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.

 

 


Trainer Les Samba shot dead- Link with accused murderer Ron Medich


Well we will have to see if anything comes of the obvious links here to what has been going on in Sydney since Medich was charged with murdering and soliciting to murder Sydney property developer Michael McGurk. Samba owned several Sydney horses with accused murderer Ron Medich, including Sea Lord and Defiant Dame, who is due to run at Warwick Farm on Saturday. To be shot in the head, and the shooter to just walk away suggest some planning to say the least! Samba was an owner these days but had some success years ago, some believe due to elephant juiced horses in his stables.His daughter was once married to “Colourful”  jockey Danny Nikolic, who recently returned to the saddle after a 12 month long fight with stewards down here in Vic over numerous incidents on and off the track!

Trainer Les Samba shot dead on Beaconsfield Parade in Middle Park

Jockey Danny Nikolic speaks to Les Samba, centre, and trainer Bobby Thompson at a race meeting in 2004


Middle Park shooting

Police at the scene of the shooting on Beaconsfield Pde, Middle Park.

FORMER South Australian trainer Les Samba was the man shot dead in Middle Park last night, it has emerged.

Samba, in Melbourne for the thoroughbred yearling sales, was killed in a laneway off Beaconsfield Parade – near the intersection of Langridge St – about 9.35pm.

Police said the 60-year-old victim had an argument with another man before suffering multiple bullet wounds to the head and back.

He was running when he was shot.

Samba owned several Sydney horses with accused murderer Ron Medich, including Sea Lord and Defiant Dame, who is due to run at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Medich was last year charged with murdering and soliciting to murder Sydney property developer Michael McGurk and is currently on bail.

Detective Inspector John Potter, from the homicide squad, said it appeared the shooting was not random.

“We have obviously got to explore a number of particular avenues,” he said.

“We believe he (the victim) had some sort of connection to this individual. Based on the information we currently have we don’t believe it could be a random shooting.”

Police are still searching for the gunman, who is believed to be in his 20s or 30s and was wearing dark clothes and a hat.

He had distinctive light-coloured hair, which could have been a wig, police said.

Police said the victim was shot after parking a silver 2010 Hyundai, displaying NSW number plates, in Beaconsfield Pde.

He then had some kind of argument with another man which ended in the shooting.

Detectives want to speak to two or three people who were near a black Mercedes and fled after the incident.

It was not immediately clear whether those people were involved in the shooting, Insp Potter said.

Police have not yet found the murder weapon.

While he trained many winners, Samba, who lived in Sydney, also enjoyed much success as an owner.

He raced Gorky Park, which won the Geelong Classic and ran second behind Efficient in the 2006 Victoria Derby.

Samba’s daughter Victoria, formerly married to jockey Danny Nikolic, raced Thorn Park, which won the 2004 Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.

Nikolic said he’d received several calls today informing him of Samba’s death.

“It’s a huge shock,” he said.

More recently, Samba owned Defiant Dame, who won the Gimrack Stakes at Randwick last October.

Talk of Samba’s death dominated discussion on the opening day of the yearling sales at Oakland Junction.

Early in his career, Samba strapped Rain Lover when it won the 1969 Melbourne Cup.

David Hayes, who trained Gorky Park, said he’s been told of Samba’s death. “Les was a good guy, a character,” Hayes said.

During the 1980s, Samba was linked to flamboyant Perth trainer George Way, who was disqualified for life after two horses trained by him returned a positive swab to Etorphine, more commonly known as elephant juice.

Ambulance spokesman Paul Bentley said paramedics were called to the scene of the shooting at 9.40pm.

“The first crew arrived within eight minutes and confirmed a man was shot in the upper body and was dead,” he said.

Michael Quill, who was on the scene just minutes after the shooting, said he saw the victim was lying face down in blood.

“When we saw him he was in a pool of blood and he was completely lifeless,” Mr Quill said.

“I heard a doctor on the scene saying that he thought the man was about 50 and that there was blood coming from his head.”

Two women walking along the road said they had seen two people running from the scene.

Katie Stephens, who lives on Beaconsfield Pde, said the area was normally very quiet.

“You would be a bit concerned (about a shooting in your street),” she said.

“You would want to know why, whether it was domestic violence or is it involving drugs? Normally something like that doesn’t happen in this area.”

One man, who lives on Beaconsfield Pde just metres from the scene, said he was woken up by the commotion.

“I heard the first gunshot,” the man said.

The police airwing and dog squad searched the Middle Park area last night.

The homicide squad and forensic were still scouring the area for clues and door-knocking people in the area this morning.

