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Perth's Business Leader-Leonard Buckeridge

Len Buckeridge's Buckeridge Group spans bricks and cement to plasterboard and timber window frames, but he's keen to add a port to the empire. Domestic politics and poor health, however, are working against a possible deal that is 15 years in the making. Meantime, weak demand for building materials--especially in his home state of Western Australia, heavily exposed to the depressed mining sector--has pulled down his fortune. Trained as an architect, he first built high-rise apartment blocks in Perth, his hometown, and won awards for low-cost housing designs. He became a home builder on an industrial scale, supplying most building products from his own factories. He opposes organized labor and says he prefers private ownership to public investment.

The Buckeridge Family who were originally from
 New Zealand,

Current Country of residence : Australia

Biography

Leonard Walter 'Len' Buckeridge is an Australian businessman.

Early life
Buckeridge was born in Australia. He was trained as an architect.

Career
He has built high-rise buildings in Perth and elsewhere through his company, Buckeridge Group of Companies. He also owns James Point Pty Ltd. Premier Colin Barnett counselled him to drop the lawsuit. Buckeridge also sued about a delay in the construction of the Perth Arena.

Personal life
He is married, and has six children. He lives in the Mosman Park neighbourhood of Perth. As of January 2013, he is worth an estimated US$1.4 billion.

 

http://www.peopleneedpeople.org.au/Files/West-Australian-opinion-9-August2.aspx

 

We Must Fix the Homeless Plight- West Australian Newspaper 9th August 2012

“,,Tanya and her border collie-cross Spot wer eliving under a trapaulan hidden in bush just metres from houses or and off for eight months…unable to find affordasble rent accommodation, let alone a rental that would accept a pet, Tanya too to sleeping in parks…among those to put their hand up was billionaire construction magnate Len Buckeridge, who came forward with the offer of a newly vacated flat at an affordable rent…by Tuesday night Tanya and Spot were out of the weather and in secure and stable accommodation. Mr Buckeridge seems to be working in making sure that Spot had a safe run out side the flat so that he doesn’t wander onto the road. Tanya is just one of 14,000 West Australians that are homeless… he case highlights the compassion in the community and the desire to help the homeless…”

 

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Billionaire sues forklift driver

GLENN CORDINGLEY - THE SUNDAY TIMES SEPTEMBER 01, 2012

 

Mark McGuire (pictured) is being sued by Perth construction tycoon Len Buckeridge for defamation in relation to postings Mr McGuire made about his ex-boss on Facebook. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper Source: The Sunday Times

PERTH construction tycoon Len Buckeridge is suing a sacked fork-lift driver for allegedly defaming him on Facebook.

The 76-year-old Mosman Park billionaire launched a civil lawsuit in the Supreme Court this week against Mark McGuire, 34, who he sacked in December.

Mr Buckeridge, who owns building supply and construction empire the Buckeridge Group of Companies (BGC), alleges false and defamatory statements concerning him were posted on Mr McGuire's personal Facebook page in or around October last year.

The writ says the statements described his employment details under the heading "BGC".

The second part of the action involves a post made on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship Facebook page at about the same time.

Lawyers for Mr Buckeridge allege both postings were "an imputation of and concerning the plaintiff".

The posts have since been deleted.

Mr Buckeridge is claiming damages and costs, and wants an injunction placed on the statements.

The writ was served on Mr McGuire on Tuesday at his parents' home in Meadow Springs, near Mandurah.

"What is the point of this?" Mr McGuire said. "I have no money, I have no assets, I have no job and I live with my parents."

Mr McGuire said he had worked at the BGC fibro-cement warehouse in Canning Vale for five years when he challenged a written warning in June 2011, which was not actioned.

He said Mr Buckeridge, Australia's 17th richest person with an estimated $2.01 billion fortune, personally dismissed him at work in December, claiming he was not doing his job.

Mr McGuire is taking BGC to Fair Work Australia, claiming unfair dismissal. He is being backed by union United Voice.

"The postings were up three months before I was sacked," Mr McGuire said.

"They were taken totally out of context and I immediately removed them once his lawyers threatened me with legal action.

"None of them had links to BGC or Mr Buckeridge, but I deleted them anyway and left a message saying that, with an apology for the inconvenience they may have caused.

"I will be fighting these allegations against me."

Mr Buckeridge's claim includes compensatory and aggravated damages, interest from the date of publication to judgment and any further orders made by the justice presiding over the matter.

United Voice union secretary Dave Kelly said it was outrageous that a billionaire was using the court to sue an "ordinary worker".

Mr Buckeridge said the comments posted by Mr McGuire on Facebook were untruthful and defamatory of him.

"This is of great concern to me and I am entitled to vindicate my reputation through the court process," he said.



Rich 200 veterans Harry Triguboff and Len Buckeridge top building starts list

Published 25 September 2013

http://www.brw.com.au/p/business/rich_veterans_harry_triguboff_list_m1MGixGYLucHxdeYbd2xVJ

Harry Triguboff remains Australia’s biggest apartment builder. Photo: Louie Douvis

BRW Rich 200 list members Len Buckeridge and Harry Triguboff have dominated the list of Australia’s biggest builders, further underlying the recovery of the housing sector.

According to data from the Housing Industry Association, Buckeridge’s BGC (Australia) started 3443 dwellings in 2012-13, all in its home state of Western Australia, well ahead of the 2692 it started last year.

BCG also owns a substantial chunk of JWH Group, which is the nation’s seventh biggest builder.

Triguboff’s Sydney-based apartment behemoth, Meriton Apartments, was the nation’s largest apartment builder, starting 2573 units. That figure also propelled Meriton from 10th to fourth on the overall list of the top 20 builders.

Former Rich 200 member Dale Alcock, who is behind the Alcock/Brown-Neaves Group, was the nation’s second biggest builder, with 3199 starts during the financial year, up from 2736.

Overall, the 100 companies in the HIA’s Housing 100 started 40,214 detached houses (up 12.0 per cent from 35,909) and 10,888 units and townhouses (down 5.7 per cent from 11,551).

It was the first time in three years that starts increased, but HIA chief economist Harley Dale isn’t holding his breath for further increases.

“The key question for the industry, the Housing 100, and the overall Australian economy, is whether a rise in national and Housing 100 starts in 2012-13 can be repeated,” Dale says.

“Current policy settings lack the extent of focus on the residential construction industry that Australia’s economy and population require. It looks likely that disparities across regions and dwelling types will net out to a renewed decline in national housing starts in 2013-14.

“That would hardly be a tick in the box for a successful transitioning of growth in the Australian Economy.”

Source: HIA

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MUA dtermined ot turn back scabs by Jane Kelly

Freemantle- On Friday night, may 26, the Maritime Union of Australia  (MUA) won its first round in its battle against the WA Liberal State Government and stevedoring company BAAC, which tried to use scab labour in the Port of Freemantle. State transport minister Eric Charlton, who gave newly formed BAAC the controversial stevedoring contract, reversed his earlier refusal that afternoon in the Industrial Relations Commission to accept the deal put up by MUA, and recommended by the commission.

Western Australian Government-owned Stateships will now use unionises stevedores to work the Sina, the ship at the centre of the dispute. This would allow WA ports to repopen while the martitime dispute is further dealt with in the IRC.

The industrial dispute, which closed every unionises port, oil and gas platform in WA, is seen by the MUA not only as a fight to keep conditions for its members, but for the rights of all workers to be represented by unions if they chose to be, and to keep their jobs.

Building magnate and BAAC owner Len Buckeridge is well known for his refusal to employ union labour on his building sites, and is on record in the IRC as saying that he will not employ MUA workers, despite years if tough maritime reforms and the 60% increased productivity those reforms have brought to the waterfront.

Attack on Unionism

MUA WA deputy branch secretary Dean Summers told Green Left Weekly that the situation on the wharves was an “outright attack on unionism”. He said, “ I have not seen any other picket line where the police come and ask our advice on things. It just encapsulates the hatred everybody’s got for Lne Buckeridhe, right down to the police and expects them to he at his beck and call. I understand that it, he has told them they are ‘big, fat, lazy such and suchs’ because they are dougn their job as they see it.”

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Grow Bunbury port - BGC chief : "Industrial magnate Len Buckeridge has thrown his support behind a proposal to expand the Bunbury port, saying that it would promote much-needed competition with port services in Fremantle. Mr Buckeridge, the founder of construction and building products empire BGC whose personal wealth is estimated to nudge $2 billion, said that although he had not been formally approached by representatives of the Bunbury Port Authority, he was prepared to sell part of his key port landholding in Bunbury to accommodate the plan.It comes as the BPA works on a proposal to almost treble the size of the port's inner harbour from five to 14 berths as part of its multi-billion-dollar expansion ambitions. Under the plan, the harbour would be extended south to accommodate the new berths and bulk commodity exports such as coal, bauxite and fertiliser. Mr Buckeridge's 24ha landholding in the path of the expansion had been seen as a potential hurdle."

"Mr Buckeridge said that so long as the Government was willing to pay a fair and reasonable price for his land, he would not stand in the way of the project. He argued an expanded Bunbury port would act as a counterpoint to the Port of Fremantle, which he said was monopolistic and plagued by congestion. The Fremantle Port Authority is an absolute disgrace, the septuagenarian said. It's important to the State that Bunbury develops a capacity that provides a measure of competition to the Fremantle Port Authority. I wish the Bunbury Port Authority well - I think it should happen. Mr Buckeridge's apparent willingness to deal with the BPA comes in contrast to his strident opposition to Main Roads WA resuming part of his Bunbury land in 2008. The resumption issue is the subject of a dispute between the two parties in the State Administrative Tribunal. Mr Buckeridge said that the difference this time was that he would expect the (Barnett) Government to negotiate in good faith."

"The Fremantle Port Authority declined to comment on Mr Buckeridge's comments. Transport Minister Simon O'Brien would also not be drawn on the matter or on the BPA's expansion plans. He said the plans were preliminary and it was premature to discuss their prospects. Opposition infrastructure spokeswoman Alannah MacTiernan said Mr Buckeridge's criticism of the FPA was self-interested because he wanted to establish his own port at Point James, near Kwinana. Ms MacTiernan said that although some aspects of the FPA were monopolistic, the organisation enjoyed overwhelming support from business. She agreed that Bunbury should be developed to accommodate bulk commodity exports but argued it could never compete with Fremantle in its own right because handling containers through the South-West city was unviable."

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Only this week, Len Buckeridge, the head of BGC, one of Western Australia's leading builders and a long-time supporter of the Liberals, spoke out against the reforms.

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Maritime Union determined to turn back scabs

Wednesday, May 31, 1995 - 10:00

https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/9148

"Congratulations once again to Green Left Weekly. As I've often said to people all over the world when they ask what the press is like in Australia, 'Mostly owned by Murdoch and mostly unfree'.

But I always add quickly, 'There is one newspaper that is independent of powerful interests and that's Green Left Weekly'."  John Pilger

Story and photos by Jane Kelly

FREMANTLE — On Friday night, May 26, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) won the first round in its battle against the Liberal state government and stevedoring company BAAC, which tried to use scab labour in the port.

State transport minister Eric Charleton, who gave newly formed BAAC the controversial stevedoring contract, reversed his earlier refusal that afternoon in the Industrial Relations Commission to accept the deal put up by the MUA, and recommended by the commission.

Government-owned Stateships will now use unionised stevedores to work the Sina, the ship at the centre of the dispute. This would allow WA ports to reopen while the maritime dispute is further dealt with in the IRC.

The industrial dispute, which closed every unionised port, oil and gas platform in WA, is seen by the MUA not only as a fight to keep conditions for its members, but for the rights of all workers to be represented by unions if they choose to be, and keep their jobs.

Building magnate and BAAC owner Len Buckeridge is well known for his refusal to employ union labour on his building sites, and is on record in the IRC as saying that he will not employ MUA workers, despite years of tough maritime reforms and the 60% increased productivity those reforms have brought to the waterfront.

Attack on unionism

MUA WA deputy branch secretary Dean Summers, told Green Left Weekly that the situation on the wharves was an "outright attack on unionism". He said, "It's not about Buckeridge winning a contract legally and making a living out of stevedoring. It's about Buckeridge ... trying to break unionism, and it's a weapon of Richard Court's Liberal government.

"They're not going to win, but if they were to win and beat the Maritime Union, the whole of unionism in Western Australia, and in Australia, would begin to crumble at a rapid pace."

Joint national secretary John Coombs, asked how the MUA wanted the dispute resolved, replied, "The Western Australian government signed a contract with Conaust [stevedores] to look after the bulk jetties; they tore that up, so they can do the same with this one. It seems there is no real problem with the West Australian government in terms of their contracts."

The State Supply Commission is currently investigating the awarding of the contract to Stateships. It is claimed that the contract was not publicly put to tender and that offers were taken over the phone. The commission's report is expected on Wednesday.

On Friday night amidst victory celebrations, GLW asked joint state secretary Terry Buck to comment on the Court government's handling of the dispute. Buck said, "Their decision in front of the commission today, where they were indecisive in respect to the recommendation handed down by Commissioner Laing, clearly shows that Buckeridge was in charge, and Charleton was the puppet".

Asked what he thought Buckeridge's reaction to the temporary freeze on BAAC's contract would be, Buck replied, "He's going to try and find a way to get back at us. He has never been beaten before, and he's been beaten this time. He's been up against trade unions in the past, but he's never been up against the MUA, and at this stage we've won the first round."

Maritime workers, who had maintained their week-long picket in icy gale force winds and rain, were ecstatic Friday night and sang rowdy choruses of a locally written ditty called "Bye bye Buckeridge".

The workers marched to the gangway of the Sina and gave three hearty cheers for the ship's crew and especially for its master, Ron Gabby. John Coombs told the ranks that Gabby had more to lose personally than anyone in the dispute. He had refused to allow the scabs to work his vessel, and had ensured they didn't by turning off power to the ship's cranes.

Ongoing disputes

The MUA has another ongoing dispute over non-union labour up in Carnarvon. Seven of its members lost their jobs earlier this year when Dampier Salt Limited (DSL), a CRA subsidiary, awarded a towage contract to a newly formed non-union company, Carnarvon Towage Services.

A picket line was formed to prevent the non-union workers taking over the men's jobs, some of whom had worked for DSL for 14 years. Dean Summers told GLW that the "situation got to overkill" with an overly large contingent of police being present, and eight security guards being hired by DSL, who tried to intimidate workers and who claimed to be ex-SAS from New Zealand .

All week Richard Court told the press that there would be trouble down on the wharves and that the police were ready for it. However, it was apparent throughout the dispute that police relations couldn't have been better, with most officers openly chatting, joking and sharing food and drinks with workers on the picket line on the wharf, and on board the Sina.

Summers commented, "I have never seen it in any other picket line where the police come and ask our advice on things. It just encapsulates the hatred that everybody's got for Buckeridge, right down to the police, when he abuses police and expects them to be at his beck and call. As I understand it, he has told them they are 'big, fat, lazy' such and suches, because they are doing their job as they see it."

Spirits are high on the waterfront, as members of the union are even more determined to continue the fight to protect the rights of workers.

Lives at risk

On Wednesday BAAC had brought non-union labour and two cranes onto the docks and begun to unload cargo containers from trucks, ready for loading onto the Sina.

Buckeridge's workers (who took half an hour to start one crane) soon showed that they were quite unskilled. One operator tipped his machine onto two wheels and dropped his container. One machine was overloaded. Another, smaller overloaded crane dropped a container when the brakes couldn't hold its weight, with several workers standing within a metre of it.

A barrage of boos and catcalls from the picket line quickly died out. Although many people were saying good luck if they dropped a container onto a scab's head, the men, who know the dangers of the work, could clearly see the possibility of a serious accident.

Stories were being exchanged about crushed men and even beheaded workers through unskilled labour and lax safety procedures.

Dean Summers said that when non-union labour is employed you get people on the wharves who are not adequately trained. "They are a danger to themselves, they are a danger to the ships and to the industry. Also, their wages and conditions go down, and it's just a master and serf relationship after an extended period. It's just a basic matter of union principle to preserve rights and working conditions for workers."

If no union is present to ensure that safety standards are maintained, safety checks are left up to the Department of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare, which many unions feel is not adequately doing the job.

Members of the MUA are wondering just how long it will take before one of Buckeridge's inexperienced workers is seriously injured.

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Dean Buckeridge Architecture - New Zealand

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Energy Efficient Passive Solar Design

Dean Buckeridge Architecture prides itself on the design and overseeing of the construction of energy efficient and sustainable homes.

Passive solar design is always incorporated as a first principle. Then, subject to a client’s wishes, the brief may expand to include thermal mass, natural ventilation, solar water heating, PV, wind or micro hydro generation systems, both grid-tied and off-grid.

While energy efficiency is a key consideration, Dean does not allow it to dictate or override the other key elements that make a house a home. The look, the feel, whatever makes it ‘your place’.

Passive solar design and energy efficiency are extremely simple and straightforward design principles. Any home or building can make use of them without requiring special, expensive or uncommon materials. It is just a matter of common sense – the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. At DBA we simply arrange the building so the sun gets into the right rooms, at the right time of day, and in the right amounts for the time of year.

Thermal mass is used for heat storage – this could be a concrete floor slab thickened on the north side of the house and adjacent to full-height windows for maximum benefit. Using this method, the effective thermal mass of your home could be doubled for as little as the cost of 2 extra cubic metres of concrete.

Effective insulation is used to slow heat losses or excessive gains in summer, with particular attention paid to how it is used. The greatest insulation sin committed by most people is using recessed downlights. Imagine taking a sleeping bag and cutting holes in it before sleeping outside in the winter night. It doesn’t matter how good the insulation of the sleeping bag is, the holes will always let out the heat. Also, the better insulated your home becomes the more impact air tightness will have, so this too is an important consideration and again reasons why we are so enthusiastic about Structural Insulated Panels where their solid construction makes them supremely air tight and insulation values start at around R4.0 for walls and floors, and roofs can exceed R9.0.

‘Environmentally sustainable building’ has become a popular phrase in the building industry and everybody is attempting to position their product to appear green, and to use the clients desire for a more sustainable home as an opportunity to up-sell. At Dean Buckeridge Architecture we believe a client’s desire to create a more energy efficient and sustainable home does not necessarily equate to spending larger sums of money to add a greater number of products to your home.

The Dean Buckeridge Architecture message is simple in this regard – you can build an energy efficient home for a similar cost to an ordinary house.

Dean Buckeridge Architecture is committed to the best possible outcome of your dream home or commercial project. Our preference is always to be fully involved in all aspects of the design and documentation of each project. This ensures the finished home is in tune with your brief, and the design integrity maintained.

Additionally, the company is able to operate in an observational role during construction to ensure the home is built correctly. This is especially important with energy efficient design, as while industry awareness is increasing, there is still a significant lack of understanding of key principles and critical mistakes can be made during construction and a good idea poorly executed will inevitably produce disappointing results.

Earthquake Resistant Homes

Dean Buckeridge Architecture prides itself on the design and overseeing of the construction of energy efficient and sustainable homes.

Passive solar design is always incorporated as a first principle. Then, subject to a client’s wishes, the brief may expand to include thermal mass, natural ventilation, solar water heating, PV, wind or micro hydro generation systems, both grid-tied and off-grid.

While energy efficiency is a key consideration, Dean does not allow it to dictate or override the other key elements that make a house a home. The look, the feel, whatever makes it ‘your place’.

Passive solar design and energy efficiency are extremely simple and straightforward design principles. Any home or building can make use of them without requiring special, expensive or uncommon materials. It is just a matter of common sense – the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. At DBA we simply arrange the building so the sun gets into the right rooms, at the right time of day, and in the right amounts for the time of year.

Thermal mass is used for heat storage – this could be a concrete floor slab thickened on the north side of the house and adjacent to full-height windows for maximum benefit. Using this method, the effective thermal mass of your home could be doubled for as little as the cost of 2 extra cubic metres of concrete.

Effective insulation is used to slow heat losses or excessive gains in summer, with particular attention paid to how it is used. The greatest insulation sin committed by most people is using recessed downlights. Imagine taking a sleeping bag and cutting holes in it before sleeping outside in the winter night. It doesn’t matter how good the insulation of the sleeping bag is, the holes will always let out the heat. Also, the better insulated your home becomes the more impact air tightness will have, so this too is an important consideration and again reasons why we are so enthusiastic about Structural Insulated Panels where their solid construction makes them supremely air tight and insulation values start at around R4.0 for walls and floors, and roofs can exceed R9.0.

‘Environmentally sustainable building’ has become a popular phrase in the building industry and everybody is attempting to position their product to appear green, and to use the clients desire for a more sustainable home as an opportunity to up-sell. At Dean Buckeridge Architecture we believe a client’s desire to create a more energy efficient and sustainable home does not necessarily equate to spending larger sums of money to add a greater number of products to your home.

The Dean Buckeridge Architecture message is simple in this regard – you can build an energy efficient home for a similar cost to an ordinary house.

Dean Buckeridge Architecture is committed to the best possible outcome of your dream home or commercial project. Our preference is always to be fully involved in all aspects of the design and documentation of each project. This ensures the finished home is in tune with your brief, and the design integrity maintained.

Additionally, the company is able to operate in an observational role during construction to ensure the home is built correctly. This is especially important with energy efficient design, as while industry awareness is increasing, there is still a significant lack of understanding of key principles and critical mistakes can be made during construction and a good idea poorly executed will inevitably produce disappointing results.

Dean Buckeridge Architecture

 
Dean Buckeridge Architecture - New Zealand
Dean Buckeridge Architecture • 1 Stonehaven Tce, Christchurch • (03) 337 1713 or 027 227 7637 • dean@dbarc.co.nz
 

Energy Efficient Passive Solar Design

Dean Buckeridge Architecture prides itself on the design and overseeing of the construction of energy efficient and sustainable homes.

Passive solar design is always incorporated as a first principle. Then, subject to a client’s wishes, the brief may expand to include thermal mass, natural ventilation, solar water heating, PV, wind or micro hydro generation systems, both grid-tied and off-grid.
While energy efficiency is a key consideration, Dean does not allow it to dictate or override the other key elements that make a house a home. The look, the feel, whatever makes it ‘your place’.
Passive solar design and energy efficiency are extremely simple and straightforward design principles. Any home or building can make use of them without requiring special, expensive or uncommon materials. It is just a matter of common sense – the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. At DBA we simply arrange the building so the sun gets into the right rooms, at the right time of day, and in the right amounts for the time of year.
Thermal mass is used for heat storage – this could be a concrete floor slab thickened on the north side of the house and adjacent to full-height windows for maximum benefit. Using this method, the effective thermal mass of your home could be doubled for as little as the cost of 2 extra cubic metres of concrete.
Effective insulation is used to slow heat losses or excessive gains in summer, with particular attention paid to how it is used. The greatest insulation sin committed by most people is using recessed downlights. Imagine taking a sleeping bag and cutting holes in it before sleeping outside in the winter night. It doesn’t matter how good the insulation of the sleeping bag is, the holes will always let out the heat. Also, the better insulated your home becomes the more impact air tightness will have, so this too is an important consideration and again reasons why we are so enthusiastic about Structural Insulated Panels where their solid construction makes them supremely air tight and insulation values start at around R4.0 for walls and floors, and roofs can exceed R9.0.
‘Environmentally sustainable building’ has become a popular phrase in the building industry and everybody is attempting to position their product to appear green, and to use the clients desire for a more sustainable home as an opportunity to up-sell. At Dean Buckeridge Architecture we believe a client’s desire to create a more energy efficient and sustainable home does not necessarily equate to spending larger sums of money to add a greater number of products to your home.
The Dean Buckeridge Architecture message is simple in this regard – you can build an energy efficient home for a similar cost to an ordinary house.
Dean Buckeridge Architecture is committed to the best possible outcome of your dream home or commercial project. Our preference is always to be fully involved in all aspects of the design and documentation of each project. This ensures the finished home is in tune with your brief, and the design integrity maintained.
Additionally, the company is able to operate in an observational role during construction to ensure the home is built correctly. This is especially important with energy efficient design, as while industry awareness is increasing, there is still a significant lack of understanding of key principles and critical mistakes can be made during construction and a good idea poorly executed will inevitably produce disappointing results.

Earthquake Resistant Homes

Dean Buckeridge Architecture prides itself on the design and overseeing of the construction of energy efficient and sustainable homes.

Passive solar design is always incorporated as a first principle. Then, subject to a client’s wishes, the brief may expand to include thermal mass, natural ventilation, solar water heating, PV, wind or micro hydro generation systems, both grid-tied and off-grid.
While energy efficiency is a key consideration, Dean does not allow it to dictate or override the other key elements that make a house a home. The look, the feel, whatever makes it ‘your place’.
Passive solar design and energy efficiency are extremely simple and straightforward design principles. Any home or building can make use of them without requiring special, expensive or uncommon materials. It is just a matter of common sense – the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. At DBA we simply arrange the building so the sun gets into the right rooms, at the right time of day, and in the right amounts for the time of year.
Thermal mass is used for heat storage – this could be a concrete floor slab thickened on the north side of the house and adjacent to full-height windows for maximum benefit. Using this method, the effective thermal mass of your home could be doubled for as little as the cost of 2 extra cubic metres of concrete.
Effective insulation is used to slow heat losses or excessive gains in summer, with particular attention paid to how it is used. The greatest insulation sin committed by most people is using recessed downlights. Imagine taking a sleeping bag and cutting holes in it before sleeping outside in the winter night. It doesn’t matter how good the insulation of the sleeping bag is, the holes will always let out the heat. Also, the better insulated your home becomes the more impact air tightness will have, so this too is an important consideration and again reasons why we are so enthusiastic about Structural Insulated Panels where their solid construction makes them supremely air tight and insulation values start at around R4.0 for walls and floors, and roofs can exceed R9.0.
‘Environmentally sustainable building’ has become a popular phrase in the building industry and everybody is attempting to position their product to appear green, and to use the clients desire for a more sustainable home as an opportunity to up-sell. At Dean Buckeridge Architecture we believe a client’s desire to create a more energy efficient and sustainable home does not necessarily equate to spending larger sums of money to add a greater number of products to your home.
The Dean Buckeridge Architecture message is simple in this regard – you can build an energy efficient home for a similar cost to an ordinary house.
Dean Buckeridge Architecture is committed to the best possible outcome of your dream home or commercial project. Our preference is always to be fully involved in all aspects of the design and documentation of each project. This ensures the finished home is in tune with your brief, and the design integrity maintained.
Additionally, the company is able to operate in an observational role during construction to ensure the home is built correctly. This is especially important with energy efficient design, as while industry awareness is increasing, there is still a significant lack of understanding of key principles and critical mistakes can be made during construction and a good idea poorly executed will inevitably produce disappointing results.
Dean Buckeridge Architecture
175 Montreal St
Christchurch Central
Christchurch 8011
New Zealandp: +64 (0)3 337 1713
m: +64 (0)27 227 7637
e: dean@dbarc.co.nz



AUSTRALIA: BIKIES, TRIADS, OFFICIALS LINKED IN DRUG SMUGGLING RING
by 
ABC News -September 8th, 2010

…The Triads, are headquartered in Hong Kong, and control a $200 billion-a-year heroin trade, operate brothels into which children as young as 6 are abducted or sold by their parents….”
“.. the Triads  fear the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and have begun to establish new bases…in other countries like Australia and America …and have chosen Perth, Western Australia a safe haven to launder a lot of their ill-begotten gains.,, the Triads used local established business companies owned by local business people to front for them, so that no one knows that it is really triad money backing and financing their business expansion”


“….The Triads are already reported in WikiPedia and other major reliable news and information organizations as being involved with illegal activities such as illegal gambling, loan sharking, money laundering, murder, heroin and opium, arms trafficking, prostitution, people smuggling, extortion, counterfeiting and, to a lesser extent, home invasion robberies.. etc…”
“..Senior criminal intelligence officers in the Hong Kong police believe that the biggest of the Triad gangs, the Sun Yee On, which is thought to have more than 30,000 members in the British colony, now has a stranglehold on the government of Guangdong Province [in mainland China] which boasts one of the world's fastest growing economies…. The Triads are doing the same with Perth and the Western Australian economy and now through BGC have a stranglehold on Perth
 
Warlords of Crime: Chinese Secret Societies: The New...
“…The triads headquartered in Hong Kong, control a $200 billion-a-year heroin trade, operate brothels into which children as young as 6 are abducted or sold by their parents and have tentacles in Thailand, Burma and Laos, and they are all but untouchable, Posner writes. But…
….. the Triads  fear the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and have begun to establish new bases…in other countries like Australia and America …”
 
Business Leader
Leonard Buckeridge
Len Buckeridge's Buckeridge Group spans bricks and cement to plasterboard and timber window frames, but he's keen to add a port to the empire. Domestic politics and poor health, however, are working against a possible deal that is 15 years in the making. Meantime, weak demand for building materials--especially in his home state of Western Australia, heavily exposed to the depressed mining sector--has pulled down his fortune. Trained as an architect, he first built high-rise apartment blocks in Perth, his hometown, and won awards for low-cost housing designs. He became a home builder on an industrial scale, supplying most building products from his own factories. He opposes organized labor and says he prefers private ownership to public investment.

