Friday, May 10, 2013
About 1000 police files were found at the premises, which include one with direct links to bikies, he said.
Mr Lay said the scale of the discovery was shocking for the organisation.
The vast majority of people mentioned in the documents were people with long criminal histories and some had already been visited by police to ensure they are not hurt, he said.
"The good thing about this is, every one of these documents, we can actually follow the order trail and understand when, how and who actually had access to them so that is of some comfort," Mr Lay told 3AW today.
"The overwhelming feeling in the organisation at the moment is that there has been a gross betrayal of the organisation, of the community and of the colleagues close to this person that has undertaken this act."
He said there were two very high risk matters that police needed to get on top of very quickly and he believed they had done that.
"We just do what is called a risk assessment and we work our way through what the best way of keeping these people safe is," Mr Lay said.
He said the documents were printouts from the LEAP database and other police systems and they went back nearly three years.
The chief commissioner said the person should not have had access to the data, but used a method to access it that prevented people from knowing.
"Obviously someone has taken a fairly proactive approach to collecting a whole host of data around particular people," Mr Lay said.
He said there had been discussions with the director of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, but police were investigating the matter.
A junior officer at the centre of the leak scandal has been suspended without pay and is likely to be charged, police said on Monday.
Mr Lay said on Monday the leaked documents put the lives of police and members of the public at risk.
heraldsun.com.au 9 May 2013
A motion of no confidence should be made with regards to the corrupt dealings of the organisation known as Victoria Police.
Corruption from the top dogs of 'Vicpol' has been going on for decades, and only now the surface is being scratched.
One cannot rely on the reporting of corruption from the source of the corruption, especially since previously Victoria Police has shown that it has falsified crime figures.
A truly independent body should be carrying out the investigative work.
Victoria Police also works together with members of the masonic brotherhood, to eliminate all sorts of traffic infringement notices all the way up to criminal offences in high courts.
Victoria Police is one of the more corrupt organisations set up by a corrupt Australian 'government'.
On top of the pay and superannuation windfall, departing MPs who have served multiple terms will receive a golden handshake worth at least $70,000.
Those who have served one term will be gifted at least $35,000.
Politicians elected after 2004 will enjoy superannuation of 15 per cent, which is a lot more than most workers' nine per cent entitlement.
Politicians elected before 2004 will remain on the generous "defined benefits" scheme.
Taxpayers won't know how much the politicians' pay decision will cost because Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips refused to reveal the figure.
The changes mean a Victorian backbenchers' salary package will exceed $150,000.
Deputy Liberal leader Louise Asher told parliament the legislation was necessary to prevent Victorian MPs receiving annual pay rises of close to $50,000, in line with rises for federal politicians.
"The government regarded this prospect as totally untenable," she said.
Ms Asher described expense allowances - ranging from eight per cent for a backbencher and up to 15 per cent for a shadow minister - as small.
There will be no oversight of how politicians spend their allowances apart from Australian Taxation Office rules.
Mr Rich-Phillips repeatedly refused to answer questions from journalists about how much the changes will cost.
"The reality is any change to members of parliament remuneration, salaries, is never going to be well received in the community," he said.
Both government and opposition MPs were consulted about the legislation.
An opposition spokesman released a statement saying Labor would consider the legislation and take the matter to shadow cabinet.
MPs will give up some existing entitlements, such as free parking at Melbourne Airport and free entry to Melbourne Zoo, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and other Crown land.
Ambulance Employees Association state secretary Steve McGhie said it was disappointing there was one standard for politicians and another for public sector workers.
"It's almost a slap in the face for my members," he said.
"We're right in the middle of bargaining and we've been negotiating for eight months and we haven't seen any greater offers than 2.5 per cent."
Community and Public Sector Union spokesman Robert Laird said the government had been extremely tough on wage negotiations with public sector workers but was now giving itself an inflated pay rise.
The revamped sites will be bolstered by premium content known as "news+", which includes FOX SPORTS News 24/7 live-streaming as well as access to match highlights and entertainment shows.
