The Pickering Post
Saturday, 17th November 2018

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Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


Australia is now out of the World Cup race until at least 2042 and a corrupt FIFA decision to award the 2022 event to Qatar, over favourites Japan, the US and Australia, is seen as no more than a sick joke.

Accusations of multi-million dollar bribes paid to FIFA crooks can now be proved. Of course David Gallop and Frank Lowy, representing the Gillard Government, would not have paid bribes for votes... well, not directly that is.

But they did use dodgy European-based football “consultants” who were supposed to help the Australians fill the pockets of FIFA executives. There is no record of what amounts were paid to these “consultants” or what part of Australia’s $46 million budget was passed on to FIFA executives in the form of bribes.

What possibly could have been the role of these “European consultants” apart from acting as third-parties that have always been used to negotiate FIFA bribes?

They certainly didn’t sing Waltzing Matilda in board shorts and cork hats at FIFA meetings.

Sports Minister at the time, Mark Arbib, said the $46 million for the bid was money well spent. "The result is the result”, he claimed, “they voted, Qatar won - they had the better bid."

Hmmm, and with that, little Abib promptly resigned and disappeared into the bowels of free enterprise amid accusations of acting as a paid CIA operative against Australia’s interests.

In May 2011, the then vice-President, Jack Warner, publicised that Qatar may have “bought” the 2022 World Cup through bribery via an Arab representative, Mohammed bin Hammam.

Warner was subsequently forced out of FIFA with a payment of $2 million in hush money.

A whistleblower, Phaedra Almajid, who has since disappeared, alleged that several African officials were indirectly paid $1.5 million each by Qatar and that bank transfers had disclosed that sums of over $5 million had been used to buy votes.

And how many votes did Australia, as one of the favourites, receive? One solitary vote!

So, either bribes paid indirectly to FIFA officials on Australia’s behalf were insufficient or Australia expected to win solely on the value of its lovely presentation. But not even Lowy and Gallop are that stupid, they know how FIFA works.

So how much of our $46 million was creamed from the top of these payments to “European consultants”?

We will soon know.


How could they have played the World Cup in Australia anyway? Every time a soccer player gets bitten by a mosquito they roll around on the ground like they've been shot. Perhaps all that money was for mozzie repellant.

Ahead Of Israel Expulsion Vote U.S. Orders Raid On FIFA
"Today the U.S. ordered Swiss police to raid, incarcerate and extradite to the U.S. six FIFA officials for alleged corruption. The raid, with obviously pre-alarmed New York Times reporters on the scene, comes shortly before a FIFA vote to expel Israel from the association.
This Friday the world football association FIFA is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, for its 65th regular World Congress. One of the votes on the agenda (pdf) is about the "Suspension or expulsion of a member". There is also an "Update on Israel-Palestine".
The Palestinian Football Association has called for a vote to suspend Israel from FIFA:
The Palestinian group objects to Israeli teams playing in the West Bank. They also say Israel restricts movements of Palestinian players between the West Bank and Gaza as well as for international matches.
"They keep bullying here and there, and I think they have no right to keep being the bully of the neighborhood," Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub said of Israel. "If the Israelis are using the issue of security, I can say that their security concern is mine. I am ready to fix parameters for security concerns, but security should not be used ... as a tool in order to keep this racist, apartheid policies."
He declared the situation in the West Bank far worse than apartheid that existed in South Africa because right-wingers and extremists in Israel want to "delete Palestine." In the 1960s, FIFA suspended South Africa for decades after it failed to comply with the association's nondiscrimination policies. The nation was also expelled from FIFA a month after the Soweto Youth Uprising of 1976.
"I am not asking for the suspension of the Israeli association; I am asking to end the suffering of the Palestinian footballers," Rajoub said. "I am asking to end the grievances, the humiliation we are facing."
The vote requires a 75% majority of the 209 FIFA members. There was a good chance that it was going to be successful.
But now, just by chance, the U.S. government ordered the Swiss police to raid the hotel where the main FIFA functionaries are residing to arrest some of them on corruption charges going back to the early 1990s. The U.S. wants these to be extradited to face a U.S. court.
Also, just by chance, reporters and photographers of the New York Times happen to be in that very Swiss hotel lobby, at 6 am, to capture the incident live:
As leaders of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, gathered for their annual meeting, more than a dozen plain-clothed Swiss law enforcement officials arrived unannounced at the Baur au Lac hotel, an elegant five-star property with views of the Alps and Lake Zurich. They went to the front desk to get keys and proceeded upstairs to the rooms.
The charges allege widespread corruption in FIFA over the past two decades, involving bids for World Cups as well as marketing and broadcast deals, according to three law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the case. The charges include wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering, and officials said they targeted members of FIFA’s powerful executive committee, which wields enormous power and does its business largely in secret......."

