Greens party candidate and multi-millionaire property developer Brian Walters SC faces a number of serious allegations relating to his financial interests that will plague his campaign for the state seat of Melbourne in the Victorian election this month.
Waltersâ€™ campaign material â€“ including a Youtube video â€“ describes himself as a human rights and environment lawyer.
WHAT COAL-POWERED BRIAN IS HIDING
No mention is made in his biographical material of his willingness â€“ exposed in the Sunday Herald Sun â€“ to represent bosses in the coal mining industry in legal proceedings relating to holding the company to account for the death of a worker by negligence. His ambitious plan to defend taking money from an industry he pretends to oppose is by talking about the ethics of the $10,000 a day bar. Good luck with that.
The Age’s story morning had more criminal barristers defending him than would normally be laid on for a murderous organised crime boss, such as Tony Mokbel. It was comedy gold.
Weâ€™re not sure the explanation will fly with the mums of Parkville and the oldies of the Housing Commission in Carlton or even young professionals in the city who can all smell a spiv by his pricey aftershave and gimmicky electric car that only a millionaire could afford.
COAL ISNâ€™T THE ISSUE; THE ISSUE IS A POLITICIAN PRESENTING AS ANTI-COAL WHILE PROFITING FROM THE COAL INDUSTRY
The issue isnâ€™t the entirely legitimate activities of his coal mining client. The issue is what sort of man Brian Walters is. Call us old fashioned but if we were really opposed to coal mining, weâ€™d not take work from them. But if we did take work from them, we wouldnâ€™t have the bare-faced cheek to campaign against coal mining â€“ and seek votes on that basis -while trousering their loot. Thatâ€™s ethics, not the false construct devised by Brian Waltersâ€™ rich mates at the $10,000 a day bar.
The front-page revelations also showed that Walters is engaged in property development in Rockhampton, which is right in the middle of a mining boom, much of it coal mining.
GREEDY BRIAN CAUGHT OUT IN ROCKY
We have learned that the gross end-value of Waltersâ€™ shrewd property development is in excess of $5 million. We hear heâ€™s been involved in other multi-million dollar property developments.
It is clearly not Waltersâ€™ only investment. Further investigations are pending into the multi-millionairesâ€™ financial interests. Exposure is inevitable.
VEXNEWS has no objection to the rich getting richer as long as everyone else gets a go too. But Waltersâ€™ opportunistic push into an industrial park that ravaged lush, green land and put warehouses, offices for industry in its space is something he has failed to disclose to Melbourne voters.
Our analysis of the area shows that the development is just metres away from residences in a part of north Rockhampton.
Again, nothing wrong with building big buildings but they need to be in the right locations that help the community not just enrich the rich developer and his investors.
But thereâ€™s obviously a deeply cynical reason why Brian Walters pretends to be a human rights lawyer when heâ€™s actually a rich barrister who takes on many cases other than â€œhuman rightsâ€ cases and who is also engaged in property development.
A WICKED WEB WE WEAVE
What else is Brian Waters hiding other than the real nature of his vocation, the source of his wealth and the obscene disconnection between his rhetoric and his reality?
Plenty, it seems.
He will be an absentee landlord, living in a multi-million dollar property in one of Melbourneâ€™s richest suburbs (Eaglemont) thatâ€™s miles away from the state seat of Melbourne.
Heâ€™s also the oldest candidate in the race for the seat, in a party with the oldest federal leader shuffling around while pretending to be new politics.
VEXNEWS has heard much speculation about Brian Walters. Not just his business dealings but also his quirky personal views and unusual personal conduct.
Because of his wealth, his close friendship with aging current federal Greens party leader Bob Brown and his profiting from property development and coal mining, he can be sure that thereâ€™ll be much more scrutiny in the days ahead.
HEARD NOT HERDED
The Greens party in Melbourne think they have this seat in the Louis Vuitton man-bag of their millionaire candidate. We suspect voters in the battleground seat want to be heard not herded by a man reasonably described as a snooty hypocrite backed by a cynical hard-left machine in the form of the Greens party.