Saturday, 27 August 2016

42 suicides in 2016 says there's something very wrong in ADF.

There are several aspects of this that suggest there is a pattern in our government sector of ignoring serious issues with a view to minimising liability for blatant mistakes. I've seen it personally many times. The duty of care that is meant to be paramount seems to be a distant placing to risk mitigation of the employer's liability.
Our defence personnel are often exposed to trauma & death in combat zones. PTSD is indisputably a disorder that is recognised globally. I know myself,my great-grandfather Ted Barrington was traumatised by what he experienced in WW1. Of course, back in the day, PTSD wasn't recognised. As a result, pop found solace in self-medicating with  alcohol.
We have a duty to provide the best to these people. They put themselves in harms way representing the nation's alleged interests without question.
There are serious questions regarding  medications that have been administered to ADF personnel for Malaria, Mefloquine & tafenoquine. There are many aspects of this that flag wrongdoing. This is of course clouded by agenda drove, conflicting versions which sadly is part of government & big pharma modus operandi. This area will only ever be addressed adequately in the courts. With the people effected taking their own lives it is left for others to fight this battle. Some of those have to fight this and the PTSD .
Anyway, you look at it, our defence personnel are being let down badly by the govt they serve. That aspect should be addressed post haste to ensure the 42 we have lost this year doesn't continue to spiral as it is. I have no doubt these people have been systematically screwed by their government. Threatening pensions via legislation implies both guilt & an endeavor to cover up.
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Monday, 22 August 2016

#Auspol This is a scandal, however you look at it.

When a Minister negotiates something as serious as #Chafta & #TPP they should be held to the highest integrity standards. They are dealing with sensitive information. Information that could be incredibly lucrative to either themselves or other parties associated with them. There are so many flags that draw the eyes towards the former Trade Minister it is not funny. Our major parties also are clearly in a compromised position to sit in judgement of this,primarily due to the way they fund their activities. Australian politics is becoming so blase about political probity almost anything goes.

Post-separation employment

The Standards of Ministerial Ethics states:
2.19. Ministers are required to undertake that, for an eighteen month period after ceasing to be a Minister, they will not lobby, advocate or have business meetings with members of the government, parliament, public service or defence force on any matters on which they have had official dealings as Minister in their last eighteen months in office. Ministers are also required to undertake that, on leaving office, they will not take personal advantage of information to which they have had access as a Minister, where that information is not generally available to the public.
2.20. Ministers shall ensure that their personal conduct is consistent with the dignity, reputation and integrity of the Parliament.
The standards include a specific reference to restrictions on the post-separation employment of ministers who intend to engage in lobbying activities:
8.6. In addition, as outlined earlier, Ministers will undertake that for an eighteen month period after ceasing to be a Minister, they will not lobby, advocate or have business meetings with members of the government, parliament, public service or defence force on any matters on which they have had official dealings as Minister in their last eighteen months of office.
These restrictions are repeated in the Lobbying Code of Conduct (see below for more information on this code).               
I think this is another ugly issue that highlights this nation's need for a federal ICAC to protect the people of Australia from corruption in politics. This can have absolutely no input from  politicians as it would be polluted as most of our authorities & independent bodies are today.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Census farce shows how inept govt is.

We are required by the government to provide our personal information. The ABS told us our information is safe. The government has a shocking record of transparency. How do we know what we are being told is true. The issue of whether or not information already provided was accessed remains a live one. How does a government with a history of lying alleviate these concerns? The truth is they can't. There lies the problem.
The ABS will report this to another government authority. Both authorities are run by people cherry picked by our political system.
Clearly, they are claiming the site was corrupted by traffic. I have no faith in what they report, nor should Australians. Prior to the census, they had self-reported 14 breaches. Now perhaps the people of Australia will be warier of cooperating with their government.