ER Editor: Now it’s Daniel Andrews‘ turn to be under a corruption investigation after NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian stepped down following the launch of an investigation into how she allocated grants to community organisations between 2012 and 2018. See Why Gladys Berejiklian resigned: Everything you need to know about ICAC inquiry into the departing NSW Premier.
The details are vague as to what Andrews may have done in his dealings with the firefighters’ union. This from The Age:
Victoria’s anti-corruption body has been examining the conduct of Premier Daniel Andrews and a senior public servant over their role in controversial deals that benefited the firefighters’ union and its boss, Peter Marshall.
While it has been known since 2019 that the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) has been investigating dealings involving the United Firefighters Union (UFU), the fact that its investigators have been scrutinising the Premier’s conduct has not before been confirmed.
Sources with knowledge of the investigation who are not authorised to comment publicly have confirmed that one aspect of the IBAC investigation involved scrutiny of the Premier’s actions.
The commission has also questioned whether Mr Andrews was transparent in advising the Victorian public or his cabinet or caucus colleagues about his interventions in dealings with the UFU.
The commission refused to comment on its investigation and Mr Andrews on Tuesday repeatedly declined to comment on whether he was aware IBAC was investigating his dealings with the firefighters’ union.
While conduct in public office should be scrutinized and held to account, given the scope of wrongdoing of our leaders, who are NEVER held to account, we are still curious as to why Berejiklian of NSW and Andrews are suddenly coming under fire for, shall we say, ‘side issues’.
These are two of the Australian states which have seen the most draconian and illegal actions by government to lock people down over this fake health crisis.
Andrews, further, was the one who went around the Australian FEDERAL government and unilaterally made a deal for his state with China’s Belt and Road Initiative. (Australia on the contrary is part of the US-led Blue Dot Network to counter China in the region.) See this piece by John Varano for the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Most Read of 2020: The State of Victoria and China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Where Does it Leave Victorians?
The COVID-19 pandemic has ignited new debate on China’s flagship foreign policy, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Against the official position of the Australian federal government, the state of Victoria has recently signed on.
Further, Andrews had signed his state onto the UN/globalist Strong Cities Network. Here is the page link for the SCN’s member cities. The entire STATE of Victoria is mentioned in this list of CITIES as a member. Moreover, Melbourne under Andrews’ leadership was host to the 2018 Global Summit of the SCN. See this piece we published back in September, 2020 titled Daniel Andrews has sold out Victoria to the Strong Cities Network (SCN) with PRIVATISED POLICE.
All of which does NOT make Benjamin Fulford’s claims about Andrews sound so far-fetched (see Fulford’s complete blog post for September 27, 2021), although most of these claims cannot be verified, coming as they do from Fulford’s personal intelligence sources:
US, Australian, and UK authorities took action in Australia after it turned out all sorts of politicians had been blackmailed and/or bribed to hand the country over to China by a combination of Chinese Communist and Rothschild/Rockefeller intrigue. This was part of a deal they had made to hand Australia over to China in exchange for the continued support of the “Biden” regime.
Here is a concrete example: Premier Daniel Andrews of the State of Victoria signed up to China’s Belt and Road Infrastructure initiative behind the back of the federal government. Also, after suffering a “back injury from falling down the stairs” he put his state under the longest and harshest “Covid” restrictions in the world.
This is the true story as revealed by Australian intelligence sources:
“Daniel Andrews has a Chinese mafia business partner in the background. Multiple millions have been funneled to Andrews for green-lighting numerous projects in Victoria (Funds from his Chinese handlers).
Andrews was caught in a hotel room with the young daughter of his Chinese boss. (could it have been a setup?) He was beaten close to death. His head was badly bruised resulting in a fractured skull. His vertebrae and several ribs were fractured. He was almost paralyzed. He was told that from that day onward he was their boy and must do everything they told him. (His wife knows the truth of what happened). Failure to abide by orders from his CCP handlers means certain elimination for him and his family. As Andrews was told, ‘accidents happen every day’.