The Buckeridge Family who were originally from
New Zealand,
Current Country of residence : Australia
Biography
Leonard Walter 'Len' Buckeridge is an Australian businessman.
Early life
Buckeridge was born in Australia. He was trained as an architect.
Career
He has built high-rise buildings in Perth and elsewhere through his company, Buckeridge Group of Companies. He also owns James Point Pty Ltd. Premier Colin Barnett counselled him to drop the lawsuit. Buckeridge also sued about a delay in the construction of the Perth Arena.
Personal life
He is married, and has six children. He lives in the Mosman Park neighbourhood of Perth. As of January 2013, he is worth an estimated US$1.4 billion.
 
 
We Must Fix the Homeless Plight- West Australian Newspaper 9th August 2012
“,,Tanya and her border collie-cross Spot wer eliving under a trapaulan hidden in bush just metres from houses or and off for eight months…unable to find affordasble rent accommodation, let alone a rental that would accept a pet, Tanya too to sleeping in parks…among those to put their hand up was billionaire construction magnate Len Buckeridge, who came forward with the offer of a newly vacated flat at an affordable rent…by Tuesday night Tanya and Spot were out of the weather and in secure and stable accommodation. Mr Buckeridge seems to be working in making sure that Spot had a safe run out side the flat so that he doesn’t wander onto the road. Tanya is just one of 14,000 West Australians that are homeless… he case highlights the compassion in the community and the desire to help the homeless…”
 
 
Billionaire sues forklift driver
GLENN CORDINGLEY - THE SUNDAY TIMES SEPTEMBER 01, 2012
 
Mark McGuire (pictured) is being sued by Perth construction tycoon Len Buckeridge for defamation in relation to postings Mr McGuire made about his ex-boss on Facebook. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper Source: The Sunday Times
PERTH construction tycoon Len Buckeridge is suing a sacked fork-lift driver for allegedly defaming him on Facebook.
The 76-year-old Mosman Park billionaire launched a civil lawsuit in the Supreme Court this week against Mark McGuire, 34, who he sacked in December.
Mr Buckeridge, who owns building supply and construction empire the Buckeridge Group of Companies (BGC), alleges false and defamatory statements concerning him were posted on Mr McGuire's personal Facebook page in or around October last year.
The writ says the statements described his employment details under the heading "BGC".
The second part of the action involves a post made on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship Facebook page at about the same time.
Lawyers for Mr Buckeridge allege both postings were "an imputation of and concerning the plaintiff".
The posts have since been deleted.
Mr Buckeridge is claiming damages and costs, and wants an injunction placed on the statements.
The writ was served on Mr McGuire on Tuesday at his parents' home in Meadow Springs, near Mandurah.
"What is the point of this?" Mr McGuire said. "I have no money, I have no assets, I have no job and I live with my parents."
Mr McGuire said he had worked at the BGC fibro-cement warehouse in Canning Vale for five years when he challenged a written warning in June 2011, which was not actioned.
He said Mr Buckeridge, Australia's 17th richest person with an estimated $2.01 billion fortune, personally dismissed him at work in December, claiming he was not doing his job.
Mr McGuire is taking BGC to Fair Work Australia, claiming unfair dismissal. He is being backed by union United Voice.
"The postings were up three months before I was sacked," Mr McGuire said.
"They were taken totally out of context and I immediately removed them once his lawyers threatened me with legal action.
"None of them had links to BGC or Mr Buckeridge, but I deleted them anyway and left a message saying that, with an apology for the inconvenience they may have caused.
"I will be fighting these allegations against me."
Mr Buckeridge's claim includes compensatory and aggravated damages, interest from the date of publication to judgment and any further orders made by the justice presiding over the matter.
United Voice union secretary Dave Kelly said it was outrageous that a billionaire was using the court to sue an "ordinary worker".
Mr Buckeridge said the comments posted by Mr McGuire on Facebook were untruthful and defamatory of him.
"This is of great concern to me and I am entitled to vindicate my reputation through the court process," he said.
 
 
Julian Walter:
This year marked the end of a very public seven-year battle between building magnate Julian Walter and his former business partner Len Buckeridge. While the break-up with Mr Len Buckeridge after 20 years together building J-Corp was bitter, it also let to Mr Julian Walter starting one of the biggest home builders. His JWH Group covers some of the best known home building brands in the building industry, which include the Rural Building Company, Oswald Homes and WA Country Builders. Mr Julian Walters acquired one-time employer Plunkett homes
 
February 04, 1990|By Clarence Petersen.
Warlords of Crime: Chinese Secret Societies: The New Mafia, by Gerald L. Posner (Penguin, $8.95). It is Posner`s point that in the so-called War on Drugs, we ain`t seen nuthin` yet. We certainly have not read or heard much about the Chinese secret societies called ``triads,`` who are headquartered in Hong Kong, control a $200 billion-a-year heroin trade, operate brothels into which children as young as 6 are abducted or sold by their parents.
The triads have tentacles in Thailand, Burma and Laos, and they are all but untouchable, Posner writes. But they fear the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and have begun to establish new bases in America. Posner, best known as the coauthor of ``Mengele: The Complete Story`` (1986), is persuasive for the facts he gathered, all the more so because his narrative is largely the story of how he got the story, what he was told by the criminals and by law enforcement agents here and abroad and, most persuasive of all, what he saw with his own eyes. He does not dramatize; he doesn`t have to. The chilling story he unearthed speaks for itself.
 
The other frightening thing is that there believed form research undertaken that there is a strong link between Freemasonry and the Triads, and that Freemasons who want a murder carried out, who do not want to get their hands dirty, will use the Triads to do this work. After all, many senior Freemasons are senior judges, magistrates, barristers, police, politicians and so-called respectable businessmen like Len Buckeridge, who would never want to risk their reputations and/or the reputation of Freemasonry being links to a murder investigation, so their Triad connection is ideal. The Triads are already report in WikiPedia and other major reliable news and information organizations as being involved with illegal activities such as illegal gambling, loan sharking, money laundering, murder, heroin and opium, arms trafficking, prostitution, people smuggling, extortion, counterfeiting and, to a lesser extent, home invasion robberies.. etc, so another murder allegation against the Triads would bee seen as the Triads just going about their normal business activities.
 
Triads-Warlords of Crime:
Chinese Secret Societies: The New...
“…The triads headquartered in Hong Kong, control a $200 billion-a-year heroin trade, operate brothels into which children as young as 6 are abducted or sold by their parents and have tentacles in Thailand, Burma and Laos, and they are all but untouchable, Posner writes. But they fear the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997 and have begun to establish new bases…in other countries like Australia and America …”
 
Business Leader
Leonard Buckeridge
Len Buckeridge's Buckeridge Group spans bricks and cement to plasterboard and timber window frames, but he's keen to add a port to the empire. Domestic politics and poor health, however, are working against a possible deal that is 15 years in the making. Meantime, weak demand for building materials--especially in his home state of Western Australia, heavily exposed to the depressed mining sector--has pulled down his fortune. Trained as an architect, he first built high-rise apartment blocks in Perth, his hometown, and won awards for low-cost housing designs. He became a home builder on an industrial scale, supplying most building products from his own factories. He opposes organized labor and says he prefers private ownership to public investment.

The Buckeridge Family who were originally from
New Zealand,
Current Country of residence : Australia
Biography
Leonard Walter 'Len' Buckeridge is an Australian businessman.
Early life
Buckeridge was born in Australia. He was trained as an architect.
Career
He has built high-rise buildings in Perth and elsewhere through his company, Buckeridge Group of Companies. He also owns James Point Pty Ltd. Premier Colin Barnett counselled him to drop the lawsuit. Buckeridge also sued about a delay in the construction of the Perth Arena.
Personal life
He is married, and has six children. He lives in the Mosman Park neighbourhood of Perth. As of January 2013, he is worth an estimated US$1.4 billion.
 
 
We Must Fix the Homeless Plight- West Australian Newspaper 9th August 2012
“,,Tanya and her border collie-cross Spot wer eliving under a trapaulan hidden in bush just metres from houses or and off for eight months…unable to find affordasble rent accommodation, let alone a rental that would accept a pet, Tanya too to sleeping in parks…among those to put their hand up was billionaire construction magnate Len Buckeridge, who came forward with the offer of a newly vacated flat at an affordable rent…by Tuesday night Tanya and Spot were out of the weather and in secure and stable accommodation. Mr Buckeridge seems to be working in making sure that Spot had a safe run out side the flat so that he doesn’t wander onto the road. Tanya is just one of 14,000 West Australians that are homeless… he case highlights the compassion in the community and the desire to help the homeless…”
 
 
Billionaire sues forklift driver
GLENN CORDINGLEY - THE SUNDAY TIMES SEPTEMBER 01, 2012
 
Mark McGuire (pictured) is being sued by Perth construction tycoon Len Buckeridge for defamation in relation to postings Mr McGuire made about his ex-boss on Facebook. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper Source: The Sunday Times
PERTH construction tycoon Len Buckeridge is suing a sacked fork-lift driver for allegedly defaming him on Facebook.
The 76-year-old Mosman Park billionaire launched a civil lawsuit in the Supreme Court this week against Mark McGuire, 34, who he sacked in December.
Mr Buckeridge, who owns building supply and construction empire the Buckeridge Group of Companies (BGC), alleges false and defamatory statements concerning him were posted on Mr McGuire's personal Facebook page in or around October last year.
The writ says the statements described his employment details under the heading "BGC".
The second part of the action involves a post made on the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship Facebook page at about the same time.
Lawyers for Mr Buckeridge allege both postings were "an imputation of and concerning the plaintiff".
The posts have since been deleted.
Mr Buckeridge is claiming damages and costs, and wants an injunction placed on the statements.
The writ was served on Mr McGuire on Tuesday at his parents' home in Meadow Springs, near Mandurah.
"What is the point of this?" Mr McGuire said. "I have no money, I have no assets, I have no job and I live with my parents."
Mr McGuire said he had worked at the BGC fibro-cement warehouse in Canning Vale for five years when he challenged a written warning in June 2011, which was not actioned.
He said Mr Buckeridge, Australia's 17th richest person with an estimated $2.01 billion fortune, personally dismissed him at work in December, claiming he was not doing his job.
Mr McGuire is taking BGC to Fair Work Australia, claiming unfair dismissal. He is being backed by union United Voice.
"The postings were up three months before I was sacked," Mr McGuire said.
"They were taken totally out of context and I immediately removed them once his lawyers threatened me with legal action.
"None of them had links to BGC or Mr Buckeridge, but I deleted them anyway and left a message saying that, with an apology for the inconvenience they may have caused.
"I will be fighting these allegations against me."
Mr Buckeridge's claim includes compensatory and aggravated damages, interest from the date of publication to judgment and any further orders made by the justice presiding over the matter.
United Voice union secretary Dave Kelly said it was outrageous that a billionaire was using the court to sue an "ordinary worker".
Mr Buckeridge said the comments posted by Mr McGuire on Facebook were untruthful and defamatory of him.
"This is of great concern to me and I am entitled to vindicate my reputation through the court process," he said.

Rich 200 veterans Harry Triguboff and Len Buckeridge top building starts list

Published 25 September 2013

http://www.brw.com.au/p/business/rich_veterans_harry_triguboff_list_m1MGixGYLucHxdeYbd2xVJ

Rich 200 veterans Harry Triguboff and Len Buckeridge top building starts list

Harry Triguboff remains Australia’s biggest apartment builder. Photo: Louie Douvis

BRW Rich 200 list members Len Buckeridge and Harry Triguboff have dominated the list of Australia’s biggest builders, further underlying the recovery of the housing sector.

According to data from the Housing Industry Association, Buckeridge’s BGC (Australia) started 3443 dwellings in 2012-13, all in its home state of Western Australia, well ahead of the 2692 it started last year.

BCG also owns a substantial chunk of JWH Group, which is the nation’s seventh biggest builder.

Triguboff’s Sydney-based apartment behemoth, Meriton Apartments, was the nation’s largest apartment builder, starting 2573 units. That figure also propelled Meriton from 10th to fourth on the overall list of the top 20 builders.

Former Rich 200 member Dale Alcock, who is behind the Alcock/Brown-Neaves Group, was the nation’s second biggest builder, with 3199 starts during the financial year, up from 2736.

Overall, the 100 companies in the HIA’s Housing 100 started 40,214 detached houses (up 12.0 per cent from 35,909) and 10,888 units and townhouses (down 5.7 per cent from 11,551).

It was the first time in three years that starts increased, but HIA chief economist Harley Dale isn’t holding his breath for further increases.

“The key question for the industry, the Housing 100, and the overall Australian economy, is whether a rise in national and Housing 100 starts in 2012-13 can be repeated,” Dale says.

“Current policy settings lack the extent of focus on the residential construction industry that Australia’s economy and population require. It looks likely that disparities across regions and dwelling types will net out to a renewed decline in national housing starts in 2013-14.

“That would hardly be a tick in the box for a successful transitioning of growth in the Australian Economy.”

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Source: HIA

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MUA dtermined ot turn back scabs by Jane Kelly

Freemantle- On Friday night, may 26, the Maritime Union of Australia  (MUA) won its first round in its battle against the WA Liberal State Government and stevedoring company BAAC, which tried to use scab labour in the Port of Freemantle. State transport minister Eric Charlton, who gave newly formed BAAC the controversial stevedoring contract, reversed his earlier refusal that afternoon in the Industrial Relations Commission to accept the deal put up by MUA, and recommended by the commission.

Western Australian Government-owned Stateships will now use unionises stevedores to work the Sina, the ship at the centre of the dispute. This would allow WA ports to repopen while the martitime dispute is further dealt with in the IRC.

The industrial dispute, which closed every unionises port, oil and gas platform in WA, is seen by the MUA not only as a fight to keep conditions for its members, but for the rights of all workers to be represented by unions if they chose to be, and to keep their jobs.

Building magnate and BAAC owner Len Buckeridge is well known for his refusal to employ union labour on his building sites, and is on record in the IRC as saying that he will not employ MUA workers, despite years if tough maritime reforms and the 60% increased productivity those reforms have brought to the waterfront.

Attack on Unionism

MUA WA deputy branch secretary Dean Summers told Green Left Weekly that the situation on the wharves was an “outright attack on unionism”. He said, “ I have not seen any other picket line where the police come and ask our advice on things. It just encapsulates the hatred everybody’s got for Lne Buckeridhe, right down to the police and expects them to he at his beck and call. I understand that it, he has told them they are ‘big, fat, lazy such and suchs’ because they are dougn their job as they see it.”

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Grow Bunbury port - BGC chief : "Industrial magnate Len Buckeridge has thrown his support behind a proposal to expand the Bunbury port, saying that it would promote much-needed competition with port services in Fremantle. Mr Buckeridge, the founder of construction and building products empire BGC whose personal wealth is estimated to nudge $2 billion, said that although he had not been formally approached by representatives of the Bunbury Port Authority, he was prepared to sell part of his key port landholding in Bunbury to accommodate the plan.It comes as the BPA works on a proposal to almost treble the size of the port's inner harbour from five to 14 berths as part of its multi-billion-dollar expansion ambitions. Under the plan, the harbour would be extended south to accommodate the new berths and bulk commodity exports such as coal, bauxite and fertiliser. Mr Buckeridge's 24ha landholding in the path of the expansion had been seen as a potential hurdle."

"Mr Buckeridge said that so long as the Government was willing to pay a fair and reasonable price for his land, he would not stand in the way of the project. He argued an expanded Bunbury port would act as a counterpoint to the Port of Fremantle, which he said was monopolistic and plagued by congestion. The Fremantle Port Authority is an absolute disgrace, the septuagenarian said. It's important to the State that Bunbury develops a capacity that provides a measure of competition to the Fremantle Port Authority. I wish the Bunbury Port Authority well - I think it should happen. Mr Buckeridge's apparent willingness to deal with the BPA comes in contrast to his strident opposition to Main Roads WA resuming part of his Bunbury land in 2008. The resumption issue is the subject of a dispute between the two parties in the State Administrative Tribunal. Mr Buckeridge said that the difference this time was that he would expect the (Barnett) Government to negotiate in good faith."

"The Fremantle Port Authority declined to comment on Mr Buckeridge's comments. Transport Minister Simon O'Brien would also not be drawn on the matter or on the BPA's expansion plans. He said the plans were preliminary and it was premature to discuss their prospects. Opposition infrastructure spokeswoman Alannah MacTiernan said Mr Buckeridge's criticism of the FPA was self-interested because he wanted to establish his own port at Point James, near Kwinana. Ms MacTiernan said that although some aspects of the FPA were monopolistic, the organisation enjoyed overwhelming support from business. She agreed that Bunbury should be developed to accommodate bulk commodity exports but argued it could never compete with Fremantle in its own right because handling containers through the South-West city was unviable."

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Only this week, Len Buckeridge, the head of BGC, one of Western Australia's leading builders and a long-time supporter of the Liberals, spoke out against the reforms.

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Maritime Union determined to turn back scabs

Wednesday, May 31, 1995 - 10:00

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"Congratulations once again to Green Left Weekly. As I've often said to people all over the world when they ask what the press is like in Australia, 'Mostly owned by Murdoch and mostly unfree'.

But I always add quickly, 'There is one newspaper that is independent of powerful interests and that's Green Left Weekly'."  John Pilger

Story and photos by Jane Kelly

FREMANTLE — On Friday night, May 26, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) won the first round in its battle against the Liberal state government and stevedoring company BAAC, which tried to use scab labour in the port.

State transport minister Eric Charleton, who gave newly formed BAAC the controversial stevedoring contract, reversed his earlier refusal that afternoon in the Industrial Relations Commission to accept the deal put up by the MUA, and recommended by the commission.

Government-owned Stateships will now use unionised stevedores to work the Sina, the ship at the centre of the dispute. This would allow WA ports to reopen while the maritime dispute is further dealt with in the IRC.

The industrial dispute, which closed every unionised port, oil and gas platform in WA, is seen by the MUA not only as a fight to keep conditions for its members, but for the rights of all workers to be represented by unions if they choose to be, and keep their jobs.

Building magnate and BAAC owner Len Buckeridge is well known for his refusal to employ union labour on his building sites, and is on record in the IRC as saying that he will not employ MUA workers, despite years of tough maritime reforms and the 60% increased productivity those reforms have brought to the waterfront.

Attack on unionism

MUA WA deputy branch secretary Dean Summers, told Green Left Weekly that the situation on the wharves was an "outright attack on unionism". He said, "It's not about Buckeridge winning a contract legally and making a living out of stevedoring. It's about Buckeridge ... trying to break unionism, and it's a weapon of Richard Court's Liberal government.

"They're not going to win, but if they were to win and beat the Maritime Union, the whole of unionism in Western Australia, and in Australia, would begin to crumble at a rapid pace."

Joint national secretary John Coombs, asked how the MUA wanted the dispute resolved, replied, "The Western Australian government signed a contract with Conaust [stevedores] to look after the bulk jetties; they tore that up, so they can do the same with this one. It seems there is no real problem with the West Australian government in terms of their contracts."

The State Supply Commission is currently investigating the awarding of the contract to Stateships. It is claimed that the contract was not publicly put to tender and that offers were taken over the phone. The commission's report is expected on Wednesday.

On Friday night amidst victory celebrations, GLW asked joint state secretary Terry Buck to comment on the Court government's handling of the dispute. Buck said, "Their decision in front of the commission today, where they were indecisive in respect to the recommendation handed down by Commissioner Laing, clearly shows that Buckeridge was in charge, and Charleton was the puppet".

Asked what he thought Buckeridge's reaction to the temporary freeze on BAAC's contract would be, Buck replied, "He's going to try and find a way to get back at us. He has never been beaten before, and he's been beaten this time. He's been up against trade unions in the past, but he's never been up against the MUA, and at this stage we've won the first round."

Maritime workers, who had maintained their week-long picket in icy gale force winds and rain, were ecstatic Friday night and sang rowdy choruses of a locally written ditty called "Bye bye Buckeridge".

The workers marched to the gangway of the Sina and gave three hearty cheers for the ship's crew and especially for its master, Ron Gabby. John Coombs told the ranks that Gabby had more to lose personally than anyone in the dispute. He had refused to allow the scabs to work his vessel, and had ensured they didn't by turning off power to the ship's cranes.

Ongoing disputes

The MUA has another ongoing dispute over non-union labour up in Carnarvon. Seven of its members lost their jobs earlier this year when Dampier Salt Limited (DSL), a CRA subsidiary, awarded a towage contract to a newly formed non-union company, Carnarvon Towage Services.

A picket line was formed to prevent the non-union workers taking over the men's jobs, some of whom had worked for DSL for 14 years. Dean Summers told GLW that the "situation got to overkill" with an overly large contingent of police being present, and eight security guards being hired by DSL, who tried to intimidate workers and who claimed to be ex-SAS from New Zealand .

All week Richard Court told the press that there would be trouble down on the wharves and that the police were ready for it. However, it was apparent throughout the dispute that police relations couldn't have been better, with most officers openly chatting, joking and sharing food and drinks with workers on the picket line on the wharf, and on board the Sina.

Summers commented, "I have never seen it in any other picket line where the police come and ask our advice on things. It just encapsulates the hatred that everybody's got for Buckeridge, right down to the police, when he abuses police and expects them to be at his beck and call. As I understand it, he has told them they are 'big, fat, lazy' such and suches, because they are doing their job as they see it."

Spirits are high on the waterfront, as members of the union are even more determined to continue the fight to protect the rights of workers.

Lives at risk

On Wednesday BAAC had brought non-union labour and two cranes onto the docks and begun to unload cargo containers from trucks, ready for loading onto the Sina.

Buckeridge's workers (who took half an hour to start one crane) soon showed that they were quite unskilled. One operator tipped his machine onto two wheels and dropped his container. One machine was overloaded. Another, smaller overloaded crane dropped a container when the brakes couldn't hold its weight, with several workers standing within a metre of it.

A barrage of boos and catcalls from the picket line quickly died out. Although many people were saying good luck if they dropped a container onto a scab's head, the men, who know the dangers of the work, could clearly see the possibility of a serious accident.

Stories were being exchanged about crushed men and even beheaded workers through unskilled labour and lax safety procedures.

Dean Summers said that when non-union labour is employed you get people on the wharves who are not adequately trained. "They are a danger to themselves, they are a danger to the ships and to the industry. Also, their wages and conditions go down, and it's just a master and serf relationship after an extended period. It's just a basic matter of union principle to preserve rights and working conditions for workers."

If no union is present to ensure that safety standards are maintained, safety checks are left up to the Department of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare, which many unions feel is not adequately doing the job.

Members of the MUA are wondering just how long it will take before one of Buckeridge's inexperienced workers is seriously injured.

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Dean Buckeridge Architecture - New Zealand

Dean Buckeridge Architecture • 1 Stonehaven Tce, Christchurch • (03) 337 1713 or 027 227 7637 • dean@dbarc.co.nz

Energy Efficient Passive Solar Design

Dean Buckeridge Architecture prides itself on the design and overseeing of the construction of energy efficient and sustainable homes.

Passive solar design is always incorporated as a first principle. Then, subject to a client’s wishes, the brief may expand to include thermal mass, natural ventilation, solar water heating, PV, wind or micro hydro generation systems, both grid-tied and off-grid.

While energy efficiency is a key consideration, Dean does not allow it to dictate or override the other key elements that make a house a home. The look, the feel, whatever makes it ‘your place’.

Passive solar design and energy efficiency are extremely simple and straightforward design principles. Any home or building can make use of them without requiring special, expensive or uncommon materials. It is just a matter of common sense – the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. At DBA we simply arrange the building so the sun gets into the right rooms, at the right time of day, and in the right amounts for the time of year.

Thermal mass is used for heat storage – this could be a concrete floor slab thickened on the north side of the house and adjacent to full-height windows for maximum benefit. Using this method, the effective thermal mass of your home could be doubled for as little as the cost of 2 extra cubic metres of concrete.

Effective insulation is used to slow heat losses or excessive gains in summer, with particular attention paid to how it is used. The greatest insulation sin committed by most people is using recessed downlights. Imagine taking a sleeping bag and cutting holes in it before sleeping outside in the winter night. It doesn’t matter how good the insulation of the sleeping bag is, the holes will always let out the heat. Also, the better insulated your home becomes the more impact air tightness will have, so this too is an important consideration and again reasons why we are so enthusiastic about Structural Insulated Panels where their solid construction makes them supremely air tight and insulation values start at around R4.0 for walls and floors, and roofs can exceed R9.0.

‘Environmentally sustainable building’ has become a popular phrase in the building industry and everybody is attempting to position their product to appear green, and to use the clients desire for a more sustainable home as an opportunity to up-sell. At Dean Buckeridge Architecture we believe a client’s desire to create a more energy efficient and sustainable home does not necessarily equate to spending larger sums of money to add a greater number of products to your home.

The Dean Buckeridge Architecture message is simple in this regard – you can build an energy efficient home for a similar cost to an ordinary house.

Dean Buckeridge Architecture is committed to the best possible outcome of your dream home or commercial project. Our preference is always to be fully involved in all aspects of the design and documentation of each project. This ensures the finished home is in tune with your brief, and the design integrity maintained.

Additionally, the company is able to operate in an observational role during construction to ensure the home is built correctly. This is especially important with energy efficient design, as while industry awareness is increasing, there is still a significant lack of understanding of key principles and critical mistakes can be made during construction and a good idea poorly executed will inevitably produce disappointing results.

Earthquake Resistant Homes

Dean Buckeridge Architecture prides itself on the design and overseeing of the construction of energy efficient and sustainable homes.

Passive solar design is always incorporated as a first principle. Then, subject to a client’s wishes, the brief may expand to include thermal mass, natural ventilation, solar water heating, PV, wind or micro hydro generation systems, both grid-tied and off-grid.

While energy efficiency is a key consideration, Dean does not allow it to dictate or override the other key elements that make a house a home. The look, the feel, whatever makes it ‘your place’.

Passive solar design and energy efficiency are extremely simple and straightforward design principles. Any home or building can make use of them without requiring special, expensive or uncommon materials. It is just a matter of common sense – the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. At DBA we simply arrange the building so the sun gets into the right rooms, at the right time of day, and in the right amounts for the time of year.

Thermal mass is used for heat storage – this could be a concrete floor slab thickened on the north side of the house and adjacent to full-height windows for maximum benefit. Using this method, the effective thermal mass of your home could be doubled for as little as the cost of 2 extra cubic metres of concrete.

Effective insulation is used to slow heat losses or excessive gains in summer, with particular attention paid to how it is used. The greatest insulation sin committed by most people is using recessed downlights. Imagine taking a sleeping bag and cutting holes in it before sleeping outside in the winter night. It doesn’t matter how good the insulation of the sleeping bag is, the holes will always let out the heat. Also, the better insulated your home becomes the more impact air tightness will have, so this too is an important consideration and again reasons why we are so enthusiastic about Structural Insulated Panels where their solid construction makes them supremely air tight and insulation values start at around R4.0 for walls and floors, and roofs can exceed R9.0.

‘Environmentally sustainable building’ has become a popular phrase in the building industry and everybody is attempting to position their product to appear green, and to use the clients desire for a more sustainable home as an opportunity to up-sell. At Dean Buckeridge Architecture we believe a client’s desire to create a more energy efficient and sustainable home does not necessarily equate to spending larger sums of money to add a greater number of products to your home.

The Dean Buckeridge Architecture message is simple in this regard – you can build an energy efficient home for a similar cost to an ordinary house.

Dean Buckeridge Architecture is committed to the best possible outcome of your dream home or commercial project. Our preference is always to be fully involved in all aspects of the design and documentation of each project. This ensures the finished home is in tune with your brief, and the design integrity maintained.

Additionally, the company is able to operate in an observational role during construction to ensure the home is built correctly. This is especially important with energy efficient design, as while industry awareness is increasing, there is still a significant lack of understanding of key principles and critical mistakes can be made during construction and a good idea poorly executed will inevitably produce disappointing results.

Dean Buckeridge Architecture

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Christchurch 8011
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RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS

In this major renovation and alteration to an existing house, the interior was re-planned to maximise the views to the north and east by opening the house out to a cantilevered balcony while providing a sunny afternoon family area and outdoor living sheltered from the easterly wind. A tall house, it was visually anchored to the ground using stone from the Staveley River topped off with black painted Titan panel.

A new house with majestic views sweeping from Shag Rock all the way up the coast to the Kaikouras and west across Christchurch City to the Southern Alps. The floor plan is set out to capture views from every room and to keep sun in the living areas all day. The main challenge with this project was to create sheltered outdoor areas on a site exposed to wind from almost every direction. The house is heavily insulated and features a butterfly roof shape with angled balconies to match.

A long house running east to west across the slope with the hallway partly buried into the hill allowed for a classic passive solar design while giving full access to the views across the bay to the Marlborough Sounds. Mike and Barb Guillemot wanted a home that reflected their heritage and which had a link to their previous property, which was a vineyard in the Brancott Valley. The house has five bedrooms which they use for regular family gatherings and as a B&B.

Our own home built on a challenging site, it is something of a test bed for testing ideas around solar and spatial design.  The site is steeply sloping running north-south with street access only possible from one point which necessitated positioning the garaging right in the centre of the site.  Cantilevering the floor to the living area over the garage meant that it became difficult to incorporate thermal mass in typical fashion, so the plan is to use water storage as active thermal mass that we can bring into the house or exclude as necessary.

