The infamous Commonwealth Bank concealed money laundering from pensioners like the Texas State Teachers Retirement Scheme says their class action law case brought by Mr Baron and Phi Finney McDonald against the CBA Bank of Australia . I'll be seeing the FBI office in the Embassy soon about the use of Gas Lighting that this Doctor Doherty went along with to get inside information on the investigations into the Commonwealth Bank.
Bank staff at the CBA in Box Hill and accountants (who are finally awaiting Sentencing because it was all true) used titles and fraud to raise money that went to casinos in Las Vegas. Lawyers - possibly in breach of trust accounting rules and ethics - paid bank mobile lenders in cars their "commission" for procuring funds with fraud on people. We think Racketeering laws were violated, and we think the racket includes every one who tried to spy on the investigations by the FBI into the Bank. Dr Doherty may have to answer some questions because, unless landlords in Australia are evicted, it looks like he was in on the use gas lighting to intimidate witnesses and to spy on the customers who were helping the FBI's side of the investigations. BankReformNow told Parliament that the cover ups by the Victorian Government's legal ethics board were extra ordinary.
No one is happy with the legal board's toothless inaction against these systemic crimes. $75 million was defrauded from customers. Were they protecting the criminals?
Everyone hopes that President Trump's Executive Orders to extradite defrauders of the elderly includes pensioners in the Texas State Teachers Retirement Scheme. More extraditions of high ranking bank officials and criminals and more forefeiture of ill gotten gains would be long overdue.
The new CEO of the Commonwealth Bank might find that his Bank is Ordered to pay restitution to all victims of international bank crime, and we hope that Dr Doherty's role in a cover up is fully exposed.
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During elections in Australia of anti-pedophiles and anti-coruption parliamentarians, Howard Bowles was warned to stop using pretences for criminals as he tried to get information on elections that were baced by billonaire donations thru the Clinton Global Initiative with John Podesta on consultancy agreements. Howard's enlightening tip offs were enlightening. He is named in Whistleblower Reports at the SEC regarding his intentions to 'violate the Economic Espionage Act". He may be a foreign official too with a mental aversion to Independent Parliamentarians who want a Royal Commission into things like the child traffickng and counterterrorism law violations that Austrac and US Pension Funds are suing FOS' CBA over. www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/upload...8/07/RussiansDNC.pdf
Decided on June 28, 2018 SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION First Judicial Department
John W. Sweeny, Jr.,Justice Presiding,
Dianne T. Renwick
Angela M. Mazzarelli
Anil C. Singh,Justices.
[*1]In the Matter of Keila D. Ravelo, an attorney and counselor-at-law: Attorney Grievance Committee for the First Judicial Department, Petitioner, Keila D. Ravelo, Respondent.
Disciplinary proceedings instituted by the Attorney Grievance Committee for the First Judicial Department. Respondent, Kaila D. Ravelo, was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York at a Term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the First Judicial Department on July 20, 1992.
Jorge Dopico, Chief Attorney, Attorney Grievance Committee, New York (Raymond Vallejo, of counsel), for petitioner.
Respondent pro se.
Respondent Keila D. Ravelo was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York by the First Judicial Department on July 20, 1992. At all times relevant to this proceeding, respondent maintained an office for the practice of law within the First Department.
In 2017, respondent was convicted, upon her plea of guilty, in the United States District [*2]Court for the District of New Jersey, of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in violation of 18 USC §§ 1343 and 1349, and tax evasion in violation of 26 USC § 7201. Respondent is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28, 2018.
Respondent's conviction stemmed from her involvement in a conspiracy with her husband by which she defrauded two law firms (where she was employed as a partner) along with a client of approximately $7.8 million by submitting false invoices for litigation support services purportedly rendered by two entities formed by respondent and her husband.
Now, the Attorney Grievance Committee (Committee) seeks an order striking respondent's name from the roll of attorneys, pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90(4)(a) and (b) and the Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters (22 NYCRR) § 1240.12(c)(1), on the grounds that she was convicted of a felony as defined by Judiciary Law § 90(4)(e), namely, conspiracy to commit wire fraud (18 USC §§ 1343 and 1349), and has therefore been automatically disbarred.
The Committee served respondent with its motion by mail, on consent, but she has not submitted a response.
The Committee's motion to strike respondent's name from the roll of attorneys should be granted.
