July 20, 2011

Corrupt tender process

While Bob Brown and Julia Gillard mull over an inquiry into Australia media (read:  how much can the Greens do to censor media and stifle free speech in this country and get away with it?), I'd like to see an inquiry into the corrupt intervention in the tender process for Australia's overseas broadcasting service - a contract worth around $223M.

The Department of Foreign Affairs' tender evaluation panel assessed the Sky News proposal as being significantly better than the ABC proposal.  Sky News was clearly going to be the preferred supplier, for offering far better services and superior value for money. 

Then the Federal Government jumped in and took the decision out of the hands of the department.

No reasons given.

I'd call it a corrupt tender process.

Where is the call for an inquiry into the government?

ABC warned on approaching ministers

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:27 PM

    There's a little bit of Bertie in everyone Caz.

    Although I'm thoroughly enjoying see Bertie cop it in the arse, and have absolutely no sympathy at all for him and his supporters, one still has to get things in perspective.

    Bertie's sins are in fact relatively minor, in relation to, let's say, Big Pharma.

    Many Bertie haters, hate him for his content, simply because they don't concur (tough), yet they too often fail to differentiate entertainment from journalism from current affairs etc.

    Do they teach this in schools?

    The question could be asked: does Bertie actually influence the way people think, or does he attempt to second guess their bias and play to that (remember Bertie's ideology is winner take all, that's it)?

    That said Bertie's only crimes so far amount to spying on individuals, as unpleasant as it is.

    Probably, more will come out regarding payoffs etc. but all in all Bertie will regroup and battle on, because that's what he does.

    Does Bertie do criminal things in Australia?

    Arguably yes, but Fairfax does likewise (or so a drunken, and ever so ugly albatross informed me), but it's in the best interests of government to turn a blind eye (which is good for some, not for others, especially the taxpayer), and allow favoured corporations to enjoy the advantages of their power and influence.

    That's life in this the real world, and Bertie plays the game better than most.

    That said, back to Big Pharma.

    Now there is an industry that uses bribery, anti-trust and evergreening scams, and scientific deception as a business model. It's all illegal but that don't matter.

    In the paste 20 years there hasn't been one of the big ones that hasn't been fined billions for some or all of the above.

    But that doesn't matter.

    The fines compared to the profits earned by deception/corruption are insignificant by comparison, think a cup of coffee in punters terms.

    These guys are not only corrupting democracy, they are physically making innocent people sick, very sick indeed, to the point of death.

    And yes, have an inquiry into the government, but only after we have drawn and quartered the bloody lot of them.

    Hack into my phone any day if you must, but for krisakes don't let the bastards poison me.

    We're fucked.

    j

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  2. Anonymous9:33 PM

    PS. The only poison I need is that administered by Dear Father Park, burrrrrpp, mmmmmm.

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  3. I don't know the date of the pollies stepping in, but it does, as far as I can deduce, pre-date Murdoch's current little problems Justin. There's no connection. And still no explanation. (Surprisingly little coverage, only The Australian seems to have been interested ... hmm.)

    If the gov't wanted to give it to the ABC, no matter what, they shouldn't have gone to tender - why bother with the farce, then having to come up with a bunch of convoluted reasons (not that any have been offered yet) for stepping in, if you've already determined that the contract will go to a particular supplier? It's so friggin' dumb.

    And yes, the Murdoch thing, while mesmerizing for journalists the world over, is a blip, inconsequential compared to a million other things.

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