THE IRANIAN RAT STILL DODGING A DEATH SENTENCE
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.
Sam Dastyari, could have a shorter time in Parliament than he hoped for after he demonstrated a Persian style of pocketing cash for comment. No, not the John Laws or Alan Jones type of cash for comment... it’s much worse than that!
It’s outlandish that even a devious little person like the ALP’s Dastyari could agree to publicly side with the Chinese over their intrusion into the South China Sea. WTF?
Not only has the world, and an international Court, found the China intrusion to be illegal but ALP policy is against Chinese expansion into the sea lanes area. The dastardly Dastyari has found a new source of income to augment his $300,000 salary that includes travel costs of almost $100,000.
When he is found to be overspending, Mister Bean has such an illicit arrangement with Chinese crooks that he feels it’s okay to simply send them the bill, and the Chinese feel it’s okay to write a cheque to cover amounts including $40,000 of his court costs.
Dastyari shows his support for halal certification out west
No doubt Bill Shorten will defend this little germ as he helped instal Bill as Federal Labor leader by altering the mailing addresses for the ALP ballot to decide the leadership between Shorten and Albanese.
A tribunal found the mailing addresses for dozens of ballot papers were altered at the request of Dastyari’s office. Understandably no heads rolled.
The ballots were never received because the mailing addresses were changed to the post office box of disgraced Auburn councillor Hicham Zraika, who was previously sacked after he was found to be involved in numerous other instances of branch stacking. The tribunal found Auburn’s Cr Zraika should have alerted the Party when he received the ballot papers destined for other Party members. Dastyari declined to comment at the time.
Albanese has kept quiet regarding Dastyari’s activities and his powder remains dry for what is looking like a challenge to a failing Shorten. Shorten knew the knives were out and that’s when he decided to travel around Australia curiously appearing to have won the election while the votes were still being counted. Knives were temporarily sheathed as a result, but the anger is still white hot as the rank and file clearly want the far Left's Albanese and Plibersek... not the Right's Shorten.
The voting system that divided votes between the Party and the rank and file for electing leaders was arranged by an outgoing Kevin Rudd who was still piqued at his own dismissal. But all that Rudd stuff can be overturned at any time by the executive without reference to the rank and file.
“Pay to Play” is not confined to the Clintons, nor is it unusual within the ALP. Bob Hawke was found wandering Red Hill at all hours of the night when he was advising the Americans of Whitlam’s failings as a Prime Minister.
Although he had routinely dumped the dirt on Whitlam to the Americans, especially on the failings of the Labor Government as a whole, the Americans found Hawke's language too blue to relate even in secret cables. There was no paper trail as Hawke's contacts with the US embassy were always in person.
As much as Whitlam was despised at the time it is still inconceivable that his bitter enemy in Hawke could indulge himself in espionage. And if money didn’t change hands for this information on Whitlam it would be the first time ever for Hawke and for the American officials.
So, is this skulduggery confined only to Labor? Well, I don’t know for sure, but the SMH reported a few weeks ago that a Chinese businessman “associate” of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had donated at least a half million dollars to the WA Liberal Party during the past two years. Now I know it’s only a dodgy Fairfax story, but it’s interesting to note Ms Bishop’s attitude to current Chinese investment in Australia and/or her undoubted influence within Cabinet... but who can say?
After all, this is Australian politics, and it’s always been filthy!