The ICAC Ryde Inquiry for Dummies

Understanding ICAC’s Breach Of Public Trust In Shameful Ryde Affair

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.

Top 10 Songs To Mark Lobbyist/Mayor Bill Pickering’s Red Bathrobe Encore

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We interrupt our deep sleep to update you on the latest efforts by (retired) Major Shamateur* that are “Taking Us For A Ryde” (pun intended) as he persists with a desperate crusade to impose a twin (or more)-towered monstrosity on Ryde’s civic precinct, regardless of what ratepayers think.

This is an inspirational story of determination, focus, ‘world’s best practice’ in dirty politics and a man on a mission to make the world aware of an impending crisis in human rights abuses against property developers. Hugo Halliday, our conflicted but resourceful superstar reporter, threw together this report.

As a lobbyist that’s mainly serviced property developers, Bill Pickering is well aware of the struggles and the discrimination they face on multiple fronts, even when trying to make a valuable contribution to the community – like a high-rise residential tower or 10.

(* For details on why we’ve chosen the ceremonial name of Major Shamateur in this piece refer to the section subtitled ‘As Popular Bowel Cancer: No Local Support? No Worries’)

Picko Picks: Songs To Celebrate A Lobbyist Turned Mayor

We drew upon our global editorial resources to assemble a compilation of songs are most relavant to the personal story of Ryde’s new leader by miscarriage.

In number one spot is a song that carries some sentimental value for Pickering.

Its title, ‘Shamateur’ kicked off an ultra-marathon of rage and malicious dummy spitting by Pickering, angered to be given such an honest one-word character assessment by John Booth, editor of local newspaper, The Weekly Times.

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This track by pop-electro group Viola, is titled with the same word the The Weekly Times used to describe lobbyist Bill Pickering in his early days as a councillor. So it has a certain sentimental value. That explains the ‘Shamateur’ part of Pickering’s ceremonial title in today’s article, as part of our conribution to community celebrations. The preceding ‘Major’ acknowledges his military obsession, including saving the planet from an invasion by Shariah Law-abiding aliens, the kind of thing he’ll rants about with remarkable proficiency – with no segue too difficult. In fairness without army analogies or war talk sprinkled throughout his rarely-read blog, it’s hard to imagine he’d want to traverse other topic areas and risk revealing deals or relationships he’s kept under the radar that he thinks no one’s noticed. The lyrics by Viola are cryptic, but those resonating most are: “shamateur, you got what you deserved,” which many decent Ryde people hope they’ll be able to recite to their number one local shamateur, in person, soon.

2. No Lies

An  80s classic by the SOS Band that best represents what the Ryde Community wants from anyone that is given the privilege of leading their city – but from Major Shamateur, it seems sadly, they cannot ever seem to get it. , especially on the issue of the Civic Centre redevelopment fiasco. Only recently, local resident and Newcastle University Professor John Smolders reached the point where he’d had enough of had enough which has become far too personal which ultimately leads to his whole campaign for this disaster simply not passing the sniff test.

3. Barbie Girl

Even though Auburn Council media badboy Salim Mehajer has nothing on Major Shamateur, this is the mock video clip made for his notorious wedding celebrations using the tacky Acqua track ‘Barbie Girl’. It has important symbolism for those in solidarity, fighting for property developers’ privacy by not declaring relationships with them.

4. Shut Up

According to the latest available research, this song by The Black Eyed Peas will cross the mind of members of the public gallery at Ryde Council meetings at least once and up to 10 times, during cringeworthy rants by the Major Shamateur.

5. Dirty Cash

This is the ‘Sold Out Mix’ of 90s Stevie V track Dirty Cash – which I’m sure you’ll agree, goes to the heart of why the public does not trust dirty politicians  – especially those who claim they’re powered by god. You’ll especially see the relevance when you hear the words: “I want to get rich quick”.

6. Tacky

When you do one too many dirty political smear campaign and you are a redkneck bogan who puts yourself before the community, you will at some stage be seen as tacky. And Tacky is one of Wierd Al Yankovich’s more recent send up tracks. Perfect.

7. Corrupt

A track with a self-explanatory title, Corrupt was release by electro megastars, Depeche Mode in 2009. Nuff said.

8. Blurred Lines

This Robin Thicke song from 2013, Blurred Lines, is how a corrupt politician would see the hassle of having to reveal dodgy relationships to constituents. Meanwhile, constituents demand they know – there’s nothing blurred or ambiguous about it. If you’re hiding things from them it’s because you know the consequences – in a democracy anyway.

