damianpower

Regular readers will be aware that I think that former union official and ALP Treasurer Damian Power (above) – now and then a lobbyist for big business and the Catholic Church – is a hypocrite of the highest order and a person who should never have been, and should never again, be let near the doors of power within the Australian Labor Party.

After all this is a bloke who sat on the executive of a state sector union while at the same time he was lobbying the LNP Government to sell off the jobs of the unions’ members. Some would call it self-interested skullduggery, others would call it a blatant fraud. I sit clearly in the latter camp.

The leaders of The Services Union – the right-wing outfit whose membership is in free fall due to the incompetence of the current leadership – clearly don’t agree, for only a few months ago Power popped up at the ALP State Conference as a delegate for the union, even though as a self-employed sell out he has no legal right to even be a member.

But what would the union’s members working in Qld Rail think? Because one of his clients has just knocked off their work. Privatised it so to speak.

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United Group secures locomotive upgrade contract with Queensland Rail

Diversified services company United group Limited continues to strengthen its
position as one of Australia’s leading railway engineering and maintenance business,
having won a contract to upgrade three electric locomotives for Queensland Rail
(QR). The contract has an option to upgrade a further 79 locomotives, with a potential value of $130 million.

United Group (ASX – UGL) is a diversified services company specialising in industrial maintenance, facilities management, commercial property management services, manufacturing, fabrication and construction.

As well as upgrading trains, Power’s client UGL also specialises in bribing Hong Kong politicians. Just take a look at the Leung Chung-Ying scandal currently unfolding in the Chinese territory. It’s absolutely outrageous, but probably no more so than a company associated with a former ALP Treasurer and current Labor state conference delegate donating $83 000 to the dreaded Tory opposition. Yep, that’s right, eighty three grand straight into the pocket of Shambles Newman’s party. The one selling the State.

The donor is Power Industries, the corporate vehicle of Damian Power’s brother James, proprietor of Personalised Plates Qld, the people who make your personalised number plates under an exclusive licence granted to them by former Premier Rob Borbidge, now coincidentally – or not – an employee of Damian Power. Until recently they were a client of little brother’s lobbyist firm Govstrat, who undoubtedly advise them where to splash their political dollars for the maximum business advantage.

That’s bad enough of and in itself, but it’s the Power Property Trust that is really of interest, because guess who is a beneficiary of the trust? Here’s a clue – it’s not me and it’s not you and his name might rhyme with shame Fenian.

These are the donations the Power trust have made to the Tories. The declared ones anyway – they don’t always declare them, although they tend to get away with their breaches of the electoral legislation.

Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Forward Brisbane Leadership 17/Dec/2007 1,500.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Forward Brisbane Leadership 18/May/2008 2,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Liberal National Party of Queensland 03/Mar/2009 2,500.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Liberal National Party of Queensland 16/Mar/2009 10,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Liberal Party of Australia – Queensland Division 18/Jun/2007 5,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Liberal Party of Australia – Queensland Division 06/Nov/2007 5,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 22/Jan/2007 10,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust LIB-FED 13/May/2010 25,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust National Party of Australia (Queensland) 28/Aug/2006 2,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust National Party of Australia (Queensland) 11/Sep/2007 20,000.00
It’s not quite kosher is it? But then again, lying to the media is not exactly crackerjack either. But hey, didn’t Richo coin the famous phrase ‘whatever it takes’? Damian Power obviously abides by it, because this is what he told The Australian in 2009 in the following report:
Queensland Labor Party treasurer Damien Power, a former ALP staffer, is a full-time lobbyist with five major clients, as well as the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, for whom he works pro bono.

His paying clients are Clubs Queensland, the peak body for Queensland’s licensed clubs; energy-related companies TRUenergy and the Energy Retailing Association of Queensland; Melbourne-based building giant Grocon Constructors; as well as the Power Group, a company based on members of Mr Power’s family. Before becoming a lobbyist, Mr Power worked as a consultant to the Queensland branch of the ALP, and before that, he was a ministerial staffer in the Beattie government.

Mr Power has denied any conflict of interest between being the treasurer of the party in government and a registered lobbyist to that government, claiming that none of his clients had ever donated to the ALP, “although some of them might have been to a few functions”.

Um, do clients really pay $35 000 to attend a few functions? Take a look at the donations the clients made:

Brookfield Multiplex Group Australian Labor Party (ALP) 29/Jun/2010 25,000.00
Brookfield Multiplex Group Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 04/Jul/2007 35,200.00
Brookfield Multiplex Group Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 20/Sep/2007 10,000.00
Brookfield Multiplex Group Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 15/Nov/2007 2,000.00
Brookfield Multiplex Group Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 23/Jul/2007 1,200.00
Brookfield Multiplex Group Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 05/Oct/2007 200.00
Brookfield Multiplex Group Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 24/Jun/2009 36,850.00
Brookfield Multiplex Group Australian Labor Party (N.S.W. Branch) 02/Jul/2008 36,850.00
Brookfield Multiplex Group Australian Labor Party (State of Queensland) 31/Jan/2008 150.00
Brookfield Multiplex Group Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 16/Jul/2007 1,272.73
Brookfield Multiplex Group Australian Labor Party (Victorian Branch) 16/Jul/2007 909.09
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Forward Brisbane Leadership 17/Dec/2007 1,500.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Forward Brisbane Leadership 18/May/2008 2,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Liberal National Party of Queensland 03/Mar/2009 2,500.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Liberal National Party of Queensland 16/Mar/2009 10,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Liberal Party of Australia – Queensland Division 18/Jun/2007 5,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Liberal Party of Australia – Queensland Division 06/Nov/2007 5,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division 22/Jan/2007 10,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust LIB-FED 13/May/2010 25,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust National Party of Australia (Queensland) 28/Aug/2006 2,000.00
Power Industries Pty Ltd ATF The Power Property Trust National Party of Australia (Queensland) 11/Sep/2007 20,000.00
Tru Energy Pty Ltd Australian Labour Party (VIC Branch) 16/Jul/2009 1,550.00

Me thinks someone is telling porky pies.

Perhaps the union members who work in the industries that Power’s clients are seeking to privatize, may want to ask their man a few questions.

They just better not expect a straight answer.