ICAC Taking Us For A Ryde

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You may be wondering what Save Ryde thinks about the just-announced public inquiry into Ryde by the Inept Calamity Assisting Corruption. Well, while ICAC chases the boy down the street for his Mars Bar, the real crooks are strolling into the strong room and wheeling away their lucrative spoils by the barrow-load!

This inquiry is clearly politically bent. It’s happening to damage/smear the reputation of the Mayor of Ryde, Ivan Petch, who dared stand between a corrupt core of officials – from senior council staff to lobbyists to NSW ministers – and their pay day, courtesy of a dodgy development that ripped off the community.

Now the community is being ripped off again – taxpayers money is being wasted on funding and driving an organisation which has become so impotent in its ability to achieve what it was established to do, it is now a sad, bent organisation that has become the political smear tool of choice by those with the ability and power to influence it.

The NSW Attorney General, Greg Smith, must explain what involvement he or his office have in this, if any! Is it just sheer coincidence that ICAC, the DLG and the EFA are all putting the blowtorch on councillors that put an end to the Civic Centre redevelopment while those who drove it against the will of the community have nothing to answer for? I think not!

While ICAC chases the boy down the street for his Mars Bar, the real crooks are strolling into the strong room and wheeling away their lucrative spoils by the barrow-load!

The links between Smith and Ryde councillor (and paid lobbyist!) Bill Pickering must also be thoroughly and decisively investigated now!

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/family-tie-risk-for-mp-20110115-19rvh.html

Greg Smith pic from SMH story on his links to lobbyists including Bill Pickering

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/family-tie-risk-for-mp-20110115-19rvh.html is a good place to start if you want to know the basis of these links.

Since that article was published, the acute conflict of interest has worsened after the Attorney General’s son, plumber turned lobbyist, Nathaniel Smith, was elected to council on a right-wing Liberal ticket.

It makes a mockery of the resources the DLG and ICAC have put into so-called corruption prevention initiatives when two paid lobbyist remain serving councillors in NSW.

In November 2010, ICAC reported its ‘Investigation Into Corruption Links Involved In Lobbying’ took evidence from 48 witnesses and made 17 recommendations.

None of those even c0nsidered the possibility of a paid lobbyist serving a dual role as elected councillor.

What a joke! Imagine what each of those 48 witnesses would say if asked whether it was appropriate to have the above-mentioned situation.

Pickering, as it happens,  is the source of much of the behind the scenes manoeuvring  that manifests in Ryde’s dysfunction and it’s puzzling to say the least that he appears to have been assessed a protected person by ICAC along with his puppet-master, former – and unpopular – Ryde GM John Neish.

Neish is still very active behind the scenes but has so far gone undetected by ICAC’s investigative geniuses.

If there’s one good thing about the upcoming public inquiry, it will be that the public will finally learn all about the reasons for Neish’s departure, his outrageous payout (more than $250k) and the key role he has played in abusing public interest disclosure laws, submitting vexatious ICAC referrals, wasting ratepayer money on Supreme Court injunctions to reinforce “whistleblower” protections he has exploited.

And there’s evidence he tweaked the tender process to favour Lend Lease in an attempt to impose the commercial absurdity of a Twin Tower development on Top Ryde which the community loudly and unequivocally rejected.

Yes, all the above is absolutely true and the detail will sicken you.

But instead of looking into this, ICAC is focusing its attention on one of the key players that managed to ‘Save Ryde’ and its community from a heist of unimaginable proportions. To use a sporting analogy, ICAC is playing the man and not the ball.

But I guess a decent-sized increase in funding in the NSW Budget – yes that actually happened – is pretty effective when it comes to keeping ICAC”s court of clowns compliant. Of course, the ‘I’ in the acronym ICAC was originally meant to stand for independent,  until  politicians discovered they could abuse it.

Highlighting ICAC’s uselessness are several Ryde matters that it has apparently chosen not to investigate – allegations with clear evidence that will make you sick to the core about what ICAC is actually there to do.

Highlighting ICAC’s uselessness are several Ryde matters that it has apparently chosen not to investigate – allegations with clear evidence that will make you sick to the core about what ICAC is actually there to do

ICAC, your Ryde inquiry is a complete joke and Greg Smith, unfortunately your mate Bill Pickering keeps telling everybody what he’s planning  every time he erupts into a fit of expletive-ridden, red-faced anger.

You need to tell him to zip it up – if an investigator with some integrity and the public interest at heart gets on to this, it could be curtains!

Thank god the ones you can access at ICAC are compliant.

Watch this space to hear how inexperienced, unprincipled, treacherous, disloyal Ryde councillors have reacted to ICAC’s announcement of its public inquiry.

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