Rupert Murdochs fake archives of newspapers corrupt journalism and billions of dollars of unaccounted for public debt – updated

Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers – the first he ever owned & published in Adelaide South Australia  – have fake archives of what has been published – news article published have been erased or altered for the false records which are being sold [as archives] by Australian state and national public libraries. They fake archives have also been exported to British Libraries UK London.

Crimes and corruption are concealed by corrupt journalism and the fake archives of newspapers. False and misleading information published in Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd. [News Corp. Aust.] Adelaide SA newspapers have assisted to create Billions of dollars of secret never accounted for SA state taxpayer debt concealed within SA state Treasury’s SA Asset Management Corp. [SAAMC]

News media and SA governments of both political parties have an alliance to cooperate to deceive SA taxpayers in order to continue to remain unaccountable. Details of never publicly disclosed State Bank of South Australia bankruptcy taxpayer debt can be viewed below.

The bankruptcy of the State Bank of South Australia – its illegal “Off Balance Sheet” companies’ debt details never publicly disclosed and SA public debt still concealed

In 1983 the Savings Bank of South Australia (SBSA established in 1848 – a SA state government guaranteeing deposits was never used) celebrated achieving one billion dollars in customer deposits.

In 1984 the Savings Bank of SA was renamed the State Bank of SA & its charter changed to allow more risk in its business practices.  The South Australian government guarantee of the bank was considered justification for being exempt from the requirement of having funds lodged with Reserve Bank of Australia to cover any part of any default by the bank.

In 1985 the new State Bank of SA purchased Beneficial Finance Corporation for one billion dollars.

In 1986 SBSA’s Tim Marcus Clark, in several single pages on his SBSA Managing Director letterhead addressed to ‘Dear State Banker’ (not sent to all staff as implied), boasted of new Corporate loans & acquisitions that included;

Two $200 million loans to the National Safety Council of Victoria discovered in 1989 to be a Ponzi scheme. In 1989 NSCV CEO Executive Director John Friedrich [an alias for Friedrich Hohenberger wanted in Germany on fraud charges] a fugitive from justice for a year, captured, allowed bail then found dead few days after the start of his trial in July 1991.

a $200 million loan to Equiticorp NZ  – Tim Marcus Clark Managing Director  Equiticorp NZ & SBSA

the purchase for $80 million of Oceanic Capital Corp. The sale later to have been found to benefit Equiticorp NZ

the purchase of part of companies named in news media as developers of a marina to be built at Marino Rocks (details summarized below)

A $20 Million loan to Pro-Image studios Ltd. a Director of which was William Edward Turner

& other, all of which soon became ‘non-performing loans’ and bad debt that became public debt never recovered and forever concealed from taxpayers.

SBSA’s future was to be corporate loans – SBSA retail banking business & employees were to be a minor consideration.  My expressing concern at the bank’s corporate loans & ownership arrangements of acquisitions – [the bleeding obvious] compromising the independence of and ability of those who make important decisions – were met with the reply that SBSA management/administraion considered me to be a trouble maker with an attitude problem.

Marino Rocks marina State Bank of South Australia connection – Taxpayer debt concealed.

How taxpayers have concealed from them, the fact that they have paid tens of millions of dollars for a marina development that does not exist.

ERASED**in the following information, denotes that the information was published in “The Advertiser” newspaper and has been erased from newspaper archives. (discovered as erased in 2004)

1986 – 1987 and later events

*DS – denotes David Simmons as Director.

(TS 2%) – denotes 2% held in trust by solicitors Thompson Simmons & Co.

*DS State Bank of South Australia (SBSA) (D.Simmons Chairman of the Board of Directors.)

*DS KABANI – acknowledged as “Off Balance Sheet” of BFC – SBSA Oct.1990 in a news article ‘State Bank silent on mystery firm [view below] that was the only ever news media reference published or broadcast by any news media.  Australian law enforcement financial regulation authorities’ (& then ASC) reporting, not required for “Off Balance Sheet” companies.

(TS 2%)  MINTERN. 1986 Alan Burloch paid (via KABANI) $20Mill. for 49% of MINTERN (info. 1986)

(TS 2%)  CRESTWIN. 1986 William Turner paid (via KABANI) $10Mill. for 49% of CRESTWIN (info. 1986)

(TS 2%) MINTERN <“some cross ownership”>CRESTWIN (TS 2%) (info. 1986)

MARINO ROCKS MARINA (Developers Turner and Burloch)
SBSA – BFC connection to Turner, Burloch, the Marino Rocks marina & associated debt has never been publicly disclosed.

1986 – 1987 Environment Minister Lenehan (Bannon govt.) exempts marina development from Environmental Impact Statement – ABC TV ‘7-30 Report’ only – a 5 second news segment, Minister Lenehan in a state of panic surrounded by media microphones saying “But we already know what’s there” – an angry looking presenter then proceeding to the next news item.

1986 William Turner as Director of Pro Image Studios borrows $20Mill. from SBSA (info. 1986) never publicly disclosed.

1987/88 “Pro-Image Studios Ltd. records a profit of almost $20 million for the financial year 1987/1988” “a loss of approximately $2 million was disclosed in the management accounts” (ASC Derek Parker 1995 information was never reported by news media) http://www.aic.gov.au/media_library/conferences/business/parker.pdf  (info. found 2014)    Where did this $20 Million come from? Was it the proceeds of crime?

The www.aic.gov website can no longer as of March 2018 be accessed having been removed from the Internet.  The document can be viewed at ASC Parker 1995 ACI

The Australian Institute of Criminology has been contacted – more information at https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2018/03/11/australian-institute-of-criminology-website-removed-from-internet-a-pdf-doc-now-inaccessible/

October 1987

In October 1987 I had at my request had a meeting over a cup of tea with SBSA Chief General Manager Ken Matthews [Savings Bank of SA prior to 1984] to seek some reassurance on the future of the bank, after which he with his influence arranged for me to be again working in the bank’s ‘relieving staff’ at bank branches covering staff annual leave & long service leave “Where” he said“I seemed to most content”. He declined to discuss issues of SBSA corporate loans which were of concern to me.  His reaction [facial expression] when I asked him what he felt about the proposed Marino Rocks marina development [close to the suburb where he lived] but his declining to say, prompted me to attempt to politely change the subject. The marina development appeared to be a sensitive issue.  It seemed bizarre that Mr Matthews would even allow me to consume his time in a private meeting.

September 1988

After my further telephone contact, I the next day receive a visit at a bank branch from SBSA Chief General Manager Ken Matthews [last CEO of Savings Bank of SA]who advised me that I “have too much leave owning to me & must reduce it”. He declined to discuss anything.  He would have at that time known of “Pro-Image Studios Ltd. records a profit of almost $20 million for the financial year 1987/1988” but “a loss of approximately $2 million was disclosed in the management accounts”. I assumed that a Marino Rocks marina would never be built, the developers would take full advantage of their circumstances & SBSA’s/BFC’s corporate lending practices would bankrupt SBSA. My meeting with Ken Matthews over a cup of tea was solemn occasion. We both knew, he better than me, that ourcarefully managed bank established in 1848, his life’s workdrastically altered in 1984 was bankrupt, destined to be an economic burden for future generations, and that it happened on our watch. Power over others, ego and hubris prevented authorities from giving any consideration to the possible consequences of their decisions.

I was excluded from the implementation process of SBSA’s September 1988 Award Restructure [of staff pay rates] & was from that time on leave [Long Service, 2 years annual leave, accumulated rostered days off and leave ‘in lieu of travel’] until April 1989.

ERASED**1989 May News Ltd.’s ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper published a front page news article headlined “State Bank $200 Mill Loan to Equitcorp NZ” (Mng. Director Tim Marcus Clark common to both SBSA &Equitcorp NZ – the debt eventually became taxpayer debt never recovered.

29 May 1989 My employment with SBSA was terminated – no reason/explanation was offered

June 1989 I contacted SA Shadow Treasurer Stephen Baker MP for my electorate of ‘Waite’, provided him with and explained SBSA’s corporate lending information – conflicts of interests etc. – that will cause its inevitable bankruptcy & requested that he raise issues in parliament to address important isues of SBSA maladministration and inevitable bankruptcy of SA. He refused to do so & eventually said that he “would be accused [by newspapers] of politicizing the bank”. Murdoch’s Adelaide newspapers had published warning to knockers who “suffered from the tall poppy syndrome wanting the state to fail” that inquire into & question what the bank was doing. Stephen Baker MP would later run off whenever he saw me shopping at the local Shopping Centre where his electoral office was located.

1989 Oct. 5th. front page (afternoon daily News) “William Turner announces he is Bankrupt” News Ltd.’s the ‘News’ newspaper published false & misleading information in a news article headlined “The man behind SA’s great marina fiasco” (see file ‘Turner 5 Oct 1989 Adelaide PM News Ltd.’)” Alan Burloch buys Turners assets “for some Millions of Dollars” (news article appears below)

1989 Oct. 6 – SBSA paid my Mortgage Loan in full by SBSA (an interest rate of 30% p.a. had been applied for the previous 4 months)

1990 Oct. State Bank of SA announces that it has “Off Balance Sheet Entities” – SBSA/BFC company ‘Kabani’ in a 2 Oct. 1990 news article [appearing below] headlined ‘State Bank silent on mystery firm’ the only news media reference ever published or broadcast, apart from a 11 Feb. 1991 news article ‘Warning sign were there for more than 14 months’ ref. to this same 2 Oct. 1990 news article that states, according to information SA Premier/Treasurer John Bannon provided to SA parliament,  that mystery firm ‘Kabani’ “had assets of $100 million”.

1990 Dec. Burloch withdraws from Marino Rocks marina Development announced in a 18 Dec. 1990 news article ‘Marino Rocks project tenderer to face court over tax liabilities’ [see below]

ERASED** 1991 Feb. SBSA announces that its “Off Balance Sheet” entities [now many] BFC have Assets [of $359 Million] Greater than Liabilities [of $267 Million] – referred to in the text of the news article of 11 Feb. 1991 ‘Warning sign were there for more than 14 months’.

THEN a few days later

ERASED** announces that its “Off Balance Sheet Entities” have an overall debt of $31 Million with Assets Less than Liabilities

ERASED** 1991 Feb. SBSA published announcement need for “Billion Dollar Bailout” (The front page newspaper headline that has been erased from publicly accessible records refers to the first Billion Dollars) A front page 11 Feb. 1991 news article headlined ‘Taxpayer rescue bank’ has within the altered archives of newspapers published, become the first newspaper published reference to the State Bank of SA bankruptcy.

A February 1991 front page ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper news article headlined ‘Taxpayers rescue bank written by journalist David Hellaby and Nick Cater is now according to the historical record, the fake archives of newspapers published, become the first newspaper published reference to any bankruptcy problem published by the newspaper.

The 11 Feb. 1991 news article ‘Warning sign were there for more than 14 months’ was published and still exists in archives, refers to previously published news articles with headlines;

ERASED** ’58 firms in State Bank web’ and ‘Our companies in red-State Bank’ One SBSA ‘Off Balance Sheet’ company ‘Kabani’ became many Off Balance Sheet companies with debt of an unknown amount never accounted for and never heard of again.

Turner Bankruptcy File (Victoria) No. 1085 of 1990 indicates Turner NOT Bankrupt Oct. 1989. As stated in 5 Oct. 1989 news article ‘The man behind SA’s great marina fiasco’ – File No. 1085 of 1990 indicates bankrupt 6th. July 1990 to 6th. July 1993. File also indicates Turner has a debt of $30 Million but has no indication of his creditors. [Bankruptcy has since changed from 3 to 7 years]

Question ? – Is the Turner $30 Million bankruptcy debt the same SBSA “Off Balance Sheet’ debt of $31 Million [OBS liabilities greater than assets] announced by SBSA in Feb. 1991? [reviewed from assets greater than liabilities]

Turner Bankruptcy debt from 6th. July 1990 would need to be “On Balance Sheet” for SBSA – BFC to be written off for financial year ending 30th. June 1991.

March – April 1991 Supreme Court of Victoria Judgment CTB BNZ v Pro-Image Studios debt http://law.ato.gov.au/atolaw/view.htm?DocID=JUD%2F4ACSR586%2F00002  “The company is insolvent.” but permitted to continue to operate. The original court file has been “lost” – CTB & BNZ retrieve $46 million – see Summary of this website below [Unsecured creditors would likely include the State Bank of South Australia] (This ato.gov.au website information was found 2014)

March 1992 I contacted journalist David Hellaby& suggested that he should if he could view the bankruptcy file for William Turner.

July 1992 – I again contact Hellaby, he wants to meet me [I want to know what he has seen in Turner’s bankruptcy file & assume it was links to & loans from SBA] – he can come to my home Monday 13 July 1992.  10th July 1992 I have a nighttime home-invasion by purported police officers who steal all SBSA letterhead documents that they can find. 13 July 1992 Hellaby at my home states that “Turner’s bankruptcy file is the most amazing document he has ever seen”. Upon my inquiry he says that it “discloses a $30 Million debt but has no reference to his creditors”. My later inquires with the Victorian bankruptcy court confirm the $30 Million debt with creditors unidentified [blank file No. 1085 of 1990] & indicates bankruptcyfrom 6th. July 1990 – [to 6th. July 1993]

ERASED** 1993 Sept. William Turner – discharged Bankrupt 6th. July 1993 was charged by the Australian Securities Commission (ASC) with multiple breaches of the companies’ code. (see ASC Media Release ref. ASC 93/225 that News Ltd. Published word for word in a news article that is now erased from records of newspapers published. See ASC media release below.

ERASED** 1995 Nov. All Australian Securities Commission (ASC) charges against William Turner were dropped. No explanation provided. See ASC Press Release file ‘ASC 95-177 Pro-Image Turner 10 Nov 1995’ below.  I requested/obtained ASC media releases only by my being aware of the information by having read the news article now erased from fake archives of newspapers.

ERASED** 1995 Nov. SA State Treasurer (Stephen Baker. Liberal party MP for my SA electorate of ‘Waite’) announced an unexpected improvement to the State’s finances of $20 Million, no details of origin were given – Treasurer Baker promised to announce origin “in a couple of months’ time” but failed to do so.
SA Treasurer Baker & all others since (& SA MPs of both political parties) refuse to indicate their recollection of events & newspaper articles published reporting them. SA MPs in 1980s & 1990s when news articles (now erased) were published are MPs in government & opposition now in 2015.

The Marino Rocks marina developers have never been reported in the media as linked to or in debt to SBSA. Their debts (to taxpayers) have been secretly written off.

SBSA bankruptcy debt concealed has become SA taxpayer debt concealed within SA State Treasury’s SA Assets Management Corp. SAAMC. No details – amount or how the debt[s] was incurred has ever been publicly disclosed.
Information appearing above concerning SBSA’s relationship to the Marino Rocks marina developers has twice (July 1991 & August 1994) been edited from my sworn testimony of the forum in which I had given it.

Inter-company loans of BFC (& illegal “Off Balance Sheet” companies of changing value) were considered assets for accounting purposes. No provision was made for any bad debt losses. Inflated values of assets concealed bad debts known to be unrecoverable.

ASC/ASIC – Australia’s federal financing reporting law enforcement authority Australian Securities Commission ASC has since been renamed Australian Securities Commission ASIC.

2015 ASIC has evaded acknowledging specific issues raised of impropriety, crimes, corruption and maladministration of Australian financial regulation law enforcement authorities.  ASIC Chief Legal officer Michael Kingston refuses to acknowledge my correspondence.

I have received an ASIC letterhead letter dated 4 March 2015 from an unidentified author. The letter, referred to as “our finalisation letter”, states “Our records confirm that Pro-Image Studios was deregistered on 19 December 2014.” “Further, ASIC does not intend to comment on the actions of our predecessor, the ASC’s conduct of enforcement proceedings.” The ASIC letter from an identified author appears below.   ASC was involved in Supreme Court of Victoria court proceedings involving the bankruptcy of the company Pro-Image Studios Ltd. with secured creditors the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bank of New Zealand (BNZ Securities) seeking recovery of debts of $46 Million.  The original Supreme Court of Victoria file was ‘lost’ according to a 24 April 1991 judgement made by Judge Fuller “differing from another judge”, that allowed bankrupt Pro-Image Studios Ltd. to issue “92,684,398 fully paid ordinary shares of 50c each” to cover the cost of debt to its secured creditors.

With the assets and debt liabilities of Pro-Image Studios Ltd. & William Turner impossible to separate from State Bank of SA’s assets and liabilities and illegal/secret “Off Balance Sheet” companies of indeterminate, incalculable and questionable value, it appears that the ASC was involved – “supported the making of the declaration” – in arrangements that would further assist the concealment of secret taxpayer debt within SA’s state Treasury.  A bankrupt company was encouraged by the ASC & permitted to issues shares.

Appearing below from http://law.ato.gov.au/atolaw/view.htm?DocID=JUD%2F4ACSR586%2F00002   

The original court file has been “lost” –

Judgment by: Fullagar J. of Supreme Court of Victoria Judgment Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bank of New Zealand (BNZ Securities) successfully retrieve $46,000,000 from Pro-Image Studios with “payment of92,684,398 fully paid ordinary shares of 50c each – Mr Nettle for the Australian Securities Commission supported the making of the declaration that for a consideration consisting of the release of the immediately enforceable debt amounting to $46,342,199 due to the defendants by the plaintiff, will not constitute an issue of shares at a discount within the meaning of the Corporations Law”.
“The company is insolvent. If it were now wound up its shareholders and unsecured creditors would receive nothing while the 2 secured banks would receive something like 91c in the dollar.”

“About 2800 shares in the company have so far been issued and they have been trading on the stock exchange at prices around 5c per share up to the time of the hearing in the Practice Court. If the proposed conversion of debt to equity is carried out, it will bring about a surplus of assets over liabilities arising from the elimination from the liabilities of the debt of $46m-odd and an increase of the same amount in shareholders’ equity, having the effect of creating a real net asset value for all of the issued shares.” ………  “It therefore appears that the proposed issue of shares to the 2 defendant banks will be greatly to the benefit of shareholders and unsecured creditors.”………..“The only anxiety I have felt about the present case, in addition to that occasioned by my differing from another judge, is upon the question whether all the relevant facts are before me with sufficient precision to justify a declaration in the form sought. The original court file has been “lost” but all the parties appearing before me, including the Australian Securities Commission, have assured me that the substitute file of documents put before me is accurate and adequate.”

…………………….

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bank of New Zealand (BNZ Securities) would not grant a loans eventually totaling “$46m-odd” in liabilities to Pro-Image Studios Ltd. [William Turner Director] without very good assets guaranteeing those loans. There could be no better security for loans than assets part owned by a government guaranteed bank that has them valued at many tens of millions of dollars.

Would William Turner sign up his and his company Crestwin’s assets to guarantee Corporate loans from ANZ & BNZ to his company Pro-Image Studios?

Would Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bank of New Zealand consider such assets – Crestwin, Mintern, Kabani – so valued, & part owned by a SA state government guaranteed bank with SBSA Chairman of the Board of Directors also Director of BFC & Kabani, acceptable as to guarantee loans of tens of millions of dollars to Turner/Pro-Image Studios Ltd.?   No better security for loans than a taxpayer funded government guarantee could exist.

Were the maneuverings of William Turner’s  bankruptcy file 1085 of 1990 – 6 July 1990 not the previous financial year when reported by Murdoch’s the ‘News’ newspaper front page headline 5 October 1990 ‘The man behind SA’s great marina fiasco’ with Turner’s assets being sold to Alan Burloch – and

– the  24 April 1991 Pro-Image Studios v. Commonwealth Bank of Australia Supreme Court of Victoria Judgement of Judge J. Fullagar – “differing from another judge”        the original court file has been “lost”

Was this intended, with the assistance of the Australian Securities Commission [ASC renamed ASIC – Australia’s financial regulation authority], to allow the continued concealment of SBSA bankruptcy debt that was/is secret taxpayer liabilities within the corrupt unaccountable South Australian Assets Management Corporation SAAMC within SA’s State Treasury?

……..  Throughout 1985 – 1990 Murdoch’s Adelaide SA newspaper[s], of his state newspaper publishing monopoly, published many news articles warning [threatening] any who considered attention to & scrutiny of the State Bank of SA’s & its managing Director Tim Marcus Clark activities as appropriate. They were said to be knockers and whiners who wanted to see the state fail and suffering from “the tall poppy syndrome”.

Long editorials on the front page of the business section of ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper written by Tim Marcus Clark were published. “We must develop or risk becoming an economic backwater”. Those newspaper articles are among the many that that have been erased from all publicly accessible records of newspapers published [the ‘archives’].  History now records Murdoch’s Adelaide newspapers not as the malicious, malignant news media that has been so detrimental to public interests but benign and even benevolent.

The billions of dollars of state public debt still remain unaccounted for despite a 1990s $50 million dollar Royal Commission of Inquiry.   No-one asked ‘Where did the money go?’

Chris Kenny Adelaide SA journalist for News Ltd.’s [since renamed New Corp. Australia] claims to have written a book ‘State of Denial’ about the bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA. He was in Adelaide at the time of the reporting/publishing of the news articles by the ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper first disclosing the bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA with those news articles now erased from publicly accessible Australian library ‘archives’ of newspapers.

Chris Kenny’s purported book makes no mention of SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’ or have any other reference to SBSA’s changing valuations or numbers of such companies.

The book does not ask ‘Where did the money go?” or disclose that all details of SBSA bankruptcy taxpayer debt continue to be concealed. Chris Kenny does not reply to correspondence but continues to denigrate South Australia in ‘Opinion’ news articles published by Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers.

The closest to an estimate of the amount of the SBSA bankruptcy public debt [published by news media] was an understated $3 Billion [1990s dollars? 2009 dollars?] published by ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper 27 February 2009 under the headline ‘The best I could do was not good enough’ in an interview with former SA Premier/Treasurer John Bannon. [now behind a paywall].

A SBSA bankruptcy taxpayer debt estimate of “$3.1 billion in nominal terms” – how calculated? – is referred to in the promoting of a book “Things Fall Apart – A History of the State Bank of South Australia”, “the result of 10 years’ work by lecturer in Politics at the University of Adelaide Dr Greg McCarthy” which is claimed to take a “detailed look at the Auditor-General’s reports and the Royal Commission” to which Dr McCarthy had unprecedented exclusive access denied to the public.  The book “Things fall apart” is promoted on a University of Adelaide Internet website under the heading ‘New insight into State Bank collapse’ [https://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news372.html].

The book is ‘described as a “post-mortem” of the disaster’. “Although these events happened a decade ago, it’s clear that the lessons from the State Bank collapse have still not been learned,”

Chris Kenny’s and Dr Greg McCarthy’s books ‘A state of Denial’ and ‘Things fall apart’, rather than disclose anything from which any lessons can be learned, evade and conceal the facts from which anything can be learned.

I haven’t read the book”Things Fall Apart – A History of the State Bank of South Australia”,but doubt it mentions SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’, disclosures anything of the secret taxpayer debt or even asks ‘where did the money go?’. Dr McCarthy while receiving a University of Adelaide income from taxpayers would appear to profit from his book and the continued deception of SA taxpayers.  Dr McCathy does not reply to correspondence.

Australian financial reporting law enforcement authorities [ASC & other] failed to enforce laws.

Newspaper articles published reporting of law enforcement media releases have been erased from now false records [fake archives] of newspapers published. Fake archives exist within Australian taxpayer funded state & national public libraries.

Politicians of both political parties, claiming to be political opponents, are aware of but in an alliance with corrupt law enforcement authorities they appoint, to conspire to deceive Australian taxpayers they claim to represent. News media, including taxpayer funded ABC news media, are aware of issues of impropriety of crimes committed and corruption concealed but ignore the evidence and assist to conceal the facts rather than inform citizens who are the victims of crimes at great expense and detriment to our collective wellbeing.

1. Turner 5 Oct 1989 Adelaide PM News Ltd

False and misleading information published by Rupert Murdoch’s first newspaper the ‘News’ 5 October 1989 – Turner’s bankruptcy file did not begin until 8 months later in the following financial year. Turner although said to bankrupt sold his assets. Nothing was further published about William Turner until he was charged by the Australian Securities Commission ASC in 27 September 1993 and charges were dropped on 10 November 1995. Those newspaper articles published at those times have been erased from publicly accessible records – the fake archives – of newspapers published.

2. Kabani 2.10.90

2 October 1990 the State Bank of SA discloses that it has an “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’ – the number & purported valuation of the “Off Balance Sheet” companies were to change. News media were never again to refer to SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet” companies & debts referred to as assets that became public debt still concealed. No efforts to prosecute anyone regarding SBSA’s illegal “Off Balance Sheet” companies were reported by any news media.

3. Burloch 18.12.90

18 December 1990 Marina developer Alan Burloch [said to have purchased marina developer William Turner’s assets when he was purportedly bankrupt in October 1989] reported as having withdrew from the marina development.

4. 11 Feb 1991 pg 6 SBSA

The 11 Feb. 1991 news article ‘Warning sign were there for more than 14 months’ refers to, with wrong dates, previously published news articles headlined ’58 firms in State Bank web’ and ‘Our companies in red-State Bank’ – [as published 5 Dec. 1990 & 7 Dec. 1990; they were published in Feb. 1991, but sill evidence they were published – even though now erased from the fake archives of newspapers published : not appearing in archives as published on any date] – with text ref. to the changing valuations of SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet”, text of news article says OBS liabilities of $267 Million but article collages of news article headline ‘Our companies in red –State Bank’ says OBS liabilities of $276 Million. The news articles referred to as having been published by ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper have been erased from all publicly accessible records – the fake archives – of newspapers published.

11 Feb 1991 page 1.'The Advertiser' News Ltd. newspaper Adelaide SA Cater. Hellaby

“Taxpayers rescue bank” has become the first newspaper published reference to the bankruptcy of the State Bank of South Australia within newspaper ‘archives’ at Australian public libraries after the removal from the records of the first news articles published headlined “Billion Dollar Bailout”

Australian securities Commision media Release 27 September 1993

Australian Securities Commission press release 93/225 27 September 1993 Pro-Image Studios Ltd – Another Director Charged* William Turner is charged with 29 charges under the Companies Code and 45 charges under the Victorian Crimes Act. “Seventy-one of the charges relate to the receipt of $18 million during 1987 by Mr Turner and others to the detriment of Pro-Image.” This information was considered news worthy and appeared in a newspaper article published by News Ltd.’s ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper and has since been erased from records of Australian newspapers published, fraudulently sold by Australian state and national public libraries as archives of newspapers. Only by reading the news article was I aware of the information and requested the press release from the Australian Securities Commission (ASC since renamed Australian Securities and Investment Commission ASIC)

ASC 95-177 Pro-Image Turner 10 Nov 1995

ASC Media Release ref.ASC 95-177 10 Nov 1995’All Australian Securities Commission (ASC) charges against William Turner were dropped. I requested/obtained ASC media releases only by my being aware of the information by having read the news article now erased from fake archives of newspapers. A newspaper article referring to SA Treasurer taking credit for having recovered $20 Million of SBSA’s bad debt was published that same week in Novemeber 1995. He refused to disclose the origin of the recovered debt but said he would “in a few months’ time” but never did.

ASIC pg 1. 4 March 2015ASIC pg2. 4 March 2015 Kang jpg

Above – A letter dated 4 March 2015 from an unidentifed author [an illegible signature] employed by the Australian Securities Investment Commission [ASIC – renamed from the Australian Securities Commission ASC] letter dated 4 March 2014 – attempting to complicate matters so as to evade them, declines to acknowledge newspaper articles published reporting of ASC media releases erased from ‘archives’ of newspapers, anything of ASC involvement in concealing crimes rather than enforcing laws but does refer to Pro Image Studios being deregistered on the 19 December 2014. It has a policy of not commenting on the “actions of our predecessor, the ASC’s conduct of enforcement proceedings.” The name change ASC to ASIC & having for so many years successfully concealed law enforcement maladministration at best, conspiring to pervert the course of justice most likely, is justification for continuing to evade the issues raised.    No furher correspondence will be entered into.

 

SAAMC 14 Feb 1996

Having become clear that a State Bank of SA Royal Commission of inquiry would reveal nothing and was to be a $50 million whitewash, I contacted the SA Treasury SA Assets management Corp. where the SBSA bankruptcy taxpayer debt eas concealed and surprised to receive a letter acknowledging a telephone conversation that I had with Anrew Anastasiades who was concerned that I knew of the concealed ‘Off Balance Sheet’ SBSA/BFC/Kabani and SA taxpayer debt. No further communication was allowed with SAAMC or others on issues that I had raised.

This IT illiterate old man has had a long day at an Internet cafe.

It appears that with the Australian Institute of Criminology recent removal of its website & download of the pdf document  ASC Parker 1995 ACI    the efforts to deceive Australians and conceal crimes, corruption and maladministraion of law enforcement continues.

 

 

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Australian Institute of Criminology website removed from Internet a pdf. doc now inaccessible

An Australian Institute of Criminology website https://aic.gov.au/media_library/conferences/business/parker.pdf   has recently, after many years, been removed from the Internet. 

