Sunday, 27 November 2016

Many politicians may not be eligible. This must be audited.

The s44.1 alleged breach by Tony Abbott is a massive issue that has dragged on for ages. Many politicians have failed to act on information presented to them which is criminal in itself. The issues with Culleton, & Day show this issue isn't limited to just citizenship.
The AEC, requires every political candidate to attest they comply with all 5 parts of s44 that are listed below. Many of the people that are in breach have effectively defrauded the Commonwealth if they have entered parliament when ineligible.
Both myself & Tony Magrathea have often pondered why so many politicians have failed to respond to letters & emails regarding the Tony Abbott alleged breach. Looking at this law closely there are many MPs past & present that have been or may be in breach of sections of this law. I believe this has been the catalyst for the inaction on Abbott.
Many MPs have complicated investments. How many have investments in companies that have Commonwealth contracts? This also applies to their partners S44(v). Many MPs also use an allowances to negatively gear a  Canberra property this may breach s44(iv)
I'm not bagging Derryn for raising the issue. He has done so in the past while in media. I just ask that if he does this in the Senate it is addressed properly, once & for all. We need a complete audit of this law for all MPs & Senators. Laws cannot be applied selectively. The principles of s44 of the constitution are based on ensuring integrity & probity of candidates in parliament.


Section 44 of the Australian Constitution lists the grounds for disqualification on who may become a candidate for election to the Parliament of Australia. It states in particular:
44. Any person who -
(i.) Is under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power: or
(ii.) Is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer: or
(iii.) Is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent: or
(iv.) Holds any office of profit under the Crown, or any pension payable during the pleasure of the Crown out of any of the revenues of the Commonwealth: or
(v.) Has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the Public Service of the Commonwealth otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company consisting of more than twenty-five persons:
shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.
But sub-section iv. does not apply to the office of any of the Queen's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth, or of any of the Queen's Ministers for a State, or to the receipt of pay, half pay, or a pension, by any person as an officer or member of the Queen's navy or army, or to the receipt of pay as an officer or member of the naval or military forces of the Commonwealth by any person whose services are not wholly employed by the Commonwealth.
Subsection 44(i) has generally been interpreted as meaning that persons with dual citizenship are not permitted to stand for election.[1]

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Offshore detention & the human cost.

 In 2016 the problems our nation faces are immense. There is so much neglect of local issue that distant ones like Nauru & Manus are far from the minds of many. Politicians add to this significantly using economic excuses for inaction in a number of areas. Modern economies don't run like a household budget yet often that's how they're sold. You can invest in various problems at the same time. Often tackling problems early is a prudent course of action.
When I think about tackling problems I rely on information life experience and empathy before I form any opinion. In the case of asylum seekers, I am robbed of all three. I've never lived in fear of my national leaders until recently. I've never been compelled to flee as a refugee. I've never been detained without a trial or conviction. I imagine what it would be like to go through the process they have taken on. What it would be like to lose 3 or more years of your life. Some things are just unimaginable.
 
These people the victims of a political war in Australia have paid a huge price. Thousands of years of human life has been stolen. Our politicians are wheeling & dealing to get an outcome now. I'm sure there will be measures put in place in any deals to mitigate the nation's responsibility. Governments hate being accountable for their failings. They've built a system around themselves to assist them in delaying most issues around them.
I hate this issue because it is going to go with these people where ever they are hidden for the rest of their lives. They are damaged. Damaged by our governments in our name. That fact is inescapable.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Steve Price bullied? Yeah right

 Steve Price makes a pretty good living saying woeful things & never admitting he's wrong. The other night on 'The Project' a guest stood up to him for interrupting & she was supported by other members of the panel. I don't think he was bullied. He was isolated in that nobody thought he was right except for him. Which from what I've seen of him is nothing unusual.
I remember not so long ago Steve Price was getting abrasive with Van badam on Q&A. That night he was the bully. It's how he rolls. Van Badam had his measure on that occasion. I don't really know what it is about Steve & other shock jocks, that resonates with people. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Politically I am too far away from Price to be objective regarding his talent.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

