There are only a few things you need to know about today’s Ryde and Hunters Hill council elections:
- You need to get to a polling place to vote by 6pm!
- If you are voting in Ryde’s CENTRAL WARD, avoid voting for any political group that includes BILL PICKERING, Ryde’s #FakeMayor (or Mayor by Miscarriage) – his tenure at Ryde is underscored by a lack of transparency, undisclosed interests, deceit and wasted spending on a dodgy redevelopment.
- For all the latest news to inform your voting decision, refer to The Weekly Times’ Election Special by CLICKING HERE or check out the relevant pages below.
- If you need to find the nearest polling booth in Ryde, check out the map by CLICKING HERE or on the image below
- If you need to find the nearest polling booth in Hunters Hill, check out the map by CLICKING HERE or on the image below
Taking Us for A Ryde has obtained a leaked mock-up of Ryde #FakeMayor Bill Pickering’s election brochure for the September 9 council elections and the 2019 NSW state election.
The leaflet heralds a new political force to be reckoned with, with testimonials from The Muppets, legendary father of four and Greek-Australian fruit shop owner Con the Fruiterer and Real ‘Fake Tradie’, who has let his hair down since becoming famous at the 2016 Federal Election.
It’s understood Pickering didn’t make the deadline to register his ‘Property Developer Privacy Party’ after being dumped, along with side-kick Jane Stott, in a Liberal Party preselection contest and is running as an independent at the Ryde Council election.
Entertainment powerhouse, The Muppets, have privately been troubled by the growing tendency to use their stage name as an insult. But Kermit, Fossie Bear and Miss Piggy all agreed Bill Pickering was someone who deserved the derogatory “muppet” title and were happy to provide a collective, but brief, testimonial.
Con the Fruiterer, a household name in comedy television, made it big in the world of fruit and vegetables because of a preference for cash. That’s what caught his attention about Pickering. He loved cash too and was able to provide a smooth ride for Con when he submitted a DA for a high-rise, mixed-use building on top of his popular fruit and vegetable enterprise in a residential part of Ryde.
‘Fake Tradie’ has kept a low profile since coming to prominence at the 2016 Federal Election as an actor playing a tradie, that was backing the Liberal-National coalition. But thanks to plenty of practice in the art of mass deception, not many people know the Real ‘Fake Tradie’ has long red locks. He decided to come out of the woodwork to pay tribute to one of his favourite political ‘shamateurs’.
The Content Challenge
With no achievements throughout his controversial time on Ryde Council, the inside of Pickering’s leaflet was a challenge in terms of showcasing something that might appeal to electors.
But after much soul-searching, his strategists (who have a tough task polishing a turd) decided to do away with the boring old listr of achievements and instead, feature a slection of images that the lobbyist/councillor will be remebered for.
They include Pickering’s DJ alter-ego – DJ Picko – who has become synonymous with regular acts of “truth remixing” and “ethical illusion”; as commando and war hero who survived a gunshot wound to the buttocks in (retired) Colonel Pickering’s Army with Major Yobbo Robbo and Beverage Tester Stott; as Pope Picko, Ryde ratepayers’ saviour and recognised for world class rorts by North Korea’s supreme ruler, Kim Jong Un.
Pickering’s new political party will build on his track record of respecting the privacy of the property developers he covertly lobbies for, especially former clients of his lobbying firm Hugo Halliday and former clients of companies controlled by his former employees.
For now, he’ll be relying on the popularity of Stott, among her drinking partners at Putney Bowlo, in number one spot, while he’ll take number two, with a couple of morally oblivious randoms making up the numbers on a “How To Vote” brochure that Ryde’s ratepayers will find handy as emergency toilet paper.
Recently, Pickering has been promoting his post-Ryde Council career as the head of a new property body he set up, using his role as the city’s Mayor (by Miscarriage).
The Housing Supply Association was launched by his mate, Anthony Roberts, who is now NSW Minister for Planning, providing a great opportunity for Pickering to earn a likely six-figure salary as “consulting CEO” of the new body, to be run from the same address as his lobbying firm, Hugo Halliday.
With this arrangement conveniently circumventing lobbying rules and given the history of Roberts’ and Pickering’s bromance – going back to the days of Pickering giving Roberts a place to stay after a marriage break-up – it seems NSW is well and truly “open for business”.
Why bother with all that community engagement and planning paperwork, just take a shortcut through Pickering, who will gladly take possession of your “paperwork”.
Unless Premier Gladys Berejiklian wakes up and dumps Roberts into political obscurity, where he’d be better appreciated, the new joint venture should result in a cashed-up PDPP machine.
It’s a shot across the bow for incumbent Ryde MP, Liberal Victor Dominello and challenger, Labor’s Jerome Laxale, with the simple message: ‘Hey, I may be at the ass end of every Ryde popularity contest, but my mate Anthony Roberts helped me set up a new sham organisation, so I’ll have more brown paper bags to buy the votes I need. So nyaaaaa!”