A 4 bedroom family home with the added twist that the clients wished to have it in the form of a castle. After a fair amount of research due to our castle design skills being a wee bit rusty we hit on the idea of a building based on a Norman keep with Gothic renovations. This gave us the massive heavy closed forms at either end plus the turret but allowed us to integrate large open Gothic style windows to give a sunny and warm family home.

Internal alterations to a 2 storey family home that centred around relocating the stairwell and main entry to provide better connection between the Kitchen and Family living areas.

A substantial country home featuring extensive use of Oamaru Stone. The clients daughter is an artist and they have a collection of her work displayed in a south lit gallery area.

Commercial office and warehouse units.

Strowan House


17. Len Buckeridge
Leonard Walter "Len" Buckeridge

Kwinana port offer to Buckeridge
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Buckeridge

JULY 04, 2011
perth arena
BATTLE: The builder of the Perth Arena will dispute penalty fees of $45,000 a day after it missed a deadline last week. Picture: Theo Fakos Source: PerthNow
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Perth Arena under construction. Picture: Kerris Berrington Source: PerthNo


Len Buckeridge.

Len Buckeridge.
Len Buckeridge




 reportedly now worth over $3 billion and his BGC Companies turnover in excess of $160 billion a year, mainly in Perth, Western Australia.
Question have been raised as to how Len Buckeridge
was able to increase the yearly turnover of his
 BGC Group of companies from being in the millions in the 1980's to being over $160 billion in 2014....
Where did Len Buckeridge's working capital come from?



Colin Barnet - Premier of Western Australia
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Colin Barnett. WA Premier Colin Barnett wants a $1 billion lawsuit against ...

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/barnett-wants-1-billion-lawsuit-dropped/story-e6frf7kf-1226512515705
Colin Barnet, the Premier of Western Australia wants len Buckeridge's $1 billion law suit dropped against the State of Western Australia

orker death an unmitigated disaster: Buckeridge

The Western Australian October 21 ,
2012
The owner of building and mining company BGC, Len Buckeridge, has offered his condolences over the death of a Perth man buried alive in a sand silo at one of his company's sites.
The man was moving sand from a pile when it collapsed on him at BGC Precast Concrete in Naval Base about 12.15pm on Saturday. Emergency services were unable to save the man. Mr Buckeridge told the ABC the incident was an "unmitigated disaster" and was the first fatality at his group of companies in more than 50 years. WorkSafe is now investigating the incident.
http://kisah-orangsukses.blogspot.ie/2011/06/daftar-10-orang-terkaya-di-australia.html


10. Len Buckeridge, $1.95 billion, Buckeridge Group of Companies



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Len Buckeridge- Forbes

Marital Status: Married. Children: 6. Len Buckeridge on Forbes Lists. #19 Australia's

http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/bgc-nations-largest-builder/story-e6frg2ru-1225923845007


Leonard Walter "Len" Buckeridge

Buckeridge
Len Buckeridge's BGC is Australia's largest builder for 2009-10. Picture: Neil Eliot

BGC nation's largest builder


PERTH-based BGC has been named Australia's largest builder as housing starts from the country's top 100 builders rose 22.8 per cent in 2009-10.
In the latest Housing Industry Association (HIA) – Colorbond Steel Housing 100 report, BGC was topped the list with 4392 starts – 3836 detached houses and 556 units - up by 548 on the previous year.
Another Perth builder, Alcock/Brown-Neaves Group, was ranked second with 3526 starts while Victorian-based Metricon Homes was ranked third with 3214 starts.
Hickory Developments Pty Ltd was the nation’s largest multi-unit builder with 1275 starts.
The top 100 builders accounted for an estimated 38 per cent share of the country’s housing starts in 2009-10, unchanged from the previous year.
“The tripling of the federal First Home Owner’s Grant for new homes, low interest rates and social housing programs saw a relatively strong recovery in housing starts in 2009/10,” HIA chief economist Harley Dale said.
“However, as the positive impact from past stimulus programs unwinds it’s unlikely that we will see further growth in HOUSING 100 and aggregate housing starts in 2010/11.
“While there were 11,230 more homes built by the largest 100 than the previous year, the number of multi-units being built actually fell.
“In 2009/10 there were 51,602 detached house starts (up from 39,947) and 8,988 starts for flats, units and townhouses (down from 9,413).”
“The restriction of finance for residential development presents a big constraint, while the stimulus measures masked the insufficient progress made so far in reducing supply-side obstacles related to land, labour, planning, taxation, and regulation.”
Today’s release of the HIA-Colorbond report also coincides with data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics that show that housing starts increased slightly by 0.8 per cent in the June quarter to 44,899 units, seasonally adjusted.
In WA, housing starts dropped 5.1 per cent to 6937 units in the June quarter.
During the 2009-10 year, housing starts nationally rose 43.8 per cent.
Economists say that the six interest rate rises between October 2009 and May this year was a prime factor in the slow down in housing starts in the June quarter.
Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) data showed the median house price nation wide rose 3.2 per cent in the quarter to $553,243.
With the exception of Perth and Hobart, all Australian capital cities recorded increases in median house prices over the quarter, Mortgage Choice senior corporate affairs manager, Kristy Sheppard, said.
Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin recorded the highest increases in prices while the lowest were recorded in Hobart, Adelaide and Brisbane.
- with AAP



Buckeridge and Barnett slug it out





THE conflict between building magnate Len Buckeridge and WA Premier Colin Barnett is reaching new highs.
The public battle between one of Australia's richest men and the leader of Australia's largest State, over the building of a new private port, James Point Pty Ltd (JPPL), in Cockburn Sound, has now gone to a whole new level with Mr Buckeridge reportedly attempting to claim $1 billion from the State Government.
Last week Mr Barnett told ABC radio that a potential claim would cost the State millions of dollars in legal fees.
Potentially at the expense of education, health and services for disabilities.
"What is Len Buckeridge really saying, that he wants to take a billion dollars off the WA community?" Mr Barnett asked.
"Where would that billion dollars come from?
"In reality, if he was successful, it would come out of education, health, services for disabilities.
"I don't think for a moment Len Buckeridge wants to do that."
Mr Buckeridge is arguing the State Government has repeatedly failed to honour an agreement signed in 2000 to build and operate a private bulk shipping and container port.
The port is also expected to handle live exports which Mr Barnett has said previously he wants out of Fremantle.
Mr Barnett also later told State Parliament he supported the construction of the berth but not the offshore container facility.
"There is a need for a bulk cargo facility on the coast and we would work with him to try to achieve that," he said.
"As to the other project, that's another matter.
"I would think there would be massive environmental impediments to that, not least of which would be the view of the government that we don't want to see Cockburn Sound turned into basically a parking area for bulk cart containers."
Following the comments, JPPL issued a statement saying the Premier's comments were wrong, misleading and offensive.
"James Point Pty Ltd (JPPL) still wishes to proceed with its port development at James Point, but has been prevented from doing so by the State Government which has failed to honour the contract it signed in 2000," the statement said.
"As a result and as a last resort after 12 years of extreme frustration, JPPL is seeking restitution through the courts.
"Statements suggesting that Len Buckeridge wants to take a billion dollars off the WA community are as offensive as they are untrue.
"The company, of which Len Buckeridge is a director, wants to build a port in a manner consistent with the 2000 contract.
"No more, no less."
JPPL attacked the Premier saying he continued to mislead the community by saying the government was prepared to sell land for port purposes adjacent to the area to be reclaimed.
"His government is only prepared to entertain inadequate leases and refuses to even talk about the actual sale of land," the statement said. "The Premier was factually very wrong when he told parliament last week that JPPL wanted to build an island in the middle of Cockburn Sound for a container facility.
"JPPL does not.
"It is his own statutory authority, Fremantle Ports, that does.
"JPPL believes its 100ha land-backed proposal for an International Container Facility has very significant environmental advantages compared with Fremantle Ports' island proposal.
"Furthermore, the Premier's apparent opposition to new container facilities in Cockburn Sound totally contradicts his government's media release of June 29 this year which stated: 'Extensive research has identified the coastal area from Naval Base to James Point in Cockburn Sound as the most suitable location for additional container-handling port facilities.'
"The WA Planning Commission is currently undertaking a major planning study to this end."
JPPL said the need for additional port facilities is well known and the provision long overdue.
"Exporters and importers are extremely frustrated by the government's inability to allow the privately-funded James Point Port to proceed," JPPL said.
"As a result, there are often long queues of ships waiting for a berth, which incur significant additional costs which impact on the WA economy.
"The easiest way to get rid of the $1 billion claim is for the State to let the port be built.
"There would be no need for legal fees or for court resources to be taken up if Mr Barnett simply accepted that the container facility which he agreed to in Cabinet in 2000 should be allowed.
"Why has he changed his mind about that?
"Why was it a good idea in 2000, but not now?
"If it wasn't a good idea then, why didn't he say so?
"He was the Minister for Resources and he had an obligation to object if he thought it was bad for the State.
"The simple fact is that he is the lone voice of objection now and is placing the interests of the State at risk for his own personal agenda, which he never revealed in 2000 and which he has failed to explain.
"Unless the government changes its position and intransigence on the matter, then additional privately-funded port facilities will not be built and the matter will be concluded in the courts.
"In contrast, if the government is prepared to honour its contract, the WA economy, and West Australians generally, will benefit.
"It's up to the Premier which course he takes."
JPPL's comments are the latest installment in the public feud which continued on from Mr Barnett's comments at a Pastoralists and Graziers Association function in Broome, where he doubted Mr Buckeridge's commitment to having live exports out of the potential port.
It also comes after JPPL launched an advertising campaign against Mr Barnett in November last year.
Mr Buckeridge is also a major Liberal party donor.

Robert Buckeridge - UK to New Zealand

http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=9&p=surnames.buckeridge

We are descendants of Robert Buckeridge & his wife Ann Cording. Robert and family arrived in New Zealand aboard the ship the "Clifton" in 1842.
I am seeking info re Robert's ancestors. They only information I have is that his parents were John Buckeridge & Lucy Thompson (married @ St Giles Cripplegate, London in 1815. John & Lucy had four children: Robert, Rachel, Lucy & Jane. John died in London and Lucy remarried, she & her new husband followed Robert to New Zealand.

Hi, My husband is descended also from Robert and Ann, through Robert born 14 Jan 1855 in Wellington he died Napier 1 Jul 1944. Robert married Zealandia Louisa Worth in 1885.
Note that this post was in 2002 so you probably have the info you want, if not contact me as I have photos of Lucy and her daughter.
My email is jbbuckeridge@xtra.co.nz
Regards Brenda

Hi
My Grand father was Clarence Buckeridge do you know if they are the same family.
Brian

Hi, Just looked Clarence on the electoral roll found him in Raglan 1919, his father was Edward William and no parents are noted on his birth certificate, I havn't at this stage found Clarence or Edward in any part of our family tree. Noticed on an earlier post someone had another Buckeridge coming from Ireland in late 1800's. I am still researching and I think I have a long way to go Good luck Brenda

My Gr gr grandfather was george Buckeridge b1831 who arrived in New Zealand in 1855 and resided at Nelson. He married Elizabeth Sarah Canavan b1835 Dublin. His son was Edward William(survryor) and then Clarence & his sisters.
Brian

BUCKERIDGE Byron B 1886-1935

BUCKERIDGE Byron B 1886-1935

I photographed this gravestone in the (Shannon) Rose Hill Cemetery, Tarrant Co., Texas. Feel free to use this picture for your personal records. This is one of the 204,210 cemetery photos free at http://teafor2.com .

BUCKERIDGE Anna Mae 1887-1942

BUCKERIDGE Anna Mae 1887-1942

I photographed this gravestone in the (Shannon) Rose Hill Cemetery, Tarrant Co., Texas. Feel free to use this picture for your personal records. This is one of the 204,210 cemetery photos free at
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If you know more about this person please reply here,instead of contacting me because this is most likely not my family.

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This is a portion of one of the many Buckeridge families in New-Zealand in the Ancestry Archive™.

Click the links below to search for the family group record and ancestry of the Buckeridge family in New-Zealand

  Husband:    Richard Welch Buckeridge Birth/Chris:     ... 1884 at ... Death/Burial:    ... 1956 at ...   Wife:    Mabel Lily Farmer Birth/Chris:     ... 1888 at ... Death/Burial:    ... 1956 at ...   Married:    ... 1911 at ...

Children:

1. Buckeridge, Daphne Lyviet - Birth/Chris: ... 1911 at ...
2. Buckeridge, Alice Irene -
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Barnett wants $1 billion lawsuit dropped

“From what started off as an estimated $150 million dollar project, ended up costing $550 million. Plans have changed, time was extended, making it 3 years ...


Back in 2009, Colin Barnett won an election with a glad-handed promise to build a rail line to the big new outer Metro suburb of Ellenbrook.

He broke that promise. He substituted “improved” bus access.
In 2013 he made the same promise because WA is a boom state. It deserves these bright shiny toys and Mark McGowan had made a fully costed proposal for bigger and better railways which cost less than Barnett was able to offer.
About 48 hours before the election he explained that his plan would be financed by the Commonwealth. A Commonwealth Government everyone expects to be run by his mate Tony Abbott.
It seems that his ability to run a Government successfully is dependent, not on the business success of the State but on the generosity of a Commonwealth Government.
Today, in Melbourne, Tony explained clearly, to another mate, that his Government does not “do” railway infrastructure.
It does roads.
So Colin Barnett is just going to have to break the same election promise two electoral cycles in a row! More fool us for thinking any other outcome was likely.
Breaking promises. It’s in his DNA!
After watching “Check-out” tonight, on the ABC, I’m wondering if it is possible to return the Barnett Government to the Electoral Commission and get our votes back.
If that fails, should we take Barnett and his lying mouth to Consumer Affairs?
Len Buckeridge's Buckeridge Group spans bricks and cement to plasterboard and timber window frames, but he's keen to add a port to the empire. Domestic politics and poor health, however, are working against a possible deal that is 15 years in the making. Meantime, weak demand for building materials--especially in his home state of Western Australia, heavily exposed to the depressed mining sector--has pulled down his fortune. Trained as an architect, he first built high-rise apartment blocks in Perth, his hometown, and won awards for low-cost housing designs. He became a home builder on an industrial scale, supplying most building products from his own factories. He opposes organized labor and says he prefers private ownership to public investment.

Mould attacks Perth Arena - union


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  • SEPTEMBER 06, 2011

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CLAIM: CFMEU's Joe McDonald says workers at the Perth Arena have been exposed to mould following a wet winter. Picture: Richard Polden Source: PerthNow

CLAIMS of a mould outbreak at the construction site of Perth Arena are threatening to cause further delays to the project.
Union boss Joe McDonald claims workers on the site of Perth's new indoor stadium have been exposed to mould after ceilings and walls inside the arena became wet over winter.
He said BGC staff on the site were using ``Exit Mould'' to clean affected panels.
``We want the health department to investigate this and we don't care how long it holds the job up. We want full answers,'' Mr McDonald said.
``I'm told there is wheat growing on some of these panels.
``The Arena is alleged to have has problems with water leakage and seepage from its underground car park- which may have contributed to this problem.''
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has questioned how long BGC knew about the workers concerns and called on the Health Department and WorkSafe to Investigate.
But a spokesperson from WorkSafe said they would not investigate the matter until the union provided evidence of an alleged mould outbreak.
The completion date for the $500 million arena has been pushed back to April 2012 three years after the original completion date.
BGC declined to comment on the union's claims.

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Article – US Bank Approves Loan to Rinehart’s Roy Hill Project

by 23 December 2013
19 December 2013
Stephen Bell
Dow Jones News
PERTH, Australia–Roy Hill Holdings, majority owned by Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting unit, has won the backing of a U.S. credit agency for its proposed US$10 billion iron ore mine in Western Australia state’s Pilbara region.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States approved a US$694.4 million loan to Roy Hill, which has started early construction work for its proposed mine producing 55 million metric tons of iron ore a year.
The credit deal is contingent upon the purchase of U.S. mining and rail equipment from companies like Caterpillar Inc. and General Electric Co., the U.S. bank said in a statement.
It is the first confirmed loan in Roy Hill’s year-long efforts to secure approximately US$4 billion from export credit agencies and a further US$3 billion from commercial banks to develop the mine.
Roy Hill is pushing ahead with what would be Australia’s biggest iron ore mine in decades as other major producers like BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto choose to expand or squeeze more from existing mines.
“Roy Hill continues to make good progress with both its financing and on-ground works,” a Roy Hill spokesman said in relation to the U.S. deal, which was provisionally approved last month.
Separately, a report this week in the Korea Economic Daily said that Korea EximBank would provide a US$1 billion project finance loan to Roy Hill. The state-run bank will provide US$550 million in loans and US$450 million in loan guarantees to the project, the newspaper said.
Although Roy Hill declined to comment, the report has been posted on Hancock Prospecting’s website.
Roy Hill is 70% owned by Hancock Prospecting alongside Asian investors including South Korea’s Posco and Japan’s Marubeni Corp.
Courtesy of Dow Jones News

Article – US Export-Import Bank kicks in $790m to Rinehart’s Roy Hill project

by 23 December 2013
21 December 2013
Andrew Burrell
The Australian
AS the clock ticks towards Gina Rinehart’s end-of-year deadline to win debt funding for her huge $10 billion Roy Hill iron ore project in the Pilbara, the US Export-Import Bank has delivered her a major boost by kicking in almost $US700 million ($790m) in loans.
The bank’s decision came two days after the Korea Export-Import Bank agreed to provide $US1bn in debt and as other Asian institutions reportedly edged closer to formally joining one of the world’s biggest project financing deals.
It also came after Treasurer Joe Hockey this week singled out Roy Hill as a project that Australia needed to proceed, as he signalled he wanted to clear any potential roadblocks from new projects.
Roy Hill Holdings, which is 70 per cent owned by Mrs Rinehart, had set December 31 as its target date for raising around $7bn in debt.
However, even if that deadline passes the project now appears highly likely to go ahead.
The company yesterday refused to confirm or deny that it had finalised any loan deals.
“Roy Hill continues to make good progress with both its financing and on-ground works,” a spokesman said.
The US Ex-Im Bank said it had authorised a $US694m loan to Roy Hill Holdings in exchange for the purchase of American mining and rail equipment from companies such as Caterpillar, GE and Atlas Copco.
The deal will become the US government-backed bank’s second biggest loan in Australia after it authorised a $US2.95bn loan last year for the Australia Pacific liquefied natural gas project in Queensland.
In a statement, the bank said the Roy Hill loan would support 3400 US jobs.
“After a comprehensive review, the bank determined that this transaction represents a significant opportunity for American exporters to create and sustain American jobs,” Ex-Im Bank chairman Fred Hochberg said.
“Our financing positions American companies on a level playing field so they can close the sales and expand their homegrown workforces.
Other agencies believed to be involved in Roy Hill financing are Japan’s Nippon Export and Investment Insurance, the Japan Bank for International Co-operation and the Korea Trade Insurance Corporation.
Roy Hill has also sought support from the big four Australian banks.
The project involves a new mine capable of producing 55 million tonnes per annum of iron ore, a 344km railway and a new port at Port Hedland.
Courtesy of The Australian

Article – Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill project gets backing from US government agency

by 20 December 2013
20 December 2013
Peter Ker
Sydney Morning Herald
A US government agency is helping to fund Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill project. Photo: Bloomberg
Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill joint venture is a step closer to reality this morning after a US government agency agreed to lend $US694.4 million ($784 million) to the giant iron ore mine, port and rail project in Western Australia.
In its final decision on the matter, the Export Import Bank of the United States found the loan could support up to 3400 US jobs by stoking demand for US products, such as Caterpillar trucks or trains built by GE.
Despite being opposed by some North American miners, the Exim Bank decided the loan represented “a significant opportunity for American exporters to create and sustain American jobs”.
The loan is a symbolic win for the $US10 billion Roy Hill project, which has taken longer than expected to secure the $US7 billion worth of finance it needs.
More than half that amount has been expected to come from export credit agencies, and Fairfax Media believes the Korean EximBank may have also approved about $US1 billion worth of loans on Monday.
The Japanese Bank for International Cooperation is also understood to have loaned just over $US1 billion to Roy Hill in March on the grounds that Japanese company Marubeni is one of the joint venture partners.
“Export credit agencies from several other countries have obtained preliminary or final approvals for the Roy Hill transaction as well,” said the US Exim Bank this morning, after a board meeting in Washington.
Commercial banks like ANZ and NAB are expected to help fund about $US3 billion from commercial banks. China Steel Corporation, POSCO and Ms Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting are the other partners with Marubeni, and are funding the roughly $US3 billion that will not come from debt.
Roy Hill had hoped to finalise its debt this year, and while the puzzle may not be fully complete, it has taken a big step forward this week.
The project is forecast to be exporting iron ore from Port Hedland by the latter months of 2015, and hopes to eventually export about 55 million tonnes of iron ore each year.
The long-running effort to secure funding would not have been hurt by the strong iron ore prices witnessed during 2013, with the benchmark price averaging close to $US135 per tonne for the calendar year so far. Calendar 2012 saw the commodity average closer to $US128 per tonne.
Courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald

Article by Mrs. Rinehart in Australian Resources & Investment Magazine:Seeking Debt-defying Change

by 19 December 2013
Mrs. Gina Rinehart
Australian Resources and Investment, vol.7 no.4
Mrs. Gina Rinehart
While Australia’s new political leadership and a few from our business community were working at APEC CEO Summit, recently held in nearby Bali, the country’s media was obsessed with what seems trivial when compared to our extraordinary debt challenges.
You can’t help but think there’s almost a sense of denial that we may have a problem. Instead, our country is being focused on the diminutive rather than the monthly millions of dollars in interest payments alone owed on Government’s debt, for which we need to borrow more money and incur more debt to even meet such interest bills.
As I write this, Joe Hockey has just announced he’ll raise the debt ceiling, up an incredible 66% to $500 billion or half a trillion. There is talk of a target to deliver a surplus of 1 per cent of GDP before 2024 – 11 years away. The story struggled to make it to the evening TV news yet it affects every person in this country, including our next generations.
Barnaby Joyce was once criticised for stating what is obvious to most in business; “if you don’t manage debt, debt manages you”. For some reason, this didn’t register with many in Canberra. Keeping the debt ceiling lower at least imposes more expenditure discipline on Government. With this move, we are into the unknown with our country’s finances. Or, perhaps I should say, emulating the paths of various countries in Europe.
In fairness, Joe Hockey didn’t cause this extraordinary financial dilemma but it is primarily his duty to fix it, for which he needs to be serious about quickly cutting Government expenditure. In seven years, from 2007, we’ve gone from hardly any reliance on debt to borrowing to make the interest payments. When is the time right for planning and action in our country about Government over expenditure? But back to APEC in October: As national leaders mixed in front of the cameras, or away from the spotlight, there were also many speeches – virtual sales pitches – from member countries. I was privileged to be there at APEC CEO Summit, listening to stories about the economies of our trading partners, critical for the ambitions and futures of their people. These are Australia’s neighours, our customers and trading partners. Their stories from the highest of their representatives are subjects of great importance – yet their messages and the opportunities were barely reported back here.
With little exception, nearly all that Australians heard about APEC from their media was that Tony Abbott attended; and met a few world leaders. What dominated the news attention while APEC had leaders on our doorstep from 21 countries was what the new Prime Minister had to say about the very minor travel bills of some of his now-Ministers.
In part, the “scandal” was this: I had given The Hon. Julie Bishop, then Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, a free one way trip to India in a friend’s plane which I’d chartered, wrongly called my private jet (I don’t have a private jet). I thought it was beneficial and important for her Foreign Affairs role that she meet important business friends all conveniently together from the top of the Indian political and business communities for this important Indian family wedding.
The media figured that was outrageous when she had charged the taxpayers for her flight back home. Barnaby Joyce was also lined up for acres of abuse, not actually for the India trip at all, which taxpayers didn’t pay for at all, but for his return journey from Kuala Lumpur, where he’d also been working.
Isn’t it time we dealt with economic matters more seriously in Australia instead of allowing them to be dwarfed in significance against a cranked up story about a couple of return flights? We know or at least, should know, the truth is paying our debt down relies on our overseas customers buying our goods and resources and our businesses expanding.
I am a constant target for many of the political left including in the media for daring to suggest we, as a Nation, need to lower our costs and get more competitive, even more urgent when our Aussie dollar is high. I say often what is on the mind of many in the business community – be they family operations or larger, and am frequently asked to speak on these critical matters. It is simply fundamental; we need to lower our costs to be competitive. There’s an urgent need for a reduction of regulations and their expensive compliance. In these times of the high Aussie dollar when we have to compete with the world, but have some of the highest costs in the world, we can’t afford our Governments providing added drag and extra expense.
Exploration and investment should be encouraged. Instead the message Australia has for years sent to the world is almost the opposite. We are overdue for some tough decisions and it’s not 3 helpful that every time such issues are raised its invariably misrepresented and politicised, without considering our future.
In an international market place, we are judged on price and reliability. Competitors whose costs are lower and whose Governments don’t over burden to enable things to happen, they see the results in their economies! If our miners miss out, so do the related industries that rely upon them, (even the offices in Sydney and Melbourne they help to support), Australia misses out and we are back watching the debt clock increase and increase.
It was apparent at APEC that leaders in our region know that their economies matter for their own people’s future. Plenty of entrepreneurs from Indonesia, Japan, China, Russia and elsewhere were actively seeking opportunities. And their leaders were strongly declaring their countries were open for business and welcoming it. Sadly, Americans and Australians were scarcely present. We in business need to better spread the word that with a change in the national Government, our country has re-opened for business, and impress upon our political leaders, that with Australia’s high dollar, now is the time for urgent tough decisions, and, serious reductions in regulations and approvals and permits.
Mining is an industry that sees less than 1% of prospects becoming a mine, too many believe, that without any work, or investment, a tenement then gushes money to the greedy few! The related industries dependent on such mines and nearby communities are forgotten. Every day we have to take on the Brazilians and Indonesians. We should be far more aware of the developing African nations with their giant reserves, low costs, and little regulation. In the Australian equation of some of the highest wages in the world, high taxes, high Aussie dollar, and too much expensive regulation, approvals and permits – something has to give.
On 22 November this year, a very special date for Australia, we will celebrate the inaugural National Day for Mining and Related Industries. It seems extraordinary in a country so economically reliant on this sector including tis related industries that it’s never happened before. We are perhaps one of the most misrepresented industry groups in the country, yet, essential for our economy. We have a veritable industry of critics matched with a political movement that seemingly exists to envy us, or at least not appreciate us, and with departments expanding to cause more approvals, permits, and regulations in their interests, – yet, a country that is openly 4 reliant on us doing well so our children and grandchildren have opportunities and aren’t having to be burdened with the onerous responsibility to pay off our recent years excesses. I hope you will join me on our inaugural day and stand proud. Please join us at any functions held for this day, including the launch at lunch in Brisbane, at the Hilton, with our Resources Minister. I also hope you will support the Small Business Association’s launch for their small business weekend forum with a Gala Dinner at Bond University on 22nd November and continuing 23rd November at Bond University also. Small business is our country’s biggest employer, very important for our future so they also should be supported and listened to.
Nearly 110 years ago, while campaigning for re-election in Britain, a young Winston Churchill won over a town-hall meeting with perhaps one of the wisest observations ever made of the relationship between business and government. He said in response to a heckler, “I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle”. Here we are at the end of 2013 and that wisdom still stands as strongly as ever. And even earlier Voltaire said: “In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other”. Isn’t it time we learned from this? On the positive front, it is exciting to see that both major parties and the National Party are supporting policies for a special economic zone for our north, with reduced taxation and regulation. I’m delighted to be an Ambassador to the Northern Territory, and look forward to seeing such policies implemented sooner rather than later, and look forward to seeing exciting opportunities result for our north, which also helps Australia!
Courtesy of Mrs. Gina Rinehart & Australian Resources and Investment


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Dispute could stop airport extension





Ben Harvey Political Editor, the West Australian, May 17, 2011


Plans to expand Perth Airport have hit turbulence, with building magnate Len Buckeridge, who owns a brick factory on airport land, trying to stop a runway extension.
Westralia Airports Corporation wants to put navigation lights on land that Mr Buckeridge leases from it and has earmarked for a factory to make prefabricated houses.
Mr Buckeridge, who owns builder BGC and is estimated to be worth $2.7 billion, lodged a Federal Court writ last week claiming the airports corporation had no right to stop him building the 300m by 90m factory. If the writ is successful, the corporation will need an alternative plan to ease congestion at the airport. Airport operators say a longer second runway will allow more flights.
Mr Buckeridge said the cost of homes was constantly news, so it beggared belief that a new business to build prefabricated homes for country WA was in jeopardy.
It could produce a home up to 180sqm with up to four bedrooms and two bathrooms every couple of days on a production line.
"The shed is 270,000sqm. It is as big as Perth Airport," Mr Buckeridge said. "They are 55,000 houses short in WA, and you are going to have to compromise in some way, whether you like it or not."
The writ alleges the corporation had no right to install the lights anywhere on the 32ha which BGC leases. Westralia Airports Corporation declined to comment.

