A look into Corporate fraud in Australia, Stranglehold of Monopolies, Telecommunications Oppression, Biased Law System, Corporate influence in politics, Industrial Relations disadvantaging workers, Outsourcing Australian Jobs, Offshore Banking, Petrochemical company domination, Invisibly Visible.
It's not what you see, it's what goes on behind the scenes.
COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA (ABN: 122 104 616)
Australia's Prime Minister (CEO) Tony Abbott : "Australia is Open for Business"
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Contract riches for audit chief
Tony Abbott's hand-picked auditor charged with assessing government
spending and advising on outsourcing runs a company that has won
contracts from the federal government worth more than half a billion
The opposition has accused the government of stacking its
Commission of Audit with big-business representatives and ideological
Business Council of Australia chairman Tony Shepherd will
lead the commission while the lobby group's chief economist and director
of policy, Peter Crone, will head its secretariat.
The commission is to recommend sweeping, long-term reforms to the
budget to ensure it moves into surplus in the medium term, including
examining potential spending cuts and the privatisation of government
Mr Shepherd is chairman of Transfield Services, a
construction and services firm that has won a string of contracts in
recent years worth hundreds of millions of dollars. These include the
contract for maintenance and support services at the Nauru detention
centre worth $184.3 million.
Mr Shepherd is understood to be leaving his Transfield position at the end of this week.
Also listed on the Austender website are Transfield contracts with the Defence Department worth more than $400 million.
Asked on Tuesday whether there was a conflict of interest in
appointing Mr Shepherd to oversee a process that could see substantial
government functions outsourced to the private sector, Mr Hockey said:
''We don't apologise for appointing the best team to eliminate
The BCA, which represents Australia's top 100 companies, has
advocated an increase in the GST but wants a large cut to the corporate
tax rate while railing against any reduction in what has been dubbed
''business welfare'', including tax concessions for depreciation,
research and development and mining exploration.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said: ''It is truly
extraordinary that the Liberals have outsourced their policymaking to
big-business lobby groups. These are the business groups who have
publicly called for an increase in the GST, reducing penalty rates and
the minimum wage.''
The BCA has been calling for a commission of audit for years to fix structural problems in the budget.
Economists, community groups and budget experts contacted by
Fairfax Media welcomed the audit as long overdue but there was some
disquiet about the heavy presence of the BCA.
Richard Denniss, the executive director of the left-leaning
Australia Institute, said the BCA had been a close ally of the Coalition
when it was in opposition, opposing the carbon and mining taxes and
supporting the ''greatly exaggerated'' contention that Australia had a
significant debt problem.
''It's like getting Greenpeace to do an audit of environment policy,'' he said.
Dr Denniss said he was concerned about the influence of the
BCA on the commission's views on the ideal level of overall taxation and
therefore the amount of money available for social services.
The Australian Council of Social Service welcomed Mr
Shepherd's appointment but said ''the absence of a community
representative from civil society means it will be vital that the
commissioners work closely with the community sector''.
Small-business leader Peter Strong also praised Mr Shepherd
but said he would watch closely to ensure that any flagged
privatisation did not favour big business or increase its power over
smaller operators, especially when it came to Australia Post.
Mr Shepherd was unavailable for comment on Wednesday.
Another commission member is former federal public servant
Peter Boxall, who oversaw the introduction of WorkChoices during the
theage.com.au 24 Oct 2013
More corrupt deals from the heads of government.
Privitisation allows the 'brethren' to set up companies that fraudulently win contracts, to the financial detriment of tax payers.
Another fraud worth $500 million, brought to you by the 'government' ( read corporation).