BIT RICH: Snooty Greens party candidate Brian Walters grosses millions from coal-boom property deal and coal miner client

brianwaltershypocrite 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.

brianwaltersdevelopermates Walters’ campaign material – including a Youtube video – 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 – exposed in the Sunday Herald Sun – 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.

We’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 ISN’T THE ISSUE; THE ISSUE IS A POLITICIAN PRESENTING AS ANTI-COAL WHILE PROFITING FROM THE COAL INDUSTRY
The issue isn’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, we’d not take work from them. But if we did take work from them, we wouldn’t have the bare-faced cheek to campaign against coal mining – and seek votes on that basis -while trousering their loot. That’s ethics, not the false construct devised by Brian Walters’ 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 Walters’ shrewd property development is in excess of $5 million. We hear he’s been involved in other multi-million dollar property developments.

It is clearly not Walters’ only investment. Further investigations are pending into the multi-millionaires’ financial interests. Exposure is inevitable.

VEXNEWS has no objection to the rich getting richer as long as everyone else gets a go too. But Walters’ 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 there’s obviously a deeply cynical reason why Brian Walters pretends to be a human rights lawyer when he’s actually a rich barrister who takes on many cases other than “human rights” 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 Melbourne’s richest suburbs (Eaglemont) that’s miles away from the state seat of Melbourne.

He’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 there’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.

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  1. Bye bye Pike

    Today is the day that Labor lost the seat of Melbourne.
    You don’t win left seats by attacking the Victorian Bar, who, like unions live by the ‘touch one, touch all’ motto.
    This is possibly the dumbest strategy King Street has ever pursued.
    That Walters is profiting from a property deal that relies on the mining boom for its success is a legitimate point – even a gotcha moment – but that is now buried under the amateur decision to attack the Bar.
    While many people agree that barristers are pious, over paid, duplicitous wankers – these people DON’T live in Melbourne, Richmond, Brunswick or Prahan.
    Pike was an excellent Minister and has a heart the size of Royal Park but she has just been delivered political defeat by the drones in West Melbourne.

  2. sg

    @Bye Bye Pike “these people DON’T live in Melbourne”

    These people don’t read the Herald Scum either.

    Comedy gold indeed.

  3. Disillusioned

    I’m not a lawyer so I don’t understand how these things work, but I can see the Queensland property development thing is probably not part of the bar rules. I assume those trees went to make way for the warehouses?

  4. Bye bye Pike

    The point about the Queensland investment is not about Walters being a barrister – it is about him being a Green. It is hypocritical to be an environmentalist AND profit from environmental vandalism at the same time.
    If you are a ‘conviction’ politician then this conviction should apply to your investments and line of work.

  5. Micky D

    Perhaps I am missing something. So you attack the Victorian Bar and you lose seats. Doh! Inverse logic states attack the Victorian Bar and you win more seats. Sounds right to me.

  6. c u on the tram

    they’ll be passing out the cyanide capsules at william st HQ

  7. Damian

    I agree Bye bye Pike.

    The whole bar seems to have woken to slap the labor party and pike. I would imagine the donations to the Greens will now roll in from cashed up lawyers, while Pike will have to beg for money from other marginal seats worth defending.

    She is gone and I would suspect Richmond and Brunswick too.

    Dirt unit is not something people take kindly too. Any attack Labor or Herald sun makes will now get the tag Labors tax payer funded dirt unit. absolute disaster for Labor.

  8. c u on the tram

    ah correction – king st. or is this still being done on the taxpayers dime?

  9. Lord Snodgrass QC

    I am outraged that one of my $10K a day brothers have been criticised for taking money from the coal-mining industry.

    Defending the human rights of coal-mining executives is part of the rich tradition of the Victorian Bar.

    Oink.

    We look forward to the little people of Melbourne giving Brian more power to lord it over them while laughing all the way to the bank.

  10. Lady Snodgrass of Buddha

    I too am appalled that one’s private family investments are being subjected to the vulgarities of crude scrutiny from lowly paid journalists and plebians.

    If a man wishes to exploit a coal-mining bonanza with a teensy-weensy industrial park then that really is his own private business and MUST NOT be discussed by the proletariat who have little comprehension of the big picture.

    My life-long subscription to The Age has been vindicated by their support of these important principles.

  11. sg

    “These people don’t read the Herald Scum either.”

    My comment fail – ‘these’ people being Melbournites. I.e. Greens voters are going to wake up to The Age’s piece, not the Scum’s.