9. Like A Surgeon

Another Wierd Al Yankovich send up, this time of Madonna’s Like A Virgin. It’s a perfect track to help us remember the Shamateur’s staged knock-out – and within 10 minutes of it happening he had sent out a picture of himself, to all media, lying on a paramedics stretcher. He told journos that he expected to stay overnight for observation – but when he got to Ryde hospital, the medical certificate says there was absolutely nothing wrong with him and sent him home with instructions to take a Panadol if his fake pains persisted.

10. Don’t Lie

Another blockbuster from The Black Eyed Peas that reflects exactly what Ryde’s ratepayers collectively think almost every time Major Shamateur delivers his rants at council meetings, in public and (his party colleagues tell us) at caucus meetings – which are kind of naughty under local government legislation in NSW, where you can’t apparently have a binding caucus vote. But without them, how would we ever be able to celebrate the momentus achievements of Bill Pickering – who has made the transition from lobbyist to Mayor? Think about this for a minute – he would be ruthlessly forced into a democratic vote by ratepayers – and as he argues, it’s hard to see why they should have any sort of say in who leads their local administration, right?  yes?  no? (why are you frowning?)

“Bill Pickering rivals both Madonna and Prince when it comes to reinventing himself. His latest incarnation, DJ Picko, has seen him carry on unabated as a truth remixer and ethical illusionist. He brings hope to others that are completely unsuited to public office – for they know they too can now make the grade” – Hugo Halliday

 


As Popular Bowel Cancer: No Local Support? No Worries

If you’re not into political natter, now’s the time to get off the bus. Or you can hang around and be enlightened.

If there’s something Bill knows well, it’s the unarguable fact that he’s about as popular as bowel cancer and to become “mayor” when you don’t rate a blip in community approval is a big achievement.

He’s employed a simple strategy – make sure Ryde’s ratepayers have no say in it. He fought tooth and nail against a proposal to elect the mayor by popular vote, taking sleazy sanctuary in his more familiar habitat – the dark and dingy backroom.

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The closest thing resembling a dark and dingy political caucus meeting scenario where Major Shamateur is most at home

There, he only has to dupe a handful of Liberal caucus members, not an entire community.

And Ryde Council’s meeting  minutes may well report a Mayoral election was carried out in mid-September according to the rules, transparently, in open session. Surely Major Shamateur won fair and square.

Right? Wrong.

The Dastardly Events No One Seems To Have Realised

Don’t forget the dastardly events in the few years leading up to this and his previous shock elevation, used to change numbers on council, which were 7-5 against his shambolic Civic Centre pet project after the 2012 elections.

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Major Shamateur has accessed the control panel to fine tune the settings, the meter here indicates his regular output level

There’s been smear campaigning, for which he was embroiled in defamation action;  a disgraceful ICAC inquiry solely to eliminate political rivals and serious conflicts of interests – none of which have been disclosed – leading all the way to Macquarie Street.

Let’s hope some of the misinformation is dealt with when the DPP manages to finally get all the evidence ICAC’s hidden as two innocent men continue to face court over purely fictional claims related to the sham ICAC Ryde inquiry, that don’t pass the sniff test.

Postponing Sour Grapes

For now, we’ve put ruthless abuse of power and misuse of public resources to one side.

We’re here to celebrate Major Shamateur’s latest incarnation, ‘DJ Picko’.

He’s been dazzling large crowds of property developers with his signature “truth remixing” and regular acts of “ethical illusion”.  (Note: pic above from his last gig with imaginary fans).

You can just imagine the ‘Carnivale’ atmosphere that has kicked on in Ryde since Major Shamateur scored the red bathrobes, with celebrations ongoing since mid-September and spilling into the streets.

We’re feeling quite guilty at The Star Chamber Inquirer for getting to the party late, so in the spirit of DJ Picko’s new musical endeavours, we’ve assembled selection of tracks to get things buzzing again.

They’re from his upcoming compilation tribute album ‘Undisclosed’ which included his catchy new track “Help The Starving Children – With High Rise On Ryde’s Waterfront”.

Stay tuned for the fanfare when we launch that brilliant collection of musical artistry very soon.

