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MAY 2014

In NSW it appears that the poor old LCP cannot take a trick.  Greiner made the mistake of activating an ICAC, (Independent Commission Against Corruption) and he got done.  Labour's Wran refused, and he became the longest serving premier (although a somewhat smelly one).  LCP's Barry O'Farrell repeated Greiner's mistake, and now he is history.

So why does it all go so wrong for the LCP?   Why did ICAC finish with Obeid & Co and their $100,000,000 proceeds of crime corruption so quickly and move on to the rather trivial $2,000 bottle of wine of O'Farrell? 
Maybe it's just that all the top judicial positions have been filled by the Labour Party during it's dominance of the Legislature?

And now ICAC are on gold.  Real estate in NSW is a political rort.  The only way to get a new house is from one of the big building companies.  And the building companies bribe the government to keep it that way.


Clive Palmer is a wealthy owner of Australian Mines.  He has started his own political party (Palmer United Party = PUP) and has personally won a seat in the House of Representatives in Australia's
Federal parliament, and his party controls three Federal Senate seats.  PUP occupy s a very strategic position in the Australian government.

There are three major media networks in Australia.  (1) The ABC is a government owned radio and Television network, (2) Fairfax Media is a once great, but now fast disappearing newspaper network, and (3) the NEWS network of newspapers, dominated by the Murdoch family.  In addition there are three TV networks and a few radio networks.  (1) and (2) are primarily "Liberal" networks that strongly support the Opposition Australian Labour Party (ALP).  NEWS currently supports the government (aka "The Coalition"). 

Both the ABC and Fairfax are giving PUP a very easy time.  NEWS on the other hand is highly critical of Palmer, and appears to only publish detrimental information.

Perhaps the ABC is concerned that the Coalition might curtail it's budget.  PUP would probably be in a position to frustrate that ambition.


Radio announcer Allan Jones is the most influential radio jock in Australia.  Sort of our Rush Limbeaux.  The latest subject is the electoral commission.

The voting system in Australia is: we attend a polling station, (usually in a church or school or suchlike), identify ourselves to one of the staff there, they look for our name on a list, if they find our name they provide us with a voting paper and cross our name off the list.  We then go into a booth, which has a pencil and a stand up desk.  We write what we like on the voting paper, then drop it in the ballot box.

According to Jones, about 20 years ago we had a system whereby voters were sent a letter a few days before election day which directed the voter to a particular polling station.  The voter had to attend only that station to cast a vote.  Nowadays, in my electorate, we get no letter and I can attend any one of about twenty polling stations, get crossed off a list, given a voting card, go into a private booth, mark my preferences, then deposit the vote in a large sealed box.

There are a few obvious problems.
  1. Voters can "multiple vote" and that, apparently, happened to the tune of around 8,000 votes at the latest election.
  2. Voters can "false vote" by wrongly identifying themselves as a person who has not yet voted at that polling station.
  3. Voters could possibly draw up their own vote cards, and drop multiple vote cards in the ballot box.
I would suggest that computer linkups be made between the polling stations, so that once a particular person has voted, he cannot vote again.  "False votes" could be discouraged by having CCTV records made of people presenting to vote.  Multiple vote cards could be stopped by using high tech printing similar to that used by the mint.