‘WATCH YOUR OWN CORRUPT TRAVEL EXPENSES FIRST’: NAJIB CAMP ATTACKS ‘REGIME CHANGE’ JULIE BISHOP IN BID TO PRE-EMPT AUSSIE PROBE ON 1MDB CORRUPTION

In August of 2016 Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop was said to have “broken her silence on the 1MDB corruption scandal engulfing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, finally acknowledging the seriousness of the affair”. That headline was carried in the Australian, a widely read broadsheet daily newspaper circulated nationwide in Australia.

Julie Bishop and her government appear to have fallen on their sword in recent times in what many would say is nothing more than observance of an Australian government tradition that dates back to the time of settlement. Already health minister Susan Ley has resigned over allegations of similarly rorting her parliamentary travel expenses.

(the term rorting is a colloquialism in Australia for cheating or doing something dishonest).

Corruption as one sees below is an Australian government staple that has run for decades if not centuries within and outside parliament.

Bishop’s statement on government corruption in Malaysia was a carefully worded, deliberately crafted statement clearly designed with extreme prejudice for maximum effect to undermine the government of prime minister Datuk  Seri Najib Razak in Malaysia.

Her ‘concerns’ over corruption in Malaysia’s government had no factual or legal basis for her to rely upon in support of her comment. Bishop widely regarded as a ‘Regime Change’ proponent and supporter  is is also known to be extremely accident prone in office as a minister. A rank amateur by her opponents.

THE ACCUSER NOW THE ACCUSED

Bishop is currently under investigation and intense scrutiny in Australia over what is believed to be a travel rort (false expenses claim) associated with her travel to Melbourne to attend a private polo match. That event was not even remotely connected to official parliamentary business. But Bishop being Bishop is said to have charged her personal private travel expenses to that event to her parliamentary travel expenses entitlements. The allegation of rorting by Bishop (and Susan Ley) though is by Australian parliamentary standards tame and unremarkable in the wider context of Australia’s parliamentary history.

Firstly it was none of Bishop’s business to repeat the slander against the Malaysian government and its prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak or to interfere in its internal affairs based on a shaky and legally questionable US law.

That law arising from the so called kleptoracy initiative by the US government, is being applied to Malaysia by a discredited and pro Hillary Clinton coterie within the US Department of Justice. The Department of Justice itself has been under suspicion and investigation in the US for flagrant breaches of US domestic laws. The kleptocracy initiative in any event has no application in Malaysia nor is there a requirement for support from third parties like Julie Bishop for its valid application anywhere.

Secondly, with corruption rife in Australian politics, traceable to the time of settlement, Bishop’s statements acknowledging ‘the seriousness of corruption allegations against DS Najib and his government’ has done nothing to advance the cause of justice or good relations with Malaysia.

Perhaps it was Bishop’s attempting to sore up Hillary Clinton’s already fading fortunes and presidential ambitions at the time that compelled her to make the statement she made. Hillary her mate is known to be behind the Regime Change initiative if nowhere else then at least in Malaysia.

Bishop’s statement added fuel to a fire lit in the region by political vandals like Anwar Ibrahim and his acolytes in Bersih and the open societies movement. Bersih, Anwar’s PKR funded by the open societies movement, have been advocating the overthrow of governments in southeast Asia and elsewhere -‘Regime Change’- outside the ballot box.

It is noteworthy in this context that Julie Bishop’s tenure in her current portfolio as foreign minister has been racked by immaturity,scandal and treachery within her own party and in international relations.

The recent rift with Indonesia over insulting literature distributed at an Australian special forces base in Perth where Indonesian soldiers were training recently is but a more benign example of a string of demonstrably dishonorable and overtly racist acts allowed to go unnoticed either through sheer incompetence or through her ignorance of the situation as foreign minister.

Whilst clearly there is a constituency that Bishop is speaking to in places like Malaysia whose political ambitions she appears to support- in this instance on the theme of government corruption- it would be relevant and useful for those Malaysians who seek Australian government support to overthrow their government to assess the credibility of the hand that points the finger at its government.

 CHRONOLOGY OF AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION

Below is a list (not exhaustive) of Australian parliamentarians who have been convicted over the years. The list is not exhaustive and is drawn from Wikipedia. There are more, but an extended list is simply  too extensive to fit into pages here.

