Thursday, 16 June 2016

Politicians, candidates and advisers behaving badly in 2016

Unsurprisingly all the politicians and candidates caught behaving badly by the mainstream media are either members of the Liberal Party of Australia, the Liberal National Party or the Country Liberals..........

A Coalition candidate has quit after it emerged he owns a Frankston brothel called Paradise Playmates.

Taiwan-born massage therapist John Min-Chiang Hsu resigned as the Liberal Party candidate for the Victorian seat of Calwell after his ties to the brothel were revealed on Saturday.

The Victorian Liberal Party said in a statement it had come to its attention that Mr Hsu had "not fully declared his business interests prior to applying for endorsement as required".

"Mr Hsu has resigned, with immediate effect, as an endorsed candidate of the Liberal Party and has resigned as a member of the party," the statement said.

"Given the AEC's nomination deadlines the Liberal Party will not be running an endorsed candidate in the division of Calwell."

According to company documents, Mr Hsu also owns a company called Beautiful Life Natural Therapies, which runs three Melbourne massage establishments: CBD Massage, Five Star Massage and Sabaydee Thai Massage Day Spa.

It's believed at least Sabaydee offers sexual services because it appears on a review website for sex work., 11 June 2016:

The Northern Territory's chief minister was "horrified" to learn his sports minister had sent sexually explicit videos to a female constituent.

Nathan Barrett resigned from the Country Liberals cabinet on Saturday after admitting he sent two videos of himself masturbating to a woman, which she told News Corp Australia were unsolicited.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said he was sorry to see Mr Barrett quit his portfolios of assistant treasurer, sport and recreation and young territorians, "but quite frankly he had to go, there was no other choice"……

The scandal-plagued government faces an election in less than three months, and Mr Giles said it was up to the party to decide whether Mr Barrett would remain preselected for the seat of Blain, in the Country Liberals heartland of Palmerston.

Mr Giles would not comment on allegations that Mr Barrett offered the woman a job if he became treasurer after the August 27 poll.

Some of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's closest advisers have been drawn into a heated shouting match with a local Greens protester during a campaign stop on the Sunshine Coast.

Senior Turnbull confidantes Senator James McGrath and principal private secretary Sally Cray asked, respectively, who paid for the activist's unemployment benefits and how she would fund hospitals when challenged on the Adani coal mine and healthcare cuts.

"Don't want to answer the hard questions!" the protester yelled out as the Prime Minister walked ahead.

"The Adani coal mine…If it was a country, it would be the seventh highest polluter in the world. What are you going to do about that, Mr Turnbull?"

Senator McGrath, a veteran strategist and former state director of the LNP, responded, asking her "what are you going to do about jobs?".

What about the Nambour hospital, she asked, which she said was suffering from $419 million funding cuts over a decade?

"How are you going to fund it?" Ms Cray, usually in the background, weighed in.

"Who pays for your dole?" Senator McGrath fired at the protester, who had not mentioned her employment situation, when she mentioned tax breaks for coal mines.

"What sort of ridiculous question is that? How do you know where I'm from? How rude are you? I'm not on the dole, mate," she responded.

The Australian, 11 June 2016:

Tasmania’s Mining Minister, Adam Brooks, has been stood aside over a perceived conflict of interest related to his ongoing use of a former company email address.

Mr Brooks has continued to use his company email despite being required to begin divestment of his mining industry business interests since becoming a minister.

On Thursday night in budget estimates hearings, on three occasions, he denied ongoing use of the Maintenance System Solutions email account, only to later correct the public record and concede he had retained it “for personal use”.

Premier Will Hodgman announced yesterday that, after discussing the issue with Mr Brooks, the minister had agreed he should be temporarily stood aside pending an audit of his use of the MSS email account by the Crown Solicitor.....

“The perception of a conflict of interest has now arisen.

“It’s important that question be independently assessed and audited.”

That process may take some weeks.

Jermyn – the candidate who made headlines on May 28 when his attempt to ambush Bill Shorten at a campaign event backfired spectacularly – was at the helm of the project as CEO of Mooter partner company Hot Shot Media.

The competition would be powered by ImageSocial, Hot Shot's nascent whiz-bang photo-sharing platform.

In a presentation to US investors in April 2012, Jermyn predicted huge success: up to 40 million participants and 441 million photographs from across the US, Britain and Australia alone. And revenue of $24 million.

"Shutterbug Millionaire is not an epic reality TV competition yet but we're going to make it feel like one," his presentation confidently declared.

The project secured $15 million in funding from American venture capital firm La Jolla Cove Investors.

Then Jermyn got Australian-born celebrity photographer Russell James and Victoria's Secret model Erin Heatherton on board as judges.

In June 2012, the company started spending big on advertising. Billboards went up across Los Angeles, Chicago and New York – including an 80-foot monster marquee on Broadway. Company documents suggest the marketing campaign cost close to $2 million.

A few weeks later Jermyn made his biggest announcement yet: British billionaire Richard Branson would be Shutterbug's "ambassador".

"I encourage everyone to capture cherished moments and powerful perspectives and share them through this opportunity," Sir Richard said at the time.

In another statement to the ASX, Jermyn gushed: "It is inspiring to have someone of Sir Richard's calibre and universal recognition join us."

But then something went horribly wrong. Shutterbug Millionaire missed its launch date and Mooter went quiet until January 2013, when the company suddenly announced a trading halt. A few days later it went into voluntary administration.

Perth Now, 12 June 2016:

FRESH from being dumped by the Australian Defence Force, Canning MP Andrew Hastie has been exposed breaching parliamentary rules by failing to declare an $870,000 house he bought in March.

The former SAS soldier-turned Liberal MP’s failure to declare the property on his Register of Interests on time means he could be found guilty of “serious contempt” of Parliament.

It comes days after the revelation he was booted out of the Army Reserve for defying a Defence request to remove photographs of him in military uniform from election campaign material.
The three bedroom, two bathroom house in question is Mr Hastie and his wife Ruth’s first home.

It is described as “simply stunning” with “glorious ocean views” but is still yet to be declared in the latest registration of member’s interests.

Any changes to an MP’s interests, including gifts or property purchases, must be reported within 28 days according to parliamentary rules.

Despite buying the 616sqm property on March 27, Mr Hastie failed to declare the purchase within the four-week requirement or prior to the double dissolution on May 9…….

However, the House was dissolved on May 9, meaning Mr Hastie still breached the rules and went 52 days without trying to declare the property. The former troop commander said he took full responsibility for the delay.

“Due to an oversight, an update to my Register of Interests was not submitted on time,” he said. “I did write to the Clerk of the House of Representatives to advise him of this change in May.”

If Mr Hastie is reported to the Committee of Privileges and Members’ Interests and is found to have knowingly not reported, he could be found guilty of “serious contempt” of the House of Representatives.

He moved his family from a Department of Defence house in Shenton Park last August to a rental home in Dudley Park, Mandurah, to contest the Canning by-election prompted by Don Randall’s death.

Mr Hastie also came under fire then for enrolling to vote in the Canning electorate prior to living there for at least a month, contravening the Australian Electoral Commission’s rules.

This appears to be the house in question:

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