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Russian royal buried in Darwin in plot owned by NT’s richest family members

By Elliana Lawford

Posted December 08, 2015 21:42:34

Russian royal buried in Darwin Photo: Russian royal Leonid Gurevich Kulikovsky has been buried in Darwin. (ABC News: Elliana Lawford)
Associated Story: Russian royal farewelled in Darwin after dying alone in Katherine
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A Russian royal who died alone in the Top Finish town of Katherine has been buried alongside members of the Northern Territory’s richest family members, the Paspaleys.

Leonid Gurevich Kulikovsky was the fantastic grandson of Tsar Alexander III, who reigned in Russia in the 1800s.

Mr Kulikovsky emigrated to Australia in 1967 to discover “greener pastures” and reside “incognito”.

He died a pauper in September, below a tree in Katherine, accompanied only by his faithful dog.

After his death the Paspaleys, themselves immigrants from Greece who fled World War I for Australia and created their fortune in pearling, approached the Russian representative in the Northern Territory, Simon Andropov.

They presented to bury Mr Kulikovsky in their private family burial ground.

Mr Andropov stated it was fitting that Mr Kulikovsky was buried in a Greek cemetery.

“It’s good that he’s gone to a Greek cemetery, because his grandfather escaped from Russia through the Islands of Greece and the Greeks showed them all the courtesy and hospitality, and it really is just good that his grandson is now buried in a Greek plot in Darwin,” Mr Andropov mentioned.

Russian royals may possibly pay a visit to NT

Mr Andropov said members of the royal household would like to pay a visit to his grave.

“The grand duchess has expressed a wish to come and see Darwin,” Mr Andropov stated.

“She expressed that wish via father Michael, who did [Mr Kulikovsky’s] service at the Serbian Church.

She’s really grand and she’s got very an entourage, so hopefully she may come out.

“His grave might turn out to be a tourist spot.”

Mr Kulikovsky completed his education in Denmark ahead of moving to Australia.

Mr Andropov confirmed the royal had worked in Sydney, living “incognito, no-one knew of his royal heritage”, before travelling around Australia on retirement.

Mr Kulikovsky lived in a caravan park in Katherine and was identified dead, having suffered a heart attack, Mr Andropov said.

Police confirmed he died on September 27.

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Two guys charged with blackmail following trade union royal commission referral

Posted December 06, 2015 15:35:52

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Two Victorian guys have been charged with blackmail soon after an investigation by a joint police taskforce examining matters arising from the Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption.

Taskforce Heracles detectives charged a 51-year-old man from West Footscray and a 47-year-old man from Ocean Grove.

The Taskforce consists of the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police investigators, and was established to investigate referrals and other matters arising from the Commission.

Each guys will appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Topics: royal-commissions, law-crime-and-justice, police, unions, west-footscray-3012, ocean-grove-3226

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Royal Mail calculates cost of $24,000 letter to Mars

Posted December 05, 2015 07:34:23

Britain’s Royal Mail has turned to NASA for assist following a 5-year-old boy wrote in asking how considerably it would expense to post a letter to Mars.

Oliver Giddings will probably not be capable to send a letter to space, as the value $ 23,877 is nicely beyond the reach of most children’s pocket funds.

In its reply to Oliver, who wants to turn out to be an astronaut, the Royal Mail explained how the figure was calculated.

“Fuel is really expensive and impacts the price of sending letters about our planet,” senior client advisor Andrew Smout wrote.

“NASA also told me that their last visit to Mars, carrying the Curiosity rover, cost about $ US700 million ($ 950 million).

“The spaceship itself is quite modest so storage is at a premium. Based on how significantly the spaceship weighed compared to how much it costs to get to Mars, they stated that something weighing up to 100 grams would cost them about $ US18,000 ($ 24,000) to fly to Mars.”

The Royal Mail added the value of the letter would be covered by 18,416 initial-class stamps.