Acting Sen-Sgt Fisher said he was confident there were other witnesses because the shooting happened in a highly visible place.

Anyone with information is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or visitwww.crimestoppers.com.au

It's a dog eat dog world selling newspapers…


Check this little quarrel our between a couple of newspapers fighting for scoops and brownie points. Tit for tat, and the gloves are off…Obviously a high stakes match this one

A REPORT in today’s The Age states the Herald Sun paid for hotel accommodation where the teenage girl says she spent time with Ricky Nixon.

This is wrong.

The Herald Sun, after speaking with the girl’s lawyer, agreed to provide two nights accommodation because of concerns about her welfare.

She stayed in a Southbank hotel at the newspaper’s expense last Thursday and Friday nights.

Herald Sun editor Simon Pristel yesterday supplied The Age journalist Karen Kissane with an email from the girl’s lawyer confirming this.

In the email, the lawyer Natasha Stojanovich wrote: “Earlier today our client was offered accommodation for tonight, to be paid for by your client. I understand this was offered to my client as she does not have accommodation arranged for tonight and out of concern for her welfare. I confirm that offering my client accommodation was not an inducement, but rather was offered by your client out of concern for my client’s welfare.”

Contrary to The Age report, it was during the early hours of Tuesday February 15, that the teenage girl texted a Herald Sun reporter saying Nixon was at her  room at the Causeway Hotel in the city.

This accommodation was paid for by the St Kilda Football Club.

The reporter videotaped Nixon leaving the hotel shortly after 7am.

Herald Sun editor Simon Pristel has asked The Age to correct its report.

It’s a dog eat dog world selling newspapers…


Check this little quarrel our between a couple of newspapers fighting for scoops and brownie points. Tit for tat, and the gloves are off…Obviously a high stakes match this one

A REPORT in today’s The Age states the Herald Sun paid for hotel accommodation where the teenage girl says she spent time with Ricky Nixon.

This is wrong.

The Herald Sun, after speaking with the girl’s lawyer, agreed to provide two nights accommodation because of concerns about her welfare.

She stayed in a Southbank hotel at the newspaper’s expense last Thursday and Friday nights.

Herald Sun editor Simon Pristel yesterday supplied The Age journalist Karen Kissane with an email from the girl’s lawyer confirming this.

In the email, the lawyer Natasha Stojanovich wrote: “Earlier today our client was offered accommodation for tonight, to be paid for by your client. I understand this was offered to my client as she does not have accommodation arranged for tonight and out of concern for her welfare. I confirm that offering my client accommodation was not an inducement, but rather was offered by your client out of concern for my client’s welfare.”

Contrary to The Age report, it was during the early hours of Tuesday February 15, that the teenage girl texted a Herald Sun reporter saying Nixon was at her  room at the Causeway Hotel in the city.

This accommodation was paid for by the St Kilda Football Club.

The reporter videotaped Nixon leaving the hotel shortly after 7am.

Herald Sun editor Simon Pristel has asked The Age to correct its report.

Ricky Nixon crisis a wake-up call to everyone in AFL


Ricky Nixon

Ricky Nixon leaves the Herald Sun building. Picture: Craig Borrow Source: Herald Sun

SEVERAL weeks ago, I wrote in these pages about the scandal enveloping St Kilda Football Club.

The first person to email me that day was none other than player manager Ricky Nixon, who wanted to defend the 17-year-old girl and the players at the centre of the crisis.

He accused me of taking a cheap shot at the parties involved and of not being in possession of the facts. As it turns out, he was launching the dogged defence after his alleged sexual encounter with the teenager.

The facts as they now read are far more tawdry than anyone could have imagined and place Nixon in a position way beyond mere player manager.

Nixon stands accused today of a liaison with the troubled teenager which involved the 47-year-old going to the girl’s hotel on several occasions.

He denies her claims they had sex, but admits he took alcohol to her room. Several tapes and videos mean Nixon may find his denials fall on deaf ears.

The deeply troubled and troublesome teenager had used her not inconsiderable skills as a social networker to document her alleged affair with Nixon.

She allegedly spent Valentine’s Day with married Nixon and had several other romantic encounters with him.

When it inevitably went pear-shaped, the girl hit Twitter again, claiming Nixon had wronged her and she had photographic evidence of an affair.

“This is it,” she wrote. “It is now officially over. Ultimate payback.”

In coming days, we will see the very public unravelling of a deeply disturbing episode, which should send alarm bells ringing through every professional football organisation and media outlet.

Ricky Nixon has ruled the roost in Melbourne for many years as manager to the AFL‘s biggest stars — including Wayne Carey and Ben Cousins — and creating his own headlines in the process.

