Thursday, December 02, 2021

An interesting email

Melanie Ryan [] wrote:

I’ve had 7 police officers from Brisbane drive 5 hours to warn me not to put this into the media

Palaszczuk was caught having sex with 2 Queensland police officers on minister Tom Barton’s desk before she became premier & it was proven by a CMC investigation which fully substantiated the complaint of commissioned officer superintendent Dominic McHugh who made the complaint so Palaszczuk is guilty of salary fraud criminal charges plus she used taxpayers money to buy the champagne for her to get inebriated on in her drunken sex orgy with 2 Queensland police officers who were allowed to resign.

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Covid treatment that could be a lifesaver for thousands of Australians is FINALLY approved

Medical regulators have approved a new antibody treatment for COVID-19 as the prime minister urged for calm over the Omicron variant.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration granted approval for the use of tocilizumab, a treatment for patients hospitalised with COVID-19 who require oxygen.

It's the fourth treatment for the virus given the green light for use by the administration.

The treatment has been shown to reduce inflammation by blocking receptors and slowing the effects of the virus.

'Tocilizumab has been shown to decrease duration of hospitalisation, risk of being placed on medical ventilation and risk of death for those with severe COVID-19,' the administration said in a statement.

'Tocilizumab is not intended to be used as a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19.'

The treatment had previously been approved for use to treat inflammatory conditions and types of arthritis.


Crooked corruption watchdog in Queensland

MacSporran must go

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A Queensland parliamentary committee has called for a commission of inquiry into the structure of the state's anti-corruption watchdog after finding it breached its duty to remain independent and impartial.

The Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee (PCCC) also found the Crime and Corruption Commission's (CCC) discretion to charge eight Logan City councillors with fraud in 2019 miscarried "because all material considerations and evidence were not taken into account and weighed".

The bipartisan committee — which oversees the CCC — has been examining the watchdog's investigation and decision to charge the group of councillors with fraud relating to former council chief executive Sharon Kelsey's dismissal.

The fraud charges, which prompted the entire council's dismissal, were discontinued in a Brisbane court in April, almost two years later.

In a damning report, tabled in state parliament on Thursday, the committee also found that CCC chair Alan MacSporran did not ensure the watchdog acted independently and impartially, a "serious" failing that reflected "poorly" on the CCC.

In final submissions in October, counsel assisting had suggested the possibility of recommending parliament terminate Mr MacSporran's appointment.

PCCC chair Jon Krause told the house they did not proceed with that recommendation and said they were of the view "this report speaks for itself".

"This report outlines serious findings, and related recommendations, that speak to these issues, including by making findings about where the CCC has failed in the role entrusted to it by this parliament, on behalf of all Queenslanders," he said.

"The committee makes these findings in full awareness of their gravity, but cognisant also of the need to ensure that where things have gone awry in the past, findings are made in seeking to prevent similar occurrences in the future."

'Acted outside its specific powers'

The parliamentary inquiry was launched earlier this year in response to a complaint by the CEO of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), alleging the CCC had inappropriately interfered in civil proceedings concerning Ms Kelsey's termination, and inappropriately used its powers to charge the then-councillors with fraud.

The CCC had alleged the councillors acted together to sack Ms Kelsey, who had reported allegations of possible misconduct about the then-mayor to the watchdog.

But earlier this year, the fraud charges were dropped and Ms Kelsey also lost her unfair dismissal case in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

Among the PCCC's 14 findings were that the CCC "acted outside its specific powers in the Crime and Corruption Act" by assisting Ms Kelsey as a public interest discloser within the civil proceedings process of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

"The committee finds that the totality of the steps taken by the Crime and Corruption Commission to assist Ms Kelsey in her Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) proceeding, including with respect to her desire for reinstatement, breached its duty to act, at all times, independently and impartially pursuant to section 57 of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001," the report said.

It also found the watchdog involved itself in the QIRC proceeding and sought to make documents it had obtained under compulsion available to her in that proceeding. "The inference may be drawn that this was done for the purpose of Ms Kelsey's reinstatement as chief executive officer," the report said.

The committee also found the CCC's discretion to charge the seven Logan City councillors and mayor with fraud was "affected by a desire to assist Ms Kelsey" and that discretion "miscarried" because all material considerations and evidence were not taken into account and weighed.

The PCCC noted the conduct of Detective Sergeant Andrew Francis to be "an example of and symptomatic" of the culture of the CCC.

The committee detailed a number of recommendations, including that the state government appoint a senior counsel to head a commission of inquiry — or similar — to review the structure of the CCC.

Other recommendations included that the CCC "engage in reform of culture" and the state government consider a requirement that the CCC obtain the recommendation of the Director of Public Prosecutions, or a senior independent legal adviser, before charging serious criminal offences regarding corruption.

Local Government Association renews call for resignation

Mr Krause told parliament that Queensland needs an "effective, independent, impartial watchdog on public sector corruption and major crime".

He also spoke about how a number of people had "cautioned" him about "pushing too hard" in inquiring into the CCC. "It was put across that this could have consequences," he said.

"The fact that these matters are even raised with me, are in the consciousness of people who are interested in these matters, and that they would say such things is highly concerning in itself."

In a statement, LGAQ president Mark Jamieson described the report's findings as "sobering reading for all Queenslanders."

"The Crime and Corruption Commission heralds great power in this state. Queenslanders need its actions to always be objective, independent and beyond reproach," he said.

"We therefore call on the CCC chair to act in the interests of the future of this important institution and stand down


Labor party to dump fuel emissions plan in next step on climate

Labor will dump a contentious plan to set new fuel standards for millions of motorists in a bid to neutralise a growing political attack from Prime Minister Scott Morrison ahead of a bigger fight on climate change.

The vehicle emission standard will be formally dropped when Labor leader Anthony Albanese signs off on the party’s climate policy with shadow ministers, as they prepare for a caucus briefing this Friday on the coming election campaign.

Mr Albanese will launch Labor’s bid for power at a campaign rally in Sydney this weekend to start a blitz through marginal electorates before Christmas, readying the party for the official election contest early next year.

The climate policy, including Labor’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, is being restricted to a small group of shadow cabinet members before climate spokesman Chris Bowen speaks at the National Press Club on Monday.

While some caucus members are pressing for a target that trumps Mr Morrison’s forecast to cut emissions by 35 per cent by 2030 on 2005 levels, others warn against an ambitious goal that exposes the party to attack over the impact on household costs.

The Labor policy on fuel standards was part of a package in the 2019 election campaign to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles so they would make up 50 per cent of new car sales by 2030, a target that triggered a war of words with Mr Morrison.

The Prime Minister claimed at the time the Labor policy sought to “end the weekend” and said last month the policy tried to “force” customers to switch to electric vehicles, misrepresenting the plan, which set only an aspirational target.

Mr Morrison said on November 11 Labor wanted to “put up your petrol prices” although the policy only called for consultation on changes and did not name a timetable for the new standard.

Even so, Labor will drop this element of its policy package to blunt the Coalition scare campaign.

While the most recent Resolve Political Monitor in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age found Labor’s primary vote was 32 per cent, slightly down from 33.3 per cent at the last election, the party’s internal polling suggests it is doing much better.




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