Almost four long, reputation-smearing years – Jeff Salvestro-Martin finally gets to read a truthful media account of ICAC ordeal

At ICAC you know you’ve made it when, in your hand, you can see the net result of
excessive, unjustifiable use of power, on small, innocent, indefensible creatures.


It’s probably about as good a depiction as any when it comes to gauging the thrill felt among those who pursue flawed investigations within ICAC – using a system of ‘butterfly wing separation’ measurement that’s familiar to its Commissioner Megan Latham, at least.

To be fair though, she stepped into an organisation with an internal culture that began to rot well before she arrived and she needs to stop plucking wings and start clearing out the dead wood around her – because there’s lots.

One simple and unarguable fact: Ryde councillor, Jeff Salvestro-Martin, was dragged through ICAC’s Ryde investigation and public inquiry based on a bungled allegation against six innocent councillors.

Even worse, that bungled allegation was used to strip him of protections from potential reprisals under the Public Interest Disclosure Act due to several referrals of serious, documented and easily provable corruption, ironically involving those it chose to rely on in its evidence – and for those of you who just want that in plain English: ICAC ignored serious, systemic corruption and evidence of it presented in a series of documents, to instead doggedly pursue spurious, vexatious and largely concocted claims by those with a barrow to push.

It has taken a national broadsheet and persistent, experienced and knowledgeable reporting and analysis by The Australian’s legal affairs editor Chris Merritt and senior reporter Sharri Markson to fill the massive void in the Sydney metro media’s coverage of ICAC so you could finally be informed about the unacceptable conduct of the reckless agency.

Often, old and jaded journos will declare themselves worth of the investigative reporter tag – one the had been appropriate in years gone by, but not any more. These are the kind of journos that are letting their newspaper readers down. They are the weakest link and despite media company senior management being constantly accused of diluting the standard of journalism with each and every round of redundancies – the dead wood always seems to escape being cleared out.

It’s these spent cartridges on the editorial floor, easily spotted by their laziness and addiction to rations of ICAC’s magic headline fertiliser, that devalue the media’s important accountability role, relegating it to serve more as ICAC’s insurance against reform.

Ryde councillor Jeff Salvestro-Martin should never have had to endure the public humiliation he was subjected to at the hands of a small clique of corrupt officials whose tendency to resort to personal attacks, dirty tricks, smear campaigns, deception and regular duplicitous behaviour in their dogged pursuit of personal gain at the expense of the communities they supposedly represent, fit the profile of what ICAC is meant to investigate and eliminate.

But beyond simply neglecting their civic duty and responsibility to constituents, those in the clique strayed even further, spectacularly infiltrating decision-making processes of the ICAC, interfering with them and then ultimately using the ICAC as a weapon to eliminate their political rivals and even assume power if they could realise their destructive intent.

It worked a treat. In broad daylight, while everyone simply watched on and apathy anaesthetised the urge to intervene, the clique was easily able to realise what it corruptly set out to achieve.

Despite some obvious hints that something was not right, another three years passed and a still, no one had challenged ICAC’s actions in relation to Ryde.

Surely an ICAC inquiry into six councillors that valiantly fought a controversial twin tower overdevelopment, overwhelmingly opposed by their constituents within the community, was a demonstration of democratic process operating precisely the way it was intended?

And surely a truly independent corruption watchdog would have have no problem identifying those among the six councillors spruiking the redevelopment that had shown clear indications their support for the proposal was fuelled by self-interest?

A corruption watchdog that receives more than 3,000 referrals of corruption each year and time one of its limited resources, would surely reject an in inquiry into the six fighting the development based on it obviously amounting to payback, an abuse of process or vexatious claim?

Surely, just three years after former ICAC Commissioner Ipp sought significant additional funding and carried out an inquiry he cites as one of his legacies, into the risks posed by lobbying and lobbyists, calling on 51 witnesses and handing down 17 recommendations, it would be inappropriate to be led in evidence by a lobbyist/councillor and have his evidence corroborated by his employee, who is also a lobbyist and happens to also be the incumbent Attorney General’s son?

Surely, with the growing pressure over the cases ICAC has been pursuing, it didn’t need a Ryde inquiry in flimsy foundations, if any at all, to exacerbate its woes?

When you swooped to collected Neish’s laptop from Ryde Council premises after learning his office requested the hard drive be formatted – presumably to destroy evidence of his porn downloads – you must’ve had a hunch he was doing something wrong? And not a single mention has been made of it since. Why the determination to conceal this?

