The Pickering Post
Tuesday, 23rd October 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.


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?



Qld is trying to get the next Olympics. Isn't the OIC another organisation that needs to be investigated? What monies were spent in gifts etc to them? Just another cheats and corruption organisation. This state is already BROKE, and it's yet a proposal put forward by a Labor Government. They just NEVER LEARN.

Douglas Pearce 4 minutes ago

Toxic tonys scared of gay men and wind turbines. What a sad sack. Get back to the fifties tony, and learn from Gillian how democratic governments work.

piss off

With the amount of money involved in the World Cup it's bloody obvious there would be corruption. Everyone knew before the vote it was bent anyway.

Really brought out the ALP trolls. Class envy alert.

Not labor or liberal they are both a ruling class conspiracy

I admit I was a bit cryptic

It’s the miracle of post war immigration, good old Joe you let his Arminian father in the country, saved his grandfather’s arse from the Turks, the ordinary people do the right thing by him and go to his fruit and vegetable shop in Chatswood does good wouldn’t be surprised if he short changed each customer one penny per transaction, if it wasn’t for this joe would be a goat farmer but having made good himself has the gall to tell everyone else they need to work harder, do us a favour joe and bugger off.

Presumably the one vote Australia received was their own.

This is a good little story -
Corporate Espionage: Who Are The Real Losers?
"......After the Russian government declared a moratorium on the repayment of its debt on August 17, 1998, most Russian banks, including Khodorkovsky’s Menatep, simply closed their doors, depriving hundreds of thousands of ordinary Russians of their savings. Rather than try to help depositors and other lenders, Khodorkovsky took whatever sound assets he could salvage and diverted them to a subsidiary in St. Petersburg, beyond the reach of his creditors.
Feels like the same story in India with the Mallyas, Ambanis, Tatas and the rest. It’s what happened next that changes it. The Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested when he was trying to flip away from Russia; masked men stormed his jet at dawn in the Novosibirsk Airport in Siberia, aimed machine guns at him, slapped handcuffs on his wrists, and flew him to Moscow.
Another curious case is of Bashneft, the Russian oil company that was illegally privatised without federal government approval over a decade ago before being sold to Yevtushenkov’s company Sistema in 2009. Yevtushenkov, who is one of Russia’s richest men, is currently under house arrest in a separate case on suspicion of money laundering related to the purchase of Bashneft. He was jailed on fraud and tax evasion charges and his Yukos oil company seized by the government.
In the famous 2011 Iranian embezzlement scandal Iranian court sentenced four people to death for a billion-dollar bank fraud that tainted the government. Iranians, hit by sanctions and soaring inflation, were shocked by the scale of the $2.6 billion bank loan embezzlement that was exposed last year and by allegations it was carried out by people close to the political elite or with their assent. Of the thirty-nine people tried for the fraud – the biggest in the Islamic Republic’s history – four were sentenced to be hanged.
Can Indian government act like this? Do we have guts to do that while we are inviting foreign investors for ‘Make in India’ which are already involved in financial scandals in their own countries? Is the GOI carrying out background check of those companies that are entering into India under the name of ‘development’? If we can’t handle handful of local companies how can we deal with such sophisticated foreign companies that work with a military precision?
Here in India, we take these free-market capitalist corporations and put them on a pedestal, and when they fail, we spread their debt to the people. Doesn’t the entire drama of globalization and liberalization going for decades under different names look similar to the East India Company modus operandi – spreading the business in the name of advancement and so called ‘development’.................."

Tell us what you really think .

No. must not forget that burning issue, meanwhile Shorten has stated that he "has no time" for corruption within the Union Movement - would that mean "no time" to backtrack, "no time" to check whatever it was he said whenever he said it or "no time" to weasel his way out of one big bottomless cesspit - methinks the boy's in a wee bit of trouble!

You forgot to mention he Insured the world trade centres a week before collapse and also was involved in pulling the pin on WT7, a real hero for our community

Well bill's rooted then .

I don't know why get-up would be opposing this. It's certainly not only the left that find it scary.

Agree Tman and I can't understand why people are worrying so much about it. We live in a different world today and our major trading partners just happen to be Asians. The same rules that apply to us will apply to our trading partners also. Andrew Robb is a good man and would not sell his country out.

Sarcasm here Track.

With the statements now coming out of the TURC I reckon a lot of people will be reaching for a sedative - funny how the ALPBC only want to talk about that other Royal Commission, or their classic from yesterday over here was about some bloke in the Yongah Hill Detention Centre who is claiming to be an indigenous person even though Centrelink deemed his "passport" to be fake and the Immigration Dept. are certain of it (no more mention of it today though, it's all about that insensitive Mr Hockey upsetting people with his truthful comments).

Are you Kidding willone? if not, you should be

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade package is beginning to unravel, with more prominent voices slamming President Obama and the republican leadership over the secretive deal that threatens to cost American jobs and hand big corporations new powers that would violate national sovereignty.