Health Minister David Davis in trouble


This better not be true, please, can we take any more, bloody snouts in the trough will be taken to a new level!

Health Minister David Davis faces accusations 500 Club paid $130,000 legal bills

Health Minister David Davis faces accusations 500 Club paid $130,000 legal bills


THE future of Health Minister David Davis is under a cloud after allegations the fundraising arm of the Liberal Party is paying his legal bills.

Explosive claims in parliament today that secret funds were funnelled to Premier Ted Baillieu‘s chief of staff Michael Kapel to cover the bills sent MPs into a tailspin.

Parliament descended into uproar with Question Time suspended for 20 minutes and a motion of dissent brought against Speaker Ken Smith after he repeatedly blocked the Opposition‘s questions on the issue.

The $129,658.95 legal bill from Piper Alderman seen by the Herald Sun was sent on April 6 to the Liberal 500 Club – an exclusive group of party heavyweights.

The invoice which is more than 60 days overdue names Mr Kapel as the person of contact.

The bill originated after a bitter legal battle Mr Davis took against former Labor Party state secretary Stephen Newnham.

When asked in parliament if any members had gained a personal benefit from party funds Mr Davis said he did not know because he did not administer the 500 Club.

When asked he had personally benefited by receiving party funds he replied: “I don’t believe I have.”

But when challenged by Opposition spokesman for scrutiny of government Martin Pakula that his legal bills had been paid for by secret party payments he said: “I am confident that nothing has been donated by the 500 Club to me that would compromise my role as a Minister.”

Last year, Mr Davis was forced to make an unreserved apology to Mr Newnham as part of a confidential settlement of defamation case brought by the former ALP state secretary.

The libel action stemmed from a 2009 press release in which Mr Davis accused Mr Newnham of acting corruptly in his dealings with Brimbank Council.

The 500 Club charges an annual fee of $1380 for membership and promotes that it gives members regular access to politicians.

Earlier today, the Treasurer Kim Wells defended an appearance at an exclusive Liberal Party breakfast by the 500 Club claiming it was a break-even event, not a fundraiser.

Premier Ted Baillieu told ministers in February they should not attend fundraisers until a ministerial code of conduct was released.

The Opposition said Mr Wells’ appearance this morning at the 500 Club’s post-budget breakfast breached that pledge.

The fact is there are people inside who have paid a large membership fee to be able to attend this, well over $1000, and there are others that are paying to attend the breakfast. It’s clearly a fundraiser,” Opposition spokesman on scrutiny of government Martin Pakula said.

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Man arrested fudging 67,541fines


UPDATE 5.45pm: The security of Victoria’s traffic infringement record system has been breached with the records of almost 70,000 infringements notices allegedly tampered with by a former employee of the company contracted to manage the data.

We know they snap us, but what is going on?

Detectives from Vicpol’s high-tech E-Crime squad yesterday arrested a 36-year-old Craigieburn man after unauthorised changes were made to the date, time and speed of internal records of 67,541 infringement notices.

Police said the changes were made after the infringements notices were issued and no motorists received the incorrect information

“The data changes have had no impact on any infringement issued in relation to the speed or red light camera system. No infringements have been issued to motorists with incorrect data and there is no ongoing impact to any infringements to be issued,” a police statement said.

The data changes were allegedly made over a three week period between February and March this year by an employee of the company contracted by Vicpol to handle infringement notice data.

All original data remains within systems and the modifications to data were picked up by internal systems and staff alerted police who began an immediate investigation.

The Craigieburn man who is no longer with the company has been released pending further investigation.

The investigation is continuing and he may face charges of unauthorised modification of data under the Crimes Act.

Police Minister Peter Ryan late today stressed the notices were all accurate by the time they were issued.

“I am advised that the infringement notices in question were accurate at the time they were issued.

“Any changes allegedly made by this individual occurred after the infringement notices were issued and were subsequently corrected to reflect the original offence.

“There is an internal review system currently in place for those wishing to appeal infringement notices.”

Another way to suck you in, check these out…

On paid time, certainly NOT catching speeding drivers

A Bit of solar power? for what, catching drivers, sneaky bastards

Here is a speed camera hidden amongst one of those traffic counter units...Just another way to suck you in!

Nixon going into rehab-Stands down as manager


As I reported here yesterday afternoon, Ricky Nixon has finally admitted to a drug problem and is going into rehab, standing down from all duties whilst an investigation takes place into his actions…

One day you're going to get with your pants down...

DISGRACED AFL player manager Ricky Nixon is taking an indefinite break to deal with a substance abuse problem in a rehabilitation clinic.

