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HOW GREENS GOVERN: Sleazy deals for mega-donors and cushy jobs for mates mar Greens rep over mill sale

workersunitedThe financiers to the highest (but unsuccessful) bidder for the Triabunna timber mill have confirmed widespread suspicions that the tender process for the sale of the property was corrupted by prominent Greens party identities in favour of their biggest donor, Graeme Wood.

Wood gave the Greens party the largest ever donation in Australian political history prior to the last federal election, slinging them $1.6 million, in secret at the time.

smafinanceIn a sensational letter, exclusively obtained by VEXNEWS, SMA Finance’s partner Mark Sealy confirms that he had most of the finance in place to complete the deal for the highest bidder, Aprin.

But he explains that one of factors that had successfully delayed them obtaining the finance facility they sought were “publicly issued threats against Aprin, Fibre Plus (Tas) Pty Ltd and (its directors)”.

The culprits identified in the letter include federal Greens party leader (and beneficiary of a $1.6 million donation from Graeme Wood) Senator Bob Brown, his deputy and heir apparent Christine Milne and  state Greens MP Kim Booth and the eccentric federal MP Andrew Wilkie.

VEXNEWS understands that in addition to public threats that potential sources of finance and bidders for the property were privately warned off by the highest ranking Greens party representatives.

In another obnoxious development, it has emerged also that Alec Marr, the discredited and sacked boss of the Wilderness Society will put be put in charge of the mill. He’s publicly campaigned against the forestry industry for years, so it’s a bit like putting a funeral director in charge of a hospital.

Marr was considered too radical and dictatorial for the Wilderness Society and was purged after a gruesome and protracted coup finally ousted him last year.

Liberal Senate Leader Eric Abetz has slammed the appointment of Bob Brown’s mate and political ally as cronyism:

“Only last year Mr Marr was described in the Supreme Court as engaging in “subterfuge” … “to the point of dishonesty.”[Para 22 of Evans J 2010 TASSC 21]

“And that was just his behaviour within the Wilderness Society.”

“This is Green cronyism and triumphalism at its ugliest and raises some concerning questions.”

“Will Mr Marr be anxious to run a viable business, let alone do fair business deals with what one assumes are still his bitter enemies?”

“How will Mr Marr promote his product to overseas markets when in the past he has been instrumental in destroying these same markets?”

Multi-million dollar favours are done for a multi-million dollar political donor. Political pressure applied. Political mates appointed to cushy jobs afterwards.

Graeme Wood has purchased a woodchip mill, at a $6 million discount to the highest bidder, all because he was able to manipulate political events to his favour using his pull with the Greens MPs he gives money to and exploiting their clout.

He has bought the site and is clearly intent on annihilating the jobs there with a view to closing it and developing the property – for profit – into a tourism facility.

Amazing to think that the Greens usually revile property developers as an evil blight.

For a large donation, they’re anybody’s.

The confidential correspondence received by VEXNEWS sheds light into the very dark place that constituted the dodgy sale process of Triabunna. It appears to have been a tainted and corrupted process, rigged by political heavying from the most prominent Greens politicians, motivated, in no small part, by a desperate desire to help further enrich their munificent patron, Graeme Wood.

Timber and many other “brown” industries face similar attacks from enviro-extremists, including Greens party members and its leadership. They are believed to systematically engage in private pressuring of major Australian banks and investment houses, urging them to withdraw from providing finance to businesses that the Greens don’t like (or won’t give them money) or – as in this case – are rivals to the commercial interests of major party donors.

Doing dirty work for massive donors leaves the Greens party no choice but to return the ill-gotten funds. Only then can the stench of corruption over these very dodgy dealings be lifted.


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  1. […] HOW GREENS GOVERN: Sleazy deals for mega-donors and cushy jobs for mates mar Greens rep over mill sa… […]

    Posted by HOW GREENS GOVERN: Sleazy deals for mega-donors and cushy jobs for mates mar Greens rep over mill sale « Only Ed | July 16, 2011, 22:15
  2. And you seems surprised?

    Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2011, 23:40
  3. How many dickwits really voted for Brown and his treacherous band of freaks to create the havoc they have.

    Posted by brown eye | July 17, 2011, 16:28
  4. ***It appears to have been a tainted and corrupted process, rigged by political heavying from the most prominent Greens politicians, motivated, in no small part, by a desperate desire to help further enrich their munificent patron, Graeme Wood***

    Right. Grease some Middle Eastern sheikh’s palm to sell fighter jets, and you’re corrupt. Grease some greasy Green fingers to get a $6m discount on a planned tourism site, and you’re a philanthropist.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | July 17, 2011, 22:47
  5. Anyone elese noticed Dean Mighell lately, wonder how his faithful in the Latrobe valley are feeling about them funding the Green Marxists?

    Posted by Not an ETU member | July 18, 2011, 9:28
  6. We certainly got him into thinking we cared about his members didnt we

    Posted by kermit | July 18, 2011, 9:47
  7. Little wonder jooles is in deep doo doo with the likes of bobbo brown calling the shots for her and her incredibly incompentent government. Talk about the corrupt being lead by the blind and corrupt.

    Posted by cynic | July 18, 2011, 9:55
  8. Anyone seen my blowup she-male doll?

    Posted by Dean Mighell | July 18, 2011, 11:09
  9. Cronyism keeps Alex White off the dole and old ladies safe from potential mugging.

    Posted by Reds are better in bed | July 18, 2011, 11:18
  10. Yawn. It’s still safe to go outside and play you know. The sky is still up there. But wear a hat just to be safe.