News Limited CEO Kim Williams said the refreshed sites would be faster, offer easier and more intuitive navigation, as well as have up to 20 per cent more homepage content.
"Our new digital subscription service for the Herald Sun and The Daily Telegraph with the exciting addition of news+ marks an important landmark for News Limited as we continue paving the way for commercially sustainable models for quality journalism and digital innovation in Australia," Mr Williams said.
AdelaideNow and the The Courier-Mail online would follow in June, Mr Williams said.
"The new masthead digital subscription services with news+ ensure subscribers will have access to their local masthead with enhanced local content as well as to our entire national news, lifestyle, business and sport network, delivered across all the devices they love. We are giving consumers the richest diversity of content from a source they trust, in a form convenient and relevant to contemporary lifestyles and technologies."
Under the new metered model, visitors to The Daily Telegraph website will be able to view five articles per week before being asked to register. Users who register will be able to read a further 15 stories a week.
Un-registered Herald Sun readers will also be able to view five articles per week. By registering, they will have access to an additional 10 articles a week.
For both mastheads, a full digital subscription will cost $1 for the first 28 days then $4 per week. A home-delivered Sunday newspaper can be added for 50c a week. A package including weekend papers will be $5.50 per week. Full digital subscription plus seven-day newspaper home delivery will cost $9 a week.
Mr Williams said metering details and subscription prices for AdelaideNow and The Courier-Mail would be announced closer to the launch of their enhanced sites.
"Today's announcement heralds a bright future for the longevity of content publishing across all platforms print, online, tablet and mobile," Mr Williams said.
"Delivering fine journalism across diverse content domains, in interesting environments, that facilitate debate, conversations and discussions among Australians is what News aims to provide in ways which are aligned with consumer wants and needs.
"The launch of these new digital subscription products for The Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun with all that is contained in news+ will be central to our future in the Australian media landscape."
news.com.au 8 May 2013
As part of a new order of the world, the global corporate giants have embarked on data collection of every individual.
The current industry heavyweights amongst others are Apple, Google, HP, IBM
New Limited has proved it cannot be trusted with data, under various 'scandals' in Europe, which also led to the closure of the tabloid News of the World.
Previously browsing online stories was done under the anonymous label, where the companies could not link website view to specific individuals.
Now the policy is to monitor and control literally everything what the masses do.
In this case the corporation, New Limited will know what article each reader has read.
Under this guise, reports can be given to government or police for them to do as they please.
Another act of invasion of privacy from the corporate elite, with total support from their 'brethren' in government.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Hundreds of police members caught abusing confidential information on operational intelligence database
Dodgy officers have gained unauthorised access and improperly used sensitive details from the secure LEAP computer system 214 times in the past five years, the Herald Sun can exclusively reveal.
"The unauthorised disclosure of protected law enforcement data is taken very seriously by Victoria Police - this action that can cause significant risks to police and the community, undermine serious investigations and diminish the confidence that the community has in Victoria Police," said Assistant Commissioner Emmett Dunne, of Professional Standards Command.
The alarming news comes two days after Victoria Police announced that raids on three properties - one directly linked to a high-profile outlaw bikie gang - had uncovered hundreds of pages from the LEAP network.
Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said the major information link was "one of the gravest breaches of police security" he had seen in his 39-year career.
The Herald Sun can reveal 196 officers, including a superintendent, have been caught misusing the main police database.
A further 15 members of staff at Victoria Police have also illegally abused the network for their own gain.
Three senior sergeants were guilty of improper use and unauthorised access to the database twice each.
The force is investigating officers with links to outlaw motorcycle gangs, as part of Taskforce Eagle launched in March. Detectives within the taskforce spearheaded raids three weeks ago, which uncovered top-secret police information, including the names of police informants.
Police believe a junior officer is at the centre of the scandal and will be charged.
Taskforce Keel was set up this week to ascertain if the unnamed officer, who has been suspended without pay, had bikie links before joining the force.
Assistant Commissioner Dunne said that LEAP database breaches would not be tolerated. "This kind of action is not tolerated and members (could be) dismissed," he said.
heraldsun.com.au 8 May 2013
Victoria's police 'force' is arguably the country's most corrupt.