Now you understand the reason for shutting down the construction industry for 2 weeks in all of Victoria. Look at the riots that are taking place. Watch carefully what group comes back to work. Andrews must push the Vax on all Victorians. These are his marching orders”
Now you know why such unreported (in the propaganda media) scenes like this are taking place every day in Australia.
Simon Parkes through his own intelligence sources had referred to the new AUKUS grouping as having nothing to do with nuclear-powered submarines and everything to do with warning China to keep its distance (here and here).
So is Andrews being nailed through a corruption investigation by people with much higher strategic objectives?
As a sidenote on Gladys Berejiklian, Fulford has this to say:
The change in Australia is reflected by the fact Premier of Gladys Berejiklian resigned as New South Wales Premier “after an investigation found she & others in the govt. were receiving millions of $ from Pfizer to push draconian vax laws,” according to Australian intelligence sources.
Daniel Andrews won’t stand down over reports Ibac is investigating his role in firies dispute
Victorian premier insists he has behaved ‘appropriately at all times’ including in his dealings with the firefighters’ union
The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has rejected calls to stand down over reports the state’s anti-corruption body was probing his dealings with the firefighters’ union.
The Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) has been investigating the United Firefighters Union’s role in Victoria’s fire services reform since 2019.
Andrews’ involvement in the IBAC investigation was first reported by the Age newspaper on Wednesday and has been verified by Guardian Australia.
The IBAC investigation is exploring whether the government’s dealings with the UFU secretary, Peter Marshall, were transparent during the long-running industrial dispute.
People familiar with the investigation have said the actions of Andrews and a former senior public servant from his office were being examined as one part of the IBAC operation codenamed Richmond.
The high-level investigation has involved thousands of pages of evidence, including telephone intercept records and subpoenaed documents.
Many individuals central to the investigation, considered one of the most expensive in the anti-corruption authority’s history, were interviewed last year, the Guardian understands.
Andrews batted away questions about the probe on Wednesday, firstly outside parliament and then again during question time. Under the IBAC Act, it can be an offence for an individual to confirm they are being examined.
“If you want to know what IBAC is doing and who they’re doing it with, then you need to speak to IBAC. I cannot provide you with any other answer,” Andrews told reporters. “I behave appropriately at all times and I’m focused on always doing what is the appropriate thing to do.”
Victoria’s opposition has called on the premier to resign if his role was being investigated.
The shadow attorney general, Tim Smith, told reporters: “The former premier of NSW resigned because she was under investigation by ICAC. The premier of Victoria is under investigation by our anti-corruption commission, IBAC, why hasn’t the premier stood down?”
When asked if he would stand down pending the outcome of any IBAC investigation, Andrews replied: “Absolutely not”.
“I will not be doing anything other than my duty and what I’m sworn to do and that is to work as hard as I can to deliver on my commitments to the community, keep the community safe and make sure that we can deliver our roadmap to opening,” he said on Wednesday.
IBAC refused to comment on the Age report. “As a matter of practice, IBAC does not comment on whether it has a complaint or investigation before it,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the UFU also declined to comment.
The genesis of the IBAC investigation is a 2014 dispute between the United Firefighters Union and the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
The CFA had been concerned that the UFU would be handed undue control over country firefighters under a proposed enterprise bargaining agreement.
Andrews was elected premier in late 2014 when the brawl was still in its early stages.
Over the next three years, the dispute became increasingly toxic, claiming Andrews’ emergency services minister, Jane Garrett, and many senior officials in the firefighting services, both the volunteer-based CFA and the professional Metropolitan Fire Brigade.
Andrews subsequently announced a solution: he would merge the two fire services under a new body now called Fire Rescue Victoria. The move was seen largely as a way of appeasing Marshall and the union.
But senior figures within the fire authorities continued to resign as the reforms were pushed through, culminating in the official merger of the services in 2020.
The news of Andrews’ involvement in an IBAC investigation came days after the anti-corruption body confirmed it would hold public hearings as part of a separate inquiry into the conduct of former Labor ministers.
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