Oliver, from near Lytham St Annes in northwest England, wrote back to the Royal Mail thanking them for their reply.

“It’s really costly to send a letter to Mars. You would need to have so several stamps!” he stated.

AFP

Subjects: human-interest, offbeat, astronomy-space, united-kingdom

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Timber executive rejects ‘conspiracy theories’ raised in get in touch with for royal commission

Posted December 03, 2015 16:40:48

The executive director of timber organization Ta Ann Tasmania has been granted a correct of reply in Federal Parliament to comments made by independent MP Andrew Wilkie.

The Denison MP had tabled a document and addressed Parliament in June calling for a royal commission into subsidies to state-owned Forestry Tasmania.

Mr Wilkie mentioned Evan Rolley, who was the managing director of Forestry Tasmania from 1994 till 2006, ought to be the very first witness to the inquiry.

The citizen’s correct of reply was tabled in Federal Parliament these days and incorporated into Hansard.

The proper of reply particulars Mr Rolley’s issues about the document.

“The documents presented by Mr Wilkie have been never discussed by him with me to verify on any matters of truth,” Mr Rolley mentioned.

“They contain several critical errors of reality, make defamatory references without having foundation and are primarily based on well-liked conspiracy theories.”

In it, Mr Rolley stated he rejected the parts of the documents presented by Mr Wilkie which reflected on him and his reputation.

“Forestry Tasmania and Ta Ann Tasmania have operated each ethically and legally in their industrial dealings that arose from a competitive expressions of interest process to create worth-adding neighborhood manufacturing of previously exported hardwood woodchip logs in Tasmania,” he said.

In granting the proper of reply, the Federal Parliament’s Privileges Committee said it had not deemed or judged the truth of any statements produced by members in the Property or by the particular person in search of a response.

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Call for royal commission into Indigenous corporations after monetary allegations

Posted November 30, 2015 13:59:32

Borroloola community members protest Photo: Borroloola community members protested the sacking of Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation chief executive Michael Gravener. (Supplied: Tahnee Mawson)
Associated Story: Residents demand investigation into sacking of Aboriginal corporation chief
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The sacked chief executive of a Northern Territory Indigenous corporation is calling for a royal commission into what he calls an “Aboriginal industry”.

Important points:

  • Former Indigenous corporation CEO alleges inappropriate use of resources
  • Mabunji Corporation denies and rejects the allegations
  • Angry residents fail in try to elect new Mabunji board members

Michael Gravener, the former CEO of the Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation in Borroloola, in the NT’s Gulf Country, argued a couple of corporations had been unfairly benefitting from billions in government spending although many remote Indigenous men and women remained disadvantaged.

Mr Gravener has launched Federal Court action against his former employer alleging “inappropriate use of resources” and “spend and overtime irregularities”.

Given that getting sacked by Mabunji in August, he has not left town.

From a caravan in the Gulf of Carpentaria’s mining and tourism hub, he launched Federal Court action claiming unfair dismissal.

I genuinely think that there is adequate evidence about the Territory and Western Australia to recommend there need to be a royal commission into the Aboriginal market.

Michael Gravener, former Mabunji CEO

“Mainly I feel it was because I was unveiling a lot of irregularities,” Mr Gravener said.

He alleges he was sacked simply because he alerted Mabunji management to “inappropriate use of sources” by employees.

In his statement of claim to the Federal Court, he alleged “inappropriate use of obtain orders,” including a employees member employing them “to get private groceries”.

“And her reasoning for that was that she didn’t have any cash at that time and that she needed to eat,” he mentioned.

Mr Gravener also alleged “serious pay, timesheet, and overtime irregularities”.

“There was a claim of $ 100,000 for a single person in one particular year [in overtime], if you calculate that would be a lot of hours,” he stated.

He complained to the Northern Territory Police, who are not investigating, and to the Indigenous Corporations Watchdog, the Workplace of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, which has refused to comment.