RACV insurance sucks! My opinion

  Very early in the morning on the 23/10/2016, I was in a pretty big car accident. The other vehicle involved sped off. I managed to get a partial number plate & proceeded to the police station to report the accident immediately after I'd gathered my composure. Spent about an hour making a police report with as much detail as I could.
Having comprehensive insurance at least I thought I'd be covered for the repair of my vehicle. I've been a customer of RACV insurance for many years. So have many of my family. That means nothing of course. I have to pay an excess as the customer loses if some criminal flees the scene of an accident. Apparently, that is in the fine print of a contract they claim I agreed to although they never disclosed that fact at the point of sale.
The insurance I purchased is not what I wanted or thought & the RACV isn't an organisation that I will ever use again. I also recommend people should shop around for a better deal from an alternative Car insurance provider with better customer care & cheaper prices. I thought loyalty was a two-way street . It is a dead end road.
Should the police find the other driver things change the woman said. Well my opinion of RACV won't they suck. #BoycottRACVinsurance.
                                                             

Interaction on facebook regarding this issue with RACV.

Mark Dickenson Wow, 600 people have already read the blog 2,500 have seen the tweet. I still haven't got my car back. I didn't take the hire car. RACV insurance is a poor service provider from personal experience. I will keep posting updates until I get $625 value .As I'm injured I have plenty of time.
RACV
RACV Hi Mark, Can you please PM us your policy or claim number and your best contact and we'll have someone get in touch with you.

Regards,
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Mark Dickenson
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RACV
RACV Hi Mark, Sorry to hear we have not met your expectations in this matter. 
In the case where we are not able to get in contact with the other driver, an excess applies on the claim. 
Regards, Nek.
Marisa Monroe
Marisa Monroe That's bloody bs!! 
The people who do the wrong thing get away with it!! 
I'm sorry I didn't know this happened to you and thank god you're ok!
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Mark Dickenson
Mark Dickenson The audience has doubled. The temporary staff they have on weekends have made contact. They can't make decisions. They are repeating the same things training allows. While the CEO sips pina colada's on a banana lounge. 5,105 views I hope they all abandon RACV insurance.
Mark Dickenson
Mark Dickenson Was told the car would be ready last week. Another reason to leave RACV. Plenty of interest in the blog, twitter reach 8,558 all getting the#BoycottRACVinsurance message.
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Mark Dickenson Got a complaint about your insurance provider like I do with RACV. Lodge a complaint with http://www.fos.org.au/ #BoycottRACVinsurance

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Republic of Australia.

I'm sick of following others with blind faith. We have a great nation, yet for decades we have been languishing. Surviving on the resources nature provided & the assets built by more creative generations.
I have a range of ideas that would give Australia its own place in the world, less reliant on everyone else. The first thing we must do is fund what we want to do. I would heavily focus on creating more competitive markets. Currently, we have our biggest corporations paying little or no tax. At the same time start-ups, small business & small corporations are paying higher taxes. I would go hard at the corporate freeloaders to create more balance. There are ways to force tax compliance. We need everybody in Australia contributing to society. Increased competition will create jobs reducing price gouging of consumers that is occurring in many of our national markets.
I would set up a fully independent authority to tackle corruption that I believe is at epidemic levels in & around Australian politics. I would give this authority broad powers to investigate & prosecute people that have been exploiting a watered down system with no integrity. The entire public service sector would be remodeled to stop the stranglehold the major parties have created through political appointments.                                        
                                                               
Instead of spending huge amounts on political advertising like today. I would direct the funds into govt owned media outlets existing & new like SBS & ABC. I would limit the spend on advertising as it is an obscene waste of government revenue. Much better spent on service provision in my opinion. Australia has been pumping the tyres of media moguls through advertising budgets. This has contributed very little to the nation or the freedom of television content.
I'd like to tackle a lot of the nation's problems. The generational welfare issues of indigenous & others. I want services to be delivered that govt funds. I want to trial programs to solve these issues. The same with homelessness.
I want to reduce the amount of government in Australia. I want to move away from the model being used where everything is user pays. From roads to medicine & many things in between. I want to build govt assets that will provide jobs for Australians. I want to work hard to provide better links between country & city to ensure our rural areas grow with the nation.
There are many more ideas but I think the biggest thing required to achieve these things is reform.We need political reform & I think we need to stand on our own feet. I'd like us to become a republic. I'd like us to get off the political merry-go-round our political system has us on.




