We'll get back to that in a moment.
We have however received further information from insiders about the probity process involving Tony and Justin Fung. In the interest of full disclosure we advise readers that we have been required to engage in actions to disguise our receipt of communications from insiders, which has included "anonymous" email accounts and use of public wifi spots around the region - as well as other things, which we're saving for the book. ;-) Fact is, many are afraid of retribution given the history of Campbell Newman at Brisbane Council.
We are advised that two shocking issues have thrown the process into disarray.
The Queensland OLGR has engaged an array of outsider consultants to conduct the probity investigations of Tony 馮永祥 and Kim Fai "Justin" Fung - this includes the FBI and RCMP, due to their connections to the US and Canada. Insiders have reported that at least one document submitted to the investigators (described as "peripheral") has been found to be fraudulent by an RMCP investigator, and likely forged. The document is said to relate to Tony Fung's time as a member of the CPPCC (Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Committee). Fung was a hand-picked appointee to this Communist Party Committee for 15 years, beginning in 1988 (prior to the handover by the UK government of Hong Kong in 1997).
The Chinese government has previously been implicated in the forgery of documents, including passports, when it suits their goals. This has included the forgery of passports with false birthdates for Chinese athletes.
The discovery of this dodgy document means that now ALL the submissions are being evaluated for their accuracy. The investigators also have signaled to Fung's solicitors that he will be questioned about all the documents submitted.
The second issue concerns the "arms-length" requirement between the LNP government and the applicants. It can now be revealed that allegations have been made to the OLGP that at least one LNP advisor has been given an untraceable mobile phone, with a Mainland China phone number, in order to facilitate back channel communications to the government by the proponents. The person in possession of this mobile has not been named, however it is understood that an LNP advisor named Mitch Grayson has been interviewed about these back-channel communications.
This brings us back to the "interview" this morning between John MacKenzie and Michael Trout. Like many of MacKenzie's "interviews", he and Trout were both provided with the "talking points" that they were charged with communicating. This is obvious to anyone listening (we've
included the segment below - make your own judgement). And as the two of them worked thru the talking points, it was clear that both of them were having trouble spruiking the talking points - one example is that both of them thought it surprising that all the unit holders in the Reef Casino hadn't tendered their shares (with almost 20% showing as untendered during the process). The answer is simple - clearly the market was unconvinced of the Fungs and their proposals, and were reacting by withholding their shares. Trout says he's not in a position to comment, and then calls shareholders idiots for not tendering. He also directly contradicts the Fungs PR release from Monday where they claim the probity investigation in the A.C.T. will be finished shortly, putting them in position to assume control of the Canberra Casino by Christmas - this in direct conflict with Campbell Newman's assurances that the A.C.T. team and the Queensland OLGR team were working "in lockstep".
MacKenzie then goes on to improvise - "clearly the Fung's are fair dinkum", and then praising their "plan B" - the sole purchase of the Canberra Casino as somehow "proof" that the Aquis project is a goer. And then Trout, claiming all the while that he and the government are "arm's length" to the process and the Fungs, seems to founder when trying to explain why the Fung's have been ducking the interviews with the probity team.
The whole PR exercise now underway is a feeble attempt by the LNP walk back of the dangerously long limb that they've clambered out on. Newman and his team have relied heavily on the LNP operatives in Cairns for assurances that these people are OK.
But with Newman insiders in direct communication via non-traceable mobile phones, you've got to ask when some of these people are going to start getting lawyered-up.