Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Barnaby the scandal

To me, this has always been about the misuse of government funds. Until the Prime Minister's office got involved this was probably little more than an inappropriate office affair. When the decision was made to try and hide the relationship by separating the couple during work it all went awry.

It is alleged that the former Chief of Staff for Barnaby raised the relationship in a high-level meeting between the PMO and Barnaby's office. This is when Turnbull became aware of the relationship. Although it is claimed by many in the know it was common knowledge as early as November 2016.
Either way, the result of the meeting was a decision that in my opinion was a point of no return.

They made the decision to try and hide the relationship. They decided to move Ms Campion out of Barnaby's office. A high paying media advisor role was created in Canavan's office. He has claimed there was a need for the role and that there was an interview. Although the reality is there were no other candidates. No advertising for the role. Canavan claims Barnaby wasn't involved but the stink of it is he must have been. He must have agreed to the separation at work. There is no way Canavan would poach staff from the bosses office. So Ms Campion gets a $110,000 pay increase in the move to Canavan's office to approximately $190,000 a year. People in Canberra have said this role didn't have the desired effect. The couple were spending as much time together now as they ever had.

When Canavan stood down over the s44 issue the role was no longer there. Soon another role was created in Damian Drum's office. A media adviser role in an office that already had a junior staffer in a role of media adviser. The office had little to no requirement for Ms Campion. If it did she would have been replaced as within a fortnight she went on indefinite stress leave. It was said in Senate estimates she never set foot in Drum's office. This job was signed off by the Prime Minister. The role became redundant shortly after when Damien Drum was promoted. Perhaps the redundancy was the plan all along?

I'm not suggesting this doesn't happen all the time in parliament house but I am suggesting it is a criminal misuse of Commonwealth revenue. Paying people who aren't doing a job pretending that they are. I have no idea how many people have done this but I do know it is wrong. I asked the AFP to investigate it I felt so strongly but all I got was a generic response. I later learnt that I wasn't the only person to make the same complaint.

When you consider how hard lined the AFP investigation was for Peter Slipper's case one wonders how they could sit idly by as these roles were created? Most of the people who follow Australian politics have noticed many anomalies like this since Sept 2013.

I hope that this issue is investigated and prosecuted by somebody independent and if there are other similar cases they to should suffer the same fate.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

My motive for running.

I'm running to give minorities like the cystic fibrosis community, a voice in parliament. The elderly, disabled, sick, the unemployed and anyone else who is being fobbed off by the mainstream. What difference can one person make? I think we can do a lot if we have representation inside our parliament.

I don't think ill Australians should have to line up in an orderly fashion to receive best practice medicines. I don't think, waiting for PBAC & pharmaceutical companies to have the same arguments over every new medication is acceptable. What is the alternative? I think we find ways to fund what society needs as a government. Look for new revenue ideas that take the stress out of funding. It can be done. I have an idea that would generate $330 billion a year and it wouldn't hurt any Australian taxpayers. That would enable us to fund plenty of things society really needs & service the huge govt debt the nation has accrued over the last decade. I haven't gone public with my idea as I worry what a conservative government would use the money for.

I want people to be able to approach me with their concerns and to try and find practical solutions to problems. If people in the community are being unfairly treated I want to give them a voice. I am not running for parliament to make friends or waste time. I want to make a positive impact on the standard of debate.

If we get one good candidate in parliament & they do a good job it could grow as a result. Perhaps we could shake up the major parties who keep serving up the same candidates year after year? There is only one way to find out.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Letter to the ombudsman. Template #notmydebt

Dear Sir/Madam,

I have been issued with a debt by the Commonwealth government  DHS/Social Security. I believe the debt is bogus. I have gone through the appeals process and they refuse to overturn the debt or provide evidence to support the debt being real or my fault. I would like the Commonwealth Ombudsman to investigate my case. The debt will cause me (and my family) great hardship and we do not think the debt is legitimate. Please find the relevant correspondence attached. 

Make changes where required. Add the information you have letters, debt notice, your appeal etc

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Media, politics & social media.

