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Ok so it's time for another #OpWatts thread. Just waiting for the #IBAC stream to come up. It's Carr vs Somyurek today, and I'm anticipating many spicy moments. Will be doing the usual abbreviations to condense the commentary, listed below. More may be added during the day.
CR - Comm. Redlich
CA - Counsel Assisting
W - Witness
MK - Marlene Kairouz
RS - Robin Scott
NE - Nazih Elasmar
KV - Kaushaliya Vaghela
RG - Rick Garotti
HH - Hussein Haraco
SACOV - Somali Australian Council of Victoria
BMR - Bracks/Macklin Report
CCB - Corrupt, Cheating Bastards
I do hope Chris Carr has recovered from his bicycle crash injuries, and I would also like to dispel the rumour that he was involved in a hit and run by a blonde lady driving a Comcar. There's absolutely no evidence of that been provided to me. Stop flooding my DM's.
#OpWatts
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Those of you following #SlugGate will know about "Community Chef" the direct competitor to iCook foods. Ian Cook claims he was run out of business by ppl linked to Community Chef.

Have a look at the diligence done before Vic DHHS took ownership of this "non profitable" company. Image
Community Chef was initially founded by Albo and our #DictatorDan as health minister. Along the way, councils took shareholder stakes in it, and then it was eventually sold back to Vic DHHS as a basket case, for $1 per share I believe. It was worthless, as it never made profit.
Or did it........cos someone who looked them over more thoroughly than Pitcher Partners saw they were making money on the front end via food sales, but in the back end, admin section, millions and millions were "lost."

And that's despite tens of millions of grants kicked in.
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Ok it's #IBACsummary time and wheeeew boy, was it an interesting day. The usual disgusting behaviours were canvassed, and many of the usual suspects were mentioned, so I'll try and focus on the new stuff we learned, and today's witness, Kirsten Psaila.
#OpWatts
First up, Chris Carr fronted up looking like he had a face to face argument with an old fashioned push mower, which turned out to be a bicycle accident. But after a brief apology for his appearance, he proceeded to give somebody else a bloody face, and poor old Kirsten got it.
Kirsten's Twitter bio clearly has "living on #DinduNuffin land" but Carr was having none of that, being armed with a bagful of receipts that resembled Santa's sack in a good year. And possibly Kelly's Monday indignation fest put him and the Commish in an impatient mood.
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So it's #IBACtime again. This will be the #OpWatts thread for the day. Today's witness is Kirsten Psaila, electoral officer for Marlene Khairouz, and not in any way a branch stacker, although that opinion may be shattered by day's end.

Abbreviations list in the next tweet.
CR - Comm. Redlich
CA - Counsel Assisting
W - Witness
AS - Adem Somyurek
MK - Marlene Kairouz
RS - Robin Scott
NE - Nazih Elasmar
KV - Kaushaliya Vaghela
HH - Hussein Haraco
SACOV - Somali Australian Council of Victoria
BMR - Bracks/Macklin Report
CCB - Corrupt, Cheating Bastards
Additional abbreviations may be added during the thread. WC will be used for witness counsel, if he intervenes.

And with that, the stream is up! We'll be going through witness formalities for a few minutes, then it's over to Mr Carr, for this mornings castigations.
#OpWatts
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So it's #IBACday! Again.... Time for another serve of #OpWatts. Returning to the stand for another round is Rick Garotti.

I'm going to be using more abbreviations to try and get more content in each tweet, as it will work better with drawn out sections of questioning. See below.
CR - Comm. Redlich
CA - Counsel Assisting
W - Witness
AS - Adem Somyurek
MK - Marlene Kairouz
RS - Robin Scott
NE - Nazih Elasmar
KV - Kaushaliya Vaghela
HH - Hussein Haraco
SACOV - Somali Australian Council of Victoria
BMR - Bracks/Macklin Report
CCB - Corrupt, Cheating Bastards
And we're up!!! Good morning Mr Garotti!
CR reminds him he's still under oath, asks if there is anything he wants to challenge or correct from yesterday, that's a no, and it's straight over to CA for the first question of the day.
#OpWatts
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So just to give everybody a summary of the #OpWatts evidence form this morning's hearings -

#Dodgy, #Dodgy, #Dodgy

Garotti isn't a good witness. He was clearly wanting to be a big player, whether he actually was or not, and is trying to downplay himself to the commission.
But they are having none of it, and keep referring him to previous statements, and evidence they had locked and loaded that Garotti wasn't aware of.

