[Address and contact details withheld]
Attention: Ms Nicola Berkovic
The Australian Fax: 02 6270 7071
Thank you for your stories in The Australian last week (Friday 25/5/12, Legal Affairs Section) on delays and problems in the Federal and Family Courts. Did you see the story by Farah Farouque on page 3 of Friday’s The Age, a VCAT case on a man who got a job in the Office of Public Prosecutions for 2 months before they found out he was impersonating a solicitor? It’s unbelievable how many ways government agencies and lawyers can mess up these days, especially when you put the two together.
Are you following the amazing VCAT government and lawyer corruption story at
I was one of more than 100 members of the public (yes 100) who went along to VCAT on 21 May to watch what corrupt government agencies and lawyers are doing to Mr James Johnson.
Mr Johnson was amazing. I’ve read his credentials on his blog and seen him in action. He is clearly in the top 1% of lawyers in the country. Outnumbered by unethical government paid lawyers (including 2 that were hiding in the shadows), he didn’t worry about notes or books. Mr Johnson quoted High Court cases and legislation. He asked probing questions. He did it all from memory. The other lawyers, scurrying under their piles of papers, were terrified of his amazing skills and abilities. They spent most of the day red-faced and shaking. Mr Johnson knew the law and knew what should be done, knew right from wrong, better than any of the lawyers ganged up against him.
Hero’s aren’t born, they are created by adversity. 5 years ago, Mr Johnson had everything stolen from him. Millions of dollars worth of property, his legal practice, his home, his family, his faith in the law. All because a group of greedy, corrupt lawyers got in on the act of blackmailing him in the courts, doing $400,000 legal work on credit for a self-confessed fraudster, promoting a legal claim they knew to be fraudulent. Rather than saving Mr Johnson, dozens of government officials have spent millions of dollars of public monies, all wasted (well, spent on lawyers) protecting the guilty lawyers, covering up their crimes against Mr Johnson. Rather than going crazy or committing suicide like many victims do, Mr Johnson has spent the last few years in interstate exile, dodging threats, aggravated burglaries and even a car bombing. He has gone from a penthouse and beach house to living out of 2 suitcases, just like fellow Melbourne whistleblower Julian Assange. Rather than giving up, Mr Johnson has taken to producing documentaries, taking the occasional mercy brief, giving millions of dollars of free legal advice and advocacy, helping other victims and organising how we the people can reclaim justice and the law.
Every one of us who met Mr Johnson on 21 May 2012 has a story of being ripped off by our lawyers, only to have our faces slapped by the crooked legal regulator when we complained. It is no secret that instead of being a policeman the legal regulator is running a protection racket for his crooked lawyers. Every one of us, and thousands more, we’ve lost our assets, our jobs, our children, our homes, even our lives. And Mr Johnson is the only one who is willing to stand up to these corrupt lawyers, judges and public servants. All of us have been praying for years, hoping for a man like Mr Johnson to come along. I was skeptical at first. It is too good to be true. But he really is the real thing.
Mr Johnson is really putting his life on the line. He is speaking up for all of us. There is a massive amount of information on his blog. He should be getting as many headlines and as much support as Julian Assange. Mr Johnson really deserves as much public exposure and protection as we can give him. All of my family and friends are praying for him. We will be there with Mr Johnson on 6 July 2012 when this government witch hunt starts again.
The above is a guest blog from one of my 100 plus supporters who turned up on short notice on 21 May 2012 in a massive display of public support.
This lovely supporter has managed to describe in one page the key points of my present circumstances, the lawyer frauds and other crimes and cover-ups committed against me, that have taken me “ from a penthouse and beach house to living out of 2 suitcases, just like fellow Melbourne whistleblower Julian Assange.”
And she is also going to the effort of promoting my story to the media and other public outlets, with the plan of achieving an audience of several 100s more and a stronger media contingent to watch over me when these hearings resume on 6 July 2012
This is the sort of support that more than vindicates my decision to stand up against these latest rounds of criminal reprisals by a cartel of corrupt publicly-funded, lawyer-dominated government agencies, of which Legal Services Commissioner Michael McGarvie (privileged son of a former Victorian Governor and a former law firm partner of Australia’s thrice illegitimate Prime Minister Julia Gillard, my direct political opponent as the current ALP installation MHR for Lalor) is clearly leading the charge, again, as well as being himself among the first in line to be “charged” (for example for criminal violations under the Whistleblowers Protection Act – maximum jail terms of up to 2 years per count) for attempting to pull off this latest, outrageous and criminal vendetta against me.
I am now waiting as VCAT drags its heals, obstructs and on key points illegally refuses to cooperate to provide to me details of what it and several other government agencies (including Michael McGarvie’s) illegally got up to, behind my back, at their secret hearing barely “a day [and a half]” before the start of the 3 day trial scheduled for 21 May (now rescheduled to begin again on 6 July 2012) to exclude 57 sources of evidence, all highly incriminating and highly embarrassing to all of these lawyer-dominated government agencies. I cannot provide the informations, nor can I sort out what actions I need to take to begin to undo the injustices they did to me, until I get all of the information that VCAT is dragging, obstructing etc to provide to me.
But I have not been idle.
I fully expect criminal charges to be laid, finally, against many of those government participants, in the very near future.
And I have spoken at several public meetings in Melbourne this week, each time to groups of 100 – 130 on an action plan, a two point agenda, to present to the Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu and the Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark impressing on them:
(a) the moral obligation that the Victorian government has to fund legal test cases to the High Court to undo bad laws that bad publicly-funded lawyer-dominated agencies (Victoria Legal Aid and the even more secretive and shady Legal Practitioners Liability Committee) obtained in 2004, making Australia the only nation in the world where for the first time and only since 2004 it has been illegal to sue (77,000) solicitors who if they are negligent in court, as well as Australia being the last country in the world (since the UK fixed their common law in 2000) where it has continued to be illegal to sue (7,000) barristers if they are negligent in court; and
(b) the necessity to turn back the calendar to 2004 as regards re-introducing the previous Liberal government’s (Premier Jeff Kennett and Attorney-General Jan Wade) independent legal regulatory scheme, the Victorian Legal Ombudsman – and to abolish (with or without laying criminal charges) the clearly corrupt, failed and extremely crony operations of Mr Michael McGarvie and his Legal Services Commissioner “co-regulation is no-regulation” scheme, a lawyer-driven fraud on the general public.
Both these travesties were committed against the Victorian (and Australian) people in Autumn of 2004, by the previous, Bracks-Brumby-Hulls Labor Government in Victoria. And the “new” Baillieu-Clark Liberal Government, struggling with inherited corruption and cronyism on a daily basis, to the point that it can barely find time to govern. So there is every reason to be optimistic that the Premier Ted Baillieu and Attorney-General Robert Clark will recognise the double governmental imperatives (cleaning up government affairs, while restoring government protections on clients against abuse from lawyers) as well as the political capital (handy at the mid-point of a government in its first term in office) and will leap to put these “back to the past” reforms in place well before Parliament closes and the parliamentarians leave their penthouses for their beach houses, for Christmas.
… to be continued
Independent Federal Candidate for Lalor