25 January 2019

What's in store for Australians re: travel, social security and taxation

The corporation conglomerate commonly referred to as the Australian Government is giving its people less and less choices with regards to conducting business.

For greater monitoring and then control of the slave population of Australia, cash is being phased out, where if the serfs are resisting then the response from so called government agencies is one of force or no other choice.

In Victoria, the driver licence authority is VicRoads, where in certain suburbs of Melbourne conducting business transaction with VicRoads with cash is no longer available.

This will become a more and more common occurrence as time goes on.

Smart phones are another tool that the government uses to easily monitor and control the movements of the population at large, where the Australian government 'promotes' the use of Apple or Google operating system based phones even though there are other operating systems in use including 'feature' phones which many elderly social security recipients rely on.

While the government is keen to allocate (the tax payer's funds) to create a Google or Apple app there is zero desire to create a non device specific website link to the same services, therefore 'forcing' a person to conduct a purchase of an app and an Android or Apple smart phone if one does not already possess such a device.

Previously people who required social security benefits did so through Centrelink, where a login with a username and password combination was obtained in order to access the services online.

People will be forced to use a 'myGov' login, through their smart phone, where the authentication method will not be a username/password combination, but rather a picture will be taken via the smart phone's front facing camera and checked via the state's driver licence authority's (, e.g. VicRoads), database in order to establish the identity of the user.

Naturally this technology will be 'marketed' as a safe and secure way to login into the system for the benefit of the user.

The taxation office will also have access to the state's licencing authority where any financial transactions are cross-referenced with other data, apparently to lessen fraud.

When it comes to the humble Australian passport, there was an option available not long ago to submit a form in paper format, but this is no longer available, where an online application is the only choice, but that will be trivial soon enough.

Unbeknown to Australian travellers, facial recognition software is being trialed currently on all persons travelling through airports, in order to fine tune its accuracy, where passports will be phased out fairly soon as mentioned by a source.

For obvious reasons, we cannot refer to any documentation or specific systems used.

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24 January 2019

Off target: Spotlight at DFO v plane owner lawsuit

Airports are constructed with a certain amount of area around the runways, which is deemed necessary in order for safe travel or in case  there is an emergency where an aeroplane  is not at risk if something has gone wrong, as seen in this picture below by the mapping authority of the day, Melway from 1966.

Town planning authorities are now flaunting previous 'best practices' policies or even changing law in order to make a buck or a few million, putting lives at risk in this case by allowing development of commercial shopping precinct on airport territory which in reality should have never been allowed.

Apparently Spotlight are seeking a lawsuit against the plane owner for compensation in ruined stock as seen in current public news media article by The Age publication.

If Victoria's  legal system allows this to occur, this will be an abuse of process of the Court, which is widely practiced in this state.

The real culprit is the town planning authority that signed off on this development.

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23 January 2019

Paedophile cop grooms teen in foster care

Key points:
  • Gopinath met the girl when she asked him for a ride home from the police station
  • He sent 146 messages to the girl over the course of a month
  • After the girl told another officer about Gopinath's behaviour, he claimed she was trying to blackmail him

Vikram Gopinath, 29, from Mildura, pleaded guilty to attempting to procure a child of 16 or 17 for sex and one charge of misconduct in public office.

The County Court heard that Gopinath had known the girl from when she was 13 years old and was aware of the girl's "vulnerability and susceptibilities".

The court heard she had a history of offending, had a difficult family situation and was a ward of the state.

"This was an aggravating feature," Judge Frank Gucciardo told him in sentencing.

The court heard the girl — known as N by the court — was at the Mildura Police Station in December 2016 and had asked Senior Constable Gopinath for a ride home.

When she got home, the court heard she sent him a note of thanks via Facebook Messenger.

The pair exchanged messages initially about the girl's troubles at home.

That escalated from "normal conversation to sexualised messages" the court heard.

The court heard on one occasion Gopinath arranged to pick her up around the corner from her foster home so as "not to alert" her carers.

On another, he told her to jump out the window to meet him.

He had asked her to send nude pictures of herself, and had sent a photo of himself in uniform taken from a low angle, saying "That is the view ur gunna have on ur knees baby ;)"

Girl reported messages after an argument

The court heard after Gopinath and N had an argument in January 2017, she sent him a text message.

"You lie about everything, I'm showing your work these photos," the message said.

The court heard the girl alerted another officer to the photos and when Gopinath was asked about them, he told the officer he had lost his phone.

