiklian failed to self-isolate after being tested for COVID-19. In June and July this year, she and her government had made a series of decisions that unleashed the Delta variant of COVID-19, not just in NSW but also in Victoria, Queensland and the ACT. (Those bungles recall her government’s earlier decision to allow passengers to disembark the Ruby Princess.) At the time Berejiklian resigned, the NSW auditor-general was investigating a $40 billion rail corporation into which Berejiklian – as transport minister – had shifted billions of dollars of assets, despite being warned years ago that doing so would “most likely” create safety risks for commuters. And on October 1 this year, ICAC announced that as part of its ongoing investigation into Maguire’s dealings, it would be questioning Berejiklian over grants she’d approved to community organisations in Wagga Wagga (in Maguire’s electorate), and why on earth she didn’t report him.

In short, since at least October last year, Berejiklian has had the stench of corruption about her. Not that you’d know it from the general reaction to her resignation. “New South Wales has lost a great premier,” said former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, “one of our very best.” Scott Morrison said she “displayed heroic qualities”, that he knows “how much she is trusted and respected by the people of NSW”. Her eventual successor, Dominic Perrottet, said she’d “worked tirelessly before and through the pandemic to protect the people of NSW from COVID-19”. From across the party divide, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews described her as “a person of integrity”. Even NSW Labor leader Chris Minns said he “never doubted Gladys’ dedication to NSW”. And journalists were joining in. The Australian’s Tom Dusevic suggested that the pending end to NSW’s lockdown was “a testament to Berejiklian’s diligence and grit”, forgetting that it was her delay that sent the state into its protracted lockdown in the first place. This is to say nothing about the outpouring of what seemed to be genuine grief from thousands of NSW constituents.

The up-yours commentariat in the Murdoch stable immediately blamed ICAC. Gerard Henderson was furious that its “perceptions of corruption have led to the resignation of three of the best premiers NSW has ever had” (along with fellow Liberals Nick Greiner and Barry O’Farrell). ICAC may be the institutional embodiment of the rule of law – the idea that public officials are subject to the law and not above it – but The Australian’s Chris Merritt, vice president of the anti-ICAC Rule of Law Education Centre, declared that NSW had somehow “undermined the rule of law and established a parallel system of rough justice”. James Morrow, The Daily Telegraph’s federal political editor, described ICAC – in a tweet – as “a weird unelected star chamber”. Sharri Markson – apparently with a straight face – called ICAC a “lynch mob”.

One of the strangest developments in recent Australian parliamentary politics has been the growth of hero-worship in the two most populous states, Victoria and NSW, which has elevated premiers Andrews and Berejiklian to a kind of cult status. During the evening following Berejiklian’s resignation, a friend said he couldn’t find any commentary critical of her on his social media feeds. Leaders don’t just spontaneously develop a cult-like status with the public. Our parliamentary politics are entirely mediated. Leaders and voters both depend on journalists. When a leader transcends criticism, it’s mostly because journalists have allowed them to.

The real mystery is not why Berejiklian resigned, but how she survived her October 2020 ICAC hearing, during which we heard Maguire banging on about his dealings in multiple taped phone calls with her, and Berejiklian agreeing that she didn’t “need to know about that bit”. At the same hearing, we learnt of emails sent by racing heiress Louise Waterhouse directly to Berejiklian, requesting help with rezoning land to her benefit. Berejiklian insisted that she didn’t take any interest in Maguire’s finances, she doesn’t read all her emails, and she never thought her relationship with Maguire significant enough to tell anyone, let alone report it. Her explanations didn’t pass the pub test.

The ministerial code of conduct, which in NSW has the force of law via the same legislation that created ICAC, demands that ministers disclose any “intimate personal relationship” and the pecuniary interests of their partners. Berejiklian did neither. She has taken a hardline interpretation of the code, insisting that any minister being investigated by ICAC should step aside. When ICAC’s counsel assisting, Scott Robertson, asked her on October 12 last year questions about her relationship with Maguire, and about why she hadn’t declared it when she was making decisions that could conceivably have benefited him, it should have been clear that she was being investigated. On her own interpretation of the code, she should have stood aside in October 2020. The Independent Commission Against Corruption Act itself demands that ministers report any suspicion of corrupt conduct. It’s inconceivable that Berejiklian didn’t at least suspect Maguire. It’s remarkable that she held on for another year.

In the wake of Berejiklian’s appearance at ICAC, her political opponents tried to keep up the pressure. In parliament, Labor moved a motion demanding that she be referred to ICAC in her own right, and One Nation’s Mark Latham wanted to know why Maguire had apparently had a key to her house until September 2020. But too many in popular media allowed her to at least appear to shrug off her ICAC appearance. Six days after the hearing, The Daily Telegraph published Annette Sharp’s infamous puff piece in which Berejiklian told readers how she’d fallen “in love” with Maguire and had hoped it could lead to marriage. The purpose of the puff piece was clear: to encourage the idea that she’d been unlucky in love, an unwitting victim of a deceitful partner. That narrative was enthusiastically taken up, and we saw it trotted out repeatedly following her resignation. But it was a very different account than the one she’d given at ICAC. Either she was lying to Sharp, or she’d lied to ICAC. She couldn’t have it both ways.