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Worker death an unmitigated disaster: Buckeridge

The Western Australian October 21 ,
2012
The owner of building and mining company BGC, Len Buckeridge, has offered his condolences over the death of a Perth man buried alive in a sand silo at one of his company's sites.
The man was moving sand from a pile when it collapsed on him at BGC Precast Concrete in Naval Base about 12.15pm on Saturday. Emergency services were unable to save the man. Mr Buckeridge told the ABC the incident was an "unmitigated disaster" and was the first fatality at his group of companies in more than 50 years. WorkSafe is now investigating the incident.
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10. Len Buckeridge, $1.95 billion, Buckeridge Group of Companies



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Marital Status: Married. Children: 6. Len Buckeridge on Forbes Lists. #19 Australia's

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Leonard Walter "Len" Buckeridge

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Len Buckeridge's BGC is Australia's largest builder for 2009-10. Picture: Neil Eliot

BGC nation's largest builder


PERTH-based BGC has been named Australia's largest builder as housing starts from the country's top 100 builders rose 22.8 per cent in 2009-10.
In the latest Housing Industry Association (HIA) – Colorbond Steel Housing 100 report, BGC was topped the list with 4392 starts – 3836 detached houses and 556 units - up by 548 on the previous year.
Another Perth builder, Alcock/Brown-Neaves Group, was ranked second with 3526 starts while Victorian-based Metricon Homes was ranked third with 3214 starts.
Hickory Developments Pty Ltd was the nation’s largest multi-unit builder with 1275 starts.
The top 100 builders accounted for an estimated 38 per cent share of the country’s housing starts in 2009-10, unchanged from the previous year.
“The tripling of the federal First Home Owner’s Grant for new homes, low interest rates and social housing programs saw a relatively strong recovery in housing starts in 2009/10,” HIA chief economist Harley Dale said.
“However, as the positive impact from past stimulus programs unwinds it’s unlikely that we will see further growth in HOUSING 100 and aggregate housing starts in 2010/11.
“While there were 11,230 more homes built by the largest 100 than the previous year, the number of multi-units being built actually fell.
“In 2009/10 there were 51,602 detached house starts (up from 39,947) and 8,988 starts for flats, units and townhouses (down from 9,413).”
“The restriction of finance for residential development presents a big constraint, while the stimulus measures masked the insufficient progress made so far in reducing supply-side obstacles related to land, labour, planning, taxation, and regulation.”
Today’s release of the HIA-Colorbond report also coincides with data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics that show that housing starts increased slightly by 0.8 per cent in the June quarter to 44,899 units, seasonally adjusted.
In WA, housing starts dropped 5.1 per cent to 6937 units in the June quarter.
During the 2009-10 year, housing starts nationally rose 43.8 per cent.
Economists say that the six interest rate rises between October 2009 and May this year was a prime factor in the slow down in housing starts in the June quarter.
Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) data showed the median house price nation wide rose 3.2 per cent in the quarter to $553,243.
With the exception of Perth and Hobart, all Australian capital cities recorded increases in median house prices over the quarter, Mortgage Choice senior corporate affairs manager, Kristy Sheppard, said.
Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin recorded the highest increases in prices while the lowest were recorded in Hobart, Adelaide and Brisbane.
- with AAP



Buckeridge and Barnett slug it out





THE conflict between building magnate Len Buckeridge and WA Premier Colin Barnett is reaching new highs.
The public battle between one of Australia's richest men and the leader of Australia's largest State, over the building of a new private port, James Point Pty Ltd (JPPL), in Cockburn Sound, has now gone to a whole new level with Mr Buckeridge reportedly attempting to claim $1 billion from the State Government.
Last week Mr Barnett told ABC radio that a potential claim would cost the State millions of dollars in legal fees.
Potentially at the expense of education, health and services for disabilities.
"What is Len Buckeridge really saying, that he wants to take a billion dollars off the WA community?" Mr Barnett asked.
"Where would that billion dollars come from?
"In reality, if he was successful, it would come out of education, health, services for disabilities.
"I don't think for a moment Len Buckeridge wants to do that."
Mr Buckeridge is arguing the State Government has repeatedly failed to honour an agreement signed in 2000 to build and operate a private bulk shipping and container port.
The port is also expected to handle live exports which Mr Barnett has said previously he wants out of Fremantle.
Mr Barnett also later told State Parliament he supported the construction of the berth but not the offshore container facility.
"There is a need for a bulk cargo facility on the coast and we would work with him to try to achieve that," he said.
"As to the other project, that's another matter.
"I would think there would be massive environmental impediments to that, not least of which would be the view of the government that we don't want to see Cockburn Sound turned into basically a parking area for bulk cart containers."
Following the comments, JPPL issued a statement saying the Premier's comments were wrong, misleading and offensive.
"James Point Pty Ltd (JPPL) still wishes to proceed with its port development at James Point, but has been prevented from doing so by the State Government which has failed to honour the contract it signed in 2000," the statement said.
"As a result and as a last resort after 12 years of extreme frustration, JPPL is seeking restitution through the courts.
"Statements suggesting that Len Buckeridge wants to take a billion dollars off the WA community are as offensive as they are untrue.
"The company, of which Len Buckeridge is a director, wants to build a port in a manner consistent with the 2000 contract.
"No more, no less."
JPPL attacked the Premier saying he continued to mislead the community by saying the government was prepared to sell land for port purposes adjacent to the area to be reclaimed.
"His government is only prepared to entertain inadequate leases and refuses to even talk about the actual sale of land," the statement said. "The Premier was factually very wrong when he told parliament last week that JPPL wanted to build an island in the middle of Cockburn Sound for a container facility.
"JPPL does not.
"It is his own statutory authority, Fremantle Ports, that does.
"JPPL believes its 100ha land-backed proposal for an International Container Facility has very significant environmental advantages compared with Fremantle Ports' island proposal.
"Furthermore, the Premier's apparent opposition to new container facilities in Cockburn Sound totally contradicts his government's media release of June 29 this year which stated: 'Extensive research has identified the coastal area from Naval Base to James Point in Cockburn Sound as the most suitable location for additional container-handling port facilities.'
"The WA Planning Commission is currently undertaking a major planning study to this end."
JPPL said the need for additional port facilities is well known and the provision long overdue.
"Exporters and importers are extremely frustrated by the government's inability to allow the privately-funded James Point Port to proceed," JPPL said.
"As a result, there are often long queues of ships waiting for a berth, which incur significant additional costs which impact on the WA economy.
"The easiest way to get rid of the $1 billion claim is for the State to let the port be built.
"There would be no need for legal fees or for court resources to be taken up if Mr Barnett simply accepted that the container facility which he agreed to in Cabinet in 2000 should be allowed.
"Why has he changed his mind about that?
"Why was it a good idea in 2000, but not now?
"If it wasn't a good idea then, why didn't he say so?
"He was the Minister for Resources and he had an obligation to object if he thought it was bad for the State.
"The simple fact is that he is the lone voice of objection now and is placing the interests of the State at risk for his own personal agenda, which he never revealed in 2000 and which he has failed to explain.
"Unless the government changes its position and intransigence on the matter, then additional privately-funded port facilities will not be built and the matter will be concluded in the courts.
"In contrast, if the government is prepared to honour its contract, the WA economy, and West Australians generally, will benefit.
"It's up to the Premier which course he takes."
JPPL's comments are the latest installment in the public feud which continued on from Mr Barnett's comments at a Pastoralists and Graziers Association function in Broome, where he doubted Mr Buckeridge's commitment to having live exports out of the potential port.
It also comes after JPPL launched an advertising campaign against Mr Barnett in November last year.
Mr Buckeridge is also a major Liberal party donor.

BGC's Len Buckeridge baulks at Perth Arena penalty fees

JULY 04, 2011
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BATTLE: The builder of the Perth Arena will dispute penalty fees of $45,000 a day after it missed a deadline last week. Picture: Theo Fakos Source: PerthNow
Perth Arena
Perth Arena under construction. Picture: Kerris Berrington Source: PerthNow

IF the WA government ends up in a legal battle with building tycoon Len Buckeridge over the disastrous Perth Arena project, it will be thanks to the Labor government, Premier Colin Barnett says.
Mr Buckeridge is refusing to pay penalties of $45,000 a day after the Perth Arena project, which is being built by his company BGC, failed to meet a completion deadline on Friday.

Meanwhile, the billionaire is preparing a counterclaim of $53 million for repeated changes to the project which he has described as the most disgraceful building he has worked on, likening it to a "squashed beer can''.

Mr Barnett said the project, which was originally slated to cost $160 million but is now estimated at more than $500 million, "has been very poorly handled''.

It was also due to be completed in January 2009 when it was announced in 2005, however it is yet to finish.

"This project is an example of how not to build a major piece of infrastructure,'' he said of the undertaking, which began under the previous Labor Government.

"This state government, the Liberal National government, has to deal with the mess.''

Last year the auditor general found the initial cost estimate and construction schedule was "unrealistic'' and criticised the major changes that were made to the project during contract negotiations.

However Mr Barnett said BGC were not pressured into signing the contract for the project and must bear some of the blame.
"If it ends up in litigation, I think that's a pity,'' he said.

"The project is now finally progressing, I think everyone looks forward to it being completed.

"They signed the contract in their own free will ... Len Buckeridge is a very experienced business person, I don't think I need to apologise to him.''
Due to delays in the project BGC is now facing penalties of $45,000 a day payable to the state government until it is finished.

Mr Buckeridge has called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the building's design.

Opposition leader Eric Ripper said while his party does accept some responsibility for the cost blow-outs and delays, the Liberal Party should also shoulder some of the blame.

"Mr Barnett has to take responsibility for his management of the project as we do for ours,'' Mr Ripper said.

"I think the government should stand up to Mr Buckeridge, a well known supporter of the Liberal Party, because it would be all too easy for the government to give in to Mr Buckeridge and try and blame the Labor Party.''

Mr Ripper, who was WA treasurer when BGC was awarded the contract, said most of the construction of the project has occurred under the watch of the Liberal government.






Kwinana port offer to Buckeridge

Gareth Parker State Political Editor, The West AustralianUpdated November 8, 2013, 2:40 am
Kwinana port offer to Buckeridge
First option: Len Buckeridge. Picture: Ben Crabtree/The West Australian
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Government will try to sell the Kwinana Bulk Terminal to Len Buckeridge as part of a settlement of the building magnate's $1 billion lawsuit against the State.
Mr Buckeridge, who wants to build a private port at James Point, is suing the Government for costs and lost profits flowing from a deal he struck in the dying days of the Court government in 2000.
He alleges successive Labor and Liberal-National governments failed to honour the agreement.
The terminal, adjacent to James Point, handles cement clinker, gypsum, iron ore and coal.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the decision to sell the terminal was consistent with the Government's policy to attract private investment to WA ports.
But it will be offered only to James Point Proprietary Limited in the first instance, sparking fears taxpayers may not get the highest price for the State-owned asset.
The Buckeridge camp is anxious to quickly finalise negotiations on the project, which Mr Buckeridge sees as the final piece in the puzzle of his business empire, because 

The Buckeridge camp is anxious to quickly finalise negotiations on the project, which Mr Buckeridge sees as the final piece in the puzzle of his business empire, because of his faltering health.
"After 15 years of stuffing around with endless indecision, Len is keen to see the final part of his vision realised before he passes on," his lawyer Michael Hotchkin said.
"It is very frustrating that the process has taken so long to get to this point.
"If a deal is done, the State will be better off. It can get rid of a massive claim against it and have additional port infrastructure built and run by the private sector."
It is not known how much the Kwinana Bulk Terminal could be expected to fetch on the open market.
One source suggested it was worth as much as $300 million, given valuations of other port assets in WA's north, but the Buckeridge camp and Mr Buswell refused to put a price on it.
"Respected and independent advice has been sought by the Government in determining a valuation of the KBT business," Mr Buswell said.
If a deal could not be struck with JPPL, it would be offered through a competitive expressions of interest process, he said.
Maritime Union WA branch secretary Christy Cain said the plan was collusion.
"It's not gone out to a proper tender process. Buckeridge is suing them (the Government) for millions of dollars . . . and it's being done behind closed doors between Buckeridge and the Government," he said.
Fremantle Ports bought the terminal from BHP Billiton in 2002 and spent $39 million upgrading the infrastructure.
A further $44 million - most of that from Mineral Resources - was spent from 2011 so the company could export 4.4 million tonnes of iron ore a year from its Carina mine in the Yilgarn.
Negotiations between the Government and Mr Buckeridge will centre on the bulk terminal and adjacent land, which adjoins land Mr Buckeridge would use to develop his port but is presently isolated from Cockburn Sound.
That land could be leased or sold, but it is understood the Government and Mr Buckeridge are still hundreds of millions of dollars apart on a deal to settle the lawsuit.
It is understood the State has been advised Mr Buckeridge has some prospect of winning.
Mr Buckeridge lodged his $1 billion Supreme Court writ last November for costs incurred and lost profits from delays to his plan to build a private port.
A framework agreement to build the bulk commodity, live animal export berth and second-stage offshore container port in Cockburn Sound was signed in the last days of the Court government in 2000.
But finalisation of the deal was delayed amid ideological battles with the Gallop and Carpenter Labor governments.
Mr Buckeridge, a big Liberal donor, then argued with Premier Colin Barnett and the Government refused to sell him the land needed to build the port as envisaged in the initial 2000 agreement.
Mr Barnett also opposed the consortium building an offshore container facility.
Shadow transport minister Ken Travers said the public had a right to know what benefits taxpayers would get from the proposed sale.
He said the sale should be open to competition.

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    Nov 7, 2012 - PERTH businessman Len Buckeridge should drop his billion-dollar lawsuit against the ... port development and get on with the project, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says. ... decision to abandon the private bulk shipping and container port near Kwinana, in Perth's south. ..... Greater Building Society.
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  • Barnett wants $1 billion lawsuit dropped

    Date
    November 7, 2012
    Perth businessman Len Buckeridge should drop his billion-dollar lawsuit against the state government over a private port development and get on with the project, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says.

    Lawyers for Mr Buckeridge have lodged a claim in the WA Supreme Court, blaming the government for his consortium's decision to abandon the private bulk shipping and container port near Kwinana, in Perth's south.

    Mr Barnett told ABC radio on Wednesday that it would cost the state millions of dollars in legal fees if it were sued for $1 billion.

    "Where would that billion dollars come from?" he said.

    "In reality, if he was successful, it would come out of education, health (and) services for disabilities.

    "I don't think for a moment Len Buckeridge wants to do that."

    Mr Buckeridge claimed several state governments had failed to honour a 2000 agreement allowing a consortium led by the Buckeridge Group of Companies (BGC) to build and operate the port at James Point.

    His lawyers say the government's decision to prevent construction of a container-handling facility makes the project unviable.

    Mr Barnett said he supported the construction of the berth but not the offshore container facility.

    He said he did not want a "huge chunk" of Cockburn Sound turning into a parking area for ships and containers.

    "I would hope Len would drop all this nonsense and get on and build his bulk products port, or berth, because it is needed," Mr Barnett said.

    The Premier said his government had offered Mr Buckeridge land to buy, as well as some of the transport, road access and rail access.

    "But I'm not going to be giving Len Buckeridge land at zero price or heavily discounted prices," he said.

    "He'll pay a proper price for land and that offer has been on the table for quite some time."

    James Point spokesman Michael Hotchkin said the premier's comments on the radio were as offensive as they were untrue.

    "(The company) wants to build a port in a manner consistent with the 2000 contract. No more, no less," he said.

    Mr Hotchkin said if the government did not change its position, the matter would be concluded in the courts.

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    17. Len Buckeridge
    Len Buckeridge. Photo: John Mokrzycki

    17. Len Buckeridge

    Published 22 May 2013 16:01, Updated 22 May 2013 16:18

    $2.1 billion

    • LAST YEAR: $2.01 BILLION
    • MANUFACTURING (BUILDING MATERIALS),
    • CONSTRUCTION. PERTH
    • 76. MARRIED TWICE, SIX CHILDREN
    Len Buckeridge has been a commanding presence in Western Australia’s business community for decades, but his relationship with an incumbent state government has rarely been so tense.
    A long-time donor to the Liberal Party, the founder of the Buckeridge Group of Companies has been at loggerheads with WA Premier Colin Barnett on two fronts.
    A 12-year feud over Buckeridge’s stalled James Point cargo port development in Fremantle intensified last year when he accused the government of failing to honour its commitment to the project and sought $1 billion in compensation for lost income.
    Barnett said any payment to BGC would be at the expense of government spending on education and health.
    Buckeridge also refused to pay daily $45,000 penalties for time overruns on BGC’s construction contract for the recently opened $550 million Perth Arena stadium, blaming government-initiated design changes for the delays.
    With all the recent stoushes, it’s hard to know where he finds the time to run his empire, which turned over more than $2.2 billion last year. An architect by training, Buckeridge started out 50 years ago building low-cost housing before diversifying into industrial and commercial construction and manufacturing.
    BGC’s vertically integrated business has a hand in just about every stage of the building process, from quarrying and concreting to making cement, bricks, roof tiles, insulation, windows and other building materials.
    Last year, the company’s home building division was ranked Australia’s third biggest, with 2700 housing starts. After surviving near-fatal health scares in 2009, Buckeridge has become a paragon of healthy living, giving up his long-time chain smoking habit and swearing off beer.

    Premier's potentially costly Len Buckeridge gaffe

    Date
    November 6, 2012

    Courtney Trenwith


    Premier Colin Barnett has made a potentially expensive legal gaffe during parliamentary question time, mixing up two port development proposals while attempting to defend the government's dealings with WA building tycoon Len Buckeridge.
    The James Point Pty Ltd consortium, led by Mr Buckeridge, is reportedly suing the state government for $1 billion in lost income and wasted costs because it says government delays have caused it to cancel plans to build a private port at Cockburn Sound, south of Fremantle.
    The consortium had intended to build a land-backed port at Cockburn Sound for bulk containers including livestock exports as well as an offshore container facility, but it requires some state government-owned land.
    The development is viewed as essential as Fremantle Port nears capacity, expected as early as 2017.

    The Court government agreed to the development in 2000 but subsequent governments, including the Barnett Government, have refused to sell the land under the original proposed conditions.
    Mr Barnett told state parliament on Tuesday the government supported the land-backed port but was concerned the consortium also planned to create a man-made island in the middle of the Sound.
    "Do you think that was a good idea? I don't think that was a good idea," he said.

    But the Premier did not recognise his mistake: James Point did not make the island proposal; the Fremantle Port Authority did.
    With James Point seeking $1 billion from taxpayers in relation to the Cockburn Sound development, Mr Barnett's comment could prove costly.
    The Fremantle Port Authority's idea was mooted in 2006 and included dredging 10 million cubic meters of seabed and seagrass and filling the area with 1.8 million tonnes of earth.
    It was supported by then-Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan.
    Yet the Premier continued his parliamentary speech claiming he told Mr Buckeridge during a meeting at the businessman's home in 2009 that he supported the land-backed project but not the man-made island.
    "I made it very clear to him that the government was supportive of developing the initial project but we didn't say that we'd support the other one," Mr Barnett said.
    "I don't want to see Cockburn Sound turned into a car park ... for bulk containers."
    Mr Barnett also denied the 2009 meeting was a secret and said he was visiting Mr Buckeridge because he was ill.
    The Premier said the government was willing to negotiate land and transport access for the port to go ahead but it would not be freely handed over.
    "The state government is not going to give land away at a highly discounted price," he said.
    The civil case, initiated in December last year, is before the WA Supreme Court.
    Mr Buckeridge's relationship with the government also was strained over delays in his company BGC's building of the Perth Arena, with costs blowing out to triple the original budget to nearly $550 million.




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    Starwood Hotels is set to plant its second flag in Western Australia by 2017, ... West Australian construction magnate Len Buckeridge alleges the operators of ... People, Len Buckeridge, Colin Barnett .... Len Buckeridge brought himself up so he thinks he does everything better than anyone else, including the WA Premier.
     
    Leonard Walter "Len" Buckeridge is an Australian businessman
    an old friend of Western Australian Premier Colin Barnet, who is the Liberal Party Meber for Cottesloe, which is near Mosmans Park where Len Buckidge lives. Len Buckeridge has long time been a financial supporter of the Liberal Party in WA.
    Len Buckeridge
    Net Worth - $1.2 Billion - As of March 2014
    Source Of Wealth: construction, Self Made with the help of Triad backing through the family connection of his defacto Wife Siok Pauy Koh, who he moved in with after divorsing his ex-wife, who was made ot clean house during the day for extra money while married ot Len Buckeridge, even thouygh Len Buckeridge at the tiem was a multi millionaire in real estate investements form building cheap low budget flars in Balle Street, Mosmands Park anbd renting them out to barrlers who had trouble paying the rent, and paid the bond by borrowing the bond money from the State Housing Commisison in Western Australia, and when. Then when they wer late paying the rent, Len Bukeridge would quickly thrown them out by force a, keep their bond and quickly move another battle into the flat who would beforwe long do the same thing, Len Buckeridge did very well out of this type of tenant. Len Buckeridge quickly learnt that that this type hoigh tenant turiver effectively doubled the cash flow from his cheap flats. This also created a high rise low income battlers geto in Battle Street, Mosman Park where many suicides took place and it became in the 1960's a very dangerous street to live in, with a loty of crime and violence in the street.
    Then when he was going through the divorce proceedings with the ex-wife, Len Buckeridge's brother in law was threatening to expose Len Buckridhe for rapoing his sister-in-law, and Len Buckeridge said to him that if he wants to make this public then he will have his legs broken and his familie slegs brokes as well. It is qwell known arounf old time Mosmand Park Residents that Lem Buckeridghe is a very powerful and dangoerous man to take on and every one fears Len Buyckridge in well off section of Mosman Park which iover looks the river.
    Len Buckeridge is also knw to eb a well respected Freemson and helps other freemoasn obtain jobs in hios BGC Building Group of companies which turn have an estaimated turnover of in excess on $160 billion in 2014.
    Len Buckeridhe has along close association and greidnship with Western Australian Liberal Premier who is the Liberal member for Cottesloe, which is Len Buckeridge's stomping ground, living on the Rover of nearby Mosman Park.
    It has also been well publicised that Len Buckeridge has for years controled the Cotteslowe Police and even the whole fo the W A Pol;cie force and was proetced by the WA Polce in th 1990 form purjury and assault charges where there was a mass of evidence to confirm their was no doubt that Len Buckeridge commited the crimes as part of a conspiurtacy with the WA Public Truistee to defraud the Carew-Reid family home at 135 Glyde Street, Mosman Park from the Carew-Reid family.
    Len Buckeridge's Buckeridge Group spans bricks and cement to plasterboard and timber window frames, but he's keen to add a port to the empire. Domestic politics and poor health, however, are working against a possible deal that is 15 years in the making. Meantime, weak demand for building materials--especially in his home state of Western Australia, heavily exposed to the depressed mining sector--has pulled down his fortune. Trained as an architect, he first built high-rise apartment blocks in Perth, his hometown, and won awards for low-cost housing designs. He became a home builder on an industrial scale, supplying most building products from his own factories. He opposes organized labor and says he prefers private ownership to public investment.
    He attended Perth Modern School then trained as an architect at Perth Technical College
    In his final year of Architecture he won the James Hardie Prize for his thesis "The Economical House".
    Career
    He has built high-rise buildings in Perth and elsewhere through his company, Buckeridge Group of Companies. He also owns James Point Pty Ltd.
    In September 2012, he sued a former fork-lift driver who allegedly posted defamatory comments on Facebook about him. The former employee is backed by the labour union United Voice.
    In November 2012, he sued the Government of Western Australia for A$1 billion regarding a delay in construction on Cockburn Sound.[2][6] Premier Colin Barnett counselled him to drop the lawsuit.Buckeridge also sued about a delay in the construction of the Perth Arena.
    Personal life
    He is married, and has six children. He lives in the Mosman Park neighbourhood of Perth. As of January 2013, he is worth an estimated US$1.4 billion.
     
     

    Rabu, 22 Juni 2011

    Daftar 10 Orang Terkaya di Australia

    Australia merupakan benua yan gada di dunia, di negara ini juga banyak para milyader yang sama dengan di negara kita, meeka terkenal di negara mereka, di sini saya memberi tahu siapa saja orang tersebut yan gberada di jajaran teratas,,,




    1. Anthony Pratt, $4.3 billion, Visy Industries



    2. Frank Lowy, $4.2 billion, Westfield Shopping Centers




    3. Harry Triguboff, $3.66 billion, Meriton Apartments




    4. Gina Rinehart , $3.47 billion, Hancock Prospecting




    5. Clive Palmer, $3.42 billion, Resource Development International





    6. James Packer ,$3 billion, Consolidated Media and Crown Casinos




    7. John Gandel, $2.7 billion, Property 7. John Gandel, $2,7 milyar, Properti





    8. Andrew Forrest, $2.38 billion, Fortescue Metals Group



    9. David Hains and Family, $2.01 billion, Portland House Group




    10. Len Buckeridge, $1.95 billion, Buckeridge Group of Companies



                                                              BGC

    Buckeridge Group of Companies,

     usually abbreviated as BGC, is a corporate group of construction and building-related companies operating primarily in Western Australia. It is one of the largest privately owned companies in Australia, and is owned entirely by the founder, Leonard Buckeridge

    BGC

    Type

    Private

    Industry

    Building

    Founded

    Founded in 1960

    Headquarters

    Perth, Western Australia

    Key people

    Len Buckeridge

    Operating income

    $163,218,319,402 AUD

    Website

    www.bgc.com.au


    BGC Companies

    The companies that make up BGC are the following:

    Each company provides the product that is suggested by its name. The varied nature of the companies that make up BGC mean that the company is largely self-sufficient, able to carry out building projects without needing to purchase materials or labour from other companies. They were the biggest home builders in Australia for six straight years, through their subsidiary companies including National Homes, Designer Homes, JCP Construction, Impressions the Home Builder, Commodore Homes, Perceptions - The Two-Storey Builder, Stratawise, HomeStart, WA Housing Centre and BGC Modular.

     

    http://www.bgc.com.au/s_02/02_builders_supplies.html

    BGC BUILDERS SUPPLIES

    A quality accredited plant, the division produces 25% of the state's asphalt requirement, which is the feedstock for the construction and maintenance of highways, freeways and suburban roads. It also services the civil and defence aviation industry.

    BGC Builders Supplies is unique in Western Australia in supplying just about every hardware/steel or plumbing product required for construction. We have developed the revolutionary Durabeam/Durapost building system, a first for Western Australia. We are major suppliers of the polybutylene plumbing system, the superior internal piping system for residential construction.

    Our staff have a wealth of experience and thoroughly understand the needs of the residential building industry.




    At our warehouse in Canning Vale, BGC Builders Supplies carries a large range of products including:

    • Door frames
    • Bricklayers hardware
    • Steel lintels and beams
    • Roofers hardware
    • Fixing hardware
    • Doors
    • Timber mouldings
    • Plumbing products
    • European kitchen appliances
    • Hotwater units

    We deliver to sites daily with our fleet of custom designed trucks. From the time of order we are able to supply most materials to site in less than 24 hours.

    For more information about BGC Builders Supplies products and services, contact:

    Tony DiStefano

    Tel: +61 8 93344666

    Fax: +61 8 94422389

    Email: hardware@bgc.com.au

     

    Street Address:

    BGC Builders Supplies
    87 Vulcan Rd, Canning Vale
    WA 6155, Australia

    Postal Address:

    BGC Builders Supplies
    PO Box 1407, Canning Vale
    WA 6970, Australia

     

    http://www.bgc.com.au/s_02/02_cement.html


    BGC CEMENT

    A major supplier of Western Australia's cement needs, BGC Cement supplies the "glue" upon which many residential, commercial and engineering projects are built. BGC Cement has established its position in the WA market by innovatively alligning its products and services to the needs of cement and lime users.

    BGC Cement's modern, flexible manufacturing plant produces a wide range of cements which can be delivered in bulk using BGC's reliable road tanker fleet.

    Under its Builders Choice brand name, BGC Cement offers an extensive range of bagged products that includes cements, lime, blended cements and dry mix products to suit most building and construction applications.

    BGC Cement can provide a wide range of bulk cement types suitable for general concrete applications, road stabilisation, cemented aggregate fill (CAF), cemented paste fill (CPF), controlled low strength material (CLSM) and shotcrete. Cement types included General Purpose (GP), General Blended (GB), Low Heat (LH), High Early Strength (HE), and Sulphate Resistant (SR). Other blended bulk cements, custom designed for specific technical performance, can also be provided.

    All cements can be supplied in bulk tankers, in bulker bags and in paper sacks.

    As well as being a large volume supplier of cement to the premixed concrete and concrete products industries, BGC Cement also supplies cement to the mining industry. Significant quantities of cement supplied for intensive filling campaigns can be accommodated. Please feel free to contact BGC Cement to discuss any bulk cement delivery requirements such as purchase of, or long-term hire of, mobile or fixed cement storage silos; short-term hire of on-site mobile storage tankers; high volume round-the-clock campaign deliveries; etc.