Nixon, who is embroiled in a sex and drugs scandal involving a 17-year-old girl, issued a statement tonight saying:

“After 20 years involvement in player management, I am now taking an indefinite break to deal with a number of personal health issues. It is important for both my own health and wellbeing and that of my family to do so immediately.

“I have returned to Australia having spent the last two weeks overseas, where I had the opportunity to seek help for my personal issues. With the understanding and support of family and close friends, I have decided that I will go to a rehabilitation clinic to seek treatment for a substance problem that has impacted on my life and my decision-making, particularly over the last eight weeks.

“Given recent events and with the encouragement of friends, I believe it is the right time for me to seek help, counselling and appropriate treatment.

“While overseas, I have been in contact with the AFLPA and have stated that I will cooperate fully with the investigation currently being undertaken by David Galbally QC. I stand by my original statement in relation to this matter.

“I am so lucky to have the support of my employees and the players that I manage and while I know this time has not been easy for them I think it is important for both staff and players at Flying Start that I immediately relinquish all responsibilities and activities a player manager would normally undertake.

“I have full faith in the staff at Flying Start to operate as usual without my involvement.

“As someone who has been involved in the football industry for more than 30 years I understand the interest in this story but I do ask for the privacy needed to be able to undertake clinical treatment without the intrusion of the media. I also ask that the media leaves my family, friends, staff and players alone. I know these events have caused them enough distress.

“I would like to thank people for the enormous amount of support I have had both here and overseas. This is a significant challenge and one that I am committed to get through and coming out a better person. I would like to sincerely apologise to everyone for the impact caused by these recent events.”

Nixon to stand down-Going into rehab-Statement issued tonight


Well tonight gets a little interesting, Ricky Nixon is on his was back to Australia tonight, the word is he will be going into hiding whilst making arrangements to go into a clinic for what we now call “Personal Issues”

He would not be a cocaine freak would he, snorting way back longer than before Carey was caught??? I wonder.

Anyway watch 60 Minutes tonight on Channel Nine, the Dickileaks girl will be fully identified in a story with Liz Hayes…Expect Nixon to start back peddling this week!

One other thing, would it be cynical of me to suggest he escaped overseas to get drugs out of his system do you think readers?

UPDATE TONIGHT 7TH MATCH 2011

Well I was spot on the money yesterday.here is Statement Ricky Nixon Issued tonight…

DISGRACED AFL player manager Ricky Nixon is taking an indefinite break to deal with a substance abuse problem in a rehabilitation clinic.

Nixon, who is embroiled in a sex and drugs scandal involving a 17-year-old girl, issued a statement tonight saying:

“After 20 years involvement in player management, I am now taking an indefinite break to deal with a number of personal health issues. It is important for both my own health and wellbeing and that of my family to do so immediately.

“I have returned to Australia having spent the last two weeks overseas, where I had the opportunity to seek help for my personal issues. With the understanding and support of family and close friends, I have decided that I will go to a rehabilitation clinic to seek treatment for a substance problem that has impacted on my life and my decision-making, particularly over the last eight weeks.

“Given recent events and with the encouragement of friends, I believe it is the right time for me to seek help, counselling and appropriate treatment.

“While overseas, I have been in contact with the AFLPA and have stated that I will cooperate fully with the investigation currently being undertaken by David Galbally QC. I stand by my original statement in relation to this matter.

“I am so lucky to have the support of my employees and the players that I manage and while I know this time has not been easy for them I think it is important for both staff and players at Flying Start that I immediately relinquish all responsibilities and activities a player manager would normally undertake.

“I have full faith in the staff at Flying Start to operate as usual without my involvement.

“As someone who has been involved in the football industry for more than 30 years I understand the interest in this story but I do ask for the privacy needed to be able to undertake clinical treatment without the intrusion of the media. I also ask that the media leaves my family, friends, staff and players alone. I know these events have caused them enough distress.

“I would like to thank people for the enormous amount of support I have had both here and overseas. This is a significant challenge and one that I am committed to get through and coming out a better person. I would like to sincerely apologise to everyone for the impact caused by these recent events.”

STAY TUNED I WILL POST VIDEO FROM TONIGHTS 60 MINUTES SHOW TONIGHT


Ricky hopping into bed way over the on the wall side.Why do that?

One day you're going to get with your pants down...

RICKY Nixon has failed to turn up at work as the scandal surrounding his relationship with a schoolgirl escalated.

The troubled AFL player manager returned last night from two weeks in the UK, avoiding the scandal surrounding his alleged affair with the 17-year-old girl who released explicit photos of AFL St Kilda players last year.

On the same night, the girl was interviewed on the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes program, giving more details of her alleged involvement with Nixon and St Kilda players.