Saturday, 5 November 2016

We have a corrupt parliament.

There are many MPs & Senators that use allowances to pay off homes in Canberra. Whilst somehow they have justified this by watering down the rules to suit themselves. The recent events with Bob Day made me take a closer look at the entire s44 law. I believe the politicians that have been investing an allowance which is from government (Commonwealth) revenues. The purpose of this is to pay off the property. It also often results in a capital gain. I believe this breaches s44 (iv).

There are also many MPs with investments in our parliament. All of them have superannuation. How many of them have investments in companies that have govt contracts? Who checks this? We can investigate & report them to the AFP. I can say this with confidence. The AFP were told of Abbott possibly breaching s44.1 with supporting evidence & did virtually nothing.

I believe there are a huge number of federal politicians who know they are in breach of these laws. I think there has been a conspiracy to conceal this. The reason I have this belief is the inaction from all sides of parliament. What else could it be? Ignorance of the law is a possibility, yet not an excuse. Don't forget 60% of our politicians are lawyers so it seems unlikely they can't comprehend laws.

I think if this is audited thoroughly & independently it will get many scalps. The issue with Bob Day validates the argument that every MP & Senator should meet the same scrutiny in my opinion.
                                                             



 Section 44 of the Australian Constitution lists the grounds for disqualification on who may become a candidate for election to the Parliament of Australia. It states in particular:
44. Any person who -
(i.) Is under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power: or
(ii.) Is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer: or
(iii.) Is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent: or
(iv.) Holds any office of profit under the Crown, or any pension payable during the pleasure of the Crown out of any of the revenues of the Commonwealth: or
(v.) Has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the Public Service of the Commonwealth otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company consisting of more than twenty-five persons:
shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.
But subsection iv. does not apply to the office of any of the Queen's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth, or of any of the Queen's Ministers of a State, or to the receipt of pay, half pay, or a pension, by any person as an officer or member of the Queen's navy or army, or to the receipt of pay as an officer or member of the naval or military forces of the Commonwealth by any person whose services are not wholly employed by the Commonwealth.  (Thanks Wikipedia for the laws listed above.)

How many MPs & Senators will fall short?

The Bob Day issue being referred to the high court may have a concertina effect. I have always argued s44 of our constitution is very important. Most people who fob it off are either ignorant of what the law is actually for or just plain silly. The law isn't a racial thing, sure s44.1 requires political aspirants to relinquish dual citizenships to show their allegiance to the commonwealth of Australia. The law s44 is actually a list of requirements placed on candidates to ensure the people of Australia get genuine representation. The law covers a range of issues as shown below.



 Section 44 of the Australian Constitution lists the grounds for disqualification on who may become a candidate for election to the Parliament of Australia. It states in particular:
44. Any person who -
(i.) Is under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign power: or
(ii.) Is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer: or
(iii.) Is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent: or
(iv.) Holds any office of profit under the Crown, or any pension payable during the pleasure of the Crown out of any of the revenues of the Commonwealth: or
(v.) Has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the Public Service of the Commonwealth otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company consisting of more than twenty-five persons:
shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.
But subsection iv. does not apply to the office of any of the Queen's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth, or of any of the Queen's Ministers of a State, or to the receipt of pay, half pay, or a pension, by any person as an officer or member of the Queen's navy or army, or to the receipt of pay as an officer or member of the naval or military forces of the Commonwealth by any person whose services are not wholly employed by the Commonwealth.  (Thanks Wikipedia for the laws listed above.)


 I have been doing a bit of research since the Bob Day issue was raised publicly. I think there are many politicians that are going to be found to be not compliant for various reasons. The law cannot be applied selectively. If applied to Bob Day it must apply to all MPs & Senators. That is its actual purpose. It was written into our constitution to ensure we have high levels of probity & integrity. Perhaps the state of our federal parliament is in such disarray as a direct result of the apparent non-compliance.