    Material Safety Data Sheet

    BGC Cement Purchase Order Terms and Conditions

     

     

     

    For more information about BGC Cement's products and services, contact:

     

    The Sales and Marketing Manager

     


    Tel: (08) 9334 4555

    Fax: (08) 9334 4544

    Email: cement@bgc.com.au

    Street Address:

    BGC Cement
    77 Vulcan Rd, Canning Vale
    WA 6155, Australia

    Postal Address:

    BGC Cement
    PO Box 1408, Canning Vale
    WA 6970, Australia

     

    http://www.bgc.com.au/s_02/02_cemtech.html

    BGC CEMTECH

    BGC Cemtech safeguards the high quality standards of BGC's cement, concrete, paving, tile and brick products. Cemtech's nationally accredited laboratory conducts exhaustive chemical and physical tests to ensure the group's manufacturing products continue to exceed the stringent demands of the Australian Standards Code.

    For more information about BGC Cemtech's products and services, contact:

     

    Michael G Remias

     

    Tel: +61 8 93344548


    Fax: +61 8 93344544

    Email: cemtech@bgc.com.au

    Street Address:

    BGC Cemtech
    77 Vulcan Road, Canning Vale
    WA 6155, Australia

    Postal Address:

    BGC Cemtech
    PO Box 1408, Canning Vale
    WA 6970, Australia

    http://www.bgc.com.au/s_02/02_comm_windows.html


    BGC COMMERCIAL WINDOWS

    BGC Commercial Windows is an independent company. Its specialty is the design, fabrication and installation of commercial and custom designed windows and enjoys the substantial resources and backing of a large corporation, giving builders and architects great flexibility.

    No matter what the job, high quality design, competitive pricing and the appropriate materials are always present, from small jobs right through to the demanding standards of large projects.

    The quality of a building project stands on its finishing trades. BGC Commercial Windows employs only experienced teams to ensure work is always of the best quality. Strong supervision and control are always maintained over all aspects of the work. Being on site on time, finishing on time and meeting all specifications and standards are just the obvious part of our commitment to quality. Ensuring windows seal properly, using correct glazing and tidying a site on completion are less obvious, but they are the hallmarks of a BGC job.

    BGC Commercial Window's highly skilled team of people can contribute valuable expertise and advice. They can confidently help design and specify windows for unusual facings, difficult installations, or special light and heat control.

    BGC Commercial Windows are members of The Australian Window Association. Therefore, new developments in technology and materials, and issues of Standards and quality supervision are consistent and present in every job.

    BGC COMMERCIAL WINDOWS SITE SAFETY MANUAL

    Click here to download an Adobe PDF version of our Site Safety Manual (1.2 MB).

    The Site Safety Manual is designed for use by BGC employees, subcontractors and contract labour visiting or working on a commercial or residential building site in the business of BGC Commercial Windows.

    For more information about BGC Commercial Windows's products and services, contact our Canning Vale office:

    Tel: +61 8 93344600


    Fax: +61 8 93344507

    Email:commwin@bgc.com.au

    Street Address:

    BGC Commercial Windows
    85 Vulcan Road, Canning Vale
    WA 6155, Australia

    Postal Address:

    BGC Commercial Windows
    PO Box 1408, Canning Vale
    WA 6970, Australia

    http://www.bgcinnovadesign.com.au/index.html

    AT BGC'S PLASTERBOARD AND FIBRE CEMENT DIVISION, WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON AN INSTINCTIVE FLAIR FOR BOTH INNOVATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT. THIS DIVISION MANUFACTURES EXTERNAL CLADDING SYSTEMS INCLUDING THE INNOVA RANGE, INTERIOR LINING AND FLOORING PRODUCTS. WE HAVE TWO BGC FACTORIES IN PERTH AND DISTRIBUTION CENTRES THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND. AND OUR TECHNICAL EXPERTS HAVE THE DESIGN AND SPECIFICATION SKILLS TO INFUSE EVEN YOUR MOST CHALLENGING PROJECT WITH AN EXCITING NEW ZEST.

    BGC is among Australia's largest domestic and commercial builders. Besides our renowned Plasterboard and Fibre Cement products, we manufacture insulation, windows, bricks, roof tiles, steel fabrication, insulated wall panels, plumbing materials and metal roofing.

     

     

    http://www.celltherm.com.au/

     

    INVEST IN A COMFORTABLE HOME

     

    Tired of struggling to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in the winter.?

    More to the point, are your energy bills leaving you cold? If so, there's a good chance that your ceiling is not effectively insulated.

    No matter how well designed or how well appointed, without effective ceiling insulation, keeping your home comfortable is a constant and costly battle.

    By investing in properly and carefully installed ceiling insulation, you will create a barrier designed to prevent heat from both entering or leaving your home. This means that maintaining a comfortable temperature for you and your family becomes much easier and far less expensive - in both winter and summer.

    The many benefits afforded by installing effective ceiling insulation are not the kind your eye can see, except on those energy bills - but they are certainly ones that you and your family will feel.

    BGC Celltherm insulation will:

    • Keep you cooler in summer and warmer in winter
    • Significantly improve the energy efficiency of your home
    • Pay for itself
    • Reduce noise within your home
    • Add real estate value to your property
    • Improve the lifestyle of your whole family

    COMFORTABLE IN SUMMER AND WINTER

    During the summer the roof cavity of your home is exposed to the extreme heat of direct sunlight. BGC Celltherm ceiling insulation will limit the amount of heat transferred downwards from your roof.

     

    In winter, much of the heat generated in your home escapes through the ceiling. Installing BGC Celltherm is like placing a blanket over your home. As the warmth from your heating system rises it is prevented from escaping.


    BGC INSULATION SITE SAFETY MANUAL

    Click here to download an Adobe PDF version of our Site Safety Manual (2.2 MB).

    The Site Safety Manual is designed for use by BGC employees, subcontractors and contract labour visiting or working on a commercial or residential building site in the business of BGC Insulation.


    SUPERSEDED JSAS

    All previous versions of BGC Insulation Site Safety Manual JSAs have been superseded by JSA numbers:


    BGC INSULATION WARRANTY INFORMATION

    Click here to download an Adobe PDF version of our Warranty Information.

    http://www.bgc.com.au/s_02/02_metal_roofing.html

    BGC METAL ROOFING

     

    BGC Metal Roofing fixes more metal roofs to homes in Western Australia than any other company and enjoys the benefits of steady volumes and consistently lower prices than its competitors.

    With over 20 years experience, the team of professionals at BGC Metal Roofing have the skills and expertise you expect.

    BGC Metal Roofings' complete service to the building industry includes accurate measuring amd quoting, overseeing all stages of roof fixing, including a quality check on completion and advice on construction and design considerations.

    Our commitment to using only high grade steel ensures a consistent and guaranteed quality product in roof sheeting, gutters and downpipes. All fixed and installed to rigorous Australian Standards.

    BGC Metal Roofing materials are available in a range of COLORBOND®steel colours - refer to the BGC Steel Colour Options page for more details.

     

     

     

    BGC METAL ROOFING SITE SAFETY MANUAL

    Click here to download an Adobe PDF version of our Site Safety Manual (2.3 MB).

    The Site Safety Manual is designed for use by BGC employees, subcontractors and contract labour visiting or working on a commercial or residential building site in the business of BGC Metal Roofing.

    NOTE: This manual is not applicable to South Australia. Please see below for the BGC Metal Roofing (South Australia) Site Safety Manual.

    Job Safety Analysis Documents - New Versions

    NOTE: The JSAs provided below supersede those shown in the current version of the BGC Metal Roofing Site Safety Manual.

    Measuring a Roof

    Installation of Gutters and Downpipes

    Roof Sheeting

    Installation of Flume Vents and Whirlybirds

    Job Assessment

    Roof Maintenance

     

     

     

    BGC METAL ROOFING (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) SITE SAFETY MANUAL

    Click here to download an Adobe PDF version of our Site Safety Manual (920 KB).

    The Site Safety Manual is designed for use by BGC employees, subcontractors and contract labour visiting or working on a commercial or residential building site in the business of BGC Metal Roofing in South Australia.

     

     

     

    "QUOTATION AND SUPPLY OF METAL ROOFING" LETTER

    Click here to download an Adobe PDF version of the "Quotation and Supply of Metal Roofing" Letter.

     

     

     

    PRODUCT WARRANTY DOCUMENT

    Click here to download an Adobe PDF version of the Product Warranty.

     

     

     

     

    Please contact us for more information about BGC Metal Roofing's products and services:

     

     

     

    Tel: +61 8 93344688

     

     

    Street Address:

    BGC Metal Roofing
    131 Cnr Cook Street and 
    Bannister Road, Canning Vale
    WA 6155, Australia

     

    Fax: +61 8 93344554

     

     

    Email:roofing@bgc.com.au

     

     

    Postal Address:

    BGC Metal Roofing
    PO Box 1452, Canning Vale
    WA 6970, Australia

     

     

     

    Contact information for our South West branch:

     

     

    Tel: +61 8 97262049

     

     

    Street Address:

    BGC Metal Roofing (South West)
    No. 13 Allnut Crt, Bunbury
    WA 6230, Australia

     

    Fax: +61 8 97262046

     

     

     

    Postal Address:

    BGC Metal Roofing (South West)
    PO Box 1928, Bunbury
    WA 6231, Australia

     

     

     

    Contact information for our South Australian branch:

     

     

    Tel: +61 8 82813644

     

     

    Street Address:

    BGC Metal Roofing (South Australia)
    100 Brown Terrace, Salisbury
    SA 5108, Australia

     

    Fax: +61 8 82812833

     

     

    Email: agb@bgc.com.au

     

     

    Postal Address:

    BGC Metal Roofing (South Australia)
    PO Box 50, Salisbury
    SA 5108, Australia

     

    http://www.bgc.com.au/plasterboard/

    Welcome to BGC Plasterboard

    BGC Plasterboard products are manufactured in Perth, Western Australia. Our state-of-the-art complex comprises a 56,000m2 parcel of land, incorporating a 32,000m2 building to house the production, warehousing and dispatch facilities.

    Recently BGC Plasterboard has received GECA certification by Good Environmental Choice Australia and are now proud to announce the following products are GECA certified:

    • Plasterboard
    • Ceilingboard
    • Water Resistant Plasterboard
    • Soundboard
    • Fireboard
    • Water Resistance Fireboard
    • Impactboard
    • Curveboard

    BGC Plasterboard offers a range of gypsum based products with individual properties for various specific applications. The product range includes:

    BGC Plasterboard takes pride in supplying purpose designed products, suited to all residential and commercial wall and ceiling applications.

    BGC Plasterboard products are manufactured to the Australian Standard AS/NZS 2588 - 1998: Gypsum Plasterboard, and tested to determine their level of compliance. The company's perseverance of manufacturing excellence ensures its products are of a premium quality.

    For information on safe handling and safe delivery of BGC products please refer to the Gypsum Board Manufactures of Australia (GMBA) Safe Site Guidelines.

     

     

    http://www.bgc.com.au/s_02/02_asphalt.html

     

    BGC ASPHALT AND STABILISATION

    A quality accredited plant, the division produces 25% of the state's asphalt requirement, which is the feedstock for the construction and maintenance of highways, freeways and suburban roads. It also services the civil and defence aviation industry.

    For more information about BGC Asphalt's products and services, contact:

     

    Craig Hollingsworth

    Tel: +61 8 94422388

    Fax: +61 8 94422389

    Email: asphalt@bgc.com.au

    Street Address:

    BGC Asphalt
    Lot 4 Stirling Cr., Hazelmere
    WA 6055, Australia

    Postal Address:

    BGC Asphalt
    PO Box 1257, Midland
    WA 6936, Australia

     

     

     

    http://www.agiaus.com/

    In partnership with you, our valued customer, we strive to provide cost effective and innovative solutions within the scope of our business.

    Through careful planning, responsible business ethics and hard work to become the market leader across the entire scope of our operation. This will ensure that the benefits of our success are shared with our clients and staff.

     

     

    http://www.affinitywindows.com.au/

     

    Sliding Doors
    Alfresco Sliding Doors
    French Doors
    Bi-Fold Doors

    Making Glass Visible
    Opaque Band

    http://www.agiaus.com/

    Welcome to AGI Australia

     

    http://www.bgcresidential.com

    The BGC Group

    The Buckeridge Group of Companies (BGC) has been a major force in the building and construction arena in Western Australia for over 50 years. A private family company started and still owned by Len Buckeridge, BGC has grown to become Australia's largest home builder and one of the most respected companies in Western Australia.

    One of the most important differences between BGC and other builders is that over five decades of building, the company has invested heavily in 'vertical integration' – ensuring that its building companies are supplied with only the very best by creating companies at every stage of the supply chain. The supply side of BGC has grown to include operations across Australia and a distribution network throughout South East Asia and New Zealand.

    Today there are over 30 BGC companies involved in every aspect of building and construction, from property investment and management, to transport, metal fabrication, plasterboard manufacture, insulation and even bricks and cement. The latest BGC company to come online is Brikmakers – a $110 million state of the art brick and block factory that will supply about 100 million bricks per year to the WA market.

    BGC is a family business that's also ranks as one of Australia's largest and WA's largest privately owned company (source: BRW). As Australia's largest home builder, BGC builds more homes than any other Australian company. As we continue to grow, our success helps the whole community prosper.

     

    Home Building

    Take a closer look at our nation leading family of housing brands, with home designs and budget options to satisfy every conceivable need. Whether it's your very first home, or the home you've always wanted, or even an investment property, there's a family member here ready to assist you.


    wahousingcentre.com.au


    homestart.net.au


    commodorehomes.com.au


    impressions.net.au


    nationalhomes.com.au


    perceptions.com.au


    stratawise.com.au


    designerhomes.com.au


    Unitz by Impressions


    BGC Modular


    Grouplex

     

     

     

    BGC Contracting's

     two operational business units (Mining and Civil) deliver a wide range of mining and construction services across the resources, government infrastructure, building and manufacturing sectors.

    With offices in Perth, Brisbane and Whyalla, and depots in key regional areas, the company has extensive experience on major mining and civil construction projects nationwide.

    BGC Contracting is part of BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd, a privately Australian owned and diversified industrial group. The BGC Group is one of Australia's largest privately owned companies, which presently employs more than 4,000 people.

     


    Building Products & Services

    The real strength of BGC is in its capacity to supply so many of the elements in your home from within the Group. When you build with one of its home building divisions, BGC companies provide interior and exterior roofing, bricks, pavers, cement, concrete, insulation, windows and door frames, all manufactured in Western Australia. A wide range of other home components are sourced and provided by BGC Builders Supplies, which delivers fixing hardware, electric appliances, hot water systems, timber mouldings and much more.

    Links

    Affinity Windows
    AGI (Australian Gypsum Industries)
    Automated Surveys
    BGC Asphalt
    BGC Builders Supplies
    BGC Cement
    BGC Cemtech
    BGC Commercial Windows
    BGC Concrete

    BGC Fibre Cement
    BGC Insulation
    BGC Metal Roofing
    BGC Plasterboard
    BGC Plumbing
    BGC Quarries
    BGC Steel
    Brikmakers
    Harmony Roof Tiles

     

    Commercial Construction

    BGC Construction is the Group's commercial and civil construction specialist. Established in 1994, this award-winning company has created some of Western Australia's landmark constructions, including:

    • The WA Basketball Centre
    • The WA Athletics Stadium
    • TVW Institute for Child Health Research, Subiaco
    • Armadale Health Campus
    • Curtin Business School and School of Physiotherapy
    • Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground, Redevelopment
    • University Of Western Australia's Innovation Precinct, incorporating the Motorola Software Centre
    • Cambrai Village- RAAFA Retirement Community, Merriwa
    • Success Retirement Community for Southern Cross Care

    BGC Construction has won numerous industry awards for the continual high standard of its buildings and its ability to surmount construction challenges.

    The company carries out work in three main areas:

    • Commercial construction, including hospitals, schools, universities, offices, factories, court houses and police stations.
    • Large scale unit developments for the Ministry of Housing and private clients.
    • Nursing homes and retirement villages.

    The company has established new benchmarks in the West Australian building industry through its ability to provide the highest quality design, products and services, while meeting cost-effective budgets.

    BGC Contracting

    A big, resource based state like Western Australia needs the services of a big, reliable company like BGC Contracting. Operating two separate business units – Civil and Mining – BGC Contracting provides civil infrastructure for both the public and private sectors, as well as a range of services specific to the oil, gas and land-based resource industries.

    The Civil business is all about meeting the challenges posed by great distances and harsh conditions in delivering earthworks and site preparation, piping, dams, roads, bridges, rail systems and major concrete works to government and industry clients across the state.

    The Mining unit provides an array of services directly to mining industry clients, including drilling and blasting, loading and haulage both on- and off-road, train loading, and crushing and screening.

    Links

    BGC Contracting

     

     

    Transportation

    The Group operates a large fleet of transport vehicles, which are used for haulage by BGC companies and clients all over the state. In addition to servicing the building and construction industries, BGC Transport has clients in agriculture, mining and the service industries.

    Links

    BGC Transport

     

    Property Investment

    Directly employing some 3000 Western Australians, BGC occupies a lot of office, manufacturing and production space throughout Western Australia, and in most cases the land and building our people work in are owned and managed by BGC Property Investment.

    The BGC portfolio of building assets includes the 20-storey BGC Centre and two eight-storey buildings in the Perth CBD, a four-storey office block in West Perth, offices and warehouses at Kewdale, and major manufacturing and distribution complexes at Hazelmere, Canning Vale and Armadale.




    Links

    BGC Property
    Apartments WA

     

    BGC PROPERTY

     

     

     

    The company has investments in major CBD city buildings, residential apartment blocks and

    commercial properties. Its substantial cash flow and significant asset base enables BGC

    to move quickly on investment opportunities.

    The company's property investment division includes a portfolio of substantial building assets

     including the 20-storey BGC Centre and two eight-storey buildings, all in the Perth CBD.

    Other major components are a four-storey office block in West Perth, 24,000 m2 of offices and

    warehouses at Kewdale, and the group's major manufacturing and distribution complexes at

    Hazelmere, Canning Vale and Armadale.

    The property division has the financial capability and property management expertise for

     substantial property investments.

    For more information about BGC Property's products and services, contact:

     

    Anne Tindale

     

     

    Tel: +61 8 92611840

     

     

    Street Address:

    BGC Property
    6th Floor, 18 Mount St
    Perth WA 6000
    Australia

     

    Fax: +61 8 92611801

     

     

    Email: commercial@bgc.com.au

     

     

    Postal Address:

    BGC Property
    PO Box 7223
    Cloisters Sq, WA 6850
    Australia

     

     

     

     


    APARTMENTS (WA)

    Founded in the 1960s, Apartments (WA) manages more than 800 BGC-

    owned residential properties, including flats, townhouses and home units,

    located in the following Perth suburbs:

     

    Alfred Cove
    Applecross
    Claremont
    Daglish
    Doubleview
    Glendalough
    Inglewood

    Jolimont
    Maylands
    Mosman Park
    Swanbourne
    South Perth
    Trigg
    Wembley Downs

     

     

     

     

    For more information about Apartments (WA), contact:

     

    Glenda Farrell

     

     

    Tel: +61 8 92611849

     

     

    Street Address:

    Apartments WA
    5th Floor, 22 Mount St
    Perth WA 6000
    Australia

     

    Fax: +61 8 92611799

     

     

    Email: apartments@bgc.com.au

     

     

    Postal Address:

    Apartments WA
    PO Box 7223
    Cloisters Sq, WA 6850
    Australia

     


    BGC Transport's exponential growth has seen the company become one of the most capable delivery

    systems in Australia's Transport Industry.

     

     

    The company's large, fully serviced fleet of haulage vehicles operates around the clock,

    transporting millions of tonnes of cargo throughout Western Australia every year.

     

     

    In addition to being an integral component of the BGC network,

    the haulage operations also transport materials for external

    companies. The fleet of long and short haul vehicles caters to

    the transport needs of the building, construction agricultural,

     mining and service industries and contributes substantially

     to BGCs vertical integration and immunity from industrial disputes.

     

    BGC TRANSPORT

    The bulk of BGCs transport fleet is based at Hazelmere, providing the group with easy access into and

    out of the Perth metropolitan area, from the major regional and mining regions, and as a transfer hub

    from long haul to short haul contracts.

    Occupational safety is a key determinant in the way BGC Transport operates, and the company has proudly

    stayed at the forefront of safety technology for the Transport Industry.

    BGC Transport designed and patented the innovative "Tipsafe" technology, which has proved popular

     throughout Australia's Transport Industry.

     

    For more information about BGC Transport's products and services, contact:

     

    Geoff Conway (Operations Manager)

     

     

    Tel: +61 8 94422333

     

     

    Street Address:

    BGC Transport
    Lot 4, Stirling Cr, Hazelmere
    WA 6055, Australia

     

    Fax: +61 8 94422334

     

     

    Email: transport@bgc.com.au

     

    Postal Address:

    BGC Transport
    PO Box 1257, Midland
    WA 6936, Australia

     

     

    Contact information for our Moora branch:

     

    Joe Fitzpatrick (Manager)

     

     

    Tel: +61 8 96511134

     

     

    Street Address:

    BGC Transport (Moora)
    226 Riley Road, Moora
    WA 6510, Australia

     

    Fax: +61 8 96511562

     

     

     

    Postal Address:

    BGC Transport (Moora)
    PO Box 363, Moora
    WA 6510, Australia





    Also see:

    http://inlnews.com/Freemasonry__History.html

    http://inlnews.com/BilderbergGroupHistory.html

    http://inlnews.com/Give_Peace_a_Chance.html

    http://www.inlnews.com/CIASellDrugs_MediaLiesP1.html

    http://www.inlnews.com/INLNewsCIAKGBSpyPhotosP1.php

    http://www.inlnews.com/WhyWasSeanHoareMurdered.html

    http://www.inlnews.com/WhoMurderedThomasAllwood.html

    http://www.inlnews.com/CIAMI6ControlDrugDealing.html

    http://www.inlnews.com/ChippingAwayTheBullSh_t.html

    http://www.inlnews.com/Assange_FearsMurderInUSA.html

    http://www.inlnews.com/RothschildWorldControl1.html

    http://www.inlnews.com/BilderbergGroupHistoryP3.html

    http://www.inlnews.com/Leo_Zagami_Illuminati_P2.html

    http://www.inlnews.com/MI6_GlobalDrugTradeLords.php

    http://www.inlnews.com/HitlerWasABritishAgent.html






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    Stephen Knight the author of the Brotherhood who died aged 33 ......18 months after publishing his book


    In this highly allegotical and symbol-laden painting,the spirit of Freemasonry is shown dispensing wisdom and informnation to the people

    The pillars on this Scottish Rite Masonic Apron are meant to represent the two mighty pillars that were alledged to have stood at the entrance to Solomon’s temple.




    Illuminated above the Mason's head, the equilateral triangle - all sides and angles the same - 
    symbolizes the strength and unity of the parts that make the whole complete


             A dramatic moment during Freemason third degree ceremony, After the ritual, the candidate is a fully fledged Freemason




    US founding father and president George Washington was a dedicated Freemason, and is shown here is his regalia as the Worshipful Master of his lodge


    Beehives are an important Masonic symbol referring to industry, dedication, productivity, good works and the power of all pulling together....


    In this highly allegotical and symbol-laden painting,the spirit of Freemasonry is shown dispensing wisdom and informnation to the people



    The pillars on this Scottish Rite Masonic Apron are meant to represent the two mighty pillars that were alledged to have stood at the entrance to Solomon’s temple.



    The left- and right-hand " pillars" on the Tree of Life corresponded closely to the pillars that stood outside Solomon's temple



    A German lodge carpet, c.1760, called an “Arbeitsteppich”, shows the magnificant symbolism of the Crafy. Freemasonry’s rich mysteries need defending and re-expressing in the modern world



    This painting is claiming to show stonemasons of all grades hard at work buiding Solomon’s temple, while Solomon himself consults with Hiram Abiff.



    This highly allegorical and symbolic illustration is meant to depict the interior of the perfect lodge room, as constructed within the soul of each true Freemason


    Was Hitler really an Illuminati and/or Freemason funded by the world bankers and the Rothschilds and Was Hitler as Rothschild...



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    The Great American Novel (The Dream That Never Happened) The INL News Film- Promo A



    Michael Jackson speaks out about his fears of the coming New World Order -
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    Secret Societies Part 1C


    Secret Societies Part 2


    Secret Societies Part 2A


    Secret Societies Part 2B




    Secret Societies Part 3


    Secret Societies Part 3A



    Secret Societies Part 3B




    Secret Societies Part 4


    Stephen Knight the author of

    the Brotherhood who died aged 33 ......18 months after publishing his book


                                
    A dramatic moment during Freemason third degree ceremony

    Christopher added...' Masonic doctors can also be used..'

    Christopher continue for about half an hour to list examples of the ways in which corrupt members of the Brotherhood could defeat opposition..'  ... those in power in Freemasons Hall knew something of what went on, but they felt defeated by it and preferred to look the other way rather than take steps to eradicate it...' ... Christopher said... if Christopher and his group failed for force the issue into the open, the organization would become so morally polluted that it would simply cease to exist...' Christopher also said ..we are not solely concerned with the Brotherhood .. it was the victims of those who used masonry as a source of personal power who has to be helped as well...

    Christopher also said ..'..only the fighters have a hope of beating the system once it's at work against them' ..'Most people, fighters or not, are beaten in the end, though ,,It's..you see... you finish up not knowing who you can trust..you can get no help because your story sounds so paranoid that you are thought a crank, one of those nuts who think the whole world is a 'conspiracy' against 'them'. It is a strange phenomenon...Bt setting up a situation that most people will think of as fantasy, these people can poison every part of a person's life... if they give in they go under... if they don't give in... it is only putting off the day they go under...because if they fight, so much unhappiness will be brought to the people around them that there will likely come a time when even their own families and close friends turn against them out of desperation.... when that happens ..... and they are without friends where ever they look...they become easy meat... the newspaper will not touch them or their story...

    '...There is not defense against an evil which only the victims and the perpetrators know exists..'

     

    Acknowledgements:

     I am free to name only a small number of the many hundreds of people who have helped me with advice and information for this book.. Most of those who helped did only on the understanding that I would say nothing that could lead to their identification. among there were Freemasons who feared recrimination from other members of the Brotherhood. . Others included government official, politicians, judges, policemen of all ranks, lawyers, churchmen, past and present officers of MI6 and MI6, and people from every sector of society touched on in this book...Without such people a book of this kind could not be contemplated.

      Two men must be singled out: Simon Scott, managing editor of New English Library whose idea this books was an who supported me with unflagging enthusiasm all through the research and writing only to have the project snatched from him at the last moment; and my friend and agent Andrew Hewson who has never, even at the busiest moments, been unavailable.

    Thank you Simon and I thank everyone else...all names fully listed in the book..

    Proloque;

    Freemasonry. although its leaders strenuously deny it, is a secret society. And few of its members- judges, police, politicians and royalty among them - realize that every time they attend a meeting they break the law, and (at least technically) lay themselves open to minimum of two year's imprisonment. Under the Unlawful Societies Ac of 1799 - unlikely, of course, ever to be enforced - Freemasons are permitted to hold meetings if yearly returns providing names, addresses and descriptions of brethren are submitted to local Clerks of the Peace .his is rarely done, so most gatherings in `Masonic Lodges are held in breach of the law.

      In England and Wales alone Freemasonry has more than 600,000 initiates, with a further 100,000 in Scotland and between 50,000 and 70,000 in Ireland..(1984 estimated Figures... Paul Jeffries in his book Freemasons-Inside the World's Oldest Secret Society published in 2005 he states the following Freemason membership: Over 5.9 million Freemasons worldwide; consisting of: England and Wales- over 550,000. Scotland-over 400,000; Ireland over 47,000; Canada and USA- over 4.1 million; Europe-over 80,000; Australasia-over 375,000; `Latin America-over 50,000; Philippines-over 10,000 and other areas (India, Japan, Formosa, Africa, Israel etc)-over 288,000

    All the members of this extraordinary Brotherhood are male. All except those who are second-, third-, or fourth-generation Freemasons, who may join at eighteen, are over the age of twenty-one. All have sworn on pain of death and ghastly mutilation No 5 to reveal Masonic secrets to outsiders, who are known

     

    The Brotherhood

    by Stephen Knight –published 1984

    The Dissidents – Chapter 16 _ages 140 to  149

    One of my major sources of information was a former Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander of the Thirty-First degree of the Ancient and Accepted Rite who has withdrawn form masonry in 1968 for religious reasons.. her agreed to be interviewed by me through a third party concerning his conviction that no active Christian could in all conscience remain a Freemason…

    When I met him I learned he was a judge, and a particularly quick-tempered one .. I asked him about the Ancient and Accepted Rite of the Thirty-Third degree, he answered quickly: ‘Nom I dare not go into that’, her said ….’we’d better stick to religion… I thought immediately afterwards how strange it was he had used the words ‘dare not’, Most people said, ‘I’d better not’, or ‘I’d rather not’… I remarked on his used of the world. He said, ‘Anyone in public life has to be cautious.’ ..’Cautious’.. I repeated. “That’s a Masonic word of recognition.”..

    He then said, ‘You’ve obviously delved into the ritual, so you know…..’

    … ‘Mr Knight, I don’t like this line of questioning. I agreed to speak to you in general terms about why my commitment to Jesus is incompatible with Masonic religion …. I do not wish to be drawn into discussion of matters covered by whatever undertakings I have … taken…

    I went on to tell the judge ..’I have heard form quite a lot of contacts about organized action groups of Freemasons that have resulted in the financial or social ruin of certain people, ‘ I said..