Judiciary Law § 90(4)(a) authorizes automatic disbarment of an attorney convicted of a felony. Under this statute, a "felony" includes "any criminal offense classified as a felony under the laws of this state or any criminal offense committed in any other state, district, or territory of the United States and classified as a felony therein which if committed within this state, would constitute a felony in this state" (Judiciary Law § 90[e]). Thus, a federal felony conviction will result in automatic disbarment if an equivalent felony exists under New York law (Matter of Rosenthal, 64 AD3d 16, 18 [1st Dept 2009]).
For a determination that a federal felony has a New York analogy, the federal felony does not have to be a "mirror image" of a New York felony but must be "essentially similar" (Matter of Margiotta, 60 NY2d 147, 150 ). Thus, we must compare the applicable federal and state felony statutes, as well as look to our own precedent on this issue. If this initial analysis is inconclusive, "essential similarity" can be established by admissions made under oath during a plea allocution, read in conjunction with the indictment or information (see Matter of Adams, 114 AD3d 1, 2-3 [1st Dept 2013]; Matter of Lin, 110 AD3d 186, 187 [1st Dept 2013]; Matter of Sorin, 47 AD3d 1, 3 [1st Dept 2007]).
Automatic disbarment is warranted herein because respondent's federal conviction for conspiracy to commit wire fraud under 18 USC §§ 1343 and 1349, if committed in New York, would constitute the New York felony of scheme to defraud in the first degree (Penal Law § 190.65). Although conspiracy to commit wire fraud has no direct felony analogue under New York law (see Matter of Merker, 140 AD3d 1, 4 [1st Dept 2016]; Matter of Sorin, 47 AD3d at 3), admissions made by respondent as part of her written plea agreement and plea allocution, read in conjunction with the indictment to which she pled guilty, satisfy the elements of scheme to defraud in the first degree, a class E felony (Penal Law § 190.65).
The indictment to which respondent pled guilty alleged, in pertinent part:
" [v]endor 1' was a limited liability company formed by [respondent] and [her husband] in or about January 2008. From at least as early as in or about March 2008 through in or about October 2013, Vendor 1 purportedly provided millions of dollars in litigation support services to Law Firm 1 and Law Firm 2 for the benefit of Client 1 and received payments of more than $5,000,000 from Law Firm 1 and Law Firm 2 for these alleged services. Law Firm 1 and Law Firm 2, believing that Vendor 1 had provided the litigation support services, in turn, billed and were reimbursed by Client 1 in connection with these purported services. In reality, however, Vendor 1 provided no services to Law Firm 1 and Law Firm 2 for the benefit of Client 1 or otherwise. Moreover, the vast majority of the money that went into Vendor 1's bank account from Law Firm 1 and Law Firm 2 was either: (i) used directly to pay for [respondent's] and [her husband's] personal expenses, or (ii) wire transferred into [a] Joint Bank Account and then used to pay for [respondent's] and [her husband's] personal expenses or investments. At no time, however, did [respondent] disclose to Law Firm 1 or Law Firm 2 that she and [her husband] had [*3]a direct financial interest in Vendor 1."
It is undisputed that respondent engaged in substantially similar behavior for "vendor 2," a limited liability company formed by respondent and her husband, that provided services to Law Firm 2 from July 2011 through July 2014. As part of the conspiracy, respondent authorized payments from Law Firm 1 and Law Firm 2 to both vendors 1 and 2 falsely representing that these vendors provided certain services.
The indictment also alleged that:
"It was further part of the conspiracy that when questioned by Law Firm 2 about Vendor 2 invoices, [respondent], in order to cover up and enable the conspiracy to continue, provided Law Firm 2 with documents that [respondent] claimed were produced by Vendor 2, but which in fact [respondent] knew were not produced by Vendor 2 as [respondent] had obtained many if not all of those documents from an attorney at another law firm."
Through this conspiracy, respondent and her husband "fraudulently obtained approximately $7,800,000 from Law Firm 1, Law Firm 2, and Client 1." Respondent entered into a written plea agreement in which she admitted to conspiring to commit wire fraud and reaffirmed the admission during her plea allocution.Respondent's plea admissions, read in conjunction with the indictment to which she pled guilty, satisfy the elements of Penal Law § 190.65(1)(b) because respondent admitted that over a period of time she and her husband engaged in a systematic course of conduct by which they fraudulently obtained over $7 million from her former law firms and a client thereof.