The cases mentioned above in reality are approximately 10 times greater than reported.
Victoria Police are involved in many other facets of corruption, including drug trafficking, extortion, falsifying fines, illegal warrants to name a few.
In Victoria's North West, corrupt police are rife without any repercussions.
A former head of the AFP (Australian Federal Police) carried out corrupt dealings with full knowledge of the 'authorities'.
Corrupt police who are part of the masonic brotherhood allow traffic infringements, speeding fines to disappear, as well as criminal matter that front up to the Victorian courts to be 'dismissed'.
The police being a government tool to collect revenue, in the form of 'breaking the law' are impervious to prosecution.
The 'force' should be clean out of the rats, but it will not, as this is not in the interest of government.
Tens of thousands of motorcyclists nabbed by speed cameras are escaping fines because their bikes are not required to have front number plates.
The lack of identification resulted in police having to let off almost 20,000 riders who sped past Victoria's front-facing traffic cameras in the past three years.
They should have paid $4 million in fines and lost 25,000 demerit points.
But the bikers never even received penalty notices because the snaps of them were taken from the front, meaning police could not identify them.
The new figures prepared for the Herald Sun by Mr Lewis also reveal more than 1000 of the 19,949 bikers were over the speed limit by between 25km/h and 44km/h - and 210 were more than 45km/h over.
Those not penalised included a motorcyclist doing 222km/h in a 60km/h zone at Caroline Springs and another doing 118km/h in a 50km/h zone at Shepparton.
The figures show 61 per cent of bikers caught speeding by CityLink cameras in 2011-12 escaped being fined because of the lack of front number plates, as did 55 per cent of motorcyclists snapped by mobile speed cameras and most riders caught speeding past fixed cameras on Geelong Rd and the Western Ring Road.
Victoria Motorcycle Council chairman Peter Baulch denied threats were made to Mr Lewis, but agreed his group was bitterly opposed to the push for front plates.
Mr Baulch told the Herald Sun fitting front number plates to motorbikes would make them unstable and dangerous.
He said modern motorcycles were not designed to display front plates and fitting them would adversely affect the aerodynamics and engine cooling of two-wheelers.
Mr Baulch said the requirement to have front number plates on motorcycles was removed more than 30 years ago for safety reasons.
"Are we now to ignore those safety reasons?'' he said.
"The road safety camera commissioner - with no known motorcycling experience - has chosen to ignore expert input on this matter from such reputable bodies as the motorcycle manufacturers, international authorities, motorcycle safety experts and our Victorian parliamentary inquiry recommendations.
"The Victorian Motorcycle Council does not condone inappropriate or unlawful conduct by motorcyclists or any other road users.
"We see road safety as a shared responsibility of all.
"The issue of front number plates for motorcycles is not about safety, but all about law enforcement.
"More than 10 years ago, we advised the authorities that it was essential for speed cameras to be able to point both front and rear.
"We knew there would be this potential issue, but the problem is with the cameras, not with motorcycles.''
Victoria Police supports the call for motorbikes to be able to be identified from the front.
In a written submission to Mr Lewis, Mr Baulch, argued against the mandatory fitting of front number plates to motorcycles.
"We find it remarkable that out of all the enforcement jurisdictions in the entire world, Victoria Police appears to be the sole agency intent on requiring motorcycles to be identifiable from the front,'' Mr Baulch said.
"Motorcycles were not required to have front number plates when speed cameras were introduced so any reported problems are therefore firmly with the short comings of the system design, the cameras themselves and the policies surrounding them.''
Mr Lewis criticised the State Government for failing to act on his recommendation last year that all motorcyclists be forced to fit front number plates to their machines.
"Doing so would undoubtedly save lives," he said.
Mr Lewis said both he and Victoria's Auditor-General had recommended to the State Government that front number plates should be compulsory.
The State Government's four-year road safety action plan, released in February, said it would work towards resolving the problem, but did not say how or when.
