“In the courtroom of honor, the judge pounded his gavel
To show that all’s equal and that the courts are on the level
And that the strings in the books ain’t pulled and persuaded
And that even the nobles get properly handled”
In horse racing, when you pick two winners in any order it is called a ‘quinella’. There is one proviso — there have to be three or more horses in the race.
If you get the chance read the article on the front page of the Weekend (10-11 March 2012) Australian “Newman ally faces ‘$300,00 abuse probe“(excerpt shown above). Though I would not recommend paying hard earned money to subscribe to the Murdoch paper to read it online.
The Australian, Qld Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), the Public Trustee (PTQ) and the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) have given top billing to the ‘alleged financial abuse involving more than $300,000 belonging to elderly acquaintances who suffer dementia.’ The allegation is that Mayor of the Scenic Rim John Brent, using his position as POA*, ripped off an aged person suffering from dementia. There is mention in the article of a whistle blower.
I believe these state and media institutions have acted purely because Mayor Brent is an important person and ally of Campbell-Newman in the race for control of Queensland.
Not so for Ross, the former owner of AHIMSA house, a community centre in West End, Brisbane, recently sold by the bank, Challenger Managed Investments.
Over the past three years the Qld Public Trustee has placed all the responsibility on Ross and his friends to provide evidence of the theft of AHIMSA house from Ross and the community.
I have posted this article to give you an idea of how superficial and uncaring the media and authorities are on the issue of people with Power of Attorney (POA) taking advantage of elders.
As if it were not already obvious!
“the judge pounded his gavel
To show that ladder of law has no top and no bottom
And he spoke through his cloak, most deep and distinguished
And handed out strongly, for penalty and repentance”
In a crass and superficial world, this article and the focus on ‘family scandals’ in the Campbell Newman camp are likely to end his prospects of becoming Premier and may pave the way for a still unlikely Labor victory. Either way, there will be more robbery of public and community property.
The polls have Campbell Newman behind in Ashgrove. The local community don’t want the Can Do man, women don’t want him and his highly conservative stance on Women’s rights — the developers friend does not deserve to govern, he can’t even win a seat in the parliament, even with the backing of mining magnate, Clive Palmer, hell-bent on destroying Queensland, the lives of its workers and small towns .
I hope the polls are right. I hope Campbell Newman loses.
But I also hope Anna Bligh fails to retain her seat.
The Public Trustee preys over 600 – 700 files ‘administering’ the finances of the old and infirm. Predatory behaviour by rip-off merchants and con-men continues. Abuse of the elderly, the infirm, the disabled is rife as the population ages. Yet the inertia of the bureaucrats and the institutional media is such that they will act only when it is important people who are involved. In this case Labor appointees have acted to claw back the lead held by the opposition.
The public service is disabled under Bligh and Labor appointees like Peter Carne, the Public Trustee and former legal partner of ex-Premier, Wayne Goss. A combination of inertia and incompetence in the public service has given the banks, the financial advisors, the middle class crooks free reign and advantage over ordinary people who worked all their lives only to be conned and forsaken. It is as if the politicians have relied on the inertia of the public service to create failure (the floods [sic]) so that they can pretend to come to the rescue and spin their way back into government. Meanwhile on the other side of town the LNP draws up its hit list of public servants who have to go. Mr Carne is on the top of the list but is there no bottom?
Mr Newman, what about the whole rotten system, do you care?
Labor does not deserve to govern. Premier Anna Bligh sold Queensland Rail in a state that moves minerals from one place to another. Community assets are sold for a song to private companies and individuals. Bligh does so on the advice of Treasury that argues (sic) that the 8% return they were getting from Queensland Rail was not enough. During the Bjelke-Petersen era QR was making 25% profits on coal freight royalties and subsidising urban rail with the takings from transnational mining companies. Not even Joh, the king of corruption, could sell QR. After the economy was re-regulated by Hawke, Keating and Howard these royalties were cut under Federal government legislation in the name of competition (ACCC legislation). So the Labor government has privatised QR’s profits (on coal) and socialised its losses (on urban transport).
In this case, I hope I have picked both Bligh and Newman as losers in this, a two horse race!
When all is said and done, it is better for people to campaign for direct democracy in working class organisations and in community groups than to be held in the thrall of election politics and at the mercy of bureaucrats.
Mr Campbell , you complain why does everyone say it is your fault — well it is systemic failure. Those 600 or 700 files of shame and disgrace in the PTQ’s office demonstrate this. There is something happening in there, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr Campbell?
“Ah, but you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Bury the rag deep in your face
For now’s the time for your tears.”
Thanks to Bob Dylan for
“The Lonesome Death
of Poor Hattie Carroll”
11 Mar 2012
*POA = Enduring Power of Attorney