    The judge replied.. ‘So have I’…’ ..still looking me st5raight in the eye as if telling me this was an important issue and point of fact…’ So have I Mr Knight… No of such happenings which had the backing of official Freemasonry, but of actions which were unofficial, in other words, Masons abusing the Craft for their own ends..’…’You know the answer to that form what I have said.. ‘I have also heard about people who have .crossed’ certain masons and finished up in prison…’ He then stopped me in mid-sentence by placing a finger on his lips ... ’if I told you everything about Freemasonry, being betrayed by its members, it would surprise you… it would make your hair stand on end … I can’t tell you any more..’ he said…then he said.. Give me your phone number, you might hear from someone in a few days…’… His finger went back to his lips and he went to fetch my coat .. as he left he said, ‘God Bless’…

    A few days later received as phone call from a man calling himself Christopher whom I ended up having along meeting at his private club and he showed me his papers to show him bona fide ID and Freemason membership… I asked him what a person might have to fear from a group of influential Freemason if circumstances made him, for instance, a threat to them in the business world; or if he discovered they were using masonry for corrupt purposes; or had fallen victim of their misuse of Freemasonry and would not heed warnings not to oppose them…

    He replied..’.. It is not difficult to ruin a man,’ he said, ‘And I will tell you how it is done time and time again.. there are more than half a million Freemasonry Craft Brethren (In 1883) just in England and Wales and over 400,000 in Scotland (in 1983) under the jurisdiction of Grand Lodge.. Standards have been falling for twenty or thirty years, it is now too easy to enter the Craft, so many men of dubious moral have now joined the Craft… about 12-13% abuse the Craft for selfish and/or corrupt ends.. (that is about 60,000 in England and Wales and about 40,000 in Scotland)..

    Note: Christopher was one of a small and unpopular group within Masonry who sometime in the early 1970’s had decided that either they had to get out of the Brotherhood or they had to do something ‘to stop the rot’, which the ‘blinkered officers of Great Queen Street refuse to admit was there..’

    This group wanted pressure brought to bear on those in positions of responsibility within the Brotherhood to put Freemasonry’s house in order.. to instate proper policing, to close down Lodges used for shady dealings and to root out corrupt brethren and expel them, they also wanted the whole business of Masonic secrecy looked into by Grand Lodge, most of them believing that secrecy was more harmful than helpful to Masonry..

     Christopher explained that Masonry’s nationwide organization of men from all walks of life provided one of the most efficient private intelligence networks imaginable, private information on anybody in the country could be accessed very rapidly through endless permutations of Masonic contacts in the police, magistrates, solicitors, bank managers, Post Office staff (‘very useful is supplying copies of a man’s mail’), doctors, government employees, bosses of firms and nationalized industries etc. etc. …. A dossier of personal data could be built up on anybody very quickly.. when the major facts of an individual’s life were known, areas of vulnerability would become apparent…

    I asked what action might be taken?..

    “ Solicitors are very good at it…Get your name involved in something legal it need not be serious and you have him,, Solicitors are past masters a causing endless delays, generating useless paperwork, ignoring instructions, running up immense bills, misleading client into taking decisions damaging to themselves etc..

    ‘Masonic police can harass, arrest on false charges, and plant evidence.. ‘ A business man in a small community or a person in public office arrested for dealing in child pornography, for indent exposure, or for trafficking drugs is at the end of the line..’

    ‘Masons can bring about the situation where credit companies and band withdraw credit facilities form individual clients and tradesmen, said my informant..Banks can foreclose ...

    People who rely on their telephone for work can have it cut off for long periods ... Masonic employees of councils can arrange for a person's drains to be inspected and extensive damage reported etc ..this burdening the person with huge repair bills; workmen carrying out the job can 'find' - very conveniently- further damage ..a fair legal hearing is lard to get when a man in ordinary circumstances is in financial difficulties .. legal aid applications can be delayed endlessly...Employers can be given private information about a man who had made himself an enemy of Masonry ... at worst he will be dismissed and/or consistently passed over for promotion....

    Christopher added...' Masonic doctors can also be used..'

    Christopher continue for about half an hour to list examples of the ways in which corrupt members of the Brotherhood could defeat opposition..'  ... those in power in Freemasons Hall knew something of what went on, but they felt defeated by it and preferred to look the other way rather than take steps to eradicate it...' ... Christopher said... if Christopher and his group failed for force the issue into the open, the organization would become so morally polluted that it would simply cease to exist...'  Christopher also said ..we are not solely concerned with the Brotherhood .. it was the victims of those who used masonry as a source of personal power who has to be helped as well...

    Christopher also said ..'..only the fighters have a hope of beating the system once it's at work against them' ..'Most people, fighters or not, are beaten in the end, though ,,It's..you see... you finish up not knowing who you can trust..you can get no help because your story sounds so paranoid that you are thought a crank, one of those nuts who think the whole world is a 'conspiracy' against 'them'. It is a strange phenomenon...Bt setting up a situation that most people will think of as fantasy, these people can poison every part of a person's life... if they give in they go under... if they don't give in... it is only putting off the day they go under...because if they fight, so much unhappiness will be brought to the people around them that there will likely come a time when even their own families and close friends turn against them out of desperation.... when that happens ..... and they are without friends where ever they look...they become easy meat... the newspaper will not touch them or their story...

    '...There is not defense against an evil which only the victims and the perpetrators know exists..'

     

     

    Chapter 28

    The Threat To Britain P 297 to 303

      The "Chinaman Report" goes further than drawing attention t the KBG's almost certain use of Freemasonry for placing operatives in positions of authority, most damagingly achieved, so far as we know, such as in the case of Sir Roger Hollis, who was the director-general of the M!% service in the critical years 1956 to 1965 (as convincingly demonstrated by Chapman Pincher in his controversial study of Russia's infiltration of the West's secret services and defenses in his book 'Their Trade is Treachery)'. few people in MI5 now doubt that Hollis was a Russian spy for nearly 30 years and a respected Freemason having joined when he was in Shanghai, China in the 1930's working an international tobacco company along with then spending time in Russia..

    (From Chap 27)..Of the many mysteries surrounding Sire Roger Hollis, one of the most baffling is how Hollis  was ever accepted into M!% in the first place, Hollis was quite the opposite of what was required. In MI5, as opposed to MI6, which operates abroad, there is a great reluctance to accept candidates who have travelled widely out of the U,K. In the 1930’s when Hollis was recruited this stipulation was more easily met than it is today. For this reason and other reasons. Hollis was most unlikely candidate to be allowed to join the MI5 organization...Hollis did badly at university, having thrown in the towel in 1926 after only two years, then worked in London for a while and set off for China, Hollis then became stranded with only $10 in his pocket in Malaya, where he got a job with an international tobacco company in Penang and was later transferred to the company's offices in Shanghai. Hollis moved around China for the next nine years, working at Peking, Hangchow and Dairen. After this, Hollis contracted tuberculosis, and travelled to a Swiss sanatorium by way of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Vladivostok. spending some time in Russia All this, especially his time in Russia, should have been an insuperable obstacle to any hopes he had of joining MI5... So it proved.. at first ....Even after Hollis's treatment that his health was not strong enough for Hollis to continue working the tobacco company, so early in 1936 Hollis went back to England....''Even Hollis's friend agreed that Hollis was not particularly talented', wrote Chapman Pincher, who describes Hollis at the time of his return to England as 'basically a broken man': 'Though surprisingly athletic, Hollis was to retain the look of someone who had had contracted tuberculosis and Hollis became progressively round-shouldered that he looked almost hunched...he had no degree, his health was suspect and his experience in China was not likely to be helpful in securing a post in England...the only work Hollis could find at the time was as a clerk-typist. .... However, through an army major Hollis met, Hollis secured an interview with MI5.. Hollis was turned down and told that his experience abroad might be useful to MI6, so Hollis then applied to join MI6, but Hollis was turned down for health reasons from the MI6 service. Then when Hollis applied to join MI5 for the second time later that year nothing had changed as far as Hollis' ability, background and health ,,except the mind of MI5... miraculously....completely against any sort of normality given Hollis had already been turned down by MI5 and MI6 on previous occasions.. Hollis was hired by MI%... it is noted that the director-general of MI5 at the time was Major General Sir Vernon Kell, who happened to be a Freemason ..almost everything against him, Hollis had got into MI5... What is even more remarkable? was the rate in which Hollis was promoted within the MI5 service once Hollis got in... this astonished his colleagues them and still cannot be explained by any of the MI5 officers, current and retired, with whom I (Stephen Knight) have had contact either directly or through intermediaries. this is one of the great mysteries of Sir Roger Hollis.. Even though it was against regulations for any MI5 or MI6 officer to be a Freemason - and this, incidentally, must presumably indicate that membership of Freemasonry was regarded as a threat to security- several MI5 officers were in the Freemasonry Brotherhood - Among them was man called Potter, who was in charge of the huge MI5 card index, which is now computerized... such a man would be good to have as a friend... But is was Freemasonry that got Hollis against all odds into the MI5 service and took Hollis, the unlikeliest of all its officers, to the very top of MI5 .. the likeliest key to the mystery of Hollis is Shanghai and the time Hollis spent there for the British American Tobacco Company in the 1930's... the European community in Shanghai was small.. the English-speaking community was of course smaller and very tight-knit; virtually every Englishman arriving in Shanghai gravitated to the Masonic Hall at 1623, Avenue Road, Shanghai .. Freemasonry had flourished among the British expatriates here and at the previous Masonic Hall at 30 The Bund, Shanghai, since the mid-1800's .. In the 1930's, when Hollis was in Shanghai, the tradition of Freemasonry there was at its zenith.. A man who was not a Mason was at a grave disadvantage in achieving whatever social or professional ambitions he had...Almost everyone I have contacted who knew Hollis, including MI5 officers past and present, has reacted similarly to the suggestion that the former director-general Sir Roger Hollis was a member of the Freemason Brotherhood. - that was just the kind of man, extremely secretive by nature, with few friendships and with small prospect of advancement - who would join Masonry in order to exploit its covert advantages ...Freemasonry, said the contacts, offered the first explanation to the Hollis mystery, his otherwise inexplicable acceptance and his phenomenal rate of promotion.....it is understood that Hollis's immediate predecessor as director-general of the MI5 security service, Sir Dick Goldsmith White, was also a Freemason, who was the only man to have ever been both the head of MI5 and MI6, having moved from MI^ to MI5 in 1956 to take over the MI5 secret service from Sir John 'Sinbad' Sinclair...  Despite his impressive record and qualifications, the unprecedented transfer was viewed by many within MI6 as dangerous and as something which, once again breaking all the traditional rules governing the secure operation of the two services, should never have been allowed. It was Sir Dick Goldsmith White. who on his appointment as MI5 Secret Service Chief, recommended Hollis as his successor to premier Anthony Eden....Hollis' treachery should have come to light in the late 1940's when Sir Percy Sillitoe was director-general of MI5..As A.W. Cockerill, Sillitoe's biographer, points out, 'practically the entire effort of the MI5 Service form 1946 on, and until long after Sillitoe's retirement, was directed at identifying and weeding out Communists from positions in which they posed a threat to national security'. Cockerill states that one of Sillitoe's first actions after getting settled into the job as MI5 chief was to carry out a purge, for which he had something of a reputation in his former career in the police..

    '" In the case of MI5m he was primarily interested in the political reliability of his staff, and a number of employees were forced to leave for one reason or another.... Beginning with those whose credentials were 'impeccable', he carried out a systematic security check of the entire establishment, This was a programme in which the internal security officers combed through each personal file as though the person concerned was a newcomer; the individual's history was checked and rechecked, membership in clubs, societies and social organizations was investigated anew to ensure that the service itself was 'clean'..."

      But Sillitoe, without knowing it, was fighting an impossible battle,,, with the man in charge of all the personal records being a member of the Freemasonry Brotherhood, Sillitoe would never be allowed to learn that Hollis's mans of entry to the MI5 Service had been by way of a Masonic Lodge in China and a Masonic Director-General of MI5.. In is an interesting fact that the Freemason Lodge membership lists of the Shanghair Lodges between the wards are among the lost closely guarded secrets of the United Grand Lodge.. Several attempts by concerned Freemason members of the Brotherhood to get try and hold of these files through the ordinary channels have been always blocked ... it is evident that those lists of names contain something so explosive, so potentially damaging to the Brotherhood, that it will not permit them to be examined even by senior Masons,,

    Whose name is being concealed???

     If not...Sir Roger Hollis????

    Chapter 28: The Threat To Britain continued

    The Chinaman Report also expresses concern that British Freemasonry as a whole is, quite unknown to its members, a major target for so-called 'Special Political action' for the KGB, The Chinaman Report states among other things"

    " ...sheer prudence demands that the lessons of the P2 affair receive the attention of all who have the interests of the UK and the West at heart, masons and no-masons alike... The affair has so far been to the considerable advantage of the Soviet Union and the Communists, which alone of the political parties ( conveniently) has no known members among the listed names published by order of the Prime Minister,, Has P2 continued its secret growth and unacceptable activities, the inevitable scandal could have brought down with it non-Communist government in Italy ... Yet Italian Freemasonry has been estimated as of the order of under 100,000 - a mere tenth of the supposed UK total for roughly similar population,..."

    In the UK he Brotherhood enjoys the inestimable advantage of royal patronage... The Chinaman Report suggested that 'the Italian affair is a serious warning form which important lessons can be drawn ..The UK could well prove very much more vulnerable to exposure of improper activities by a group of Freemasons than is Italy...'

    According to the Chinaman Report There are two reasons for this:

    ",,,First, Masonry so permeates so many revered British institutions form the Crown downwards, that a grave Masonic scandal could in modern circumstances involved popular revulsion against the whole established order ...Government and Business ...

    Second, the proportion of Masons to non-Masons in some professions and other walks of life, including areas of Government, appears to have reached a critical point: the point at which people believe themselves obliged to join Freemasonry, no longer voluntarily, but from a feeling of compulsion...."

    ..This statement is certainly accurate, as my own enquiries have revealed..

    .."Masons and non-Masons alike seem increasingly to fear the potential of the fraternity (Freemason) to ruin them (if they in any way upset the Freemason Fraternity or try to take them on in any way)...At such a point it becomes hard to find in certain areas vital to the state an adequate numbers of competent persons who are non-masons to prevent such a vacuum as now threaten Italy were al the officers of the armed forces of General rank named in the P2 documents to be required to retire (because of being exposed and named as members of the P2..

    Third, there is much circumstantial evidence that more ruthless elements have joined Freemasonry and are using up the find of respectability that Royal patronage confers to indulge in activities which reputable members would find quite unacceptable were they aware of the extent of the abuse (of Freemasonry)..This of course, is a danger inherent in all secretive societies for their cellular from devised by the founders for the security of the movement, can as readily be used to 'hoodwink" the leadership, who thus become unwitting 'front men' for activities they would never countenance,..."

    ..The Chinaman Report alludes to the argument that there has not been a Masonic scandal of major proportions in modern times and the contention that should one occur, it could readily be contained by the Brotherhood by mean of both public expulsions and cover-ups. the Chinaman Report continues:

    "...This may possibly be so... But British society as a whole is changing rapidly..The established order of things developed over the past thousand years in no longer so widely and so automatically accepted as in even recent past ....Many, of all political hues, consider some of our institutions archaic and in need of reform.. this view is fueled by the loss of national self-confidence and national pride following from the loss of Empire and our very poor showing in the list of advanced industrial societies,, Disrespect for those in authority is already considerable and is increasing at an accelerating rate: such rife dissatisfaction soon comes to seek a scapegoat, such as 'the Establishment' provides... But out institutions - both public and private - seem incapable of reforming themselves and performing the 'aggiornamento' the thoughtful of all moderate persuasions are increasingly coming to expect...

    ...Against this worsening background it would be rash to suppose that the methods of the pas to contain scandals and irregularities in Masonry ( or indeed in anything else) will still be adequate by, say, the end of the decade. And this is to count without the intentions of the KBG...

    The possibility that the KGB has along-term interest in British Freemasonry must be taken seriously..For to any trained intelligence officer, Freemasonry offers an ideal vehicle for the destabilization of the United Kingdom. to make two points:

    (1) there has for some time been practically no mention of Freemasonry in the media: for widespread and important a movement this almost amounts to a taboo- any serious, well documented exposure of substantial malpractices could be expected to have a disproportionate shock effect. We are not yet so cynical and so inured to scandal as the Italians.

    (2) Second, the KBG - itself growing out of a clandestine movement's seizure of state power, well understands the organization, motivation and other problems of secret societies (particularly of Communication records, and the use of a reputable ''front'') and is thus ideally qualified to exploit Freemasonry for its own ends,,"

      ..here the Chinaman Report constructs, form its thirty-year knowledge of the KGB's political methods and of the inner workings of British Freemasonry -with the P2 conspiracy forming a bridge between the two - a scenario which to my certain knowledge senior official of both MI5 and MI6 regard with utmost gravity. ..the man code-names Chinaman suggest that the most likely method of attack would follow the pattern of P2 - in other words, the KGB, doubtless through Czech intelligence, would attempt to hive off a promising area of Freemasonry and encourage its growth...

    "....The more prominent those unwittingly involved, the greater the ultimate effect - provided the top echelon (of Freemasonry) were carefully preserved untainted.. Another phase would be deliberately to encourage and exacerbate existing abuses for personal advancement at the expense of non-Masons.. Arrogance would be inflated to a point where the Masons concerned would become over-confident and incautious ..... the KGB would then obtain and collate documentary and circumstantial evidence in as many spheres of activity as possible ...

    ...Once sufficient material has been gathered, the KGB would be prepared to wait years if required until directed to mount an exposure at a politically appropriate juncture.. Then the 'fuse' would be lit for example by arranging for a blackmail operation to fail, or a 'Soviet 'defector' to arrive perhaps in the US, and point conclusively to KBG involvement in Masonry ..Media and Government enquiries could then be fed with supplementary evidence garnered for the purpose over the years... Names would be called....Confusion would be sown by including the righteous (chosen for their effectiveness in opposition to Soviet designs) with the guilty (chosen for their publicity value) : in such circumstances lies mixed with incontrovertible truths would be hard to winnow.

      If the right moment for 'ignition' were chosen the disaster could be very great. ...One only need only to remember the effect on each occasion of the news of Fuchs's espionage (Klaus Emil Julian Fuchs, was convicted in 1950 of passing British American atomic research secrets tot eh Soviet Union), the Maclean and Burgess defections, the Philby case, the Blunt exposure and the recent public allegations regarding the late Sir Roger Hollis, to appreciate the effect of well documented exposures at one time of even fifty prominent persons - let alone nearly a thousand as in the Italian P2 case.."

      Chinaman makes it plain that short of information from some formerly well-placed genuine defector, there is no certain means of knowing whether the Soviet Union is operating such a plan..

    "..I simply suggest that it is self-evident that the possibility should be taken seriously and appropriate defensive action taken if this has not already been done adequately.."

    ..I can reveal that no such defensive action has yet been taken because prior to the submission of the Chinaman Report, no one had considered the possible exploitation of Freemasonry. No one knew enough about the Brotherhood for it to present itself as a possibility. Chinaman suggests measures to minimize the effects of any KGB-promoted exposure in two main ways:

     "..(1) First, by ensuring that we are not 'caught' with persons holding certain key delicate positions being Masons ... From my own experience (as well as reports of the P2 case) I would hope for example that the heads of both the MI5 Secret Intelligence Service and the MI6 Security Service are not (again) permitted to be Freemasons, and that  the regulations of these two services now provide for any Masons to declare their adherence to the head of the service concerned personally (as already stated, MI5 officers are banned from joining the Brotherhood, but this has not prevented several MI5 officer from being members of the Freemasonry Brotherhood).. I believe that the same should apply o MI6 Special Branch. Masons who are already members of MI5 and/or MI6 branches of Government could provide a valuable link to Freemasonry in the MI5 and MI6 services, in the service of the State, if they are not so acting already.. In other Government Departments, arrangements could ensure that heads of personnel sections be non-Masons, and that they have a right of access to the Director-General of the Security Service, ..The legal professions- presently the object of increasing public disquiet because of its alleged tendency to protect its own - is a particular problem given the large number of Freemasons (in the legal profession in the United Kingdom)

    (2) The Second direction I would concentrate upon would be legislation. It seems to me, for instance, far less likely that any deliberate organized exposure would cause serious and lasting damage to the benefit of the pro-Communist left and the Soviet Union, if all citizens had the legal right, if the elected, to a written assurance that any professional person they consulted is not a member of any secret society, including Freemason and similar or related groupings:  an untrue denial rendering the professional person liable to criminal proceedings.. I appreciate the very great difficulties, but possibly in the not too far distant future in the wake if the P2 affair, some measure along these lines might be passed ... In the Government service Masons in delicate areas would come to know that for security reasons a few positions were closed to the: this too would help shift the balance of advantage..

    ...Such measures could, I believe, also incidentally lead to a significant improvement in Britain's performance in many places, lessening the possibility that the more dynamic, more forward-looking and better qualified may be passed over to the detriment of government and industrial efficiency ... I repeat, though, that I am well aware that I have not the qualifications for suggesting counter-measures, that I have for setting out the dangers,,,'

    ..I have discussed the Chinaman Report in general terms and off the record with several high; placed officials and with three former Cabinet Ministers, all of whom told me that if such a report came into their hands when they were in office hey would have initiated an enquiry, IN March 1982, having contacted Foreign ~Secretary Lord Carrington and been assured by him that he was not a Freemason Brotherhood, I was on the point of raising it with him.. The Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and Britain lost on of its most able ministers.

      And here another link is forged between Licio Gelli (P2 founder and controller), his Overt Masters, and the important task P2 had been created to perform in the continuing programme to destabilize the West, After Licio Gelli's flight from Italy. Licio Gelli did not go hiding beyond the Iron Curtain as suggested by the perspicacious Peter Hebblethwaithe...Most informed sources believed Licio Gelli was in Argentina, where he had exercised so much influence in the past and where, I suggest. Geberal Galtieri was Licio Gelli's new Peron, It cannot be a coincidence that Admiral Emilo Massera, the commander of the Argentine Navy and one of the three-man junta that launched the Falkland invasion, and the commander of the Argentine Fits Army, General Calos Suarez Mason, we`re both secret members of Lodge P2.

    Chapter One: Origins

    Some Freemasons claim great antiquity for Freemasonry. This is reflected in the Masonic calendar which is based on Archbishop Ussher's seventh-century calculation that the Creation must have taken place in the year 4004 BC/ For convenience, the off four years are ignored and Anno Lucis (in the Year of Light, when Freemasonry is deemed to have begun) is four thousand years ahead of Anno Domini - so a Masonic certificate of initiation bearing the date A.L. 5983 was issued in A.D. 1983. The implication is that Freemasonry is as old as Adam. \ Throughout the eighteen and nineteenth centuries, Masonic writers produced vast numbers of books seeking to show that their movement has a continuous history of many hundreds, even thousands of years. Some claimed that the ancestors of the Brotherhood were the Druid or Culdees; some claimed they were the pre-Christian Jewish Monks, the Essenes, Others insisted that Freemasonry had its origins in the religion of ancient Egypt - an amalgam of the briefly held momotheism of Ikhnaton (c.1375 B.C.) and the Isis-Osiris cult.

     Modern Masonic historians are fare more cautious. It is now accepted that Freemasonry as practiced today goes back no more than three centuries. What is true, though, is that the philosophic, religious and ritualistic concoction that makes up the speculative element of Freemasonry is drawn from many sources - some of them, like the Isis-Osiris myth, dating back to the dawn of history. Rosicrucianism, Gnosticism, the Kabbala, Hinduism, Theosophy and traditional notions of the occult all play a part; but despite the exhaustive literature - one scholar estimates that some 50,000 items of Masonry had been published by the 1950's - it is impossible to determine what comes from where and when, if only because Freemasonry on its lower and more accessible levels is opposed to dogma. There is therefore no alternative statement of what Masons believe or what the Brotherhood stands for in the first, second and third degrees, to which the vast majority of members restrict themselves. Even a 33 degree Mason who has persevered to attain all the enlightenment that Freemasonry claims to offer could not - even if he were freed from his oath of secrecy - provide more than a purely personal view of the Masonic message and the meaning to be attached to Masonic symbolism, since thus remains essentially subjective.

      The comparatively short documented history of Freemasonry as an institution is nevertheless quite extraordinary. It is the story of how a Roman Catholic trade guild for a few thousand building workers in Britain came to be taken over by the aristocracy, the gentry and members of mainly non-productive professions, and how it was turned into a non-Christian secret society enjoying association with offshoot fraternal societies with millions of adherents throughout most of the non-Communist world.

      In many cultures and at many times humankind has been drawn to the esoteric - the conception that the great truths about life and how to control social and natural phenomena are secrets and can only be known to initiates, who pass on their privileged knowledge to the elect from generation to generation. Ad one highly placed Mason told me: ' Truth, to the initiate, is not for everyone, pearls must not be thrown before swine.'

    Equally. throughout history men have joined together in secret groups to further purely worldly ambitions. All such groups also involve initiation - the initiation ceremony involving fearful oaths of secrecy. For secrets to remain secrets there must be certain and effective sanctions. Secret societies formed for essentially practical ends have commonly had religious and moral elements. The religious element creates awe and so adds to the effectiveness of the oath of secrecy. The moral element determines the fraternal way that the organization's members threat each other, which might bear small resemblance to the way they treat outsiders.

     Freemasonry is both speculative, philosophic - even religious and mystical -system, and a fraternity of those organized to help each other in material matters. For some Masons it is entirely the former, for other the latter. but for most it is a mixture of the two.

      Masonic historians seem as uncertain as non-Masons about who first saw in the obsolescent mediaeval Christian Masonic guild as organization that could be taken over and converted into a quasi-religious, quasi-secular secret society. What evidence there is indicates that this evolution began very slowly and almost by chance, and that it was only later that the potential of the Masonic guild as a clandestine power base was perceived. In other words, it appears that the original interest of the gentry in the Masonic lodges stemmed from curiosity, antiquarian interest, and a kind of fashionable search for an unconventional, exclusive social milieu - rather like a jet-set fad for frequenting working men's pubs.

    ..There are a number of reasons why the Masonic guild should have attracted this general interest....

    ...First, the working (or 'operative') mason's craft guild was ripe for takeover: structured in the heyday of Gothic architecture in the thirteenth century, the craft was dying.. King's College Chapel at Cambridge, perhaps the last truly great English Gothic building, had been completed about 1512...

     ... Secondly, the highly skilled stonemasons of the Gothic age were peculiar in that many were itinerant workers, moving from church site to cathedral site as work was to be found. They had no regular headquarters like other trades, gathering in temporary lodges on site to discuss affairs ...and, as they often did not know each other as did permanent residents of mediaeval towns, they needed some method of recognition, some way of maintaining a closed shop to protect their demanding and highly esteemed profession against interlopers who had not undergone the rigorous apprenticeship necessary to acquire the mason's skills. These, as Professor Jacob Bronowski termed them, were the 'industrial aristocrats'.....

    .... There was thus cosmopolitan romance, exclusivity and an organized secretiveness about the mason's guild, which became increasingly moribound as baroque replaced Gothic architecture ... all of this had potential fascination for men of education.......

     Modern Freemasonry probably originated in Scotland... The earliest known instance of a non-stonemason, a gentleman, joining a mason's lodge is John Boswell. Laid of Auchinlech, who was a member of the Lodge in Edinburgh in 1600. Apparently the first English gentleman to join an English Lodge was Elian Ashmore, founder of Oxford' Ashmlean Museum. An antiquarian deeply interested in Rosicrucinism, he joined in 1646, Masonry became so fashionable that as the seventeenth century progressed the 'acceptance' (the collective term for non-stonemasons) became the majority in the Masonic Lodges.

     

    For example, in 1670 the Aberdeen Lodge had thirty-none 'accepted' members while only ten remained 'operative' masons. But it was not long before the novelty in participating in the Quaint and venerable doings of artisans wore thin. Men of fashion saw no reason to prolong association with working men, and they began to form their own gentlemen' Lodges.... Freemasonry was launched...

     

    ... The 'speculative' Masons inherited seven main fundamental points from their 'operative' predecessors:

    (1) an organization with the three grades of membership: (a) Apprentice, (b) Fellow or Journeyman, and (c) Master Mason;

    (2) A unit termed a Lodge;

    (3) Legendary histories of the origins of the Masonic craft set out in the 100-odd manuscripts containing the so-called 'Old Charges', the oldest being the Regius manuscripts of 1390, which was in verse;

    (4) A tradition o fraternal and benevolent relations between members;

    (5) A rule of secrecy about Lodge doings, although the Old Charges themselves were simply lists of quite ordinary rules for the guild, which members were enjoined to keep 'so help you God'. as befitted a Christian grouping there were no blood-curdling oaths;

    (6) A method of recognition, notably the Scottish 'mason word' traced back to 1550: unwritten but variously remembered as Mahabyn, Mahabone, or even Matchpin;

    (7) A thoroughly Christian foundation - the Old Charges are permeated with mediaeval Roman Catholicism;

     

    With the demise of the original 'trade union' purpose of organization and the eclipse not only of Roman Catholicism due to the Reformation, but also the waning of Christianity with the rise of science, what was left towards the end of the seventeenth century was the framework of a secretive association, likened by authority to a peasant's cottage ripe for extensive development as a luxury weekend home for the well-to-do.

