An investigation by The Australian Financial Review has revealed that the royal commission into the mining industry was not the first royal commission to be destroyed by the royal commissioner.
The inquiry into the Colliers International scandal, commissioned by the then-prime minister, Paul Keating, into the company’s role in the deaths of more than 300 miners in Western Australia, was also shut down by the commission.
But the Collier inquiry into mining led to a coronavirus scare and led to the resignation of the premier.
Then the Collarier inquiry was the subject of a royal inquiry into financial fraud and money laundering by the treasurer, Brendan Nelson, but it also led to charges of the state government, which was then headed by Labor, colluding with the mining company and the mining minister, Joe Hockey.
In March 2010, the royal commissions into the Victorian mining industry and the Australian National University found the state Labor government, the Victorian state executive and the Victorian Mining Council colluded to “perpetuate a fraudulent scheme to manipulate the state’s market”.
It also found the Victorian government, under pressure from the mining lobby, had “engaged in a cover-up of the Collars allegations”.
The Collariers report concluded that Colliers had manipulated the market for mining licences by manipulating prices and withholding information.
“The Collars inquiry revealed systemic failings in the way the Victorian Government controlled the mining sector and failed to protect the integrity of its own licences,” the royal commissioners report said.
It said Colliers, in its report, had a “significant influence” over the state and federal governments.
‘There is an urgent need for an independent commission’ “There is a pressing need for a Commonwealth-funded, independent, independent independent royal commission on the Colliar inquiry, particularly considering that there is an urgency to address the serious concerns raised by the Collaris inquiry,” the report said, referring to a report by the former Victorian Attorney-General Michael Ferguson.
Ferguson was appointed to the commission in June 2015, and a royal commissioner has been appointed.
His report was made public this week.
Former Labor MP David Farrar, who was the chief executive of Colliers from 2007 to 2014, said it was clear Collar was being used to influence the state.
He said Collar had been involved in a number of other political matters and he believed there was a conflict of interest.
Mr Farras said the Collarees inquiry was “a good opportunity for the federal government to take action”.
“Collar was very well placed in Victoria at the time to get to the truth,” he said.
“I’m glad they’re going to take a look at it.
Collar’s a well-known and highly respected company.
I don’t think it’s going to be a surprise if they’re recommending that Collar be investigated.”
“There are concerns about Collar,” he told the ABC.
A spokesman for the Victorian Labor government said Collars report showed there was an urgent needs for an “independent, independent” royal commission.
“We are continuing to work closely with Collar to address these concerns,” he wrote.
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