Federal

Name Year Party Offence Sentence Notes
Michael Cobb
1998
National
rorting travel
expenses.
fined $14,000, 2-year suspended jail term
Pauline Hanson
2003
Pauline Hanson’s
One Nation
electoral fraud
3 years jail
subsequently acquitted and found to have been jailed wrongly.
Andrew Theophanous
2002
Labor
bribery and fraud
6 years jail
Craig Thomson
2014
Labor/
Independent
theft and fraud
12 months jail with 9 months suspended.
Steve Irons
2015
Liberal
unlicensed drink driving
4-month good behaviour order
Derryn Hinch
1987, 2011, 2014
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party
Contempt of court, breaching suppression orders
12 days in prison, 5 months home detention, 50 days in prison
Hinch was a radio announcer at the times of his crimes, and was elected to the Australian Senate in 2016


New South Wales

Name
Year
Party
Offence
Sentence
Notes
Rex Jackson
1987
Labor
Accepting bribes
10 years
Former Minister for Corrective Services. Increased from 7½ years on appeal
Tony Packard
1993
Liberal
Unlawful use of listening devices
Fined $1000
Offences were committed while operating a used-car business, prior to entering parliament
Barry Morris
1996
Liberal
Making death threats
1 year
Decreased from 2½ years on appeal
Milton Orkopoulos
2008
Labor
33 counts, including child sex and drug offences
13 years and 8 months (non-parole period 9 years)
Decreased from 13 years and 11 months on appeal
Richard Face
2009
Labor
Making a false statement to the ICAC
Fined $2500, three-year good-behaviour bond
Lied about misusing parliamentary and electoral office staff to help set up a consultancy.
Adam Marshall
2014
National
Mid-range prescribed content of alcohol
Driver’s licence suspended for nine months, fined $2,000
Returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.112.
Edward Moses Obeid
2016
Australian Labor Party
Misusing parliamentary position for financial gain
5 years (non-parole period of 3 years)
Multiple charges including in relation to cafe leases and water licences for a farm.


Queensland

Name
Year
Party
Offence
Sentence
Notes
Brian Austin
1990
National
misappropriating public funds
15 months
Leisha Harvey
1990
National
misappropriating public funds
12 months
7 months served in home detention
Don Lane
1990
National
misappropriating public funds
12 months
Geoff Muntz
1990
National
misappropriating public funds
12 months
Keith Wright
1993
Labor
child sex offences
8 years (non-parole period 4 years), paroled after 5½ years
Former Opposition Leader
Bill D’Arcy
2000
Labor
child sex offences
11 years (non-parole period 7 years)
Merri Rose
2005
Labor
extortion
1½ years
Gordon Nuttall
2009, 2011
Labor
Corruption, receiving secret commissions, theft
15 years (non-parole period 10 years)
Karen Struthers
2007
Labor
Drink driving
$1000 fine and loss of licence for 10 months

Tasmania

Name
Year
Party
Offence
Sentence
Notes
Brenton Best
2002
Labor
Drink driving
fine and loss of licence
Terry Martin
2011
Independent
Producing child pornography and sexual penetration of a child under the age of 17
suspended sentence

South Australia

Name
Year
Party
Offence
Sentence
Notes
Bernard Finnigan
2015
Labor/
Independent
Obtaining access to child pornography
Awaiting sentencing. 30 November 2015
Victoria
Name
Year
Party
Offence
Sentence
Notes
Carolyn Hirsh
2004
Labor
Drink driving
$600 and driving ban of 6 months
Andrew Olexander
2004
Liberal
Drink driving
Carolyn Hirsh
2006
Labor
Drink driving and driving whilst disqualified
$600 and driving ban of 1 year
Adem Somyurek
2009
Labor
Driving whilst disqualified
$300 and 1-month suspended gaol sentence

Western Australia

Name
Year
Party
Offence
Sentence
Notes
Brian Burke
1994
Labor
misappropriating public funds
7 months
former state Premier
Ray O’Connor
1995
Liberal
stealing a Bond Corporation cheque from a parked car
18 months
former state Premier
David Parker
1996
Labor
perjury
18 months
former state Deputy Premier, paroled after six months
Wayde Smith
1998
Liberal
perjury
18 months
paroled after six months
Graham Burkett
2006
Labor
receiving bribes
14 months
former mayor of Stirling and state MP

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