    ... Serious Masonic historians themselves deplore the lack of documentation about the three or four critical decades before the foundation of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 ,,but is was during these years that the course of Freemasonry was to follow set.. it was evidently then that feww men among the small number (possibly only a few hundred in all) of 'accepted' masons must have come to see the potential of a secret society cutting across class divisions to embrace aristocrats, gentry, professional men and elements of the expanding middle class... It was to be a 'brotherhood' which would put a string to pull into the hand of every members, and strings enough in the hands of its shadowy controllers to manipulate events - like puppet masters behind the scenes ..But who these people were and just how consciously they planned or, as some have said, even plotted, is shrouded in mystery ,,, One thing united a majority of politically conscious people at this time: the need to preserve the gain of the Civil War of 1642-1651 - the limitation of the power of the King.. The 'accepted'  Masons of the last quarter of the seventeenth century would appear to have been largely drawn from the type of people most anxious to preserve and to increase the steadily growing influence in society and government if men of quite moderate wealth and standing...

    .... William of Orange and his consort Mary in 1688 were invited to become joint sovereigns..

    .... When Grand Lodge was founded, George I had been on the throne only three years ..the prominent in Masonry were poised to have a hand in the manipulation of the new Hanoverian dynasty...

    ...Before the foundation of Grand Lodge in 1717, moves to transform the old guild into a true secret society were well on the way. As the normal trade union business of operative Masonic Lodges dwindled and eventually ceased, so the element of ritual based on the readings of the Old Charges - their legendary stories about the origins of the 'Mason's Craft; and their injunctions to members to obey the traditional rules - was transformed. Lodge ritual, initiations and speculative dissertations became the mail business of actual lodge meetings ... at the same time fraternal conviviality  - which in the old days of operative masonry had probably been confined to a tankard or two after meetings in a local ale house - soon became a major feature of Masonic society... much was eaten, much was drunk, and much was discussed in the privacy of Masonic meeting places (usually taverns) after the rather dry formal doings in Lodge were over... the 'better' the `lodge - in the sense of social class - the 'better' the conversation and the more lavish and expensive the entertainment ,,,Masonry was already on its way to mirroring and reinforcing the class system and the emerging social order based on strictly constitutional monarchy... whatever it was to become overseas, where no Civil War, no Glorious Revolution had yet taken place, Masonry in England was already headed towards a conservative future...The sights of its prime movers were already set on a movement underpinning a type of society admirably suited to its purposes: a stable society with limited social mobility in which a secret inner 'Old Boy' association could provide an environment where considerable benefit could be gained by members who knew how to 'play the Masonic organ'.

    ,, Formal oaths of secrecy to be sworn by individual initiates appear in a number of Old charges containing 'new orders', but as these were published five years after the establishment of Grand Lodge they are possibly spurious. ,,,either way, no horrific sanctions are mentioned.. even so, the inclusion of an oath in the initiation rituals can be regarded as a crucial step in the creation of a secret society from the old guild...

     

    The headquarters of the Brotherhood ( as Freemasonry is generally called) in England and Wales is in London, where the massive bulk of Freemasons Hall squats at the corner of Great Queen Street and Wild Street, like a gigantic elephant's footstool... This is the seat of the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body of the 8,000 plus lodges in England and Wales, These Lodges, of which there are another 1,200 odd under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and about 750 under the Grand Lodge of Ireland, carry out their secret business and ritual in a deliberately cultivated atmosphere of mystery in Masonic Temples. Masonic Temples might be purpose built, or might be rooms in hotels or private buildings temporarily converted for Masonic use. Many town halls up and down Britain have private function room, used for Masonic rituals, as does New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police...

    .... The Grand Lodges control what is known as ''Craft" Freemasonry, and brethren often refer to the Brotherhood as "the Craft". Craft Freemasonry covers the three degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason..The vast majority of Masons rise no higher than Master Mason, and most are under the impression that there are no higher degrees... Even many masons who go on to become Royal Arch Masons, governed by Grand Chapter, have no idea that the Masonic ladder extends a further thirty rungs above those on the third who believe they had already reached the top of Freemasonry....( it is note that other researchers such as Glen Kealy believe that the ladder goes even higher to a 90 degree mason..however a 33 degree mason can not request to become and/or would not know about the 90 degree mason levels unless selected and told about them......

    .... There is an important distinction to be made between 'Freemasonry', which is the Freemason movement as a whole, and 'Freemasons', which describes any number of individual masons .... it has been claimed that Captain William Morgan in American in 1826,Mozart and the Jack the Ripper murders were committed by Freemasons and/or the Brotherhood.. some people today look upon Freemasonry as an underground movement devoted to murder, terrorism and revolution ... and is a worldwide conspiracy and watch.... however... Freemasonry is not a worldwide secret society ..however is a secret society that, originating in Britain, now has independent offshoots  in most of the non-Communist world ...while the British Grand Lodge recognize more than a hundred Grand Lodges ( forty-nine in the USA), they have no control over them, and most reflect the political complexion of the country in which they operate. Far from being revolutionary, there is no organization more reactionary, more Establishment-based, that British Freemasonry. Its members derive benefit from the Brotherhood only so long as the status quo is maintained ... nevertheless, Freemasonry has a potent influence on life in Britain - for both good and ill... the Brotherhood's publicly stated aims are: morality, fraternity and charity ... the average member of the Brotherhood will be eloquent on the generous donations made by United Grand Lodge to charity ...which are quite substantial ... on the other hand, there can be no doubt that many others have suffered because of Freemasonry entering into areas of life where, according to all its publicly proclaimed principles, it should never intrude .... the abuse of Freemasonry caused alarming miscarriages of justice.. it is one of the aims of this book to look at some of the effects of this abuse .... I am free to name only a small number of the many hundreds of people who have helped me with advice and information ...  (for the writing of this book) .... most of those who helped did so only on the understanding that I would say nothing that could lead to their identification... among these were Freemasons, who feared recrimination from members of the Brotherhood ... other included government officials, politicians, judges, policemen of all ranks, lawyers, churchmen, past and present officers of MI5 and MI6, and people from every sector of society touched by this book.....

     

    Edited from: The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies Intro: Elias Ashmore:

    Elias Ashmore was an English historian, astrologer, alchemist, in 1644, where he became a member of Brasenose

    College and studied astrology and mathematics, His studies were interrupted by the final phase of the English Civil War , and he served with distinction in the Royalist cause, helping defend Oxford and Worcester against Parliamentary armies. After the final collapse of the Royalty cause in 1646, Ashmore went to live with relatives in Cheshire, While there in October 16th, 1646, he was initiated into Freemasonry, becoming one of the first two "accepted (speculative) Masons (Masons not employed in the building trades) in England, the other, initiated on the same evening, was his brother-in-law Henry Mainwaring. He remained active in Masonry for the rest of his life and appears to have placed a significant role in its spread in seventeenth-century England...

     

     

     

    The Brotherhood

    by Stephen Knight –published 1984

    The Dissidents – Chapter 16 _ages 140 to  149

    One of my major sources of information was a former Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander of the Thirty-First degree of the Ancient and Accepted Rite who has withdrawn form masonry in 1968 for religious reasons.. her agreed to be interviewed by me  through a third party concerning his conviction that no active Christian could in all conscience remain a Freemason…

    When I met him I learned he was a judge, and a particularly quick-tempered one .. I asked him about the Ancient and Accepted Rite of the Thirty-Third degree, he answered quickly: ‘Nom I dare not go into that’, her said ….’we’d better stick to religion… I thought immediately afterwards how strange it was he had used the words ‘dare not’, Most people said, ‘I’d better not’, or ‘I’d rather not’… I remarked on his used of the world. He said, ‘Anyone in public life has to be cautious.’ ..’Cautious’.. I repeated. “That’s a Masonic word of recognition.”..

    He then said, ‘You’ve obviously delved into the ritual, so you know…..’

    … ‘Mr Knight, I don’t like this line of questioning. I agreed to speak to you in general terms about why my commitment to Jesus is incompatible with Masonic religion …. I do not wish to be drawn into discussion of matters covered by whatever undertakings I have … taken…

    I went on to tell the judge ..’I have heard form quite a lot of contacts about organized action groups of Freemasons that have resulted in the financial or social ruin of certain people, ‘ I said..

    The judge replied.. ‘So have I’…’ ..still looking me st5raight in the eye as if telling me this was an important issue and point of fact…’ So have I Mr Knight… No of such happenings which had the backing of official Freemasonry, but of actions which were unofficial, in other words, Masons abusing the Craft for their own ends..’…’You know the answer to that form what I have said.. ‘I have also heard about people who have .crossed’ certain masons and finished up in prison…’ He then stopped me in mid-sentence by placing a finger on his lips ... ’if I told you everything about Freemasonry, being betrayed by its members, it would surprise you… it would make your hair stand on end … I can’t tell you any more..’ he said…then he said.. Give me your phone number,, you might hear from someone in a few days…’… His finger went back to his lips and he went to fetch my coat .. as he left he said, ‘God Bless’…

    A few days later received as phone call from a man calling himself Christopher whom I ended up having along meeting at his private club and he showed me his papers to show him bona fide ID and Freemason membership… I asked him what a person might have to fear from a group of influential Freemason if circumstances made him, for instance, a threat to them in the business world; or if he discovered they were using masonry for corrupt purposes; or had fallen victim of their misuse of Freemasonry and would not heed warnings not to oppose them…

    He replied..’.. It is not difficult to s=ruin a man,’ he said, ‘And I will tell you how it is done time and time again.. there are more than half a million Freemasonry Craft Brethren (In 1883) just in England and Wales and over 400,000 in Scotland ( in 1983) under the jurisdiction of Grand Lodge.. Standards have been falling for twenty or thirty years , it is now too easy to enter the Craft, so many men of dubious moral have now joined the Craft… about 12-13% abuse the Craft for selfish and/or corrupt ends.. (that is about 60,000 in England and Wales and about 40,000 in Scotland)..

    Note: Christopher was one of a small and unpopular group within Masonry who sometime in the early 1970’s had decided that either they had to get out of the Brotherhood or they had to do something ‘to stop the rot’, which the ‘blinkered officers of Great Queen Street refuse to admit was there..’

    This group wanted pressure brought to bear on those in positions of responsibility  within the Brotherhood to put Freemasonry’s house in order.. to instate proper policing, to close down Lodges used for shady dealings and to root out corrupt brethren and expel them, they also wanted the whole business of Masonic secrecy looked into by Grand Lodge, most of them believing that secrecy was more harmful than helpful to Masonry..

     Christopher explained that Masonry’s nationwide organization of men from all walks of life provided one of the most efficient private intelligence networks imaginable, private information on anybody in the country could be accessed very rapidly through endless permutations of Masonic contacts in the police, magistrates, solicitors, bank managers, Post Office staff (‘very useful is supplying copies of a man’s mail’), doctors, government employees, bosses of firms and nationalized industries etc. etc. …. A dossier of personal data could be built up on anybody very quickly.. when the major facts of an individual’s life were known, areas of vulnerability would become apparent…

    I asked what action might be taken?..

    “ Solicitors are very good at it…Get your name involved in something legal it need not be serious and you have him,, Solicitors are past masters a causing endless delays, generating useless paperwork, ignoring instructions, running up immense bills, misleading client into taking decisions damaging to themselves etc etc..

    ‘ Masonic police can harass, arrest on false charges, and plant evidence.. ‘ A business man in a small community or a person in public office arrested for dealing in child pornography, for indent exposure, or for trafficking drugs is at the end of the line..’

    ‘ Masons can bring about the situation where credit companies and band withdraw credit facilities form individual clients and tradesmen, said my informant..

    People who rely on their telephone for work can have it cut off for long periods, Masonic employees of councils can arrange for a persons drains to be inspected and extensive damage reported etc etc..

     

    Chapter 3- Schism and  Reunion

     .... In 1717 Freemasonry enters properly into history,, Four London Lodges alone formed Grand Lodge and owed allegiance to it. What is interesting is that a none too well-off gentleman, Anthony Sayer, was installed as Grand Master, In the beginning the upper classed kept a low profile.. they backed the creation of a central organization welding individual lodges together, but eventually wanted this done before they assumed official public control... Of the four original London Lodges, the first three contained not one 'Esquire' between them, where as Lodge Original No.4 was made up of seventy-one members of whom, in 1724, ten were nobles, three were honourable, four were baronets or knights, and two were generals. .. in 1718, Sayer was replaced after barely a year by George Payne, a 'man of more substance', being a member of Original No 4. But he too had only one year in office  another interim while the upper-class moved in on the small gentry just as the small gentry moved in on the 'operative' artisans a century earlier...

    ... The third Grand Master was the Reverend John Theophilus Desaguliers, a Doctor of Law, a Fellow of the Royal society and chaplain to Frederick, Prince of Wales, whom he admitted to the Brotherhood in 1737. He was of French extraction. ,, A head hunter for Freemasonry.... he not only visited Edinburgh to encourage the Scots along the organizational path the London Masons were following , but visited The Hague in 1731, where he admitted the Duke of Lorraine to the Brotherhood. The Duke married Mara Theresa in 1736 and become co-Regent when she acceded to the Austrian throne in 1738... under Joseph II Mozart, Haydn and a host of other notables became Freemasons ...Dr Desaguliers, certainly appears to have sparked the missionary zeal of British Freemasonry which eventually carried the Freemasonry movement to almost every country in the world....Desaguliers too only held office a short time, In 1721 he gave way to the long awaited first noble Grand master, the Duke of Montague, But, unlike his predecessors, Desaguliers was not usurped: the evidence suggests that he was the prototype of the long line of powerful Masonic figures who preferred the shade to the limelight, the reality of power to mere appearances.

     

     

    Chapter: 4 Across The Seas and Down the Centuries

    The Irish Grand Lodge was formed in 1725 and the Scottish Grand Lodge was formed the following year in 1726. the Scots proved at least as fervent missionaries as the English, As already mentioned. the movement had spread to the Continent at least by the third decade of the eighteenth century, often in very high society. Frederick the Great of Prussia is claimed to have been initiated in 1738, although one must be careful of accepting Masonic claims of membership by the illustrious. There is no proof, for example Christopher Wren, often hailed as one of the brethren, was ever a member. Masonry, its undefined Deism so close to that of Voltairean rationalism, was soon the rage among the pre-revolutionary freethinkers in France: ironically, it may have been planted there by Jacobite exiles around 1725.

      Freemasonry remains a power t be reckoned with in many European countries, France and Germany in particular. The French Grand Master today is Air Force general Jacques Mitterand, the President's brother, and Freemasonry's influence in politics is profound. Francois Mitterand owes much of his success in the 1981 election to influential Freemasons. Masonry has been closely identified with the Socialists for most of the last seventy years. According to Fred Zeller, Grand master of the Grand Orient of France in 1971 and 1973, the 1974 presidential election would have been won by the Socialists had Valery Giscard d'Estang not  become a Freemason and colluded with sympathetic forces in the Brotherhood, which eventually persuaded French Freemasons that it  was  in their best interests to vote for Giscard. He was initiated into the Franklin Rossevelt Lodge in paris the year of the election.

     Italian Freemasonry, later to pay significant role in the unification of the country ( Garibaldi was a Freemason). was established in Rome by Jacobite exiles in 1735 and was already a force by 1750. Masonry among Roman Catholics relates was one reason for the repeated papal condemnations.

     No country was too small for attention: Holland, Switzerland and Sweden all had keen and influential memberships in the eighteen century.  Continental Masonry reached as far as Russia: Tolstoy in War and Peace describes the different motivations of upper-class masons during the Napolionic Wars.

     

    Freemasonry crossed the Atlantic to the colonies of the old empire very early on: George Washington's initiation was in 1752, Today, the dollar bill bears not only Washington's likeness, but also the all-seeing-eye symbol of Freemasonry.  washington refused to become head of masonry for the whole of the newly formed United States, and US Freemasonry came to be organized on a state-by-state basis. Today, each US state has its own Grand Lodge, Royal Arch Chapters come under state Grand Chapters, the first mention of Royal Arch appearing in Virginia records of 1753. A few states followed the British lead and spread the Brotherhood abroad, For example, before the Second World War there were Lodges in China under Massachusetts jurisdiction, and it was Massachusetts that warranted the first Canadian Lodge in 1749, The oldest Masonic Lodge room in the USA dates from 1760 and is at Prentiss House, Marblehead, Massachusetts. No fewer than none Canadian Grand Lodges were eventually formed. The United States proved a home form home for the Brotherhood. Eight signatories to the Declaration of Independence- Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Joseph Hewes, William Hooper, Robert Treat Payne, Richard Stockton, George Walton and william Whipple - were proven Masons, while twenty-four others, on less that certain evidence, have been claimed by the Brotherhood. Seventeen presidents have been Masons: Washington, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Polk, Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Garfield. McKinley, both Roosevelts, Taft, Harding, Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford and Ronald Regan, Seventeen Vice-Presidents including Hubert Humphrey and Adlai Stevenson have also been brethren,

     But the British - the founders of masonry - remained throughout the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries the chief propagandists for the movement. Undaunted by the loss of the first empire and with it direct control over American Masonry, the British took masonry with the flag as they created their second empire- the one on which the sun never set.

     For some years membership of the Lodges set up in the empire (grouped in 'Provinces' under English, Scottish or Irish jurisdiction) as confined to Europeans, apart from a handful of Indian princely exceptions. But after 1860. a first Parsees, then other Indians were brought into the Brotherhood. In British West Africa and the West Indies there were 'black' lodges (likely to be where Barrack Obama's relations came from as a long term plan to raise a Mason family dark president of the USA) as well as 'white' Lodges (as in the US), and eventually mixed Lodges were formed.

      Associating the native upper and middle classes on a peculiar, profitable and clandestine basis with their while rulers, some historians believe, did much to defuse resentment of imperial domination. Despite his colour, any man rather better off than the mass of people - who were not sought as members - could, by being a Freemason, feel that he belonged in however humble a way to the Establishment. Just how far masonry reached is shown by the fact that on the small island of Jamaca there were no fewer than twelve Lodges, some in townships of little more than a couple of streets.

     Freemasonry of itself is simply a secret environment tended by its various Grand Lodges, as exclusive society within society, there to be used by its members largely as they wish. Hence its influence, political and social, can be quite different at times and places, In the eighteen masons were thin on the ground, but enough aristocrats, men of fashion and influence, were Masons to give the top masons influence disproportionate to their numbers. And of course royal involvement ensured, as it does today, the impression of total reputability. because of this, Freemasonry has been able to ignore all legislation dating form 1797 concerning secret societies and illegal oaths. Although regarded as subversive in some countries where the environment was less amenable, in eighteenth-century Britain the Brotherhood had the effect already alluded to - of reinforcing the development of constitutional monarchy under which its own establishment could thrive....

    The advantages of `masonry, in terms of cult, diversified friendships and straight worldly interest, had become evident to many. with the Union of 1813 the movement began to snowball for the more Masons there are in any area or profession the more important it is to be a Mason f one is not to risk losing out, as a non-member of the 'club', in one's business, one's profession and one's preferment.

     another factor was important: with the Industrial Revolution, social mobility began to increase. And masonry, providing a ladder extending from the lower middle class to the Royal Family itself, offered great advantages to those who could learn how to climb it. There was also the loneliness of the new urban way of life: Freemasonry provided an enormous circle of instant acquaintances in most walks of life.  Then too, the English public schoolboy could continue to be public schoolboy in the intimacy of the Craft.

      At the end of the eighteen century only about 320 English Lodges had been warranted. About twice as many more were formed in the next half of the century, No 1000 in 1864. This number was doubled in the next twenty year, No 2000 being warranted in 1883. The next twenty years maintained tis rate of growth with Lodge no 3000 opening in 1903, in which year Winton Leonard Spencer Churchill, the MP for Oldham, was initiated to a Masonic career that was to last more than sixty years. All this nineteenth explosions resulted essentially from recruitment form the middle and professional classes.

      With the First World War, which led to so many of quite humble background seeking better status, the rate of growth speeded dramatically. Lodge No 4000 was formed in 1919, and No 5000 only seven years later in 1926. The Second World War, for similar reasons, led to another such period of extraordinary rapid growth - Lodge No 6000  being formed in 1944 and Lodge No 7000 in 1950.

      In 1981, Lodge No 9003 was warranted. Even allowing for Lodges that have been discontinued, taking average Lodge membership at around sixty men, a membership of at least half a million can reasonably reliably be estimated for England alone. Official Masonic estimates, as already stated put the total for England and Wales at around 600,000. ( plus according to H. Paul Jeffers around 400,000 in Scotland as well taking the total to over one million Freemasons in England, Wales and Scotland).

        As the recruiting ground for ~Freemasons is primarily the not directly productive middle and professional classes, it is clear that a very high proportion of these people, occupying managers and so on - are Freemasons. In many fields nowadays the disadvantages of being left out of the 'club' are perceived as being too serious for a great many people to contemplate, whatever hey may feel personally about the morality of joining a secret society, or about the misty tenets of speculative Freemasonry.

     

    Chapter 5

    The Thirty-Third Degree

     

    There is an elite group of Freemasons in England over whom the United Grand Lodge has no jurisdiction. These are the brethren of the so-called Higher Degrees, and even the majority of Freemasons have no idea of their existence.

      Most Freemasons who have been raised to the 3rd Degree to become Master Masons believe they are the top of the Masonic Ladder. As novices they were Entered Apprentices. They were the '[assed' as Fellow Craft Masons and finally 'raised' as Masters. The very name Master has connotations of supremity. It Master Masons have ambition it will usually be to achieve office within their Lodge - eventually, with good fortune and the passing of yeas, to become Worshipful master of their mother Lodge ( the Lodge to which they were first initiated into Masonry). Those who have their eyes fixed on higher office will aim for rank in their Provincial Grand Lodge or in the United Grand Lodge itself. But even the Grand Master of all England is only a Freemasons of the 3rd Degree. The three Craft:

    3rd Degree -Master Mason

    2nd Degree - Fellow Craft

    1st Degree - Entered Apprentice

    degrees form the entire picture of masonry for most of the 600,000 ' uninitiated initiates' of the Brotherhood in England and Wales.

       The 'Masters', who form the largest proportion of Freemasons, are inmost cases quite unaware of the thirty superior degrees to which they will never be admitted, nor even be mentioned. This is the real picture, with the three lowly degrees governed by a Supreme Council.

     

     These thirty degrees, beginning with the 4th (that of Secret Master) and culminating in the 33rd (Grand Inspector General), are controlled by a Supreme Council whose headquarters are at 10 Duke Street, St James's London SW1. Nobody walking down Duke Street form Piccadilly is likely to suspect the true nature of what goes on inside the building, even if he or she happens to notice the small plate to the right of the entrance which says,

                ' The Supreme Council..... Ring once'

     Built in 1910-11, this imposing Edwardian mansion with fine neo-classical features might easily be taken for a consulate of the headquarters of some private institute.

    Nor do people thumbing through the S-Z section of the London `telephone Directory get any clue form the entry sandwiched between Supreme Cleaners and Supreme Die Cutters: 'Supreme Council 33rd Degree ...01 930 1606'

      Nobody looking at that fine but anonymous house from outside could suspect that behind its pleasing facade, beyond the two sets of study double doors and up the stairs, there is a Black Room, a Red Room and a Chamber of Death. To high masons, the house is Duke Street is known as the Grand East.

      members of Craft Freemasonry - that is, all but a few thousand of England's Masons - often argue that Freemasonry is not a secret society but ' a society with secrets'. Although argument is is the end unconvincing, it has its merits. But no such case can be made out for the wealthy society-within-a society based at 10 Duke Street, London.

     

    The Thirty-Three Degrees of Freemaosonry

     

     

    1st   Degree -      Entered Apprentice

    2nd  Degree -     Fellow Craft

    3rd   Degree -     Master Mason

    4th   Degree -     Secret Master

    5th   Degree -     Perfect Master

    6th   Degree -     Intimate Secretary

    7th   Degree -      Provost and Judge

    8th   Degree -      Intendant of the Building

    9th   Degree -      Elect of Nine

    10th Degree-     Elect of Fifteen

    11th Degree-     Sublime Elect

    12th Degree-    Grand Master Architect

    13th Degree-     Royal Arch of (Enoch)

    14th Degree-     Scottish Knight of Perfection

    15th Degree-     Knight of the Sword, or of the East

    16th Degree-     Prince of Jerusalem

    17th Degree-      Knight of the East and West

    18th Degree-     

             Knight of the Pelican and Eagle & Sovereign Prince Roe Croix of Heredom

    19th Degree-      Grand Pontiff

    20th Degree-       Venerable Grand Master

    21st Degree-        Patriarch Noachite

    22nd Degree-       Prince of Libanus

    23rd Degree-             Chief of the Tabernacle

    24th Degree-              Prince of the Tabernacle

    25th Degree-             Knight of the Brazen Serpent

    26th Degree-              Prince of Mercy

    27th Degree-              Commander of the Temple

    28th Degree-               Knight of the Sun

    29th Degree-              Knight of St Andrew

    30th Degree-             

                           Grand Elected Knight Kadosh, Knight of the Black and White Eagle

    31st Degree-                Grand Inspector inquisitor Commander

    32nd Degree               Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret

    33rd Degree                Grand Inspector General

     

    One of the regulations of ordinary Craft masonry is that no Mason may invite an outsider to join.  Anyone wishing to become a Freemason must take the initiative and seek two sponsors from within the Brotherhood

    (This at least is the theory - and United Grand Lodge staunchly maintains that it is the practice. In reality entered apprentices are recruited by existing Masons they know personally- we know this to be a fact).                                                    The position is reversed to the Higher Degrees. Initiation into Scottish Rite Freemasonry is open only to those Master Masons who are 'selected' by the Supreme Council. If a representative of the Supreme Council establishes contact with a Master Mason and concluded that he is suitable, the Candidate will be offered the chance of being 'perfected' and setting the first foot on the ladder to the 33rd Degree. But only a very small proportion, even of the limited  number of Freemasons who take the first step. progress beyond the 18th Degree, that of Knight of the Pelican and Eagle and Sovereign Prince Rose Croix of Heredom. With each Degree the number of initiates diminishes. the 31st Degree (Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander) is restricted to 400 members; the 32nd Degree ( Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret) to 180; and the 33rd Degree - the re-eminent Grand Inspectors General - to only 75 members.

        While Armed Forces are strongly represented in ordinary Freemasonry, the 'Antient and Accepted Rite of the Thirty-Third Degree' is particularly attractive to military men, Grand Inspectors General (I.e. members of the Supreme Council) have included Commander-in-Chief in the Middle east and allied supreme Commander in the Mediterranean in the Second World War; Major-General Sir Leonard Henry Atkinson; Brigadier E,W,C. Flavell; Lieutenant-General Sir Harold Williams; Brigadier General Edward Charles Walthall Delves Walthall; scores more in the last two decades. Before his retirement in 1982 the Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander (the most senior Freemason of the 33rd Degree in England and Wales and head of the Supreme Council) was Major-General sir (Herbert) Ralph Hone, KCMG, KBE, MC, TD, and so on. There is no mention of Freemasonry in his entry in Who's -Who, which lists every other decoration, award and distinction he has earned in his eighty-seven years, although becoming Britain's highest Freemason can have been of no little consequence to him. In Masonic matter he would dispense with all the other abbreviations and simply sign himself, Ralph Hone, 33 Degree. Born in 1896, he is also a Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.

    Major-General sir (Herbert) Ralph Hone, was wounded during the First World War while serving with the British Expeditionary Force, went on to practice as a barrister-at-law in Uganda and Zanzibar in the 1920's becoming Resident Magistrate in Zanzibar in 1928 and Crown Counsel of Tanganyika Territory two years later. In the thirties he was Attorney-General  and Acting  Chief Justice of Gibraltar, and Attorney-General of Uganda between 1937 and 1943. after serving as Chief Legal adviser, Political Branch, and then Chief Political officer, GHQ Middle East, he was appointed to the General staff of the War Office in 1943. After the war he was Chief Civil Affairs Officer in Malaya for a year before becoming Secretary-General to the Governor-General of Malaya and then Deputy Commissioner-General in South-East Asia. In 1949 he was appointed Governor and Commander-in-chief of North Borneo. At the end of five years there he spent seven years as Head of the Legal Division of the Commonwealth Relations Office. This took him into 1961 when he returned to the Bar. Among other posts at home and abroad in the next fourteen years he was a constitutional advisor to R.A, Butler's Advisers on Central Africa,to the South Arabian Government and the Bermuda Government. He was standing Counsel

     to the Grand Bahama Port Authority until hi retirement on 1975 at the age of seventy-five, He succeeded Most Puissant Brother Sir Eric Studd, Bt, OBE, 33 Degree, as sovereign Grand Commander.

     This, then was the man who - at the time 'The Brotherhood' was completed for New English Library - was truly Britain's highest Freemason. whatever might be said of the Duke of Kent, the current Grand Master of Craft Masonry. Page 39 shows the hierarchy over which the Most Puissant Sovereign Grant Commander presides, with the Duke of Kent's sub-hierachy way down low.

