NSW Premier Mike Baird had a secret meeting a few weeks ago with Charif Kazal who in 2011 was found to be corrupt by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for bribing government official Andrew Kelly. There are a thousand reasons why Premier Baird should not have met with Mr Kazal so it is worth looking at in finer detail than the short mention in last week’s article on this website.
Mr Baird’s secret meeting becomes more interesting given Charif Kazal and his brothers had links to the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and have “forged close ties to the royal families of the United Arab Emirates, including Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al- Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai”. (Click here to read more)
In November 2015 Premier Magic Mike sold the NSW power network Transgrid for $10.26 billion to a consortium which is part owned by Middle Eastern government organisations that are notorious for paying bribes.
Mike Baird fiddles while we lumber towards more corrupt council elections
- Category: Corrupt Politicians
- Created: Wednesday, 06 July 2016 11:49
- Written by Justin Field - NewMatilda.com
Legislation to tackle corruption in NSW at the local government level will come too late to protect voters, writes Justin Field.
For those NSW councils not embroiled in Mike Baird’s amalgamation quagmire, local government elections to be held this September will once again be the plaything of developers and vested interests.
For all the rhetoric, ICAC hearings and special inquiries, the Baird Government has failed to address key corruption risks and our democracy remains for sale.
You would think with admissions of brown paper bags in the back of a Bentley, the washing of illegal donations through federal Liberal Party fundraising vehicles and the outrageous situation on Auburn council, that laws to ensure developers can’t buy their way onto councils would have been a no brainer.