    The Age’s article contains the missing explanation crucial for non-lawyers to understand the ethics behind Walters’ work. The Scum’s doesn’t – now was that ignorance or evil on its part?

  12. Bye bye Pike

    Dirt units are as old as politics and there is nothing wrong with them per se. Showing your opponent to be a conflicted hypocrite is in the interests of democracy. But Good dirt units don’t leave fingerprints. Good dirt units don’t kick own goals. And good dirt units have more political sophistication than the ALP has shown over the weekend.

  13. Brian Walters on the Swastika and Over-sensitive Jews

    ‘It is illegal to display the swastika in Germany. After an exhibition of bad taste by Prince Harry, and a tantrum by far-right deputies in the German parliament, there is a motion before the European parliament to ban the swastika throughout Europe…’

    ‘Some claim that Hitler reversed the swastika, and therefore reversed its association with good fortune. He did reverse the design as presented to him, but by far the most common version of the swastika in the east is that with the open ends pointing clockwise, as the Nazis’ symbol did. It is a positive symbol whichever way it points.’

    For many in the world a ban on the swastika would be quite bewildering – the equivalent of banning the cross or the crescent. And, in ignoring the sensitivities of people in the East, such a ban would itself be an act of Western arrogance.’

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/Opinion/When-the-swastika-was-a-symbol-of-good/2005/01/26/1106415661687.html

  14. c u on the tram

    was thinking of the scene in Full Metal Jacket where the American Colonel, overrun, calls in an airstrike on his own position. It’s desperate, but whether its suicide or strategy depends on who’s still alive when the rubble stops bouncing. One thing’s clear, with the entire ALP hierachy committed to this there’ll be noone they can hang out to dry after the election.

  15. Lady Snodgrass of Buddha

    The Age is fulfilling its commitment to civil discourse when it calls those vulgarian Laborites crooks.

    But my man Paul Ramadge knows where to draw the line to ensure the more ideologically correct are protected from criticism over coal-mining money and deals with my Liberal friends.

    We will all clink Bollinger glasses after a sweet victory in November.

  16. and here we go ...

    For fucks sake he is not anti-jew. The use of the swastika in eastern religions is widespread and has NOTHING to do with Nazi Germany.

  17. Lady Snodgrass of Buddha

    A vulgar middle-class lady inquired about admission to my Buddhist temple. I explained that if you couldn’t afford the lease on a 7-series, you probably wouldn’t be welcome.

    I wouldn’t let my husband run for public office unless all the skeletons had been well-hidden by the maid in some of my enormous closets.

    We particularly enjoy criticising the private schools we all went to and sent little Georgia and Phoebe to.

    Only Catholic vulgarians and yobs fail to understand the subtlety of our position, yoga or non-yoga.

  18. Lord Snodgrass

    Bugger this, I’m torn between staying down at Portsea or handing out some recycled organic ink flyers at North Melbourne station. Can’t we get one of these little bits of young fluff we pick up to do all the hard work?

    Perhaps one more Pimm’s before the long drive.

  19. Lord Snodgrass QC

    Criticising a barrister for any reason should be an offence punishable by 10 years of imprisonment.

  20. Hopeleft

    I’m having the time of my life! I’d never thought I’d see this day come. The ALP pisses off the entire Victorian Bar by attacking the cab-rank rule, the people at VexNews suddenly become class warriors (and alienate their commenters), and our supposedly right-wing “swastika” commentator above uses extremely selective quoting to attack an article from Liberty Victoria denouncing Hitler and promoting free speech. Talk about hypocrisy! When the ideological Right accuses principled people of hypocrisy they end up shooting themselves in the foot.
    These articles just bring us closer to the day when we will win our freedom back from authoritarian corporations and can start living in a world that’s not so suicidal.

    Thank you to all the good people at Vex News!

