29 May 2013

Kohl blackens Serco eyes

In breaking news, Australian government gives lots of money to evil foreign company.
What's worse than being evil? Being evil and INEPT as well of course.

Just to reduce the image above down to 3 dates and 3 very negative facts:

1. 2013: Drug dealer and jewel thief Carlo K Kohl escapes en route from Australia back to his native Germany, despite being in the custody of TWO Serco security guards.
2. 2011 parliament inquires into Serco incompetence.
3. 2012  Serco secretly renegotiates it's contract ...

 'In Australia Serco runs Acacia Prison in Western Australia and Borallon Correctional Facility in Queensland  as well as the national contract for immigration detention centres, including Christmas Island and the Villawood detention centre in Sydney.'

The Australian government which we all elected, has those brave and traumatised 'boat people' refugees confined in various hellholes away from inquisitive eyes and the same Serco, company has been contracted to supervise those  men women and children. 

Serco Chairman Christopher Rajendran Hyman CBE, is also chairman of the Prince of Wales' charity In Kind Direct.

Serco Director (non-executive) Ralph D Crosby, was chairman of EADS, North America (the world's second largest defence company), previously, Ralph held numerous positions with Northrop Grumman Corporation (which has provided more than US100 million dollars in contracts to Australian-based companies)  prior to Serco, Ralph served as an Officer in the US Army and has a BSc from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY   (I think Paula Broadwell has one of those from there as well).

Northrops own the 'C4ISR' unmanned flying killers (oops 'weapons systems') and if you Guggle-search (C4ISR+Australia) you will find stuff that has made me nearly weep - they are right there in 
Suite 6, 260 Auburn Road
VIC 3122.

Serco reported £245 million NET income in 2012.

'Among its operations are traffic control (speed cameras), aviation, military and nuclear weapons contracts, detention centres and prisons, and schools.'

Hansard records that they have 'supervised' asthmatic babies and comatose diabetic refugees,  "in a manner without reference to our health departments", as they knew they should have.  Apparently, they have also secretly renegotiated their contract, 
so you will laugh at their webpage for Corporate Responsibility 
"CR is intrinsic to the way we bid for contracts"   (I think that reduction of a six syllable word  to an acronym is very revealing)
and that's not all - 

apparently they were asleep when 
criminal Kohn escaped from them in the Bangkok Airport 
whose authorities had not even been advised (IATA international air regulations require) that a criminal was transiting their nation.
Apparently he was not handcuffed at the time (4:30am) either.

Right now, award winning journalists are thumping out this story with more clarity than I have, but my advantage is that I can just say that Serco are evil baby killers right from the start, and now they are inept and sneaky, and I am sickened that we suck up to them because of that $100 million worth of filthy money they have 'invested' in this nation.
While we pretend to be a democracy, who TF do I see about this?


  1. The Immigration Department has outlined a breakdown of the $1.5 billion price tag for running the nation's asylum seeker detention network.

    The department's secretary, Martin Bowles, told Senate Estimates the broad cost of operating the detention network at this point of the financial year falls just shy of $1.5 billion.

    He says the cost, as of the end of April, includes $686 million for service provision by SERCO

  2. Australia's answer to Group 4, it seems.

  3. Serco are really really bad Chapter 38:
    Guardian Law ‏@GdnLaw 14 May
    Thameside prison report criticises extended 'lock-down' The Guardian

    Jonathon Tomlinson ‏@mellojonny 18 May Twitter

    Serco underbids Community NHS trust by 7% to provide the same service then cuts staff by 15% …

    Frances Crook ‏@francescrook 14 May
    After children removed from Ashfield, Serco runs probably worst jail in country … private jails unethical & calamitous

    and Michael West in The Age way back on 7th May was onto them.

  4. Why use a private security company? Isn't that what the Coppers get paid for?

  5. Therese thanks for visiting; the cops are too busy dealing drugs, molesting kids and selling information. Serco is HUGE, English, and a war profiteer.

    Brian thanks to you too, I will now Guggle Group 4.
    from Hansard the record of Parliament

    Dr Yong: The detention provider Serco has had various different methods of trying to deal with detainees who
    have displayed aggressive behaviour or, sometimes, repeated self-harming behaviour.
    But what was unhelpful was that many of these policies were developed without the input of the health
    advisory group of the department itself. The group would be told much later on, once the policy was actually
    operational, so the group was being reactive rather than proactive around these issues.

