Is there a Criminal Cartel operating in Goulburn?
- Category: Cartels
- Created: Friday, 26 August 2016 11:59
- Written by Administrator
Businesses that make agreements with their competitors to fix prices, rig bids, share markets or restrict outputs are breaking laws and stealing from consumers and businesses by inflating prices, reducing choices and damaging the economy. [i] Some estimates suggest that while a cartel is operating, the price of affected commodities rises by at least 10 per cent. Worldwide, cartels steal billions of dollars every year. [ii]
In Goulburn NSW, there are three lawyers designated to work on the NSW Children’s Court Care Panel. Lawyers on the “Care Panel” are specifically trained to deal with care and protection matters in NSW. For remote and rural areas, where care and protection proceedings have been instituted by the state, one lawyer is allocated to the children in the case, one is allocated to the department and the other will be the duty lawyer, in which will take on the case for the parents. Typically this means that there is no option for a second or third choice with legal representation and this constitutes a violation of the clients human rights, which Australia is obligated to abide by. (UNHRHC) states “to defend himself in person or through legal assistance of his own choosing”.
In current children’s court proceedings, the departments solicitor is Robert Hosking,[iii] the children’s independent legal representative is Alison Howarth[iv] and the mothers legal representative is Joanna Jasarevic. The department also has an External Legal Practitioner, Kelly Stanford [v]– though she is not representing the department in this matter.
The children were removed in July 2016 on an Emergency Care and Protection Order (NSW Government) [vi] and placed into foster care with reasons for removal unsubstantive. A requirement for such drastic action is that the department must bring the matter to the courts within three working days and explain exactly why such measures were required. [vii]
If an ECPO is made, it will have a life not exceeding 14 days and may be renewed for a similar or lesser term on one occasion only: s 46(3). A child who is subject to an ECPO is usually placed in the “care responsibility” of the Director-General, but another person may be allocated care responsibility. Unlike an interim care order, an ECPO and an extension of an ECPO are “final” orders. Once it is made, the proceedings are at an end and there can be no question of a further court date. Having made the ECPO, the magistrate is “functus officio”. There is no power to make contact or other orders.