Yet any criticism faded into the background in the face of an ever-growing Gladys cult. In early January, ABC journalist Janine Perrett remarked on “how well Berejiklian does in the role” as premier and commended her “strong handling of the pandemic thus far”. In May, Berejiklian graced the cover of the Australian Financial Review Magazine, which bore the now-notorious headline: https://www.themonthly.com.au/today/rachel-withers/2021/12/2021/1628743908/woman-who-failed-australia" rel="nofollow - “The Woman Who Saved Australia” . A month later, Berejiklian delayed lockdown orders for nine days, allowing the number of Delta variant cases from the Bondi cluster to climb to 65. “Ms Berejiklian continues to resist increasingly strident calls by public health boffins … to lock the place down,” Spectator Australia’s Terry Barnes wrote approvingly on June 24, calling her “our Glad”. Her delay condemned parts of the state to 107 days of lockdown, and almost certainly led to the spread of the Delta variant to Melbourne, which has been locked down again since early August.

As late as September 16, the Sydney Morning Herald’s state political editor, Alexandra Smith, noted the “host of milestones under her belt” and expected Berejiklian to stay on until at least January, when she would have been entitled to a publicly funded car and staff for life. And the hosts of Channel 9’s Today crossed over into sycophancy when they waited outside her house with a mariachi band on the morning of her 50th birthday – September 22 – so that they could deliver presents through the window of her moving vehicle.

Everyone now seems to agree that Berejiklian was a marvellous premier. But her “host of milestones” are difficult to unearth. Are people referring to her decision to allow Alan Jones to advertise a horse race on the sails of the Sydney Opera House? The demolition of the Sydney Football Stadium? A bungled light rail project? Committing to the Sydney Metro West rail tunnel and the Albion Park Rail bypass without a business case? The Transport Asset Holding Entity, which hid billions from the state’s budget while likely increasing safety and operational risks to public transport users? “She cut taxes, reduced the size of government, built roads, railways, stadiums and schools,” fawned Aaron Patrick in the Australian Financial Review. She’d apparently “presided over one of the strongest Coalition governments in NSW history”. But its strength depended largely on the narratives provided by senior journalists like Patrick. He made a last-ditch effort to justify his paper’s notorious May headline. “If she had survived to the end of 2021, when the health crisis may have mostly passed, Berejiklian might have been accepted as the woman who saved Australia – instead of the woman who failed herself.”

Writing for Guardian Australia, Christopher Knaus suggested that Berejiklian’s resignation would have “come as a shock” to most Australians, “given the focus has been almost exclusively on the state’s devastating COVID-19 outbreak and her handling of that”. This is surely another way of saying journalists had not been doing their jobs. When the ABC’s Paul Farrell challenged Berejiklian at one of her daily COVID-19 press conferences in August over the extent that she was involved in securing a $5.5 million grant for the Australian Clay Target Association in Wagga Wagga in 2016, the premier called his proposition “absolutely ridiculous” and demanded that he “respect this press conference”. Had anyone else reacted like that, they’d be toast. Soon afterwards, she stopped her daily COVID-19 briefings. “I don’t intervene in those [grants] processes,” she told a press conference last December. In August, 7.30 alleged there are documents that show otherwise. The Australian Clay Target Association grant is in ICAC’s sights in hearings next week.

Berejiklian responded angrily to the timing of ICAC’s announcement that it would be further investigating her. “I have never felt stronger or more confident in my leadership,” she said while resigning both the premiership and her parliamentary seat, and insisted she’d always acted with “the highest level of integrity”. She was angry at ICAC’s very independence, that it had the gall to be inconvenient to her government’s sense of its own priorities. There are two possible explanations here. One is that, as an experienced politician, she’s a master of chutzpah. The other is that she genuinely believes she’s never done anything wrong. She was briefly a banker and has spent most of her working life mired in the problematic culture of NSW politics: perhaps her radar for improper conduct is badly skewed. Both explanations would make her unfit for public office.





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Posted By: oneonesit
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2023 at 7:06am
Originally posted by Passing Through Passing Through wrote:

if Singtel are actually trying to dig themselves out of a public relations hole, a CEO with an adverse corruption finding hanging over her head will not be the best option.
May need to keep an eye on the key cutting budget !

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Posted By: Fiddlesticks
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2023 at 9:31am
Originally posted by Passing Through Passing Through wrote:

if Singtel are actually trying to dig themselves out of a public relations hole, a CEO with an adverse corruption finding hanging over her head will not be the best option.

Or if you are Singtel, someone with experience in being corrupt is exactly who they want in charge. 


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