Disabled man wins 16-year fight with Public Trustee

IN CHARGE: Clinton VanDenBerg (right) is finally able to manage his own finances after a lengthy battle with Public Trustee Queensland. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMailA DISABLED man has won his fight to regain control of his finances following a "long, hard and arduous" 16-year battle with the State Government body appointed to manage his estate.

Clinton VanDenBerg's life changed forever in 1988, when a 10-tonne semi-trailer, driven by a 17-year-old unlicensed driver, slammed into his family's car. The crash killed his sister, broke vertebrae in his mum's back and left him with a permanent brain injury.

"My life was totally destroyed," he said.

"Because of the fracture to my skull, by order of the court, the Public Trustee Queensland (PTQ) had to handle my finances."

Mr VanDenBerg, now 39, received an $807,000 Supreme Court payout nine years after the harrowing ordeal but his ability to manage his own affairs was restricted when he was placed under financial administration.

Public trustee suspended amid 'serious allegations'

Peter Carne, pictured in 2014 while speaking at former premier Wayne Goss's memorial service.Queensland's public trustee has been suspended after "serious allegations" were made against him.

Peter Carne oversees 600 staff, who manage finances of incapacitated people and estates of deceased people, across Queeensland.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath would not say why Mr Carne had been suspended.

"The Governor in Council has today approved a recommendation by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath to immediately suspend the Public Trustee Peter Carne, pending a show cause notice, as a consequence of serious allegations which could amount to misbehaviour under Section 9 of the Public Trustee Act 1978," her spokesman wrote in a statement.

Qld's public trustee suspended

Queensland's public trustee has been suspended over serious allegations which could amount to misbehaviour, the state's attorney-general says.

Queensland's public trustee Peter Carne has been suspended after serious allegations were made against him.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath says Mr Carne was suspended on Thursday, pending a show cause notice, after serious allegations that "could amount to misbehaviour under the Public Trustee Act".

Personal stories of contact with the Queensland adult guardianship system

Tbernie-ahimsa-househe main purpose of the Committee to Expose the Public Trustee is exactly that – to expose the Public Trustee. We want to shed some light on the reality of people caught up in the guardianship system. To that end we have decided to publish some personal stories.

Some of our members have been willing to share their stories. Others do not want to compromise their privacy. Others are fearful of retribution that would be suffered by their loved ones if they spoke out. Amongst our committee there are many more nightmare stories than are presented here and we know there are many, many more in Queensland.

If you would like to help us expose the Public Trustee and share your experience of Queensland’s adult guardianship system you are very welcome to do so. Please post your story in the comment section below. Comments here are moderated and will not appear immediately.

If you do tell your story, please do not include any information that identifies yourself, your loved one or any officer of the guardianship system. We will check your stories for this before publishing, other than that you can say what you like.

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Media Statement re Queensland Public Guardian misconduct allegations

The Governor in Council has today approved a recommendation by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath to immediately suspend the Public Trustee Peter Carne, pending a show cause notice, as a consequence of serious allegations which could amount to misbehaviour under Section 9 of the Public Trustee Act 1978.

The public can be assured that the Office of the Public Trustee’s core obligations will continue to be met.  The Governor in Council today has approved Samay Zhouand as Acting Public Trustee, to take effect immediately.

Call for inquiry into deaths of four men at psychiatric hospital"

St Andrew's hospital, Northampton, where four men died in a seven-month period on one psychiatric waReport that raised role of antipsychotic drugs in deaths of patients at a Northampton hospital was not shown to inquest

St Andrew's hospital, Northampton, where four men died in a seven-month period on one psychiatric ward.

A public inquiry has been demanded into the use of anti-psychotic drugs after an investigation revealed that side-effects from such medication probably played a part in the deaths, in quick succession, of four men on one hospital ward.

Questions have been raised as to whether the deaths, which all took place within seven months, should have been investigated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The charity that runs St Andrew's hospital in Northampton told the CQC it started looking into whether the deaths on its 20-bed Grafton ward were linked shortly after a third patient died in April 2011. A fourth man, William Johnson, 41, a schizophrenic with cerebral palsy, died the following month.

Former Public Trustee worker avoids jail

A former Public Trustee of Queensland employee has been spared immediate time behind bars after corruptly providing information to a bidder in a tender process.

Robert Edward Leslie Myers, 55, was on Tuesday sentenced in the Brisbane District Court after pleading guilty to multiple charges including five counts of official corruption.
Myers shielded his face with a bag as he left the Brisbane District Court, where Chief Judge Kerry O'Brien handed him a two-year jail term, wholly suspended for three years.

Public Trustee suspended over possible misbehaviour

In other government appointments, Qld's Public Trustee Peter Carne has been suspended following “serious allegations.”