  21. McPerton

    Conmrades comrades … when it comes to any discussion about the Victorian Bar, and indeed any discussion about the Human Rights Bar, then you should really look no further for sanctimonious dribble than I, Viscount Perton of San Francisco QC (formerly Lord Perton of Doncaster). Don’t you realise that I was the first ever person to create a human rights website (I believe the sequel to ‘Social Network’ will be called ‘Fat Pompous Idiot’, and will be about me, and the riches and treasures that came my way after I created the human rights and civil rights index at home.vicnet)? And don’t you realise that I stood up in the Legislative Assembly and spoke of the glorious charter? I’m actually very saddened that The Age did not call me for a quote of some kind. If they did, this is what I would say:

    ‘ra ra ra barrister .. ra ra ra ethics’

  22. A Bridge over Troubled Walters

    Bob Brown’s ode to his chum Brian Walters:

    When you’re weary
    Feeling small
    When tears are in your eyes
    I will dry them all

    I’m on your side
    When Labor gets rough
    And friends just can’t be found
    Like a bridge over troubled Walters
    I will lay me down
    Like a bridge over troubled Walters
    I will lay me down

    When you’re down and out
    When you’re on coal mine’s teet
    When tabloids fall so hard
    I will comfort you

    I’ll take your part
    When darkness comes
    And illicit gain is all around
    Like a bridge over troubled Walters
    I will lay me down
    Like a bridge over troubled Walters
    I will lay me down

  23. and here we go ...

    @Brian Walters on the Swastika and Over-sensitive Jews:

    For fcuks sake he is not anti-jew. The use of the swastika in eastern religions is widespread and has NOTHING to do with Nazi Germany.

  24. anon

    Today is the day I resign from the ALP and donate $10k to The Greens. So long Pike you will not be remembered for any great achievements.

  25. A prius a day keeps global warming away...

    As a Labor voter I hope we see the Greens pick up a couple of seats in inner Melbourne. That way, the age will think it has influenced the outcome of an election and will finally disappear up its own fundament, and we will also get to see what these cretins have to offer in a real world sense.

  26. How green is my valley...

    I long for the day that the greens are in power so that in the future we will be answering the door to armed water police with the power to euthanase those who do not allow gay couples to use their spare room for safe intravenous injecting.

  27. Lord Snodgrass QC

    How interesting that someone making a statement of principle through a resignation is unwilling to put their name on the record. Could it be that they are not an ALP member and more importantly don’t have $10 to their name much less the $10K they claim they will be donating to the greens?

  28. Disillusioned

    Funny how the Nazi case doesn’t appear in his list of notable cases on Wikipedia, which I note the whole lot has now been removed, but here’s the archive list:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Brian_Walters&oldid=379875674

    Now how much more notable or important a case can you get than defending a Nazi war criminal, that has to be at the top of yoru list, surely???

    Unless of course, you didn’t want people to know.

    And who removed it? Greens HQ? Trying to clean things up a little maybe?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/211.28.214.218

  29. Walter Plinge

    “…his close friendship with aging current federal Greens party leader Bob Brown…”

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  30. where will my kids work?

    Only when the last job is gone,
    When the last factory gate closed,
    And Brian Walters last coal-mine shut
    Will we realise you cannot eat a Greens party How-to-Vote card.

  31. Lawyers should be banned from parliament… especially this hypocrite.

  32. sick joke on workers

    The rich been doing it to the poor since the beginning of time.

  33. Darren

    I am shocked – a Greens member being a hypocrite!

  34. MissHeliotrope

    The endearing naivety of those who would never ever vote Green, and deride all greens as living in fairyland (or the inner city, take your pick), yet are genuinely horrified to discover that greens who are lawyers act like lawyers & greens who are politicians act like politicans.
    Are you sure you’re not in lala land too?

  35. Disillusioned

    I guess the old watermelon line goes out the window now – I’ve not seen a watermelon that’s blue on the inside!

  36. Rebecca

    Voters will not be impressed that his property developments do not follow ethical environmental practices. No wonder he joined the Greens poltical machine as cover for his practices!

  37. Mike Baird

    Daddy says that anybody who does not live their lives according to the literal meaning of the Bible is a hypocrite

  38. StBob

    What next? Doctors who waste scarce hospital resources patching up known crims in emergency instead of just letting the scum die. We all know they are guilty as hell.

  39. The Aged

    WEll he wouldnt be the first tool to get elected to parliament would he? but then again i ask this question, would you trust him with your labrador Mr Pyne?

  40. greens and nazis

    lefties must ask yourself – is defending a dickhead like Brian Walters really worth it? is Bronwyn Pike that bad you would vote for a cryptic fascist hiding behind the rhetoric of environmentalism and civil liberties? Just vote Labor this time, petals.

  41. Brian Waltery Grave

    Brian Walters has the morality of the average lawyer. Enough said.

  42. Toughen the F*ck up

    Wow this bloke was on the ABC squeeling like a pig. this grubb wouldn’t hesitate putting the boots into candidates from other partys if he had the chance but when it happens to him its an outrage. perhaps he could go home and hug the tens of thousands of dollars he earnt defending a mulinational company against a dead worker family, might cheer him up!

