Abalinx 21 March 2018 Peter Adamis
I take umbrage to the comments made by Ian Quick (alias the Fox) in a recent Financial Review article. I have read the article a number of times and find his comments out of line and inappropriate for someone who is a member of the Administrative Committee. Ian Quick has been around for some time and should know better than to go public especially when he is on the Administrative Committee. A copy of the article may be downloaded by clicking on: The Black Fox – Ian Quick
It certainly puts a different spin to the old saying: A “quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, does it not”? In this case it is the “quick black fox” of which I can see that Ian Quick is certainly not pulling any punches in undermining the very fabric that holds all Liberal party members together. I write this because if Ian Quicks of “torn apart” means to separate or pull apart by force members, then young Ian Quick is at fault in every sense of the word. His emails to members of the Liberal Party have been leaked to the main media and as such has by his own actions created the problems. This in itself is in breach of party rules covering internal communications.
If Branch stacking means the process of improperly increasing the membership of a local branch within the Liberal Party in order to ensure the preselection of a particular candidate, then Ian Quick should name those responsible instead of throwing innuendos at those who are attempting to attract new members. Voting manipulation is a strong word and could be the basis for defamation. In other words, Ian Quick is saying that someone is vote rigging and illegally interfering with the process of an election by increasing the vote of a favoured candidate or reducing the vote of a rival candidate. If this is the case, he should state who that individual is and bring it to the attention of State Assembly and let them decide.
Selective briefing of journalists on behalf of the Liberal Party is a matter for the Administrative Committee and not for individual members to disclose to the public the inner workings of Board decisions. When a journalist is briefed, I was under the impression that it was the duty of the journalist to seek the truth and provide a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.
Ian Quick statement that “many members planned to resign” comes as a shock to many. How can he, on one hand that nobody really knows what’s going on in the Liberal Party under the President Michael Kroger with faction leader Marcus Bastiaan and on the other stating that many are going to resign? Resign about what may I ask?
The only ones who may resign are those that Ian Quick has poisoned with his email newsletters which are contrary to the Liberal party Constitution. I am of the opinion that Ian Quick is creating an unnecessary frenzy in order to attract more votes than he deserves. His actions to date are not compatible with the role of a Vice President. I as a member expect better behaviour of a senior member.
Ian quick is certainly “quick” I must say to point the finger at Marcus Bastiaan and infer that he is “Branch stacking and recruiting more members who are aligned with him. May I remind Ian Quick that Marcus Bastiaan was the individual responsible for recruiting new members and that the following year that responsibility fell onto Paul Mitchell! Ian Quick cannot have his cake and eat it as well for that title belongs to the “Cake Whisperer”
Amongst the many interesting points made by the Financial Review, I must admit I chuckled at this one the most: “He (Ian Quick) complained journalists were given information not available to most members. “I have produced three newsletters (this is the fourth), sent to hundreds of people in the party, and not a single thing I’ve written has ended up in the media,” he wrote this month. “Yet (for example) a meeting of just four senior members ended up in a full featured article in the newspaper.”
Mr Quick complains Head Office moving slowly regarding choosing state and federal parliamentary candidates. This is the prerogative of the State Director who is responsible for such matters and it is the role of the State Director to brief the Administrative Committee. But no, Ian Quick wants to blame everybody but himself. In this particular case he is using typical character assassination against his rival Marcus Bastiaan who goes out of his way to attract new members.
Is that not the responsibility of all members? New members bring in new ideas, concepts, funds, advice and in-kind support. Other than to complain about others doing their bit for the Liberal Party what has Ian Quick done to attract new members. Zero, absolutely nothing. Hardly the character we want as Vice President. Furthermore Ian Quick must remember that despite Malcolm Turnbull’s faux pas that “no factions exist within the Liberal Party”, let me assure Ian Quick that such assertions are false. Factions within any political Party will always exist. The difference between the Liberal and Labor Party factions is that the Labor Party is better organised at factions and they find solutions that are compatible to all factions. We on the other hand in the Liberal Party act like cannibals at times and Ian Quick is the perfect example of factionalism at its best.
My advice to young Ian Quick (alias the Fox) is to button his lip, shut up, work with the Administrative Committee, keep his objections and disagreements within the confines of the meeting room and work as a team. There is only one member of the Board who is elected leader, not three of four. My advice to all Administrative members is that if you don’t support the President Michael Kroger then you are not supporting Matthew Guy to win government at the next State Election. It is simple as that.
Post Script. I have written a number of political article on various subjects and other matters. Since that time I have received a number of abusive telephone calls at home and on my mobile. Furthermore please note that all my calls are monitored due to inappropriate behaviour. I have also received unwarranted and inappropriate threatening emails. As I take such matters to heart, I would like to point out that I have no malice towards any individual. In fact I admire anyone who stands up or what they believe in. I am the same and will do what is right in the eyes of our society. If any reader is aggrieved by my comments, then an apology is in order on my part.
I will go even further and apologise to all and sundry if my posts have offended or upset my very dear friends, mates, ex-military, retired cobbers political, military, community and all those I have met throughout life. But having apologised does not mean that we do not have our political differences and I don’t expect us as individuals to see eye to eye on many things apart from wanting as in my case Liberal Governments in power. My disagreements if any with individual are never personal.
If those who read what I have written, please be assured that it was not my intention and I am sorry if people have taken it the wrong way. I have explained in another post what has occurred to my database and in my own manner of speaking I hoped that it would make matters clearer. If not then I am sorry if readers have taken my posts the wrong way. I welcome as always constructive criticism to mattes which readers may feel need further clarification and I will endeavour to correct it. It may also mean that I may have to add a postscript to any article that I write in order that others understand that what is being written is not personal at all. Thank you to everyone for their kind support and understanding. Peter Adamis.
Peter Adamis is a Journalist/Social Media Commentator and writer. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum. He is an avid blogger and contributes to domestic and international community news media outlets as well as to local and Ethnic News. He holds a Bachelor of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health & Safety, (Monash), and Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Website: abalinx.com Contact via Email: [email protected] or via Mobile: 0481 342 791