If you didn’t know who the bad guys were – either through incompetence or ignorance – perhaps the documented referrals of corruption involving those you’ve entrusted to lead your evidence could have offered a valuable hint.

When you bungled your allegation against the councillors, realised it and quickly removed references to the allegation from public statements, why didn’t you just decide then to let them go as they were being wrongly accused?

Probably the worst thing about the entire Ryde ICAC fiasco – that the agency’s staff, amid a culture of complacency, underperformance, abuse of power, deception and a sense of immunity from the constraints of proper accountability and oversight, had allowed an intrusive and premeditated act of political interference.

They’d shown no sign of dissent, but rather, cooperation to the point they were collaborators, even partners, in this criminal enterprise.

Stay tuned.

Is this too little too late for someone that endured smear and innuendo enabled by an underperforming ICAC and underperforming Fourth Estate.Too little too late? Smear campaign facilitated by underperforming ICAC and failing Fourth Estate?

 

Reckless ICAC Witch-Hunt Initiated By Lobbyist Continues to Fall Apart After TWT Editor John Booth Cleared

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BREAKING NEWS: Editor of Ryde’s The Weekly Times has been cleared after a reckless three and a half year campaign by ICAC and a compliant DPP was finally dealt with in a real court without Rafferty’s Rules.

The Northern District Times published a report on last week’s decision by Magistrate Megan Greenwood at Downing Centre Local Court to clear John Booth, editor of its competitor, The Weekly Times (of Ryde).

In its report, the Northern District Times made reference to the “Downing St” court, perhaps explaining why it has taken more than a week to report the verdict.

But the Northern District Times editor Colin Kerr produced an otherwise factual and balanced report, after three years of scrutiny-free coverage of ICAC’s reckless claims and has even offered an occasional soap box for their protagonist.

Mr Booth said after the hearing that he always claimed his innocence and this was reaffirmed by the not guilty verdict.

“Finally I have had the opportunity to clear my name in a genuine court of law and found to be innocent and not guilty and the charge dismissed,” Mr Booth told The Northern District Times.

“Thank you to the many who have supported me and never wavered in their belief in my integrity and now have generously offered their congratulations.

“It is just disappointing that so many innocent and honourable citizens can be so maligned and discredited by the likes of ICAC which is supposed to represent the welfare of the community.”

Star Chamber Wars has known the result of the court case since the decision came down on April 11, but held off publishing the news to allow Mr Booth to first publish his reaction to the result in his paper.

Mr Booth had been accused of lying to the ICAC about one of his advertisers, Barry O’Grady, who had passed away before the Ryde public inquiry commenced.

ICAC suggested during the inquiry that Barry O’Grady was something of a phantom or fictitious character, but it would have known through interviews it conducted privately, that he was real and had previously advertised in the The Weekly Times.

Despite this, the ICAC and DPP persisted with a prosecution against Mr Booth, which has proved to be little more than an abuse of process.

Lobbyist and Ryde councillor, Bill Pickering, who has in the past protested about the lack of coverage about him in The Weekly Times, has loudly and openly declared his role in providing ICAC with information for its Ryde inquiry.

At the time of the Ryde inquiry, lazy and compromised reporting completely missed the fact that ICAC was being led in evidence by a lobbyist, after ICAC under the leadership of Justice Ipp, had in 2010 initiated a costly inquiry into the risks posed by lobbyists.

Fun Facts & ICAC Incompetence

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ICAC’s Sham Ryde Inquiry Infographic

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Conga Lines, Fruit Punch, Street Celebrations & Tickertape Parades In Ryde – You’ve Been Slugged

Pigs Might Fly Pickawinner

You may have seen a front page, colour story recently about the gong Ryde Council received for apparently duping its ratepayers into a 28% rate rise in a campaign a year ago, before Pickering’s ICAC-assisted elevation to the chair.

But who would have the arrogance and guts to gloat about that, when residents hear regularly of Pickering’s Picks when it comes to big ticket items!

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The ratpayers – only 57% of whom wanted a rate increase last year – should be asked now, after Pope Pickering chalked up:

  • More than $400k on a lobbyist and PR strategy to counter the ‘Fit For The Future’ inevitability.
  • Around $800k for a design comp to tart up and divert attention away from trhe dog of a civic centre proposal
  • His legacy project, potentially delivering millions of dollars in benefits to downtrodden councillors who want to sue – regardless of the strength of the case – but need the money for luxury car parts. Pickering’s Religious Right faction prohibits community criticism and Pope Picko’s defo action kicked off in a confidential session of council. Why invite the bad publicity he ultimately got?

