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Media Release – ICAC

MEDIA RELEASE

The situation in Queensland (Qld) is beyond the capacity and powers of the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) where currently less than 2% of corruption complaints are investigated (Prof Tim Prenzler). People have lost faith in the system and it is now urgent that Queensland establishes the long overdue Qld Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Reforms are necessary to the way complaints against people involved in local government and other public entities are handled. Qld’s Local Government Act (QLGA) sets up a state of affairs whereby complaints about mayors, councillors and officers are assessed by the council’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) before they are referred on to the CCC.
The same Act also sets up a process whereby the CCC refers complaints back to the councils in question for ‘preliminary assessment’ which is essentially putting the fox in charge of the hen house.

The present complaints framework surrounding Qld’s local and state politics suffers from a complete lack of meaningful scrutiny around political donations. No one actively investigates this, not the council themselves, not the CCC and not even the Electoral Commission Qld (ECQ) which actually handles the disclosure of political donations. The enormous void in handling and investigation of electoral complaints has been evidenced at the recent CCC Operation Belcarra Public Hearing.
Queensland has a real need for an appropriately empowered and resourced body which is solely focussed on being the real watchdog of the political landscape from misconduct through to crime and corruption. Only the NSW ICAC model (pre2016 amendments) achieves the level of deterrent, scrutiny and convictions that are acceptable to the public.

I stand alongside Rob Pyne MP and urgently call for a proper Qld ICAC and a Federal ICAC.

“There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.” Eldridge Cleaver

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Click here to read media release supporting an ICAC from Qld Local Government Reform Alliance (QLGRA)

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It is time to get real in the dealing of healing

MEDIA RELEASE

Recently I spoke at Parliament House on the assault on our democratic rights when it comes to medical cannabis. Derryn Hinch offered to join Jeanette Maynes and myself a day earlier when we were discussing the National Sex Offender Register and attended shouting ‘free the weed’.

It is entirely hypocritical that cannabis is not available to treat a multitude of human problems and illnesses. Cannabis medicine should be made available to all those that may benefit or need it. Cannabis is one of the most valuable natural plant medicines. Treating glaucoma, epilepsy, asthma, insomnia, eating disorders, muscle spasms, cancer and the list goes on.

Cannabis has served mankind for thousands of years and was once the world’s most traded commodity. It was such an important crop, farmers were directed to grow the plant, it was legal tender and could be used to pay taxes.

There are thousands of rural acres crying out for a value adding crop. It could rejuvenate rural Australia. The phobia and inhibitions people have about cannabis would be better put aside and recognise this is not a drug related crop. Once it achieves respectability it would be all systems go. Huge industrial potential being hempcrete roads, hemp houses, fuels, textiles, food, medicine etc and replace all plastics, cleaning up our waterways, protecting our flora and fauna.

We need to be investing the money we spend on prosecuting people into actual crimes and freeing up police resources so they can tackle the violence and serious offences against our community. It will also remove part of the criminal element if it was regulated correctly and the black market on cannabis would literally disappear over night.

Notwithstanding the issues for patients trying to access cannabis through authorised prescribers, the Federal Government’s proposal to import cannabis is not guaranteed as overseas countries have restrictions on exporting.

Australia should just get on with cultivating it’s own supply of cannabis and change state laws to provide authorisations under health regulations so patients are not at threat of being arrested under unjust state criminal laws.

Why are we not attracting the growers and a vital industry to the Fraser Coast? Jobs, jobs and more jobs.

#million$crop #trillion$industry

Police from Strike Force Elkmont – Griffith Local Area Command in conjunction with Strike force Hyperion – SCC Drug Squad have uncovered almost $5,500,000 worth of cannabis following a crime scene warrant at a farm in Colinroobie of the Riverina in southern NSW on 23rd February. I am praying the authorities won’t destroy what could be a great start into having medical cannabis oil available in Australia relatively quickly. Other wise this will take a lot of medicine away from people who need it now!

