WHY SHORTEN CAN’T SACK THE DODGY IRANIAN RAT
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.
Shorten is a captive of the Catholic Right faction in Sussex Street where Dastyari rigged the voting to get Shorten the nod as Leader.
An internal ALP Tribunal discovered the mailing addresses for 50 ballot papers in the 2013 leadership ballot between Shorten and Albanese were altered by Dastyari’s NSW Labor Head Office in Sussex Street.
The Tribunal said this was done at the request of Michael Buckland, then a senior staff member of Dastyari’s Office who was also a key member of the NSW Labor right faction that supported Shorten.
Twenty of the ballot papers were diverted to the mailing addresses of Hicham Zraika, former Auburn Mayor (above with Chis Bowen) and now an Auburn councillor who the Tribunal found had engaged in "unworthy conduct" during preselection for the State seat of Auburn in 2012.
Keeping his powder dry
There still remains concern about the integrity of the federal leadership ballot in which Shorten apparently beat rival Anthony Albanese, of the Left faction.
Best to ask Sussex Street guru, Graham Richardson, about what exactly happened.
Dastyari, dismissed questions about the involvement of his Office in the matter.
But Dastyari’s response is not believable in that Buckland was a trusted colleague and the crook, Zraika would have had to have been instructed from the top for such a dishonest act in electing the wrong Party Leader.
Asked on ABC radio if he had instructed Mr Buckland to alter mailing addresses on the ballots he replied: "Not at all."
"Frankly, it had nothing to do with me," Dastyari a proven and well-practised liar, said. "I wasn't aware of it."
When it was suggested to him that having blank ballot papers diverted to a single mailing address could only have been, "to harvest votes", Dastyari said, "It's only an allegation. I have seen no information that there's any truth to it at all."
Dastyari concluded the interview by saying it was, "all a bit of a storm in a teacup". Hmmmm.
If Shorten does the right thing and sacks the little Iranian rat today he will never get the keys to The Lodge he has for so long yearned. Dastyari will have nothing to lose by opening up the diverted ballots story and telling the truth that will sink Shorten along with him.
Prepare for fun and games this morning, another suspension will not cut it,
… apparently it wasn’t just me who thought this was a big story!