Sorry Comms Manager Angela Jones-Blaney and GM Gail Connolly, if you think you’ve chalked up a win with the above campaign, unfortunately you’ve subsequently stuffed up with your disgraceful Updated Statement By City Of Ryde General Manager Gail Connolly effort.

We know Ms Jones-Blaney’s work and don’t think that post is something she’s put there as a professional communicator. Someone’s forced her hand.

DISGRACEFUL MISUSE OF COUNCIL’S COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

As for you Ms Connolly, you have no obligation to do what a councillor tells you to do.

Former GM John Neish never ever listened unless it was something he wanted to hear. If you like, just communicate with the councillors you get on with.

That’s what he admitted to when cross-examined by ICAC as its star witness, who waited a few months to lodge his ICAC referal of “serious and systemic” corruption a few days after finding out he was odds-on to get the boot.

Why was there no explanation of WHY a revised statement was issued? Did it occur to you that the reason the statement was revised was because ICAC had cocked up yet again?

Did it occur to you that “considering the sufficiency of evidence” is another way of saying “we stuffed up twice, we concealed, obfuscated and mischaracterised but in the end we got nothing!”.

Given the amendment to the statement – hidden somewhere on the rabid watchdog’s website – suggested a mistake, abuse or interference, have you considered lodging a PID?

You really should given that a number of parties presently are conidering doing so. And perhaps for good measure you could detail how this statement came about.

The internal PID policy was introduced by your predecessor and was ultimately utilised by a Ryde staffer to report the discovery of porn metadata on his council-issued laptop, which of course he claimed he didn’t download because it was visitors from oversees that accessed the device.

The Ryde staffer was bullied out of your organisation  for following that policy.

Save Ryde would be happy to entertain an alternate version if any Neish-aligned employee can offer one.

Finally, did it occur to you that there has been serious criminality on the part of the ICAC and whoever pressured you to issue that release? Because no fair-minded person really would issue a statement that strongly hinted a perversion of process had taken place within ICAC.

It’s not too late, do not feel intimidated. You would be better serving the Ryde community by assisting to shine a spotlight on those behind the ongoing miscarriage of justice in Ryde.

POPE PICKO’S POPULARITY

Fair enough, Pope Picko is wildly popular in the community, mobbed by hordes of children each time he goes shopping, gushed over by little old ladies who can’t believe they’re in his presence and idolised by his fellow councillors as someone who is able to be caring, compassionate, respectful of the other side’s views.

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Pope Picko – magnanimous!

But despite his Justin Beiber-like popularity, word has it his long suffering political colleague, Roy Maggio, is more popular by a whisker. Even so, it would be a close call if they both ran for popular election.

Maggio would have  the help of sporting groups  and many others.

But Pope Picko would have the help of Tony Abboud’s army of pamphleteers and presumably, the army of contractors for the ill-fated Civic Centre v1.0 – who were collectively paid FIVE MILLION BUCKS without a solitary sod being truned on the project.

Former GM John Neish could also be handy and assist by reporting corruption a few months down the track if Pope Picko didn’t win at first crack. That could force a byelection and potential victory, second time time round.

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Here Deputy Mayor Maggio is pictured after a frightening incident in Putney in which Pope Picko fell over backwards after an apparent hit from Vic Tagg, a bloke he knows who “couldn’t punch his way out of a paper bag”. Roy was clearly stunned at what happened, it certainly looked like a punch.

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Former NSW AG Greg Smith’s son, Nathaniel, said “they’re describing it as a cowards punch” half an hour after it happened as if it had been the talk of the nation, dinner table conversation and a talking point on breakfast television.

The rookie Nine reporter, who didn’t know he was Pickering’s employee, ran with it.

Close encounter with death. We're glad Bill Pickering pulled through and what a relief to find that medical records showed no trauma, no bruising, noting indicating you were knocked unconscious. With all that life threatening action going on, it's great to see media got your stretcher pic within 10 mins of the

Close encounter with death – What a relief to find that medical records showed no trauma, no bruising, nothing indicating you were knocked unconscious. It’s great to see media got your stretcher pic within 10 mins of the “cowards punch” OR “king hit” (choose your own adventure) that put you into a coma!