Yvette D’Ath has suspended Qld’s Public Trustee.

 Queensland’s  Attorney-General and justice minister Yvette D’Ath has immediately suspended the state’s Public Trustee Peter Carne.

The action follows “serious allegations which could amount to misbehaviour” under the Public Trustee Act,” Ms D’Ath said in a statement.

Samay Zhouand has been appointed Acting Public Trustee in Mr Carne’s place, she said.

“The public can be assured that the Office of the Public Trustee’s core obligations will continue to be met,” Ms D’Ath said.

She said there would not be any further comment to ensure due process was followed.

The public trustee, which deals with the estates of incapacitated people and people who have died in the absence of an executor, in 2017-18 managed $2.7 billion in assets.

Public Guardian vs Prison - Where is Emily Brown Better Off?

Emily Brown is better off in prison --- Are we wrong?  Let's put all disabled persons / senior citizens in jail and the criminals in nursing homes / group homes and in the care of the Public Guardian. . .

  • This way the seniors / disabled persons would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.
  • They'd receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they'd receive money instead of paying it out.
  • They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly if they fell, or needed assistance.
  • Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be laundered and ironed for them.
  • A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.
  • They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
  • They would have access to a library, gym, spiritual counselling, and education.
  • Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, night clothes and legal aid would be free.
  • Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise yard and gardens. 
  • Each senior could have a PC or laptop, a TV , radio and daily phone calls.
  • There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to. 

"Criminals" would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised.
Lights off at 8 pm.
Showers once a week.
Live in a tiny room and pay $1500 per month and have no hope of ever getting out.

Source : http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=47782330722

Former public servant's fraud conviction serves as a warning

Following a Crime and Corruption (CCC) investigation a former Queensland public servant was sentenced today in the Brisbane District Court to two years jail, which was wholly suspended.

Robert Edward Leslie Myers was sentenced after pleading guilty to a fraud offence and a forgery offence.

The former employee of The Public Trustee of Queensland pleaded guilty to using his position to dishonestly obtain $42,000. None of the funds misappropriated were funds held on behalf of Public Trustee clients.

A message from the Public Trustee

Media statement

Last night, a statement was released to the media from the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath stating that the Governor in Council had approved a recommendation to immediately suspend the Public Trustee of Queensland, Mr Peter Carne, pending a show cause notice.

This was as a consequence of serious allegations, which could amount to misbehaviour under Section 9 of the Public Trustee Act 1978.

We wish to assure the public that no funds belonging to the Public Trustee’s clients have been affected by this decision, nor are they at risk.

Jonathon Harveson - NSW Public Guardian - Low Life Scum Bag - Keeps Disabled Persons Locked Up as Prisoners in Solitary Confinement - Breaking Every Human Rights Law There Is!

What sort of piece of shit is this guy?  And what the fuck do we have human rights for because the Public Guardian doesn't seem to think they matter. 

You do realise that the Public Guardian (a government organisation) is ,assigned to look after people by the Guardianship Tribunal (another government organisation).  And anybody can apply to have somebody signed into the imprisonment of the Public Guardian - just as they did this poor girl. 

The ballbag pieces of shit from DoCS - Ben Anderson made the original application - just as Emily and her mother thought she was about to be freed by DoCS and the government, and signed her over to the Public Guardian so they could then keep her prisoner, abuse her further, deny her the basic human rights such as using a telephone and speaking to her mother. 

Not sure this is true?  Well look under the section Emily Brown - the Girl with No Human Rights - and view the letters she has written and all the statements she has made about her captivity by the government to keep her quiet about her initial kidnapping and 14 years of abuse by DoCS and now the Public Guardian.  Suzanne Alexander was responsible for the original kidnapping and each time the matter was appealled they lied and committed perjury in each court case and have been determined ever since to keep Emily a drugged up prisoner of the state - with whom the government decides who she can and cannot talk to, and where she is allowed to live and what she can and cannot do.

Jonathon Harveson in this person - he has no respect for Emilys basic human rights that are recognised under the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.

  1. Emily has a right to have contact with whom she wants
  2. Emily has the right to freedom of speech and to heard equally before a court of law
  3. Emily has the right to live where she wants

Why is this animal allowed to treat Emily with less rights than a dirty animal who has raped and killed little children?  And why does each government department and person continually fob off Emily's pleas for help by anybody she has had contact with, and her mother? 

  1. Why is Emilys mother not allowed to know where Emily is being held prisoner?
  2. Why is Emily not allowed to have contact with whom she wants?
  3. Why do the Emilys Captors who profit substantially by having her in their custody have the decision of who and what Emily can see and do?

Each time i think of this 20 year old girl with mild autism and the life she has been forced to have, I want to vomit.