On insiders, this morning, Ed Husic and Barrie Cassidy questioned the value of social media. Social media actually broke the Barnaby Joyce scandal. Social media was all over it before the By-election in New England. The media knew of the relationship but covered it up. How do we know this? We know because they had photo's and have made admissions like Phil Coorey did this morning. The media have made this about the relationship. Social media wants the crime dealt with.
If Twitter & Facebook weren't dangerous forums for politicians and mainstream media owners the NBN would never have been sabotaged. If you think that a high-speed internet service isn't going to change the media delivery around the world you simply aren't watching.

The political class are rightfully scared of the power & speed social media has. Take my own stats as an example. The reach of my Tweets over the last 28 days was 2.4 million. Of those 6,000 checked my profile. Of those 160 followed. People on social media socialise. They have friends they talk with, they discuss issues that interest them. All of a sudden the mainstream media have lost control of the conversation. It is the loss of control that scares our politicians and the owners of our media.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

My s44(i-v) submission

I was totally unaware of the inquiry into s44(i-v) I would like to make a submission on the matter as I feel it is a very important issue.

My opinion is the events that have occurred in relation to s44(i-v) compliance not only vindicate those who wrote the Australian Constitution, they also highlight the lack of oversight some of our laws have. The behaviour of our parliament regarding compliance has been ad-hoc at best.

I was a candidate in the 2016 federal election for the Senate in Victoria. As a political candidate, I looked over s44(i-v) Seeing how many have failed to exercise the same care when making their declaration is upsetting on a couple of fronts.
The first being ineligible candidates that are elected take up positions that are not rightfully theirs. They also are able to game the system & remain in our parliament unchallenged unless caught in the window that disputed returns currently allows. I know of several MPs & Senators who are ineligible yet still collect the pay knowing they are not compliant.
Depending on rulings & interpretation up to 70 could be ineligible. Then there are the MPs & Senators using family trusts and offshore tax havens. How can anyone know definitively that they are not winning contracts subsidies and grants as their investments are more clandestine than most?

My suggestion would be to keep the laws as they were written. They are doing their job. The oversight is what needs to be addressed. I am of the opinion every candidate should go through an audit to prove they are compliant with s44(i-v). If you cannot show you comply you should not be signing a declaration.

                                          Thank you regards, Mark Dickenson

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Report a crime AFP Barnaby job scandal. AFP response included.

I find it bemusing that this isn't already being investigated. Defrauding the Commonwealth is a serious offence. It has become blatantly apparent over recent Months that Barnaby Joyce has been involved with a woman in his office. Evidence suggests that after intervention from the Prime Ministers Office a job was created in an endeavour to hide the relationship. The job involved a promotion of approx $110,000. The fact that the PMO was involved suggests the PM knew of the relationship. Even if he wasn't aware Barnaby most certainly was. This job was in Canavan's office. When Canavan stood down there was another job created in the office of the whip Damian Drum. Again Ms Campion was employed as a media advisor. This time the office already had a media advisor. The media advisor already employed had very little to do. The office did no television or radio interviews and did 3 Tweets in December 2017 & 3 again in January 2018. The Prime Minister signed off at least on the Drum role if not both positions. If the Drum role was a genuine role and not blatant nepotism I question why was Ms Campion not replaced when she went on stress leave. She remains on stress leave still today if media reports are in fact accurate. I think the funds used for the roles of Canavan's office & Drums office warrant investigation as many believe it constitutes defrauding the Commonwealth. Barnaby cannot deny knowledge of a relationship he was in therefore any jobs created for the woman break the law. There was a high-level meeting between the Joyce office & Turnbull office that resulted in the creation of a role with no advertising no interview and only one candidate. the same appears to be the case in the role of Drum's office. Politicians have no right to wantonly waste money on bogus roles in an endeavour to cover up their sexual relationships nor should they be able to conspire to do so.

Good morning Mr Dickenson,

Reference is made to your email to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), dated 18 February 2018. I have again attached a copy of your correspondence below for ease of reference.

The issues you have raised in your correspondence have been recorded by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).  In line with our previous notification to you in December 2017, I can again advise that the Department of Finance, the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority and the Department of the House of Representatives will examine the propriety of actions concerning Mr Joyce, and the employment of Ms Champion, and determine the appropriate action regarding these matters - pursuant to requirements in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. 

Should the relevant Commonwealth Department or Agency identify that a criminal offence has been committed they may refer the matter to the AFP for further investigation if required.

Client Liaison Team