Jannean Dean
Glenn Lazarus Team

Jeanette Maynes, Derryn Hinch and Jannean Dean discussing National Sex Offender Register and Medical Cannabis

Click here for more information – Medical Cannabis Advisory Group Qld

Jeanette Maynes blog on Canberra visit

Conforming Petition FCRC CEO

MEDIA RELEASE

A petition is now circulating in both electronic and paper formats calling on the State Government to act in ensuring that FCRC CEO is removed from office. The electronic version of the petition can be found here: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=2689

Paper versions will also be available and I will update on the relevant locations or events where the paper petitions can be signed.

So why this petition? So far, the CEO has flat out refused to back down and resign. The CEO has not explained her actions / inaction – it will take a massive public outcry to get the majority of Councillors or the Qld State Government to act in the public interest.

The Mayor has power to remove the CEO by putting a motion forward to Councillors but we know the numbers are not in chambers. It is important to note that 74% of staff have completed the
anonymous survey as requested by Mayor Chris Loft. Prior to this survey staff participation at best was 35 – 40%. This confirms that staff have a lot to say about what is happening behind closed doors and want a change.

It is understood that the CCC has 33 FCRC complaints before them which were submitted in 2016. I am waiting for Frankie Carroll, Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure, Local
Government and Planning to advise which complaints have been finalised, how many remain outstanding and when they will be publicly available.

I agree with many who say ‘sack the lot of them’, however, there is no point sacking the Councillors until someone has dealt with the organisational transparency and accountability; which includes the Executive team and that starts with the CEO.

I cannot believe the rate payers are paying the salaries for these people and the saga is allowed to continue. When is the State Government going to show leadership and put an end to the ongoing open undermining of efforts and grossly disrespecting the Office of Mayor? How much longer will our staff have to go to work under this type of toxic environment and how long is the community going to have to put up with this?

In an email dated 16th March 2016, (3 days prior to the local government elections Lisa Desmond penned “The wheels have fallen off this bus, there is way too many matters that are falling through the cracks. No follow up, no accountability, no responsibility and urgent action is required now to start getting this organisation back on track.” She went on further to say “We are floundering on our continuous improvement and efficiency drives across Directorates and failing basic legislative responsibilities. Examples: backflow prevention device testing, animal compliance, DA register required under SPA, Asset Management, Forward Designs, capital infrastructure planning, I could go on.” This email is referred to in the State Government Report so the ‘advisors’ Steven Johnson, Deputy Director-General, Local Government and Regional Services, at the time, now CEO of Bundaberg Regional Council and Terry Brennan, former Cassowary Coast Regional Council CEO knew; therefore the Department and Jacklyn Trad Minister, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning knew about it also.
State Government, Councillors and the media are not asking the right questions about this. Why aren’t they? This should be discussed in open council.

After several requests for intervention from Qld State Government and my phone constantly ringing with ‘disgruntled’ staff and residents, I decided mid November 2016 to commence enquiries into a conforming petition to have Lisa Desmond removed as CEO from Fraser Coast Regional Council. The delay in publishing this conforming petition was because the Parliamentary Clerk went on leave.

The reasons for this Petition are numerous and varied:
* doctoring minutes
* inaccurate reporting
* micromanaging councillors
* wasteful expenditure
* Wide Bay Water fiasco
* Toogoom Rockwall debacle
* contractors contracts and obligations
* economic failure of Bauple
* approval of incomplete development applications
* missing backflow register
* secrecy surrounding CEO extension of contract
* staff working in a toxic environment and the rate payer is paying for all this plus much more.

This list of failures that demonstrate gross maladministration cannot simply be ignored. Again, why hasn’t State Government, Councillors and the media been asking the right questions about this?

A paper version of the petition is also available for those that would like to get signatures from those who are not on the internet. Please contact me to arrange hard copies. I will arrange locations for the petition to be available across the Fraser Coast and also advise of locations and times for the community to come say hello, ask any questions and sign. If you would
like to be a coordinator in your area please let me know.

Paper petitions must be returned to me by Tuesday 7th March 2017, so it can be finalised and tabled at Parliament sitting commencing Tuesday 14th March 2017. Online Petition closes Friday 3rd March 2017. Click Here: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=2689

If all tiers of Government were doing their job properly at Local, State and Federal levels I would not be receiving all the requests I do for help 7 days a week.