The girl then contacted an off-duty officer claiming to have found the phone in a local mall.

The court heard Gopinath tried to turn the allegations back on the girl, and claimed she was trying to blackmail him.

"She tried to kiss me at one point, but I pushed her away," the court was told Gopinath had told other officers.

"I made it very clear I wanted to be friends, to help her with what she was going through."

Over a month-long period, the court heard Gopinath had sent 146 separate messages and had received more than 440 messages from the teenager.

The girl recorded 87 phone calls, some of which detailed the sexual activity.
"You lost sight of your position and age," Judge Gucciardo said.
"It is utterly reprehensible," Judge Gucciardo said of Gopinath's misconduct.

"When compounded by lies and untruths it is incomprehensible."

While Judge Frank Gucciardo acknowledged Gopinath had only kissed the girl, he said Gopinath had shown no insight into the impact the crime had on the teenage victim.

On the second charge of misconduct in public office, Gopinath was given a two-year corrections order.

Source: abc.net.au

22 January 2019

Police confiscate woman's phone send her private nude photos to their brethren

A former Sydney police officer is facing up to a year in jail after he took intimate images from an arrested woman's phone and sent them to fellow officers on Facebook.

Steven Albee, 29, was a senior constable working with the Nepean Police Area Command in the city's west, when he arrested the woman during a traffic stop in April 2017 after she refused a roadside drug test.

Police officer Steven Albee is facing jail time for sending a woman's nude photos to other police.Credit:James Alcock

The woman was taken back to the station and to police cells.

At the time of her arrest, the woman's phone was seized and it was examined using police investigative software.

The software generated a report which showed the phone contained four private photos: three depicting the woman's genitals, and one which showed her boyfriend's torso and penis.

Albee examined the photos at the police station then uploaded two to a Facebook group chat with four other serving police officers, which they used to chat while off-duty.

The photos were seen by all four officers and Albee informed them that the photos were of the woman who was arrested and had come from her phone.

Steven Albee leaves court on TuesdayCredit:James Alcock

The group chat was subsequently closed.

Officers from the Professional Standards Command began investigating the incident and spoke to the arrested woman, who confirmed the photos were for private use and she did not give permission for Albee to use them.

The woman said she was "upset and embarrassed" that the photos had been seen by other people.

Her boyfriend, who confirmed his photo was also for private use, said he was "angry and upset" by the situation.

In May 2018, Albee was charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend and was suspended with pay.  In court documents, his address was given as St Mary's police station.

On Tuesday, a NSW Police spokeswoman confirmed Albee is no longer employed by the organisation. It is understood his employment ceased in late 2018.
Albee briefly faced Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty and did not speak as he left the court with a man and a woman.

He faces a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment, a fine of $12,600, or both.

He is due to be sentenced on February 12.

Source: smh.com.au

Police try to cover up assault on woman doctor after they beat her up

A Melbourne doctor claims police threw her to the ground and punched her in the head after she tried to help a barely conscious and bleeding man who was surrounded by officers.

The Professional Standards Command is investigating the alleged assault of Kim Proudlove, who says she was punched and thrown by police when trying to help an injured man in Melbourne's CBD.

The doctor says police then attempted to cover up the assault.

Kim Proudlove, a slightly built stepmother of three who specialises in helping people with brain injuries, has spoken publicly for the first time about her encounter with police in Melbourne's CBD in April last year.

It comes after a joint investigation by The Age and ABC's 7.30 program revealed two other cases of alleged police brutality.

The first involved the wrongful arrest of an Aboriginal teenager, who claims he was handcuffed, thrown into a wooden fence and capsicum sprayed. The teenager says a policeman used water from a dog bowl to wash the capsicum spray from his face.

The second involved a policeman who kept his job and rank after slapping a shirtless, drunk disability pensioner in the head and hurling him to the ground in Geelong police station.

Dr Proudlove does not fit the profile of the vulnerable Victorians who are more likely to report a violent run-in with police.

 Dr Kim Proudlove went to help an injured man in Flinders Lane. But she claims police turned on her.Credit:Paul Jeffers

She is an experienced doctor with a track record of helping people in need, including those badly injured in traffic accidents.

Her confrontation with police began just after 9pm on April 22 in Flinders Lane when she noticed a man lying in the fetal position in a doorway, bleeding and barely conscious.

She says she approached the police officers standing around the injured man and introduced herself as a doctor able to provide aid.

“I was very concerned by the large pool of fresh blood, and that no one was attending to him,” she said. She claims the police told her to go away, that an ambulance had been called and that the man’s injuries were self-inflicted.

