Some pigs are more equal that others, especially when they pay in cash

More on the $100,000 donation in an Aldi bag provided to the NSW Labor Party ….

Where in the world was Austrac?  You know the Austrac who:

is an Australian Government agency that uses financial intelligence and regulation to disrupt money laundering, terrorism financing and other serious crime.

You know, the Austrac who say on their website:

Money laundering disguises the profits of illegal activities as legitimate funds. As well as being a crime in itself, it enables other serious crimes such as terrorism, slavery, drug trafficking, fraud and corruption.

By detecting money laundering activities and the crimes they are associated with, we protect Australia’s financial system from criminal abuse. Our activities play a key role in helping protect us from threats to our national security, including terrorism.

When Austrac pinged and fined CBA for breaches of AML-CTF legislation, the poliical establishment got all harrumphy and excited.  Well then?  Where the hell was Austrac in this case?

Again, according to its website:

At AUSTRAC we follow the money.

Did the Aldi bag confuse them?

Almost all criminal acts leave a financial trail that can be followed by those with the right tools and expertise. Our intelligence analysts provide critical information to support law enforcement and national security operations in their investigation and prosecution of serious criminal activity.

Well then?  Where the hell was Austrac in this case?

This all assumes however that the political establishment has not exempted itself from Austrac laws.  You know, how it has exempted itself from a range of laws that we mere plebs must abide by.  Little things like privacy laws.

And now with the Commonwealth proposing to make it a crime to pay someone more than $10,000 in cash, watch for the fine print where they excuse themselves.

Remember.  Some pigs are more equal than others.

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34 Responses to Some pigs are more equal that others, especially when they pay in cash

  1. miltonf

    Spot on Sparty. Latho calls it the cross Party Cabal. Lib-Nat-Labor-Greens vs everyman.

  2. John Michelmore

    George Orwell wouldn’t be surprised, and he died in 1950!

  3. Jock

    I object to the proposed new laws re 10k because one cash is legal tender. It should be reportable, but not against the law. Two . I object to any way the 17% ers can get their hands on more tax to pay themselves.

  4. Up The Workers!

    Austrac sound about as blind, deaf, dumb, bought and bent as the “Get Pell Squad”/Lawyer X informer-handlers/Keystone Cops Farce Command in Dodgy Dan’s Mogadishu-by-the-Yarra Police Farce.

    Maybe the Austrac snoozers were all out hogging into a lavish donated Chinese banquet meal, when they conspicuously “missed” seeing the A.L.P. graft and corruption donation of $100,000.00 dirty Chinese dollars in the Aldi bag? (That wouldn’t have been the same bag Bonking Billy Short-One famously used at the Chiquita Mushrooms, Unibuilt or Cleanevent E.B.A. negotiations, by any stretch of the imagination, would it?)

    And still the slimy crims and corrupt grubs in the A.L.P. wonder how they could possibly have lost the “Unloseable Election”.

    When I.C.A.C. finish with the odious vermin in the A.L.P. and have properly disinfected themselves, perhaps they should then start on all the snoring Sherlocks of Austrac, looking to root out all the corruption there – or at least provide them with brand new white sticks and seeing-eye-dogs.

    Attempting to rid the A.L.P. of its chronic, endemic corruption, is a bit like painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge; only the Harbour Bridge is several decades younger than the corruption in the A.L.P., and so far nobody has been able to successfully de-sludge and sanitise that latter outfit yet.

  5. miltonf

    Another example of our broken democracy is the signage on the dunnies in ScoMo’s own department. The Canberra bureaucrats embrace the latest cultural Marxist fad regardless of who is nominally in charge.

  6. Old School Conservative

    And now with the Commonwealth proposing to make it a crime to pay someone more than $10,000 in cash

    Katrina Grace Kelly rips into the Morrison government on this very issue in the Oz today. Her headline says it all:

    “Draconian cash bill treats us all as tax-dodging criminals”

  7. Tel

    And now with the Commonwealth proposing to make it a crime to pay someone more than $10,000 in cash, watch for the fine print where they excuse themselves.

    There you go … sensible cash payment laws could have forced NSW Labor to accept 10 separate Aldi bags on 10 separate days. They would have had many additional opportunities to reflect on how wrong it is to take bribes.

  8. max

    “Thou shalt not steal”

    Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water (Isaiah 1:22).

    “There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you” (Exodus 12:49).

    These two verses are the biblical foundation of the principle of the rule of law. Hebrew or gentile, rich or poor, there was to be one civil law-order. This was crucial in the Mosaic law’s concept of justice. No one was exempt from the rule of law.

  9. max

    “Thou shalt not steal”

    Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water (Isaiah 1:22).

    “There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you” (Exodus 12:49).

  10. notafan

    The alp wasn’t a reporting agency and who knows where the donor got the cash.

    Austrac can’t ‘know’ information that hasn’t been reported by someone involved in the transaction.

