More interesting emails

Again my thanks to Gary Adshead of The West Australian for sharing some more emails from the early days of Firepower. Those who read my book will see the involvement of the deputy leader of the Liberal Party, Julie Bishop, in the saga. She was the one who introduced Tim Johnston to the Prime Minister, John Howard. Johnston dined with Howard twice at the Lodge, the PM’s official residence in Canberra. That later gave rise to Johnston’s boast to shareholders that he was helping to steer the Australian Government’s approach to climate change. Though there is no suggestion that Ms Bishop was acting in any way inappropriately – other than being a Minister for Science who believed in a magic pill and other than being a good friend of Les Stein, the former judge advising Firepower at the time – her unfortunate involvement in the saga is probably something she would now like to forget. But back to the emails. Ms Bishop once said her first involvement with Johnston was in late 2005 through Western Force rugby team. But these emails show her office, at least, was dealing with Firepower representatives much sooner than that. Again, I am not suggesting wrong-doing. Just tellin’. Ramli is a low-level Firepower technician who was based in Singapore. He never did get resident status and was one of those eventually dudded by Johnston.

 

—–Original Message—–
From: Melony Darroch [mailto:mdarroch@firepowergroup.com
Sent: Thursday, 7 August 2003 4:12 PM
To: Tim Johnston
Subject: FW: Ramli Bin Isnin
Hi Tim,           
 
This is new territory for me so….
 
I contacted Julie Bishop’s office (Member for Curtin) as I remembered Andrew was handling something to do with Ramli migrating/visiting last year and he had contacted their office seeking assistance.  Apparently the visa that Ramli eventually chose was a visitors visa for himself and his family to come to Australia for a short period only.  I think that was so his wife could see what Perth was like etc.
 
Anyway, Marion has provided some advice regarding Ramli migrating to Australia.  It would appear that Ramli needs to handle this matter himself as he knows what his family’s needs are, type of visa required etc.   A Migration Agent might be the way to go to get this processed quickly.
 
Obviously Marion will be able to assist from our end should there be any delays/problems once he has lodged his application.
 
 
Mel
 
Melony Darroch
Office Manager
Ph: +61 8 9242 8988
Fax: +61 8 9242 8488
 
This Email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. This communication represents the originator’s personal views and opinions, which do not necessarily reflect those of TPS Firepower Pty Ltd.  If you are not the intended recipient, then please deleted this message immediately – any other use is strictly prohibited.  If you receive this in error, please immediately notifyoffice@tpsfirepower.com <mailto:office@tpsfirepower.com>
—–Original Message—–
From: Lehman, Marion (J. Bishop, MP) [mailto:Marion.Lehman@aph.gov.au
Sent: Thursday, 7 August 2003 3:46 PM
To: Melony Darroch
Subject: RE: Ramli Bin Isnin
Dear Melony
 
I suggest you find out the following directly from Mr Bin Isnin, as second and third hand news often gets confusing:
 
Has he lodged an application to migrate to Australia?
·       If YES:
·       What is the name and sub-class of the visa he applied for (eg: Short Stay Visitor visa, sub-class 676);
·       Place of lodgement;
·       Date of lodgement;
·       Full names and dates of birth of all individuals included on application;
·       If NO:
·       He needs to determine which visa application would best suit his needs and circumstances. As he will be best aware of his circumstances, it would be appropriate for him to contact DIMIA Singapore or www.immi.gov.au <http://www.immi.gov.au> to investigate his options. He may also choose to engage a Migration agent for assistance and advice.
·       Once he does that, he should lodge his application.
If you have any queries or wish to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me again.
 
Kind regards
Marion Lehman
 
 
—–Original Message—–
From: Melony Darroch [mailto:mdarroch@firepowergroup.com]
Sent: Thursday, 7 August 2003 5:18 PM
To: Lehman, Marion (J. Bishop, MP)
Subject: RE: Ramli Bin Isnin
Hi Marion,
 
Thank you for your reply to my query.
 
Mr Tim Johnston (CEO – Firepower) is meeting with Ramli in Singapore next week and will discuss with him his application and what he has done to date.  I assume he would have lodged his application there as I can find no evidence of any documents being lodged here on his behalf.
 
Do you have a contact at DIMIA who I can speak with to go thru the process of Ramli migrating to Australia.  This is new territory for me so I would appreciate any advice you can provide.
 
Once again thank you for your time and assistance…
 
 
Mel
 
Melony Darroch
Office Manager
Ph: +61 8 9242 8988
Fax: +61 8 9242 8488
 
This Email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. This communication represents the originator’s personal views and opinions, which do not necessarily reflect those of TPS Firepower Pty Ltd.  If you are not the intended recipient, then please deleted this message immediately – any other use is strictly prohibited.  If you receive this in error, please immediately notifyoffice@tpsfirepower.com <mailto:office@tpsfirepower.com>
—–Original Message—–
From: Lehman, Marion (J. Bishop, MP) [mailto:Marion.Lehman@aph.gov.au
Sent: Thursday, 7 August 2003 2:18 PM
To: Melony Darroch
Cc: Shannon, Andre (Sen D. Johnston)
Subject: RE: Ramli Bin Isnin
Importance: High
Dear Melony
 
Thank you for your email requesting assistance in matters relating to the migration application of Mr Bin Isnin.
 
As I recall, Mr Lane initially requested advice regarding the types of visas available to Mr Bin Isnin and family. Ms Bishop enquired of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) and their response was conveyed to Mr Lane by email from Ms Bishop, 26 July 2002.
 
Mr Lane then requested support for a Visitor visa application lodged by Mr Bin Isnin in Singapore, and in this regard Ms Bishop wrote to Michelle Grau Principal Migration Agent of DIMIA Singapore, sent by facsimile 1 August 2002.
 
I am unsure of the details of any migration application lodged by Mr Bin Isnin and despite my extensive search this morning, and my emails to Senator Johnston’s office and the investigations of the Senator’s office, I can not find any evidence to suggest that we were made aware of such an application. Perhaps if you would send me your copy of the correspondence which initially informed us of Ms Bin Isnin’s migration application, I would be better able to follow up the progress.
 
I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Yours sincerely
Marion Lehman
Office of Julie Bishop MP
Federal Member for Curtin
 
—–Original Message—–
From: Melony Darroch [mailto:mdarroch@firepowergroup.com]
Sent: Thursday, 7 August 2003 11:36 AM
To: Lehman, Marion (J. Bishop, MP)
Subject: Re: Ramli Bin Isnin
Hello Marion,
 
I am hoping that you will be able to assist me.  Around July/August 2002 discussions were held between yourself and Mr Andrew Lane from our office regarding a letter of support for Ramli Bin Isnin.  Documents on file indicate that details were forwarded to Senator Johnston’s office and also Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.
 
Was this in relation to Ramli and his family emigrating to Australia, if so I need to get this moving again.  I would appreciate whatever assistance/advice you can provide.
 
Mel
 
Melony Darroch
Office Manager
Ph: +61 8 9242 8988
Fax: +61 8 9242 8488

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