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Head of SA Planning Department Referred to NSW Police: Possible Corruption Charges

Michael Deegan

Michael Deegan, the head of South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure may have committed a corruption offence in a previous job, according to the Trade Union Royal Commission’s final report. Continue reading Head of SA Planning Department Referred to NSW Police: Possible Corruption Charges

Melbourne Men Pistol-Whipped, Tasered and Extorted By Bali Security And Police

Bali is renowned for its golden beaches and smiling locals, but a group of Melbourne men have been deeply traumatised by a violent encounter with corrupt police and private security guards on the tropical island that attracts thousands of Australians every week.

The 16 men flew to Bali for the buck’s weekend of marketing consultant and former model, Mark Ipaviz, and ended up being pistol-whipped, tasered and forced to pay a bribe of about $25,000 to avoid trumped-up charges and threats of a 10-year prison sentence.

The incident is expected to escalate concerns about the safety of Australians visiting Bali, which has already experienced a tourism backlash following the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran for drug trafficking.

Read more in The Age.

Source: www.theage.com.au

Ed: since the men in question did not talk about the incident, perhaps it’s better to reserve judgement until another source proves the story

Western Australia’s Crime and Corruption Commission Interfered With Police Processes

Nearly two dozen allegations of serious and systemic misconduct levelled against members of a secret unit of WA’s Corruption and Crime Commission exposed a “disturbing culture of entitlement and unaccountability” with criminal elements, a parliamentary report has revealed.

The Joint Standing Committee on the CCC tabled the report on Wednesday afternoon which was prepared by the watchdog’s parliamentary inspector, former Supreme Court judge Michael Murray.

The 23 allegations centred on officers in the covert Operational Support Unit (OSU), since renamed the Investigation Surveillance Service, which operates from a separate location to the CCC and provides surveillance and technical services to CCC investigators.

Read more in Perth Now.

Source: www.perthnow.com.au

Crime and Corruption Commission Will Not Investigate Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller

The opposition referred the Queensland police minister to the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) earlier this month after she phoned a man who made harassment and forgery claims against Labor MP Rick Williams.

“The CCC has determined it is in the public interest to confirm it will not proceed with an investigation,” a statement issued on Thursday read.

The corruption body said its jurisdiction with regards to elected officials is limited to when one is accused of doing something that constitutes a criminal offence.

The minister had told state parliament she phoned the man because her natural instinct to help others is “strong and overwhelming”.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk downplayed her minister’s actions as an error of judgment: “It will not happen again,” she told parliament.

The Queensland Police Service said it acknowledged the CCC’s determination and would not be acting upon the opposition’s referral of Ms Miller either.

Read more on 7 News.

Source: au.news.yahoo.com

Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller Referred To Crime and Corruption Committee

Queensland Shadow Police Minister Jarrod Bleijie has written to the Police Commissioner and acting Chair of the Crime and Corruption Committee over Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller’s phone call to a whistleblower (Police Minister under fire).

Ms Miller admitted in Parliament she called Bruce McLean, who has gone public with allegations relating to Labor MP Rick Williams, “instinctively” wanting to check if her “long term friend” was OK.

“Sometimes my care for people is so strong and overwhelming, that I act to offer my support to them instinctively,” Ms Miller said.

“As the local member, this was the right thing to do. Upon reflection as police minister, and understanding any issues of perception, I would not have made that call.

Read more in Brisbane Times.

Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au

Australian Federal Police Looking Into 2022 FIFA World Cup Bid

Police on Thursday said they were looking into corruption claims surrounding Australia’s 2022 World Cup bid, as officials made clear the country will not pitch for another major tournament until Fifa cleans ups its act.

Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy said in an open letter on Wednesday that the race for the 2022 tournament, controversially won by Qatar, was “not clean” and he had shared what he knows with authorities.

He also accused Jack Warner, former Fifa vice president and head of Concacaf, the governing body for the game in North and Central America and the Caribbean, of theft.

Warner, indicted by US authorities on corruption charges, maintains his innocence.

“The Australian Federal Police is currently evaluating allegations of the misappropriation of funds from Football Federation Australia to Fifa,” police said in a statement.

“As this matter is now under evaluation it would be inappropriate to provide any further comments.”

Warner has been accused of stealing A$500,000 from Australia’s 2022 bid, an incident detailed in a damning integrity report by Concacaf in 2013.

In his letter, Lowy said Concacaf asked for a A$4 million donation towards a centre of excellence in Warner’s Trinidad and Tobago, but the FFA and Australian bid team offered A$500,000.

Lowy said the money was paid to Concacaf but it was ultimately found that Warner “had committed fraud and misappropriated the funds”.

Scrutiny of Australia’s doomed bid, in which it spent more than A$40 million but received only one vote, has been stepped up since explosive allegations of widespread corruption rocked Fifa last week, leading to the resignation of President Sepp Blatter.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon has called for an inquiry into where Australia’s bid money went, and written to US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch requesting the Department of Justice investigate the funds allegedly taken by Warner.

“The fact that the money was paid into a US bank account gives the US jurisdiction to investigate,” he said.

“That A$500,000 was meant for upgrading sporting facilities in Trinidad and Tobago, not for Mr Warner’s personal use. Australia deserves that money back.”

Lowy also wants the money back.

“We asked Concacaf to give our money back because it wasn’t used for the purpose we intended, and were advised by Fifa to wait until the inquiries were complete. Those inquiries are still ongoing,” he said.

Australia also ran against the United States, Japan and South Korea for the 2022 World Cup, and the Fifa developments have led some to suggest Qatar should be stripped of the tournament.

One of two probes underway by US and Swiss authorities is looking into the award of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

Australian Sports Minister Sussan Ley said the government would need to see substantial reform at Fifa before considering any further bids.

“Appropriate governance reforms at Fifa must be undertaken, and succeed, before Australia could ever entrust taxpayer dollars towards any bid overseen by Fifa,” she told The Australian newspaper.

Source: www.bangkokpost.com