The document removed from Internet access is a speech made by Derek Parker Corporate Relations Unit, Melbourne  Australian Securities Commission

‘PROSECUTION, SURVEILLANCE AND  DETERRENCE: THE ASC EXPERIENCE’

was offered as a pdf document that could be downloaded is now inaccessible.

My email & other correspondence to the Australian Institute of Criminology prior to the website being removed from the internet remains without any reply or acknowledgement. I am hopeful that the aic may contact me.

The document is relevant to information I have provided to the Australian Institute of Criminology and Australian law enforcement authorities without any reasonable response and posted to WordPress.  I believe that it reasonable that I attempt to offer the document for public viewing for the “purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968” as the Australian Institute of Criminology no longer does.

The document is copyright. The Australian Institute of Criminology has been aware of my references to the document & has not raised any objection to my legitimate use of doing so or attempted to contact me regarding my gaining the aic “prior written permission” as is required.   © Australian Institute of Criminology 1995 ISBN 0 642 24018 3

The contents of this file are copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 (CWlth), no part of this file may in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, microcopying, photocopying, recording or otherwise), be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted without prior written permission. Inquires should be address to the publisher, the Australian Institute of Criminology PO Box 2944, Canberra, ACT 2601).

The pdf document is    ASC Parker 1995 ACI

The section relevant to the information I have provided to Australian law enforcement authorities and the Australian Institute of Criminology is

aic ASC Parker 1995

My correspondence contact with the Australian Institute of Criminology appears below.

https://aic.gov.au/contact

Why is this Internet website page is no longer accessible

https://aic.gov.au/media_library/conferences/business/parker.pdf  and now returns a notification of “Page not found”   The information within the speech of Mr Parker of the of the ASC was public interest information & included reference to Pro- Image Studios [William Turner one of the Directors charged by the ASC on financial reporting crimes ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper articles published reporting of which have been erased/deleted from publicly accessible state & national libraries [now fake] ‘archives’ of newspapers published. It appears that the Australian Institute of Criminology with denying access to this information is a participant in efforts to conceal crimes, corruption and maladministration of Australia’s law enforcement authorities known to Australian politicians including Attorneys General Mark Dreyfus MP and Senator George Brandis.     – more information at https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/rupert-murdochs-fake-archives-of-newspapers-corrupt-journalism-and-billions-of-dollars-of-unaccounted-for-public-debt/

Your acknowledgement of & reply to this message would be appropriate, is requested and would be appreciated.

Roger Bates   4 March 2018

aic contact 11 March 2018

https://aic.gov.au/contact  11 March 2018

 

Your aic.gov.au website http://www.aic.gov.au/media_library/conferences/business/parker.pdf has recently been removed from the Internet after I have emailed front.desk@aic.gov.au with no reply . I have sent aic a tweet from @rjrbts with details & have not received a reply issues relate to info. at https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/rupert-murdochs-fake-archives-of-newspapers-corrupt-journalism-and-billions-of-dollars-of-unaccounted-for-public-debt/    2 ASC media releases have been erased from publicly libraries’ accessible [fake] archives of newspapers published. ASC is aware of matters of crimes & corruption concealed related to same people & crimes  “Court file has been lost” for http://law.ato.gov.au/atolaw/view.htm?DocID=JUD%2F4ACSR586%2F00002

Please acknowledge & reply

Roger J. Bates 11 March 2018

The WordPress website with information – Rupert Murdoch fake archives of newspapers, corrupt journalism and billions of dollars of unaccounted for public debt – will now be reposted with the reposted & have the Australian Institute of Criminology Australian Securities Commission ASC Derek Park speech of 1995 accessible so as to be able to consider the related information of crimes & corruption concealed.

BBC fake news 2016 complaint update, More Lies – Ofcom apologizes for its incompetence maladministration

The BBC has in November 2016 broadcast fake news on its international news service.

After one year the BBC has reneged on its August 2016 commitment to provide a ‘final reply’ to a complaint [required by Ofcom – ‘BBC First’ policy to consider the complaint] and

Ofcom has apologized for doubtful claims of its Ofcom administrative errors – delays responding to correspondence, in error referring me back to the BBC [‘BBC first’], failure to understand its own complaints procedures, providing me with “incorrect information” [false & misleading information] – and now claims to “have taken steps to ensure that similar errors cannot occur again.” “As a result of our handling of your case.” Ofcom CEO Sharon White has so far failed to indicate that she is aware of Ofcom’s errors/mistakes [maladministration!] of Ofcom.

The WordPress website posting of the BBC’s complaint reply https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/bbc-broadcast-of-fake-news/  includes the BBC’s first replies to a complaint lodged.  The BBC’s news reporting accuracy “decisions are always judgement calls rather than an exact science”.

BBC International News service presenter Sally Bundock has remained silent on her November 2016 broadcast of false information while the BBC at first did not deny that Sally Bundock repeatedly over 2 days in November 2016 [in the two days prior to the Nov 2016 US election] claim that UK PM May’s visit to India was “her first outside the European Union since Brexit” after it did report her travel to the United States of America during which she gave a speech to the United Nations in New York but did not report on  her secret September 2016 ‘secret’ meeting with Rupert Murdoch while Rupert Murdoch was & is still now attempting to increase his influence on UK politics with increased ownership and control of UK Sky News that has been approved by Ofcom & has been referred by Minister for Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport Karen Bradley MP to the UK Competition and Markets Authority [CMA]. [UK Gov websites to which I have been directed refer to the CMA only being able to consider information submissions authorized by DCMS Minister Karen Bradley MP.]

The details of what was discussed by UK PM May and Rupert Murdock during their ‘secret’ September 2016 US meeting will never be known to the public.   That UK PM May has not replied to my correspondence & has failed to confirm or deny that she had a ‘secret’ meeting with Rupert Murdoch suggests that the facts reporting the meeting, long after it allegedly occurred but never by the BBC, is true and not ‘Fake News’.

UK PM May, Karen Bradley MP and others are aware of the evidence of false records of what has been published in newspapers [fake archives of newspapers] that are within British Libraries UK London some brief details of which can be viewed at https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/rupert-murdochs-fake-archives-of-newspapers-corrupt-journalism-and-billions-of-dollars-of-unaccounted-for-public-debt/

That UK PM May, DCMS Minister Karen Bradley MP and Ofcom prefer to pretend that Murdoch through his ownership of UK news media does not already have an excessive & corrupt influence on UK politics does suggest that they are far too soft and pliable to ever say “NO” to Rupert Murdoch and his offspring who expect to own & control UK Sky News “by June of next year”.    UK MP Ken Clarke has in a submission to the CMA courageously described any suggestion that Rupert Murdoch does not have influence on UK politics as “absurd”. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/23/ken-clarke-cameron-had-deal-with-murdoch-for-2010-election   The question of ‘What sort of deal did UK Prime Minister Theresa May make with Rupert Murdoch during her September 2016 ‘secret’ meeting in the United States?’ appears never to have been asked. Ofcom has since then given approval of Murdoch’s media company’s full ownership of UK Sky News.

Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport correspondence dated 25 September 2017 (DCMS ref.TO2017/03874 – appearing below) states

“I note that you have already contacted Ofcom. They are the correct authority to investigate your concerns.”   and

“With regard to your concern about the BBC broadcasting fake news, I hope you will understand that it is a long-standing principle that the Government does not get involved with the day-to-day running of broadcasting organisations, including their content and operational decisions. All broadcasters in the UK are subject to Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code. The Code sets out a number of guidelines that broadcasters must comply with as part of their licence. For example, Section Five of the Code states that news or indeed any programme, in whatever form, is reported or presented with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.”

The DCMS letter of 25 Sept 2017 begins with

“Thank you for your correspondence of 4 September to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), about fake newspaper archives relating to 21st Century Fox’s bid to acquire the 61% shareholding in Sky plc that it does not already own (Sky/Fox bid) and about BBC broadcasting fake news. I am replying as a member of the Ministerial Support Team.”

The letter indicates acknowledgement of my correspondence to Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP who with her government under Prime Minister Theresa May receives the benefit of the BBC’s broadcast of fake news [& selected editing : PM May’s ‘secret’ meeting with Rupert Murdoch is considered not to be newsworthy] even though as “a long-standing principle that the Government does not get involved with the day-to-day running of broadcasting organisations, including their content and operational decisions.”    The BBC’s broadcast of fake news and considering the foreign travel of UK PM May and with whom she has meetings to be not news worthy must therefore be a coincidence.

The DCMS claim “I note that you have already contacted Ofcom. They are the correct authority to investigate your concerns.”   is contrary to the claims made by Ofcom in their correspondence in which they apologise for [doubtful claims] of administrative errors, refuse to investigate impropriety of the BBC’s broadcast of fake news & claim to “have taken steps to ensure that similar errors cannot occur again.” without indicating what those “steps” are, all of which Ofcom CEO Sharon White has failed to indicate she is aware & now will not respond to or acknowledge my correspondence.

It appears that Ofcom for one year was ignorant of its complaint responsibilities and enforcement obligations, while the BBC will not make any such admission and Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP and her Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport continue to misunderstand Ofcom’s news media code of conduct [journalism ethics] enforcement role.  Has Ofcom concealed its maladministration [administrative errors, incompetence] from Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP and her Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport even though it claims it has “taken steps to ensure that similar errors cannot occur again.”?

Is there a communication problem between the DCMS and Ofcom [both being aware of each other’s conflicting correspondence] or are there attempts to conceal their intended willful blindness contrary to the intended purpose of their taxpayer funded positions of authority and public trust?

Incompetence or deliberate deceptions, the BBC, Ofcom, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, DCMS Minster Karen Bradley MP and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who may have a secret Faustian Pact with Rupert Murdoch, cannot be trusted.

As for Rupert Murdoch, he has never and never will be man enough to accept responsibility for his news media’s crimes and the damage that he has done to so many people and democracies in many countries including Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. He can never be elected by citizens of any country to officially govern them but he does control those who are elected representatives of the people and the law enforcement authorities they appoint.

Ofcom reply 24 Nov 2017

The Ofcom letter dated 24 Nov 2017 signed by Suzanne Wright Principal, Standards and Audience Protection : Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcement : Content and Media Policy states;

Firstly, please accept my apologies for the delays you have experienced when corresponding with Ofcom.

We have been in contact with the BBC to establish information about this report. However, I would like to make clear at the outset that Ofcom is unable to pursue further your concerns about this content for the reasons set out below.

Complaints about programmes broadcast on BBC commercial channels (i.e. those that are Ofcomlicenees) are dealt with under a different procedure, which does not require the complaint to have been first considered by the broadcaster. BBC World News is a commercial service licensed by Ofcom. Consequently, complaints about content broadcast on this channel are not subject to the ‘BBC First process. I appreciate that Ofcom previously advised you to complain to the BBC before we would consider your complaint. However, this was an error on our part, for which we sincerely apologise. We should not have referred you back to the BBC at the outset.

Broadcasters licensed by Ofcom are required to retain recordings of their programmes for a period of 60 days following transmission, and provide them on request to Ofcom for assessment. This means that BBC World News was required to retain a recording of the programme you complained about until 6 January 2017. This was before the date that you originally submitted your complaint to Ofcomon 10 May 2017.This should also have been pointed out to you when you first contacted Ofcom, for which we also apologise.

I appreciate this response will come as a disappointment and we once again apologise for the incorrect information you were given by Ofcom  regarding the appropriate complaints process to  follow.  As a result of our handling of your case, we have taken steps to ensure that similar errors cannot occur again.

BBC “new” response from Anna Sweeney  BBC Complaints Team   18 Aug 2017

Not until 18 August 2017 did the BBC in a “new response” from Anna Sweeney BBC Complaints Team [appearing below : not the BBC Executive Complaints Committee as required by Ofcom] claim that BBC World News presenter Sally Bundock “didn’t use any wording that could have been interpreted as saying this was Teresa May’s “first visit outside the European Union since Brexit.” after “Having extensively investigated” and “reviewed” what was broadcast – even though the correspondence dated 24 November 2017 from Ofcom states that the “BBC World News was required to retain a recording of the programme you complained about until 6 January 2017.” suggesting that any record of what was broadcast had been destroyed in January 2017.

The BBC’s Complaints Team Anna Sweeney email of 18 August 2017 states “We were unable to find the report he mentions” but fails to indicate if the records of what the BBC International News Service had broadcast in November 2016 had been destroyed in January 2017 as is suggested by Ofcom’s correspondence of 24 November 2017.

The BBC Executive Complaints Unit ecu@bbc.co.uk; ECUdl@bbc.co.uk has not replied to my correspondence [only ever acknowledged by “BBC Have Your Say” haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk as a computer generated confirmation of delivery] which had also been sent to Ofcom and others.

BBC’s Executive Complaints Unit : Rebecca Fullick Unit Administrator did in signed email dated 2 August 2017 commit the BBC to making a ‘final reply’ from the BBC Executive Complaints Unit that Ofcom had indicated was required to allow Ofcom’s consideration of my complaint & the BBC’s evasions of the issues of BBC impropriety.  The email was sent from ECUdl@bbc.co.uk [saved as screenshot appearing below]

Rebecca Fullick wrote “Thank you for contacting the Executive Complaints Unit.  I’m writing to acknowledge receipt of your message received on 1 August to let you know someone from the unit will be in touch with a further response within 20 working days of the above date, or 35 days in the case of more complex complaints.   The text with the signature of Rebecca Fullick could only be saved as a screenshot. The email [below] from Anna Sweeney  BBC Complaints Team dated 18 August 2017 of the BBC Complaints Team not the BBC Executive Complaints Unit as required by Ofcom that has been provided with all BBC correspondence that I have received.

BBC “new” [and incoherent] response from Anna Sweeney  BBC Complaints Team   18 Aug 2017 [below]

From:bbc_complaints_website@bbc.co.uk<bbc_complaints_website@bbc.co.uk>
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2017 9:29 PM
To: Roger Bates
Subject: BBC Complaints – Case number CAS-4094225-RHXX6R

Dear Mr Bates

Reference CAS-4094225-RHXX6R

Thank you for contacting us to raise your concerns about BBC News.

I’m sorry you had to come back to us and I appreciate why. We always aim to address the specific points raised by our audience and regret any cases where we’ve failed to do this. Your previous reply didn’t tackle the exact issue you raised and we’d like to offer you a new response.

Having extensively investigated, Sally Bundock did not provide any reports on the Prime Minister’s visit to India for the domestic UK channels. Sally did do a report for BBC World News but we’ve reviewed this and she didn’t use any wording that could have been interpreted as saying this was Teresa May’s “first visit outside the European Union since Brexit”.

We were unable to find the report he mentions and advising him he will need to send us the exact date, time and channel of the report if he wishes us to investigate further.

I would be grateful if you could get back to us detailing the exact time, date and channel of the report you refer to. Please be assured, upon receipt of this information we will investigate your concerns and respond accordingly.

We’re grateful to you for taking the time to raise your concerns with us and we’d like to assure you that we value your feedback highly. The comments we receive from our audience help to inform decisions and go towards improving our services.

Once again, thanks for getting in touch.

Kind regards

Anna Sweeney

BBC Complaints Team

www.bbc.co.uk/complaints

NB This is sent from an outgoing account only which is not monitored. You cannot reply to this email address but if necessary please contact us via our webform quoting any case number we provided.

Ofcom CEO Sharon White and Ofcom Corporation Secretary Steve Goodings to whom complaints about Ofcom must be directed, do not reply to or acknowledge my correspondence.

Ofcom that has stated that it has been in contact with the BBC appears to be participating with the BBC to avoid its obligations concerning BBC broadcasts as referred to in correspondence of September 2017 from the Ministerial office of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS ref.TO2017/03874] in reply to correspondence to Minister Karen Bradley – “The Code sets out a number of guidelines that broadcasters must comply with as part of their licence. For example, Section Five of the Code states that news or indeed any programme, in whatever form, is reported or presented with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.”

Previous correspondence from Ofcom’s Standards Executive Content Standards, Licensing & Enforcement Marcus Foreman includes that of 23 September 2017 in which he has written;

“I acknowledge receipt of your email, and that the broadcasts in question were shown on either 6 or 7 November 2016 on BBC World.

Please keep me informed as to whether or not the BBC has responded to you. If they do not, Ofcom can then consider the matter on your behalf.”

and 26 September 2017 in which he has written;

“Thank you for your email. Ofcom will now make an assessment of the material broadcast and we aim to complete this assessment within 15 working days.

It would not be appropriate for Ofcom to pre-empt any response or decision at this stage. However, as indicated in my email dated 20 September, Ofcom’s procedures, available here, sets out how we assess complaints and conduct investigations about BBC programmes.”

Ofcom Marcus Foreman acknowledgements of delivery my correspondences of 2017 appear in pdf. file ‘Foreman Ofcom ALL’ below.

Correspondence to Ofcom CEO Sharon White Unacknowledged November & December 2017

Fw: Complaint to Ofcom

Roger Bates

Today, 4:16 PM

sharon.white@ofcom.org.uk;

Shane Scott (Shane.Scott@ofcom.org.uk);

+4 more

Sharon White Ofcom Chief Executive Officer

and

Ofcom Corporation Secretary Steve Gettings

  Ofcom Claims of administrative error incompetence [file ‘Ofcom response 24 11 17’ attached]

     My unacknowledged complaint about Ofcom sent to Ofcom Corporations Secretary Steve Gettings

Ofcom CEO Ms White and Ofcom Corporation Secretary Steve Gettings,

I have not received any reply or acknowledgement of the emails that I sent to Ofcom 27 November 2017 [appearing below] and am concerned that what I have received from Ofcom is not authentic.  Please provide me with your Sharon White Ofcom Chief Executive Officer signed dated on Ofcom letterhead confirmation of being aware of the Ofcom apologies and claims made of Ofcom incompetence / maladministration that were undetected for so many months during which I received notifications that Ofcom was now investigating BBC malfeasance/ impropriety concerning the complaint[s] that I had lodged the details of which were evaded & never acknowledged.

The BBC does not now respond to my correspondence.

Some indication of what action you, Ofcom& Sharon White Ofcom Chief Executive Officer, claim to have taken to ensure repeats of doubtful administration errors will not occur.

You, Sharon White Ofcom Chief Executive Officer, need to take responsibility for what Ofcom has done by the way of multiple errors that were for so long undetected.

You have information concerning serious and significant crimes known to the BBC & UK government ministers & government departments that I believe your position of authority and public trust obliged you to report to law enforcement authorities for investigation and ensure are acknowledged & addressed by UK government members of parliament with portfolio responsibilities to UK taxpayers.

Your prompt acknowledgement and reply to this correspondence, addressing the issues, is required, requested and would be appreciated.

Yours Sincerely,

Roger J. Bates  21 December 2017

……..

From: Roger Bates <rjrbts@hotmail.com>
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 3:29 PM
To: sharon.white@ofcom.org.uk; Shane Scott; Suzanne Wright; corporationsecretary@ofcom.org.uk; Marcus.Foreman@ofcom.org.uk
Cc: rogerbates121@gmail.com
Subject: Fw: Complaint to Ofcom

Sharon White Ofcom Chief Executive Officer

and

Ofcom Corporation Secretary Steve Gettings

Shane Scott  Ofcom Chief Executive’s Office and

Suzanne Wright

   Ofcom Claims of administrative error incompetence [file ‘Ofcom response 24 11 17’ attached]

     My unacknowledged complaint about Ofcom sent to Ofcom Corporations Secretary Steve Gettings

Sharon White Ofcom Chief Executive Officer,

Further to my email sent to you today [ref. email from Ofcom CEO office Shane Scott] please view the Ofcom correspondence I have viewed and read that is attached to this email.

I note that the Ofcom letter signed by Suzanne Wright while claiming that Ofcom administrative errors and incorrect advice from Ofcom, makes no reference to the manner of the BBC evasions of any issues of my complaint and reneged on its BBC Executive Complaints Unit commitment to provide a ‘Final Reply’.

It appears that Ofcom through a subordinate employee, not its Chief Executive Officer Sharon White, is claiming not to have understood its own and the BBC’s complaints handling procedures.

Likewise the BBC did not understand its own complaint handling procedure requirements having not advised me that my complaint should have been directed to Ofcom and not the BBC first as I was advised in error by Ofcom’s Marcus Foreman.

Your  Ofcom Chief Executive Officer Sharon White confirmation of Ofcom’s position [claims] is requested and required.

My complaint to Ofcom about Ofcom remains unacknowledged by Ofcom Corporations Secretary Steve Gettings.   Am I expected to consider that this letter from Ofcom Suzanne Wright [not stating that she is responding to my complaint lodged] is Ofcom’s official response to my complaint? The Ofcom Suzanne Wright letter dated 24 November 2017 [file name Ofcom response 24 11 17′ attached to an email with a heading ‘complaint to ofcom’] while appearing to suggest that she has Ofcom authority to make decisions after interpreting procedure requirements and offer Ofcom apologies for alleged administrative incompetence, does not specifically state that it is in response to my unacknowledged complaint correspondence to Ofcom Corporation Secretary Steve Gettings.

Please also confirm that the UK government minister with portfolio responsibility for Ofcom has been notified of Ofcom’s doubtful claims of administrative incompetence [undetected for some months] and provide me with a copy of your correspondence to the Minister.

Yours Sincerely,

Roger Bates   27 November 2017

………

From: Suzanne Wright <Suzanne.Wright@ofcom.org.uk>
Sent: Friday, November 24, 2017 10:48 PM
To: rjrbts@hotmail.com
Subject: Complaint to Ofcom

Dear Mr Bates

Please see attached letter regarding your complaint to Ofcom.

Yours sincerely

::    Suzanne Wright

Principal, Standards and Audience Protection

Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcement

Content and Media Policy

suzanne.wright@ofcom.org.uk

 

::    Ofcom

Riverside House

2a Southwark Bridge Road

London

SE1 9HA

…………..

UK taxpayers funding the BBC and Ofcom and viewers of the BBC’s International News Service deserve to be able to view BBC broadcasts and read BBC website news reporting the unbiased truth & be guaranteed of the honesty & integrity of BBC and Ofcom employees that occupy positions of authority and public trust.

The BBC and Ofcom cannot be trusted.

BBC ECU 2 Aug 2017 Fullick

The BBC’s email 2 August 2017 committing the BBC’s  Executive Complaints Unit to a final reply required by Ofcom before Ofcom could consider the BBC’s impropriety of ignoring the complaint and failing to address the issues raised regarding the November 2016 broadcast of fake news and failing to report on UK Prime Minister May’s ‘secret’ September 2016 US meeting with Rupert Murdoch. The BBC has not acknowledged any administrative errors made in its consideration of my complaint lodged in 2016. This email signed by the BBC’s Rebecca Fullick could only be saved as a copy with a ‘screenshot’ preserving the signature. The BBC will not now reply to or acknowledge my correspondence.

Ofcom response 24 11 17     Ofcom’s response of 24 November 2017 – signed by Suzanne Wright Principal, Standards and Audience Protection : Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcement : Content and Media Policy – in which she apologises for what is claimed to be administrative errors of Ofcom.  Ofcom CEO Sharon White has so far not responded to my requests that she acknowledge the claims of Ofcom’s errors undetected for six months & provide details of the “steps” taken “to ensure that similar errors cannot occur again”.

DCMS 25 Sept 2017   Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport correspondence dated 25 September 2017 DCMS ref.TO2017/03874 in reply to my correspondence to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – in which the author on behalf of Minister Karen Bradley MP writes “I note that you have already contacted Ofcom. They are the correct authority to investigate your concerns.”

Foreman Ofcom ALL Ofcom Marcus Foreman emails of 2017 acknowledging my email correspondence of 2017 including his reply of 26 September 2017 in which he writes “Ofcom will now make an assessment of the material broadcast and we aim to complete this assessment within 15 working days.”

This WordPress post was made with some difficulty evading a dedicated hacker.

BBC broadcast of fake news

BBC broadcast of fake news

The BBC has broadcast fake news– false and misleading information – on its International news service, it would appear for the purpose of deceiving viewers over the UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to the United States of America and meeting with Rupert Murdoch that the BBC never made International news service broadcast mention of when she travelled to the USA.  

In the two days leading up to the US election Sally Bundock did at least twice during UK Prime Ministers extensive and repeated BBC coverage of her visit to India , referred to “UK PM May’s first visit outside the European Union since Brexit”.   The words “since Brexit” presumably refer to the June 2016 referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union.

I am a daily viewer of the BBC’s International news service and was surprised to find on other Internet news sites references to the UK PM have met with Rupert Murdoch and news reporting of journalist Mazher Mahmood [known as the “Fake Sheikh”] had been jailed after being found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

No such news of Mazher Mahmood’s crimes were broadcast on the BBC, so I searched the BBC websites and still finding nothing, made an inquiry that became an official complaint Case number CAS-4076519-9VN1VZ to the BBC.   The complaint that the BBC has broadcast false & misleading information – Fake news – after failing to report news of the UK PM’s USA meeting with Rupert Murdoch and referred to failing to broadcast or publish news of the UK news media crimes of Mazher Mahmood.

I have received an email reply from the BBC that appears in full below.

While never acknowledging or denying the facts of Sally Bundock’s broadcast of Fake news, it does state;

“These decisions are made by our news editors, taking into consideration the editorial merit of the stories at hand, and we accept that not everyone will think that we are correct on each occasion.”

“There are several factors that we take into consideration when deciding how to put together our news coverage. For example, whether the story is new and requires immediate coverage, how unusual the story is, and how much national interest there is in the story.     These decisions are always judgement calls rather than an exact science,”

I believe it to misleading to categorize UK PM May’s meeting with Murdoch, who by his control of UK newspapers influenced election results in the UK and Australia, as a “judgement call” regarding a taxpayer funded news service’s failure to inform the public of important public interest information and then further deceive viewers of its news service by broadcasting Fake News.

The BBC’s reply neither acknowledging or denying the facts of my complaint of its broadcast of false information does suggest that it is aware of its own impropriety in its deception of its viewers.

The BBC’s reply does claim to “have reported extensively on the jailing of Mazher Mahmood in broadcast and online. I’ve included some links to our latest online coverage below:”

It has not reported on the crimes of Murdoch news media employee ‘Mazher Mahmood’ on the BBC International news service and my several searches of BBC websites, both before & after lodging the complaint & receiving the BBC reply, found no references what so ever to that name.  On repeating searches for the name ‘Mazher Mahmood’ some websites – referred to below in the BBC reply – did appear on the same screen without the search website being ‘refreshed’. I know computers & the Internet have some strange glitches on occasions but this seemed very odd, leaving me to wonder if the BBC also indulges if fake archives within computerised database.

Mazher Mahmood: ‘Fake Sheikh’ jailed over Tulisa case – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37727631

Concerns about ‘Fake Sheikh’ methods ‘ignored by CPS and Met Police’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37571614

‘Fake Sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood guilty over Tulisa case – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37563509

The only BBC reference to Mazher Mahmood ever having any connection to Murdoch’s UK news media that I could see in these BBC Internet published news reporting was that he was a “former News Of The World investigations editor” which would require the reader to be knowledgeable of the history of ‘News Of The World’ and its connection to Murdoch before it was closed.

… Other Internet news services did have any interest in the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Theresa May’s US meeting with Rupert Murdoch

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/sep/29/theresa-may-meeting-rupert-murdoch-times-sun

http://www.newscrasher.com/2016/09/29/theresa-may-had-a-private-meeting-with-her-boss/#comment-5197

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/21/mazher-mahmood-murdoch-fake-sheikh-jailed-news-uk-leveson-part-two#comment-85938180

I have also Tweeted the BBC’s Sally Bundock & referred her to her repeated BBC broadcasts of fake news “UK PM May’s first visit outside the European Union since Brexit”.    She has not acknowledged or replied to me at @rjrbts.   I do concede that the Tweet may have been intercepted [& not received by Sally B.] as I have experienced extensive hacking of my Twitter, email & PCs over the last few months in particular.   The hacking may be the cause of my Comment posted to The Guardian Internet published website [‘Rupert Murdoch: ‘I’ve never asked any prime minister for anything’ dated 19 December 2016] referred to at the end of this WordPress post] not appearing, not now days later being referred to on the website as being denied posting due to non-compliance with The Guardian’s requirements, and now that website not offering any opportunity to post any comments or replies to the comments of others.   I will inquire to The Guardian as to if I am experiencing some technical glitch or have been banned & denied access to the services that allow such posts by their reading public.

…….Below – The BBC’s reply to my complaint;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints

 From: bbc_complaints_website@bbc.co.uk <bbc_complaints_website@bbc.co.uk> Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 1:59 AM To: Roger Bates Subject: BBC Complaints – Case number CAS-4076519-9VN1VZ

Dear Mr Bates

Reference CAS-4076519-9VN1VZ

Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

I was sorry to read you were unhappy with BBC News. I understand you feel there has been a lack of coverage of Theresa May’s private meeting with Rupert Murdoch.

We know that not everyone will agree with our choices on which stories to cover, and the prominence that we give to them. These decisions are made by our news editors, taking into consideration the editorial merit of the stories at hand, and we accept that not everyone will think that we are correct on each occasion.

There are several factors that we take into consideration when deciding how to put together our news coverage. For example, whether the story is new and requires immediate coverage, how unusual the story is, and how much national interest there is in the story.

These decisions are always judgement calls rather than an exact science, but we appreciate the feedback that our viewers and listeners give us when they feel a story has been overlooked or marginalised.

