WA Playing Politics at the Border

The following article from Spectator Australia

In Western Australia, a state government minister has been accused of allegedly preferencing political donors for border entry during the G2G passes approval process within the Covid pandemic.

As reported by Duncan Murray on news.com.au, the claims emerged last week during an unfair dismissal hearing by the Public Service Appeal Board of WA:

Former electorate officer for Deputy Premier Roger Cook, Sanja Spasojevic, claimed she was instructed by the then Health Minister to fast track entry applications for members of the Labor Business Roundtable.

Roundtable members pay thousands of dollars for access to senior members of the government including Premier Mark McGowan.

Further to the allegations being made in court under oath by a former staff member of the Labor government I have written to the crime and corruption commissioner, John McKechnie, QC today,’ WA opposition leader Mia Davies said on Friday. If found to be true, it would be a gross misuse of power and raises questions about the influence of donors and ministers in the McGowan Government.’

WA imposed Australia’s strictest border lockdown during the pandemic requiring a G2G pass to enter the state.

Readers may recall how at one stage that Premier McGowan went so far as to bar people from entering WA on compassionate grounds while AFL players could come and go as they pleased for approved games. It was a move that enraged the public who had ‘played by the rules’.

‘Decisions on G2G applications during the Covid-19 pandemic were made independently by the WA Police,’ a spokesperson for Mr Cook said.

As Duncan writes:

Ms Spasojevic – who is accusing Mr Cook’s office of unfair dismissal – claimed she worked with a staff member in Police Minister Michelle Roberts’ office to request certain applications be fast-tracked between April and June 2020.

WA Police said in a statement it was not aware of the allegations other than what had been reported in the media and had not received a complaint in relation to the matter.

In addition, a statement released by the WA Police Force read:

‘All G2G applications made during the Covid pandemic were assessed and dealt with by WA Police Force in accordance with the Emergency Management Act directions in force at the time.’

WA Opposition Leader Mia Davies has referred the allegations of preferential treatment for ALP political donors to the West Australian Crime and Corruption Commission, who are considering the request.

These accusations have come to light notwithstanding an extraordinary intervention by WA Attorney-General John Quigley late last year regarding the Public Service Appeal Board.

This news threatens to cast a shadow over outgoing Police Commissioner Chris Dawson’s tenure, who will soon become WA’s new Governor. Dawson’s first day as Governor, interestingly enough, is July 15, which is the final hearing day scheduled for the challenge to WA’s mandatory vaccine directions by Senior Constable Ben Falconer.

Dawson’s time as WA’s ‘top cop’, as the West Australian likes to call him, has also been marred by a record number of resignations from the WA Police Force.

This sad phenomenon was addressed by this correspondent in these pages. By way of update, there have been no less than 236 resignations between January and May this year. By comparison, there were only 149 resignations of police officers in the whole of 2019.

Dawson has attributed this dramatic increase in resignations to a ‘strong labour market and job opportunities, in some cases with higher pay, elsewhere’.

This statement appears to be contradicted by recent findings of another survey recently conducted by the WA Police Union seeking to identify the reasons for so many resignations this year. According to the comments in this survey, the primary reason for a high resignation rate is the ‘disturbing lack of empathy from senior executives in the police force’.

Indeed, this union survey reveals that at least 77 per cent of all the officers who resigned over the last five months blamed ‘poor culture and dissatisfaction with WA Police management’ for their decision. In one submission, a member said the ‘WA Police Force management doesn’t care about its people’.

In another, the respondent stated:

‘I participated in an internal interview in which I was treated worse than how we’re expected to treat suspects. The whole system is broken.’

The McGowan government commands a majority in both houses after last year’s state election and has passed legislation locking in emergency powers until January next year.

Dr Rocco Loiacono is a Senior Lecturer at Curtin University Law School. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Curtin University.

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  1. WA has been a different story to the rest of Australia the whole pandemic.
    While the east was suffering the world’s harshest lockdowns,Perth had a few brief ones and country WA virtually nothing.
    Whereas the Eastern States had had the screws tightened turn by turn over a long period, WA,with the nations lowest vaxx rate, was hit full force without warning.

    I presume that police commissioner, Chris Dawson was refering to jobs in the mining industry when he saidk many had left the force for higher paying jobs.
    Whilst some people from high stress jobs, including police, had joined the mining industry in prior booms,this time the sudden demand was caused by many experienced workers leaving at once due to mandates and the jobs were only open to fully vaxxed.
    The commissioner recently said that though the mandates were over he didn’t want those who had left back because they had failed to obey orders.
    One policewoman who had a range of serious issues after vaxx was told it was all in her head and she was forbidden to speak about it. When she left and did manage to speak to MSM the interview was heavily edited and twisted around to make her look foolish.

    I knew some old school police( now deceased ) who would be turning in their graves over what police are being ordered to do now. They were the ultimate example of what a policeman should be, and what most recruits aspire to be when they first enter training.

    The whole world is looking on in shock at what the authorities are prepared to do to law abbiding citizens.

    There was a recent MUST WATCH interview Maria Zee did with dr Naomi Wolf from the US. Naomi was shocked when Maria told her about peaceful protesters in Canberra getting badly blistered through their clothing.
    She called in her husband who had had many years of high level military experience with such weapons.

    He said there were a number of things capable of that. He was involved in the development of instruments designed to scramble enemy radar. They found when pointed down it fried any bird or insect on the ground.

    He said not to look for the LRAD type devices ,(which were on direct display , and which the AFP commissioner was questioned about ).

    He said to look for devices that looked more like mobile phone towers. ( The AFP commissioner had said there was no internet connection during the protest because Telecom was “working on” the towers )

    When is the average Australian going to wake up ? David Sorensen from “Stop World Control” recently claimed that nearly 30% of Americans were awake, Up to 20 % in Europe ,but in Australia ,NZ and Canada (the countries hardest hit by the WEF ) maybe 10%.

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