"I told them regardless of it being self-inflicted, the bleeding should be stopped with basic first aid while waiting for an ambulance. He wasn’t moving and wasn’t talking."

Dr Proudlove said after she insisted the man needed help, police officers shoved her against a wall. She began filming the police on her mobile phone and says one of the officers then attacked her.

“There was an older policeman that came towards me, violently threw me to the ground, put my hands behind my back, and repeatedly punched me in the head,” she has alleged.

“I kept asking them to stop and told them that they were hurting me. I had a police officer put his weight into the back of my knee which also was very painful. They handcuffed me then picked me up and took me to a police van and put me in the back.”

Police confiscated her phone but returned it to her in the back of the van, where Dr Proudlove discovered that the video she had recorded had been deleted. She filmed a fresh video recording her version of events.

After officers dropped her home in a police van, Dr Proudlove's husband raced her to hospital.

“My right ear needed tissue glue to close the wounds, I had a swollen and bruised lip, I had a bump on my head, my knee was extremely sore causing me to limp and I had multiple other bruises and abrasions all over my body ... I was also in shock.”

Medical scans confirmed that Dr Proudlove’s knee was badly damaged and she had suffered a fracture to her leg and an anterior cruciate ligament rupture.

Dr Proudlove complained to police’s Professional Standards Command about her treatment within hours of her ordeal. After this, she was told she was under criminal investigation for resisting arrest and could face serious charges.

In December, police told Dr Proudlove she would not be prosecuted.
In a statement, a police spokeswoman said the case was the subject of "an active Professional Standards Command investigation".

"The senior constable and sergeant involved in the alleged incident have been transferred to other duties while the investigation is taking place. We are unable to provide any further information as the investigation is ongoing," she said.

Dr Proudlove’s ordeal occurred just 19 days after The Age exposed a major police brutality scandal.

In April 2018, The Age revealed CCTV vision showing police officers assaulting a Melbourne disability pensioner during a mental health welfare check.

That footage led to the charging of several officers along with widespread calls for reform of the police complaints system, later backed by a Victorian parliamentary committee. At the time, police denied that reform was needed. The state government - wary of blow back from the powerful police union - stalled on its own plans for an overhaul.

On Monday, The Age revealed that a Victorian policeman had retained his job and rank despite being caught on CCTV footage assaulting a disability pensioner.

Images from CCTV footage showing the assault on 62-year-old Phil Dickson.

The CCTV footage shows Sergeant Michael Cooke repeatedly slap 62-year-old Phil Dickson in the back of the head and then throw him to the ground at Geelong police station in January 2013.

Mr Dickson, who did nothing to justify the use of force, was knocked unconscious and left bleeding. He was hospitalised after the attack.

The disability pensioner was arrested after police found him sitting in a parked car, four times over the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving. His drinking episode was prompted by his separation from his wife and, after his arrest and charging, Mr Dickson pleaded guilty to drink-driving and resisting arrest.

Sergeant Cooke pleaded guilty in the Geelong Magistrates Court to assaulting Mr Dickson.

The police sergeant was initially facing a more serious criminal charge of recklessly causing injury, but struck a plea deal with prosecutors to have the charge reduced in return for a guilty plea with no conviction.

After pleading guilty, Sergeant Cooke returned to the force from his paid suspension and faced an internal police disciplinary hearing in 2015.

The disciplinary hearing panel reviewed the damning CCTV footage of the assault, but decided against giving Sergeant Cooke a serious penalty. Instead, the panel placed him on a good behaviour order.

He remained a police officer until 2018, when he resigned.

Also among the latest disturbing cases is that of Tommy Lovett.

Mr Lovett was a skinny, baby-faced 18-year-old, riding a scooter to his grandmother’s home, when he was wrongly arrested in April 2016.

Police had earlier issued a description over the radio for a 40-year-old Aboriginal man with a goatee, who was wanted for stealing a vehicle and ramming it into a police car.

Mr Lovett was also dark skinned, but he had no goatee and had committed no crime.

The Age has uncovered police statements and diary notes that support Mr Lovett’s claim that he was hurled into a fence and assaulted while handcuffed.

But by the time officers were directed to continue the search for the actual suspect, Mr Lovett’s body was bruised, grazed and bleeding. A neighbour would later recall hearing him quietly sobbing on the footpath.

Police vehemently denied the claims and an internal investigation found nothing wrong with Mr Lovett’s arrest.