In addition, we seek to ensure that, over a reasonable period, all sides of any public debate are explored and explained, so our audience can be better informed in coming to their own judgement of an issue. The BBC does not seek to denigrate any view, nor to promote any view. It seeks rather to identify all significant views, and to test them rigorously and fairly on behalf of the audience.

That said, we have reported extensively on the jailing of Mazher Mahmood in broadcast and online. I’ve included some links to our latest online coverage below:

Mazher Mahmood: ‘Fake Sheikh’ jailed over Tulisa case – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37727631

Concerns about ‘Fake Sheikh’ methods ‘ignored by CPS and Met Police’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37571614

‘Fake Sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood guilty over Tulisa case – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37563509

Rest assured, we do value your feedback strongly and I’ll make the relevant production team aware of your concerns.

Thanks again for getting in touch.

Kind regards

Brian Irvine

BBC Complaints Team

http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints

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…… The Guardian news article with my posted Comment that does not appear days after it was posted.   –   Beneath this ‘The Guardian’ news article [& my post that does not now appear as posted or rejected] is my previous correspondence to the BBC that resulted in the reply “These decisions are always judgement calls rather than an exact science,” from the BBC.

…..   Rupert Murdoch ‘I’ve never asked any prime minister for anything’  theguardian 19 Dec 2016

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/dec/19/rupert-murdoch-ive-never-asked-any-prime-minister-for-anything#comment-89801737

Rupert Murdoch: ‘I’ve never asked any prime minister for anything’

Media mogul writes to the Guardian to deny asking No 10 to do his bidding as Sky takeover attempt awaits government approval

  • Rupert Murdoch’s letter to the Guardian

Rupert Murdoch: ‘Let me make clear I have never uttered those words.’ Photograph: Josh Reynolds/AP

Robert Booth and Jane Martinson

Monday 19 December 2016 19.29 GMT First published on Monday 19 December 2016 13.57 GMT

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Rupert Murdoch has written to the Guardian to deny he ever claimed that Downing Street did his bidding, as an attempt by his US film and television group to acquire Sky is due to be formally notified to ministers.

The media mogul, who is chairman of 21st Century Fox, wrote: “I have made it a principle all my life never to ask for anything from any prime minister.”

In a rare move to write directly to a newspaper, Murdoch disputed a quote attributed to him in the Guardian and elsewhere in which he reportedly said: “When I go into Downing Street, they do what I say; when I go to Brussels, they take no notice.”

‘I have never asked for anything from any prime minister’ – Rupert Murdoch letter

Letters: There is much fake news published about me, but let me make clear that I have never uttered the words ‘When I go into Downing Street, they do what I say; when I go to Brussels, they take no notice’

In his response, Murdoch added: “There is much fake news published about me, but let me make clear that I have never uttered those words.”

The quote was originally reported in the Evening Standard by Anthony Hilton, who wrote in February: “I once asked Rupert Murdoch why he was so opposed to the European Union. ‘That’s easy,’ he replied. ‘When I go into Downing Street they do what I say; when I go to Brussels they take no notice.’”

When asked by the Guardian, Hilton said: “I stand by my story.” He said Murdoch made the remarks in a conversation in the early 1980s, when Hilton was city editor of the Times. Hilton, now a columnist for the Evening Standard, has referred to the anecdote several times over the years without either a denial or a complaint from his former boss, until now.

The denial from Murdoch comes at a highly sensitive moment for his business interests, with Fox’s proposed £11.2bn takeover of the 61% of Sky he does not already own expected to be notified to the UK government for approval.

The culture secretary, Karen Bradley, has 10 working days from being notified to tell Ofcom whether a public interest investigation into the proposed takeover should be launched.

The former Labour leader Ed Miliband and former business secretary Vince Cable have called for the takeover to be blocked and referred to the regulator.

A previous attempt by a Murdoch company to acquire the remaining part of Sky was withdrawn in the summer of 2011 at the height of the phone-hacking scandal, which was exposed by the Guardian and led to the closure of the News of the World.

However, Fox, the company bidding on this occasion, does not own the newspapers; they are published by a separate business, News Corporation. The newspapers were hived off in the wake of the hacking scandal.

During the Leveson inquiry, Murdoch made a similar statement about his political influence, saying “I’ve never asked a prime minister for anything in my life” during a day of testimony in April 2012.

However, that was contradicted by John Major, the former Conservative prime minister, who told the inquiry shortly after Murdoch gave evidence that while the media mogul “never asked for anything directly from me … he was not averse to pressing for policy changes”.

In particular, Major described one meeting in the run-up to the 1997 general election in which Murdoch “made it clear that he disliked my European policies, which he wished me to change. If not, his papers could not and would not support the Conservative government. So far as I recall he made no mention of editorial independence but referred to all his papers as ‘we’.”

Major added: “Both Mr Murdoch and I kept our word. I made no change in policy and Mr Murdoch’s titles did indeed oppose the Conservative party. It came as no surprise to me when soon after our meeting the Sun newspaper announced its support for Labour.”

The ultimatum, Major said, was delivered at a private meeting three months before that election, which resulted in the Tories losing heavily to Labour.

Harold Evans, the former editor of the Times, has also said that a private meeting between Murdoch and the then prime minister Margaret Thatcher over lunch at Chequers, the official country residence, led to a “coup that transformed the relationship between British politics and journalism”.

Evans suggested that a deal was brokered at that meeting in which Murdoch offered his papers’ support to Thatcher in return for approval for his purchase of the Times and Sunday Times in 1981.

Hilton, while working at the Times, saw a lot of the paper’s proprietor, with dinner in Murdoch’s Green Park flat and conversations in his office in Gray’s Inn Road. The conversations were between owner and employee, not part of a formal interview, so there is unlikely to have been any verbatim note or witnesses.

Hilton used the comment in his February column as part of a wider discussion about the nature of the relationship between corporate power and government. That column concludes with an observation about Murdoch’s comments: “That was some years ago but things have not changed that much.” …………

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“There is much fake news published about me, but let me make clear that I have never uttered those words.” said Rupert who declines to confirm or deny any knowledge of the false & misleading information he has published & the fake archives of his newspapers with news articles published erased or altered for those false records sold by Australian public libraries & British Libraries UK London. Is Mr Murdoch again being deceived by his subordinate journalists, Editors & others? Some detail of some of the crimes & corruption corrupt journalism conceals can be viewed at https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/rupert-murdochs-fake-archives-of-newspapers-corrupt-journalism-and-billions-of-dollars-of-unaccounted-for-public-debt/ that includes media releases of Australia’s financial reporting law enforcement [ASC since renamed ASIC] the news articles reporting of which have been erased from Murdoch newspaper Adelaide Sth. Aust.’s ‘The Advertiser’. Those media releases being the only means I was aware of the information & requested the corresponding media releases.

Prime Ministers generally instinctively understand what Rupert Murdoch requires of them without his having to ask but do meet with him as reported by The Guardian 29 September 2016 “Theresa May had private meeting with Rupert Murdoch”. The BBC has since then in October 2016 (8th & 9th. Sally Bundock) broadcast fake news referring to UK PM May’s visit to India “UK PM May’s first visit outside the European Union since Brexit”. Did the BBC & Sally Bundock know of UK PM May’s travel to the USA & meeting with Murdoch or did The Guardian get that wrong? My understanding from my correspondence to Rupert, PM May, the BBC & others is that they all know of the evidence of Murdoch’s news media fake news, fake archives & the related crimes & corruption concealed.

The BBC’s reply to my inquiry/complaint being, without confirming or denying the BBC had broadcast false information, “several factors that we take into consideration when deciding how to put together our news coverage. For example, whether the story is new and requires immediate coverage, how unusual the story is, and how much national interest there is in the story. – These decisions are always judgement calls rather than an exact science”.

UK taxpayers finance their own deception by paying for fake archives of newspapers, mostly imported from Australia, & BBC lies broadcast. Fake news has been a hallmark of Murdoch newspapers since the days of the first newspapers he ever owned. It seems doubtful that PM May will allow the Leveson Inquiry Part 2 cancelled by PM Cameron. Many questions remain unanswered.

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BBC have your say

Complaint to the BBC Case ref: CAS-4076543-SLKMD0

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        BBC broadcast of false and misleading information

Sirs/Madams of the BBC Have Your Say,

Please pass this correspondence on to BBC administration management.

Unless prompt corrections are made by the BBC when false and misleading information is broadcast and/or published adverse consequences are more likely to result by decisions made based on the false information & the likelihood of those hearing the inaccurate information receiving the correction of the information is lessened.

Could you please also pass the correspondence below to  your BBC complaints processing department and ask that they [or you] provide an indication of when a reply is likely to be received.

The BBC’s broadcast of false and misleading information

Sirs/Madams of the BBC,

In the two days leading up to the US election the BBC’s international television news service has broadcast false & misleading information.  Sally Bundock has at least twice, on the second occasion 8 Nov 2016 in reference to UK PM Theresa May’s visit to India, referred to “UK PM May’s first visit outside the European Union since Brexit”.    The words “since Brexit” presumably refer to the referendum vote to leave the European Union.  Considerable repeated broadcast time was devoted to PM May’s visit to India.

I have only in November 2016 come upon news media reporting dated 29 September 2016https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/sep/29/theresa-may-meeting-rupert-murdoch-times-sun   ‘Theresa May had private meeting with Rupert Murdoch’ reporting “Theresa May had a private meeting with Rupert Murdoch during a flying visit to New York last week, in which she made her maiden speech to the UN as prime minister.”  Other news media http://www.newscrasher.com/2016/09/29/theresa-may-had-a-private-meeting-with-her-boss/#comment-5197  also reported on PM May’s visit to the USA.

I am a daily viewer of BBC international news service and note that the BBC did not report on UK PM May’s travel to the US and meeting with Rupert Murdoch. It is reasonable to expect that the BBC would consider the UK PM’s international travel as news worthy.

I also note that the BBC news service did not report on UK newspaper journalist Mazher Mahmood employed by Rupert Murdoch’s news media https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/21/mazher-mahmood-murdoch-fake-sheikh-jailed-news-uk-leveson-part-two#comment-85938180   After Mazher Mahmood, Murdoch cannot be let off the hook.

On  3 Nov 2016 prior to the BBC’s Sally Bundoch’s broadcast of false and misleading information I contacted the BBC through its website https://ssl.bbc.co.uk/faqs/forms/?eid=comment_appreciation&id=OGD38SL97HN7RCCK90CKILM6A8&mid=contact&uid=221712569#anchor  asking about the BBC’s policy in regard to its failure to report on PM May’s visit to the US & meeting with Rupert Murdoch & the conviction for crimes committed by Murdoch news media employee Mazher Mahmood.   [Contact is inconveniently limited to 500 words]

I have received a reply dated 11 November 2016 stating that it was not possible to answer my questions I have ask concerning BBC policy.  The information has been accepted as a complaint Number CAS-4076519-9VN1VZ for which no indication for when a reply may be received has been provided.

It is my intention to post to a WordPress website the relevant information concerning the BBC’s broadcast of false and misleading information should a satisfactory reply and correction not be made by the BBC within an appropriately reasonable time.  A week or two should be adequate time for the BBC to broadcast a correction of the information.   Any longer will make the correction irrelevant and/or give the impression that the BBC is ignoring the problem & has contempt for the public’s right to have accurate information from a publicly funded broadcaster.

The question of why the BBC avoided reporting such obviously news worthy events remains unanswered.  The BBC should be the expert and most prominent news media reporter on UK government decisions, governance matters and the travel of MPs and Prime Minister.  It would appear that the BBC has an editorial policy of not reporting on events that may embarrass the UK government and Rupert Murdoch.

The most recent BBC  broadcast of false & misleading information by Sally Bundock does reinforce the perception of editorial bias to the benefit of PM May, her government [previously cancelling the Leveson Inquiry part 2 – very little or nothing about that on the BBC news service] & Rupert Murdoch, that is to the detriment of UK taxpayers funding the BBC, the independence of the BBC and its requirement to inform UK taxpayers with the truth and integrity of a news service that should be expected of a taxpayer funded public broadcaster.

It is reasonable to expect that the BBC should acknowledge its broadcast of false and misleading information and make a prominent and full correction of what the BBC’s news service may claim was a mistake.   It also is reasonable to believe that the BBC & Ms Bundock were aware that the information was inaccurate at the time that it was broadcast.

In my communication with the BBC I also made reference to the evidence false archives of newspapers published that is preserved within British Libraries UK London, of which PM May and Rupert Murdoch have been made aware.   The fake archives that have also been exported to the British Libraries UK London [Colindale] conceal crimes and corruption relating to events of Australian national [& International] significance that have occurred in Adelaide South Australia where Rupert Murdoch began his media empire with the first newspapers that he ever owned.  He has since then maintained a South Australian newspaper publishing state monopoly.  The information & documentation posted to the WordPress website provide some insight into the crimes and corruption that is concealed.

https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/rupert-murdochs-fake-archives-of-newspapers-corrupt-journalism-and-billions-of-dollars-of-unaccounted-for-public-debt/

I have seen the damage that is done by news media’s deception of the public with corrupt journalism. In the experience of South Australia, the state here I lived for most of my life, the cost has been billions of dollars in unaccounted for public debt.

The BBC has a duty to maintain honesty, reliability and integrity with its news reporting and risks its reputation built on a history of many decades of service to the public by its venture into lower standards of competence or lack ethics indicated by these most recent past deceptions of the UK and foreign news media viewers.

Please confirm that the BBC will acknowledge and prominently correct its error of the false information it has broadcast so as to demonstrate its independence of government editorial control and its dedication to reliable service to the public.

It is also reasonable that the publicly funded broadcaster the BBC on behalf of UK taxpayers ask the question to UK Prime Minister Theresa May ‘Will she and her government allow the start of the Leveson Inquiry Part 2 that was cancelled by former UK Prime Minister David Cameron?’ and broadcast her response.  The Leveson Inquiry into the news media was and still is a matter of public interest with issues and questions of media and law enforcement impropriety still unaddressed.

Your prompt action and response is required.

Yours Sincerely,

Roger J. Bates   November 2016

Further correspondence from the BBC on these issues raised would be welcome.

From: bbc_faq_website@bbc.co.uk <bbc_faq_website@bbc.co.uk> Sent: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 4:28 AM To: Roger Bates Subject: BBC Enquiries – Case ref: CAS-4076543-SLKMD0

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Ask Rupert what he knows about the fake archives of his first newspapers and the crimes & corruption that his fake archives & corrupt journalism [Fake News] conceals.

Chris Kenny journalist?Author of a book? A traitor who betrays Australians and journalism

Australian News Corp. Australia journalist Chris Kenny – employed by Rupert Murdoch – Associate Editor (National Affairs) claims to be an author of a book with the title ‘State of Denial’ about the bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA that created billions of dollars of taxpayer debt.

How could it be possible to write such a book, or at least claim to, without any mention of the State Bank of SA “Off Balance Sheet’ companies, public admission of the existence of which was published in ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper article 2 October 1990 headlined “State Bank silent on mystery firm” referring to ‘Kabani’ which the newspaper had “been unable to find anything about”. This one and only ever news media reference to the government guaranteed State Bank of South Australia’s [SBSA] illegal “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’ appears below.  SBSA’s never publicly disclosed ownership arrangements of ‘Kabani’ can be viewed at https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/rupert-murdochs-fake-archives-of-newspapers-corrupt-journalism-and-billions-of-dollars-of-unaccounted-for-public-debt/

Chris Kenny a traitor to journalism and literature who betrays Australians by his deceptive deliberate omission of the facts of the never accounted billions of dollars of public debt

Chris Kenny is a traitor to journalism and literature who has betrayed Australians with misleading journalism and has knowledge of news media corruption, false information published by his employer that is intended to deceive the public, and the creation and distribution for sale of fake archives of newspapers. He neither denies or acknowledges the facts or responds to correspondence presenting the evidence of news media corruption and the fake archives of Rupert Murdoch’s first newspapers that were published in Adelaide South Australia.

How is it possible that Chris Kenny’s purported book has no reference to SBSA’s illegal “Off Balance Sheet” companies or even asks the question ‘where did billions of dollars that became unaccounted for public debt go?’ Chris Kenny claims to have written such a book.

The manner in which he refers to his book with news articles that are his ‘Opinions’ –

“In 1993, Chris Kenny published State of Denial about the SA State Bank crisis.” and “State of Denial was my 1993 book about the collapse of SA’s State Bank and the downfall of the Bannon Laborgovernment”suggests that he seriously believes that his book makes him an expert on the bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA and the state’s economy.

Chris Kenny’s purported book ‘State of Denial’ is a collection of his, deceptive by being inadequate and incomplete, news articles published while a journalist for Adelaide South Australia’s newspapers [a Murdoch newspaper publishing state monopoly state] ‘The Advertiser’ & Sunday Mail newspapers when from February 1991 the State Bank of South Australia [established 1984 from the Savings Bank of SA that was established in 1848] announced that it was bankrupt in a front page news article headlined “Billion Dollar Bailout”. That memorable news article has since been erased from publicly accessible records of newspapers published sold as archives of newspapers by Australian state and national public libraries. The fake archives – many more news articles published have been erased or altered for those false records – have also been exported to British Libraries UK London to be sold to UK public library users.

A sample of Chris Kenny’s published news articles appear below on this website & are worthy of consideration as examples of appalling journalism with baseless opinions published presented as facts. The journalism is typical of what South Australians have had to suffer from Rupert Murdoch’s SA newspaper publishing state monopoly newspapers for more than 50 years.

The news articles are such rubbish that they appear in full only at the end of this post with selected sections quoted for their self-serving views for political purposes, within the text of this blog.

South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis MP and Chris Kenny

Kenny’s ‘Opinions’ published humiliate South Australia’s state Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis and denigrate the state.

SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis MP [ALP] could by having the honesty and integrity of an accountable state Treasurer, disclose details of South Australia’s taxpayer debt created by the bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA, in order to expose Chris Kenny as the self-serving deceptive person that he is and not the author and journalist that he claims to be.  Disclosing details of public debt would also expose politicians of his own ‘Australian Labor Party’ and parliamentary political opponent’s the ‘Liberal Party’ as having an alliance of decades to deceive taxpayers and deny them the rights to know the facts of their state’s public debt.  Public disclosure of the truth would also expose the manner in which Rupert Murdoch’s South Australian newspapers – the first he ever owned – has published false and misleading information to delay any admission of SBSA’s bankruptcy, adding billions of dollars to SA taxpayer debt liabilities and conceal related crimes, with the creation of fake archives of newspapers published.

In a News Corp. Aust. News article published March 22, 2015 in Adelaide’s ‘The Advertiser’ headlined

Chris Kenny: South Australia’s Treasurer needs to stop denying facts and get on with the job” he dares to write;

“state Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis seems intent on spin, politicking and denying reality.”   [the text of text of the news article appears below] – very provocative words considering both Chris Kenny and Tom Koutsantonis both know of each other’s’ knowledge of and role in concealing SBSA bankruptcy state debt and associated crimes.

SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis prefers to be Chris Kenny’s bitch and suffer his ‘Opinions’ rather than have the integrity to be accountable to the citizens of South Australia and honest enough to allow SA taxpayers to know of details of South Australia’s State Bank of SA bankruptcy bailout public debt liabilities.

Purported journalist and self-proclaimed author Chris Kennyand his employer long having knowledge of crimes and corruption related to State Bank of SA public debt, could either shut-up or explain himself when exposed as either incompetent as an author & journalist, corrupt or both.

The problem for present SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis to act with integrity & in the best interests of South Australian taxpayers and publicly disclose details of State Bank of SA bankruptcy state taxpayer debt liabilities long concealed,is that it would invite inquiry into who, how and the obvious why past authorities have not made required appropriate public disclosure of taxpayer debt.The SA’s Treasurer’s own political party, its SA Parliamentary Opposition Liberal Party and past SA Treasurers of both parties who have known of their own and each other’s deception of the public in concealing taxpayer debt, would be discredited. They and the news media consider that issues of impropriety remain concealed the best option.

In an Adelaide ‘The Advertiser’ published ‘Opinion’ of Chris Kenny  referring to the State Bank of SA bankruptcy taxpayer debt Chris Kenny writes “Even after all that debt was repaid (thanks to Liberal privatisations and Labor’s early discipline) and the state got back on its feet, Labor has gone back to its old ways.”

Kenny makes this claim without his knowing the amount of that never publicly accounted for debt.  The reference to “all that debt was repaid” is to the state Liberal government and SA Treasurer Stephen Baker’s sale of state assets – Electricity & Water supply distribution networks, State Lotteries Commission etc. – from which income was derived.  The remaining assets of any value of the State Bank of were sold & taxpayers kept the bad debts that were hidden in SA Treasury’s SA Assets Management Corp. SAAMC. Poker machines were introduced into virtually all hotels creating greater poverty.

SA Treasurer Stephen Baker MP [Liberal Party] for my electorate of ‘Waite’ in mid-1989 as SA Shadow Treasurer of the Parliamentary Opposition party knew of the impending SBSA bankruptcy disaster when I repeatedly asked that he raise issues of SBSA debt.  He refused to do so, claiming “He would be accused of politicising the bank” [by Murdoch’s newspapers]. Refusing to discuss any of the information that I had provided he would run away when we saw each other in the local Mitcham Shopping Centre where his electorate office was located.

Chris Kennymakesthese claims in his ‘Opinions published  – unspecified Billions of dollars of SBSA bankruptcy state debt have been repaid – while knowing of his, and his employer’s knowledge of and involvement in deceiving the public with corrupt journalism [false information published] and fake archives of newspapers assisting to conceal crimes and details of public debt unaccounted for.

In this news article, a scathing criticism of SA State Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, Kenny writes of the Treasurer’s “Twitter response to my column last week about the “running joke” of the state economy, offering a range of attacks – “what rubbish … wrong again … don’t let the facts get in the way of your politics … you’re wrong … do some research”.

Considering that in this news article Kenny again refers to his ‘book’

“State of Denial was my 1993 book about the collapse of SA’s State Bank and the downfall of the Bannon Labor government – and it seems Labor is in denial again.” perhaps journalist Chris Kenny could “do some research” –  which he must either concede was not done for his book [that is no more than a collection of his news articles published] or admit the truth ofthe obvious conclusion that he knew when writing it that he was deliberately evading and concealing the issues of serious and significant crimes committed in the creation of the Billions of dollars of State Bank of SA bankruptcy public debt, the details he knows still continues to be concealed.

Freedom of Information laws ignored

Past and present SA Treasurer’s ignore their obligations to comply with Freedom of Information FoIlegislation and ignore my lodgment of a FoI request to SA Treasury SAAMC the fee paid for which I had acknowledged in a letter fromSA Treasury dated 20 April 2005 that appears below.

The documents I requested through Freedom of Information laws include my SBSA employment records and communications with SA Treasury, Treasurers and SAAMC concerning matters related to SA’s SBSA bankruptcy taxpayer debt which on occasions I have discussed with SAAMC SA Treasury officers confirmed in a letter dated 14 February 1996 from Head of Treasury and FinanceAndrew G. Anastasiades who advises that the issues I had discussed with him – SBSA’s never publicly disclosed “Off Balance Sheet” relationship with and debts related to the development and developers of the failed Marino Rocks marina – had been transferred to the  South Australian Crown Solicitor. From our conversation it was clear that he saw the problem as my knowing of these matters that SA Treasury and SAAMC knew were being concealed.

Chris Kenny’s history of Liberal Party political connections

While employed as a News Ltd. journalist Chris Kenny was, before I left SA in the year 2000, also teamed up with South Australian federal Senator Alexander Downer & employed as Foreign Minister Downer’s ‘media adviser’ [2002] and ‘Chief of staff to the Foreign Minister’ [2006 according to Wikipedia in an inaccurate biography]. Alexander Downer is currently High Commissioner to the United Kingdom [replacing former South Australian Premier/Treasurer Mike Rann].   Chris Kenny was also ‘chief of staff’ for the future, now in 2016, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull.

Murdoch media employees Chris Kenny & the UK’s Andy Coulson ‘director of communications’ for Rupert Murdoch’s friend UK PM David Cameron  seem to have a bit in common, the difference being that Andy Coulson did jail time for UK news media crimes that were ‘next to nothing’ compared to Murdoch’s media crimes committed in Australia.

John Bannon SA Premier/Treasurer

A 27 February 2009 ‘The Advertiser’ published newspaper news article headlined ‘The best I could do was not good enough’ appears below in which former SA Premier/Treasurer John Bannon who presided over the multi-billion bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA destruction of the state’s economy, promotes his “new book, a biography of one of the founders of Federation who happens to be the grandfather of former Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer”.

Although John Bannon was an avid historian – past President of the History Council of South Australia, Adjunct Professor of the University of Adelaide, Chair of the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council, member of Board of Directors of the ABC – he was reluctant to say anything on the history of his term as SA Premier/Treasurer does say;

“I wasn’t interested in writing memoirs or tedious explanations or defences of my record,” he says. “I don’t think that’s the place of someone who has been in public life. Many see it as their duty but the end result is unfortunately often self-serving, defensive and not terribly enlightening. Better for others to comment and probe.”& “I just know I did the best I could as honestly and as competently as I could,” he says. “It wasn’t good enough and others can judge how and why that occurred.”

John Bannon assisted by Adelaide news media did the best he could to conceal crimes, corruption and any appropriate accounting of public debt. I have asked Chairman of the National Archives of Australia advisory council John Bannon if he can recall any of the news articles reporting of the State Bank of SA bankruptcy while he was SA Premier/Treasurerpublished by Adelaide’s ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper that have now been erased from publicly accessible taxpayer funded Australian libraries now fake archives.  It seemed unlikely that he couldn’t remember the February 1991 front page headline ‘Billion Dollar Bailout’. He refused to reply.

I did get a 9 September 2011 dated response from Stephen Ellis Director General (A/g) of the National Archives of Australia advisory council. In the email correspondence [that appears below] he writes “I must advise that the National Archives of Australia has no legal authority to take any action in relation to these matters nor to make any public declarations about such matters.” I had asked if Mr Bannon could recall the news articles published now erased from public records, not to make any public declarations.

Reply to email to John Bannon [former SA Premier/Treasurer] National Archives of Australia advisory council & NNA council member SA Adelaide University Professor John Williams

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Dear Mr Bates – thank you for drawing my attention to the matters you have raised in the emails you have sent recently to me and to Dr John Bannon concerning newspaper reports relating to the Bank of South Australia. I must advise that the National Archives of Australia has no legal authority to take any action in relation to these matters nor to make any public declarations about such matters. The Commonwealth Archives Act only gives the National Archives authority in relation to records of the Commonwealth government and the newspaper articles to which you refer do not fall into that category of records. Consequently neither I as Director General nor Dr Bannon as Chairman of the National Archives Advisory Council can take action in this matter. If you are concerned to pursue the matters further I suggest that a more fruitful avenue might be to raise them with the State government authorities in South Australia or with the Press Council of Australia.

Regards  Stephen Ellis  Director General (A/g)

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Chris Kenny not an investigative journalist

Chris Kenny, an Adelaide SA journalist when news articles were published that have since erased from publicly accessible records, offers baseless opinions but doesn’t consider himself as a journalist prepared to ‘probe’ to discover how public debt liabilities were created, where the money went and inform the public of anything of the debt for which they are liable, but claims to have written a book on the downfall of the government caused by SBSA’s bankruptcy that makes something of an authority on the subject.

The South Australian taxpayer funded “Billion Dollar Bailout” bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA [Guaranteed by the government of South Australia] became unspecified billions of dollars of taxpayer debt with all details concealed.   The news article interview with John Bannon refers to the SBSA bankruptcy public debt as $3 Billion with no explanation of how it was calculated. That figure is certainly many times that amount in 2016 dollars.

SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’

The absence of anything other than one newspaper published reference to SBSA’s “ at first one “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’ [one OBS co. became many] from the book ‘State of Denial’ that makes no mention of it all, is consistent with all other newspaper reporting of the bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA.

The only newspaper published news article [no news media broadcast –TV, radio was made] was written by journalist Colin James and was published on page 2 of ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper on 2 October 1990 and appears below.  Despite the news article reporting of South Australia’s Parliamentary “Opposition reiterating yesterday that it would continue to seek full details of the origins of Kabani and its financial dealings” nothing more was ever heard of SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’.  In a later conversation that I had with journalist Colin James, during which a $50 Million Royal Commission of Inquiry into the SBSA was being undertaken, he told me that “the details of SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’ was old news”. When I told him my name at the start of the telephone conversation he said “Your Hellaby’s source”. I had in early 1992 suggested to journalist David Hellaby “that he should if he could view William Turner’s bankruptcy file”. Hellaby, at my invitation came to my home on 13 July 1992. I expected that he by then had seen evidence of William Turner’s Marino Rock’s marina development “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’ connection and debts to the State Bank of SA.  He said that Turner’s bankruptcy file “was the most amazing document that he had ever seen. It referred to $30 Million debt liabilities but had no record of his creditors”. In conversations with the Victorian bankruptcy court I managed to have Turner’s record of debt with no reference to his creditors confirmed. I also discovered the bankruptcy file 1085 of 1990 began 6 July 1990 [discharged as bankrupt 6 July 1993].