As his life unravelled in recent years, with several charges against his name for alcohol-related offences, he remained a powerful player in the AFL.

While commentators and administrators knew he was unstable, the young players he mentors have stuck solid and loyal, refusing to sack him.

This week, many of them, including arguably the game’s biggest star, Nick Riewoldt, will have that loyalty sorely tested as the blowtorch is applied.

Nixon faces severe sanctions from the AFL agents’ association, which may mean he is out of a job by week’s end.

But it’s not just Nixon who will receive a wake-up call when the dust settles on the St Kilda scandal.

The AFL, young players, professional football clubs and media organisations need to review the saga and learn from the mistakes made in recent months.

There is no doubt the teenage girl spelt trouble from the beginning. She wreaked havoc with several young footballers and used social networking to spread her vengeance.

The footballers, by the way, were far from blameless. They should have known better and been counselled.

Instead, denials and protecting of reputations became more important than the fact these young men were dealing with a girl who was under age.

Riewoldt was caught in the middle of it, forced to defend himself when nude photographs of him found their way to Facebook. The game’s best-known face is old enough to know better than be snapped by teammates naked.

St Kilda tried to manage the scandal in-house when the AFL and even the police should have been called in.

Instead of just going away, as everyone had hoped, the girl held all and sundry to ransom for months.

She may finally get some desperately needed psychiatric help.

She has been manipulating all of the parties involved in this scandal, including the media and, more particularly, this newspaper. She has done so by dangling the lure of more pictures and videos.

The AFL is finally involved. So, too, the player agents’ association which will rule on Nixon’s future.

When it is over, the AFL may like to use it as the main reason for introducing rules on players visiting high schools and developing mechanisms for dealing with the power of social networking.

It may also be the wake-up call clubs, players and the AFL needed to curtail the power of player managers, those men dubbed the parasites of sport by the multitudes who have been at the wrong end of dealings with them.

Damien Oliver in Criminal Investigation


The rumour mill went into overdrive at Sandown races today as news spread about the reason behind Oliver not riding his three mounts today and as to why he is being investigated by the Victorian Police.

CHAMPION hoop Damien Oliver, who is embroiled in a police investigation, has forgone his rides at today's Sandown meeting.

CHAMPION hoop Damien Oliver, who is embroiled in a police investigation, has forgone his rides at today’s Sandown meeting.

Oliver’s manager, Mark Van Triet, contacted Racing Victoria Limited stewards to inform them his client would not be fulfilling any of his three rides.

Bailey declined to elaborate on the reason given by Oliver.

He said Oliver would not be required to provide a medical certificate before he next rode.

Oliver is scheduled to ride at Friday night’s Group 1 meeting at Moonee Valley.

The 38-year-old is helping police with their inquiries into a criminal investigation and agreed to meet detectives on Monday.

He has not been charged with an offence but the probe could interfere with his preparations for this year’s Spring Racing Carnival.

Geelong Supt Peter O’Neill said Oliver had spoken to police and investigations were continuing.

Insp Pat Whelan, from Geelong Police Station, also confirmed Oliver had spoken to detectives.

Oliver is a winner of 91 Group 1 races, a six-time Scobie Breasley medallist and an inductee of Australian Racing’s Hall Of Fame.

It is believed Racing Victoria has offered him counselling.

The matter is not related to the racing industry and the Herald Sun has chosen not to reveal its nature for legal reasons.

Acting on legal advice, Oliver would not comment when contacted by the Herald Sun. “I’ve got no comment to make,” Oliver said.

Specialist crime unit investigators, who interviewed Oliver, are speaking to several witnesses.

Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey said he had not been briefed about the probe.

“I’ve heard rumours,” he said.

“It’s difficult to comment until then. We have to find out the facts first.

“It’s in the hands of the police and if and when it becomes official we’ll deal with it then.”

RVL chief Rob Hines would not be drawn on the issue.

“I have one thing to say about this whole story and that’s ‘I have no comment on the circumstances surrounding these rumours that are about at the moment’,” Mr Hines said.

Victorian Jockeys’ Association chief Des O’Keeffe had no comment.

Speculation has been swirling around the racing industry across Australia and overseas.

Oliver is one of the few jockeys to win racing’s Grand Slam – a Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper.

His Melbourne Cup win on Media Puzzle in 2002 is one of the nation’s greatest sporting moments. It came just days after his brother, Jason, died after falling from a horse in Western Australia.

Oliver’s father, Ray, was also killed in a horse fall.

A film is being made about the inspirational victory on Media Puzzle.