William Wallace: There’s a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it.
You won’t find what you see above in the annual reports of the charitable organisation published on the Bravehearts website.
In fact you won’t find more than a single annual report published on Bravehearts’ website at all, and that one you will find there is last year’s report rather than the current 2015/2016 version released over than a fortnight ago.
But this solitary annual report published at http://www.bravehearts.org.au contains only a simple 2 page financial report which doesn’t list the related party transactions made between the charity – which by the way has recently been changed into a private company (see below), more about that later – and those in charge of running it, and thus deciding how it’s government funded and publicly donated dollars are spent.
You have to head over to the Australian Charities Commission website and do a wee bit of digging into the records before you discover that Bravehearts pays $27 000 a year to rent a 4 bedroom house converted into an office at 21 Vanessa Boulevard, Springwood that the organisation uses to provide counselling services to kids and their families.
This house, which was recently visited by Children’s Commissioner Cheryl Vardon is owned by guess who?
None other than the organisation’s founder and long-time leader Hetty Johnson herself.
We won’t ask you why Bravehearts is hiding the fact that Hetty’s copping $27 grand a year of our cash delivered via funding grants in rent for her own property , because in our view it’s blindingly obvious. If you were pulling the same stunt would you want anyone to know?
But Queenslanders are entitled to ask the question about WTF is Bravehearts – a registered charity with over $2 million in clear equity – doing renting an office owned by the woman who runs the organisation and who everyone knows rules it with an iron fist and makes all the decisions, despite the legislatively necessary charade of democracy that involves putting a rotating list of names down as directors of the organisation.
It’s Peter paying Peter is what it is, and if it’s not actually as dodgy as hell well it sure is a bad bloody look when taxpayer’s money’s involved.
The rented house at Springwood’s merely the start of it though. We’re going to be telling you a whole lot more about Bravehearts in the coming week, and what we’re about to reveal will raise a number of serious questions about the legitimacy of the organisation under its current management structure.
We won’t say much more right now, and instead simply remind you once again to watch this space.