Journalist Colin James, aware of information that I had provided the newspaper & Turner’s bankruptcy file,knew that SBSA’s never disclosed purpose for its “Off Balance Sheet’ company ‘Kabani’ existence and debts were connected to the SBSA’s ownership via its illegal “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’ of companies of developers William Edward Turner ‘Crestwin’ and Alan Burloch ‘Mintern’, involved in the proposed development of a marina at the Adelaide beachside suburb of Marino Rocks.  Adelaide’s ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper journalists knew that the newspaper was involved in concealing from the public, information concerning unaccounted for State Bank of SA bankruptcy public debt involving serious crimes that Australian federal  financial reporting law enforcement authorities were themselves concealing, the laws relating to which they not enforcing. [Federal law enforcement authorities: Corporate Affairs Commission, National Companies and Securities Commission, later established as the Australian Securities Commission ASC that was renamed ASIC the Australian Securities Investment Commission]

Adelaide’s News Corp’s newspaper the afternoon daily tabloid the ‘News’ – Rupert Murdoch’s first newspaper – had on the 5 October 1989 published a front page news article headlined “The man behind SA’s great marina fiasco”, referring to bankrupt developer William Turner’s assets being purchased by the other joint developer of the marina Alan Burloch for “some millions of dollars”.  The news article dated 5 October 1989 [appearing below] is deceptive and misleading. Despite claims that the issues of questionable purported facts of Edward Turner’s bankruptcy would be pursued, no further information on Turner’s marina connections were ever made.

News media must have known or easily discovered William Turner’s Directorship of Pro-Image Studios Ltd. and then that it in the 1987/1988 financial year [ending 30 June 1988] recorded of a profit of almost $20 million for the financial year while a loss of approximately $2 million was disclosed in the management accounts, that it considered not to be newsworthy at October 1989 or any future date.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/the-best-i-could-do-was-not-good-enough/story-e6frebt3-1111118975187

The best I could do was not good enough

WORDS: PENELOPE DEBELLE

THE ADVERTISER

FEBRUARY 27, 2009 11:30PM

JOHN Bannon likes to talk about history – but has been loath to discuss his own. Now, for the first time, the former premier looks back.

AFTER 15 YEARS of silence, John Bannon looks a little wary. Not nervous exactly, but braced for unpleasantness as he prepares to manage the inevitable question of his political legacy.

We are here to talk about his new book, a biography of one of the founders of Federation who happens to be the grandfather of former Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer. Bannon, a Federation history expert, has not subjected himself to an interview since leaving politics in
December 1993, two years after the near failure of the State Bank brought South Australia to the brink of bankruptcy. The man who was premier at the time is not here to talk about the past but accepts that at some point the elephant in the room will have to be acknowledged.

We are sitting in the old-fashioned comfort of St Mark’s College’s upstairs senior common room, a clubby chamber with leather chairs and college memorabilia lining the walls. Bannon was master of St Mark’s, in North Adelaide, for eight years and feels at home inside the protective embrace of academia.

At 65, Bannon is older and greyer but retains something of the young, blond marathon runner whose physical fitness was always the best in the room. He is dressed in college wear; grey trousers and a navy blazer, and takes me first on a quick tour of the landmark Pennington Terrace residence, a study in faded grandeur that was bought by the University of Adelaide almost a century ago. He is businesslike but with an air of trepidation and his manner indicates a man who would rather be elsewhere.

Bannon’s dilemma is wanting to talk about one thing, his book, but knowing that to do so he will also be asked about the bleak episode that saddled SA with a $3 billion debt and destroyed the Labor Party’s standing to the point where any association with the Bannon Government was a political liability.

Bannon knew back in 1991 that he was in too deep to dig his way out. His policy of prudent budgetary management offset by expansionary, large-scale projects collapsed like a house of cards when the folly of lending decisions made by the State Bank’s board and managing director Tim Marcus Clark was exposed. As the bank’s owner, the state was the guarantor of loans that became a $3 billion millstone that threatened its very existence. Bannon became the man who led the state into $3 billion debt.

Has South Australia forgiven John Bannon for the State Bank debacle? Vote in the poll at the right of this page.

As the cracks began to open up, Bannon gave private soundings to the media to confirm the
devastating scale of the losses. “It was certainly a public matter and so it should have been,” Bannon says. “There was no point in hiding or minimising what was an acute situation.”

A former editor of The Advertiser, Peter Blunden, remembers getting a call early one Sunday morning in 1991 saying Bannon wanted to see him in his office. As Blunden walked in, he was astonished to be offered a beer. “I don’t usually have a beer that early on a Sunday but Bannon basically said ‘I think on this occasion we should have one’,” Blunden says. “I knew it was a very, very unusual day and it was a very stressful period for everyone involved.”

Bannon stayed for three inquiries, the last two of which cleared him of any deliberate wrongdoing. But in September 1992 – before the findings were released – he stepped down as premier and treasurer and personally apologised to SA for what had happened. “I made that very clear at the time I resigned,” Bannon says. “I was saying, ‘I take responsibility, I stuffed this up,’ and my apology is there on the record.”

Just over a year later he left politics forever. It was an ignominious close to what had been a brilliant career and it was not something Bannon has wanted to revisit. The various inquiries and court processes sheeted home the liability and Bannon felt nothing would be gained by looking back. Personal dignity demanded there will be no memoir and his legacy will remain a matter for others. He is hyper-sensitive to sounding like a man trying to defend the indefensible, or, even worse, coming across as an object of pity. Better to say nothing.

“I wasn’t interested in writing memoirs or tedious explanations or defences of my record,” he says. “I don’t think that’s the place of someone who has been in public life. Many see it as their duty but the end result is unfortunately often self-serving, defensive and not terribly enlightening. Better for others to comment and probe.”

Ironically, it took a conservative politician from one of Adelaide’s establishment families to flush Bannon out. His book, to be published by Wakefield Press, is about the history of the founding of the Australian constitution and reflects Bannon’s status as a serious Federation historian. It will be launched at St Mark’s College by Alexander Downer on March 5.

Supreme Federalist, which Bannon asks that I read before speaking to him, is a very readable account of the political life of a significant South Australian who helped shepherd the idea of a federal Australia through two decades of political and legal process. Sir John Downer, QC, the founder of a political dynasty in the age before political parties, was at various times a member of the Legislative Assembly, premier, and senator, as well as a passionate federalist who believed the separate colonies should come together and surrender certain powers – control of the Murray-Darling River system being one – but retain others.

Bannon argues that of all of the constitutional founding fathers, including Edmund Barton and Charles Kingston, Downer fought for federalism most consistently over almost two decades. “I am not saying he is the most important, or the only, I am saying that in terms of his position and his promotion of it, he has a consistency,” Bannon says.

Bannon’s pursuit of an academic career has put a lot of distance between him and his political past. He gained a PhD in South Australian political history at Flinders University which immersed him in SA’s transition from a colony to a state, in particular the government of Charles Kingston and other founders of the constitution, including Sir John. In a purely serendipitous coincidence, in 1999 Bannon was appointed master of St Mark’s College, which was the very house in which Sir John and his family once lived. Bannon worked in Sir John’s old study writing the book, as close to history as he could get.

He leaves next month for a three-month sabbatical term at Edinburgh University, studying the devolution of the Scottish Parliament as a form of federation in reverse.

The emergence of Dr John Bannon, academic, historian and President of the History Council of Australia, flowed naturally from Bannon’s move away from the public life. This withdrawal was not quite an act of penance but something he felt was required of him. He did not feel it was right or proper to hold positions on government boards or agencies, or to comment on public affairs. No state appointments were ever offered, he says, but nor would he have accepted any.

“That was appropriate,” he says. “Because immediately you try and either pontificate on events of the day, or tell your successors what should be done, quite rightly people say – what right have you to do that? It’s just not appropriate and you end up becoming self-serving and defensive and you certainly don’t want to be in that position.”

The tracing of lines of blame and examination of what should or should not have been done is not up for discussion today, nor will it ever be. He will not analyse his own political legacy and feels genuinely unable to. Bannon says only that he gave his all and accepts that it fell short. “I just know I did the best I could as honestly and as competently as I could,” he says. “It wasn’t good enough and others can judge how and why that occurred.”

Chris Sumner, who was attorney-general in Bannon’s Cabinet and a friend of Bannon’s since their days at the University of Adelaide, says Bannon was obviously deeply affected by what happened. “I think that was a sensible decision,” Sumner says of Bannon’s public withdrawal. “There wasn’t great scope for looking back on the Bannon Government and what it did because of the State Bank.”

Bannon’s integrity was never at issue but his reputation as an economic manager was blasted into oblivion in a few terrible months. The problem was not directly of his making but he accepts that he believed what others wanted him to hear. “Obviously, when I take responsibility I am not saying I did nothing,” he says. “It is for others to say who should have done what but there is no question I should have done some things.”

It was painful, of course, he says, because it came towards the natural end of an otherwise successful political career that began 30 years earlier when Bannon, a young law student fresh out of St Peter’s College where his father, Charles Bannon, taught art, spent a year as full-time president of the Australian Union of Students.

He discovered Labor politics and in November, 1982, the Bannon decade began with a series of major projects that included the establishment of the Olympic Dam copper and uranium mine, the submarine project, the defence industry, conversion of part of the Adelaide Railway Station into the Convention Centre, Hyatt and Adelaide Casino complex, and the staging of the Formula One Grand Prix.

Bannon, who is still the longest-serving SA premier after Tom Playford, saw this careful record demolished and only those closest to him know how deeply those wounds ran.
“Obviously all of those things were almost obliterated by the scale of what happened,” he says. “It came at the end, and ironically, even as late as 1990 when there were other financial failures occurring both here and internationally, we were feeling pretty good.”

Sumner, who says Bannon was let down during a recession by regulators, including the Reserve Bank, the State Bank Board and State Government officials, believes a time will come when Bannon’s legacy as head of a social democratic government will be reassessed. “From a personal perspective, we were all badly let down by a whole lot of mechanisms and people who should have been doing their jobs and weren’t,” Sumner says. “I think, personally, that John has carried an unreasonable personal burden for what happened.”

Instead of a sense of achievement, Bannon left politics knowing his legacy had been tarnished, if not destroyed. “It was a messy end to what had up until then been quite a successful and satisfying political career,” he says. “One of the difficult things was seeing rather than a heritage being left, a lot of things being dismembered.”

Bannon stayed long enough to manage the immediate aftermath before resigning from the seat of Ross Smith and declaring his public life was over. He moved from Prospect to the inner city with his second wife Angela, mother of musician and television personality Dylan Lewis, and refused advice from some quarters that he should move away and start afresh. Bannon may have failed as premier on a grand scale but he would not be run out of town.

“I at no time felt that I must or need abandon South Australia and what it stands for,” says Bannon, who has a daughter, Victoria, with his first wife, Supreme Court Justice Robyn Layton. “To the best of my ability post-politics, I have tried to be an active and engaged citizen, although obviously not a public figure because I don’t think that’s appropriate.” In 1994 Bannon accepted an appointment to the ABC Board which was his first foray into any form of office. It was criticised on partisan political grounds but not because it was John Bannon.

“It wasn’t high-profile, it was to do a job,” Bannon says of his five years on the board. His other official duties since 2000 have been to serve on the South Australian Cricket Association Board under former Howard minister Ian McLachlan. Last year he was elected to the Board of Cricket Australia and occasionally runs into John Howard, where they confine their discussions to play on the ground and a shared enthusiasm for the political process. He is still a friend of Mike Rann, once a junior member of the Bannon cabinet, but does not presume to give him advice.

Two years ago Bannon faced a more confronting personal challenge than even the State Bank debt. He was in training for a marathon when he was diagnosed with cancer. He had surgery and a taxing period of chemotherapy, from which he has emerged in full health.

“I was training and put down certain symptoms to perhaps overdoing it,” he says. “It was foolish to keep on running but I enjoy it, and it’s good for you. So yes, it masked the symptoms and it was probably picked up later and was a little more serious than it might have been.”

Even when his political career was at its nadir, Bannon had always relied on his personal strength and fitness. He ran for pleasure and had a proud record of completing at least one marathon a year for 29 years before dropping out mid-training in 2007 to fight for his life. It was the only time he had faced a serious health problem and it shook him to the core.

“It was a very confronting experience,” says Bannon, whose family suffered tragedy in 1959 when his brother was lost bushwalking in Wilpena Pound. “While I have had a number of personal and other traumas in my life, basically I have always had total confidence in my physical fitness so it was quite unnerving to find I had to attend to that as well.”

He has been cleared – touch wood, he says – and has begun some gentle marathon training. He has not abandoned hope of returning to the track but is not sure if he ever will. “Whether I can run a full marathon – I’m just letting myself work through that,” he says. “I haven’t officially retired yet.”

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In June 2014 news media reported that journalist Chris Kenny had sued the Australian taxpayer funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC over references in an ABC TV broadcast comedy program that referred to Chris Kenny having sexual intercourse with a dog.    I never saw the comedy show segment but have no doubt that the joke [Australians are well known for their pranks] was in poor taste.  From reading he news article it appears that the ABC broadcast relates to a sign raised to the audience saying “Chris ‘Dog Fucker’ Kenny” during a public meeting in which funding cuts to the ABC were promoted encouraged by Chris Kenny’s News Corp. news media.

The ABC’s taxpayer funded resources should be put to better use.  The ABC that promotes itself as “In depth reporting from award winning Australian journalists” is well aware of the evidence of fake ‘archives’ of newspapers published sold by public libraries throughout Australia for the purpose of assisting to conceal crimes of national significance concerning Australian federal/nation authorities regarding events in Adelaide South Australia. The Guardian news media refers to $35,000 being paid to Chris Kenny by the ABC.

Chris Kenny: ‘I’ll be remembered as the journalist called a dog f**ker who stood up for his rights’

[http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jun/07/chris-kenny-ill-be-remembered-as-the-journalist-called-a-dog-fker-who-stood-up-for-his-rights]

“The extraordinary tale of a News Limited writer who sued the ABC over a silly joke – and how the case raises serious questions about free speech in Australia”

Chris Kenny is quoted to have said “To the extent that I am remembered for this, I’ll be remembered as the journalist called a dog fucker who stood up for his rights.”

For Chris Kenny to be remembered as a “journalist called a dog fucker who stood up for his rights” is an outrageous misrepresentation of what he is.

Chris Kenny should be remembered as a traitor to journalism and literature who betrayed Australians and has denied them the right to know of the manner in which they have been deceived by news media that ignores any obligation to them to ensure that governments must be held accountable and must recognize the public’s right to know of details of our public debt.

Any notion that Chris Kenny has sexual intercourse with dogs is far less objectionable than his impropriety as a purported journalist/author and the deception of the public to the detriment of our collective well-being far beyond the understated estimate of the $3 Billion lost with the State Bank of SA bankruptcy secret public debt liabilities that news media assist governments to conceal.

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Australia Julian Assange writes for ‘The Australian’ newspaper 8 December 2010

Julian Assange writes ‘IN 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide’s The News, wrote: “In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win.’

Australia Julian Assange writes for ‘The Australian’ newspaper 8 December 2010

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/wikileaks/dont-shoot-messenger-for-revealing-uncomfortable-truths/story-fn775xjq-1225967241332

According to Julian Assange ‘IN 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide’s The News, wrote: “In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win.”

The irresistible challenge for Rupert Murdoch was, for fun and profit, to handicap the race between secrecy and the truth so as to be able to create a world where he decideswhat reality is.

Don’t shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths

by: Julian Assange

From: The Australian

December 08, 2010 12:00AM

Elizabeth Cook’s artist impression of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, where he was denied bail after appearing on an extradition warrant. Source: AP

WIKILEAKS deserves protection, not threats and attacks.

IN 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide’s The News, wrote: “In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win.”

His observation perhaps reflected his father Keith Murdoch’s expose that Australian troops were being needlessly sacrificed by incompetent British commanders on the shores of Gallipoli. The British tried to shut him up but Keith Murdoch would not be silenced and his efforts led to the termination of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign.

Nearly a century later, WikiLeaks is also fearlessly publishing facts that need to be made public.

I grew up in a Queensland country town where people spoke their minds bluntly. They distrusted big government as something that could be corrupted if not watched carefully. The dark days of corruption in the Queensland government before the Fitzgerald inquiry are testimony to what happens when the politicians gag the media from reporting the truth.

These things have stayed with me. WikiLeaks was created around these core values. The idea, conceived in Australia, was to use internet technologies in new ways to report the truth.

WikiLeaks coined a new type of journalism: scientific journalism. We work with other media outlets to bring people the news, but also to prove it is true. Scientific journalism allows you to read a news story, then to click online to see the original document it is based on. That way you can judge for yourself: Is the story true? Did the journalist report it accurately?

Democratic societies need a strong media and WikiLeaks is part of that media. The media helps keep government honest. WikiLeaks has revealed some hard truths about the Iraq and Afghan wars, and broken stories about corporate corruption.

People have said I am anti-war: for the record, I am not. Sometimes nations need to go to war, and there are just wars. But there is nothing more wrong than a government lying to its people about those wars, then asking these same citizens to put their lives and their taxes on the line for those lies. If a war is justified, then tell the truth and the people will decide whether to support it.

If you have read any of the Afghan or Iraq war logs, any of the US embassy cables or any of the stories about the things WikiLeaks has reported, consider how important it is for all media to be able to report these things freely.

WikiLeaks is not the only publisher of the US embassy cables. Other media outlets, including Britain’s The Guardian, The New York Times, ElPais in Spain and Der Spiegel in Germany have published the same redacted cables.

Yet it is WikiLeaks, as the co-ordinator of these other groups, that has copped the most vicious attacks and accusations from the US government and its acolytes. I have been accused of treason, even though I am an Australian, not a US, citizen. There have been dozens of serious calls in the US for me to be “taken out” by US special forces. Sarah Palin says I should be “hunted down like Osama bin Laden”, a Republican bill sits before the US Senate seeking to have me declared a “transnational threat” and disposed of accordingly. An adviser to the Canadian Prime Minister’s office has called on national television for me to be assassinated. An American blogger has called for my 20-year-old son, here in Australia, to be kidnapped and harmed for no other reason than to get at me.

And Australians should observe with no pride the disgraceful pandering to these sentiments by Julia Gillard and her government. The powers of the Australian government appear to be fully at the disposal of the US as to whether to cancel my Australian passport, or to spy on or harass WikiLeaks supporters. The Australian Attorney-General is doing everything he can to help a US investigation clearly directed at framing Australian citizens and shipping them to the US.

Prime Minister Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have not had a word of criticism for the other media organisations. That is because The Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel are old and large, while WikiLeaks is as yet young and small.

We are the underdogs. The Gillard government is trying to shoot the messenger because it doesn’t want the truth revealed, including information about its own diplomatic and political dealings.

Has there been any response from the Australian government to the numerous public threats of violence against me and other WikiLeaks personnel? One might have thought an Australian prime minister would be defending her citizens against such things, but there have only been wholly unsubstantiated claims of illegality. The Prime Minister and especially the Attorney-General are meant to carry out their duties with dignity and above the fray. Rest assured, these two mean to save their own skins. They will not.

Every time WikiLeaks publishes the truth about abuses committed by US agencies, Australian politicians chant a provably false chorus with the State Department: “You’ll risk lives! National security! You’ll endanger troops!” Then they say there is nothing of importance in what WikiLeaks publishes. It can’t be both. Which is it?

It is neither. WikiLeaks has a four-year publishing history. During that time we have changed whole governments, but not a single person, as far as anyone is aware, has been harmed. But the US, with Australian government connivance, has killed thousands in the past few months alone.

US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates admitted in a letter to the US congress that no sensitive intelligence sources or methods had been compromised by the Afghan war logs disclosure. The Pentagon stated there was no evidence the WikiLeaks reports had led to anyone being harmed in Afghanistan. NATO in Kabul told CNN it couldn’t find a single person who needed protecting. The Australian Department of Defence said the same. No Australian troops or sources have been hurt by anything we have published.

But our publications have been far from unimportant. The US diplomatic cables reveal some startling facts:

–  The US asked its diplomats to steal personal human material and information from UN officials and human rights groups, including DNA, fingerprints, iris scans, credit card numbers, internet passwords and ID photos, in violation of international treaties. Presumably Australian UN diplomats may be targeted, too.

– King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia asked the US to attack Iran.

– Officials in Jordan and Bahrain want Iran’s nuclear program stopped by any means available.

– Britain’s Iraq inquiry was fixed to protect “US interests”.

– Sweden is a covert member of NATO and US intelligence sharing is kept from parliament.

– The US is playing hardball to get other countries to take freed detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Barack Obama agreed to meet the Slovenian President only if Slovenia took a prisoner. Our Pacific neighbour Kiribati was offered millions of dollars to accept detainees.

In its landmark ruling in the Pentagon Papers case, the US Supreme Court said “only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government”. The swirling storm around WikiLeaks today reinforces the need to defend the right of all media to reveal the truth.

Julian Assange is the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

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Examples of Chris Kenny’s News Corp. Aust. Journalism appear below.

The examples are;  ‘Chris Kenny: South Australia’s Treasurer needs to stop denying facts and get on with the job’ published  March 22, 2015 ‘The Advertiser :

‘Fashionable causes distort the definition of freedom’ published February 27, 2016 ‘The Australian’

‘Dreams turn sour as state’s economy crumbles’  published February 22, 2014

‘Media coverage reflects reality’ published March 05, 2012 ‘The Australian’

Chris Kenny’s published thoughts are not journalism. It’s politically motivated prolonged flatulence on behalf of a political party that employs him and for which he has been an endorsed candidate whom failed to be elected.  His ‘Opinions’ could not and would not be published without the approval, direction and instructions from Rupert Murdoch who controls his Australian newspapers and must have knowledge of and given his consent for the manner of his Adelaide’s newspaper’s February 1991 reporting of the bankruptcy of the State Bank of South Australia, the evading of reporting of and follow up of issues of SBSA’s illegal “Off Balance Sheet” companies with their changing number and valuations and the erasing from the records of newspapers published [now fake archives]of the newspaper articles with the limited reporting of SBSA OBS companies and other news articles reporting matters [William Turner bankruptcy and Pro-Image Studios Ltd. charged by the ASC with crimes] that were never disclosed as being related to SBSA bankruptcy SA taxpayer debt.

Rupert Murdoch and his newspapers knowledge of crimes and corruption concealed

Adelaide’s ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper’s claim in news article “State Bank silent on mystery firm” published 2 October 1990 [the only ever news media reference to SBSA OBS ‘Kabani’], that it had “been unable to find anything about ‘Kabani’, why it was formed or what it does” is questionable.

‘Kabani’, never mentioned ever again in news media,  was the means by which SBSA had ownership of the Marino Rocks marina development companies Mintern and Crestwin, referred to in the ‘News’ newspaper article 5 October 1989 headlined “The man behind SA’s great marina fiasco” referring to bankrupt William Turner selling his assets to Alan Burloch.

The false and misleading information published – Turner’s bankruptcy file began 6 July 1990 in the following financial year – was considered newsworthy while mention of Turner’s company Pro-Image Studios Ltd. of which he was a Director recording a “profit of almost $20 million for the financial year 1987/1988” “a loss of approximately $2 million was disclosed in the management accounts” was not considered newsworthy in any Australian news media at any time.

The newspaper reporting of William Turner 27 September 1993 being charged by the Australian Securities Commission with crimes [ASC media release 93-225] and the charges being dropped 10 November 1995 [ASC media release 95-177] are among the many newspaper articles that have been erased from publicly accessible records of newspapers published that are now fake archives sold by Australian state and national public libraries.

Chris Kenny must have known at the time of writing his book ‘State of Denial’, and has in any event since then been made aware, of his employers involvement in the deception of the public by concealment of serious and significant crimes and corruption that relates to the bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA and the creation of billions of dollars of still unaccounted for South Australian taxpayer debt.   Chris Kenny, his employer News Corp. and Rupert Murdoch do not respond to correspondence regarding the evidence of the fake archives of News Corp. Aust. [rebranded from its previous name News Ltd.] newspapers.  Chris Kenny continues to claim that he wrote a book “about the collapse of SA’s State Bank”.

Chris Kenny: South Australia’s Treasurer needs to stop denying facts and get on with the job

March 22, 2015 ‘The Advertiser

– It is beyond belief that Chris Kenny and News Corp. Aust. could possible expect anyone to pay for Chris Kenny’s published ‘Opinions’.

Chris Kenny: South Australia’s Treasurer needs to stop denying facts and get on with the job

March 22, 2015 7:42am

Chris KennyThe Advertiser

Caption to Photograph of SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis MP REALITY CHECK: State Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis.” [The uncomplimentary photograph removed]

INSTEAD of fixing the Budget, stimulating the economy and creating jobs, state Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis seems intent on spin, politicking and denying reality.

He responded on Twitter to my column last week about the “running joke” of the state economy, offering a range of attacks – “what rubbish … wrong again … don’t let the facts get in the way of your politics … you’re wrong … do some research”.

It is a worry that the Treasurer tries to be a bovver boy and chooses to shun reality rather than confront it.

State of Denial was my 1993 book about the collapse of SA’s State Bank and the downfall of the Bannon Labor government – and it seems Labor is in denial again.

Even after all that debt was repaid (thanks to Liberal privatisations and Labor’s early discipline) and the state got back on its feet, Labor has gone back to its old ways.

Once again the story is debt, deficits, denial and dreams of some golden project to turn it all around.

It is time to end the cargo-cult mentality and just do the hard yards of reducing costs and making the state attractive for private investment.

Koutsantonistweeted an old graphic from The Australian to try to claim I was wrong to say SA’s debt was higher than other states.

Really? The graphs showed debt in dollar terms, so that SA’s peak at $6 billion was only half the total of a couple of the larger states.

This is a ridiculous comparison – like me saying I am better off than James Packer because I have a smaller mortgage – and Koutsantonis knows it.

Whenever serious economists and treasurers talk about debt, they talk about it in relative terms – state net debt as a percentage of the state economy.

At 7.3 per cent, SA’s is the highest of all the states (NSW 1.4, Victoria 6, Queensland 1.8, WA 2.6, Tasmania -0.8).

These are the figures supplied by Canberra’s Treasury, based on the latest Budget outcomes.

So my column was right and Koutsantonis’s attack was wrong and deliberately misleading.

As I suggested to the Treasurer on Twitter, he would be better off working on his Budget rather than getting into social media spats trying to pretend all is fine.

The worst thing about the debt position is that it has all been racked up in the past decade – the controversial asset sales under John Olsen (I worked for him from 2000-01) have been wasted.

We are back where we started.

To be fair, some of the debt has funded worthwhile projects but too much has just funded a wasteful public sector.

SA Labor made a mistake spending the expected proceeds of the Olympic Dam expansion before it happened – so when it was canned, the Budget was shafted.

There are more crucial figures Koutsantonis can’t spin.

The 6.9 per cent unemployment rate is the highest in the nation – even worse than Tasmania.

The trigger for last week’s column was the shocking revelation that, over the past five years, SA has actually lost jobs.

And when it comes to economic growth, SA is running second last – at a feeble 1.3 per cent, it just shades the Apple Isle on 1.2 per cent.

Welfare dependency also tells a depressing story – an alarming 22.8 per cent of Croweaters, more than one in every five, receive a welfare cheque from Canberra (unemployment benefits, pensions, carers and study allowance etc).

Tasmania is worse, at a terrible 25 per cent, but SA is the worst on the mainland, with all the other states below 20 per cent and WA at only 15 per cent welfare reliance.

On state taxes, the Treasurer’s own Budget papers show that SA is the highest-taxing state with a “tax effort” almost 10 per cent above the average.

And, of course, along with Tasmania and Queensland, SA is subsidised by the stronger states when it comes to carving up the GST revenue.

So the message for Koutsantonis is pretty clear.

Stop denying the facts, stop slapping down anyone who confronts you with unpalatable truths – and get on with the job.

Chris Kenny is Associate Editor of The Australian and hosts Viewpoint on SkyNews 7.30pm on Sundays and Fridays.

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Dreams turn sour as state’s economy crumbles    theaustralian 22 Feb 2014

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/dreams-turn-sour-as-states-economy-crumbles/story-fn8qlm5e-1226834112715

Dreams turn sour as state’s economy crumbles

by: CHRIS KENNY

From: The Australian

February 22, 2014 12:00AM

Big challenge ahead for South Australia 1:24

The Australian

20 Feb 2014

News News/Politics

Photographs with this Chris Kenny news article [are not included in WordPress post] were published in the original the captions with those photographs were;

  1. A photograph of Chris Kenny promoting himself : “Chris Kenny says South Australia needs to find a way to attract private investment to rebuild the state.”
  2. BAE machinist Matt Adzic, left, with Stuart Lindley, manager of advanced manufacturing. Source: News Corp Australia
  3. “A Holden worker leaves the Elizabeth plant at the end of his shift; the company has signalled manufacturing will end in 2017. Source: News Corp Australia”
  4. Mal Hemmerling is seeking ways to create new jobs. Source: News Corp Australia
  5. Offices for lease in Adelaide’s depressed northern suburbs. Source: News Corp Australia
  6. Cranes over the Royal Adelaide Hospital development site. Source: News Corp Australia

WEEDS push through cracks in the asphalt of disused car parks; signs offer factories for lease; and the dole queues grow in the shadows of the General Motors Holden Elizabeth plant.

