TROUBLE "DOWN UNDER" - AUSTRALIAN DEFENSE
MINISTER SUDDENLY RESIGNS - JOEL FITZGIBBON
QUITS UNDER CORRUPTION CLOUD - SAYS HE'S
STEPPING DOWN "TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF
THE GOVERNMENT" - HUGE CONFLICT OF INTEREST
REVEALED - MILITARY CHIEF HAD ORDERED MAJOR
GENERAL TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS OF HEALTH
INSURANCE GIANT "NIB" - FITZGIBBON'S BROTHER
MARK THE CEO - OTHER ETHICAL LAPSES ADD UP
TO END OF THE LINE FOR TOP "AUSSIE" OFFICIAL
© 2009 MilitaryCorruption.com
Corruption in the military is a worldwide problem and, because of the urgency of this breaking news, we hasten to post this story for our many readers "Down Under" in Australia who are just now learning their Defense Minister, Joel Fitzgibbon, has suddenly resigned.
If the powerful military boss had not quit, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd would have surely been forced to "sack" him.
A series of gaffes and incredible blunders over the past 18 months led up to what is "page one news" today all across Australia. Fitzgibbon had repeatedly gotten himself into a mess by an incredible lack of common sense. A shocking lack of ethics played a big part, as well. At any rate, most agree, his tenure in office was a disaster, and many in the Australian forces are happy to see him go.
RESIGNATION ONLY WAY TO GO - ETHICAL LAPSES CAME
"ONE AFTER THE OTHER"
"I am resigning - effective immediately - to protect the integrity of the government," Fitzgibbon said in a bombshell announcement.
God knows, up until now, he had done plenty to undermine and embarrass his leader, the prime minister.
For example, there was Fitzgibbon's failing to declare several trips he made to China were funded by powerful and mysterious Australian-Chinese businesswoman Helen Liu.
In the past week, the now-resigned defense chief had been exposed accepting hotel accommodations paid for by a company controlled by his brother Mark.
MORE SCANDALS TO COME?
And now, the obvious conflict of interest in ordering Maj. Gen. Paul Alexander, head of Australian military health services, to meet with big health insurance company NIB, a conglomerate with the defense secretary's brother sitting right smack in the CEO's chair.
Even a school boy would know that couldn't pass the smell test. But Fitzgibbon blundered on, until finally, his actions proved too embarrassing for the government in Canberra to endure.
Sources tell MilitaryCorruption.com there may be more scandals lurking just beneath the surface in the Fitzgibbon case. Will the abrupt resignation stop the bleeding? Or is this just the beginning? Time will tell.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: To our dear friends "Down Under," we highly recommend ONE CROWDED HOUR, the story of Australia's greatest war correspondent, the late Neil Davis. Many thanks to Tim Bowden for writing such a wonderful book. It likely is out-of-print. Call your local library, university, or check with amazon.com for a used copy. Thank you.]