An interesting turn of events evolved since our Newsfront Blog site and Aussiewatch newsletters tickled the word corruption with accountability last week concerning the Australian Electoral Commission [AEC].
An email from a concerned retired senior public service bureaucrat presented us a key to the AEC Pandora’s box that is riveting material.
We are sure most Australian are unaware of a public inquiry into the conduct of the AEC over the 2013 election and are taking submission from the public until the 7th March 2014. As this story unfolds you will find links to submit your ideas they most certainly did not want you to know about.
Let us take a trip though the mire of AEC bureaucratic bullshit set in place to confuse, misdirect, and deceive the public.
SOS-NEWS published in our newsletter and blog site the AEC is a government department operated by Public Servants… “WRONG”.
We were mislead by this profile of the now defunct AEC Commissioner’s now deleted profile at the AEC website that stated, Mr Killesteyn is a career public servant, having worked in the Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and the Repatriation Commission before joining the Australian Electoral Commission in January 2009.
Our forensic computer investigators located the deleted page now set in perpetual archive for all to read – https://web.archive.org/web/20140125194423/http://aec.gov.au/About_AEC/commissioner.htm – this must be disturbing for the AEC academic accredited IT expert$ on the big bucks told to get rid of it from their website.
So who is the AEC if not a government department?
Once the elections were conducted by public servants in a department or branch of the Commonwealth public service. One of the first things the Hawke Government did in about 1983 to hive off the supervision and conducting of elections into an independent organisation the Australian Electoral Commission to keep prying eyes from the manipulation of voting being carried out and keep difficult question presented to politicians concerning elections being fired around in the house.
The AEC is what is called a “Statutory Agency” under section 29(2) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. It is NOT part of the public service, and is not bound by public service regulations, code of conduct etc and the Electoral Commissioner is the Head of that Statutory Agency. The AEC may directly employ staff or engage consultants etc in its own absolute discretion and prerogative under sections 30,31,32,33,34 and 35 of this act. Such persons are NOT bound by the normal provisions (e.g. code of ethics, code of conduct etc) that apply to public servants employed under the Public Service Act. It is independent of Governmental control. What this means in practicality is that the AEC is NOT answerable to the Minister for State in the parliament.
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/cea1918233/
We have established AEC staff reflects massive political bias is overloaded toward the Labor party within this unaccountable roller coaster running on flawed checks and balances now appearing through large cracks in this AEC bunker built to maintain the tow party status quo.
Politicians are not going to remove their power base or the decades of engineered control set in place to manipulate the Australian people.
Viewing a submission from AEC to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters [JSCEM] inquiring into the conduct of the 2013 federal election, revealed that the document was signed on the 4th February 2014 by Tom Rogers Acting Commissioner. Interesting that we the public were not informed that Commissioner Ed Killesteyn had been removed until 20th February 2014.
The question here, is Tom a more skilled political puppet at covering tracks than Ed was ?
Interesting read was this section of the AEC submission;
On 5 November 2013, Mr Killesteyn commissioned Mr Mick Keelty AO to inquire into the circumstances of the missing ballots. Mr Keelty provided the Electoral Commissioner with the report of his inquiry on 2 December 2013. A copy of the report was sent to the Committee on 13 December 2013 and a copy is also attached to this submission. While Mr Keelty made a number of findings and recommendations in his report, he concluded that:
“it is impossible to determine whether the missing ballots were:
a) physically removed during the many transport and storage processes
b) lost during transport or transfer
c) misplaced through repacking into incorrect boxes, or
d) accidentally mixed with recycling material and disposed of as refuse.”
The report was examined by the full Electoral Commission in the days following its receipt with a view to determining next steps. The Electoral Commission accepted all 32 of the report’s recommendations and then established a taskforce, headed by myself, to lead the implementation of the recommendations. The report was also referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) which noted that the report did not identify evidence supporting the existence of any criminal acts, and that the AFP would not further pursue this matter.
With or without Keelty as lead blood hound for the AFP, it seems they still have great difficulty tracking a bleeding elephant through the snow.
To read this colorful (main shade being “Whitewash”) submission – http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=em/elect13/subs/sub20.pdf
Our Source Continues
I wrote to the then Minister for State Senator Eric Abetz in the Howard Govt in 2004 with very serious allegations of vote frauds and misconducts by the AEC attaching a Statutory Declarations. He was astonished at the letter in reply from the Minister stating that he had referred the complaints to the AEC who would reply to our source directly.
I was amazed the minister had abrogated his responsibility of “quality control” over the information in what the AEC would send to me. Of course the AEC never did reply – they did not want to investigate serious allegations against themselves!!
Discovering the horrible truth that the AEC is NOT part of the public service and NOT responsible to the Minister for State was a shock. A further jolt was discovering the AEC is responsible to it’s self and is answerable only to the “Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters” [JSCEM].
All the Public Service are directly answerable to the Minister who portfolio’s each government department. If you write directly to the Minister, the letter gets logged in his office, and sent to the respective department, which investigates and provides papers to the Minister’s office (as a public servant I did this many times, preparing papers for the Minister); the ministerial staff then assess the papers and prepare a letter in response to be signed BY THE MINISTER.
If the Minister provides an erroneous response, then he can be hauled up in Parliament and questioned in an embarrassing manner.
The open floor of Parliament provides a powerful mechanism of accountability.
AEC is NEVER subject to questioning on the open floor of Parliament!!