The impending closure of the Australian carmaker – after Mitsubishi in southern Adelaide and along with Ford and Toyota in Victoria – strikes not only the economic foundation of the area but its identity.

“Building the best cars for Australia and the world,” boasts the sign on GMH’s highway frontage.

Holden’s lion and stone logo is prominently displayed as the major sponsor of the powerful local football club.

The logo stems from the legend of how the wheel was invented when prehistoric man watched lions rolling a stone – still, once rolled, presumably the stone was discarded.

Elizabeth, South Australia and Australian manufacturing are said to be in transition; in reality they are in crisis and need reinvention.

Boom to bust, Doyle’s down but not out

GAVAN Doyle founded his business by designing components for parts suppliers to Ford and Holden.

Small-town sensitivities stifle debate

“EVERYONE knows what needs to be done,” says a senior Labor insider.

The uncertainty and economic pain in Adelaide – a deep undercurrent in South Australia’s election campaign – is also a microcosm of the national challenge.

The nation faces the same difficulties and choices – it’s just that in South Australia they are more intense.

The only state founded on an idea, South Australia has somehow conspired for almost 180 years to turn that concept inside out.

The rest of Australia winces at references to the free-settler state as Croweaters set themselves apart from convict stock, but the experiment of the South Australia Company and Edward Gibbon Wakefield’s utopian dream was more profound than that – the penal colonies that established the other states were deliberate acts of government; public sector expansions to the antipodes, if you like.

On the Adelaide plains in 1836, private investment and individual enterprise were deliberately harnessed as the driving forces for an experimental new colony.

Yet now the inverse is true; of all the mainland states, SA has the largest government sector and the worst performing private sector.

The state founded on enterprise has proportionately more public servants, more welfare recipients and higher taxation than the other mainland states.

For its survival, it relies on the largesse of government, largely through GST revenue raised in more efficient states.

As SA goes to the polls on March 15, building and jobs provide the main themes.

Having recovered from the State Bank crisis, largely by privatising assets, SA looked to the $30 billion expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium, copper and gold mine for a prosperous future.

The Rann-WeatherillLabor government embarked on an ambitious spending program before that chicken hatched. Now the mine expansion is on the never-never and the budget has blown out to a billion-dollar deficit.

Cranes have dotted the city skyline for a year or more as a $2 billion construction plan kicks in – a redeveloped Adelaide Oval, a new hospital, a medical research centre – yet it is all government-funded, debt-funded, taxpayer-funded.

Wakefield’s unrealised dream of private investment fuelling enterprise and jobs is as crucially relevant now as any time since European settlement.

Holden began as saddlery and carriage-maker in Adelaide’s western suburbs before being taken over by the American GM parent and creating Australia’s car. Its former Woodville plant now hosts the SA centre of manufacturing; another former industrial area hosts a bio-innovation centre; at Mitsubishi’s former Tonsley site another government centre promises to nurture “smart” new industries; and at Elizabeth a new “hub” is under way to generate new manufacturing opportunities.

“The Stretton Centre is not just a jobs centre but a new collaborative approach, to put planners, researchers and companies in the one space to make it happen,” says Playford Council’s Mal Hemmerling.

In the heady 1980s, Hemmerling was a high-flying public servant in the Bannon government who went on to run the Australian Grand Prix and then the Sydney Olympics Organising Committee. He has come out of retirement to help the council generate jobs in a depressed area.

Hemmerling well knows the sad history of state government intervention. In the 1970s, Don Dunstan planned a whole new city west of Adelaide – today Monarto is nothing but an open range zoo.

In the 80s, tens of millions of federal and state government funds went into the multi-function polis, a technopolis to attract and accommodate new industries and their workers. Now the ghost of the MFP echoes in the state election campaign as the government defends a dodgy deal to dispose of the undisturbed land it was to be built on. Hemmerling sees hope in the north because there is three years’ warning of the Holden closure. While it could cost 16,000 jobs in the region, he is driven to help existing companies find new roles, new technologies and new customers.

“Other ventures like the MFP have tried to attract new investors; we are working with companies that are already here,” says Hemmerling.

The search for private investment, devoid of government involvement, is taxing. At Payneham, a $20m building was constructed by the Olsen Liberal government for international bankers JPMorgan who came, took the corporate welfare, then left.

Just a kilometre or two west of Holden’s doomed Elizabeth plant, a $10m dollar titanium machining plant from Switzerland, the second of its kind in the world, purrs into action for the first time. It shapes the metal to perfection – or within a quarter of a hair’s breadth of perfection – to form tail fin components for the Joint Strike Fighter.

For the next 25 years these aerospace components will be manufactured at BAE Systems’ plant north of Adelaide, exported for assembly to Fort Worth, Texas, and flown by air forces around the world.

At the controls is Nicholas Sergejeus, who began his career as an apprentice fitter and turner at electrical manufacturer Gerard Industries. As a toolmaker with BAE Systems, he has been to Britain for technology transfer and instead of wielding tools his clean hands touch screens and keyboards.

“I am very fortunate,” he responds when asked to compare his prospects with friends elsewhere in manufacturing. “This work is technically fascinating and secure; most of my mates have had to head off and work in the mines.”

BAE’s advanced manufacturing manager, Stuart Lindley, spruiks the spin-offs from defence contracts.

The investment in titanium machining is made possible by a $300m, 25-year contract because of the federal government’s involvement in the JSF project.

It will allow the company to bid for commercial aviation engineering and other precision work.

“We will outsource less-demanding engineering work to local firms, underpinning other manufacturing jobs and helping to lift their capabilities,” says Lindley.

These are not labour-intensive fields – BAE Systems employs only 600 people at the site, which also exports missiles – and relies on major government contracts at a time that defence spending has contracted.

Neighbouring Edinburgh air force base has been dubbed a “super base” and has expanded to accommodate the 7RAR mechanised infantry battalion, relocated from Darwin. It brings up to 2000 people, adding up to $100m annually to the economy.

Defence is a constant last line of defence for those projecting the state’s economic future.

Leading employer group BusinessSA certainly wants more defence spending and investment.

Elsewhere, it sees government as the problem, adding to the costs, taxes and compliance burdens of the state’s private sector.

“This is a state where the private sector has constantly had to tighten its belt,” says chief executive Nigel McBride. “Small employers have come to us in record numbers to seek advice on managing redundancies.”

“And during that time the public sector has done nothing but grow, and grow and grow.”

From 2002 to last year, public sector employment in SA grew by 28.9 per cent while total employment grew at less than half that rate (14 per cent).

With more than 100,000 people on the state government’s payroll (86,000 full-time equivalents) in a state with 1.1 million voters, the state public servants and their families make up a hugely powerful voting bloc.

The powerful public sector unions have strongly resisted cost-cutting measures. Even with a 10-point lead in the polls, Liberal Opposition Leader Steven Marshall promises to keep job cuts to 5100. Of course the Labor Premier, Jay Weatherill, is telling voters the Liberals will cut much deeper.

Ironically, an experienced Labor insider tells me his greatest fear is that whoever wins the election won’t do enough to reduce government expenditure.

To be fair, it is a difficult balancing act; with government looming so large in the economy, savage cuts can generate proportionately more social and economic dislocation.

Halting the growth in the public sector while allowing the private sector to grow would be a good starting point. Lest anyone see this is as a party political divide, we need look only to the published musings of former Labor deputy premier and treasurer Kevin Foley. He quit politics in late 2011 and less than two years ago, in a Sunday Mail column, shared his frank thoughts about the public sector’s role in SA.

“Radical reform is needed,” he wrote, “starting with the total removal of lifelong tenure and implementing government-wide efficiency drives to remove underperformers or those who have become surplus to needs.”

He also suggested government should hand over some responsibilities to the private sector and that the public needed to comprehend that better-trained teachers, for instance, might be preferable to more teachers.

“These ideas and many more will be needed into the future if we do not want to pay increased taxes. Public sector unions have too much power over political parties and it must end.”

Foley declines to be interviewed for this article, shunning the spotlight during the election campaign, but his writings pre-empted this debate. “At 20 per cent of our economy, the public sector can’t remain the sheltered workplace it currently is,” he wrote in 2012. “I failed to change it and I don’t expect either side of politics will be up for it yet, but the day will come.”

Back at BusinessSA, McBride explains that fewer than 400 companies employ more than 200 workers in SA, whereas there are 46,000 companies with fewer than 20 staff. “We are the quintessential small to medium enterprise state,” he says, arguing that reducing costs such as land tax, payroll tax, workers compensation and electricity prices are the key to creating more jobs in the private sector.

“If each of those smaller companies could afford to employ one more person, our unemployment problem would be gone overnight.”

In 1993, Chris Kenny published State of Denial about the SA State Bank crisis. He worked for the state Liberal government from 2000 to 2002.

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/chris-kenny/fashionable-causes-distort-the-definition-of-freedom/news-story/91ad0c04821175fd183f848705b17dc5

Fashionable causes distort the definition of freedom

THE AUSTRALIAN

FEBRUARY 27, 2016 12:00AM

Chris Kenny

Associate Editor (National Affairs)

Sydney

The way many Australians think about patriotism is the way Margaret Thatcher thought about power. “Being powerful is like being a lady,” said the British titan. “If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

We are so blessed that our most natural expression of patriotism is to have a barbecue or beach picnic on Australia Day. We don’t want to diminish our sublime good fortune by trumpeting it.

This laconic nationalism brings an attendant risk of complacency. Freedom, for instance, is a word we seem to shrink from, in direct contrast to the way Americans embrace it. Counterintuitively for a nation founded as a penal colony, we are so relaxed about freedom that we find it too jingoistic to mention.

We have become so self-satisfied and smug that our political class campaigns for freedom in all the wrong places, and often advocates against the interests of freedom to promote the fashionable causes of our time.

It is worth reminding ourselves we live in a country where newspaper columns printed in our highest circulating newspaper, Melbourne’s Herald Sun, remain banned from republication.

These are the Andrew Bolt columns subjected to the section 18C racial vilification ruling — they still exist online because, thankfully, it is all but impossible to remove them from cyberspace but when you click on them you also see a court-imposed denunciation.

Bolt’s sin was to weigh in on the contentious issue of racial identity, pointing out that if we make jobs and preferment contingent on indigeneity, then people who could identify with a range of ethnic identities in their heritage might be tempted to highlight, or even exaggerate, the indigenous.

Yet this very issue of identity and preferment now has been raised by the federal government’s Indigenous Advisory Council because of deceptions. This is no surprise; wherever governments have ever provided financial or other entitlements there have been ­attempts to game them.

Queensland indigenous leader Stephen Hagan told The Australian’s Michael McKenna this week, “You can go to any town in the nation with a significant indigenous population and you’ll see not one but numerous ‘white blackfellas’ falsely claiming Aboriginality to get jobs and benefits that should go to our people.”

Bolt and Hagan are coming at the same issue from different perspectives. “We need a system that properly tests these claims so there is no chance of rorting and to ensure targeted taxpayer funds and jobs go to indigenous people,” said Hagan. Which was the essential point made by Bolt in his banned columns.

Freedom.

Under the same laws, five Queensland University of Technology students are facing federal court action after they were refused entry to a computer room reserved for indigenous students. Their sin was to take to social media, mocking their rejection with lines such as “stopping segregation with segregation” and “I wonder where the white supremacist computer lab is”.

Apparently the race-based ­allocation of university computer resources is fine but the mocking of such divisiveness faces court. Freedom seems to be having a lend of itself.

In 2012, the federal Labor government sought to impose de facto regulation of print media content. Julia Gillard, our worst prime minister in 35 years, thought she was being unfairly treated by news­papers (including this one) so she proposed laws that would sanction newspapers for breaches of a code.

Journalism academics and leading ABC journalists did not protest in the streets; instead they publicly endorsed the move. It eventually failed but perhaps even more chilling than the political overreach from a flailing government was the meek acquiescence from a political-media class who saw themselves as ideological bedfellows.

Freedom.

When the Australian Human Rights Commission held its Christmas drinks in 2014, among the guests was David Hicks, a man who trained with al-Qa’ida and Lashkar-e-Toiba and fired weapons across the line of control in Kashmir. Hicks had written to his parents, from the battlefields, about his associations with militants, his commitment to “jihad” and his anti-Western and anti-Semitic views.

At the drinks he heckled our attorney-general. At the Sydney Writers Festival, Hicks was given a standing ovation.

He is still lauded by the green-Left as a hapless victim of the US and Australian governments, despite pleading guilty to providing material support to terrorists and despite those nations having struck a deal to get him home from Guantanamo Bay and released.

Freedom.

When an Islamist extremist took 18 innocent Sydneysiders hostage in a city cafe in December 2014, parts of the city were locked down and the nation held its breath. Someone invented an incident about a Muslim woman being too scared to travel on public transport and the “I’ll ride with you” hashtag campaign was born.

Thousands took to social media to protest against an anti-Muslim backlash that never existed. While their fellow citizens were being held at gunpoint (two innocent people eventually were killed) the moral poseurs, including prominent ABC media identities, promoted their outrage not at the reality of terror but at the pretence of an anti-Muslim backlash.

Freedom.

When our Prime Minister and Defence Minister released their defence white paper this week they spoke about the threat of transnational terrorism and even mentioned Daesh, or Islamic State. They did not mention Islamist extremism, the obscene ideology that is generating the security threat in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia and on our shores.

Freedom.

Consider the hyperventilation over George Pell’s video-link appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He has fronted the commission and the media previously on these issues, has been at the forefront of dealing with historical transgressions within the church, is not directly accused of wrong­doing and has undertaken to continue his co-operation in keeping with his medical advice. And for his trouble he is vilified in the media and popular culture, including through the song by Tim Minchin.

Yet holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London is another Australian, Julian Assange, who is facing direct allegation of sexual assault. He is free to walk out of his self-imposed detention any time he chooses — and should do so — to deal with British warrants and the substantive allegations through the Swedish legal system.

But Assange is treated by many in the media-political class as a hero for hiding from justice.

Often the same people who rant about Pell remaining in the Vatican cry that Assange is a victim imprisoned by some unspoken conspiracy. The WikiLeaks founder was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. His reckless dumping of classified documents, undermining the intelligence apparatus of liberal democracies and therefore imperilling their efforts to counter terrorism, was rewarded by the Australian journalists union with an honorary membership and a Walkley award.

Freedom.

Minchin could release a song for Assange, set to the tune of the Beatles’ Dear Prudence. Dear ­Julian, won’t you come out to play? Dear Julian, greet the brand new day. The sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful and so are you, Dear Julian, won’t you come out to play?

Or perhaps not.

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Media coverage reflects reality    theaustralian Chris Kenny   5 March 2012

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/media-coverage-reflects-reality/story-fn8qlm5e-1226288737439

Media coverage reflects reality

by: Chris Kenny

From: The Australian

March 05, 201212:00AM

Cartoon by Bill Leak. Source: The Australian

DESPITE its many qualities and indispensable services, the media is clearly imperfect. But in free countries the truth usually triumphs. News media helps keep authorities accountable.

The Finkelstein report is worrying because its recommendations could stifle the media. The inquiry believes it can improve the quality of media by creating a News Media Council, funded by the government, headed (you guessed it) by a lawyer, and consisting of appointed (not elected) delegates from the media and elsewhere. It does not believe that competition, consumer demands, commercial accountability, legal constraints and personal choice will deliver to the public the media that consumers deserve.

Rather, it believes a government-funded body of lawyers, academics, publicly funded and commercial journalists can decree what is good for the public.

Aside from their own sense of fair play, journalists face a range of controls, from the primary constraint of defamation laws, to anti-discrimination laws, court suppression rules and orders, professional and company codes, government regulation in the electronic media and self-regulation in the print media. And they do this in a digital age when it has never been easier for new entrants to enter the media marketplace.

Remarkably, Finkelstein recommended a government-funded news media oversight of electronic, print and online media without identifying a problem with the Australian media.

It traces its genesis, in part, to revelations about the illegal activities of the London tabloids. More disturbingly, the inquiry admits it was established because senior members of the Gillard government and its Green coalition partner believed they were being subjected to jaundiced political coverage.

So a government that is struggling has initiated a media inquiry because not all media is as generous towards it as are the ABC and the Fairfax newspapers.

If this happened in Fiji, Indonesia or Papua New Guinea, our foreign minister would be urging a rethink. In fact, the next time Australia urges improvements in free speech in China, the laughter in Beijing will not be stifled.

Strangely, politicians such as Stephen Conroy, Julia Gillard and Bob Brown did not complain when the media focused, under the previous government, on issues such as the children overboard and Australian Wheat Board scandals.

While the Howard government was at times despairing about media handling of these issues (I was a staffer at the time) it chose to defend its actions, not bring the media to heel.

The current intervention is based almost entirely on Conroy’s gripes last year about how reports of problems with the National Broadband Network and leadership rumblings in the government were really about News Limited newspapers running a so-called campaign for “regime change”. Never mind that those reports have been vindicated.

To look at how the Communications Minister would judge issues of media bias we could suspend disbelief for a moment and accept that everything the government says is true. As a test case, the government’s attitude towards Kevin Rudd will do.

In December the Prime Minister told John Laws that “people are working as professionals in the nation’s interest and Kevin Rudd most certainly is”. As recently as last month Gillard told the Seven Network, “I think Kevin’s doing a good job as the minister for foreign affairs”.

So if that assessment was reflected without scepticism the media would have been accurate and unbiased, by Conroy’s standards.

But two weeks ago Gillard said Rudd had “chaotic work patterns” when he led the government and that “one of the overriding problems of the government that Kevin Rudd led is it was very, very focused on the next news cycle, on the next picture opportunity, rather than the long-term reforms for the nation’s interests”.

And reflecting on his time as foreign minister, she declared, “it is now evident to me and I think it is evident to the Australian people that there has been a long-running destabilisation campaign here to get to this point, where Kevin Rudd is clearly going to announce that he wants to seek the Labor leadership”.

That makes it hard for journalists to keep up. A fortnight ago, the media should not praise Rudd or suggest that all was well at the top levels of the government.But just days later, after defeating Rudd in the leadership ballot, the Prime Minister again praised her foe. “I want to say to Kevin Rudd for the days that lie beyond, as a nation, as a Labor Party, we must honour his many achievements as prime minister.”

Hold the front page. Any journalist not wanting to be accused by Conroy of running a campaign should report on a harmonious government that honours a proud era under its former leader.

The absurdity is obvious. That such an unsophisticated and ill-considered response to his own political problems could lead the Communications Minister down a path of increased media regulation is alarming.

We need to resist the temptation to laugh at this folly because it just might happen. The loose Left coalition of academics, activists, publicly funded journalists and politicians who fear they have lost some crucial debates in recent years might just push this through as a means to cover for their own failures. They may, of course, live to regret it if they find a future conservative government escaping scrutiny.

The Finkelstein report plays games with academic papers and opinion polls that show a lack of respect for the commercial media. It fails to consider why, then, most of the population consumes most of its news from commercial media. Clearly the inquiry and the government believe members of the public do not know what is good for them.

Given what has transpired over the past couple of years, the real question about media is the inverse of the Conroy and Finkelstein approach. Instead of comparing media coverage to government expectations, we should compare media coverage to reality. Then the real question is not about media campaigns. It is about why some media were so incurious about government waste and mismanagement, and internal leadership dissent. In particular, given its vast resources and government regulation, how did the ABC manage to miss these developing stories?

The publicly funded media’s sanguine reporting of the government and failure to provide the full picture to its audience provides a standing argument against government regulation.

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A letter dated 12 March 1996 from Stephen Baker MP SA Treasurer/Deputy Premier/ Minister for Police – not received until after Stephen Baker had retired from politics. Upon my inquiry a copy was provided by the new Member of Parliament for the electorate of ‘Waite’ Martin Hamilton Smith [Liberal Party later to become an ALP MP after he was offered inducements to change political parties]. He writes “Whilst State Bank and Marino Rocks marina development issues have received public airing” knowing that they have not and that all details of SBSA bankruptcy bailout taxpayer debt remain concealed within SA state Treasury’s SA Assets Management Corp. SAAMC. He also refers to “Substantial public resources have also been devoted to investigating your allegations of corruption and/or abuse of processes by police and others” “I am advised” [by someone unidentified] “that no evidence to support your allegations has been found.” Although SA Shadow Treasurer before, and at the time of the February 1991 disclosure of the State Bank of SA’s bankruptcy,& SA Treasurer [after the Dec. 1992 state election] during the continuing years of the $50 Royal Commission of Inquiry into the State Bank of SA, he was never mentioned in any news media as offering or being ask by news media to offer an opinion, or asked any questions on SBSA’s bankruptcy and the unspecified billions of dollars of taxpayer debt that was SA taxpayer’s liability for future years. It would appear possible, but it is not certain, that SA Treasurer Baker’s letter’s reference to “allegations of corruption and/or abuse of processes by police and others” is referring to my correspondence with and complaints [June & July 1992] to the SA Police Complaints Authority [SA PCA] related to a home invasion by purported SA Police officers of 10 July during which SBSA letterhead documents were stolen prior to my scheduled 13 July 1992 meeting with journalist David Hellaby regarding issues of his inquiries into SBSA debt related to William Turner and the Marino Rocks marina development. – SA Police Complaints Authority correspondence dated 2 Nov.1992 appears below.

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A letter from the SA Police Complaints Authority dated 2 Nov.1992 advising that they had discovered their recording equipment used to accept my complaints of June and July 1992 was ‘defective”. My June complaint related to police refusing to allow my reporting of fraud [receiving my money by the use of deceit] committed by lawyer Richard John [convicted of fraud in Aug. 1994] & issues of crimes [involving Richard John & others] related to the editing of my July 1991 sworn testimony referring to SBSA’s relationship with & debts of William Turner & the Marino Rocks marina development. My July 1992 complaint related to the July 1992 SA Police ‘Home Invasion’ theft of SBSA letterhead documents that I was the unable to show journalist David Hellaby on 13 July 1992. While the SA PCA claimed in 1992 to have a secret police report exonerating police of any impropriety, the complaint was reopened in June of 1993 – I was aware of SA Police Home Invaders having a relationship with a Private Investigator [disclosed as an organised crime gang member] who came under SA Police investigation with co-accused SA Police officers [later in 1995 on corruption charges] in June 1993. See next doc. ’SA I I B 13 Aug 1997’ for more information.

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A letter from Andrew G Anastasiades Head of Treasury & Finance SA Assets Management Corp. referring to a conversation we had regarding the never publicly disclosed State Bank of SA’s ‘Kabani'”Off Balance Sheet” ownership arrangements of Mintern and Crestwin the companies developing the Marino Rocks marina. The problem that he had referred to in his letter as “alluded to” and transferred to the South Australian Crown Solicitor” was that I knew about issues that SA Treasury were concealing.

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SA Treasury acknowledgement of my payment for a freedom of Information request for documents that included my state Bank of SA employment records and all docments and records related to my communications with SA Treasury & SAAMC regarding the SBSA relationship with the failed Marino Rocks marina development. SA Treasury never made any FoI release of the documents and information that I had requested.

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A letter from the SA Police Internal Investigation Branch [SAPOL IIB] dated 13 August 1997 in reply to my letter regarding SA Police Investigators Officers Inspector Tank and Sargent Strange accused of corruption over their investigation of Private Investigator organised crime gang member Frank Carbone & his SA Police co-accused with crimes. Police Officers Inspector Tank and Sargent Strange had come to my home late at night claiming to be investigating my SA PCA complaints & to be the authors of a secret report exonerating police from any impropriety. Now accused of corruption their actions were subject to the appeal of a court order judging them to have acted illegally in relation to search related to Frank Carbone’s & co-accuses corruption charges. The author of this letter SAPOLIIB Commander FG Edwards confirms the issues of my PCA complaints June and July 1992 as being related to Frank Carbone’s corrupt relationship to SA Police [Home Invaders 10 July 1992] and the Tank/Strange SAPOL investigation, referring to a future investigation that “cannot commence until the judicial process in which the Tank/Strange judgement has been given has been finalised.” See next doc. ‘SA PCA 30 March 2005’

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A letter dated 30 March 2005 from the SA Police Complaints Authority referring to my correspondence of 5 November 2004 regarding issues of my unresolved complaints of June and July 1992 concerning the SA Police [P I Frank Carbone associates] Home Invasion theft of SBSA letterhead documents concerning issues of SBSA bankruptcy taxpayer debt concealed by SA Treasury SAAMC. I had in 2004 returned from the UK, where I had discovered altered, inaccurate, fake ‘archived’ news media reporting of events [SBSA bankruptcy newspaper reporting] related to issues that involved/concerned documents stolen from my 2 July 1992 by associates of P I Frank Carbone. This letter dated 30 March 2005 refers to enclosed copies of SA PCA letters dated 5 Nov. 2004 [the same date as my letter – I expect an error of the SA PCA] and 18 Nov. 2004. There were no enclosures to this letter. My attempts to obtain copies of the letters said to have already been sent to me have failed. I expect that they do not exist.

Frank Carbone was my stalker from 1986 when I first expressed concern over SBSA’s management conflict of interests regarding Corporate loans and ownership arrangements of the companies involved in the Marino Rocks marina development.  I recognised him and discovered his name from photographs published in ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper when he faced corruption charges with co-accused SA police.  Those newspaper articles can be viewed at previous posts to this website. Please view the Timeline of corruption in which documents are posted.

The Australian Press Council APC has independently notified News Corp. Aust. [News Ltd.] of the matters of fake archives of newspapers that conceal crimes and corruption.

In an email dated 15 February 2012 the APC’s Jack Herman provided me with a computer generated printout list of news articles published that had within them the name “Frank Carbone”.  The document News Ltd. document list using the search term “Frank Carbone” can be viewed at a previous post to this WordPress website that is the Timeline of corruption events.   I have no means by which to access the APC provided printout of News Ltd.’s search of news articles referring to ‘Frank Carbone’.  The APC email with the document – search using the term ‘Frank Carbone, appears below. It confirms that he, Jack Herman has brought my concerns to the newspapers attention.

from:  Press Council complaints <complaints@presscouncil.org.au>
to:  Roger Bates <xyzrjb@gmail.com>
date:  Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 7:02 AM
subject:  Re: Advertiser and News
:  Important mainly because of the words in the message.

Re: Advertiser and News

Press Council complaints <complaints@presscouncil.org.au>
2/15/12

Dear Roger Bates

Thank you for your email and the subsequent phone call.

The matters remain outside the Council’s remit. Apart from bringing your concerns o the newspaper’s attention, which I have done, there is no further action I can take.

With regard to Advertiser articles related to Frank Carbone, see the attached list of articles, covering the period August 1994 through September 1999.

With respect to the News, the State Library record of its existence is at: http://www.samemory.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?c=2627 It says: “Rupert Murdoch sold the News to Northern Star Holdings in 1987, and it was subsequently sold to a private firm headed by Roger Holden. The News was the last metropolitan afternoon newspaper in Australia. It closed in March 1992.”

Jack Herman

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My correspondence to News Corp. Australia remains unanswered.

This WordPress post has been done with some difficulty.  I have hackers whom make life difficult.  Some of the manner of their hacking using a ‘Windows Virtual Wi-Fi Minport Adaptor’ installed by Toshiba service center Singapore – see an earlier post for details ‘Toshiba untrustworthy’ – The hacker had no need for me to connect to the Internet to have access to my PCs and anything connected to it such as USB storage devices to delete or alter documents and interfere with my attempts at communication with others.

Ask Rupert Murdoch what he knows about the fake archives of his newspapers and the crimes and corruption that his corrupt journalism conceals.

 

Rupert Murdoch’s fake archives of newspapers, corrupt journalism and billions of dollars of unaccounted for public debt

Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers – the first he ever owned & published in Adelaide South Australia  – have fake archives of what has been published – news article published have been erased or altered for the false records which are being sold [as archives] by Australian state and national public libraries. They fake archives have also been exported to British Libraries UK London.

Crimes and corruption are concealed by corrupt journalism and the fake archives of newspapers. False and misleading information published in Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd. [News Corp. Aust.] Adelaide SA newspapers have assisted to create Billions of dollars of secret never accounted for SA state taxpayer debt concealed with SA state Treasury’s SA Asset Management Corp.

News media and SA governments of both political parties have an alliance to cooperate to deceive SA taxpayers in order to continue to remain unaccountable. Details of never publicly disclosed State Bank of South Australia bankruptcy taxpayer debt can be viewed below.

The bankruptcy of the State Bank of South Australia – its illegal “Off Balance Sheet” companies’ debt details never publicly disclosed and SA public debt still concealed

In 1983 the Savings Bank of South Australia (SBSA established in 1848 – a SA state government guaranteeing deposits was never used) celebrated achieving one billion dollars in customer deposits.

In 1984 the Savings Bank of SA was renamed the State Bank of SA & its charter changed to allow more risk in its business practices.

In 1985 the new State Bank of SA purchased Beneficial Finance Corporation for one billion dollars.