After assurances it would be “business as usual” today despite the continuing scandal, Nixon failed to turn up at work this morning.

Staff at Nixon’s Flying Start office in Melbourne said their boss would not be returning to work at the Docklands Stadium office this morning.

While Nixon reportedly told Fairfax media yesterday he would be returning to work at the Flying Start office today, staff there have told reporters their boss will not be coming in.

He said he had spoken to Nixon but there would be no further comment on his whereabouts.

Also this morning, AFL boss Andrew Demetriou says he was aware the “St Kilda schoolgirl” was probably lying about falling pregnant to Saints star Sam Gilbert.

The Frankston 17-year-old made the stunning admission she fabricated the pregnancy tale to Channel 9 show 60 Minutes, and later apologised to Gilbert.

In an interview this morning, Demetriou revealed he knew the story was likely to be fake but chose not to speak about it publicly.

“I was led to believe through some of our other investigations that that may have been the case,” he told radio station 3AW.

“There have been a number of situations where this girl has said things that have proven to be incorrect. There are many things we could have said, but we’ve chosen out of respect to her welfare not to comment.”

Asked why she lied, the girl told 60 Minutes it was for attention.

“I really can’t answer that,” she said.

“I honestly don’t know why I said it. What can I say, I was 16, um, stupid, immature little teenager.”

The girl, who is now 17, said she only owed Gilbert an apology.

“It was one of the biggest mistakes of my life.

I don’t think I owe anyone an apology other than Sam, so, yeah.”

In an email, sent after the Herald Sun broke the story about their “inappropriate dealings” on February 19, Nixon allegedly talks about reigniting their relationship and prompts her to issue a statement denying they ever had sex.

In it he allegedly tells her to say: “I want to clear the air about what happened that night in my hotel room.

“To put on the record that there was no sex and no drug taking.

When I told people that I’d been having sex with him I never dreamt that it would get the coverage that it has I then put together a video that gives the impression that we had sex and drugs.” The program identified her, but The Advertiser has chosen not to.

In text messages Nixon also allegedly wrote: “We will need to plan our relationship carefully but I will definately (sic) give it a go so long as we dont film or tape each other and u (sic) have amazing sex at least twice a day.”

And: “Your choice if you dont do it not only will there be no future for us but youlll (sic) have 100s of people associated with me who will want revenge on you and that will be with you for the rest of your life.”

Late last night the Herald Sun learned Nixon was vacillating and may not want to step down as a player manager, but would only do so if people close to him believed it to be the best option.

It was reported on Nine News last night Nixon would enter a clinic for professional help for “personal problems” and he planned to stand down.

Nixon has, however, told friends this won’t be the case.

A close associate said last night Nixon had assessed his future while in London and, despite having “ups and downs”, he was in good spirits.

The friend said Nixon had several decisions to make, personally and professionally.

“I know he is looking at all options,” the friend said.

Nixon flew overseas last week as the storm over his “inappropriate dealings” with the girl escalated.

He was set to travel to Ireland to meet business commitments but it is understood he spent most of his fortnight overseas in London.

The girl, who at the weekend was staying at a five-star Melbourne hotel, is not permitted to speak for a week under her contract with Channel 9.

It is understood she was paid a five-figure sum for the interview.

The Herald Sun witnessed phone calls and texts from the powerful player agent to the girl in the days after he was questioned by the newspaper about the nature of relationship with her.

There is a ban in place to stop the teen and Mr Nixon making contact.

Legal experts also say he could face serious charges if he is found to have had a sexual relationship with the teen.

Victoria Police, however, will not reveal whether they will investigate Mr Nixon’s alleged sexual relationship with the girl.

“All matters surrounding Ricky Nixon and a 17-year old Karingal girl are currently under investigation and at this stage Victoria Police has no further comment to make on those matters,” a spokeswoman said.

Barrister David Galbally QC, who is conducting an investigation into Mr Nixon’s conduct on behalf of the AFLPA, wants to interview the 47-year-old this week.

Bushfire Con Artists Sally Lynch, Carmel Begun jailed


Disgusting low life Bushfire victim fraudsters Sally Lynch, 56, and Carmel Begun, 69, jailed…Big deal you think?  How many rorted the generosity of Aussie’s and the government and have not been caught by the free and easy set-up that allowed these thieves to steal multiple claims, many many times, over and over again. Yet others,  many many months later, are stuck, entwined in red tape trying to get their lives in order??? These bloody women after stealing from bushfire victims will go to jail and yet again live the free life at our expense…Does that piss you off ?