He has also asked the Division of Prime Minister and Cabinet to investigate.

The department mentioned it “has decided to undertake a compliance overview in relation to PM&C funded activities”.

Allegations of financial impropriety company ‘too common’

Soon after years functioning for Indigenous corporations across Australia, Mr Gravener says he finds allegations of irregularities too widespread.

“I actually believe that there is enough proof about the Territory and Western Australia to suggest there should be a royal commission into the Aboriginal business,” he stated.

Indigenous residents worried about Mr Gravener’s allegations attended Mabunji’s annual common meeting in Borroloola last Wednesday.

Among them was Garawa elder Jack Green.

“Mabunji was set up to appear right after the interests of Aboriginal folks on outstations but from my understanding, I was on the board when they initial began off, it’s sort-of drifted away from what its supposed to do,” he mentioned.

The concerned clan members had gone to the AGM hoping to elect new board members.

They came out angry after the election did not take place.

“They stated it really is not going to be happening right now, its going to be taking place next year,” Mambaliya clan elder Nancy McDinny said.

“I don’t feel they’re listening to the individuals. The individuals are the ones who are suffering out in the community,” clan member Maria Pyro said.

Systematic maintenance failings regardless of government-funded services

Some residents are accusing Mabunji of not providing sufficient government-funded Indigenous housing upkeep services.

Mara camp resident Linda Owens Photo: Mara camp resident Linda Owens has accused Mabunji of not replacing louvers in her residence. (ABC News: Jane Bardon)

Resident Linda Owens lives in a dilapidated tin shack with a dirt floor in the Mara Indigenous town camp in Borroloola.

She mentioned Mabunji promised to make some little improvements to her home.

“Mabunji took this window out, they had been supposed to place louvers in, but they did not place any louvers in, they didn’t come back,” she mentioned.

Asked to respond to the allegations, Mabunji’s management refused to be interviewed.

Mabunji supplied a statement to say it stood by its decision to terminate Mr Gravener’s employment.

“Mabunji stands by its decision to terminate Mr Gravener’s solutions and will vigorously defend any legal action brought by Mr Gravener against it.”

Mara neighborhood member Samuel Evans has just returned to the Mabunji board.

He said he was unaware of the economic allegations, but defended the corporation’s service delivery on housing upkeep and outstation crucial solutions.

“There are so a lot of outstations and we do supply services but some of these individuals on the outstations are not doing their, or aren’t helping themselves,” Mr Evans said.

He hoped Mabunji would not be broken by court proceedings.

“If we collapse, we fall down, it will be taken by an NGO, a non-government organisation, and no Aboriginal person in Borroloola will have their say,” Mr Evans said.

Critics of Mabunji say they already do not have a voice.

Topics: indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, corporate-governance, borroloola-0854

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Nick Xenophon calls for royal commission into East Timor spying scandal

Posted November 27, 2015 14:21:19

Independent senator Nick Xenophon has known as for a royal commission into the spying scandal in which Australian intelligence officers bugged an East Timorese cabinet workplace.

The ABC’s Lateline has revealed new information about the 2004 spying operation and 1 of Australia’s most senior lawyers, Nicholas Cowdery, says there is a criminal case to answer.

In 2004, ASIS officers snuck into an East Timor cabinet workplace and installed listening devices.

The operation gave Australia the upper hand in negotiations over the treaty to divide the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field in the Timor Sea, worth an estimated $ 40 billion.

Senator Xenophon said a royal commission was required to see if intelligence sources were misused.

“This is the most significant intelligence scandal in this country in the past generation,” he stated.

“It warrants a royal commission, it warrants a judicial inquiry, a forensic examination of what occurred right here since this has broken Australia’s reputation.”

Lawyer-Common George Brandis has previously said he is confident intelligence agencies are compliant with Australian law.

Topics: federal-government, international-law, law-crime-and-justice, east-timor

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