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NASTY: Royce Millar’s vicious attack on do-gooders highlights his own conflicts of interest

charityslagged The Age’s dogged pursuit of Labor moderates on Geelong council has now even descended into attempted thrill-kills on a popular local charity, CREATE.

CREATE is a community owned, largely government funded organisation that helps kids and the unemployed, in one of Geelong’s toughest neighbourhoods. Locals say they play a Mother Theresa style role in Geelong, literally keeping kids alive and out of trouble.

The council owns the premises CREATE currently occupies. They have had to ask them to leave because that building is being redeveloped by the council. Booting them out without anywhere to go and without assistance would have been a major public scandal.

With little regard for the work of this group, The Age’s Royce Millar, who has repeatedly demonstrated bias bordering on corruption as it relates to reporting on anyone in the Labor Party not associated with its Socialist Left tendency, has condemned the council’s decision to give some unused land to the do-gooder group to help them build some permanent premises.

Because one of the Councillors works for a government funded offshoot of CREATE, The Age alleges a conflict of interest. But as the Geelong Advertiser rather more honestly outlines, Councillor Lou Brazier works in an organisation quite separate from CREATE that also attracts government support but that – in the way of the do-gooder industry – is “auspiced” by CREATE which provides it with things like book-keeping and other governance related services.

Brazier has no pecuniary interest whatsoever in the fortunes of CREATE. Her income is not dependent on them at all. Much less than, say, Royce Millar has in the brothels and strip joints and property developers that advertise in his newspaper and the rest of the Fairfax press. They quite directly send revenue that pays for his six figure salary. Does that create a conflict of interest in his own enthusiastic reporting on sex workers and against certain property developers who compete with Age advertisers? Probably not but if we were judging him through the same squinty one-eye of suspicion with which he regards everyone else, we might reach a different view.

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  1. What else can you expect from Royce? Surprised you saw his article Landeryou, as you’re probably the last reader left of this kitty litter destined paper.

    Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2008, 17:31
  2. This story and the Addy story has convinced me to vote for Lou Brazier, good on her for helping a organisation that helps the disadvantaged. Anyway the councillors that complained are Liberal Party stooges that live in snobville they have been elected unopposed so now they are playing political games with the good people of the northern suburbs and using the media like a toy for their own political purposes.

    Posted by Corio Voter | October 30, 2008, 22:17
  3. And what about the odds quoted by Rolls Royce’s Bookie?.
    Royce’s mates Bandt @$5 and Fowles boy @$8.50.
    Unders for sure.
    Give you all the tip get on rhe $14 for Morgan because it will not be that long come election day.
    Saver bet is the $3.50 for Doyle, what a joke should be $2.70-$2.80
    Morgan will be under $5 come Monday and Bandt $4 and shortening.
    Beat the recession with Roycey’s Bookie,

    Posted by Bookies Friend | October 30, 2008, 23:49
  4. AS A FORMER COUNCILLOR, THE ABOVE IS DEFINITELY A CONFLICT OF INTEREST, AND I BELIEVE A PECUNIARY INTEREST. COUNCILLORS HAVE BEEN SACKED AND JAILED IN THE PAST FOR SIMILAR VOTING DECISONS.

    LOU BRAZIER SHOULD HAVE SPOKEN ON THE ISSUE, BUT NOT VOTED, THEN THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO PROBLEM.

    Posted by PECUNIARY INTEREST RULE APPLIES | October 31, 2008, 8:46
  5. Does McMullin have a conflict of interest in dealing with Contract issued to the Spotless group of companies given that he is the heir to the Spotless foundation.

    I like your analogy of Sex workers funding the publication of the Age and in turn the Journo’s comments. Yes double standards indeed

    Posted by Stainless | October 31, 2008, 9:53
  6. The corruption,sex scandals and stupid decisions continue to surround Local government particularly at Melbourne, Whitehorse, Brimbank and Casey are the reason I believe we should get rid of the 3rd tier of government, and just have Federal and State Governments.

    Federal and State governments are made accountable through TV, radio and print media.

    local government has little accountablity except through local papers.

    Now mainly thanks to this website we see some of them exposed

    Posted by GET RID OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT | October 31, 2008, 11:29
  7. McMullin owns no shares in Spotless and has no involvement in Spotless so there can be no conflict. His father founded the firm decades ago but isn’t involved in it either so there’s no conflict.

    Posted by Les Patterson | October 31, 2008, 11:37
  8. Brazier!!!! Is that woman really still allowed in politics. Regardless of Create’s good deeds, you can’t move and then vote on motions with million dollar pricetags when you receive a pay packet from the motion’s beneficiary. It’s a very fundamental principal of society that seems to have eluded Victorian councils and governments for some time. I think she should be deported.

    Posted by Fiend | October 31, 2008, 12:05
  9. So small is no longer beautiful,as far as councils are concerned!? If I am following this story correctly it seems to be a series of characterisations of people their doings and then evaluations of that.Which is fine if,to proceed in another way,if there are some factual matters to be got or have so already,may mean a series of legalities civil and criminal.I think we now have influence peddling laws,and whilst newspapers are subject to many voluntary constraints,illegalities,are not part of that.And pecuniary interest matters have proven themselves debateable inside or outside of court or council chamber.Admitting,one maybe perceived as having one is real easy,and a way of insuring a limitation is put on self,after the event,as exposed,is also possible.Landeryou could of swung the opinion the other way,and said because of a lack of good oversight processes at State and Federal level there is something missing in the Local Government Acts. of Victoria.And he still could be right either way.Where did I pick up the Landeryou name!?

    Posted by philip travers | November 3, 2008, 15:04
  10. Robin Scott and Vince Fontana are going to do a deal with the Socialist Left in Cazaly Ward (City of Darebin). Have a look at the how to votes of their candidates after they lodge them on Friday.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008, 12:13
  11. Lou Brazier knows the rules, in fact is always quite happy to maneuver herself around them.

    When people plays with fire chances are they will burn themselves.

    Cr Brazier likes to play with fire but wants others to burn themselves

    I have no political affiliations whatsoever but am disgusted with Cr Brazier’s misuse of public money and position.

    I live in the Corio Ward, have seen first hand her lack of care for the area accept when it involves money for herself.

    Posted by Lyn Hughes | November 13, 2008, 18:09
  12. Good on Lou, she is one of the few good people left in council doing the right thing by the people of northern Geelong.

    The libs of Geelong (including stretch ‘Mr Seven’ kontlej), turncoat Farrell, and the idiots down at the addy have no idea about the issues facing the northern suburbs.

    Lou will be getting my vote.

    Posted by Corio Voter | November 13, 2008, 21:59