  43. Disillusioned

    No crustaceans for you then @Mike Baird. Google ‘god hates shrimp’.

  44. McPerton

    Conmrades comrades … when it comes to any discussion about the Victorian Bar, and indeed any discussion about the Human Rights Bar, then you should really look no further for sanctimonious dribble than I, Viscount Perton of San Francisco QC (formerly Lord Perton of Doncaster). Don’t you realise that I was the first ever person to create a human rights website (I believe the sequel to ‘Social Network’ will be called ‘Fat Pompous Idiot’, and will be about me, and the riches and treasures that came my way after I created the human rights and civil rights index)? And don’t you realise that I stood up in the Legislative Assembly and spoke of the glorious charter? I’m actually very saddened that The Age did not call me for a quote of some kind. If they did, this is what I would say:

    ‘ra ra ra barrister .. ra ra ra ethics’

  45. Anonymous

    pike did a great job as public transport minster that will get her over the line

  46. Mandatory 10 Years In Prison

    You dont pay proper respect to a member of the Bar or Crown you should get 10 years at Port Philip.

    There’s no room for debate in this democracy, only the rule of the haves over the have-nots.

  47. Disillusioned

    Yeah. Rockhampton now trees have not, and concrete warehouse have. I hope he planted some natives down at the Portsea palace to offset his carbon jackboot print!

  48. Anonymous

    What does the [deleted – racist] do after one of his friends leaves?

    Checks the sofa for loose change.

  49. [deleted - impersonation]

    Rose Iser was fucked over by this dope. Greens have sold their soul.

  50. The Axis of Eltism

    The Bar, Toorak Ted, the Greens Party, inner-city tossers and the Age – what a remarkable blue-green alliance of unrivalled eltism.

    People who look down their noses with contemptuos disdain at anyone who disagrees with them.

    People whose self-righteous omniscience should never be questioned.

    People whose motives – no matter how inconsistent, irrational, self-serving or morally contaminated – should NEVER be questioned for they are the path of righteousness.

    People who believe that in the outer-suburbs are a Lot of ignorant “bogans” to be looked down upon.

    People who believe that they Need 4 WD SUVs because they are environemntalists and need them to drive the Kids to Scotch. Others should use public transport.

    People who require the biegest Wide screen Plasmas on the market because they “work in the Media”. Others should make do with something more modest.

    People who believe that inner-city Restaurants and Cafés are there just for them. Others going there are destroying their residential amenity.

    People who believe the United States is evil. Al qaeda, Hamas etc. are people of moral integrity who do bad things only because the “sinister” Americans lease them no alternative.

    People who believe 9/11 was an “Inside Job”.

    People who believe that all property developers (excluding Ted and Brian), and corporations (except the ones they have shares in) are corrupt.

    If the inner-city wants to allow itself by this self-appointed alliance of whacky eltists, then theY Reserve to Be cast into eternal irrelevance.

  51. bye big shots

    How dare anyone show up mr big shot money bags barrister Walters well that man thinks he knows everything well he thinks he can even attack the Pope!
    bye bye Mr Walters you are not beyond reproach but Pike doesnot deserve the seat either so dont vote for either Walters or Pike well they are both for saving bumble bees but destroying the innocent nascent human life!

  52. The Axis of Eltism

    The Axis of Elitism 2

    People who demand more pupblic transport but oppose the Infrastructure necessary to deliver it (at least if it goes anywhere near their double story terraces).

    People who demand a closure of coal fiert Power Stadions but oppose wind that affect the picturesque view from their hobby Farns.

    People who oppose the but are outraged at any suggestion of multi-story devlopment anywhere in the inner-city.

    People who fierctely uphold their right to question the motives and integrity of anyone who disgrees with them, but who cry “smear” when the boot is on the other foot.

    People who deride the businesses that create jobs and workers who do those jobs, that create the wealth that keeps their legal practices, galleries, advertising agencies, creative design businesses, media consultancies, interior decorating businesses, architectural studios, organic Food Shops and Yoga schools ticking over profitably.

  53. Liberal supporter

    I despise teh Greens and their hyprocisy and stupid Stalinist policies but this ALP inspired attack on this candidate crosses a line of decency.

    So what you might say? I think it DOES matter – I hope this backfires against the ALP.

    Andrew – you do some good things but you are wrong on this issue.

