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Who is Godwin Grech?

By johnboy - 23 June 2009 97

The weirdness and wonder of ute-gate is mercifully beyond the scope of RiotACT.

But the fascinatingly Dickensian Godwin Grech is an undeniable product of Canberra.

So, over to you commenters… What’s he up to? What’s he like?

UPDATE: The Canberra Times is running a story with the very same headline which answers some questions.

What’s Your opinion?


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astrojax 5:26 pm 24 Jun 09

justin heywood said :

These suspicions were confirmed when watching his performance in front of Estimates. After leaving the intelligence community I became a psychologist, specialising in lie detection and profiling. I could see that under questioning, Godwin’s left eyebrow was twitching, a sure sign that his sphincter had tightened. I knew then that he was either lying, or that he had recently eaten a Domino’s pizza from Dickson.

thanks justin, as my eyebrow twitches [interestingly, the right one] my sphincter is tightening; so am i liable to have eaten dominoes or am i about to leak?

and echoing ant, are the moody blues still about?

BerraBoy68 4:48 pm 24 Jun 09

rosebud said :

I’m not trying to tarnish Turnbull, but to address the statement that someone who is already successful in another career would have a better moral compass than a career politician. Power is attractive no matter who you are or what your background.

Beat me to it, nice one Rosebud. Why settle for the power of running a company or two when you can play with a whole nation.

And if you do a good enough job you can create an environment where all your other business interests will do even better, increasing your net wealth anyway.

PBO 3:46 pm 24 Jun 09

jessieduck said :

PBO fool who? you? Read to the end….

My Apologies, I thought that he was being serious.

ant 3:19 pm 24 Jun 09

He also admitted to a close and personal knowledge of the effects of Dominos’Dickson pizzas. A very dangerous man, this Heyward.

jessieduck 3:01 pm 24 Jun 09

PBO fool who? you? Read to the end….

PBO 2:33 pm 24 Jun 09

justin heywood said :

Allow me to put this issue to rest.
I know Godwin quite well. In fact I both work with him and he is related to me on my mother’s side. I have always held him in the highest regard, until now.

My suspicions about Godwin were first aroused when I noticed a change in his work habits. I have a background in intelligence, and as any former SOE operative can tell you, the double agents are always the diligent and hard working people. I suspected then that he may have been ‘turned’.

These suspicions were confirmed when watching his performance in front of Estimates. After leaving the intelligence community I became a psychologist, specialising in lie detection and profiling. I could see that under questioning, Godwin’s left eyebrow was twitching, a sure sign that his sphincter had tightened. I knew then that he was either lying, or that he had recently eaten a Domino’s pizza from Dickson.

Then I read all the ‘expert’ commentary on this thread -those who rejoice in all this becoming more bold and more ‘expert’ as it looked safer to do so.

Some of you people should have a look at yourselves.

So you worked for SOE? How old are you? I dont mean to say that are a B.S. artist, all i am wondering is if SOE was where you worked or worked with, then you must be at least 90 years old.

However if you worked for the other Executive then you are a fool for admitting it.

monomania 2:16 pm 24 Jun 09

I wasn’t paying attention when read justin heywood’s comment. Keyboard: Present. Brain. Absent. Sense of humour: Not enrolled in this class.

rosebud 2:11 pm 24 Jun 09

I’m not trying to tarnish Turnbull, but to address the statement that someone who is already successful in another career would have a better moral compass than a career politician. Power is attractive no matter who you are or what your background.

Emlyn Ward 1:53 pm 24 Jun 09

rosebud said :

Emlyn Ward – one word: Berlusconi!

Italy has a very different political climate to Australia, and despite Berlusconi’s refreshing contempt for Political Correctness, it is beyond doubt a corrupt lust for power and self-enrichment which motivates him.

You would want to discover some significant new information about Turnbull to try to tar *him* with the same brush as Berlusconi.

rosebud 1:49 pm 24 Jun 09

Emlyn Ward – one word: Berlusconi!

Emlyn Ward 1:49 pm 24 Jun 09

My point is that very few politicians have a demonstrated capacity to earn decent money outside of politics, unlike Turnball.

That Fitzgibbon loser is a case in point.

monomania 1:43 pm 24 Jun 09

Thumper said :

The thing that I don’t understand is what is it that grech had to gain by doing this?

Well, apart from an early retirement.

housebound said :

My point exactly – it just doesn’t make any sense.

   I said :

Not that humans behaving irrationally is that uncommon.

justin heywood said :

Allow me to put this issue to rest.
I know Godwin quite well. In fact I both work with him and he is related to me on my mother’s side. I have always held him in the highest regard, until now.

My suspicions about Godwin were first aroused …

  I said :

So much for family loyalty.

monomania 1:25 pm 24 Jun 09

Emlyn Ward said :

DISCLAIMER: I don’t vote for the ALP and have never been a member of either party, so unlike many I am not approaching this issue from a partisan viewpoint. I also admire Turnbull for being one of the few politicians who is actually capable of a successful career outside of politics and whose participation in politics is therefore clearly motivated by a desire to improve democracy in this country.

Surely there are other motivations other than financial gain or the desire to improve democracy. Such as power or a sense of personal achievement. A mountain not yet climbed. It is unlikely Turnbull would have entered politics if he didn’t believe he had a very good chance of becoming PM. I can’t see why his motivations are clearly purer (to your way of thinking) than someone else who doesn’t have hundreds of millions of dollars already but is prepared to take a cut in earnings or potential earnings to become a politician.

NoAddedMSG 12:44 pm 24 Jun 09

Thumper said :

The thing that I don’t understand is what is it that grech had to gain by doing this?

Well, apart from an early retirement.

An astonishing amount of my work time is spent dealing with other people’s manufactured drama – people get bored so they go out and create some excitment. Or they have a long term, stressful project and are looking for a distraction (the main problem that exists in my workplace full of PhD students). It is not always consciously done or recognised by the manufacturer, but man is it a pain. This whole episode has “manufactured drama to ease someone’s boredom” stamped all over it – whether it be Mr Grech or someone else entirely.

peterh 12:36 pm 24 Jun 09

caf said :

housebound: The only thing I can think of is that someone found out or strongly suspected he was the “Treasury Mole”, and decided to set him up by feeding him a juicy false email… a canary trap.

I wonder if he was, or if the “treasury mole” is now staying really, really quiet till this is all over?

sounds like the treasury has more holes and leaks than a sieve.

caf 12:30 pm 24 Jun 09

housebound: The only thing I can think of is that someone found out or strongly suspected he was the “Treasury Mole”, and decided to set him up by feeding him a juicy false email… a canary trap.

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:28 pm 24 Jun 09

(Allegedly. ALLEGEDLY.)

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