It damn well annoys the crap out of me, they barely got 6 months each. Poor bloody pensioners will probably never pay it back when they get out either, getting back on the dole or pension down the road…

OPINIONS more than welcome

Sally Lynch, bushfire victims fraudster

Sally Lynch, poor unfortunate smackhead thief of Bushfire funds

TWO women were jailed today for ripping off $60,000 in Commonwealth emergency assistance meant for Black Saturday bushfire victims.

Judge Roy Punshon told Sally Lynch, 56, and Carmel Begun, 69, emergency funds for people whose lives were devastated by bushfires depended on a high degree of public trust.

The County Court judge said the pair created a number of fictitious identities to scam the funds and exploited the fact that little or no identification was required from people who had lost everything.

“Both of you capitalised on this,” he said.

He jailed Lynch, of Sandringham, who was the instigator of the thefts, for 13 months and Begun, of Port Melbourne, for six months. Disgusting and totally insufficient for their crimes…Is this what the community expects?

Judge Punshon said he took into account that both women had multiple health problems and both had been addicted to heroin for most of their adult lives.

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The court previously heard the women attended the Whittlesea recovery centre and Centrelink offices to claim emergency payments ranging from $1000 to more than $5000 at a time.

The Commonwealth disaster recovery payments were made available to survivors immediately after the fires, which claimed 173 lives.

Lynch pleaded guilty to nine charges of dishonestly obtaining Commonwealth property and three charges of attempting to obtain Commonwealth property.

The total she obtained was $29,074.

Begun pleaded guilty to four counts of dishonestly obtaining Commonwealth property and one count of theft.

The total she obtained was $31,796.

Judge Punshon said Lynch had a successful production career in television, working on The Sullivans and Sons and Daughters but had to move to Sydney to escape her drug problems.

When she returned to Melboure she became pregnant at the age of 44 but her daughter died five years ago of leukemia.

The judge said Begun had chronic lung disease and heart problems after an addiction to heroin dating back to her early 20s and her life expectancy was two to five years. Who gives a shit, we all have problems…

Earlier Court hearings revealed from 24/02/11

Addicts rorted bushfire fund

February 24, 2011

Two elderly heroin addicts stole just over $60,000 from Centrelink by falsely claiming they were victims of the 2009 Victorian Black Saturday bushfires, a court has heard.

Sally Frances Lynch, 56, of Sandringham and Carmel Begun, 69, of Port Melbourne kept a dossier of addresses in Kinglake, Pheasant Creek and Kinglake West as well as bank account details, benefit payment dates and the location of several Centrelink offices so that they could “keep their story straight” with Centrelink.

The friends are now liable to repay about $30,000 each to Centrelink, the Victorian County Court was told.

Lynch pleaded guilty to nine counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception, and three counts of attempting to dishonestly obtain property by deception while Begun pleaded guilty to four counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception and one count of theft.

Judge Roy Punshon was told this morning that Lynch and Begun falsely told Centrelink on several occasions that they were victims of the bushfires.

Prosecutor Andrew Sprague said they told officers that their homes had been destroyed or damaged or that they were unable to work because of bushfire damage, the court heard.

Lynch and Begun successfully applied for a one-off $1000 payment as well as the Income Recovery Subsidy Assistance at several Centrelink offices including Cheltenham, Darebin, Port Melbourne and at the Whittlesea Recovery Centre, as well as over the phone.

Mr Sprague said the subsidy assistance was an ex-gratia payment to help employees, farmers and small business operators who lost income directly from the bushfires.

Centrelink later made checks of its books, and found that several payments that Begun and Lynch had applied for were being paid to similar bank accounts. The two friends used false names for each payment. In total, Begun dishonestly obtained $31,796.72 and Lynch obtained $29,074.52.

Mr Sprague said that when interviewed by federal police officers, Begun said that she used the money to buy heroin to which she has been addicted for 40 years.

Lynch said she used the money to support her daily heroin habit.

Mr Sprague said that Begun told police that she didn’t usually commit crime to support her drug habit, but when it was suggested how easy it would be to get the money, she used more and more heroin as she got more money.

The plea hearing continues.

And here is the sweet old lady, Carmel Begun, fighting to save the trees…. (her photo is above, I have not added the story pic here, to protect the other innocent residents)

ANGRY Port Melbourne residents are demanding Port Phillip Council scrap plans to chop down 19 trees in their street.

A Clifford St public housing resident  said the trees were an important aspect of the street.

At a council meeting in September, councillors decided to remove 144 of the area’s hills fig trees, which they said lifts footpaths and causes damage to infrastructure.

The resolution followed the presentation of a petition in August requesting the removal of the trees in Beacon Vista because root systems had caused damage.