This continent of just 21 million people, the same population of New York City, we have more public servants and government per capita than any other country in the world.
With Minister for Home Affairs, Bob (devious) Debus setting up another security organisation in Canberra, since Labor took office, we most likely now host more spies per capita as a world first accolade.
Bob Devious has a track record that must have caused the US security people to shudder, as we have previously published, and now that Bob has created his own security empire over the tiny population of Australia, he seems to see himself as some J Edgar Hoover, a legend in his own mind it would seem.
The other side of the penny from the Liberal camp, we see former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer (pictured left) join Kevin Rudd’s infrastructure chief, Sir Rod Eddington, in advising secretive British firm Hakluyt & Co The company, founded in April 1995, by Christopher James and Christopher Watkins, both ex-British MI6 intelligence [services] staff, that sell intelligence on government policy intentions – including those in Australia – to big business.
Sir Rod Eddington (with knight hoods are a dime a dozen now days as is the credibility we find with our inquiries) is quoted as saying quoting from the Melbourne AGE newspaper:
Sir Rod, who is also advising the Victorian Government on transport policy, last night denied any real or perceived conflict of interest, saying he had not advised anyone at Hakluyt on Australian Government policy. “There is no conflict of interest,” Sir Rod said.
“Like many people in corporate life, you manage your life in a way that they (conflicts) do not occur. I sit around the (Hakluyt) table with guys who are extremely experienced businessmen with great integrity. Hakluyt is a way for me to keep my international network up.”
He said he had not seen any evidence to suggest Hakluyt had ever acted unethically. “Do you think Alexander Downer would be on the advisory board of a company that acted unethically?” Sir Rod asked.
Imagine doubting an Australian politician, further to even suspect a laps of integrity, let alone Sir “Blow my own trumpet” Rod.of such.
In 2004, Hakluyt advisory board member Lord Inge resigned over a perceived conflict of interest due to his membership of the Butler review commissioned by then British prime minister Tony Blair to examine intelligence failures in Iraq.
Speaking of devious, back to good old Bob, who has been under scrutiny by the National Crime Commission, we found this story by the Melbourne AGE that covers it.
ONE of the most senior federal ministers has had his political allegiances, views on police corruption, drinking habits, friendships and other personal details secretly documented by the nation’s top criminal intelligence body.
The Australian Crime Commission’s secret file on the Minister for Home Affairs, Bob Debus, details his conduct and conversations with senior officials who he met at a dinner in the Northern Territory in April.