One thing shines through yet again. Labor's internal party culture is/was rotten AF, and they don't learn from their mistakes.
Much of these activities can't be recalled in any detail, because they were so run of the mill they weren't remarkable enough to be memorable. And the commissioner once again brings up #RedShirts to clarify that the witness of the day was aware of it, and nothing changed after it
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Almost time for the #IBAC hearings to start again. This will be the live tweeting threat for #OpWatts. Will be using the following abbreviations:
CR - Commissioner Redlich
CA - Council assisting
W - Witness (Rick Garotti)
WC - Witness council

Waiting for the stream.....
And we're off and racing! The commissioner now going through the formalities with the Witness and his council.

Today's witness is the former mayor of Banyule council, and I think we're going to hear more about ethnic branch stacking today via the Somali association
#OpWatts
And it's question time! And some boring questions to the witness about the summons. Number 2021187. So presumably that's summons 187 issued in 2021. Interesting. I presume that's all IBAC matters, not just #OpWatts
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The #DailyDickheadDiatribe is underway, and the Dictator himself has graced us with his presence.

I'll keep you posted.
So far we're speeding past the very bad numbers to focus on the naughty unvaccinated people in ICU and on ventilators. Except we're describing them as "not fully vaccinated" read into that what you will.
So we're getting reduced restrictions as of 11.59pm this Thursday - "full roadmap, plus extras" so it seems that the roadmap isn't really a roadmap, just guidelines.

No travel limits, was going to be the 25km limit for that step, but no travel to regional Victoria allowed.
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I'll start the #OpWatts thread here, although still waiting for the stream to start. I'll be using abbreviations today to make things easier and cram more in.
W - Witness
CR - Commissioner Redlich
CA - Council Assisting
SC - Somyurek's Council

And with that, stream's up!
Today's witness (W) is Adam Sullivan, a former staffer of Adem Somyurek. CR is now running through the formalities of the day.
Witness to be asked about employment, duties, party political work, factional activity, processes/manipulations, ALP membership
#OpWatts
(cont) falsification of documents, ballot papers, public funds used for party activities.
Very much the same stuff Byrne was questioned about, and quite a thorough list.
Witness now being sworn/affirmed, then we're away!
#OpWatts
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OK and we're back live with #OpWatts at IBAC. And interestingly, it's a (Continued) cross examination of Byrne by Somyurek's council.

And we're back into the text messages, with a perjury warning to spice things up.

Here we go......
We're getting into text messages regarding the evidence given yesterday about Somyurek's assistance/non interference in the Dandy council mayoral race.

"The dipstick Jen" 😂😂😂😂

"To remind him who runs the show" 😬

Council suggesting Byrne is the chief, not Somyurek
#OpWatts
"Where we cut Michaelson's throat" - spicy texts.
Council pushing hard that Byrne is the master, Somyurek the apprentice.

"Was Michaelson a potential threat to you?" - clever question to push that angle, but Byrne not delivering the ideal response.
#OpWatts
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Somyurek thread. Here's some grabs from the presser where Dan announced he had sacked him for branch stacking, then took questions. It's one of the most brutal pressers he's ever had to face, and some interesting questions got asked.
#OpWatts #IBACDan
Here Dan gets asked about whether Scott and Khairouz will be stood aside pending investigations, but apparently no, different rules for them.
Sumeyya really picks up her stride here, and pushes Dan to justify why Kairouz in particular should keep her job, given her commentary trashing her own portfolio. But Dan holds out and says he's been personally reassured by her that her behaviour was above board.

Scorn ensues 😂
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Questions to Byrne are starting now, going over his history with the ALP, and the positions he's held.

I'll thread these now that the examination proper is starting
#OpWatts
Recounting the timeline of events following the revelations from the Age and 60 Minutes, including the handing over of party admin to the federal branch of the party. Byrne confirming comments he made at the time that he hoped there would finally be a clean up
#OpWatts
"I thought the party was completely out of control"
"Referring to branch stacking, coercion of staff, referring to a party basically being taken over by one person"
Council - "Which person"
Byrne - "Adam Somyurek"
#OpWatts
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