Haven't the labor party also put us up for the other CORRUPT sporting organisation, the OIC to host the Olympic (drug fest) games in Brisbane. Another throw away of $millions to corrupt organisations. Oh I forgot - LABOR = UNIONS = CORRUPTION.How could I be so ignorant to think otherwise.

Did Mark Arbib really say that it was money well spent? That must surely be the second dumbest statement in history behind "this (piece of paper) means peace in our time"

Blimey, Four more years of a Crook at the top of an International Sports Body. I so hope this is the beginning of the end for so called professional sport. It a concept that is past its own use by date. Anyway it's NOT professional ( look up the true meaning of 'professional). It is merely mercenary, and all of them are not very bright, and certainly not worth the obscene pay they receive

I learn today (sat) that the dance done by Australian of the Year Goodes, was a WAR dance...and there was I thinking he was mimicking an ape. Well, silly old me,eh?

They don't call it Wogball for nothing!! You closet Priscilla Queen of the Desert fan you...

I put this up the other day, but worth repeating, since socialists can't do maths anyway:


An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equaliser.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”.. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that.

Here are possibly the 5 key points about such an experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Frank Lowry was the chairman, time to drill down to where our $46 million went, paying bribes is a criminal offence frank, how are you feeling today ?

Australia's democracy is failing.

"Mean spirited, ill educated, parochial and witless" - Yes pill, those attributes doubled when you arrived.

......and the Greens

You forgot the Greens and fringe Senitors who are getting a say totally out of proportion to their support. Democracy has a lot of edges to knock off before it becomes workable.

ThePhantom. Too complex for poor old Paulm to follow. Spot on though.

So you're real problem Horse is that we don't secondary process. If we did would you prefer it if we bought the rocks here from somewhere else to refine and turn into metal? Perhaps a few solutions from you on how to make secondary processing more economical here would give you more credibility. I won't hold my breath waiting for your response but here's a head start for you. Encourage and promote coal mining and electrical generation from coal to lower the cost of power to end users, reduce costs associated with labour, start thinking about protection of Australian industries from overseas countries that shamelessly exploit their poor.

Communism well and truly exists is Australia.

If has been renamed Labor Party.

Horse ... our very very high salaries prevent us from adding value ..

You do have that old world communist thinking ...

As for FIFO, it is more the employees and preferences of their wives and kids who have driven the prevalence of this employment mode. If anything it was the Labor inspired introduction of Fringe Benefits Tax that started the demise of the company mining town.

It's very simple Horse, or paulm, or whoever you are; mining from Eureka to Mt Isa, from Broken Hill to Kalgoorlie, from Blackwater to Tom Price has been the main stay of this country and its savior on more than one occasion. Australian democracy, workers rights, Australian innovation all stem from mining. It has always been a game of high risk versus high rewards requiring enormous Capital that only large corporations can raise, but many ordinary Aussies have benefited along the way. The People (Government) take their cut through company taxes (on profits) and through Royalty Payments (on production sales irrespective of profit). It is a system that works so why fuck with it.