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Investigation shows how outsourcing can turn to illegal behaviour: CCC

Posted November 27, 2015 21:46:48

Counsel assisting Alan Troy. Photo: Counsel assisting Alan Troy said public authorities are potentially vulnerable when functions are outsourced. (ABC News)

An investigation into the Division of Transport has shown how outsourcing can lead to illegal behaviour, the West Australian Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has been told.

The watchdog has been told 3 folks have engaged in serious misconduct.

The CCC has completed public hearings as component of its inquiry into department contractors taking cash in return for passes on driving tests, and certifications on autos.

It is alleged men and women took money in return for passes for driving tests that had been not carried out, and certifications for cars not inspected or even seen.

Counsel assisting Alan Troy told the commission that when a government department outsources functions, unscrupulous private contractors can take advantage.

“They can kind mutually advantageous relationships with far more sinister folks,” he said.

“They can induce other public officers into neglecting their ethical responsibilities.”

In current years, the Department of Transport focused on offering greater access to practical driving assessments and car licensing examinations.

This was accomplished by contracting such public solutions to private individuals.

Mr Troy mentioned this came at a expense.

“Whilst greed and unethical behaviour played a role, this investigation illustrates how public authorities are potentially vulnerable when functions are outsourced to private providers,” he mentioned.

“Government departments should be alive to the possibility of corrupt behaviour and offer sufficient resources and capacity for the required audit and governance functions.

“The mere transfer of a function of government to a private contractor need to not result in a weakening of authority and manage.

“It is much more difficult for government departments to promote a corruption resistant culture in an outsourcing model.”

Mr Troy mentioned “significant misconduct has been established, it is submitted, as against Briotti, Berardis and Pintabona”.

Gregory Briotti 1 of the watchdog’s targets

1 of the CCC’s targets was Gregory Briotti.

In 2008, Mr Briotti was a councillor in the Shire of Koorda, 235 kilometres east of Perth when he became a sensible driving assessor.

Mr Troy told the commission that “over a number of years he obtained money payments from different persons in exchange for not subjecting those persons to a practical driving assessment”.

Mr Troy said Mr Briotti “concocted paperwork” to claim that folks had passed a test at Koorda or Dowerin, when all they had done was turn up at his property in Helena Valley and spend cash.

Mr Briotti would fill out an assessment sheet, creating it appear like they had passed a test.

Although it was not known when the practice started, Mr Troy said the CCC had information that indicated he was operating outdoors his contract as far back as 2010.

At a single time, the quantity of metro customers who were getting Practical Driving Assessments conducted in Koorda went up 467 per cent.

Consumers were referred to him, which includes people who were members of or associated with the Rebels bikie gang.

Mr Troy stated that by his own proof, Mr Briotti had received “bribes of some $ 40,000 to $ 50,000”, but it was “probably to be far a lot more”.

Mr Briotti was suspended in Could 2015 when, Mr Troy stated, he “apparently began to comprehend that he should not be undertaking it”.

Berardis had 94pc pass price

Alfonso Berardis was a car examiner operating from Favazzos Engineering and Mechanical Workshop in Spearwood.

Mr Troy told the commission that Mr Berardis “seemingly” examined more than 7,000 vehicles for the department from August 2011 till September 2014 when the contract was terminated.

Mr Troy said there was “an exceptionally higher pass price, on initial inspection, for automobiles examined by Berardis, namely 94 per cent”.

He stated Mr Berardis’s explanation that he allowed consumers with defective vehicles up to four weeks to return with the defects fixed, with out incurring further charge, “was not convincing”.

In the course of 3 months of surveillance of Favazzos in 2014, dealers and repairers including Cannington Auto Residence, Perth Motor Sports, Total Nissan, XPlorer Floats, the Pollard Transport Group, Bucciarelli Automotive, Basilio Autos, Andrew Kemp and Croc Energy motor cycles “did not present autos for inspection at all”.

Mr Troy mentioned the specifics have been emailed, telephoned or delivered to Mr Berdaris and the automobile was not even sighted.

The surveillance showed that of 567 automobiles passed by Favazzos in that period, just more than half have been not inspected.

Mr Berardis had repeatedly denied that he had any such arrangement in location, with the exception of a once only occasion.

He claimed he had “done ‘offsite inspections’ or that he had noticed the relevant car ‘previously’ or that he couldn’t recall the particular vehicle,” Mr Troy mentioned.

Mr Troy told the commission Mr Berardis was “evasive in providing evidence”.

He said Mr Berardis “demonstrated no issues about passing vehicles, without having inspection, for people he had not met”.

Pintabona ‘agreed to pass cars he had not seen’

Troy Pintabona became an authorised vehicle examiner in April 2013, to inspect cars at Crypton Autos.

Mr Troy told the CCC there were occasions when Mr Pintabona examined a vehicle and received a sum of money higher than the prescribed charge.

Mr Troy also detailed a series of instances for the duration of which Mr Pintabona agreed to pass autos he had not seen, or simply must not have been certified because necessary repairs had not been carried out.

This incorporated taxis, Mr Troy stated.

He also told the commission that Mr Pintabona sometimes examined vehicles off the premises of Crypton Autos, contrary to his agreement with the department.

Division considers ‘dob-in’ line

Counsel for the Department of Transport Darren Renton told the CCC the department welcomed the opportunity to operate co-operatively with it on the concern.

Mr Renton said that “without having recourse to the commission’s assistance”, a lot of what had come to light would not have completed so.

But Mr Renton stated the misconduct risks identified existed “irrespective of whether the solutions are supplied internally or externally”.

He mentioned that even though “good systems can be produced far better”, the department did not have access to an unlimited spending budget or sources.