VicRoads director of road user and vehicle policy, Aiden McGann, said yesterday the relevant government agencies were committed to finding a way of safely identifying motorcycles from the front, but admitted trials had not yet started.
"I would concede that at speeds well above 110km/h, it is possible that front number plates could affect the stability of motorbikes," Mr Lewis said.
"But I have had advice that at any legal speed, the front number plates would not adversely affect the motorbikes."
Victoria's top traffic cop, assistant commissioner Robert Hill, backed Mr Lewis's call.
"We know reducing speed will improve our road-safety outcomes. It is critical that any options for front identification of motorcycles are practical and safe and use new technology to solve the challenge of ensuring motorcyclists comply with speed limit."
RACV manager of roads and traffic Dave Jones joined the push for compulsory frontal identification of motorcycles.
"It is important that all motor vehicles and motorcycles can be identified from the front and the rear to aid enforcement of the road rules," he said.
heraldsun.com.au 6 May 2013
Here is a comment on the article from a heraldsun reader:
There is zero interest from the authorities about the so called safety aspect they so vigorously inform the public about in media campaigns.
The number one priority here is the loss of revenue.
Monday, May 6, 2013
"CCTV has proven essential in assisting police – most recently in the brutal rape and murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher," said Mr O'Farrell today.
Shoalhaven Council was forced to turn off its CCTV cameras in the Nowra CBD yesterday after a decision by the Adminstrative Decisions Tribunal that a man's privacy had been breached.
"CCTV is a vital tool in the fight against crime and I am determined to ensure they remain so," Mr O'Farrell said.
"I've asked the Attorney General to seek urgent advice on the implications and whether legislative amendments are required to validate the continued use of CCTV."
A report by Britain's Airprox Board found the Airbus, with more than 200 people on board, was less than 10 seconds from smashing into the mystery object 3500ft above the suburbs of Scotland's biggest city, British media report.
But investigators have been unable to explain the unidentified threat, which did not appear on radar.
The scare happened as the Airbus 320 came to land at Glasgow in sunny weather when both pilots saw an “object loom ahead at a range of 100metres”.
The “blue and yellow object” whizzed under the plane without giving the crew any time to react.
The shocked pilot radioed Glasgow Airport control tower: “We just had something pass underneath us quite close. Have you got anything on in our area?”
The tower replied: “Negative. We’ve got nothing on radar and we’re not talking to any traffic either.”
Both pilots gave the same description of the object which was blue and yellow, “bigger than a balloon” and with a small frontal area.
After landing at Glasgow the chief pilot reported there had been a “high” risk of a collision with his jet.
The pilots suggested the object may have been a glider or microlight, but investigators rejected this. They remain baffled by the incident.
It wasn't the original plan for Emma and her grandfather Leo to head to Balmoral Beach, but the six-year-old ''water baby'' had set her heart on it.
''We hadn't packed her swimming costume but she was in one of her determined moods so I certainly wouldn't have dared say no,'' said 70-year-old Leo, who was helping Emma's busy parents last Tuesday.
When the pair arrived at lunchtime, Emma stripped off her clothes, including her T-shirt, despite Leo's suggestion she keep it on. She then happily splashed in the shallows for about half an hour while Leo kept a watchful eye a short distance away.
''She didn't stop beaming from the time she got in to the time she got out,'' he said.
But he was left shaken by what happened next.
''I helped Emma get dressed and then the police arrived,'' he said. ''They wanted my name, they took my identification. They also talked to Emma and asked her name and date of birth. They informed me a complaint had been lodged.''
NSW Police confirmed an anonymous call was received from a member of the public expressing concern about an elderly man ''sitting with a naked child at the beach''.
While it took a matter of minutes for the officers to establish that a misunderstanding had occurred, the issue did not end there.
In the days since, a bewildered Leo has questioned his own role in the incident. ''Should I have insisted she keep her top on?'' he asked, adding: ''Would they still have complained anyway?''
His questions don't stop there: ''Would this have happened if I had been a female? Would it have occurred had I been a younger man?