Bill Pickering, probably the worst, most unsuitable councillor to wear the City of Ryde’s red bathrobes, was on the weekend given the boot by Liberal Party preselectors… at long last.
And before the NSW Liberal Party executive could ban him for accusing Premier Gladys Berejiklian of fraud – as reported in the Ryde’s Weekly Times – the unpopular, self-serving, conflicted lobbyist jumped ship and – according to party sources – resigned from Liberals on Tuesday (8th August 2017).
Only 11 – of Pickering’s cronies – out of 53 local preselectors at the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club supported the bid to extend his scandal-ridden tenure at Ryde.
Apparently, he stormed out of the meeting, outraged that his sense of entitlement had been challenged.
No one cried.
Except for his fellow Ryde councillor Jane Stott, the beneficiary of Pickering’s widely-publicised paramedic stretcher performance at a polling booth in Putney during 2015 by-election.
Unfortunately, those who have witnessed her subservience to Pickering at council meetings, have also noticed that when she uses mascara, she does so with a little too much enthusiasm.
Mix Stott’s tears of devastation and the fact the pair are thorougly unelectable, while the Colonel is averse to engaging with constituents thanks to his counter-democratic approach to transparency and accountability, and you’re left with one stinking political puddle of sludge.
Roy Maggio, who doesn’t mind mixing with people and in particular locals, wasn’t as upset as Pickering and Stott after also being dumped in what was a factional coup.
Now running as an independent, Maggio has always been considered capable of attracting voters but has been damaged by public perception of his links to Pickering.
But the decision of the moderate faction to dump him at the preselection is a puzzling one – with the Libs at the ugly phase of the electoral cycle, they may have a harder time than they expect especially if Maggio snubs them – as he should on preferences.
It’s understood both Pickering and Stott will still be running as independents too – wow, that pair again, on council? No way, Jose.
And the big question is: Will Pickering be able to get some publicity from Northern District Times editor Colin Kerr now that he’s unlikely to be able to misuse council’s advertising contract?
The NSW Liberal Party shouldn’t expect to wash its hands of Pickering and the associated risks he brings to the table. NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts has validated Pickering’s creation of a new housing industry organisation that appears to involve all sorts of conflicts of interest.
And as the clock ticks down on Pickering’s mayoralty by miscarriage, he seems determined to misuse his council role – as he’s done before – to promote his new six-figure-salary generating conflict of interest as the CEO of the new body.
Meanwhile, Pickering’s bromance with NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts ensures the NSW Government is only a pen-stroke away from its next corruption scandal.
ICAC’s Ryde investigation debacle wasn’t meant to be easy to follow, compelling or of interest to media. It was designed that way.
When the media’s not interested, it’s hard for the public to also be interested.
And it’s when everyone’s looking away that you have fertile ground for abuse of power and corruption unfortunately, even by those whose role it is to fight corruption.
ICAC’s Ryde inquiry and how it came about may well be the biggest ICAC scandal you’ve never heard of – and on May 2017 five years after ICAC’s flawed decision to investigate councillors and others opposing a development, Magistrate Beverley Schurr dismissed two of ICAC’s substantive allegations mainly due to unreliability of evidence.
In another matter, an alleged blackmail, Magistrate Schurr had no option but to send it to trial. Why? ICAC has been up to its pold tricks, concealing evidence, manipulating it, contextually mischaracterising it and in some cases, physically changing digital evidence.
So, given ICAC has held back a key document from the DPP which
The infographic below documents just one part of the disgraceful Ryde affair involving embarrassing ICAC bungles, cover-ups and persecution of the innocent on behalf of a group of bent politicians who continue to ply their trade – from NSW local government level through to the upper echelons of the NSW Government.
Fox’s Hard News On “Erection Rigging”
Rigging claims have come thick and fast following Donald Trump’s Whitehouse elevation — now Fox in the US has this “hard news”…
He’s not getting younger and now that the media has exposed Trump and sexual assault as BFFs, he’ll be wanting to take full advantage of his fans’ adoration while in power to get some ‘Clintonian’ Presidential action.
That’s got to mean one thing: performance enhancers — and really, it should’ve been easy to foresee it would come to this.
Assuming the erection indeed belongs to the presidential pants man, some serious issues arise. Should the American president be clocked on while high on Horny Goat Weed or with compromised circulation on Viagra?
Erection rigging is big news – aren’t these natural and pharamaceutical treaments “erection riggers”?
Why shouldn’t the president be held to the same standard as an Olympian and hauled in front of a WADA-like tribunal to face anything up to a life ban for this type of performance enhancement doping?
Well, I’m Glad I asked.
To be fair, we almost certainly know the subject matter is not an appendage attached to ‘The Donald’.
This is “fake news” — a Trump creation — and a great example of how it can backfire on him, over something he has nothing to do with — simply a news anchor’s freudian slip.
The owner of the erection and what kind of rigging he did to reach that outcome, is detail clearly cast aside in the heat of the moment.
But we can deduce it’s something that popped up during the rough and tumble of the Democratic primaries last year when rivalry between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton for their party’s nomination was at its peak.