The division had, nevertheless, taken steps to improve approaches to detect misconduct and irregularities.

Among the modifications have been new computer software, unannounced inspections and audits to all areas, and a commitment to higher education of contractors.

There would be a assessment of driving assessments, a evaluation of systems to ensure automobile defects have been fixed, much more rigorous checking of invoices, and far better reporting to management.

There would also be enhanced “meet and greet” procedures to make certain an “examinee” truly turned up for an examination.

An ongoing criminal history check of contractual partners was getting proposed and Mr Renton said a “dob-in” line was getting regarded as so that contractors could inform the division of stress from “external elements”.

Public safety an situation

Commissioner John McKechnie mentioned they have been the 1st CCC public hearings for some time.

He stated the examinations had been essential simply because of the element of public safety.

The Commissioner mentioned there was a material threat to public safety if unqualified drivers or uninspected automobiles were permitted on the roads.

The public hearings formed only a portion of an investigation which has occurred over nearly two years.

Subjects: courts-and-trials, fraud-and-corporate-crime, wa, helena-valley-6056, spearwood-6163, koorda-6475

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Earlier access to M-rated shows ‘sends wrong message to kids’

Posted November 26, 2015 07:17:39

The new commercial television code that will enable M-rated applications to air earlier is facing resistance from the Federal Government backbench.

The changes are due to come into impact on December 1 and will allow films or applications rated MA15+ to be broadcast on free of charge-to-air channels from 8:30pm instead of 9pm.

Applications rated M will be in a position to begin from 7:30pm, an hour earlier than the present rule.

Liberal MP Rowan Ramsey is fighting the alterations, saying they send the wrong message to young children and are at odds with efforts to tackle domestic violence.

“It is not that hard to draw the lines among early and easier access to much more violent and explicit tv and the way unfortunately and sadly many ladies are treated in relationships,” Mr Ramsey stated.

“The notion now that folks are going to have to have their young children in bed or away from the tv or completely supervised prior to 7:30pm in daylight saving in southern Australia I think is just beyond the pale.”

The new code has been submitted by the industrial cost-free-to-air tv business (Totally free Television) and approved by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) earlier this month.

Mr Ramsey is amongst a group of Coalition MPs meeting a representative from Cost-free Tv in Canberra today.

The business argues the new code of practice reflects the modern digital media landscape, even though ACMA has pointed out content material can now be viewed from a assortment of sources and platforms.

But Mr Ramsey said that was not a good sufficient argument.

“My counter-argument to that is that we know that our kids however can access drugs out in the industry to but we never go and place them in all the cafes so they can access them much more very easily,” he said.

He stated he had strong assistance from his Coalition colleagues and was calling on Totally free Tv to withdraw the code ahead of it begins.

“If they fail to, I will take into account the possibilities of bringing some thing forward by way of the Parliament that we enforce, what I think about the will of the individuals,” Mr Ramsey stated.

Subjects: television-broadcasting, youngsters, government-and-politics, australia

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Downing of Russian jet shows ‘incredibly volatile situation’ in Syria

Updated November 25, 2015 15:24:07

Tensions in between Russia and Turkey are intensifying following Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border.

Turkey has told the United Nations the warplane violated its air space close to the border area, but Russia has denied that the plane had crossed into Turkish skies.

Russian president Vladimir Putin described the downing of its jet as a “stab in the back” committed by “accomplices of terrorists”.

The ABC’s Middle East correspondent Matt Brown, who is in Syria near the Turkish-Syrian border, appears at the important aspects of the incident.

How could some thing like this have happened?

This is just an additional instance of the extremely volatile scenario the Syrian civil war has thrown up.

You have got Turkey backing the rebel groups and having named for the downfall of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

You’ve got Russia in there, bombing all manner of rebel groups. It claims to be focusing on the Islamic State (IS) group but there is constant proof that it is not.

Moscow has been bombing a Turkmen rebel group in the far north-west of Syria, right up near the Turkish border.

In the airspace above Syria, you have got the US-led coalition, such as Australia, bombing targets. You have got the Russians and sometimes you have got the Israelis.

More than the past two days, I’ve been searching up at the sky and seeing the inform-tale contrails of fighter bombers wheeling around in the skies above Hasakah, which is up along the other finish of the Turkish border.

So extremely busy in the skies, quite volatile on the ground, and very volatile between key regional powers.

Is the fate of the pilots still unknown?

There was an early report quoting the Turkmen rebel group in that location exactly where the pilots came down, saying that each Russian pilots have been killed.

They ejected from their aircraft when it was hit.

There is extraordinary footage of it flaming down to the ground.

The rebels claimed they shot the pilots and published a video purportedly showing one particular of them.

But Turkey said the two pilots survived and that they were negotiating for their release.

What are the wider consequences of this?

We’re hearing from Washington that this won’t alter the American bombing campaign targeting IS.

But men and women on the ground right here who have been fighting IS say they are worried that all this tension will somehow disrupt the air campaign.

The air campaign has been vital to hitting every little thing from command posts to suicide car bombers on their way to hit Kurdish militia lines, the folks who are fighting the Islamist jihadists.

So there is some concern there, despite what Washington says.

But along the whole stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border, everyone for a extended time has been aware of the possibilities that planes could be brought down since one was brought down early on in the conflict.

And we’re now hearing from a US-armed rebel group that they shot at a Russian helicopter, forced it to land in Syrian government-controlled territory.

So what has long been a proxy war is piece by piece, step by step, becoming an all out conflict in between major parties, and that is very, really harmful.

Topics: unrest-conflict-and-war, defence-forces, world-politics, turkey, syrian-arab-republic, russian-federation

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