AEC only answers to the “Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters” JSCEM
Who Is This Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters ?
Did you know there is an inquiry into the 2013 federal election? – well you should do.
This pathetic media release, issued on 12th December 2013 to inform the people of Australia was a good job of concealing the inquiry. How many saw this in mainstream media ?
Electoral Matters Committee gets to work
The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has today announced its inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 federal election.
The Special Minister of State has asked the Committee to conduct an inquiry with the following terms of reference:
Inquire into and report on all aspects of the conduct of the 2013 federal election and matters relating thereto.
Submissions are now invited and a detailed schedule of public hearings will be announced in the near future.
It is the Committee’s intention to hold hearings in all capital cities as well as a number of rural and regional areas.
No mention of public submissions close 7th March 2014 – WHY?
The last thing they need is to be swamped from a public wanting a fair voting system. Well that’s what they are going to get now you know.
Inside The JSCEM
The JSCEM is a biased committee – it includes 28 MPs from ALP and 15 MPs from the Coalition, plus a non-major party MP this time Independent Nick Xenophon. Click [HERE] to view the list. There is no mention of Tony Smith MP Liberal on that list, or on the website yet our inquires established he is the Chairman of the committee. His contact details for those wishing to ask question are detail at the end of these findings.
Contributors from the public could have put in good written submissions which then get selected OUT OF being discussed either by the committee in closed session or by the public in open session.
If we assume that the ALP runs vote frauds and has corrupted the AEC, and if we assume that the ALP selects the MPs to sit on the JSCEM, then you have a situation that HALF of the committee will rubbish any accusations of AEC misconducts and belittle people who try to raise concerns, this is of course what has happened.
The other half of the JSECEM, even if they are competent and honest (a tall ask), are so very BUSY with the vast range of Parliamentary business that they cannot hope to read all the written submissions – they read only those submissions recommended to them by the Canberra bureaucrats.
Furthermore few MPs have the competence to evaluate the issues even if they do get around to reading the written submissions.
Now the cat out of the AEC bag with SOS-NEWS public awareness to the inquiry, a very large influx of submissions would be just the ticket that would ride on top of the WA election fiasco and lets hear that loud voice of the people wishing to be heard and change being implimented.
Read the 30 odd submissions so far – http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=em/elect13/subs.htm
Submit your ideas on how our elections should be conducted, demand to be heard – read how to prepare your submission link and go for it – http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=documnts/howsub.htm
Email your submission to – email@example.com
So far only two have been conducted, both in Canberra, one with the auditors concerning the missing votes in WA, and the second addresses matters in relation to the Senate voting system. Interesting we visited the suggested JSCEM link to read the transcript, it did not work!
Our computer team found the key to opening the transcripts that offer further interesting reading from behind closed doors:
6th February 2014 Here they address matters in relation to the missing Senate votes in Western Australia before release of the High Court decision to call another WA senate election costing around $15 MILLION.
7th February 2014 Here they address matters in relation to the Senate voting system
Our Source Further Relates
In about 2005 I attempted to get an ex-ALP man, Sam *********, to testify before the JSCEM, but I was thwarted by the bureaucrats in Canberra.
I appealed to the Deputy Chairman of the JSCEM in several letters to him, but got fob-offs signed by his staff. IF this man (Scott Morrison MP) is an honourable man who would be indignant if he knew what Sam ********** was going to testify, then he has ‘leftie’ staff who would not permit him to even read my letters. I could not reach him to raise my concerns; I wanted to arrange him to meet Sam in person.
Sen John Faulkner and other ALP MPs and all senior AEC officials always rubbish claims of vote frauds and ‘irregularities’ by the AEC. They have claimed for years that there is no evidence.
Well, Sam ******** told me the following (I abbreviate it, by memory):- that for many state and federal elections he and a group of about a dozen other ALP members used to be given instructions (by persons he named in Sussex Street ALP HQ and by a few MPs that he named) to go and multiple vote in a list of false enrollment names; he and his dozen mates would go from polling booth to polling booth voting in different names until they got tired of it and he said that sometimes they did not finish the long list, and would adjourn to the pub for the rest of the day.
Here was practical evidence – not raised by a citizen like me of irregularities that I observed — but evidence of vote frauds by a PERSON WHO DID IT OFTEN.
(1) First and foremost -we urge all readers to forward this information far and wide allowing all Australia to be alerted to this clandestine AEC and government manipulation of the electoral system we have exposed. SOS-NEWS have more to come on this issue very soon including erosion of the democratic process.
(2) Send in a submission before March 7th to firstname.lastname@example.org
(3) Attend a suitable to you Public Meetings when the Committee announces and demand your voice be heard.
(4) Australian politicians and minders – As several hundred of are subscribers to SOS-NEWS mailing list, be aware our news reaches 65,000+ computers national and international plus countless readers receiving forwarded NEWS from those subscribing computers. It now seems that with this information out there, salvation of your political credibility to voters is now placed firmly into your individual hands.
You may care to consider today could be the first day of your political demise if you continue sitting on those hands.
(5) Contact the person at the top – demand the closing date for submissions be extended by one month now that voters are aware of the inquiry.
Ask WHY submissions are reviewed only by members of parliament who have a conflict of interest and no members of the voting public hold a seat on this committee – that’s of concern to ALL AUSTRALIANS ?
The Hon Mr Tony Smith MP
Chair, Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters
PO Box 6021, PARLIAMENT HOUSE ACT, 2600
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