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Panama Politics

Panama Politics

Friday 15 April, 2016
Ged Kearney and Dave Oliver discuss the implications of the Panama Papers leak and whether they should be worried about foreign affairs in the British Virgin Islands.
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“The Panama Papers have provided us with a few free kicks” remarked Ged

“But I was disappointed” said Dave “they didn’t reveal that Malcolm has countless millions stashed away somewhere”

“On the other hand” said Ged “it was a huge relief that the CFMEU didn’t get a mention”

“It was thanks to their commendable policy” said Dave “of concentrating instead on extracting company contributions for their training fund”

“I was disappointed by Bill’s reaction to the Panama Papers” asserted Ged “he should be making a lot more noise about bosses looking after themselves instead of the workers”

“You don’t think it’s because he’s got a quid or two stashed away for himself somewhere do you?” asked Dave

“There’s absolutely no chance of that” replied Ged “because he’s aware that even if I got just a whiff of that sort of thing I’d call a spill and replace him with Albo

“Perhaps he’s constrained by the findings of the Royal Commission” suggested Dave “If he started making a huge fuss about the Panama Papers Malcolm might mention quite unjustly of course that as a result of isolated corruption in the CFMEU over one hundred of their members have been charged”

“Everyone knows that was a set-up by Abbott” insisted Ged “When we get back into government he’ll be the target of my first Royal Commission”

“Perhaps you should keep in mind” cautioned Dave “that some of the people caught out by the Panama Papers leaks were left-wing politicians”

“They were obviously struggling to cope with poor pay and conditions “responded Ged “and you have to keep in mind that the loose change buried in a garden by the AWU doesn’t compare with the millions hidden buried by right wing recalcitrants in the British Virgin Islands to avoid paying tax”

“It’s just struck me” exclaimed Dave “that all those isolated instances of corruption in the CFMEU could go on trial during the election”

“That’s a real worry” admitted Ged “perhaps as a contingency response measure we should consider opening an account in Malcolm’s name in the British Virgin Islands”

“I think you’d have trouble” said Dave ‘finding a British Virgin who could be seduced into doing that sort of thing”


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This series reveals the nature of the special relationship between the ACTU and Bill and in the event of him becoming Prime Minister how much power they’d be prepared to delegate to him.

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