Despite the knock-out hit/cowards punch/king hit/sidewinder/WWF wrestling ‘Suplex’ and subsequent convulsions and unconsciousness, medical reports from Ryde Hospital suggested his life could be miraculously saved with a Panadol.

If you’re keen to see your hero in the flesh, he’s happy to autograph shirts, socks, undies, a picture of him posing on a paramedic stretcher or a cheap photocopy of his most recent Ryde notices of motion. The Weekly Times reports that you can catch Pope Picko in the Supreme Court from Friday 21st August, 2015 when a defo action over a Ryde Byelection smear pamphlet kicks off.

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In the interests of fairness, Save Ryde asks that you reserve your judgement and resist the temptation to base it solely on the leaflet – because it’s expected there will be much much more to weigh up.

We can’t confirm at this stage whether the front two rows of the court have been reserved for existing and prospective property developer clients.

JUST TO REFRESH YOUR MEMORY

POPE PICKERING’S MOTHER THERESA-LIKE QUALITIES

On good authority, we believe that so Mother Theresa-like is Pope Picko that he’s hard to find around as he’s often doing voluntary deliveries for Meals On Wheels.

And while vigorously campaigning for Ryde to remain strong and small (and capable of forging ahead with unwanted and controversial civic precinct overdevelopments), there was also the hassle of moving his business out of the LGA into Parramatta.

Based on his uncanny ability to second guess what organisations like ICAC were going to do next – he would always warn his councillor opponents what ICAC had in store for them – I’m putting my money on Parramatta taking over Ryde.

Actually, pop in to PazMaz and see him some time. He’s actually not too bad with the spin – especially when targeting rivals.

He certainly got value for money out of his flimsy ICAC referrals – most of them didn’t get much of a guernsey – but the allegations against fellow councillors are defying the odds and hanging in there just waiting for an oversight process to wipe them away.

ICAC made a complete ballsup there and now it even looks like they’re tampering with the independence of the NSW Electoral Commission.

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Anyway, especially go and see Bill if you want anything EXCEPT for lobbying, as they don’t do that any more, being off the register and all that jazz.

But do see him if you want some help with your DA, they “have a great track record with helping to get development approvals. With connections at all levels of Government our consultants can get developers in front of the real decision makers and help get approval for projects.”

LINKED COMPANIES, THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT NETWORK OF ‘MATES’ 

Best way to check out whether you’re a suitable client is to check out LobbyLens, where you can see the type of clients Hugo Halliday has links with to date.

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And remember, the firm no longer lobbies – it helps companies do their own lobbying. Which is OK, right?

After pondering his unique councillor/lobbyist existence for six years while on council and no one saying a word about any perceived issues of conflict, he made the magnanimous gesture last year of taking himself off state and federal lobbying registers.

That was only after featuring in ICAC-coverage of the Liberal Party donations probe and aspiring for an ICAC-assisted elevation to the chair. It worked!

It was one of the more ICAC-worthy inquiries in which evidence was given of third party-funded exotic boat trips starring all of his Religious Right mates in Macquarie Street’s corridors of power.

Bill Pickering wallowing in the mud again

 Gazcorp Lobbyist Bill Pickering ICAC Story in SMH

That’s the second newspaper graphic run featuring the crew of the NSW Religious Right, the first time was back in 2011.

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Family tie risk for MP

Conga Lines All Round - You've Been Slugged!

Conga Lines All Round – You’ve Been Slugged!

Anyway, we’re getting a little off track now. Sorry to get it in your ear. Rejoin the Conga Line and celebrate your rate hike!

Who Provoked The Incident Which Left Pickering In The Putney Petunias After Alleged Punch?

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This is the provocative flyer circulated by Ryde’s Bill Pickering in the lead up to last week’s Ryde by-election.

Save Ryde did attempt to include a photo of the flyer in a previous post titled Bill Pickering Should Be Knocked Out Of Politics but it was a little hard to read.

Now you can read it in all its glory.

Think back to the TV reports of the incident, where the only witnesses were Liberal Party factional colleagues.

Now take a guess which of the pair would have accused the other of being corrupt.

Puts a spanner in the works doesn’t it? Given the Liberals caustic relationship with Tagg, who defected from the Party to become am independent, there’s a good chance the whole kerfuffle was a stitch-up!