Bob Brown’s decision to take a $1.6 million donation from one of Australia’s richest men and subsequent shameless spruiking of the multi-millionaire’s commercial and property development interests is an ugly corruption scandal that could potentially see Brown imprisoned or fined by order of the Senate, following a reference to the Privileges Committee initiated by Senator Helen Kroger.
Outside of WA, not many have heard of Norm Marlborough. But his huge win against the state’s notorious Corruption Commission has huge ramifications for anyone interested in public life in Australia. These ICAC style agencies are a menace to our polity and urgently need real checks and balances.
The Greens party appear to have gone quiet on a Thai oil giant PTT whose Australian operations caused tremendous environmental damage after an oil spill. Could it have anything to do with Greens party senior official Hayley Conway taking up a lucrative new lobbying gig with Gavin Anderson, who PTT pay big bucks to keep politicians on-side?