I want our representatives to be striving for ‘great governance’. If you agree that basic ‘good governance’ is lacking, transparent and accountable government is no longer, then please sign the
petition. I want to see strong leadership with caring integrity. If you want this too, please sign the petition.

Thank you so much for helping fight for ‘good governance’.

Jannean Dean
Glenn Lazarus Team

#WeDemandGoodGovernance     #CaringWithIntegrity     #NotGoodEnough

 

CEO calls executive team for urgent meeting

CEO ADMITS FAILING BASIC LEGISLATIVE PRINCIPLES

Deputy Premier tabled a report dated 31 October 2016 titles FRASER COAST REGIONAL COUNCIL – State intervention under the Local Government Act 2009.

On page 10 of this report, 3.6 Governance states “As early as March 2016, the Chief Executive Officer identified concern for immediate action within Council in terms of its operations and compliance with governance requirements.” (Footnote 13 which is identified as “Email. Chief Executive Officer, 16 March 2016.)

Below is a copy of the 16th March 2016 email from Fraser Coast Regional Council CEO Ms Lisa Desmond. (3 days before the Election).

It is understood that the timing of this email coincided with the release of local polls that showed a swing away from the incumbent.

At the March 2016 Local Government Elections Mayor O’Connell was defeated and Mayor Chris Loft was successful. This outcome was clear on election night.

In this email, Ms Desmond ADMITS the council is failing basic legislative principles amongst a list of other things.

From publicly available records, Ms Desmond has been CEO of Fraser Coast Regional Council since 2011 having served under Mayor Kruger and Mayor O’Connell. (5 years)

The Council has had two ‘advisors’ from Department Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP) whose reports were relied on in the above mentioned report.

This email is referred to in the Report so the ‘advisors’ Steven Johnson, Deputy Director-General, Local Government and Regional Services and Terry Brennan, former Cassowary Coast Regional Council CEO knew; therefore the Department and Jacklyn Trad Minister, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning knew about it also.

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 #CEOmustGO

Jeanette Maynes has a history on the ‘backflow’ click here to learn more. 

Our time is now

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RALLY TO END COUNCIL CHAOS!

#HadEnough – FCRC we call on you to end the chaos in Council.

If you care at all about fixing the ongoing dysfunction in the FCRC you must turn out in force on Wednesday morning at 8:30am, City Hall, Maryborough. Democracy can be reasserted here if we make the council hear our voice. Rally to End Council Chaos!

Bring signs or just bring yourselves and your friends but turn out as this is our time, they must listen.

Wednesday 9th November, 2016
City Hall
Maryborough

Enough is enough Fraser Coast. Our reputation, our economy and our community is being destroyed by the infighting between the CEO and the Mayor and between councillors. We can no longer afford our council and CEO to be focusing their energies on attacking each other and point scoring rather than working together to better our wonderful region.

We also can not tolerate that the staff of OUR council are forced to work in such a “toxic” work environment and that there is a culture of “favouritism” and “reprisals”. The CEO needs to take responsibility for the HR problems and toxic work culture. The CEO and the Mayor can not work together in any positive way. One of them must go. The Mayor is elected, the CEO is an employee, whatever the many faults with the Mayor, its the CEO who must resign or be sacked for there to be any chance of this community rebuilding faith in the council.

Apathy has hurt our community for too long, if you care this may be your only chance to really stand up and make change happen.

Our demands:
1. We ask the CEO of the Fraser Coast Council to resign immediately.
2. Should this not happen we ask the council to pass a resolution in open chambers requesting the resignation of the CEO.
3. If not passed or CEO does not resign, we request the Mayor to use his powers to sack the CEO.
4. If this doesn’t happen immediately we request Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to sack the entire council, appoint an administrator, sack the CEO and call fresh elections for March 2017.

This rally is just prior to the council meeting starting with Public Participation at 9am, please stay and make your voice heard if you can.

Thank you for caring about our region and I urge you to make sure you attend and bring friends so we can make our voice powerful as one.

