Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop often ready to conduct her foreign policy via the media has now fallen on her own sword with revelations, she may have rorted her parliamentary expenses account to the tune of thousands of dollars.
Amongst allegations levelled against her is that she billed the taxpayer to the tune of several thousands of dollars to attend a “polo match” in Melbourne, Australia.
Susan Ley, minister of health in the Turnbull government, has already resigned whilst being investigated for similarly having rorted her expenses as a minister.
In August of 2016, Bishop made headlines when she regurgitated the NED open societies foundation concocted slander of corruption against the government and Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak.
In a statement published in the Australian newspaper Bishop is said to have “broken her silence on the 1MDB corruption scandal engulfing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, finally acknowledging the seriousness of the affair”.
It was a carefully worded deliberate statement issued by Bishop to undermine the government of Malaysia.
Her statement as it was had no sound legal basis for her as foreign minister (and a lawyer) to have made so rashly in the circumstances.
Firstly it was none of her business to repeat the slander against the Malaysian government.
The slander of corruption is based on a shaky and legally questionable premise based on a US-led investigation grounded on a law and an initiative being selectively applied against Malaysia and its prime minister by elements within the US Department of Justice (DOJ).
That same US DOJ is itself under investigation for flagrant breaches of the law in the US prior to and during the presidential campaign of 2016.
The Kleptocracy initiative, it must be said, has no application in Malaysia; and the US government has no jurisdiction over Malaysia in matters that are internal and can be dealt with under Malaysian law.
Secondly, with corruption so rife in Australian politics, traceable to the time of settlement, Bishop’s statements acknowledging ‘the seriousness of corruption allegations against Najib and his government’ has done nothing to advance the cause of justice or good relations with Malaysia.
It was sheer bellicosity and bad foreign relations on her part.
Bishop’s statement merely added fuel to a fire lit in the region by political vandals like Anwar Ibrahim and his acolytes in Bersih.
These two groups are funded by the open societies foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
Both groups have also been aggressively advocating for the overthrow of governments in southeast Asia -and elsewhere- through ‘regime change’ – change of government outside the ballot box.
Sadly Australia’s other neighbours are also growingly increasingly anxious and annoyed at Australia’s continued interference in their domestic politics.
Whilst separating East Timor from the Indonesian republic remains a very sore point with Indonesia, East Timor is not the only unwelcome Australian initiative in recent times that was cause for concern amongst Asian governments as was evident from the following extract from a the 2008 Australian Defence White Paper:
Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030 makes four critical points regarding Indonesia. First, it no longer sees Indonesia as a military threat. Second, it openly debates the break up of Indonesia. Third, it predicts an increased Australian military role in “stabilisation”, humanitarian and peace-keeping operations, like those in East Timor and the Solomon Islands. Forth, it discusses the potential for Indonesia to fragment either as a result of developing democratic transformation or from anarchy, revolution, Islamic militancy”.
Bishop’s tenure in her portfolio as foreign minister has been racked by scandal and treachery.
The recent rift with Indonesia over insulting literature placed at an Australian special forces base where Indonesian soldiers were training, is but a more benign of a string of demonstrably dishonourable overtly racist foreign policy failures by Australia and under Bishop.
A relative of General Gatot, head of the Indonesian armed forces recently remarked at a private function in Jakarta that it was not only the wife of former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudyono that had been hacked into by Australia’s ASIO.
But it was all Indonesian military intelligence was prepared to disclose publicly.
“The Indonesians are aware”, he said, “more aware of the interference in its internal affairs by Australia including some activity directed from the Australian embassy in Jakarta. It is also aware of those clandestine activities conducted through the many so called cultural initiatives funded by Australia”.
Julie Bishop and her party in government live on borrowed time with deposed Tony Abbott in the backbenches watching their every move.
Bishop is widely believed to have been one of the ‘power women’ coterie in Australia that supported the failed and disastrous Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016.
Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration are widely known have supported many of the Regime Change initiatives in the middle east, parts of Europe and Asia including Malaysia.
Australia’s own record for honesty – or more appropriately the lack of it – in government has a long unbroken history of which Bishop herself appears to be snared in.
A small extract from a very long list of examples of Australian governmental corruption appears below:
West Australian Premier Brian Burke, a former TV news presenter, spent 3 years in prison for corruption.
Rex Jackson, minister of prisons for the state of New South Wales, jailed for running a get out of jail early bribe scam in the 1990’s.
Academic and Labour Minister in Victoria, Andrew Theophanous jailed for 6 years for bribery and fraud.
Queensland cabinet Minister Milton Orkopolous in 2008, was jailed for 13 years for running a drug and child sex ring.
More recently of course Eddie Obeid New South Wales minister found guilty of using his parliamentary position to gain financial advantage.
Obeid was sentenced to 5 years in jail.
Two state banks (government guaranteed banks) the State Bank of South Australia and the State Bank of Victoria both collapsed in the 1980’s under the burden of bad debts and corruption on an industrial scale running into billions of dollars.
No one in government went to jail for it.
The chief police Commissioner of the state of Queensland in 1983, Terrence Lewis served a 11 year prison term as a result of findings of corruption against him.
Prostitution and gambling were more than mere vices in Sydney during the reign of Premier Robert Askin.
They were a source of income for Premier Sir Robert Askin and his police.
The courts in Australia are no exception when it comes to the culture of corruption.
High profile Federal Court Judge Marcus Einfeld QC was jailed in 2009 for lying to court over a traffic offence which many believe was an overkill and part of a political witch hunt.
The argument that it was an overkill in Marcus Enfield’s case is largely supported by the failure of government to prevent now International Court of Justice, sometimes arbitrator and barrister Ian Callinan from reaching the High Court of Australia bench following his disgraceful conduct in the White Industries matter.
The matter involving Ian Callinan was more egregious and disgraceful as it concerned unjustified pleadings settled by Ian Callinan QC and signed by his instructor Michael Meadows, alleging that a builder in that proceeding lied to the developer in relation to the cost of building a shopping centre north of Brisbane.
Suspicion about Callinan’s conduct as favouring the top end of town continues to this day.
A petition about his unreported past and present conduct we understand is being prepared by a private petitioner to the ICJ.
It doesn’t end there.
In Queensland it is not uncommon for judges and politicians to mix with the big end of town.
That means developers and construction companies, miners and bankers.
The practice has resulted in more embarrassing discovery of corruption in the judiciary by investigators.
Queensland has a history of judicial corruption unparalleled in any other Australian state.
John Byrne, justice of the supreme court of Queensland, unashamedly admitted to unlawfully taping a telephone conversation with the former chief justice of his state.
The misconduct of judges in the supreme and federal courts of Queensland is best explained by the recorded evidence of a hacker now safely back in Lithuania.
Aleksie Kuznetsov (not his real name), a former Australian resident and prolific ‘black hat’ hacker wanted by almost every security agency in the world, hacked into the telephone conversations and emails of a number of judges and top end lawyers their friends and families in Queensland for over a year.
Kuznetsov embittered by the break up of his relationship in Australia and what he believed was the courts bias against him, embarked on an ‘evidence gathering’ crusade in an attempt to reverse his fate.
His partner blackmailed him threatened to expose him as a hacker if he challenged her claims to sole custody of their 5 year old daughter and the lion’s share of their estate. It caused him to flee the country.
According to Kuznetzov’s lawyer, hacked telephone discussions and correspondences between judges, litigants and lawyers in Queensland on matters before the courts appears to be much worse today than what was aired before the Fitzgerald inquiry of the 1980’s.
Julie Bishop and the Australian judiciary may yet rue the day they chose to judge Malaysia’s government and interfere in their internal affairs