  54. Anonymous

    Labor trying to have the Libs/Greens lose rather than Labor win.

  55. Adrian Jackson

    Ha Ha, Bronny Pike is political dead meal. She hates putting the word “ROYAL” in front of The Royal Children Hospital; pathetic dragon she is. I never liked her whining voice either. She is even more useless that Moscow Mary De La Hunty and that is saying a lot.

  56. and here we go ...

    @Adrian Jackson:

    you are a rolled gold idiot jackson – her voice, really? searing political commentary from you there.

  57. Adrian Jackson

    and here we go ( 01 Nov 10, 2311 hrs) – Yeap its election blogging sport time again.

  58. More's the pity

    Jacko, you are a ignoramus! Mary De La Hunty was worth a thousand Pikes. I worked with her after ABC stint and before her political career. You’re so clever, can you figure out when? She showed spine and much decency then. Politically she got endlessly shafted.

    As for Bronny, she is indeed putrifying. Many of today’s ALP women pollies, shame on them, have performed poorly and have become ridiculed figures.

  59. Adrian Jackson

    More’s the pity (01 Nov 10, 23.24hrs) “Stick and stone will break my bones etc, etc”

    Had to get the MacQuarie out to check what ignoramus meant (sounds like some dago latin work). A big word for an ALP camp follower.

    Moscow got a pension after leaving Spring St as she could not work again she said but a few years latter she writes and sells her book. What a parasite on the public purse.

  60. remember day of the dead event in WOW today and tomorrow its the only time this year to get that achievement go go achievement whores 🙂

  61. More's the pity

    Uh-oh! Looks like Jacko has crawled back into his funk-hole.

    I would fight for Mary De La Hunty up to my knees in blood.

    She was worth a thousand Pikes and a zillion Jackos!

  62. Adrian Jackson

    No I have been sent to the moderator as usual so this comment and my earlier comment will appear on cup day or the next day.

  63. Adrian Jackson

    no its their but my comment of 23.39hrs is still with the moderator. Nighty night comrades

  64. More's the pity

    Adrian, you used to have a really sharp mind. This evening, er, you, well, showed you have slowed down dramatically.

    Hope everything is OK with you. I don’t agree with you often, but this does not mean I cannot feel concern.

    Cut down on the alcohol and pot and your life will steadily improve. Who knows, soon you could be making sense again!

  65. Boofa Leigh

    Gee I have a kinda hard spot for Bronny Pike Adrian? Don’t you remember my visit to your establishment in Albert Park a few years ago?

  66. fail

    As a now former Labor voter I am very embarrassed by this campaign. It will only harm the party in both the short and the long term.

  67. Wendy

    Quick, man the fortress, barricade the castle and flood the moat … them Greenies are a-comin’ and they’re gonna make you all drink soy milk and work on plantation timber. First it was the Reds, now it’s the Greens. Next deacde, it’ll be them Blues out to take away our way of life.

    Beware the Carlton supporter, they have a secret plan to close the mines, close the factories and abolish Collingwood!

  68. Anonymous

    Man did I push out the most stinky sh!t this morning, I think it had hair and a heartbeat, reminded me of Bronwyn Pike actually.

  69. Wendy

    Lovely comment by Anonymous at 12.33 pm. Is this representative of what VEX wants to be portrayed as? A site for lonely desperate men fixated on their own waste disposal units?

    No wonder conservatives are a joke in Victoria. No wonder the Greens are attracting 1 in 5 voters.

  70. Wendy

    Classy comment. You must be a Liberal member.

  71. Sotherby

    Wendy your a skank

  72. 5aday

    Certainly can’t be a green – vegans don’t have to push.

  73. Sandy Greenstreet

    It is interesting The Age newspaper avoids the property development(s) of Walters. Can we have more news on that issue? And I am not a fan of Pike!

  74. unpincipled old toff

    Just at the moment when things looked good for the Greens, they preselected a property developer who takes money from war criminals and Big Coal.

    They’ve lost me.

  75. Anonski

    The Greens are left-wing filth, but then again, so too is the ALP.

    If you despise the left there is only one Party to vote for on November 27: Liberal.

  76. D-Squared.

    Damn, an election is on? I better stop drinking cheap red and appear to at least have a pulse.

  77. A scarcity of drongos

    Jacko has made himself very scarse on this site since being nibbled by a maddened pro-Mary De La Hunty doberman yesteday.

    Wise move, Adrian! You are a drongo. Look that up in your MacQaurie, mate!

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