Respondent failed to notify the Committee or this Court of her conviction as required by Judiciary Law § 90(4)(c) and 22 NYCRR 1240.12(a).
Respondent's admitted conduct corresponds to the New York felony of scheme to defraud in the first degree (Penal Law § 190.65); and, thus, is a proper predicate for automatic disbarment under Judiciary Law § 90(4)(b) and (e) and 22 NYCRR 1240.12(c)(1) (see e.g. Matter of Kuber, 151 AD3d 124 [1st Dept 2017]; Matter of Boden, 146 AD3d 69 [1st Dept 2017]; Matter of Feuer, 137 AD3d 78 [1st Dept 2016]).
The Committee's application is timely even though respondent has not yet been sentenced because she was automatically disbarred at the time of her guilty plea (see Matter of Lin, 110 AD3d at 188; Matter of Armenakis, 86 AD3d 205, 207 [1st Dept 2011]).
Accordingly, the Committee's motion should be granted and respondent's name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law in the State of New York, effective nunc pro tunc to November 20, 2017.
Order filed. June 28, 2018
Ordered that the petition is granted, and pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90(4)(b), respondent's name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law in the State of New York, nunc pro tunc to November 20, 2017.
Crain's says about the effects of Ohio v Amex www.crainscleveland.com/article/20180626...ations-beyond-credit. How did Howard Bowles know about the undercover operations and why did Jones complain that Bowles was tipiing off criminals tied to McTaggart and Mathew Stirling? Randal in the Supreme Court fired Glenn Hodges and Stirling from acting when he saw what what Mcgarvie Bowles and Stagliano were helping, and they weren't on the side of the Organised Crime Drugs Weapons and Terror Task Force OCDETF and US Treasury OFAC.
The SEC was aware that McGarvie and Shirley Joseph and Bowles and Stagliano intended to "violate the Economic Espionage Act" according to complaints in June and July '15 by customers like Elliot Sgargetta and Simon Woodfood. Nerida Wallace and the ethics advisers (now in their own firm ethics4lawyers) and the legal insurer knew. McGarvie enied knowing on his file LNQ 2015 13099 however The Hon Robert Clark knew before McGarvie went ahead and 'spied' on tthr arests of Ravelo. This is what the Retailers say about the effect on US consumers www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3829448
Judge Randall in Victoria "fired" Trevor McTaggart's legal team Barrister Stirling and Hibbert Hodges. Bowles is named in Whistleblower Reports that the Royal Commissiion and Austra and US Federal agencies has.
Attempts by Julie Bishop, Australia’s foreign minister, to besmirch the reputation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, has hit another obstacle with the arrest of Australia’s Crown Casino executives in China last October.
James Packer a ‘good friend’ of Julie Bishop a private guest of the Packers on a number of occasions is said by sources close to the Chinese authorities to also be a source of interest to China inspite of her position as the foreign minister of Australia.
The Chinese arrested, amongst others, Malaysian born Alfread Gomez, a Crown executive, is known to remain behind bars being interrogated in China on the offences of procuring clients for gambling in Macau and aiding in the commission of illegal activities including gambling (which is illegal in China) and money laundering.
Gomez and his fellow Crown executives currently in detention, in the interests of self preservation are said by friends in Malaysia to have sung like canaries in detention.
A couple of the detainees in last year’s raid in China are known to have been “released on bail” a method the Chinese often use to track down associates that have escaped their dragnet the first time round.
It is widely believed that some of Crown’s board including a former government minister under the Howard government is also, according to sources close to the Chinese government, on the radar of Chinese authorities and being closely monitored by them.
The former Howard government minister and other members of Crown’s board are said to have been compromised by Chinese agents some time before the raids.
The Chinese are believed to have built up large personal dossiers on each of the Australian government officials who have worked with or assisted others in their breaches of Chinese anti-gambling and anti money laundering laws.
A source close to Gomez’s family has also confirmed that high level corruption in Australia involving the gaming industry as a trap and conduit extends to Australian judges, diplomats, the police forces, individual politicians and by association both major political parties of Australia.