    Although in 1936, 1947 and 1967 Major-General Sir Ralph Hone held grand rank in the United Grand Lodge, and has achieved distinction in many fields, he is one of that brand of men who attain power without the notoriety or fame. Few of the many hundreds of Freemasons I have interviewed had ever heard of Sir Ralph Hone, and of those few only five knew of him in his secret role as the Highest  Mason of the Highest Degree. These five were all initiates of the Ancient and Accepted Rite: Two Sovereign Princes Rose Croix of Heredom (18th Degree); one of the 180 Sublime Princess of the Royal secret (32nd degree); a 33rd Degree Grand Inspector General; and a former Grand Inspector Inquisitor of the 31st Degree who had renounced Freemasonry in order, he said, to become 'a true and living Christian', But beyond the fact that Major-General Sir Ralph Hone was the preminent member of the Supreme Council, none of them would say any more either about the man himself or about the rituals, the degrees or the administration of the Rite.

     Sir Ralph's successor is Harold Devereux Still, former Grand Treasurer and Junior Grand warden of the United Grand Lodge of England, and Grand Treasurer and Grand Scribe Nehemiah of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal arch Masons of England. He also attained the rank of Grand Master of the United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta.

       The Brotherhood attracts men of distinction in the judiciary and legal profession, as will be seen later. One such man is His Honour Judge Alan Stewart Trapnell, who was appointed to the Circuit Bench in 1972. he is a Craft Freemason of grand rank, having been Assistant Grand Registrar in 1963. n 1969 he became Assistant Grand Sojourner of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Freemasons. All these details are listed in the 'Masons Year Book', which is now very difficult for non-Masons to come by, What is not mentioned is that he is a Freemason of the 33rd degree and Grand Inspector General for Middlesex.

       Although Craft Freemasonry is worldwide in the sense that it exists in most parts of the non-Communist world, and even underground in parts of the eastern bloc, it has no international organization. The  Ancient and Accepted Rite of the `thirty-Third Degree is the only cohesive Masonic group run on truly international lines. The Supreme Council in London is one of many Supreme Councils in various parts of the globe, of which the senior is the Supreme Council of Charleston, USA, which effectively operated a worldwide network of Freemasonry in the most powerful positions in the executive, legislature, judiciary and armed forces as well as the industry, commerce and professions of many nations.

      The English working of the Rite - sometimes known by the code name Rose Croix from the title of the initiate to the 18th Degree - differs from the American in one basic respect. In England and Wales only a few of the 33 Degrees are conferred by special ritual, while in the USA each Degree has its own initiation ceremony, In this country, the 4th to §7th Degrees are conferred at once and in name only during initiation of the selected Freemason to the 18th Degree. To the few who rise higher than the 18th Degree, the 19th to 29th Degrees are conferred nominally during the ritual of initiation to the 30th Degree - that of Grand Elected Knight Kadosh or Knight of the Black and White Eagle. Degrees above the 30th Degree are conferred singly, No initiate can rise higher than the 18th Degree without the unanimous agreement of the entire Supreme Council.

     

     

    Chapter 6

    The Great Debate

    'The insidious effect of Freemansonry among the police has to be experienced to be believed'

    With these words, David Thomas, a former head of Monmouthshire CID, created a storm of protest in 1969 and re-opend a debate that had started nearly a century before, when a conspiracy involving 'Masonic Police' and 'Masonic Criminals' brought the destruction of the original Detective Department of Scotland Yard,,, Since then allegations of 'Masonic Corruption' (within the UK Police Force) have been rife, the Jack the Ripper murders in the East End of London in 1988 were perpetrated according on 'Masonic Ritual' and a subsequent police cover-up was led by the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, both Freemasons... There have been allegations of charges being dropped against criminal Masons by police Masons; of unfair promotions; of on-masons being hounded out of the police service; of livelihoods ruined; of blackmail and violence; of discipline eroded by a system in which a Chief Superintendent, Commanded or even on occasion as Assistant Chief Constable or Chief Constable can be made to Kneel in submissions before one of his own constables; and, in recent times, of robery and murder planned between police and criminals at Lodge Meetings'

     

    Chapter 7

    Men at the Top

    There are fifty-two police forced in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Island....The consensus among my most reliable, highly-ranking informants is that of the fifty Chief Constables and London Commissioners..no fewer that thirty-three are of the Freemasonry Brotherhood ..

     

    Chapter 8

    Worshipful masters of Conspiracy

    Corruption among Scotland Yard detectives, always a problem, grew enormously during the 1960's. One cause of the trouble was the conventional methods of detection were being less and less effective in the face of the burgeoning crime rate......between 1969 and the setting-up of the famous Operation Countryman in 1978 there were three big investigations into corruption in the Metropolitan Police These were:

    (1) An enquiry into allegations of corruption and extortion by police, first published by the Times newspaper. This resulted in the arrest and imprisonment of two London detectives in 1972

    (2) An enquiry by Lancashire Police into members of the Metropolitan Police Drug Squad. this led to the trial of six detectives, and the imprisonment in 1973 of three of them.

    (3) An enquiry into allegations of corruption among CID officers responsible for coping with vice and pornography in London's West End. Over twenty detectives were sacked from the police force during the three-year investigation in the early 1970's, which led eventually to the notorious Porn Squad trials ...

    There were corrupt Masonic Police involved in all these cases....

    Chapter 9

    Operation Countryman

    Operation Countryman, the biggest investigation ever conducted into police corruption in Britain, would never have come about if the Commissioner of the City of London Police between 1971 and 1877 had not been corrupted and unduly influenced by Freemasonry...Indeed there seems little doubt that if James Page had refused to join the Brotherhood, he would not have been appointed Commissioner in the first place...

    Chapter 11

    Birmingham City Police

    What I really needed at the outset of my investigation into Masonry in the police was a 'Masonic mole' who was a policeman of rank and integrity..Eventually, as has been shown, I built up a large network of such men, None was so earnest or more scathing than those contacts, masons and otherwise, who spoke to me about Birmingham City Police... One informant spoke of his experiences in Birmingham dating back many years, he was on the point of entering the first of the three chairs of his Holy Royal Arch Chaptwer. he had, he told me, been considering a Knights Templar, the branch of Freemaosnry which admits only Christians, but was becoming increasingly disillusioned to realize that he had to resign from one or the other...he said...'Chief |Constable. Sir Derrick Capper, was an officer of the Warickshire Provincial Grand Lodge, and he saw to it as far as possible that non-Masons were kept to the lower and middle ranks...it was impossible to be a civilian employee at higher level unless you were Mason..'

     

    Chapter 12

    Conclusion (Regarding the Debate about Masons and the effect of  Masons in the Police Force)

    An independent enquiry into Freemasonry in the police should be initiated at the earliest possible moment,, Even thought the majority of police, including Masonic officers, are not corrupt, it is clear that corrupt police can and do use Freemasonry to effect and further corruption.....In September 1981 and again in April 1982 there were claims in court of criminal conduct on the part of Freemason police...At Knightsbridge Crown Court on Tuesday, 22nd September 1981 an ex-Metropolitan Police Detective accused of trying to bribe a senior Drugs Squad officer said they were both members of the same Masonic Lodge.. the detective told the court that he had - seconded the application of the Drugs Squad man - a Superintendant - to join the Lodge when they were both stationed at King's Cross Road -The Superintendant admitted that he was a  member of the Brotherhood and that he had visited the Lodge when the detective was there....In the later case, a police informer named Michael Gervaise claimed as the Old Bailey that policemen in the same Masonic Lodge as criminals involved in a multi-million-pound silver bullion robbery had warned them that they were about to be arrested ....As a result of this 'Masonic Act', one of the men involved in the £3.5 million robbery fled and has never been traced. Gervaise, who had been involved in the robbery himself, told the court, 'certain officer were Freemasons, and certain criminals belonged to the same Lodge .. there were eight or none officers in the same Lodge as the people involved in the silver bullion robbery.'

      Unrest about the undoubted misuse of Freemasonry by policemen is spreading and demands for an enquiry will continue to grow...Many people want to see masonry banned in the police... a compulsory register on which police officer have to list their affiliation to secret societies, and their status within such societies, is the minimum requirement if a grave situation is to be improved.....

    Part Three: Inside Information

    Chapter 13: The Rabbi's Tale

    Despite the ban on speaking to outsiders, many Freemasons allowed me to interview them...Some were extraordinary frank, some going so far ... as confiding the most secret workings of the Brotherhood...among these honourable men was an eminent Freemason of long standing and grad rank: The Rev Saul Amias, MBE, a London rabbi who was Assistant  Grand Chaplain to the United Grand Lodge in 1973 . I interviewed him at his home in Edgware in 1981..

    Chapter 14

    Five Masters and a Lewis

    Chapter 15: Jobs For the Brethren?

    Although a new initiate to Freemasonry declares on his honour that he offers himself as a candidate 'uninfluenced by mercenary or other unworthy motives'... there can be no doubt that the majority of businessmen who become Masons do so because they believe it will assist them in business... - as it frequently does...

    On the local level, there is much cross-fertilization between masonry and other groups of business people such as Round Table, Lions Clubs, and Rotary Clubs as well as Chambers of Commerce - Men in business on their own account - for example, accountant, architects, builders, estate agents, restaurateurs, taxi firm proprietors, travel agents, commercial travelers, Insurance agents and shop keepers of all kinds - are strongly represented in Lodges up and down the country (UK)

    ... if you are applying for a job it can make a big difference whether you get the job or not id you give the employer a Freemason sign and the employer is also a Freemason...

    One sign by which a masons may secretly make himself known to other in the room involves a particular arrangement of the feet .. the arrangement is outlined in the ceremony of initiation to the First Degree....'..you are expected to stand perfectly erect your feet formed in a square, your body being thus considered an emblem of your mind, and your feet of the rectitude of your actions..' if he is in a position to shake hands with the person to whom he wished to identify himself, recognition becomes much easier...the Entered Apprentice applies distinct pressure with his right thumb on the knuckle of the other man's forefinger.. the Fellow Craft does the same thing with the second knuckle ... The Master Mason applied distinct pressure with his right thumb between the knuckles of the other man's middle and third finger...

    Ron, an Insurance Agent price explained... '.. I have got business from two people as a result of being a Mason ...'

    A Past Master of Eden Park Lodge No 5379 in Croydon told me... ' I was a consultant for Taylor Woodrow. ...quite a few times I know I got contracts because I gave the Masonic Grip...the whole of the board of directors of Taylor Woodrow were Freemasons at the time...

    '..You'll find none out of ten architects are Masons ... went I put in a tender I'd shake the architect by the hand...oh, he'd say, .."You're a Mason.. The contract is yours..."...that is how masonry works ... if there is a contract going from an architect,, the chances are he is a mason..so the chances are a Mason will get it...'

    John Poulson, the notoriously corrupt architect whose activities in bribing local government officer, councilors, Civil Servants, officials of nationalized industries and other created a scandal which was described by more than one commentator as the 'British Watergate', was an avid Freemason... read 'The Web of Corruption.. the definitive story of Poulson and his infamous PT man T. Dan Smith ...

    I have been told by several informants how details of their bank accounts have been obtained by parties with no right to the information by 'Masonic Contacts'.. the high proportion of bank managers and bank staff who are Freemasons can make the acquisition of this kind of confidential information relatively easy for a Mason,, having as he does the right access to every Lodge in the country ...

    In industry, Masonry is far stronger among while collar workers and management up to the higher echelons... the medical profession has a high proportion of Freemasons...most main hospitals, including all the London teaching hospitals have their own Lodges. ... According to Sir Edward Tuckwell, former Serjeant-Surgeon to the Queen, and Lord Porritt, Chairman of the African Medical and Research Foundation, both Freemasons and bother consultants to the Royal Masonic Hospital, the Lodges of the teaching hospitals draw their members from hospital staff and GP's connected with the hospital in question.. Most senior members of the profession are Freemasons, especially those involved with the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons....Masonry dopes seem to have an influence over certain appointments..

    Freemasonry plays a significant role in the field of education...

    |The ambulance and fire serviced are strongly represented in Masonry..

     

     

     

     

    Epiloque of The Brotherhood

    by Stephen Knight –published 1984 Pages 304 to 308:

    On the 18th June 1982 the dead body of a middle-aged man was found hanging by the neck from a rope suspended from Scaffolding beneath Blackfriars Bridge, London. The pockets of his black suit contained nearly £23,000 in various currencies and were weighted with 12 pounds of builder's blocks. He was Rpberto Clvi, president of Italy's Banco Ambrosiano. who in 1981 had been named a member of Licio Gelli's illegal Freemasonic Lodge Propaganda Due (P2). Calvi was later found guilty by an Italian court of illegally exporting $26.4 million to Switzerland and received a four year suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay a fine of equivalent to £7.3 million, A week later he was confirmed as chairman of Banco Ambrosiano. In April 1982 Calvi's deputy at the bank was wounded by a would-be assassin. Known as 'God's banker', Calvi had been closely linked with Instituto per le Opere di Religione (IOP), the Vatican Bank, for years. A number of highly questionable transactions involving the Vatican Bank, Calvi and Banco Ambrosiano subsidiaries in Latin America and elsewhere led the Bank of Italy to launch an investigation. On the last day of May 1982 the Bank of Italy demanded an explanation for loans of $1,400 million ( $1.4 billion) made by Banco Ambrosiano subsidiaries to several companies registered in Panama owned directly or indirectly by the Vatican Bank. This precipitated a run on Ambrosiano's shares, and eleven days later Calvis disappeared in Rome. Using a false passport. Calvi fled to Austria and then to England. arriving at Gatwick on the 15th June. 1982 and travelled straight to London where he remained for several days in an apartment in Chelsea Cloisters. On the 17th June, 1982 the Bank of Italy seized control of Banco Ambrosiano and trading in its shares was suspended after they had dropped twenty percent in value in one day. Ambrosiano's directors resigned and Calvi's secretary- Graziela Corrocher - who kept the books of Lodge P2 - jumped, or was pushed, to her death from, a fourth-floor window at the bank, Graziela Corrocher left behind her what was obviously intended to be taken as a suicide note, although there is more tan a small doubt that this was genuine.. The note said: 'May Calvi be double cursed for the damage he has caused to the bank and its employees,'

    The following night Calvi's body was found hanging from the scaffolding beneath Blackfriars Bridge, four miles from the apartment in Chelsea Cloisters. Even as the Daily Express postal clerk who found the body was hastening to call the police, Italian police were busy chartering a plane ..and a party of high officials arrived at Gatwick a few hours later..

     There were many rumours: The Mafia, with whom Calvi had connections, had murdered him; frightened and despairing, he had committed suicide; he had been ritually done the death by Freemasons. a Masonic 'cable-tow' around his neck and his pockets filled symbolically with chunks of masonry, the location of the murder being chosen for its name - i Italy, the logo of the Brotherhood is the figure of a Blackfriar.

    ....But a City of London inquest later decided that Calvi had committed suicide, a verdict the banker's family immediately announced its intention to challenge... Italian police, and a number of City of London police associated with the case, are convinced it was murder...a further inquest in 1983, the jury returned an open verdict....as for the reason for the death of Calvi

      The mystery of Calvi's death deepens rather than clarifies with time. It is inextricably bound up with the riddle of P2, the KGB penetration of Freemasonry, and Freemasonry's penetration not only of the Roman Catholic Church, but also of the Vatican itself... At the time this book goes to press, investigations are continuing into Banco Ambrosianos link with the enigmatic president of the Vatican bank, Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, and into the continuing international reverberations of the P2 lodge conspiracy.

     Meanwhile, Licio Gelli has since been arrested in Switzerland where he was attempting to withdraw nearly $100 million from several numbered accounts at Genva's Union Bank - money belonging to Banco Ambrosiano.. Gelli awaits the outcome of extradition proceedings,,,

    Meanwhile, too, Andropov, had of the KGB when the P2 plot was hatched, now sits at the pinnacle of Soviet power and diverts ever more funds towards the KGB's activities in the West, the exploitation of Freemasonry included

     

     

     



    The Secret World of the Freemasons 

    by Tim Sedoulous

    Freemasonry is the World's most famous and successful fraternity

    With millions of members spread right across the globe, the organization is well known for tis veilf of secrecy as for its impressive roster of historical members.

      The Secret World of the Freemasons takes a fascinating look inside this enigmatic institytion and the trial facing te ancient order as it approaches the challenges of the twenty-first century. With a detailed examination of the visible structure of International Freemasonry ans the myths and legends that surround it, the book examines the true meaning of Freemasonry -its mythological and real history, its context, and the symbolism and philosophy that illuminate every aspect of the Freemasonry Craft. Tracking the conditions, symbolism, relics and rituals from the Knights Templar to today's Freemasons who pledge to abide by the time -honoured tenets of morality, charit and loyalty. The Secret World of the Freemasons reveals the true purposes of this ancient secret society... Tim Dedopulos is an anthropoligist, esoteric reseacher and historian, with well over a score of books to his name, including Kabbalah amd wizards (Carlton Books). He has been studying the subject of Freemasonry ever since discovering that his grandfather was a 33=degree Master Mason and former Worshipful Master of the island of Corfu in Greece....

    What is Freemasonry?

    Rumours and legends have dogged Freemasonry since its inception. Everyonr uoi talk to seems to have a dificult take,,,

    Itsa secret conspiracy of power that rules the world...

    No, it's the inheritor of the wealth amd mysteries of the Knights Templar..

    A club to gove harmless old men something to do during the week..

    A satanic conspiracy to destroy mankind for ever...

    A hugh... corrupt... old boy's network...

    The guardian of great ocult secrets ...

    A blasphemous religion..

    One big charity fund-raising group..

    A blasphemous religion....

    .The guardian of great occult secrets...

    There are a thousand theories, but the truth is something altogether stranger and more wonrous...

    The official traditional answer- the one you will probably get if you go and ask a Grand Lodge about the Craft - is that Freemasonry is " a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illuminated symbols". There is no deying that the answer sounds evocative, but what does it mean and, more importantly, what does it imply? At its simplest level, reemasonry is one of the wrold's oldest surviving secular farernal societies. Although it is specifically not religious, its members are concerned with developing themselves morally and spiritually in order to become better people... Over the course of their time as members, they are taught the society's plays, These are ancient words, actions and settings, and are exlained through allegorical reference to the trappings of stonemasons' craft, particularly its tools and customs.. The single most crucial qualification required to become a Freemason is that you have to beleive in God, or some other supreme being deity... It doesn't matter what religion you follow, or how dedicated you are to it.. Allbeleif systems are welcome into Freemasonry, even home-brewed ones, and how strictly you follow your religion's dictates is left entirely up to your own conscience...The important thing is that you have faith is a supreme being. The reason should be obvious - if you don't believe that there is a spiritual side of life, you can't genuinely claim to be interested in your spiritual development, and so the whole thing would be a bit pointless for you.... Apart from that, what you believe absolutely doesn't matter. Freemasonry never pries into a member's religion - in fact , all religios discussion is utterly forbidden during Masonic meetings, as it political debate,,Such matters are deeply held personal issues and are likely to prove divisive. In an organizattion that seeks members of good repute from all races, religions and creeds, avoiding political and religious clashes in vital....There is, of c ourse, far more to Freemasonry than just a series of moral and spiritual teachings... There are a number of other "sides' to Freemasonry that arise from its core purpose... One of the most important of these is that Freemasonry is a very charitable organization. For in 1994, it is estimated that the collective Grand Lodges and their constituent memebers across the USA donated a sum of $625 million to national and local charitable caused alone, with perhaps as much as an additional $400 mllion going to international funds.. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, as great many Masons volunteer their time.. The masonic Service Association, for example, ensures that every Veteran's Administration Hospital in A merica has a Masonic volunteer working with patients - half a million hours worth of work a year...By comparison in Detroit a smany as athousand local masons regularily turn out as part of the efforts to help patrol the city on "Devils Night". 30th October, to try and prevent the annual epidemic of fires and looting associated with tha night... Their efforts have kept their assigned territory of the city entirely clear of damage for several years... InBritain, the Craft;s members contribute more than £3 million annually to national and international - non-Masonic - charitable causes, ranging from the hospice movement and the Prince's Trust to Alzheim r;s research and housing for disadvantaged innrcity chidren.. In addition each lodge contributes toward local non-Masonic charities...

    Stephen Knight the author of the Brotherhood who died aged 33 ......18 months after publishing his book

    ..... Had Stephen Knight lived, Stephen Knight would have written his own sequel. Instead Martin Short stepped, almost literally, into a dead ma's shoes..  Martin Short's tracked down many of Stephen Knight's sources and read hundreds of letters sent in response to Stephen Knight's book, which were never pursued because of illness. More than three years after Stephen Knight's death, fan mail still pours in for Stephen ... Knight from all over the world...

             A dramatic moment during Freemason third degree ceremony

                                Inside The Brotherhood –

                                                                                                Explosive Secrets of the Freemasons

                                                                         by Martin Short

    Contents:

    Acknowledgemtns                                                                         P 7

    Foreward                                                                                 P 9

    Intorduction: The Brotherhood and Its Aftermath                                          P18

            Part One: Ritual or Religion?

    1. Ritual Poison                                                                          P 45

    2. Whatever Happened to Jsus?                                                          P 60

    3. Cloth and Apron, Cross and Square                                                    P81

    4. Jahbulon - the sacred Word to Keep                                                   P90

    5. Masonic Light, resurrection and Gnosis                                                P 106

    6. Obelisks and Egypt                                                                    P 115

    7. Sorcery, Sex, Satan and Skills                                                          P 124

    8. St Peter's Squared                                                                     P 149

     . PART TWO: Who are the Masons?

    9. Figuring the Facts                                                                    P 169

    10. A Mechanism of Social Control?                                                      P 149

      PART THREE: Freemasons and the Police

    11. The Manor of St James Mason Lodge                                                 P 195

    12. The Fall and Fall of Brian Woolard                                                    P 205

    13. The meaning of the Manor                                                             P 236

    14. The Phoenix                                                                         P 258

    15. A Criminal Intelligence                                                                P 261

    16. A Firm in a Firm: Freemasonry and Police Corruption                                  P 268

    17. Master of the City                                                                      P 291

    18. A column of Mutual Defence                                                           P 300

    19. The Encompassing of John Stalker                                                     P 312

    20. Parrish's Council                                                                      P 351

    21. Tough at the Top                                                                      P 361

        PART FOUR: Masonic Activities

    22. Judging by Results                                                                    P 369

    23. Masonic Justicea                                                                        P 381

     The Isle of  Wight has sixteen or more Freemason Lodges which clian over 1,500 members.. of a total population of about 110,000 in 1993 and if we discount unlikely Masonic recruiting material (men under 25, the poor, dericts and most inamtes in Albany and Parkhurst jails) the ratio comes down to one in ten being Freemasons on the Isle of Wight...most are in business, local government, the police and the law, so it follows that a very large percentag of all island business goes through Masonic hands....a local nightclub owner who was not a Freemason, one Derek Smith was forced to sut down, lost his license and had to sell his nightclub closed after fighting a powerful Freemason police inspector Gerald Marsh and a powerful Freemason Justice...other people had been battling with Isle of Wight masons for years, especially over widespread abise of licensing laws by masonic publicans... one of them were doing a roaring after-hours trade, damaging the legitimate bisoness of a neighbouring landlord who had no Masonic Protection and thus had to operate within the law....There is no doubt that throughout Britain Freemasonr is very strong on 'the Bench' ( the collective term for magistrates and licensing justices)...in 1973 a survey in one provincal city discovered that 29 out of 43 magistrates were Freemasons or Rotarians.. Anyone's chance of appearing before a Mason-free slate of three magisrates are almost nil - unless all of them are women...For almost 25 years Ian Morton worked as an adminisrator in Derbyshire magistrates' courts .. his father was a mason and Morton was perfect Mason material...he never joined because what he saw going on at t˙e corts wa smore than enough to put im off joining Freemasonry... he states :..'.. All this stuff about Masonic signals may well be true, but in my experience Masons aren't let off in court.. They don't even get into court!.... We used to see all the police files and we could never understand why some people were prosecuted and others were not; why working-class men under thirty were breahalysed, but not proessional people; why boys on 125 Yamaha bikes were done for speeding but older men driving rolls-Royces or Jaguars..Over many years we found out who the Freemasons were, and that's when all these decisions made sense...' Morton's wife, Rae, used to be married to a Mason and came to understand how the Freemason Craft justified its  covert control of so much of British society, ..'I was always told Freemasonry ws "the Benevolent Mafia" and that "we know best". When I showed the couple a Derbyshire Masonic Yearbook, they identified not only a lare number of JP's, but also many justice's clerks, councillors, policemen, solicitors and estate agents..This only reinforced Ian Morton's opinions which had been expressed two years earlier ina letter published in a local newspaper...'...it is high time that Freemaons were obliged to state their interests and the mere fact that they are reluctant to do so is more than adequate reason to demand that they do... Anyone in or standing for public office should be prepared to be open, as to their interests and affiliations..That is all that is being asked..ifa list is successfully completed, it must be published..anything less would be an insult..'

    Futher evidence of how Freemasonry operates in magistrastes's courts come from the far north of England. A Justice of the Peace had read The Brotherhood and wrote to offer his onw expereinces about life on the Bench..In later conversations he asked me not to name him in this book, for obvious reasons...' There are some sixy JP's on our bench and vacancies come up most years.. They are filled on the advice of a small group of magistrates who are known as the `lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee for the area. To my surprise I was asked to go on this committee - I was the first Catholic chosen for many years...waht I saw going on in the committe astonished me..For a start, no one wa smeant to serve on it for more than six years, but on eman had been there for more than twelve years...I also noticed the same tow men were constantly nominating people to fill the vacancies. I was amazed at their range of acquaintances, people from all walks of life, and all of them thoroughly competant. They were OK in themselves. It was the way they came to out attention which was obnoxious.. I soon found out that the two men who nominated them all, and the man who had served more than 12 years on the committee, were all Freemasons..Their whole operation was subtle and well-planned. ven the women they nominated turned out to be wives of Freemasons!..Although our Bench was very efficient, the `lord Chancellor's representative came to tell us that out appointments were getting out of balance..There were too many teachers and too many conservatives..this encouraged me to use my power of vito..All you have to do to stop the appointment of a new JP is to say you object...No one may ask why - you simply say so. Whenever the two Masons pushed hir luck by putting up too many of their freinds I would say, ' I cannot support this nomination.' They got the message after a while and cut down on their offers..

    The coroners' court is another place where Masons often preside..This merely reflects Masonic dominance in the professions from which coroners are selected: the law and medicine..

    24. The Cotton Inheritance                                                               P 391

    25. Masonic Light in Town Halls                                                          P 406

    26. London Belongs to Them (Masons)                                                   P 432

    No where in Britain has the battle over Freemasonry been fought more bitterly than on London;s local councils.. It is not always Labour versus Conservative, the roughest fights have broke out between rival factions with the Labour parties which have rulles moat inner London Boroughs for most of the century... For Generations Freemsonry was not an issue in London's town halls..Nobody dared raise it because of on strak truth: the power-brokers in both main parties were Masons and usually belonged to the same lodge..Many London Lodges were created especially do elected councillors and full-time officia`ls could socialize togther off-duty..The Masonic Lodges were often named after the boroughs themselves....The Wandsworth Borough Council Lodge (no. 2979). Founded in 1903 survived a 1970 corruption scandal which revealed long-standing Masinic bonds between Labour Sydney sporle and Ronald ash, his Conservative opposite number. ash was not implicated in any crime but Sporle was later jailed for six years for corruption in the firs of the 'Poulson trials.... Undaunted, the Wandsworth Borough Council Lodge (no. 2979) continued to bridge Wandsworth's party divide, as an underground newspaper Lower Down proved in October 1976, whne it surreptionsly potographed numerous male personages arriving at a `masonic suite in Clapham Junction, clad in Dinner jackets, bow ties and carrying regalia cases.. That evenimg they were installing the new lodge master:...'...Included in their number were Norman B, white, the Chief Executive; Clir Dennis Mallam, Leader of the Tory Minority; Councillor Maurice Heaster, Tory Whip; Tory Councillor Michael Chartres; ex-mayor, Councillor Jimmy Hill, ex-council solicitor Harry Sargent; plus a number of other Council officers and ocal notables...Freemasonry attempts to be a secret society..members of Masonic Lodges are sworn to give primary allegiance to their Masonic brethren, and to eep secret all the doings of their order.. It is right that officers and elected members of our Council, whose first duty should be to the public, should belong to an organization that requires this of them? ..There are a number of ex-emplyees of the Council who reeived the cold shoulder from their colleagues for refusing to join the Lodge; they are only too ready to identify those who are 'on the square', and tell some hair-raising stories of what 'they' get up to.. And they don't mean performing silly rites and ceremonies or rolling on te carpet in silly aprons... They allude to much more siniser goings-on..The implicaion is that the Freemasons constitute a significant, mainly non-elected elite within our Corporation...'

    Powerful stuff!!! .... Yet Lower Down never published the lowdown because it was shut down soon afterwards...At the time `i was making a television programme about Freemasonry, so I tried ot find these folk who were 'only too ready' to tell 'hair-rasing stories'....

    27. Every Breath You Take                                                                   P 449

    28. A Masonic Education                                                                    P 462

    29. What's Up Doc?                                                                          P 480

    30. Squaring te Square Mile                   &nbs