Michael Weekes & Jannean Dean
Rally Organisers
Email Michael
Email Jannean

Toogoom Rock Wall Rally

Calling all Fraser Coastarians to stand united against the failed rock wall in Toogoom.

Sunday, 30th October 2016 – 10:30am

Standing united against the poor decision making of Fraser Coast Regional Council and Queensland State Government in protecting the environment, protecting the rate payer, protecting the integrity of good governance.

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The important issues are:
1. The application to build the wall was not assessed in accordance with the legislation.
2. The wall was not in accordance with the SEMP and in fact contradicted the SEMP.
3. The wall was not constructed in accordance with the approved design.
4. The wall alignment is causing serious environmental impacts to the foreshore to the west of the wall.

And there is more.

Those paying for the wall have not got what they agreed to pay for!

 

Toogoom Rock Wall Rally Event Page

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Battle for Wide Bay: Can candidates improve life expectancy?

GLT candidate Jannean Dean said everybody’s quality of life needed to be improved and that would increase life expectancy in the regions.

“If you have a disability or can’t find a job, you can claim a disability support pension, senior pension or newstart allowance and contrary to what others say, they would have us believe these benefits are plenty of money to support a gambling habit, nicotine addiction and some pretty serious alcoholic tendencies, that’s far from reality,” she said.

“This cash certainly isn’t enough to pay for things like medication, wheelchairs, disability aids, taxis to get to medical appointments or food to keep you nourished.”

Click here for Gympie Times article 23rd June 2016

#vote1 #janneandean4widebay #glennlazarusteam4senate

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Wide Bay candidates talk about marriage equality and the Rattler

Marriage Equality

Ms Dean said a full conscience vote was needed on the issue in both houses of Parliament “and not undertaking a plebiscite which would cost $160 million, divide communities and take funds away from important services such as mental healthcare and suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth”.

Rattler

Ms Dean said the Glen Lazarus Team fully supported getting the Rattler back on track.

“The reality will be if the government doesn’t support the proposal to get the Rattler back and running, the government will be left with a rail corridor and a number of assets from Gympie through to the Mary Valley that they will have to be maintained and or other decisions will need to be made. This is a significant attraction for Gympie, the Sunshine Coast and the Mary Valley,” she said.

Click here for Gympie Times article 22nd June 2016

#vote1 #janneandean4widebay #glennlazarusteam4senate

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Wide Bay candidates talk border security and halting ‘brain drain’

Border Security

Border protection is paramount and our military and peace keeping personnel must be maintained at minimum levels. Appropriate support needs to be provided to military and peace keeping personnel both during service and in retirement to ensure they are given the acknowledgement, respect and assistance they deserve.

Defence procurement must ensure all equipment, machinery, products, vessels, vehicles and other items are designed and manufactured in Australia. National security must never be compromised by the opportunity to secure cheaper items overseas and decisions regarding Australia’s involvement in war must be considered by the Parliament of Australia.

Our defence personnel and their families need to be supported while serving and during post service to ensure they are respected and supported.  Gold cards should be available for all defence personnel who have experienced war like conditions – no ifs or buts and Veterans Affairs needs a complete overhaul.

Brain Drain

We need to look at send the entirety of Departments to regional areas and we need to look at all the demographics of the rural communities and possibly put the Mining Department where he mines are or put Heritage Department in Maryborough, put Tourism Department in the another location. Put agriculture where it is mostly needed, in the Wide Bay. Fisheries could go to another region and so on.

We should not be keeping them in the congested cities and kids and families have to continuously move to find work instead of living in the areas where they love and could thrive. With current technology there is no reason for these Departments to be in the Major Cities – it’s not as if we can just go in and make an appointment.

Glenn Lazarus Team believe job creation is of the utmost importance in regional areas. And it wouldn’t it be great if all call centres in Australia are located in all regional areas across Australia. Big business like Telstra, Optus, banks etc should all be required to hire Australians.  Australian Government tenders awarded to overseas companies should be brought back on to shore immediately to provide Australian jobs for Australian workers.

Click here for Gympie Times Article 30th June 2016

#vote1 #janneandean4widebay #glennlazarusteam4senate

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