A Malaysian official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the statement by Julie Bishop last August about her concerns about corruption allegations against the Malaysian government and its prime minister were not responded to by Putrajaya because officials in Putrajaya knew much more about the illicit activities of Australian government and many of its top officials than what people like Julie Bishop claimed to know about the Malaysians.
And the advice to officials in Puterajaya was not to respond or to say anything publicly about Julie Bishop or anyone else pointing fingers at Malaysia.
Operation Fox Hunt, the Xie Jin Peng government’s worldwide drag net to entrap and return to the mainland corrupt officials assisted by the likes of Crown Casino and its political connections in Australia is said to be paying significant dividends to the Chinese government.
Additionally it is also said that the connection between big business and Australian politicians is something Chinese intelligence have known about for some time.
Chinese money laundering is widespread in Australia according to the source.
Most money laundering in Australia is conducted through the purchase of real estate at highly inflated prices with the assistance of Australian government agencies who often turn the other way and Australian banks who facilitate the conveyance of large sums of money illegally siphoned out of China using fake invoices, banking and financial instruments often aided indirectly by Australian government agencies.
The threat of the death penalty if found guilty on return to China is an excuse that Australia has used effectively to provide refuge from the law for Chinese citizens suspected of laundering large sums of money taken out of Chinese government institutions illegally by corrupt Chinese officials.
Australian law prohibits Australia’s government agencies returning anyone regardless of their crime to a capital punishment jurisdiction.
An ABC Four Corners programme which was aired in Australian on the night of 6 March 2017 has identified part of a very large problem which has undermined the credibility of the Australian government, the integrity of its immigration and financial system.
It possibly has also raised concerns about high level corruption in Australian government from its close association to the large corporate sector much of it never reported widely within Australia.
Malaysian police sources have identified a number of triad syndicates running junkets that have successfully targeted high profile lawyers, judges and politicians in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales on whom they rely favours for.
The stench of corruption in judges and politicians has heated up in recent months with revelations by notorious Russian hacker Alexei Kuznetsov who hacked into the personal and private emails and phones of Queensland judges, politicians, lawyers and businessmen threatening to drip feed of the information through the dark web and social media.
As the heat on corruption in Australia is turned up, no one it seems is game enough to explain why and under what authority the Australian governments of the Gillard, Rudd and Abbott era over the past decade donated between US$88,000,000 to $340,000,000 to Hillary Clinton’s Global Initiative (CGI).
The CGI it has been reported was a private foundation and a pay to play scheme run by the Clintons to fund Hillary Clinton’s failed tilt at the US presidency.
Email inquiries and requests for more information to government agencies and members of parliament in Australia has been met by a stony silence from both sides of parliament.
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Bank Reform Now Narev won't be too happy today ... and neither will Thorburn >> www.smh.com.au/.../comminsure-is-like-an-episode...
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Bank Reform Now Andrew - how likely is it that Americans can rise up and demand real reforms to the corrupt / criminal system that has been imposed upon them?
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Andrew Reagan I have my doubts. A lot of distractions both with nonsense. However we have seen a surge in protests nothing like we had during Nam but there's been protest by the new man in charge as it pertains to his treatment and comments about women and him being buddy buddy with the fossil fuels industry and him signing off on the OK to build the pipeline through native American reservation. You know the place where they were forcefully relocated to during the 1800s? So it's possible we will see a raise up but I still have my doubts. Good thing is some too big to fail institutions withdrew financial support for the pipeline. Because they had angry customers. Which is baby steps but definitely a start. Long way to go. Must remain on top of these situations. A lot of corruption in a lots of sectors all at once. It's a mess.
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Bank Reform Now Andrew - keep in touch - we are working on something that might catch on in the States. It's a three step reform program which packs a punch that supports people getting a fair go. Our rulers won't like .... as we say over here "tough luck..!!"
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Hope Smith This is the first article in years that has mentioned the crooked dealings of RAMS/WESTPAC! Grateful the crooks are under the spotlight finally! Bring on those jail terms!
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 09, 2017
Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking
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ENFORCING FEDERAL LAW WITH RESPECT TO TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS AND PREVENTING INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Purpose. Transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including transnational drug cartels, have spread throughout the Nation, threatening the safety of the United States and its citizens. These organizations derive revenue through widespread illegal conduct, including acts of violence and abuse that exhibit a wanton disregard for human life. They, for example, have been known to commit brutal murders, rapes, and other barbaric acts.
