Banking Royal Commission

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  1. 2_Smoking_Guns

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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-...-construction-union-bosses-dropped-by/9766648

    hahahahahaha

    Blackmail charges against CFMEU bosses John Setka, Shaun Reardon dropped
    By Karen Percy and staff
    Updated yesterday at 3:33pm

    [​IMG]PHOTO: John Setka (L) said he and Shaun Reardon (R) were victims of a "witch hunt". (AAP: Joe Castro)
    RELATED STORY: Blackmail case against CFMEU officials set to go ahead after court judgement
    Blackmail charges brought against construction union bosses John Setka and Shaun Reardon have been dropped by Victorian prosecutors.

    Key points:
    • John Setka says charges were part of 'conspiracy' targeting unions
    • Prosecutors alleged Setka and Reardon threatened Boral with union action
    • Judge describes decision to drop charges as 'sensible'


    They told a hearing in the Melbourne's Magistrates' Court that "after consideration of the facts, we have been advised to withdraw".

    The charges related to allegations the pair from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) had spoken to executives at Boral about not supplying concrete to Melbourne worksites run by construction giant Grocon.

    When told the prosecution intended to withdraw the blackmail charges, Magistrate Charles Rozencwajg said: "I think it's a very sensible decision".
     
  2. 2_Smoking_Guns

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    Oh dear. It does seem like union official are actually lining up to go to court as Jimbo claimed, although for quite different reasons than he suggested. hahahahahaha

    CFMEU official John Lomax gets AFP payout over 'malicious' prosecution
    By Jordan Hayne and Elizabeth Byrne
    Updated about 5 hours ago

    [​IMG]PHOTO: Charges were brought against John Lomax in July 2015, but dropped later that year. (ABC News: Matthew Doran)
    RELATED STORY: Blackmail charges against construction union bosses dropped
    RELATED STORY: Man sentenced to jail for lying at trade union royal commission
    A construction union official and former NRL star charged with blackmail during the trade unions royal commission has received a payout courtesy of the Australian Federal Police.

    John Lomax, an official with the ACT branch of the CFMEU, was originally charged with blackmail in July of 2015, but the charges were dropped just months later.

    The allegations stemmed from evidence aired during the royal commission, which Mr Lomax and his colleagues have maintained was politically motivated.

    Mr Lomax, who is also a former Canberra Raiders player, took the AFP to court over the bungled prosecution, and on Friday police confirmed the case had been settled.

    The amount paid to Mr Lomax remains confidential, but CFMEU national secretary for construction Dave Noonan called for it to be made public.

    "This settlement should not be kept secret from the taxpayers who are forced to fund it," he said.

    Mr Lomax was one of three men charged during the royal commission's Canberra hearings. It had been alleged he made a demand with menace while negotiating a pay deal with a construction company.

    But Mr Noonan said he had been prosecuted for representing his members' interests.

    "The allegation was that he got his members a pay rise through negotiating an enterprise agreement and that was never going to be a charge that could be proven in court," he said.

    "Negotiating better wages for members is what unions do β€” it's not blackmail.

    "There's no doubt this was a malicious prosecution, the AFP ensured maximum publicity of the charge."

    Another CFMEU official, Fihi Kivalu, pleaded guilty to blackmail charges stemming from the commission, over allegations he pocketed nearly $70,000 in bribes.

    A third man, Tuungafasi Manase pleaded guilty to perjury after lying to the commission.

    In Victoria on Thursday, prosecutors dropped royal commission-linked charges against CFMEU bosses John Setka and Shaun Reardon.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-...fp-settlement-over-failed-prosecution/9776616
     
  3. Bandwagon

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    I guess it goes to show, that before holding up allegations and or charges having been made as proof of criminal behaviour , one should remember that we hold the principle of innocent until proven otherwise, not the other way around.

    Poor old James, his latest sig seems to be continuously biting him on the arse.
     
  4. 2_Smoking_Guns

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    It is a gem, like his constant claims that name-calling suggests the debate is lost.
     
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    Unless it's an NRL player on the drink, of course.
     
  6. Mong

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    What’s his sig these days?
     
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    That's not the Johhny Lomax of the Raiders is it??

    PS Yes it is
     
  8. Bandwagon

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    To be fair, that's such a heinous crime that it kinda is just better to be safe than sorry.
     
  9. Parra

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    I stand corrected.

    This dollarmite scandal could be the big financial news we have all been waiting for.
     
  10. 2_Smoking_Guns

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    You don't see a pattern of fraudulent behavior? Fees for no service, fees for dead people, bonuses for false deposit activities. Of course you don't, what am I saying.
     
  11. Bandwagon

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    Have you seen the interest rates those accounts charge?

    That in and of it's own is a f**king scandal.
     
  12. Parra

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    You are making shit up again. No-one has suggested that. Any honesty at all from you would be a welcome change.
     
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    Early life lesson. If they made any interest at all I'd be surprised.

    How times change. In 1986 I was getting 18.5% on a $500 term deposit.
     
  14. Bandwagon

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    And about 1.5% in a Dollarmite account
     
  15. Parra

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    I think that is what the NAB give me on a normal account
     
  16. Bandwagon

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    Yeah, now, when interest rates have a two in front of them.

    Not when they had an 18 in front of them.
     
  17. Parra

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    Yeah I'm with you. Hard to learn about the magic of compound interest when there isn't any. These CBA school accounts were always just about getting them early. How many people never change banks?
     
  18. Bandwagon

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    Too many.

    If more did, we would not have the issues we see here.
     
  19. 2_Smoking_Guns

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    What the f**k are you on about? You have made it abundantly clear that you see this RC as a waste of time and downplay any and all revelations that come out of it. At least be honest with yourself.
     
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    You don't understand the difference?
     

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