    Senator DI NATALE: Can you be more specific about an example of the sort of policy you are talking
    Prof. Newman: That is the Serco behaviour management policy we are referring to, which was developed
    between the department and Serco, and, as Dr Yong said, without reference to our group. After it was
    implemented we have become aware of what we would consider cases who are placed under this very strict and
    punitive behaviour management program, which would generally be considered on medical and psychiatric
    grounds to be contra-indicated.

  6. Hiss and bloody spit. I am ashamed of our treatment of asylum seekers anyway, and now this... And sadly I don't believe that we have any chance of electing ANY political party with either the will or the power to change it.

  7. Hi Annie

    'Right now, award winning journalists are thumping out this story with more clarity than I have...'

    That may be true but none of them will have thought of a headline as brilliant as yours.



  8. Great piece, AOD. The bungling is quite funny: no handcuffs; two of them not being able to keep charge of one admittedly not-terribly-bright crook etc.

    But the successful re-negotiation of the contract is serious. And to think that nice President Eisenhower warned us about the military-industrial complex all those years ago.

  9. Honestly, I feel ill about the thought that I must choose any of these critters when I vote. Perhaps we need a party called "None of the Above" so informal votes are not alldismissed as votes cast by idiots who can't work the forms out, or resent compulsory voting.

  10. oh Fruity, you always hit the sweet spot on the comments racquet.
    So many people write 'Ned Kelly' on the ballot paper, and waste their vote. (I have done ballot counting).
    I joined The WikiLeaks Party because it is worth the money to show just how many of us are disappointed in LABOR. on refugees, on pulp milling the last beautiful State, on Live export to Saudis and Indonesians for halal slaughter etc etc.
    I like to think that when we watch TV on election night, Julia and Tony will choke when they see the total number of citizens who don't care about them. That is the reason to join.

    X X

  11. The World Seems To Be Drifting Remorsesly(sp?) Rightwards :(

  12. bloody England. I was just online buying Pete WHO Townshend's memoir and I fell over a Charles Townshend book - The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921. Since 2003, Iraq has rarely left the headlines. But less discussed is the fact that Iraq as we know it was created by the British, in one of the most dramatic interventions in recent history. A cautious strategic invasion by British forces led - within seven years - to imperial expansion on a dizzying scale, with fateful consequences for the Middle East and the world. In When God Made Hell, Charles Townshend charts Britain's path from one of its worst military disasters to extraordinary success with largely unintended consequences, through overconfidence, incompetence and dangerously vague policy. With monumental research and exceptionally vivid accounts of on-the-ground warfare, this a truly gripping account of the Mesopotamia campaign, and its place in the wider political and international context. For anyone seeking to understand the roots of British involvement in Iraq, it is essential reading.

    ffs. and we all know Lord Mountbattenburg separated Indian muslims into Pakistan in 1948 as a last gasp of The British Raj, actually the arab/israel thing was 1948 (the Rosthchild$), and 1948 was the first Porscha, and Volksy, and me ...
    My mm-mm my generashurrn. why don't ya all just fff... fade away

  13. 30th July The Guardian UK has now compiled a frightening list of SERCO control, in which the $695 million Australian account rates a line.
    Read it and be very afraid.

  14. 'Among their scores of roles across the planet, Serco is responsible for air traffic control in the United Arab Emirates, parking-meter services in Chicago, driving tests in Ontario, and an immigration detention centre on Christmas Island, run on behalf of those well-known friends of overseas visitors the Australian government.

    In the US, the company has just been awarded a controversial $1.25bn contract by that country's Department of Health. All told, its operations suggest some real-life version of the fantastical mega-corporations that have long been invented by fiction writers; a more benign version of the Tyrell Corporation from Blade Runner, say, or one of those creations from James Bond movies whose name always seems to end with the word "industries".

    The strangest thing, though, is the gap between Serco's size and how little the public knows about it. Not for nothing does so much coverage of its work include the sentence "the biggest company you've never heard of"

  15. 12th August 2013 rioting by refugees in Greek detention centre run by SERCO shows that prison is a poor replacement for empathy. Human Warehousing is SERCO core business. a few snips of today -

    … hanged himself in the SERCO Hassockfield secure training centre, after being subjected to a karate chop to the nose (termed a "nose distraction"). Adam's nose bled for about an hour afterwards; he left a note asking what gave staff the right to hit him.

    Interviews with guards also reveal that staff with the private security company Serco are only given one week's training…

    witnesses inside the Villawood detention centre saw Serco guards leave the man, known only as "Ali", on the ground for almost an hour before calling an ambulance.