In 1986 SBSA’s Tim Marcus Clark, in several single pages on his SBSA Managing Director letterhead addressed to ‘Dear State Banker’ (not sent to all staff as implied), boasted of new Corporate loans & acquisitions that included;

Two $200 million loans to the National Safety Council of Victoria discovered in 1989 to be a Ponzi scheme. In 1989 NSCV CEO Executive Director John Friedrich [an alias for Friedrich Hohenberger wanted in Germany on fraud charges] a fugitive from justice for a year, captured, allowed bail then found dead few days after the start of his trial in July 1991.

a $200 million loan to Equiticorp NZ  – Tim Marcus Clark Managing Director  Equiticorp NZ & SBSA

the purchase for $80 million of Oceanic Capital Corp. The sale later to have been found to benefit Equiticorp NZ

the purchase of part of companies named in news media as developers of a marina to be built at Marino Rocks (details summarized below)

& other, all of which soon became ‘non-performing loans’ and bad debt that became public debt never recovered and forever concealed from taxpayers.

SBSA’s future was to be corporate loans – SBSA retail banking business &employees were to be a minor consideration.  My expressing concern at the bank’s corporate loan &ownership arrangements of acquisitions – [the bleeding obvious] compromising the independence of and ability of those who make the decisions – was met with a person with an attitude problem would have such an opinion.

Marino Rocks marina State Bank of South Australia connection – Taxpayer debt concealed.
How taxpayers have concealed from them, the fact that they have paid tens of millions of dollars for a marina development that does not exist.

ERASED**in the following information, denotes that the information was published in “The Advertiser” newspaper and has been erased from newspaper archives. (discovered as erased in 2004)

1986 – 1987 and later events
#DS – denotes David Simmons as Director.
(TS 2%) – denotes 2% held in trust by solicitors Thompson Simmons & Co.

#DS State Bank of South Australia (SBSA) (D.Simmons Chairman of the Board of Directors.)

#DS Beneficial Finance Corporation (BFC wholly owned by SBSA)

#DS KABANI – acknowledged as “Off Balance Sheet” of BFC – SBSA Oct.1990 in a news article ‘State Bank silent on mystery firm [view below] that was the only ever news media reference published or broadcast by any news media.  Australian law enforcement financial regulation authorities’ (& then ASC) reporting, not required for “Off Balance Sheet” companies.

(TS 2%)MINTERN. 1986 Alan Burloch paid (via KABANI) $20Mill. for 49% of MINTERN (info. 1986)

(TS 2%)CRESTWIN. 1986 William Turner paid (via KABANI) $10Mill. for 49% of CRESTWIN (info. 1986)

(TS 2%) MINTERN <“some cross ownership”>CRESTWIN (TS 2%) (info. 1986)

MARINO ROCKS MARINA (Developers Turner and Burloch)
SBSA – BFC connection to Turner, Burloch, the Marino Rocks marina & associated debt has never been publicly disclosed.

1986 – 1987 Environment Minister Lenehan (Bannon govt.) exempts marina development from Environmental Impact Statement – ABC TV ‘7-30 Report’ only – a 5 second news segment, Minister Lenehan in a state of panic surrounded by media microphones saying “But we already know what’s there” – an angry looking presenter then proceeding to the next news item.

1986 William Turner as Director of Pro Image Studios borrows $20Mill. from SBSA (info. 1986) never publicly disclosed.

1987/88 “Pro-Image Studios Ltd. records a profit of almost $20 million for the financial year 1987/1988” “a loss of approximately $2 million was disclosed in the management accounts” (ASC Derek Parker 1995 information was never reported by news media) http://www.aic.gov.au/media_library/conferences/business/parker.pdf  (info. found 2014) Where did this $20 Million come from? Was it the proceeds of crime?

October 1987 – In October 1987 I had at my request had a meeting over a cup of tea with SBSA Chief General Manager Ken Matthews [Savings Bank of SA prior to 1984] to seek some reassurance on the future of the bank, after which he with his influence arranged for me to be again working in the bank’s ‘relieving staff’ at bank branches covering staff annual leave & long service leave “Where” he said“I seemed to most content”. He declined to discuss issues of SBSA corporate loans which were of concern to me.  His reaction [facial expression] when I asked him what he felt about the proposed Marino Rocks marina development [close to the suburb where he lived] but his declining to say, prompted me to attempt to politely change the subject. The marina development appeared to be a sensitive issue.  It seemed bizarre that Mr Matthews would even allow me to consume his time in a private meeting.

September 1988

After my further telephone contact, I the next day receive a visit at a bank branch from SBSA Chief General Manager Ken Matthews [last CEO of Savings Bank of SA]who advised me that I “have too much leave owning to me & must reduce it”. He declined to discuss anything.  He would have at that time known of “Pro-Image Studios Ltd. records a profit of almost $20 million for the financial year 1987/1988” but “a loss of approximately $2 million was disclosed in the management accounts”. I assumed that a Marino Rocks marina would never be built, the developers would take full advantage of their circumstances & SBSA’s/BFC’s corporate lending practices would bankrupt SBSA. My meeting with Ken Matthews over a cup of tea was solemn occasion. We both knew, he better than me, that ourcarefully managed bank established in 1848, his life’s workdrastically altered in 1984 was bankrupt, destined to be an economic burden for future generations, and that it happened on our watch. Power over others, ego and hubris prevented authorities from giving any consideration to the possible consequences of their decisions.

I was excluded from the implementation process of SBSA’s September 1988 Award Restructure [of staff pay rates] & was from that time on leave [Long Service, 2 years annual leave, accumulated rostered days off and leave ‘in lieu of travel’] until April 1989.

ERASED**1989 May News Ltd.’s ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper published a front page news article headlined “State Bank $200 Mill Loan to Equitcorp NZ” (Mng. Director Tim Marcus Clark common to both SBSA &Equitcorp NZ – the debt eventually became taxpayer debt never recovered.

29 May 1989 My employment with SBSA was terminated – no reason/explanation was offered

June 1989 I contacted SA Shadow Treasurer Stephen Baker MP for my electorate of ‘Waite’, provided him with and explain SBSA’s corporate lending information – conflicts of interests etc. – that will cause its inevitable bankruptcy & requested that he raise issues in parliament to address or remedy the likely bankruptcy of SA. He refused to do so & eventually said that he “would be accused [by newspapers] of politicizing the bank”. Murdoch’s Adelaide newspapers had published warning to knockers who “suffered from the tall poppy syndrome wanting the state to fail” that inquire into & question what the bank was doing. Stephen Baker MP would later run off whenever he saw me at the local Shopping Centre where his electoral office was located.

1989 Oct. 5th. front page (afternoon daily News) “William Turner announces he is Bankrupt” News Ltd.’s the ‘News’ newspaper published false & misleading information in a news article headlined “The man behind SA’s great marina fiasco” (see file ‘Turner 5 Oct 1989 Adelaide PM News Ltd.’)” Alan Burloch buys Turners assets “for some Millions of Dollars” (news article appears below)

1989 Oct. 6 – SBSA paid my Mortgage Loan in full by SBSA (an interest rate of 30% p.a. had been applied for the previous 4 months)

1990 Oct. State Bank of SA announces that it has “Off Balance Sheet Entities” – SBSA/BFC company ‘Kabani’ in a 2 Oct. 1990 news article [appearing below] headlined ‘State Bank silent on mystery firm’ the only news media reference ever published or broadcast, apart from a 11 Feb. 1991 news article ‘Warning sign were there for more than 14 months’ ref. to this same 2 Oct. 1990 news article that states, according to information SA Premier/Treasurer John Bannon provided to SA parliament,  that mystery firm ‘Kabani’ “had assets of $100 million”.

1990 Dec. Burloch withdraws from Marino Rocks marina Development announced in a 18 Dec. 1990 news article ‘Marino Rocks project tenderer to face court over tax liabilities’ [see below]

ERASED** 1991 Feb. SBSA announces that its “Off Balance Sheet” entities [now many] BFC have Assets [of $359 Million] Greater than Liabilities [of $267 Million] – referred to in the text of the news article of 11 Feb. 1991 ‘Warning sign were there for more than 14 months’.

THEN a few days later

ERASED** announces that its “Off Balance Sheet Entities” have an overall debt of $31 Million with Assets Less than Liabilities

ERASED** 1991 Feb. SBSA published announcement need for “Billion Dollar Bailout” (The front page newspaper headline that has been erased from publicly accessible records refers to the first Billion Dollars) A front page 11 Feb. 1991 news article headlined ‘Taxpayer rescue bank’ has within the altered archives of newspapers published, become the first newspaper published reference to the State Bank of SA bankruptcy.

A February 1991 front page ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper news article headlined ‘Taxpayers rescue bank written by journalist David Hellaby and Nick Cater is now according to the historical record, the fake archives of newspapers published, has become the first newspaper published reference to any bankruptcy problem published by the newspaper.  Nick Cater in News Corp. news articles headlined ‘Journalsim giving up the search for the truth’ published 2 Nov. 2013 and “Aunty stick to the facts’ published 1 Feb. 2014 criticizes the ABC for its news media inaccuracies. In an ABC TV telecast [referred to in an earlier of this WP Blog site] Nick Cater refers to his BBC career in claiming to be a trustworthy journalist. Nick Cater is well aware of the fake archives of his employers newspapers, SBSA bankruptcy crime & corruption concealed but does not reply to correspondence.

The 11 Feb. 1991 news article ‘Warning sign were there for more than 14 months’ refers to, with wrong dates, previously published news articles headlined ’58 firms in State Bank web’ and ‘Our companies in red-State Bank’ – [as published 5 Dec. 1990 & 7 Dec. 1990; they were published in Feb. 1991, but sill evidence they were published – even though now erased from the fake archives of newspapers published : not appearing in archives as published on any date] – with text ref. to the changing valuations of SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet”, text of news article says OBS liabilities of $267 Million but article collages of news article headline ‘Our companies in red –State Bank’  says OBS liabilities of $276 Million.

Turner Bankruptcy File (Victoria) No. 1085 of 1990 indicates Turner NOT Bankrupt Oct. 1989. As stated in 5 Oct. 1989 news article ‘The man behind SA’s great marina fiasco’ – File No. 1085 of 1990 indicates bankrupt 6th. July 1990 to 6th. July 1993. File also indicates Turner has a debt of $30 Million but has no indication of his creditors. [Bankruptcy has since changed from 3 to 7 years]

Question ? – Is the Turner $30 Million bankruptcy debt the same SBSA “Off Balance Sheet’ debt of $31 Million [OBS liabilities greater than assets] announced by SBSA in Feb. 1991? [reviewed from assets greater than liabilities]

Turner Bankruptcy debt from 6th. July 1990 would need to be “On Balance Sheet” for SBSA – BFC to be written off for financial year ending 30th. June 1991.

March – April 1991 Supreme Court of Victoria Judgment CTB BNZ v Pro-Image Studios debt http://law.ato.gov.au/atolaw/view.htm?DocID=JUD%2F4ACSR586%2F00002  “The company is insolvent.” but permitted to continue to operate. The original court file has been “lost” – CTB & BNZ retrieve $46 million – see Summary of this website below [Unsecured creditors would likely include the State Bank of South Australia] (This ato.gov.au website information was found 2014)

March 1992 I contacted journalist David Hellaby& suggested that he should if he could view the bankruptcy file for William Turner.

July 1992 – I again contact Hellaby, he wants to meet me [I want to know what he has seen in Turner’s bankruptcy file & assume it was links to & loans from SBA] – he can come to my home Monday 13 July 1992.  10th July 1992 I have a nighttime home-invasion by purported police officers who steal all SBSA letterhead documents that they can find. 13 July 1992 Hellaby at my home states that “Turner’s bankruptcy file is the most amazing document he has ever seen”. Upon my inquiry he says that it “discloses a $30 Million debt but has no reference to his creditors”. My later inquires with the Victorian bankruptcy court confirm the $30 Million debt with creditors unidentified [blank file No. 1085 of 1990] & indicates bankruptcyfrom 6th. July 1990 – [to 6th. July 1993]

ERASED** 1993 Sept. William Turner – discharged Bankrupt 6th. July 1993 was charged by the Australian Securities Commission (ASC) with multiple breaches of the companies’ code. (see ASC Media Release ref. ASC 93/225 that News Ltd. Published word for word in a news article that is now erased from records of newspapers published. See ASC media release below.

ERASED** 1995 Nov. All Australian Securities Commission (ASC) charges against William Turner were dropped. No explanation provided. See ASC Press Release file ‘ASC 95-177 Pro-Image Turner 10 Nov 1995’ below.  I requested/obtained ASC media releases only by my being aware of the information by having read the news article now erased from fake archives of newspapers.

ERASED** 1995 Nov. SA State Treasurer (Stephen Baker. Liberal party MP for my SA electorate of ‘Waite’) announced an unexpected improvement to the State’s finances of $20 Million, no details of origin were given – Treasurer Baker promised to announce origin “in a couple of months’ time” but failed to do so.
SA Treasurer Baker & all others since (& SA MPs of both political parties) refuse to indicate their recollection of events & newspaper articles published reporting them. SA MPs in 1980s & 1990s when news articles (now erased) were published are MPs in government & opposition now in 2015.

The Marino Rocks marina developers have never been reported in the media as linked to or in debt to SBSA. Their debts (to taxpayers) have been secretly written off.

SBSA bankruptcy debt concealed has become SA taxpayer debt concealed within SA State Treasury’s SA Assets Management Corp. SAAMC. No details – amount or how the debt[s] was incurred has ever been publicly disclosed.
Information appearing above concerning SBSA’s relationship to the Marino Rocks marina developers has twice (July 1991 & August 1994) been edited from my sworn testimony of the forum in which I had given it.

Inter-company loans of BFC (& illegal “Off Balance Sheet” companies of changing value) were considered assets for accounting purposes. No provision was made for any bad debt losses. Inflated values of assets concealed bad debts known to be unrecoverable.

ASC/ASIC – Australia’s federal financing reporting law enforcement authority Australian Securities Commission ASC has since been renamed Australian Securities Commission ASIC.

2015 ASIC has evaded acknowledging specific issues raised of impropriety, crimes, corruption and maladministration of Australian financial regulation law enforcement authorities.  ASIC Chief Legal officer Michael Kingston refuses to acknowledge my correspondence.

I have received an ASIC letterhead letter dated 4 March 2015 from an unidentified author. The letter, referred to as “our finalisation letter”, states “Our records confirm that Pro-Image Studios was deregistered on 19 December 2014.” “Further, ASIC does not intend to comment on the actions of our predecessor, the ASC’s conduct of enforcement proceedings.” The ASIC letter from an identified author appears below.   ASC was involved in Supreme Court of Victoria court proceedings involving the bankruptcy of the company Pro-Image Studios Ltd. with secured creditors the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bank of New Zealand (BNZ Securities) seeking recovery of debts of $46 Million.  The original Supreme Court of Victoria file was ‘lost’ according to a 24 April 1991 judgement made by Judge Fuller “differing from another judge”, that allowed bankrupt Pro-Image Studios Ltd. to issue “92,684,398 fully paid ordinary shares of 50c each” to cover the cost of debt to its secured creditors.

With the assets and debt liabilities of Pro-Image Studios Ltd. & William Turner impossible to separate from State Bank of SA’s assets and liabilities and illegal/secret “Off Balance Sheet” companies of indeterminate, incalculable and questionable value, it appears that the ASC was involved – “supported the making of the declaration” – in arrangements that would further assist the concealment of secret taxpayer debt within SA’s state Treasury.  A bankrupt company was encouraged by the ASC & permitted to issues shares.

Appearing below from http://law.ato.gov.au/atolaw/view.htm?DocID=JUD%2F4ACSR586%2F00002
Judgment by: Fullagar J. of Supreme Court of Victoria Judgment Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bank of New Zealand (BNZ Securities) successfully retrieve $46,000,000 from Pro-Image Studios with “payment of92,684,398 fully paid ordinary shares of 50c each – Mr Nettle for the Australian Securities Commission supported the making of the declaration that for a consideration consisting of the release of the immediately enforceable debt amounting to $46,342,199 due to the defendants by the plaintiff, will not constitute an issue of shares at a discount within the meaning of the Corporations Law”.
“The company is insolvent. If it were now wound up its shareholders and unsecured creditors would receive nothing while the 2 secured banks would receive something like 91c in the dollar.”

“About 2800 shares in the company have so far been issued and they have been trading on the stock exchange at prices around 5c per share up to the time of the hearing in the Practice Court. If the proposed conversion of debt to equity is carried out, it will bring about a surplus of assets over liabilities arising from the elimination from the liabilities of the debt of $46m-odd and an increase of the same amount in shareholders’ equity, having the effect of creating a real net asset value for all of the issued shares.” ………  “It therefore appears that the proposed issue of shares to the 2 defendant banks will be greatly to the benefit of shareholders and unsecured creditors.”………..“The only anxiety I have felt about the present case, in addition to that occasioned by my differing from another judge, is upon the question whether all the relevant facts are before me with sufficient precision to justify a declaration in the form sought. The original court file has been “lost” but all the parties appearing before me, including the Australian Securities Commission, have assured me that the substitute file of documents put before me is accurate and adequate.”

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The Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bank of New Zealand (BNZ Securities) would not grant a loans eventually totaling “$46m-odd” in liabilities to Pro-Image Studios Ltd. [William Turner Director] without very good assets guaranteeing those loans. What were those valuable assets?

Would William Turner sign up his and his company Crestwin’s assets to guarantee Corporate loans from ANZ & BNZ to his company Pro-Image Studios?

Would Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bank of New Zealand consider such assets – Crestwin, Mintern, Kabani – so valued, & part owned by a SA state government guaranteed bank with SBSA Chairman of the Board of Directors also Director of BFC &Kabani, acceptable as to guarantee loans of tens of millions of dollars to Turner/Pro-Image Studios Ltd.?   No better security for loans than a taxpayer funded government guarantee could exist.

Were the maneuverings of William Turner’s  bankruptcy file 1085 of 1990 – 6 July 1990 not the previous financial year when reported by Murdoch’s the ‘News’ newspaper front page headline 5 October 1990 ‘The man behind SA’s great marina fiasco’ with Turner’s assets being sold to Alan Burloch – and

– the  24 April 1991 Pro-Image Studios v. Commonwealth Bank of Australia Supreme Court of Victoria Judgement of Judge J. Fullagar – “differing from another judge” [“original court file has been “lost”]

intended, with the assistance of the Australian Securities Commission [ASC renamed ASIC – Australia’s financial regulation authority], to allow the continued concealment of SBSA bankruptcy debt that was/is secret taxpayer liabilities within the corrupt unaccountable South Australian Assets Management Corporation SAAMC within SA’s State Treasury?

……..  Throughout 1985 – 1990 Murdoch’s Adelaide SA newspaper[s], of his state newspaper publishing monopoly, published many news articles warning [threatening] any who considered attention to & scrutiny of the State Bank of SA’s & its managing Director Tim Marcus Clark activities as appropriate. They were said to be knockers and whiners who wanted to see the state fail and suffering from “the tall poppy syndrome”.

Long editorials on the front page of the business section of ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper written by Tim Marcus Clark were published. “We must develop or risk becoming an economic backwater”. Those newspaper articles are among the many that that have been erased from all publicly accessible records of newspapers published [the ‘archives’].  History now records Murdoch’s Adelaide newspapers not as the malicious, malignant news media that has been so detrimental to public interests but benign and even benevolent.

The billions of dollars of state public debt still remain unaccounted for despite a 1990s $50 million dollar Royal Commission of Inquiry.   No-one asked ‘Where did the money go?’

Chris Kenny Adelaide SA journalist for News Ltd.’s [since renamed New Corp. Australia] claims to have written a book ‘State of Denial’ about the bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA. He was in Adelaide at the time of the reporting/publishing of the news articles by the ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper first disclosing the bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA with those news articles now erased from publicly accessible Australian library ‘archives’ of newspapers.  Chris Kenny’s purported book makes no mention of SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’ or have any other reference to SBSA’s changing valuations or numbers of such companies.  The book does not ask ‘Where did the money go?” or disclose that all details of SBSA bankruptcy taxpayer debt continue to be concealed. Chris Kenny does not reply to correspondence but continues to denigrate South Australia in ‘Opinion’ news articles published by Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers.

The closest to an estimate of the amount of the SBSA bankruptcy public debt [published by news media] was an understated $3 Billion [1990s dollars? 2009 dollars?] published by ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper 27 February 2009 under the headline ‘The best I could do was not good enough’ in an interview with former SA Premier/Treasurer John Bannon. [now behind a paywall].

A SBSA bankruptcy taxpayer debt estimate of “$3.1 billion in nominal terms” – how calculated? – is referred to in the promoting of a book “Things Fall Apart – A History of the State Bank of South Australia”, “the result of 10 years’ work by lecturer in Politics at the University of Adelaide Dr Greg McCarthy” which is claimed to take a “detailed look at the Auditor-General’s reports and the Royal Commission” to which Dr McCarthy had unprecedented exclusive access denied to the public.  The book “Things fall apart” is promoted on a University of Adelaide Internet website under the heading ‘New insight into State Bank collapse’ [https://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news372.html].

The book is ‘described as a “post-mortem” of the disaster’. “Although these events happened a decade ago, it’s clear that the lessons from the State Bank collapse have still not been learned,”

Chris Kenny’s and Dr Greg McCarthy’s books ‘A state of Denial’ and ‘Things fall apart’ rather than disclose anything from which any lessons can be learned, evade and conceal the facts from which anything can be learned.

I haven’t read the book”Things Fall Apart – A History of the State Bank of South Australia”,but doubt it mentions SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’, disclosures anything of the secret taxpayer debt or even asks ‘where did the money go?’. Dr McCarthy while receiving a University of Adelaide income from taxpayers would appear to profit from his book and the continued deception of SA taxpayers.  Dr McCathy does not reply to correspondence.

Documents referred to above

‘News’ 5 Oct. 1989 false and misleading

1. Turner 5 Oct 1989 Adelaide PM News Ltd

False and misleading information published by Rupert Murdoch’s first newspaper the ‘News’ 5 October 1989 – Turner’s bankruptcy file did not begin until 8 months later in the following financial year. Turner although said to bankrupt sold his assets. Nothing was further published about William Turner until he was charged by the Australian Securities Commission ASC in 27 September 1993 and charges were dropped on 10 November 1995. Those newspaper articles published at those times have been erased from publicly accessible records – the fake archives – of newspapers published.

Kabani 2.10.90

1990 Oct.‘State Bank silent on mystery firm’State Bank of SA announces that it has “Off Balance Sheet Entities” – SBSA/BFC company ‘Kabani’ in a 2 Oct. 1990 news article the only ever news media reference to ‘Kabani’ – No further information was made available to the public. ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper claimed that it “has been unable to find anything about Kabani, why it was formed or what it does.”

3. Burloch 18.12.90

18 December 1990 Marina developer Alan Burloch [said to have purchased marina developer William Turner’s assets when he was purportedly bankrupt in October 1989] reported as having withdrew from the marina development.

4. 11 Feb 1991 pg 6 SBSA

The 11 Feb. 1991 news article ‘Warning sign were there for more than 14 months’ refers to, with wrong dates, previously published news articles headlined ’58 firms in State Bank web’ and ‘Our companies in red-State Bank’ – [as published 5 Dec. 1990 & 7 Dec. 1990; they were published in Feb. 1991, but sill evidence they were published – even though now erased from the fake archives of newspapers published : not appearing in archives as published on any date] – with text ref. to the changing valuations of SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet”, text of news article says OBS liabilities of $267 Million but article collages of news article headline ‘Our companies in red –State Bank’ says OBS liabilities of $276 Million. The news articles referred to as having been published by ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper have been erased from all publicly accessible records – the fake archives – of newspapers published.

Cater - Hellaby SBSA 11Feb 1991

11 Feb. 1991 page 1 The front page news headlined “Taxpayers rescue bank” by Journalist David Hellaby and Nick Caterhas become the first reference to the bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA within the now altered fake archives of newspapers published since the removal of the front page news article headlined “Billion Dollar Bailout” that was published about three days before the headline “Taxpayers rescue bank”. That such a bland news article would be published within a few days of the headline ‘Billion Dollar Bailout” did at that time seem strange & cause possible cause to believe that the altering of the historical record of newspapers published was at that time planned.

ASC 93-225 Pro-ImageTurner Sept 1993

ASC Media Release ref. ASC 93/225 1993 dated 27 September 1993 – William Turner – discharged Bankrupt 6th. July 1993 was charged by the Australian Securities Commission (ASC) with multiple breaches of the companies’ code. (see ASC Media Release ref. ASC 93/225 that News Ltd. The news article reporting of this information was the only means by which I was aware of it. I requested and obtained it after I discovered that the news article had been erased from all publicly accessible records of newspapers published.

ASC 95-177 Pro-Image Turner 10 Nov 1995

ASC Media Release ref.ASC 95-177 10 Nov 1995’All Australian Securities Commission (ASC) charges against William Turner were dropped. I requested/obtained ASC media releases only by my being aware of the information by having read the news article now erased from fake archives of newspapers. A newspaper article referring to SA Treasurer taking credit for having recovered $20 Million of SBSA’s bad debt was published that same week in November 1995. He refused to disclose the origin of the recovered debt but said he would “in a few months’ time” but never did.

ASIC pg 1. 4 March 2015 Kang jpg

Pro-Image deregistered ASIC 4 March 2015 letter from an unidentified ASIC employee – advising that William Turner’s company Pro-Image Studios Ltd after decades of bankruptcy has in 2014 been deregistered – The Australian Securities Investment Commission ASIC advised that ASIC does not intend to comment on the actions of our predecessor, the ASC’s conduct of enforcement proceedings.”

13. b. ASIC 4 March 2015 pg. 2 jpg

The Australian Securities Commission will not comment on what appears to be its employees when the ASIC was named the Australian Securities Commission ASC involvement in corruption intended to conceal SBSA bankruptcy debt that became SA taxpayer debt concealed with SA Treasury’s SA Assets Management Corporation.

18. SAAMC 14 Feb 1996

A letter dated 14 February 1996 I received from the South Australian Assets Management Corp. [SA state Treasury SAAMC the ‘Bad Bank’ with SBSA bad debt for which SA taxpayers were liable]. The author Andrew G. Anastasiades Head of Treasury and Finance refers to a telephone conversation that I had had with him during which I raised the issues of SBSA’ illegal “Off Balance Sheet” relationship with the Marino Rocks marina developers, debts of William Turner’s Pro-Image Studios Ltd. & associated crimes & corruption. He saw that the problem was that I was aware of issues that SAAMC was concealing.

saamc-2005-20-april

SA Treasury SA Assets Management Corp. SAAMC letter of 20 April 2005 acknowledgement of payment for a Freedom of Information [FoI] application requesting my State Bank of SA employment records and records of my communications with SA Treasury SAAMC and records of all documents related to the issues that I had raised with SAAMC, SA Treasury and SA Treasurers. SA Treasury never complied with FoI laws and made any FoI release of any information. SA Treasurers of both political parties refuse to indicate if they can recall the publishing of any of the newspaper articles – such as the front page headline “Billion Dollar Bailout” – that have been erased from the publicly accessible records sold as newspaper ‘archives’ by Australian state and national public libraries.

Australian News Corp. Australia journalist Chris Kenny – employed by Rupert Murdoch – Associate Editor (National Affairs) claims to be an author of a book with the title ‘State of Denial’ about the bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA that created billions of dollars of taxpayer debt.

The puported book fails to make any mention of the State Bank of SA “Off Balance Sheet” companies or does not ask the question ‘where did billions of dollars that became unaccounted for public debt go?’ Chris Kenny claiming to be a journalist and author with his employer News Ltd. has by avoiding any news media reporting or public disclosure in his book of the ugly facts of events, deliberately set out to conceal the truth. Chris Kenny was in Adelaide South Australia in the 1980s and 1990s at the time of publication of the news articles reporting the February 1992 bankruputcy of the State Bank of South Australia.  He refuses to indicate his recollection of events and the news artciles that have been erased from publicly accessible records of newspapers published that are now fake archives of the first newspapers that Rupert Murdoch had ever owned.

News articles recently moved to protected by paywall

Murdoch Australian news media news articles recently moved to be inaccessible  – protected by paywall

Australian news media corruption – Fake archives of newspapers sold as genuine archives by British Libraries UK and Australian sate and national public libraries

Murdoch’s Australia news media news article’s ‘The best I could do was not good enough’ http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/the-best-i-could-do-was-not-good-enough/story-e6frebt3-

1111118975187 can no longer be accessed, having recently been moved to ‘protected by a paywall’ [accessible only by subscribing], appears below. The website is referred to in https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/timeline-of-australian-corruption-events-conceled-by-fake-archives-of-newspapers/

News articles headlined ‘Journalism giving up on the search for truth’ 2 Nov. 2013 & ‘Aunty stick to the facts’ 1 Feb 2014 written by journalists Nick Cater referred to in  https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/nick-cater-bbc-career-and-intolerance-of-news-media-inaccuracies/ also appear below.