    Did the alp deposit the cash in a single transaction?

    Or did it structure deposits?

    How did the matter come to light in the first place?

  11. The alp wasn’t a reporting agency

    The ALP and the other political parties are not reporting entities because the AML-CTF act and regs don’t require. Much like the privacy and spam acts don’t require political parties to comply.

    Design feature not fault.

  12. 2dogs

    Where in the world was Austrac?

    Apparently, the payments were falsely disclosed as multiple contributions from multiple donors, so the NSW ALP has also deceived AUSTRAC when they filled out their bank deposit slip, and consequently have also broken the laws administered by AUSTRAC.

    There is also the matter as to how these funds were withdrawn by the ChiCom donor without raising a red flag with AUSTRAC.

  13. 2dogs

    The alp wasn’t a reporting agency

    But there bank would be, and the regs would have required that bank to ask for info when they deposited the funds.

    The NSW ALP lied to their bank, saying the money was a total donation from multiple donors.

  14. Are they taking a leaf out of the Democrat supporters book? Nothing to see here.

  15. Dr Fred Lenin

    You are not inplying that people in Austrac are recieving Aldi bags are you .? These people are dedicated to oreserving their cushy unsackable jobs with huge benefits untill they retire through stress with a big super oayout and great pension and start a winery producing undrinkable wine with ahuge price tag .

  16. tombell

    political bribery isn’t a “designated service” for the purposes of the AML/CTF law. funny that. any more than robbing a bank. but as noted above, if you deposit the dough in more than $10k licks the bank would have to report. deposit it in under $10k licks at different branches on different days – no one will be the wiser. as per usual the legal framework is set up to ensnare basically law abiding citizens.

  17. Roger

    The NSW ALP lied to their bank, saying the money was a total donation from multiple donors.

    Whatever it takes, eh?

  18. Dr Fred Lenin

    Tel,ten Aldi bsgs? Thst is totally wrong climatewise,socially irresponsible ,when one brown paper bag would do and its recycleable like the money

  19. hzhousewife

    I know plenty of legitimate businesses that deposit greater the $10,000 in cash after every weekend. One supposes therefore that the banks in question report this to ASIC every Monday?

  20. MikeO

    Christina Keneally has said what they need to do is to move office from Sussex Street. They have been there ever since I can remember certainly in the 60s. What she forgot to say was also they need to change the name of the party at the same time. That would have worked it’s a bit late now.

  21. John Bayley

    It should be reportable, but not against the law.

    Why should it be reportable?
    What business of the government is it whether I choose to pay for something in cash or not?
    F*ck them.
    If they think a person is doing something illegal in the financial sense, they have all the powers of the ATO and/or the police to investigate and prove that it is so, and only then they can prosecute.

  22. The Beer Whisperer

    I don’t know about what Austrac has done in this case, but I can tell you how totally up themselves most of their executives are (there are exceptions) They literally banned staff from even asking about a terminated employee. It was a sackable offence to do so.

    And yet they miss something so obvious? Hmmm…. 🤔

  23. stackja

    In November 1974, through a chain of personalities that included fellow minister Clyde Cameron, Adelaide businessman, Gerry Karidis, and contacts of Karidis in Hong Kong and Amsterdam, Connor was introduced to a London-based commodities trader named Tirath Khemlani. On 13 December 1974 a meeting of the Federal Executive Council gave Connor authorisation to raise loans of US$4,000 million for what was described as ‘temporary purposes’ (this allowed the decision to bypass the Loan Council). Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, was not at the meeting, but signed the minute the next day. This authority was revoked in early January, but on 28 January the Council again authorised Connor to seek loans – this time of US$2,000 million.

  24. notafan

    So you agree; unless the bank reported a suspicious transaction or the government legislated political parties were required to report payments over $10,000 Austrac could not have known what the alp did.

  25. Ellen of Tasmania

    “Helen Edwards proves that Scott Morrison’s war on cash is a fraud because the Australian Government aids and abets real money laundering.
    CEC Research Director Robert Barwick interviews Helen Edwards, International Money Laundering whistleblower and campaigner. 30 July 2019” (33 mins)

  26. notafan

    Unless you think austrac should make the law?

    HZ housewife yes, all transactions in cash over $10,000 and all transactions of any amount involving international transfers are reported to austrac as well reporting entities have a responsibility to report suspicious transactions typically those looking to be structured to avoid reporting requirements; for example deposits of $9,950 or multiple transactions on the same day.

    I’m pretty sure multiple transactions at different branches would also get picked up. It’s a pretty obvious workaround.

    Most cash transactions are routine and do not get investigated.

  27. Old Lefty

    Keneally says they need to move from Sussex St? WAAAAAAAYYCIST!

  28. Bruce

    “as per usual the legal framework is set up to ensnare basically law abiding citizens.”

    That’s why it is called ‘Criminal Law”.

