Category Archives: Public interest

How Dare You!!! Sustain the Planet NOW!

I feel her pain.  What will it take for our world to wake up to its illusion of economic growth?  When will our world come into a space of maturity to be able to self reflect and take responsibility for actions that are undermining earth systems and future generations. 

At what point does the money mean nothing?

At what point do you put children’s happiness ahead of your own?

By what facts do you determine that your insistence on IT Smart Cities and automation is sustainable when it uses energy and marginalises those who cannot participate?

AT what point do you care about starving children, refugee flows, endless war doctrines and extensive polluting of the planet and at the same time genetically modifying plants and seeds to conform with business profit outcomes rather than homeostasis of life support systems.

This little girl talks from the heart, can you feel her?  I certainly can.  I would love to have been her standing in her shoes.  As an adult I am ignored.  I love children and my hope is that they take it into their own hands and wake up the world to the reality of extinction, we are definitely heading for that.

However, it is not inevitable, as a word some like to use for automation.  The future sustainability of the planet is possible but we have to change our ways,  The current economic paradigm does not work. We have to create a new paradigm where values is the centrepoint and we envisage our future on the basis of virtues, as you feel it you will see a new world arise.

I will send love to this little girl tonight and strength as they will need it.  Adults have proven to be immovable when it comes to greed and there is without doubt a dark energy behind the push for profits without any serious consideration of a real sustainable future.  Her video is below these points.

Equality will feature in this new world.

Values will be taught to all children.

Stewardship will replace status.

Judgement is toxic and inaccurate.

Humility will be valued above attention seeking.

All we realise that what you do to another returns to the self.

What you resist persists and what you look at disappears.

You see as you are not as others are.

What you think about you bring about.

Life mirrors what you believe back to yourself (self fulfilling prophecy)

The greatest success is to be who you really are.

The greatest happiness is to live your dreams.

Money is plastic, real wealth is living to give arising from love.

Love is the currency.

There is enough for all.

The planet will not collapse when we align with nature, which is our true nature.

Peace is not idealism it is the centrepoint of our survival as we recalibrate with nature, which is peace.

Speaking up is our true nature as expression is making impressions like footprints in the sands of time, each print changes the future.  Good Luck Greta!

 

Whistle-Blower McBride States Government Acting as a Totalitarian

In the public interest, courtesy of the Guardian.

I don’t think the government is acting. The suppression of the truth is perverting the course of justice, in my view.

A notable extract from below:

Boyle, the ATO whistleblower, similarly made an internal disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Act to the ATO. His complaint was investigated and dismissed, according to the ABC and the Nine Entertainment newspapers. Boyle then went public.

There are attempts to have people complain internally to ensure no public scrutiny, but if they are not able to act neutrally or seek to protect themselves then inevitably if the problem is not resolved, it escalates.  The lack of values is a core issue.  It is all very well to have mission statements and assert publicly the organisation has values but not act on it due to interference or fear. 

The issue in my own experience is reporting suspected corruption to regulators to be told the complaint is dismissed or not even investigated when evidence is available.  I perceive this practice is widespread and deeply problematic. There are other questions around underfunding regulators so that complaints are delayed.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jun/06/whistleblower-protections-a-sham-says-lawyer-whose-leaks-led-to-abc-raids

Whistleblower protections ‘a sham’, says lawyer whose leaks led to ABC raids

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David McBride, who leaked information on special forces, says government is acting like a ‘totalitarian regime’

Leaks from whistleblower David McBride prompted this week’s raids on the ABC
 Leaks from whistleblower David McBride prompted this week’s raids on the ABC Photograph: Alexandra Back/Fairfax Media

The military lawyer whose leaks prompted this week’s police raids on the ABC has criticised Australia’s whistleblower protections as a “sham”, saying the government is acting like a “totalitarian regime” to shield itself from criticism.

David McBride is facing lengthy jail time for providing documents to the public broadcaster on the conduct of special forces in Afghanistan, which prompted the Wednesday raids.

McBride is far from alone in his plight. Witness K and Bernard Collaery, who revealed Australia’s unlawful 2004 spy operation against Timor-Leste, are facing two years behind bars for their actions, and the Australian Taxation Office whistleblower, Richard Boyle, is facing a lengthy jail sentence for exposing aggressive debt collection tactics that were destroying the lives of vulnerable taxpayers.

In all three cases, the whistleblowers went through the appropriate steps to raise their concerns internally within government, before frustration at inaction led them into going public. They believed doing so would help afford them protections under Australia’s whistleblower regime.

“I made an internal complaint, I even went to the police first, I invoked whistleblower protections,” McBride told Guardian Australia.

“It’s all a sham.”

McBride said the inaction on his complaints led him to the ABC.

The lawyer says he was simply acting on his duty to report illegal conduct, and only wanted to protect Australia’s interest.

“I think it says everything about the problem today that if you describe my situation without saying my nationality, you would think we were talking about China or Russia,” McBride said.

“The idea that someone who basically suggested something was going wrong from within an organisation … is put in jail forever as a spy, that’s what totalitarian regimes do.

“There’s no suggestion that I’m actually damaging national security. I think the government is damaging national security, and yet they’re treating me as if I’m a terrorist.”

McBride’s comments again raise concerns about the ability of whistleblower protections to help those wanting to expose government wrongdoing.

In the case of Witness K and Collaery, the pair aired their concerns internally as required.

Witness K sought and obtained permission to talk to his lawyer, Collaery, about an illegal spy operation bugging Timor-Leste’s government during sensitive oil negotiations, raising his concerns through the inspector-general of intelligence and security.

Frustrated by the inaction, they contacted a series of journalists. Both are now facing two years behind bars for doing so.

Boyle, the ATO whistleblower, similarly made an internal disclosure under the Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Act to the ATO. His complaint was investigated and dismissed, according to the ABC and the Nine Entertainment newspapers. Boyle then went public.

“It says the government of Australia actually only cares about the government of Australia, and doesn’t actually care about Australia anymore,” McBride said.

“So if you speak out against the government, you’re a really bad person, even if you’re sticking up for the nation.”

“They’ve forgotten that they’re actually meant to work for the people of Australia.”

Should Whistle-blowers be Protected or Criminalised?

In the Public interest.

Richard Boyle is a former ATO staff member who is currently facing 161 years in jail for blowing the whistle on the ATO for its use of heavy handed tactics and revenue targets as motivation in its collection of debts.

Before going public with this information he disclosed his concerns under the Public Interest Disclosure Act to the ATO where they were investigated and dismissed. He subsequently went public with this information which resulted in a investigation by Four Corners for ABC titled “Mongrel bunch of bastards”.

The issues he raised have since been reviewed by Treasury and the Inspector General of Taxation and resulted in changes to laws yet he is now on trial, having been charged with 66 offenses, though his actions were clearly performed for the public good.

We call on Attorney-General Christian Porter to intervene in this matter and end the prosecution of Richard Boyle. Prosecuting this individual will greatly discourage any other potential whistle-blowers from coming forward and further erode public faith in our institutions.

https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/mongrel-bunch-of-bastards/9635026

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-06/ato-whistleblower-faces-161-years-prison-possibility/10872350

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/10/coalition-orders-investigation-into-alleged-unethical-behaviour-at-tax-office

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-04/afp-raids-four-corners-whistleblower/9617698

https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/blowing-the-whistle-on-the-tax-office-s-cash-grab-20180404-p4z7rj.html

https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/ato-whistleblower-faces-six-life-sentences-roughly-the-same-as-ivan-milat-20190226-p510d2.html