What is the purpose of a paywall requiring buying a subscription to allow access to previously Internet online & newspaper published news articles that have previously been more available and should still be available in public library newspaper archives at no cost? The historical record of what has been published should be true and accurate but it is not. Attempts to limit access to the archived historical records make corrupt alterations to the records more difficult to detect. The corruption of records claimed to be archives for the purpose of concealing impropriety [crimes & corruption] is of course a crime of deception. The sale as genuine archives that are false records is a crime. Newspaper publication of false and misleading information [concealing the facts of crimes& corruption] is a crime [conspiracy to pervert the course of justice] and contrary to all reasonable journalism ethics and codes of conduct. News media engaged in the deception of the public while claiming to champion the public’s ‘right to know’, is a despicable practice, detrimental to the common good, which should be exposed.

That false records of Australian newspapers published are sold as authentic ‘archives’ by Australian & UK public libraries & the fake newspaper ‘archives’ conceal crimes & corruption of news media, politicians, governments and law enforcement, is known to John Bannon, Nick Cater & those authorities in positions of public trust whose corruption is concealed.  Australia’s news media consuming taxpaying public pay for our public libraries’ fake newspaper archives & are expected to pay by subscribing to news media journalism intended to further deceive us.

Crimes of deception are profitable for Murdoch’s Australian news media with its control of politicians, governments and law enforcement authorities that do not enforce Australian laws. For Rupert Murdoch’s Australian news media the development of Internet news media simplifies the process of altering history as published in newspapers and control of governments and the public. Lies published one day can at a future date be replaced with different lies that the records prove were published in the past.

Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.                            Do modern day archivists need to be tortured [Winston Smith – archivist 1984] to ensure compliance with requirements?

Archivists & historians have a duty to the public for whom the profession should be dedicated to in their work.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/the-best-i-could-do-was-not-good-enough/story-e6frebt3-1111118975187

The best I could do was not good enough

WORDS: PENELOPE DEBELLE

THE ADVERTISER

FEBRUARY 27, 2009 11:30PM

JOHN Bannon likes to talk about history – but has been loath to discuss his own. Now, for the first time, the former premier looks back.

AFTER 15 YEARS of silence, John Bannon looks a little wary. Not nervous exactly, but braced for unpleasantness as he prepares to manage the inevitable question of his political legacy.

We are here to talk about his new book, a biography of one of the founders of Federation who happens to be the grandfather of former Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer. Bannon, a Federation history expert, has not subjected himself to an interview since leaving politics in December 1993, two years after the near failure of the State Bank brought South Australia to the brink of bankruptcy. The man who was premier at the time is not here to talk about the past but accepts that at some point the elephant in the room will have to be acknowledged.

We are sitting in the old-fashioned comfort of St Mark’s College’s upstairs senior common room, a clubby chamber with leather chairs and college memorabilia lining the walls. Bannon was master of St Mark’s, in North Adelaide, for eight years and feels at home inside the protective embrace of academia.

At 65, Bannon is older and greyer but retains something of the young, blond marathon runner whose physical fitness was always the best in the room. He is dressed in college wear; grey trousers and a navy blazer, and takes me first on a quick tour of the landmark Pennington Terrace residence, a study in faded grandeur that was bought by the University of Adelaide almost a century ago. He is businesslike but with an air of trepidation and his manner indicates a man who would rather be elsewhere.

Bannon’s dilemma is wanting to talk about one thing, his book, but knowing that to do so he will also be asked about the bleak episode that saddled SA with a $3 billion debt and destroyed the Labor Party’s standing to the point where any association with the Bannon Government was a political liability.

Bannon knew back in 1991 that he was in too deep to dig his way out. His policy of prudent budgetary management offset by expansionary, large-scale projects collapsed like a house of cards when the folly of lending decisions made by the State Bank’s board and managing director Tim Marcus Clark was exposed. As the bank’s owner, the state was the guarantor of loans that became a $3 billion millstone that threatened its very existence. Bannon became the man who led the state into $3 billion debt.

Has South Australia forgiven John Bannon for the State Bank debacle? Vote in the poll at the right of this page.

As the cracks began to open up, Bannon gave private soundings to the media to confirm the devastating scale of the losses. “It was certainly a public matter and so it should have been,” Bannon says. “There was no point in hiding or minimising what was an acute situation.”

A former editor of The Advertiser, Peter Blunden, remembers getting a call early one Sunday morning in 1991 saying Bannon wanted to see him in his office. As Blunden walked in, he was astonished to be offered a beer. “I don’t usually have a beer that early on a Sunday but Bannon basically said ‘I think on this occasion we should have one’,” Blunden says. “I knew it was a very, very unusual day and it was a very stressful period for everyone involved.”

Bannon stayed for three inquiries, the last two of which cleared him of any deliberate wrongdoing. But in September 1992 – before the findings were released – he stepped down as premier and treasurer and personally apologised to SA for what had happened. “I made that very clear at the time I resigned,” Bannon says. “I was saying, ‘I take responsibility, I stuffed this up,’ and my apology is there on the record.”

Just over a year later he left politics forever. It was an ignominious close to what had been a brilliant career and it was not something Bannon has wanted to revisit. The various inquiries and court processes sheeted home the liability and Bannon felt nothing would be gained by looking back. Personal dignity demanded there will be no memoir and his legacy will remain a matter for others. He is hyper-sensitive to sounding like a man trying to defend the indefensible, or, even worse, coming across as an object of pity. Better to say nothing.

“I wasn’t interested in writing memoirs or tedious explanations or defences of my record,” he says. “I don’t think that’s the place of someone who has been in public life. Many see it as their duty but the end result is unfortunately often self-serving, defensive and not terribly enlightening. Better for others to comment and probe.”

Ironically, it took a conservative politician from one of Adelaide’s establishment families to flush Bannon out. His book, to be published by Wakefield Press, is about the history of the founding of the Australian constitution and reflects Bannon’s status as a serious Federation historian. It will be launched at St Mark’s College by Alexander Downer on March 5.

Supreme Federalist, which Bannon asks that I read before speaking to him, is a very readable account of the political life of a significant South Australian who helped shepherd the idea of a federal Australia through two decades of political and legal process. Sir John Downer, QC, the founder of a political dynasty in the age before political parties, was at various times a member of the Legislative Assembly, premier, and senator, as well as a passionate federalist who believed the separate colonies should come together and surrender certain powers – control of the Murray-Darling River system being one – but retain others.

Bannon argues that of all of the constitutional founding fathers, including Edmund Barton and Charles Kingston, Downer fought for federalism most consistently over almost two decades. “I am not saying he is the most important, or the only, I am saying that in terms of his position and his promotion of it, he has a consistency,” Bannon says.

Bannon’s pursuit of an academic career has put a lot of distance between him and his political past. He gained a PhD in South Australian political history at Flinders University which immersed him in SA’s transition from a colony to a state, in particular the government of Charles Kingston and other founders of the constitution, including Sir John. In a purely serendipitous coincidence, in 1999 Bannon was appointed master of St Mark’s College, which was the very house in which Sir John and his family once lived. Bannon worked in Sir John’s old study writing the book, as close to history as he could get.

He leaves next month for a three-month sabbatical term at Edinburgh University, studying the devolution of the Scottish Parliament as a form of federation in reverse.

The emergence of Dr John Bannon, academic, historian and President of the History Council of Australia, flowed naturally from Bannon’s move away from the public life. This withdrawal was not quite an act of penance but something he felt was required of him. He did not feel it was right or proper to hold positions on government boards or agencies, or to comment on public affairs. No state appointments were ever offered, he says, but nor would he have accepted any.

“That was appropriate,” he says. “Because immediately you try and either pontificate on events of the day, or tell your successors what should be done, quite rightly people say – what right have you to do that? It’s just not appropriate and you end up becoming self-serving and defensive and you certainly don’t want to be in that position.”

The tracing of lines of blame and examination of what should or should not have been done is not up for discussion today, nor will it ever be. He will not analyse his own political legacy and feels genuinely unable to. Bannon says only that he gave his all and accepts that it fell short. “I just know I did the best I could as honestly and as competently as I could,” he says. “It wasn’t good enough and others can judge how and why that occurred.”

Chris Sumner, who was attorney-general in Bannon’s Cabinet and a friend of Bannon’s since their days at the University of Adelaide, says Bannon was obviously deeply affected by what happened. “I think that was a sensible decision,” Sumner says of Bannon’s public withdrawal. “There wasn’t great scope for looking back on the Bannon Government and what it did because of the State Bank.”

Bannon’s integrity was never at issue but his reputation as an economic manager was blasted into oblivion in a few terrible months. The problem was not directly of his making but he accepts that he believed what others wanted him to hear. “Obviously, when I take responsibility I am not saying I did nothing,” he says. “It is for others to say who should have done what but there is no question I should have done some things.”

It was painful, of course, he says, because it came towards the natural end of an otherwise successful political career that began 30 years earlier when Bannon, a young law student fresh out of St Peter’s College where his father, Charles Bannon, taught art, spent a year as full-time president of the Australian Union of Students.

He discovered Labor politics and in November, 1982, the Bannon decade began with a series of major projects that included the establishment of the Olympic Dam copper and uranium mine, the submarine project, the defence industry, conversion of part of the Adelaide Railway Station into the Convention Centre, Hyatt and Adelaide Casino complex, and the staging of the Formula One Grand Prix.

Bannon, who is still the longest-serving SA premier after Tom Playford, saw this careful record demolished and only those closest to him know how deeply those wounds ran. “Obviously all of those things were almost obliterated by the scale of what happened,” he says. “It came at the end, and ironically, even as late as 1990 when there were other financial failures occurring both here and internationally, we were feeling pretty good.”

Sumner, who says Bannon was let down during a recession by regulators, including the Reserve Bank, the State Bank Board and State Government officials, believes a time will come when Bannon’s legacy as head of a social democratic government will be reassessed. “From a personal perspective, we were all badly let down by a whole lot of mechanisms and people who should have been doing their jobs and weren’t,” Sumner says. “I think, personally, that John has carried an unreasonable personal burden for what happened.”

Instead of a sense of achievement, Bannon left politics knowing his legacy had been tarnished, if not destroyed. “It was a messy end to what had up until then been quite a successful and satisfying political career,” he says. “One of the difficult things was seeing rather than a heritage being left, a lot of things being dismembered.”

Bannon stayed long enough to manage the immediate aftermath before resigning from the seat of Ross Smith and declaring his public life was over. He moved from Prospect to the inner city with his second wife Angela, mother of musician and television personality Dylan Lewis, and refused advice from some quarters that he should move away and start afresh. Bannon may have failed as premier on a grand scale but he would not be run out of town.

“I at no time felt that I must or need abandon South Australia and what it stands for,” says Bannon, who has a daughter, Victoria, with his first wife, Supreme Court Justice Robyn Layton. “To the best of my ability post-politics, I have tried to be an active and engaged citizen, although obviously not a public figure because I don’t think that’s appropriate.” In 1994 Bannon accepted an appointment to the ABC Board which was his first foray into any form of office. It was criticised on partisan political grounds but not because it was John Bannon.

“It wasn’t high-profile, it was to do a job,” Bannon says of his five years on the board. His other official duties since 2000 have been to serve on the South Australian Cricket Association Board under former Howard minister Ian McLachlan. Last year he was elected to the Board of Cricket Australia and occasionally runs into John Howard, where they confine their discussions to play on the ground and a shared enthusiasm for the political process. He is still a friend of Mike Rann, once a junior member of the Bannon cabinet, but does not presume to give him advice.

Two years ago Bannon faced a more confronting personal challenge than even the State Bank debt. He was in training for a marathon when he was diagnosed with cancer. He had surgery and a taxing period of chemotherapy, from which he has emerged in full health.

“I was training and put down certain symptoms to perhaps overdoing it,” he says. “It was foolish to keep on running but I enjoy it, and it’s good for you. So yes, it masked the symptoms and it was probably picked up later and was a little more serious than it might have been.”

Even when his political career was at its nadir, Bannon had always relied on his personal strength and fitness. He ran for pleasure and had a proud record of completing at least one marathon a year for 29 years before dropping out mid-training in 2007 to fight for his life. It was the only time he had faced a serious health problem and it shook him to the core.

“It was a very confronting experience,” says Bannon, whose family suffered tragedy in 1959 when his brother was lost bushwalking in Wilpena Pound. “While I have had a number of personal and other traumas in my life, basically I have always had total confidence in my physical fitness so it was quite unnerving to find I had to attend to that as well.”

He has been cleared – touch wood, he says – and has begun some gentle marathon training. He has not abandoned hope of returning to the track but is not sure if he ever will. “Whether I can run a full marathon – I’m just letting myself work through that,” he says. “I haven’t officially retired yet.”

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Rupert Murdoch’s control of Australian governments, law enforcement and politicians

Murdoch news media – fake archives of newspapers and corruption concealed – Australian politicians and law enforcement authorities living with the threat of being exposed now forced to continue as subordinates to Murdoch news media to participate in concealing crimes, corruption and maladministration of governments, law enforcement and news media.

Text from the news article ‘The best I could do was not good enough’ published 27 February 2009

“near failure of the State Bank brought South Australia to the brink of bankruptcy. The man who was premier at the time is not here to talk about the past but accepts that at some point the elephant in the room will have to be acknowledged.”

Near failure of the State Bank?   The State Bank of SA was bankrupt! South Australia could never repay its debts and received hundreds of millions of dollars from Australian taxpayers through Australia’s federal Labor government.

Former SA Premier/Treasurer John Bannon “is not here to talk about the past but accepts that at some point the elephant in the room will have to be acknowledged.”

“Bannon’s dilemma is wanting to talk about one thing, his book, but knowing that to do so he will also be asked about the bleak episode that saddled SA with a $3 billion debt”

“As the bank’s owner, the state was the guarantor of loans that became a $3 billion millstone that threatened its very existence. Bannon became the man who led the state into $3 billion debt.”

$3 billion debt?   What is the source of this information? The debt is understated and unaccounted for with all details still concealed. Billions of dollars of SBSA debt, much of it “Off Balance Sheet”, became public debt never accounted for. Where did the money go?

“Bannon knew back in 1991 that he was in too deep to dig his way out.”

“As the cracks began to open up, Bannon gave private soundings to the media to confirm the devastating scale of the losses. “It was certainly a public matter and so it should have been,” Bannon says. “There was no point in hiding or minimising what was an acute situation.”  ”

“The man who was premier at the time is not here to talk about the past but accepts that at some point the elephant in the room will have to be acknowledged.”   –   The “elephant in the room” has become a herd of elephants that has never been acknowledged and is a news media means to threaten politicians and governments that has existed for decades.

Adelaide South Australia news media of the time of the State Bank of SA bankruptcy ‘Billion Dollar Bailout’ [February 1991 newspaper headline erased from public records – the taxpayer bailout became billions of dollars] was Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd. newspaper publishing SA state monopoly that discouraged any consideration of the possible consequences of the 1984 altering of the Savings Bank of SA charter [SBSA 1848 to 1984 became the State Bank of SA in 1984] & claimed anyone who questioned the decisions [largely concealed by news media] was suffering from the ‘tall poppy syndrome’ wanting to see the bank, its Managing Director Tim Marcus Clark& the state fail to develop. [“develop or risk becoming an economic backwater” quote of Mng Dir. Clark erased from the now fake archives]

The fake records of Australian newspapers published, fraudulently sold by Australian state and national public libraries as authentic archives of newspapers published [also exported to British Libraries UK London], with newspaper articles published erased from the records (some merely altered), exist to conceal crimes, corruption and maladministration for the purpose of “hiding” and “minimizing” the “acute situation” that has become more acute with governments of both political parties dependent on Rupert Murdoch’s news media (in an alliance with the ABC) to perpetrate the deception of the public with Murdoch now in control of politicians and governments to the detriment of the Australian public.

John Bannon and Adelaide news media, largely Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper publishing SA state monopoly newspapers ‘The Advertiser’ and the ‘News’, must certainly have been aware of the impending financial disaster of the State Bank years before the February 1991 front page headline “Billion Dollar Bailout” that has been erased from the now fake ‘archives’ of newspapers published sold by Australian state & national public libraries and also exported to the UK & sold by British Libraries UK London.

Murdoch’s the ‘News’ newspaper [the first he ever owned] had already on 5 October 1989 published false and misleading information (William Turner bankruptcy – see below) that enabled the State Bank of SA to evade acknowledging its own bankruptcy. The debt was to continue to accumulate for more than a year.

The May 1989 front page headline “State Bank $200 Mill. Loan to Equiticorp NZ” of ‘The Advertiser’ has been erased from the records of newspapers published that are now fake archives of newspapers published.   Tim Marcus Clark was Managing Director of the State Bank of South Australia and Equiticorp NZ.  The $200 Million loan of 1986 is part of the unspecified billions of dollars that was never recovered.  The State Bank of SA bankruptcy debt that became public debt has never been accounted for and details of where the money went have never been made public.

On the 2nd October 1990 Adelaide’s ‘The Advertiser’ published the news article headlined “State Bank silent on mystery firm” referring to ‘Kabani’ as [illegally deemed] “Off Balance Sheet” of the State Bank of South Australia. SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’ was purportedly said to be worth $100 million according to SA Premier/Treasurer John Bannon’s speech to SA’s parliament. ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper was “unable to find anything about Kabani, why it was formed or what it does.” but SA parliamentary opposition members “reiterated” “that it would  continue to seek full details of the origins of Kabani and its financial dealings”. Nothing more was ever heard of Kabani.  I had in June 1989 provided information on the State Bank of SA’s ‘Kabani’ relationship/ownership of the Marino Rocks marina developers’ companies Mintern [Alan Burloch] and Creswtin [William Turner] to SA member of parliament for my electorate of ‘Waite’, Shadow Treasurer Stephen Baker MP. I did not know that it was deemed “Off Balance Sheet” of SBSA at that time in 1989. He advised me that he could not raise the issues of any impropriety [the dangerous multiple level involvement of SBSA Chairman, Kabani and BFC Director David Simmons and his law firm Thompson Simmons & Co. – described below] because he “would be accused of politicizing the bank”.

SA Shadow Treasurer Stephen Baker MP was able to reap the rewards & became SA state Treasurer by doing nothing to minimize the damage caused by the financial disaster created by mismanagement of SA state finances by his political opponents. The 1984 decision to alter the charter of the Savings Bank of SA [1848 to 1084] to create the State Bank of SA was endorsed by politicians of both political parties’ able to form governments in our two party system of parliament that is referred to as a democracy. The two political parties don’t keep each other honest but instead compete for the patronage of Rupert Murdoch who controls Australian news media and thereby governments and law enforcement.

In February 1991 the State Bank of SA announced its bankruptcy with ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper front page headline “Billion Dollar Bailout” [since erased from records of newspapers published – the fake archives] after news articles were published referring to the changing number & value of SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet” companies with no reference to the original OBS Kabani. These news articles have since been erased from the fake archives of newspapers but a news article published 11 February 1991 with the headline “Warning signs were there for more than 14 months” referring to the previous news articles published [since erased], still exists within the fake archives.  Evidence exists that they were published & the fact that they do not exist within the newspaper archives demonstrates that the archives are fake.

When publishing the ‘News’ 5 October 1989 front page headline “The man behind SA’s great marina fiasco” with its false and misleading information [Turner’s bankruptcy file 1085 of 1990 starts 6 July 1990] Rupert Murdoch & his Adelaide SA newspaper editors must surely have known about Turner’s debt to SBSA and the “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’ [illegal but never prosecuted] arrangements of SBSA’s ownership of the marina developers’ companies Crestwin (of W. Turner) and Mintern (of Alan Burloch).   From where did the false and misleading information published come from?

Never publicly disclosed information on SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet” relationship, through ‘Kabani’, to the Marino Rocks marina developers Alan Burloch and William Turner [& Turner’s company Pro-Image Studios Ltd.] appears below beneath the 27 February 2009 published news article headlined “The best I could do was not good enough” that is now inaccessible having recently been subject to the Murdoch news media paywall.  It had been accessible throughout 2015 without paying for a subscription to newspaper.

The fact that the extraordinary information published by ‘News’ on 5 October 1989 under the front page headline “The man behind SA’s great marina fiasco” –

Turner while purportedly bankrupt sells his assets to Burloch, while Premier/Treasurer Bannon claimed in a speech to SA’s parliament that there was no information that “in any way questions the financial viability of Crestwin” “As to the financial substance of the principals and owners, we have made our own investigations and we are quite satisfied”, Mr Bannon said. & through an unidentified spokesman said “there had been no financial loss to taxpayers so far, nor was there likely to be any.”

– was not pursued by Murdoch’s or any other news media despite SA parliament’s “Opposition legal affairs spokesman, Mr Griffin” quoted as questioning the SA government’s and Premier/Treasurer Bannon’s competence, does raise the question of the newspapers’ involvement in knowingly concealing financial impropriety that if pursued could have prevented SA’s eventual SBSA bankruptcy financial disaster costing unaccounted for billions of dollars.

The claim that Turner was bankrupt in October 1989 when this news article was published is false. Turner’s bankruptcy file 1085 of 1990 [Victoria] did not start until 6 July 1990 during the following financial year [starting 1 July 1990] ending 30 June 1991. Turner’s bankruptcy was complete 6 July 1993 after which he was in September 1993* charged by the Australian Securities Commission [ASC] with financial crimes that were never prosecuted*. Australian bankruptcy law has since changed & been & extended from three to seven years.

*Newspaper articles on William Turner’s Australian Securities Commission financial crimes charges were published in Murdoch’s Adelaide newspaper ‘The Advertiser’ but have since been erased from the records of newspapers published. [See ASC media releases 27 September 1993 ASC 93/225 Turner Pro- Image Studios & 10 November 1995 ASC 95-177 Pro-Image Turner] – I requested the ASC media releases only because I was aware of the information having read it in newspaper articles that no longer exist within the fake archives of newspapers published.

Basic investigative journalism should have identified Turner’s Directorship of the company Pro-Image Studios Ltd. with its 1987/88 financial year misreporting of profits “of almost $20 million” “when in fact a loss of approximately $2 million was disclosed in the management accounts” (ASC Derek Parker 1995 http://www.aic.gov.au/media_library/conferences/business/parker.pdf   The Pro-Image Studios Ltd. 1987/88 fraud information while never published or broadcast in any news media was certainly known to SBSA management and SA Premier/Treasurer Bannon, and likely known to Adelaide’s ‘The Advertiser & the ‘News’ newspapers. While considered as not news worthy would possibly have been seen as useful for future manipulation of politicians.

Why Murdoch’s the ‘News’ newspaper [the first he ever owned] considered William Turner’s purported bankruptcy worthy of this front page news article, with its false information published, is deserving of an explanation. Was it a form of revenge on William Turner for using the $20 Million loan to Pro-Image Studios Ltd. from SBSA [never to be repaid] to falsely claim a Pro-Image Studios Ltd. 1987/88 financial year profit “of almost $20 million”?  SBSA could not pursue recovery of the money through bankruptcy courts without public disclosure of the SBSA [illegal “Off Balance Sheet” ‘Kabain’] relationship to Crestwin, and the Pro-Image Studios Ltd. loan, both of which have been concealed.

From the news article “The best I could do was not good enough” appearing above –

John Bannon “I wasn’t interested in writing memoirs or tedious explanations or defences of my record,” he says. “I don’t think that’s the place of someone who has been in public life. Many see it as their duty but the end result is unfortunately often self-serving, defensive and not terribly enlightening. Better for others to comment and probe.”

Australian news media is involved in concealing crimes, corruption & maladministration [of law enforcement, governments, politicians & news media] and the deception of the Australian public and doesn’t see any need to ‘comment and probe’ on any State Bank of SA bankruptcy impropriety & crimes. Murdoch’s Australian news media and the ABC are aware of the evidence of the fake ‘archives’ of newspapers published that assist to conceal Australian corruption and that the fake ‘archives’ have been exported to foreign countries.

Murdoch’s News Corp. Australia and the ABC [virtually 100% of news media in South Australia] decline to comment, reply or acknowledge any correspondence on their corruption and the evidence of impropriety that they have been provided.

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Former South Australian Premier/Treasurer Dr John Bannon, academic, historian and President of the History Council of Australia, appointed to the Board of Australia’s taxpayer funded national broadcaster the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Adjunct Professor of the University Adelaide Law School was appointed as Chairman of National Archives of Australia Advisory Council with fellow NAAC committee member Adelaide Law School Dean, Professor John Williams. Both Dr Bannon and Professor Williams both refuse to indicate if they can or cannot remember the newspaper articles [e.g.headline “Billion Dollar Bailout” etc.] that have been erased from the records of newspaper published and that are sold as ‘archives’ by Australian state and national public libraries. http://blogs.adelaide.edu.au/law/2011/05/31/the-hon-dr-john-bannon-newly-appointed-chair-of-the-national-archives-of-australia-advisory-council/

Below- Email 9 September 2011 from the National Archives Australia Advisory Council Director General (A/g) Stephen Ellis in reply to email sent to NAAAC Chairman John Bannon & committee member Adelaide University Professor John Williams

RE: False records of Australian newspapers published sold from Australian libraries. correction to previous email sent. [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Inbox X

Reply

from Stephen Ellis stephen.ellis@naa.gov.au

to Roger Bates <xyzrjb@gmail.com>,

Professor John Williams National Archives of Australia advisory council <john.williams@adelaide.edu.au>

date Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 7:23 AM

subject RE: False records of Australian newspapers published sold from Australian libraries. [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

mailed-by naa.gov.au

Important mainly because of the words in the message.

hide details Sep 9 (1 day ago)

UNCLASSIFIED

Dear Mr Bates – thank you for drawing my attention to the matters you have raised in the emails you have sent recently to me and to Dr John Bannon concerning newspaper reports relating to the Bank of South Australia. I must advise that the National Archives of Australia has no legal authority to take any action in relation to these matters nor to make any public declarations about such matters. The Commonwealth Archives Act only gives the National Archives authority in relation to records of the Commonwealth government and the newspaper articles to which you refer do not fall into that category of records. Consequently neither I as Director General nor DrBannon as Chairman of the National Archives Advisory Council can take action in this matter. If you are concerned to pursue the matters further I suggest that a more fruitful avenue might be to raise them with the State government authorities in South Australia or with the Press Council of Australia.

Regards

Stephen Ellis

Director General (A/g)

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Note ref. email above – 2016 Premier of South Australia [previously Premier/Treasurer] Jay Weatherill MP was a SA MP in Premier/Treasurer John Bannon’s government & refuses to indicate his recollection of events.   SA and Australian federal Members of Parliaments & governments past and present of both political parties, including Attorneys general Brandis [LNP] & Dreyfus [ALP] and Prime Ministers Julia Gillard [ALP], Tony Abbott & Malcolm Turnbull, are aware of the facts of their own and each other’s’ corruption & refuse to respond to any correspondence. Indications [emails from the APC 2012] of the Australian Press Council knowledge of and involvement in Australian news media corruption can be viewed at https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/australian-newspapers-news-articles-published-erased-from-the-now-fake-records-of-newspapers-published-sold-as-archives-also-exported-to-the-uk-listed-incomplete/   Emails from the Australian Press Council’s Jack Herman indicate the APC’s knowledge & understanding of its APC news media membership corruption & state “The matters remain outside the Council’s remit. Apart from bringing your concerns o the newspaper’s attention, which I have done, there is no further action I can take.”

The Marino Rocks marina and the State Bank of South Australia connection in brief

The bankruptcy of the State Bank of South Australia – its illegal “Off Balance Sheet” companies’ debt details never publicly disclosed and SA public debt still concealed

In 1983 the Savings Bank of South Australia (SBSA established in 1848 – a SA state government guarantee of deposits was never used) celebrated achieving one billion dollars in customer deposits.

In 1984 the Savings Bank of SA was renamed the State Bank of SA & its charter changed to allow more risk in its business practices.

In 1985 the new State Bank of SA purchased Beneficial Finance Corporation for one billion dollars.

In 1986 SBSA’s Tim Marcus Clark, in several single pages on his SBSA Managing Director letterhead addressed to ‘Dear State Banker’ (not sent to all staff as implied), boasted of new Corporate loans & acquisitions that included;

Two $200 million loans to the National Safety Council of Australia [Victoria NSCA*], a $200 million loan to Equiticorp NZ, the purchase for $80 million of Oceanic Capital Corp., the purchase of part of companies named in news media as developers of a marina to be built at Marino Rocks (details summarized below) & other, all of which soon became ‘non-performing loans’ and bad debt that became public debt never recovered and concealed from taxpayers.

[Victoria NSCA* later exposed as a Ponzi scheme – Pyramid scam]

Marino Rocks marina State Bank of South Australia connection – Taxpayer debt concealed. How taxpayers have concealed from them, the fact that they have paid tens of millions of dollars for a marina development that does not exist.

ERASED**in the following information, denotes that the information was published in “The Advertiser” newspaper and has been erased from newspaper archives. (discovered as erased in 2004)

1986 – 1987 and later events #DS – denotes David Simmons as Director. (TS 2%) – denotes 2% held in trust by solicitors Thompson Simmons & Co.

#DS State Bank of South Australia (SBSA) (D.Simmons Chairman of the Board of Directors.)

#DS Beneficial Finance Corporation (BFC wholly owned by SBSA)

#DS KABANI – acknowledged as “Off Balance Sheet” of BFC – SBSA Oct.1990 Australian law enforcement financial regulation authorities’ (& then ASC) reporting, not required.

