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Five pillars of financial crime (part 1)

May 4, 2019 - 16:00 -- Admin

By Dr George Venturini   Five pillars of financial crime On 5 May 2014 ABC TV Four Corners, in conjunction with Fairfax journalists, broadcast an exposé of a sales-driven ‘culture’ within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia financial planning division, which was described as profit at all cost. (A. Ferguson, ‘Banking bad’, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 5 May…

John Lords Election Diary No 10: No policies so let’s talk about the climate and money

May 4, 2019 - 06:00 -- Admin

Saturday 4 May 2019 Thursday 2 May 2019 – The fools are at it again  ”In terms of the environment, I wonder what price the people of tomorrow will pay for the stupidity of today” JL 1 Yes, I am still repeating it. Labor wanted this election to be about the environment and Climate Change.…

Who do you trust?

May 3, 2019 - 10:20 -- Admin

As they wander round in their high-vis vests, shearing sheep, drinking beer, kicking footballs, and joining in the factory production line, Coalition politicians keep asking us “who do you trust” as part of their determined attempt to cast Bill Shorten as untrustworthy. As a measure of their judgement, it’s perhaps more informative to ask who…


May 1, 2019 - 18:31 -- Admin

By Keith Antonysen I went to a Forum last night featuring candidates for the upcoming election. On leaving the Forum, I pondered on where the PHON candidate had obtained his information from in relation to climate change? Pauline Hanson had made a comment earlier about dinosaurs proving that climate change science is wrong. While directed…

The restoration of malpractice (part 4)

May 1, 2019 - 16:00 -- Admin

By Dr George Venturini    On 5 May 2015 The (Melbourne) Age reported that A.N.Z. would reimburse $30 million for miscalculated interest on credit card cash advances, affecting millions of customers. On 25 May 2015 A.S.I.C. banned a former representative of Macquarie Equities Limited after he engaged in unauthorised discretionary trading on his clients’ accounts…

Better economic managers, keeping us safe, lower taxes – a mantra with no basis in reality

May 1, 2019 - 13:27 -- Admin

Scott Morrison’s campaigning revolves around very little aside from photo shoots, attacking Bill Shorten, and making announcements about money in marginal seats. He tells us they are better economic managers which might sound true if you were a large corporation or a rich individual.  Their wealth has certainly increased. But to the more than three…

John Lord’s election diary No 9. With just 18 days to go I refuse to believe Newspoll

May 1, 2019 - 06:00 -- Admin

Wednesday 1 May 2019 Monday 29 April 2019 1 “The Australian” published its latest polling results 51/49 to Labor. To gain a better understanding of what the results mean you would be well advised to read the analysis of William Bowe at the Poll Bludger. His most important words are his very last. “The bottom…

Doubts at the NSA: Shelving a Mass Surveillance Program

April 30, 2019 - 22:11 -- Admin

Earlier this year, Luke Murry, national security adviser for Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, revealed that the National Security Agency had been averse over the last six months to using the phone surveillance program that hoovers information from millions of US phone calls and text messages. This was hardly a comforting point; the issue…