    Posted by Wendy | July 18, 2011, 12:05
  11. there is nuffin wrong wif my members eating excrement, thats a right we worked for… the right to pull this little stunt on em didnt we? bloodly labor party bleedin, screw em, Bob Brown offers our workers a future of being on the grass permanently, and yes you can eat excrement on the grasss, so get stuffed

    Posted by Dean Mighell | July 18, 2011, 13:09
  12. Greens voters purport to be socially concerned but really are just atheistic self-centred slogan-believing hedonists who fall for the first con man to come their way and vote Green to assuage what little conscience they have while jetting off to Bali for cheap holidays built on the exploitation of native peoples.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | July 18, 2011, 14:09
  13. I read that Michael Danby is set to not preference the Greens at the next federal election. Based on analysis of the 2010 State election by Alan Griffin, the party is of the belief that the Greens, unlike the DLP, cannot direct preferences in the lower house and that supporting the Greens does not deliver votes. Danby has wisely chosen to distance himself from the Greens extreamist policies. Danby is correct in assuming that the Greens in Melbourne Ports will not be a serious contender coming a distant 3rd. The Greens are also unikely to retain Melbourne without Liberal Party support.

    What is ironic is that the DLP and Family First voters helped elect a Greens candiate in Western Metro in Victoria, thanks to a flawed optional preferential voting system and a electoral commission that advocted 5 [preferences only for below the line as opposed to encouraging voters to cast a preference for all candidates. The VEC crossed the line from independent authority to active political player.

    Posted by Green preferences null in void | July 18, 2011, 14:41
  14. Danby can kiss his seat goodbye without Greens preferences… anyone who can count can see that.

    Posted by Sue Plowright | July 18, 2011, 15:22
  15. “The VEC crossed the line from independent authority to active political player.”: prophetic, GPNIV.

    Posted by Gerry of Mentone. | July 18, 2011, 17:38
  16. And we go again, Geesepeee De Simone just making it up with stereotypes and myths, the kind of labelling we saw in Europe 60 years ago and see today in the refugee debate.

    Seeing as you know everything Mr G, tell us oh wise one, what will be the average Victorain temperature in 2050? How many barrels of oil will OPEC be producing by them? And what will be the output of Victoria’s brown coal power generators – the ones Kennett privatised to secure Vic’s electricity needs?

    Posted by Wendy | July 18, 2011, 18:38
  17. Michael Danby says he will preference the Liberals ahead of the Greens but so what as we all know in Melbourne Port (my electorate) and most other electorates across Australian the last men (or women)standing are the two major parties after preferences are distributed and Liberal and Labour preferences are never distributed.

    However both major parties get extra votes from the independent and minor parties preferences, including the Green. Will the Greens preference the Liberals over Danby’s ALP? Very unlikely but not impossible as if the ALP are on the nose nationally those that preference them may be considered by voters to be equally on the nose.

    If the Liberals can not win Melbourne Ports next election they never will.

    I note that Danby’s latest newsletter to voters is trying to appeal to more mainstream voters where in the past we say lots of Caulfield types in the newsletter photos (Bagel shops etc).

    Perhaps Danby is frightened he is loosing the traditional labour gentile vote like Gillard and Labour nationally are?

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | July 18, 2011, 20:20
  18. Green preferences null in (and)void – The VEC do not set the rules for the conduct of elections the Parliament does via the various Electoral Matter Committees around the country which are naturally dominated by Liberal and Labour party MP’s

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | July 18, 2011, 20:26
  19. The workers of the AWU have just been shafted by their traitor Union boss Paul Howes. Once again the workers of Australia need to turn to the Party of the bosses, the Liberal Party, for a defence of their standard of living.

    Posted by Union Hack | July 19, 2011, 0:25
  20. How can this be legal? Talk about Underbelly! There should be an enquiry into this govt! Stand up Tassie & be heard. Time to take back OUR STATE

    Posted by Kelly Wilton | July 19, 2011, 2:20
  21. I note that Adrian Jackson’s latest newsletter to losers is trying to appeal to more mainstream filing clerks where in the past he says lots of cowards in the army are his heroes.

    Perhaps Private Jackson is frightened he is losing his filing cabinet or consertina file to someone with actual military training, rather than a glorified house inspector.

    Posted by Real | July 19, 2011, 9:48
  22. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/union-breaks-ranks-rejects-gillard-carbon-deal-20110719-1hn8n.html

    Can Mighell get any more thick headed? funds the Greens then has a sook about the carbon tax? Unions boss screws workers more than Reith…he is a nasty bit of work

    Posted by Unions boss screws workers more than Reith | July 20, 2011, 8:57
  23. BUT mighell does support the funding in the carbon tax package for renewables in the age today perhaps because he owns a company that is heavily promoted by ETU money global green electricians that trains electricians in renewable energy

    Posted by Biggest Joke in the Union Movement | July 20, 2011, 11:35
  24. Dear Adrian,
    [“The VEC do not set the rules for the conduct of elections”]. The question is, “Does the VEC obey the rules”? GP’s point is prescient.

    Posted by Gerry of Mentone. | July 20, 2011, 17:10
  25. Gerry of Mentone – I would say yes.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | July 21, 2011, 11:52
  26. Adrian, we may find out soon.

    Posted by Gerry of Mentone. | July 21, 2011, 17:07
  27. the greens are a complete disgrace, what a bunch of sell outs

    Posted by Ben Rauwe | July 21, 2011, 23:58
  28. @Green preferences null in void | July 18, 2011, 14:41

    You claimed that DLP and Family First voters helped elect a Greens candidate in Western Metro in Victoria.

    How can that be when both the DLP and Family First tickets placed the Greens last?


    Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011, 11:30


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