(TS 2%) MINTERN. 1986 Alan Burloch paid (via KABANI) $20Mill. for 49% of MINTERN (info. 1986)

(TS 2%)CRESTWIN. 1986 William Turner paid (via KABANI) $10Mill. for 49% of CRESTWIN (info. 1986)

(TS 2%) MINTERN <“some cross ownership”>CRESTWIN (TS 2%) (info. 1986)

MARINO ROCKS MARINA (Developers Turner and Burloch) SBSA – BFC connection to Turner, Burloch, the Marino Rocks marina & associated debt has never been publicly disclosed.

1986 – 1987 Environment Minister Lenehan (Bannon govt.) exempts marina development from Environmental Impact Statement (ABC TV 7-30 Report only)

1986 William Turner as Director of Pro Image Studios borrows $20Mill. from SBSA (info. 1986)

1987/88 “Pro-Image Studios Ltd. records a profit of almost $20 million for the financial year 1987/1988” “a loss of approximately $2 million was disclosed in the management accounts” (ASC Derek Parker 1995 information was never reported by news media) http://www.aic.gov.au/media_library/conferences/business/parker.pdf  (info. found 2014)

ERASED**1989 May News Ltd.’s ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper publishes a front page news article headlined “State Bank $200 Mill Loan to Equitcorp NZ” (Mng. Director Tim Marcus Clark common to both SBSA &Equitcorp NZ – the debt eventually became public debt never recovered.

29 May 1989 My employment with SBSA was terminated

1989 Oct. 5th. front page (afternoon daily News) “William Turner announces he is Bankrupt” News Ltd.’s the ‘News’ newspaper published false & misleading information in a news article headlined “The man behind SA’s great marina fiasco” (see file ‘Turner 5 Oct 1989 Adelaide PM News Ltd.’)” Alan Burloch buys Turners assets “for some Millions of Dollars” (news article appears below)

1989 Oct. 6 – SBSA paid my Mortgage Loan in full by SBSA (an interest rate of 30% p.a. had been applied for the previous 4 months)

1990 Oct. State Bank of SA announces that it has “Off Balance Sheet Entities” – ‘Kabani’ (file ‘Kabani 2.10.1990’ appears below)

1990 Dec. Burloch withdraws from Marino Rocks marina Development (tax problem – file ‘Burloch 18.12.90’)

ERASED** 1991 Feb. SBSA announces that its “Off Balance Sheet Entities” through BFC** have Assets greater than Liabilities. THEN a few days later

ERASED** announces that its “Off Balance Sheet Entities” have an overall debt of $31 Million with Assets Less than Liabilities (Located UK. July 2011 unable to obtain a copy – copy machine broken but still referred to in file ’11 Feb 1991 pg 6 SBSA’ below – a news article referring to previous news articles published)

ERASED** 1991 Feb. SBSA published announcement need for “Billion Dollar Bailout” (The front page newspaper headline that has been erased from publicly accessible records refers to the first Billion $s)

Turner Bankruptcy File (Victoria) No. 1085 of 1990 indicates Turner NOT Bankrupt Oct. 1989. File No. 1085 of 1990 indicates bankrupt 6th. July 1990 to 6th. July 1993. File also indicates Turner has a debt of $30 Million but has no indication of his creditors.

Question ? – Is the Turner bankruptcy debt the same “Off Balance Sheet’ debt Announced by SBSA in Feb. 1991 ? (Now removed from archives) Yes it is!

Turner Bankruptcy debt from 6th. July 1990 would need to be “On Balance Sheet” for SBSA – BFC to be written off for financial year ending 30th. June 1991.

March – April 1991 Supreme Court of Victoria Judgment CTB BNZ v Pro-Image Studios debt http://law.ato.gov.au/atolaw/view.htm?DocID=JUD%2F4ACSR586%2F00002  “The company is insolvent.” but permitted to continue to operate. The original court file has been “lost” – CTB & BNZ retrieve $46 million – see Summary of this website below [Unsecured creditors would likely include the State Bank of South Australia] (This ato.gov.au website information was found 2014)

ERASED** 1993 Sept. William Turner – discharged Bankrupt 6th. July 1993 charged by the Australian Securities Commission (ASC) with multiple breaches of the companies’ code. (see ASC Media Release ref. ASC 93/225 that News Ltd. Published word for word in a news article that is now erased from records of newspapers published – file ‘ASC.Turner Pro- Image 27.9.1993’

ERASED** 1995 Nov. All Australian Securities Commission (ASC) charges against William Turner dropped. No explanation provided. See ASC Press Release file ‘ASC 95-177 Pro-Image Turner 10 Nov 1995’ appearing below (The ASC has lost my correspondence of 2005 but provided the ASC Press Release ASC 95-177 (appearing below) in 2015

ERASED** 1995 Nov. SA State Treasurer (Stephen Baker. Liberal party MP for my SA electorate of ‘Waite’) announced an unexpected improvement to the State’s finances of $20 Million, no details of origin were given – Treasurer Baker promised to announce origin “in a couple of months’ time” but failed to do so. SA Treasurer Baker & all others since (& SA MPs of both political parties) refuse to indicate their recollection of events & newspaper articles published reporting them. SA MPs in 1980s & 1990s when news articles (now erased) were published are MPs in government & opposition now in 2015.

2015 The Australian Securities & Investment Commission ASIC has evaded acknowledging specific issues raised of crimes, corruption & maladministration of Australian law enforcement including impropriety of ASIC Chief Legal officer Michael Kingston* – then refused to allow my further communication with ASIC – An ASIC letterhead letter dated 4 March 2015 from an unidentified author, referred to as “our finalisation letter”, states “Our records confirm that Pro-Image Studios was deregistered on 19 December 2014.” “Further, ASIC does not intend to comment on the actions of our predecessor, the ASC’s conduct of enforcement proceedings.” see ASIC letter 4 March 2015 ASIC ref. 4345/15 file ‘ASIC 4 March 2015 ref. 4345-15’ (below) the author unidentified. ASIC Chief Legal officer Michael Kingston* does not acknowledge delivery of my correspondence.

Inter-company loans of BFC (& illegal “Off Balance Sheet” companies of changing value) were considered assets for accounting purposes. No provision was made for any bad debt losses. Inflated values of assets concealed bad debts known to be unrecoverable.

The Marino Rocks marina developers have never been reported in the media as linked to or in debt to SBSA. Their debts (to taxpayers) have been secretly written off. Information appearing above concerning SBSA’s relationship to the Marino Rocks marina developers has twice (July 1991 & August 1994) been edited from my sworn testimony of the forum in which I had given it.

End of summary of events State Bank of South Australia bankruptcy & news articles erased ……………..

The citizens of South Australia provided Rupert Murdoch with the start of his media empire with the first newspaper he ever owned the ‘News’ which has published false and misleading information enabling the State Bank of SA’s debt, that eventually become public debt, to accumulate to many billions of dollars. Rupert Murdoch’s news media has betrayed South Australians by enabling concealment of failures to enforce laws [Illegal SBSA “Off Balance Sheet” companies and debt] by the publishing of false information and further betrays us with fake archives of newspapers published intended to conceal the crimes, corruption and maladministration related to the unaccounted for debt created by the bankruptcy of the State Bank of SA that could & should have been avoided by honest, ethical journalism exposing the financial mismanagement before it became billions of dollars of debt that could never be repaid.

Governments and politicians of both political parties benefit from the deception of the public.   Murdoch’s corrupt control of governments, politicians and law enforcement [now indebted to him] has priority over any imagined loyalty to Australian consumers of his news media who have become victims of his crimes of deception.

Rupert Murdoch’s Australian news media news articles written by journalist Nick Cater – Adelaide’s ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper during the years that news articles erased from the now fake archives were published – referred to in the WordPress website blog https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/nick-cater-bbc-career-and-intolerance-of-news-media-inaccuracies/  and that have also become inaccessible by News Corp. Australia’s paywall [subscribe to access] appear below.  Nick Cater is now the Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre a Liberal Party of Australia “independent think tank” that claims to “undertake research into policy issues which will enhance the principles of liberty, free speech, competitive enterprise, limited government and democracy.”

Aunty, stick to the facts

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/aunty-stick-to-the-facts/story-fnhulhjj-1226815276192

The Australian

February 01, 2014 12:00AM

Nick Cater

THE art of good reporting is to let the facts speak for themselves. First, however, the facts must be discovered. It is the ABC’s inability to accomplish this most basic task that is compromising the integrity of its news service.

Recent reports that Australian naval officers tortured asylum-seekers demonstrate how far news reporting has strayed from the fundamental principle that, in the reporter’s reasonable judgment, the facts presented are true.

The only facts so far established beyond reasonable doubt are that some asylum-seekers returned to Indonesia with burns on their hands and that they have alleged rough treatment while their boat was being turned back. Beyond that there is nothing but conjecture and assertion, elements that previous generations of reporters would have instinctively spiked or buried towards the bottom of the story with heavy qualification.

The recent documentary One PM Central Standard Time, tracing CBS TV’s live coverage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, is a reminder of standards that were once meticulously observed. When Walter Cronkite goes live to air on the morning of November 22, 1963, all he is prepared to state as fact is the eyewitness account of a news agency journalist: “In Dallas, Texas, three shots were fired at the president’s motorcade.”

Even when CBS’s own reporter Dan Rather tells the newsroom the president is dead, Cronkite attributes the report to Rather with the qualification that it had yet to be confirmed.

In the ABC’s coverage of border security, however, the distinction between facts and assertions is difficult to spot. Scepticism, an essential tool in the reporter’s kitbag, is absent altogether. The field test for truthfulness – the commonsense test – is rarely applied.

Peter Lloyd’s introduction to a report from Fiona Ogilvie on PM last October, for example, began with an unqualified statement: “An asylum-seeker being held in detention on Nauru is expecting twins.” Yet the assertions in the story were contested.

The Sydney Morning Herald had reported 10 days earlier that the woman was seven months pregnant and living “in tents in temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius and above”. Lloyd and Ogilvie claimed the asylum-seeker was six months pregnant and confined to a tent “where daytime temperatures can reach 50 degrees”.

Without empirical evidence, the temperature inside the tent can only be guessed at, but it is a matter of record that daytime temperatures on Nauru in October and never rose above 29C.

Towards the end of the story, Ogilvie casually throws into another alleged fact. “PM understands that there is another woman on Nauru who is pregnant, also with twins, and that she has diabetes.”

Eight days later, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison flatly denied the story, urging journalists to “more thoroughly interrogate the sorts of claims that are represented to you”.

Yet the ABC had invested too much in the multiple pregnancy to give up, and on AM on November 8 reported that an asylum-seeker flown from Nauru “gave birth via caesarean section in a hospital in Brisbane”. The mother was a “Rohingya woman from Myanmar”, AM reported. In previous reports she was identified as Iranian.

We also discover she gave birth to only one baby. Presenter Tony Eastley tells us the woman “was told after undergoing scans on Nauru that she was having twins, but it wasn’t until she was brought to Australia that she discovered that wasn’t the case”.

This incredible claim fails the believability test. A mother who had undergone scans in her final weeks of pregnancy and was misdiagnosed as carrying twins. Can anyone suggest a similar case of an obstetrician seeing double?

And what of the second woman on Nauru who “PM understands” is also pregnant with twins? That claim, as best as we can establish, has never been repeated, but neither has it been corrected. The story is left floating in a soup of “truthiness” – assertions one wishes to be true, as opposed to facts known to be true.

Like the multiple-birth mystery, the “facts” of the recent turn-back story are fluid.

On January 8, Lloyd reports the claims of a Sudanese man, speaking by phone, who claims in broken English to have been in a party that was transferred on to navy ships by force. “They take them aboard and then they beat them,” claims his interviewee.

Two weeks later, George Roberts reports that “some passengers were forced by the navy to hold on to hot metal” and that “the local police chief backs the asylum-seekers’ story”.

Yesterday AM reported that “new details have emerged” about the incident. However, they are merely new allegations by a 20-year-old Somali man. They are difficult to reconcile with earlier reports of asylum-seekers being beaten “in an un-human way”.

He describes “two arguments” and then says he was “sprayed in the eyes”. “I couldn’t see anything, I stumbled on the engine and my hand got burnt.”

At last an account is emerging that sounds essentially believable. The navy intercepts asylum-seekers who are reluctant to turn back. An argument occurs in the engine room; navy officers fear that it may get out of hand; capsicum spray is used (“I felt a pain like chillies went in my eyes,” the asylum-seeker claims); and an accident occurs.

Arriving at an approximation of the truth through an interminable series of assertions and counter-assertions is a destructive way for reporters to go about their tasks, particularly when the ABC refuses to acknowledge its mistakes along the way. Inattention to facts and absence of rigorous examination is a consequence of the descent into activist journalism. The details on asylum-seekers or the environment are unimportant; it is the message that counts.

What happened to the vast “Pacific garbage patch”, the “plastic stew” floating between Hawaii and San Francisco, covering an area larger than Australia?

The ABC reported prominently in 2007 that it contained 40 times more plastic than plankton. The ABC seems not to have broadcast the respected report from oceanographers at Oregon State University four years later who found the amount of plastic in the ocean had been wildly exaggerated.

“It is simply inaccurate to state that plastic outweighs plankton, or that we have observed an exponential increase in plastic,” said assistant professor Angelicque White.

“This kind of exaggeration undermines the credibility of scientists.”

Indeed. And that of broadcasters too.

…….     Also by Mick Cater  – Journalism giving up on the search for truth

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/journalism-giving-up-on-the-search-for-truth/story-fnhulhjj-1226751583458

The Australian  November 02, 2013 12:00AM

Nick Cater

Columnist

Sydney

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is keeping the media pack on a long leash, but it’s a laissez-faire approach rather than a bid to control. Picture: Kym Smith Source: TheAustralian

THE information austerity drive is hurting. The political press pack, deprived of the government’s attention, is crying out to be fed.

James Massola in The Australian Financial Review predicts the government eventually will be “mugged by reality”, declaring “the news business has changed and, with it, so has the business of governing”.

The ABC’s Barrie Cassidy writes that Tony Abbott’s approach “is working just fine now”, but adds a warning: “The political class will eventually claim back their relevance.”

Yet the grumbles about this exceptionally unforthcoming administration mask a problem closer to home. It is not the government that is in trouble but the news industry itself.

Journalism has succumbed to a culture of dependency and is losing that most basic of skills: the ability to nail the facts.

Criticism of the government’s so-called media-management strategy misses the point; Abbott’s approach is less a case of management and more of laissez faire.

The Rudd and Gillard administrations took a Keynesian approach, intervening heavily in the market and attempting to control the flow of news. It invested heavily in a state-owned media enterprise, the ABC, encouraging it to compete more aggressively with the private sector.

When all else failed, it tried to regulate the market through legislation to control the press.

Abbott, by contrast, is behaving like an ultra-dry economic conservative and is letting the news market rip.

The critical condition of modern journalism has been exposed.

The commercial pressures on the industry are well known. Newsrooms have been hollowed out. The disinvestment in journalism has accelerated as Fairfax has trashed its Sydney and Melbourne mastheads. In no other industry would executives respond to falling demand by making the product worse. Yet this is the story of the news business during the past two decades.

The degeneracy of modern journalism cannot be blamed entirely on falling revenue, however. The decline in standards has been at least as bad in public-sector journalism; indeed, some would say it is worse.

The guides to reporters issued by newspapers early last century illuminate the loss of discipline in a profession that once held facts to be sacred.

A recruit at The Detroit News would be told in writing that “the only mission of a reporter” was “supplying his editors with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”.

Speculation was forbidden. “NEVER GUESS,” the instructions read. “When you turn in your story KNOW that everything in that story is true.”

Today, the news industry is content to outsource information-gathering to public relations professionals and advocacy groups, accepting the facts they provide on trust.

Last month, for example, the ABC’s Peter Lloyd introduced an item on PM with the assertion: “An asylum-seeker being held in detention on Nauru is expecting twins.”

His next sentence betrayed his gullibility: “Advocates say the Iranian woman is six months pregnant.”

An advocate, in the view of the Macquarie Dictionary, is “one who defends, vindicates or espouses a cause”. Evidence offered by advocates may or may not be correct, but there is a high risk that it may be tainted.

Yet the credibility of Felicity Ogilvie’s subsequent story rested entirely on the testimony of Ali Mountfield, a representative of the Australian Multiple Birth Association and Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Commission.

Ogilvie claimed: “PM has been unable to verify it with the minister’s office.” Yet the minister’s office had made a statement that Lloyd read on the program: “The government does not respond to unsubstantiated claims about persons claimed to be resident at offshore processing facilities.”

At a press conference five days later, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison was asked again about the claim.

Morrison: This suggestion that there’s a pregnant woman with twins on Nauru is simply not true.

Question: They’re not there?

Morrison: It’s actually not true.

Question: So there’s no …

Morrison: … there is not a pregnant woman with twins on Nauru.

Question: We were told this by …

Morrison: … well, they are wrong.

In the ABC’s story, the onus of proof that would apply in a court of law had been reversed: the government is guilty until it can prove otherwise.

Morrison continued, somewhat testily: “This is why I’m stressing to you, I strongly suggest that the media should more thoroughly interrogate the sorts of claims that are being represented to you. That is a classic example. This suggestion that there has been a pregnant woman with twins on Nauru is simply not true.”

Press gallery veteran Laurie Oakes criticised the minister for his response in a column last weekend, saying: “Scott Morrison’s arrogance can be little short of breathtaking.”

Oakes claims journalists are in a “catch-22”, unable to check the facts because the government has shut off the flow of information. Yet Ogilvie and Lloyd’s report, which seemed to require neither of them to leave the office, is a parody of journalism. Information-gathering was outsourced to a partisan lobby group and fact-checking was outsourced to a partisan government. To cap it all, the press gallery squeals when the minister refuses to answer the question: When did you stop beating your wife?

The truth has become secondary to what American comedian Stephen Colbert calls “truthiness”, the selection of facts one wishes to be true, rather than facts known to be true.

The apparent consensus at the ABC that offshore detention is cruel and inhuman, and that the activists are fighting a noble cause, leaves no room for scepticism.

Former ABC chairman Maurice Newman says the concept of truth has largely been abandoned. “What passes for journalism these days shows no respect for the facts,” he says.

“It is particularly apparent in the reporting of issues like climate change, where the evidence simply doesn’t matter any more.”

Newman is highly critical of journalism schools: “Students who are not taught to be curious or approach a topic with an open mind will struggle to bring rigour to journalism.”

Tim Wilson, of the Institute of Public Affairs, says it is a mistake to think advocates for environmental, public health and other causes are objective sources.

“When was the last time you heard a taxpayer-funded activist argue everything’s fine, or there’s a problem and the solution is for the government to get out of the way?” he says.

“Advocates for paternalism have a predisposition to government interference. It is only which taxes, regulations and laws they want to use, rather than an assessment about whether they should be used in the first place.”

Journalists complain they lack the resources or expertise to check complex information when in fact there is a failure of basic common sense. The assertion that “smoking costs the community $31 billion a year”, for example, is regularly recycled by governments and lobby groups, and is frequently reported as fact by experienced journalists.

The figure is self-evidently ridiculous; if true, it would account for more than half the total federal government health budget.

Eric Crampton, an economist at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury, says only $312m of that figure represents costs to the health system.

“The vast majority of the costs included are the intangible costs of premature mortality: costs smokers impose upon themselves,” he says. “All up, the government is in pocket because of smokers’ contributions.”

He says journalists commonly assume that “good” groups campaigning for better health will not mislead them: “Journalists under time pressure don’t seem to look very closely at the big scary numbers.”

The casual outsourcing of news-gathering to activists was on display again this week, with the broadcasting of images provided by the group Animals Australia, purporting to show sheep being improperly slaughtered in the Middle East.

The ABC was prepared to take it on trust that the footage was shot in September in Jordanian streets, as the activists claim. Yet the provenance of any footage supplied in this manner should be treated with scepticism and, at the very least, should be screened with the caveat that it cannot be independently verified.

The naivety and lack of worldliness so often on display in news coverage is seeping into editorials that once provided a newspaper’s intellectual grunt.

Witness the thought bubble in yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald demanding an “ethical test for spying” to ensure “the minimum possible impact on individuals and organisations”.

In a democratic system that relies on the news industry to hold institutions to account, journalistic timidity at senior levels comes at a high cost. The pusillanimous coverage of Kevin Rudd’s first term in government in much of the media meant his party’s decision to replace him in 2010 caught many voters by surprise.

Editors and journalists who broke from the pack during the Rudd years paid a high price. From June 2008, when The Australian ran its now famous “Captain Chaos” story by John Lyons, the newspaper came under intense pressure to pull back.

Government ministers openly attacked it, and corporate and commercial pressures were applied. The Australian’s critical examination of Labor’s policy failures, including the school building program and the National Broadband Network, heavily criticised by its competitors at the time, has been vindicated.

“If you start pulling your punches in the hope that the government will put you on the drip it’s game over,” says The Australian’s editor-in-chief, Chris Mitchell. “It takes spine for a reporter to resist a government that is prepared to go to war with a newspaper that does not toe the line. The machinery of government is a powerful force. Yet the strong growth in subscriptions to The Australian over the term of the last government shows readers expect a newspaper to hold governments to account.”

The Australian’s motive, rather than the accuracy of its facts, was the principal avenue of attack for the Labor government and rival journalists as they sought to counter the extensive probe into the AWU slush fund matter and the involvement of former prime minister Julia Gillard.

The ABC’s Media Watch seized on comments from the SMH’s Peter Hartcher, who claimed The Australian was “dedicated to the destruction of the Labor government”. The program alleged The Australian’s reporters had been “aided by members of the Labor caucus”.

In a reply to then presenter Jonathan Holmes, The Australian’s Hedley Thomas demonstrated the absurdity of Hartcher’s premise by pointing out that story had been pursued by investigative journalists at other news organisations, including Fairfax’s Natalie O’Brien, who was “not a nut-job or a misogynist, or a feverish Gillard hater, or an employee of The Australian, or a tool of the Labor Party caucus”.

“There appears to be an abundance of Canberra-based commentators who express opinions about the reporting by others on important issues,” Thomas wrote. “These commentators do not appear to do investigations themselves. It is wrong and offensive to suggest that any of my reporting is motivated by The Australian’s so-called dedication, as Mr Hartcher described it, to ‘the destruction of the Labor government’.”

By abandoning the pursuit of truth, modern journalism appears to have fallen for the philosophical error that blights modern academe, the training ground for almost every recruit to the profession. The empirical route to knowledge through investigation, observation and reason is rarely respected. Instead, journalists have come to believe knowledge comes through revelation, a reversion to the pre-Enlightenment when the truth was revealed by the Almighty and mediated through his priesthood.

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who uncovered the Watergate scandal, relied less on the benevolence of their famous “Deep Throat” than is commonly imagined. Deep Throat’s only role was to confirm what they had already established. The anarchist circus of WikiLeaks is not journalism as Woodward and Bernstein would understand it. The story that helped bring down president Richard Nixon was not magically “revealed”, as many assume. It took more than a year of forensic investigation to get to the truth.

Today’s journalists are content to let competing “truths” collide in he-said, she-said journalism that is as tedious as it is uninformative. It is pick-a-box journalism offering multiple “truths”, none of which is given any more weight than any other. When Tony Abbott announced before the 2010 election that he would expand the education tax rebate at a cost of $760m, for example, the response from Labor’s Simon Crean surprised no one: “Tony Abbott has created the first black hole for the Liberal Party in this campaign, and our conservative estimate is that the cost will be at least double.”

At that point most journalists left the story in the mistaken belief that by reporting claim and counterclaim their duties had been fully discharged. Yet The Australian, unfashionably, persisted in the pursuit of facts. Would Abbott’s policy cost $760m or more than $1.5bn? They could not both be right, but they could both be wrong, which turned out to be case.

The Coalition had assumed only half the eligible students would apply for the grant. Labor, on the other hand, had assumed it would be 80 per cent. The Coalition’s mistake was understandable. Eight days earlier, Gillard said 2.7 million students were eligible for the education tax refund, but only 1.4 million took it up. Her press release later gave different figures: 2.1 million and 1.7 million.

No one who has worked in a commercial newsroom in the past five years could underestimate the pressures of the business as it attempts to meet the challenges of fast-changing technology and shifting demand with fewer staff and resources.

The cuts have been brutal, yet this is, by nature, a labour-intensive business if it is to be properly executed. Undoubtedly, this is part of the explanation for the weakened state of the news business, but journalists are deluding themselves if they believe this is the full story. “This is a very interesting moment for journalism,” says Peter Fray, editor-in-chief of PolitiFact Australia and a former Fairfax editor. “It is a test not just of the business model, but of journalistic mettle. It offers the chance to restate what journalism is for and how it should be practised. We keep talking about the watchdog role of government – now let’s get out and do it.”

This week another example of the news industry’s inability to hold institutions to account came to light when The Australian broke the story of plans to remove the words “Known unto God” from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson had announced the change on September 18 at a lunch at the National Press Club to which every major news gatherer, including this one, had sent at least one reporter.

Yet none of the journalists present questioned Nelson about the plans afterwards and none of them reported the story. Michael Brissenden, ABC: “Why is it that the War Memorial continues to refuse to acknowledge the fierce battles between Australians and Australian Aborigines and pastoral settlers – the Frontier Wars?”

Mark Kenny, SMH: “I guess what I’m asking you is to reflect on whether we get the quality we expect out of our elected representatives, given that they’re, you know, earning $200,000 a year base salary?”

Kimberley Granger, the Canberra Weekly magazine: “How do you see the parking issue playing out for the Australian War Memorial?”

Granger, a local journalist, at least knew her audience. The rest of the pack had no excuse.

Nick Cater will address the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney on Thursday on the contribution of the Enlightenment to Australian settlement. Bookings at www.cis.org.au/events or by calling (02) 9438 4377.

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If only US citizen, Australian “Hometown hero”, Rupert Murdoch could be informed of the fake archives of his Australian newspapers [Australia’s suppository of wisdom & knowledge] and the manner in which his subordinate employees, newspaper journalists, Editors & CEO’s have again deceived him, surely he would inform his news media consumers, demand that records of newspapers published be restored to genuine archival condition and fix the problem.

Rupert Murdoch is a threat to Australian and United Kingdom democracy that cannot exist in any real sense with his domination and control of politicians whom are dependent upon him to be elected & to conceal their maladministration of their governments of both political parties.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/06/tony-abbott-hails-rupert-murdoch-as-hometown-hero

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/liberals-squirm-as-abbott-refers-to-the-suppository-of-wisdom-20130812-2rryy.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/13/tony-abbott-gaffe-world-stage

Rupert Murdoch’s South Australia newspaper publishing state monopoly newspapers the ‘News’ and ‘The Advertiser’

‘News 5 Oct 1989 false and misleading’ [pdf.]False and misleading information published 5 October 1989 – the front page headline ‘The man behind SA’s great marina fiasco” of the ‘News’ newspaper, the first newspaper Rupert Murdoch ever owned.

‘News’ 5 Oct. 1989 false and misleading

‘The Advertiser 11 Feb 1991 news articles erased – ref.s exist’ [pdf.] Page 6 11 Feb. 1991 The news article headlined “Warning signs were there for more than 14 months” refers to news articles previously published headlined “State Bank in loans setback” “Our companies in the red – State Bank” “58 firms in State Bank web” [ref. SBSA “Off Balance Sheet” companies – also the subject of news articles referred to in the text of “Warning signs were there for more than 14 months” news article as previously published – no longer existing in Australian & UK libraries’ fake ‘archives’ of newspapers published. SBSA illegal “Off Balance Sheet” companies were never mentioned again – the crimes never prosecuted and associated crimes concealed with published references erased from public records.

‘The Advertiser’ 11 Feb 1991 news artciles erased – ref.s exist

Also note the pathetic journalism [off subject shallow reporting – SBSA debt matters never pursued] of page 6 11 Feb. 1991 headline “A story full of mystery and failures” quote “The life and times of Timothy Marcus Clark reads like a book co-authored by Agatha Christie and Donald Trump”

BELOW – “State Bank silent on mystery firm”   State Bank of South Australia’s “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’ – news media, law enforcement authorities and politicians did nothing to pursue and inform the public on ‘the origins of Kabani and its financial dealings” despite the committment made by South Australian parliamentary Opposition party members of parliament.   Shadow Treasurer Stephen Baker MP [for my electorate of ‘Waite’] was well aware of the State Bank of SA Kabani connection to the Marino Rocks development, the edevelopers SAlan Burlco and William Turner and the debts to SBSA of Turener’s Pro-Image Studio Ltd.   More information on these news artciles and the crimes, corruption and maladministration concealed by the fake ‘archives’ of newspapers puiblished can be viewed at https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/timeline-of-australian-corruption-events-conceled-by-fake-archives-of-newspapers/

2. Kabani 2.10.90

2 October 1990 the State Bank of SA discloses that it has an “Off Balance Sheet” company ‘Kabani’ – the number & purported valuation of the “Off Balance Sheet” companies were to change. News media were never again to refer to SBSA’s “Off Balance Sheet” companies & debts referred to as assets that became public debt still concealed. No efforts to prosecute anyone regarding SBSA’s illegal “Off Balance Sheet” companies were reported by any news media.