These groups are drivers of crime, corruption, violence, and misery. In particular, the trafficking by cartels of controlled substances has triggered a resurgence in deadly drug abuse and a corresponding rise in violent crime related to drugs. Likewise, the trafficking and smuggling of human beings by transnational criminal groups risks creating a humanitarian crisis. These crimes, along with many others, are enriching and empowering these organizations to the detriment of the American people.
A comprehensive and decisive approach is required to dismantle these organized crime syndicates and restore safety for the American people.
Sec. 2. Policy. It shall be the policy of the executive branch to:
(a) strengthen enforcement of Federal law in order to thwart transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including criminal gangs, cartels, racketeering organizations, and other groups engaged in illicit activities that present a threat to public safety and national security and that are related to, for example:
(i) the illegal smuggling and trafficking of humans, drugs or other substances, wildlife, and weapons;
(ii) corruption, cybercrime, fraud, financial crimes, and intellectual-property theft; or
(iii) the illegal concealment or transfer of proceeds derived from such illicit activities.
(b) ensure that Federal law enforcement agencies give a high priority and devote sufficient resources to efforts to identify, interdict, disrupt, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including through the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of members of such organizations, the extradition of members of such organizations to face justice in the United States and, where appropriate and to the extent permitted by law, the swift removal from the United States of foreign nationals who are members of such organizations;
(c) maximize the extent to which all Federal agencies share information and coordinate with Federal law enforcement agencies, as permitted by law, in order to identify, interdict, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations;
(d) enhance cooperation with foreign counterparts against transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including, where appropriate and permitted by law, through sharing of intelligence and law enforcement information and through increased security sector assistance to foreign partners by the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security;
(e) develop strategies, under the guidance of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, to maximize coordination among agencies -- such as through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), Special Operations Division, the OCDETF Fusion Center, and the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center -- to counter the crimes described in subsection (a) of this section, consistent with applicable Federal law; and
(f) pursue and support additional efforts to prevent the operational success of transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations within and beyond the United States, to include prosecution of ancillary criminal offenses, such as immigration fraud and visa fraud, and the seizure of the implements of such organizations and forfeiture of the proceeds of their criminal activity.
Sec. 3. Implementation. In furtherance of the policy set forth in section 2 of this order, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence, or their designees, shall co-chair and direct the existing interagency Threat Mitigation Working Group (TMWG), which shall:
(a) work to support and improve the coordination of Federal agencies' efforts to identify, interdict, investigate, prosecute, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations within and beyond the United States;
(b) work to improve Federal agencies' provision, collection, reporting, and sharing of, and access to, data relevant to Federal efforts against transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations;
(c) work to increase intelligence and law enforcement information sharing with foreign partners battling transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, and to enhance international operational capabilities and cooperation;
(d) assess Federal agencies' allocation of monetary and personnel resources for identifying, interdicting, and dismantling transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, as well as any resources that should be redirected toward these efforts;
(e) identify Federal agencies' practices, any absence of practices, and funding needs that might hinder Federal efforts to effectively combat transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations;
(f) review relevant Federal laws to determine existing ways in which to identify, interdict, and disrupt the activity of transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, and ascertain which statutory authorities, including provisions under the Immigration and Nationality Act, could be better enforced or amended to prevent foreign members of these organizations or their associates from obtaining entry into the United States and from exploiting the United States immigration system;
(g) in the interest of transparency and public safety, and in compliance with all applicable law, including the Privacy Act, issue reports at least once per quarter detailing convictions in the United States relating to transnational criminal organizations and their subsidiaries;
(h) to the extent deemed useful by the Co-Chairs, and in their discretion, identify methods for Federal agencies to coordinate, as permitted by law, with State, tribal, and local governments and law enforcement agencies, foreign law enforcement partners, public-health organizations, and non-governmental organizations in order to aid in the identification, interdiction, and dismantling of transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations;
(i) to the extent deemed useful by the Co-Chairs, and in their discretion, consult with the Office of National Drug Control Policy in implementing this order; and
(j) within 120 days of the date of this order, submit to the President a report on transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including the extent of penetration of such organizations into the United States, and issue additional reports annually thereafter to describe the progress made in combating these criminal organizations, along with any recommended actions for dismantling them.
Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
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February 9, 2017
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President Donald Trump says he will bring the "full force and weight" of the U.S. government to combat an "epidemic" of human trafficking.
The president is meeting at the White House with senior advisers and representatives of organizations that deal with trafficking. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, is among those in attendance.
Trump calls human trafficking a problem that is "not talked about enough." He says he will order the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to take a hard look at the resources they are devoting to addressing the issue.
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Nationals fume as One Nation wins rural bank inquiry
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Senator Pauline Hanson has won a deal for a Senate inquiry into rural banks.
Senator Pauline Hanson has won a deal for a Senate inquiry into rural banks. Andrew Meares
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The federal Nationals are fuming over a deal in which Pauline Hanson's One Nation will chair a parliamentary inquiry into the lending practices of banks to farmers.
The Nationals lashed out on Thursday, saying they were sick of being traded off against other third parties without consultation, as they were with the Palmer UnitedParty in the last term of Parliament.
The Senate Select Committee into Lending to Primary Production Customers was promised to Senator Hanson when she and her team first met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in July last year.
Senator Hanson had demanded a royal commission into the banks but Mr Turnbull talked her out of it, saying a Senate inquiry would be quicker.
A One Nation spokesman insisted the promise was not in return for the minor party's support for any piece of legislation.
He said either Senator Hanson or Senator Malcolm Roberts will chair the committee, which will seek to call bank executives.
High bank discontent
Senator Roberts is no friend of the banks. He belonged to the international Galileo Movement and contends that international bankers are surreptitiously trying to gain global control through environmentalism.
The Nationals, who are under threat from One Nation, especially in rural Queensland where discontent with the banks is high, feel they have been undercut by their Coalition colleagues in their own constituency.
When the Senate voted on Thursday to establish the select committee, Queensland Liberal-National Senator Barry O'Sullivan boycotted the vote.
He, like his colleagues, believes One Nation will use the committee to steal the credit for the work that has already been done by the Nationals.
"The National Party has made no secret of the fact that we have been working long and hard on the issues surrounding debt loads and banking regulations in the rural sector," he told The Australian Financial Review.
"I consider this matter to be one of our most important 'bread and butter' issues we deal with in this Parliament. Good public policy takes time and there is significant work that goes on behind closed doors.
"I do not believe my government should support a new inquiry that allows the crossbench to jeopardise the work of the National Party."
Mr O'Sullivan suggested One Nation was given the committee in return for passing legislation, saying there was no problem with Mr Turnbull "reaching sensible agreements" to secure the passage of bills.
"But I believe Liberal Party ministers should first consult the National Party Senate team before doing any deals with the crossbench on issues that are traditional, National Party heartland matters," he said.
NSW Nationals senator John Williams, who has devoted his political career to hounding the banks, is believed to be similarly aggrieved. He intents to sit on the committee and fly the flag for hs party.
The banking industry, under constant threat of a royal commission and ever-increasing government regulation, is watching the inquiry nervously.
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Banking Royal Commission a Shorten ‘tyre pumping’ exercise
16 February 2017by Mike Taylor | 0 Comments
The Federal Treasurer claims the major beneficiary of a Royal Commission into the banking and financial services industry would be Federal Opposition leader, Bill Shorten.
The Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison has continued to deflect calls for a Royal Commission into the banking and financial services industry claiming it would only serve to "pump up the tyres" of Federal Opposition leader, Bill Shorten.
Speaking on television, Morrison argued that the Government's responses in the form of a Parliamentary Committee review, better resourcing of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the involvement of the Small Business Commissioner were more effective than a Royal Commission.
"I think we have already seen from the Government's response, which has been significant, we have increased the resources for ASIC, we have increased the powers for ASIC, we have ensured that there is a greater transparency and accountability through the process with the House of Representatives Standing Committee," he said.
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Morrison said the Government also already had underway a review about more cost effective, affordable dispute resolution for bank customers along with the Small Business Commissioner working over many problematic cases.
"Now, why have I gone through all of that? Because that is actually getting outcomes for the concerns of people who have genuine issues with the banking sector," the Treasurer said.
"What a Royal Commission does is pump Bill Shorten's tyres up but doesn't give anybody anything if at all for years. So, that is a political exercise for a political hack."
"What we are doing is focusing on delivering real changes and on top of that we have seen banks respond themselves with their six points which they have been working through," the Treasurer said.