    Conceived by
    Drafted by
    Enacted by
    Enforced by
    Administered by
    for the benefit of

    Apparently there is, as Mr. Floyd sang, “a lot of it about”.

  29. Tel

    The alp wasn’t a reporting agency and who knows where the donor got the cash.

    Oh yes they are a reporting agency.

    Political donations must be disclosed in New South Wales and only people on the electoral roll, entities with a business number, or those whose identification has been accepted by the NSW Electoral Commission can lawfully make political donations.

    It is an offence to make or accept a political donation that does not comply with the law. This includes anonymous donations and donations from prohibited donors.

    Complete and accurate accounting and financial records must be kept in order for political donations to be properly disclosed. A receipt must be issued for all reportable donations received, and the name and address of the donor recorded.

    The amazing thing is that when people are doing something dodgy, they often also seem to be able to overlook the requirement to dob themselves in. Now why couldn’t I have thought of that?

  30. Tel

    Why should it be reportable?
    What business of the government is it whether I choose to pay for something in cash or not?
    F*ck them.

    Whether it *SHOULD* be reportable is another question entirely, but overall I do think there’s a bit too much hidden money in politics. Here’s some history for you:

    MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE, Parliament of Australia Hansard.

    In addition to that, the government determined that the origin of political donations up to the amount of $10,000 could be concealed and that those $10,000 could be arranged in a multiplicity of donations in a way that would permit a great deal more than $10,000 to be concealed. This is corrupt. There is no other way of describing it. You know that, when you are in office, you have a special opportunity to sit down and have conversations with people about their interests, and this government does that frequently. Now it has an opportunity to accompany those discussions with an implicit assumption that very large sums of money can pass across into the hands of that political party and help it secure a propaganda effort during the course of an election. These are large sums of money and, when they are capable of being dealt with in multiple ways, they sit at the heart of a very great set of potential acts of corruption.

    This act moves away from two decades worth of improving and enhancing the accountability of political parties in electoral acts. It also has to be seen alongside other acts of shutting down accountability in this place or of using power to enhance personal interests. $1 billion has been spent on advertising this government’s position. When the industrial relations act was introduced, $55 million was spent in three weeks—more than all political parties spent in the entire last election period and campaign. That is simply theft. There has been $1 billion worth of such instances. We also find in the way other forms of accountability are handled that laziness that comes with 10 years in office and the sloth and determination to avoid proper scrutiny. We see that, of course, in the terms of the commission of inquiry into the weapons for wheat scandal, which effectively excludes any judgment on the role of ministers, the involvement of ministers or the ability of ministers to uphold their obligations under their terms of office. Those judgments have been removed from the commission of inquiry and any questioning associated with the detail of the issues before that commission of inquiry has been removed from consideration by the estimates committee process in the Senate, which is necessary to take in the way in which these accountability mechanisms have been undermined at each level.

    – Mr Kim BEAZLEY (Leader of the Opposition) Wednesday, 21 June 2006

    Since then we have had: Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Rudd, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison. Not a one of them decided to respond to Beazley’s accusation of corruption by tightening up the reporting laws. Plenty of opportunity … but no action. Now we discover the Sally McManus dictum has been in operation the whole time : If you don’t like what the law says, don’t bother following it!

  31. Phill

    What did the chinese guy expect he was buying with this money. Don’t give me any of this “donation” bullshit. What was he buying? On behalf of who? Was it against Australia’s national interests? Was he acting as an agent for the CCP? Were ALP members expected say nice things about China?

  32. notafan


    Are political parties an ‘Austrac reporting agency’? which is the only point I was making.

  33. Up The Workers!

    Don’t pay in cash.

    Do what the A.L.P. does.

    Use the Union Platinum Card, or steal it from the members of the H.S.U. and then effectively plea-bargain the stolen amount down to zero (there IS a precedent), or say: “It’s not my fault – I’m the innocent victim of some itinerant Chinaman’s malicious benefaction – he gave it to me forcefully in an Aldi bag!

    Are ‘halal taxes’ covered under this proposed new law? If so, what draconian penalties will apply for transgressing, or once again are Australian laws in Australia, subsidiary to those?

    Alternatively, there’s always the white powdered substances in tomato tins, or hollow logs or smelly frozen cow-hides, or just get yourself on a Parliamentary Salary/Superannuation/Pension/lurks/perks/schemes and scams – you’ll be over the 10 grand limit before you can say “Purloining the Micturition”!

  34. The BigBlueCat

    To be fair, I don’t know why AUSTRAC has anything to do with this … the nature of the transaction would fly well under the radar of AUSTRAC. And while the $100k donation from Huang to the ALP is very naughty, it doesn’t have any optics pertaining to counter-terrorism or money laundering. I’d be quite certain that rich folk often draw $100k in cash from their bank accounts. And why the hell shouldn’t they? And why would that raise the ire of some reporting agency??? Or of some self-appointed libertarian or centre-right pundit?

    TAFKAS must be off his meds again.

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