''I would like to meet the person who made the call. I'd like to ask why they couldn't have at least approached me, so we could have avoided all this.''
But the person most affected has been Emma herself.
''When she got in the bath that night, she said: 'I did something wrong, I'm in trouble','' her mother Jessica said. ''This was a child in her element. Who could have complained about that? If she was in distress, sure, people should maybe call the cops then. She was totally carefree.
''It's not long before she'll lose that and become more body conscious.''
Chief executive of the Australian Childhood Foundation and registered psychologist Joe Tucci said raising community awareness about child abuse had inadvertently triggered ''widespread anxiety'' instead of ''confidence''.
''In the past, adults would turn a blind eye. These days, more people respond … but not necessarily in a helpful way. In this case, the execution is not what I would have recommended.
''Given it was so public, the person could have at least approached the grandfather for a few words. Yes, it might have ended up being a little embarrassing to both parties but at least it would have avoided that young girl's involvement and negative experience with police.''
But Hetty Johnston, founder of child protection advocate Bravehearts, disagreed. ''That member of the public did what, we hope, everyone now does in such situations.
''They held concerns so in the best interests of that child, they called police. It was not a malicious or vindictive move. It turned out to be a false alarm and that's great.''
Detective Acting Superintendent Linda Howlett, the acting Sex Crimes Squad commander, agreed.
''It's better to be safe than sorry,'' she said. ''If a member of the public does see something that causes them concern, we encourage them to contact police and we will follow that up.''
But several days on, Jessica still cannot help but feel the situation was overblown. ''It started several years ago with families not being able to take photos of their own children at swimming pools and now it seems to have progressed to scenarios like this,'' she said.
''As a society, I believe we have grown too paranoid. I feel so sorry for all the grandfathers who face this sort of scrutiny and persecution, simply for spending time with their grandkids.''
The Grattan Institute report found a system of road pricing would also be a good way to raise funds for better public transport, such as better bus services.
The report, Productive Cities: opportunity in a changing economy, said the system could take the form of road user charges, congestion charges, or time-of-day tolling.
It found that charging motorists to use roads would result in "a more efficient use of road space" and ultimately help to lift labour productivity.
"In order to address traffic congestion, it is not enough to rely solely on building new roads without also paying attention to managing the demand for road space," the report states.
Road pricing would "also go some way towards raising the revenue needed to increase the capacity of public transport".
However the report conceded that governments would have to spend "political capital" to implement such a system.
It also urged governments to build more homes in established suburbs, saying rising house prices meant many blue-collar workers risked being locked out of areas that offered the best access to jobs.
"This will be good for the economy and good for the fair go," the report found.
Since the onset of the global financial crisis, Australian companies have been paying just 27 cents tax for every dollar of profit they generate. The statutory rate is 30 cents in the dollar.
A Treasury issues paper to be released today by the Assistant Treasurer, David Bradbury, has examined the evidence on tax avoidance by multinational companies operating in Australia.
In the new global economy, it is easier than ever for big companies to avoid tax by shifting their profits to low tax countries.
According to Treasury's analysis, the proportion of profit that companies pay to the federal government is as low today as it was during the 1990s recession.
According to Treasury: "In comparison with other countries, Australia's corporate tax collections have fallen by more and recovered by less since the onset of the GFC."
Company tax receipts - including the mining tax - accounted for 22 per cent of total tax receipts in 2011-12.
Treasury says it is too early to say whether the reduction in tax paid by companies is the result of tax avoidance or companies simply carrying forward losses incurred during the GFC.
"The ...analysis provides a number of indicators that suggest the existence of base erosion and profit shifting in Australia. However...it is difficult to reach a definitive conclusion," Treasury concludes.
The Assistant Treasurer, David Bradbury, said the government had already tightened loopholes to protect more than $10 billion in revenue over the next four years.
"We don't want to see a future where hardworking Australian families and businesses have to pay disproportionately high taxes because multinational corporations are not pulling their weight," he said.
The paper also reveals the dominance of big business in Australia, with just 0.1 per cent of companies paying over half of all company tax paid in 2009-10.