FRANK LOWY, THE ARTFUL DODGER, FALLS FROM GRACE
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.
At 84 years of age Frank Lowy should be admired for his mental dexterity, if not his physical skill, in trying to kill off Australia’s involvement in the FIFA bribery story. But the SKY interview left many questions unanswered by Australia's number one philanthropist.
Lowy and his mate David Gallop left Australia with $46 million of taxpayer funds in their pockets to gain an unlikely World Cup for Australia and Lowy is smart enough to know there was a dirty game to be played if his bid was to be anywhere near successful.
They predictably came home with their tails between their legs, with only one vote, and only $2 million left in the kitty.
Over half the budget has so far been unaccounted for. We know Jack Warner pocketed $500,000 for some dodgy Trinidad Soccer Hall of Excellence which never eventuated... and WTF was Australia doing donating to Caribbean interests for?
Okay, so the presentation must have been costly, maybe $500,000, oh let’s be generous, say $3 million. No, bugger it, let’s be outrageous and say $5 million. That still leaves $40 million to be shared between two dodgy European football consultants (as disclosed here last week).
Now these “consultants” were recommended to Lowy by none other than Sepp Blatter, and if Sepp didn’t get a sizable spotter’s fee for introducing a couple of Aussie wood ducks, I’ll go he.
So did Lowy get an account of where exactly that money went to? No he didn’t, because you don’t ask those sort of questions in these dark FIFA circles.
Mr Lowy says no bribes were paid. That’s bullshit Frank and you bloody well know it! What you are really saying is that you never dealt directly with bribe recipients. Well, guess what, all competing nations use third party go-betweens anyway. That’s what the dodgy European “consultants” are there for.
Not even Julia Gillard was silly enough to hand over hundreds of millions of dollars directly to corrupt African States to secure votes for her pointless and costly temporary UN seat.
But of course media would never suggest their dear Julia was involved in bribery. Those sort of inducements in exchange for votes can be called “one-off foreign aid gifts”. Funny that these oddball African States had never previously been on our foreign aid list... but never mind, what really matters is that they had a vote at the UN.
Lowy could have come out of this smelling roses, but not now that many FIFA executives will spend time in the nick. Little negroid canaries will be singing their bloody heads off to save their yellow feathers and, as suggested here last week, we will now get to know whose pockets $40 million of Aussie taxpayers’ hard-earned disappeared into.
But it’s not Lowy’s fault that he was sent off to be played off a break in a big boys’ game he knew nothing about. No, that’s just another disaster that can be laid fairly and squarely at the feet of Rudd and Gillard. We need a World Cup here like we need a hole in the head.
Oh, that reminds me, I must duck off to watch those two tear each other to pieces, is it on the ABC?
CORRECTION: THE AMOUNT MENTIONED IN THE SECOND PARAGRAPH SHOULD BE $46 MILLION AND NOT $64 MILLION. THE CORRECTION HAS BEEN MADE.