The Crooked House of Clinton [New Ben Garrison cartoon ...Australian governments of both political persuasions have paid more than $75 million in the past 10 years to arms of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation that are now mired in controversy.

The government has not made any formal donation to the Clinton Foundation, but since 2006 it has entered into a series of partnerships with the foundation in which the American presidential candidate’s family outfit acted as a “technical implementing partner” in the delivery of aid programs.

The government still has three active arrangements with the Clinton Health Access Initiative to deliver aid in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.

Reports in US newspapers The Boston Globe and The Washington Post have accused CHAI of failing to adequately report to the US State Department its revenues from foreign governments.

The question of the money the Clinton Foundation raises from foreign governments became a political issue in the US when Hillary Clinton became secretary of state in 2009. It was agreed the Clinton Foundation would notify the State Department of any foreign donations or revenues. This was to ensure there were no conflicts of interest with foreign governments seeking goodwill with the secretary of state by donating­ money to what was then her husband’s foundation.

List of corrupt Victorian officials:

Corrupt/or adverse mention ADAMS, Hugh Francis Patrick -Deputy Chief Magistrate, resigned three weeks after the release of this book in June 1995.
Corrupt/or adverse mention ADDISON, Suzanne – Premier’s Department (Joan Kirner) Secretary.

The current undemocratic senate quota system continues to be supported by the major parties, because it considerably disadvantages the minor parties.

As was pointed out by Van Badham:  “Voter control” is a disingenuous argument, the option of below-the-line voting is already offered to every voter, while the list of how parties have ordered their preferences are offered online and at every ballot booth….. 

Because while everyone knows that Victoria’s Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party senator Ricky Muir won only a small number of “number 1” votes, few people appreciate that Senator Michaelia Cash from the Liberals received even less, and yet under the Greens’ proposed changes her re-election will be near guaranteed, while his will not.”

Australia fails to improve on its worst ranking on Transparency International’s corruption perception index

Australia has failed to improve on its record low ranking in a global measure of government corruption, prompting renewed calls for a powerful federal integrity commission to be established “without delay and political wrangling”.

The most widely recognised measure of public-sector corruption, Transparency International’s corruption perception index(CPI), was released on Tuesday afternoon, ranking Australia 13th least corrupt in the world.

Politicians' pay goes up... Sunday retail and hospo workers pay cut.

On the same day that tens of thousands of Sunday workers will have their penalty rates cut, federal politicians will receive both a pay rise and tax cut.

That happens to be the same day that the 2% deficit levy on people earning over $180,000 will expire, AND that penalty rates for Sunday hospitality workers will be cut.

Take, for example, the prime minister Malcolm Turnbull who is in for a more than $10,000 per year pay rise, with his base salary up to $527,000 a year.

There is a lot of rubbish being spun in the media around the new Senate reforms.  In short the reforms are a reaction by the more established players (Lib/Nats., Labor, Greens and Xenophon), to the success of the micro parties in the Senate. Off course all these players stand to benefit from this change at the expense of the micro parties. The large parties stand to gain by limiting the number of players they have to deal with in the Senate when in Government. The small players (Greens and Xenophon) benefit from becoming the sole voices controlling the balance of power in the Senate. After initially supporting the changes, Labor is reversing its bi-partisan stand to play politics in an election year and create an opportunity to differentiate itself from the Liberals and Greens.