Exclusive Mark Latham’s Outsiders Report: The Sad Truth About The Luke Batty Foundation

Mark Latham’s Outsiders

 

KEY POINTS:

• The Foundation established by Rosie Batty in memory of her son closes down
• Financial mismanagement and abuse of female staff remain unreported by most mainstream media
• Left-feminists pushed Rosie Batty into the media spotlight, without allowing her a decent period of recovery; they used her for political purposes.

One of the rules of media management in Australian politics is to dump out bad news on a Friday afternoon, avoiding full scrutiny as media outlets wind down for the weekend. Late last Friday it was reported that after three years of operation, the Luke Batty Foundation (LBF) was being closed. The mainstream media praised the outgoing CEO Rosie Batty but did not publish the truth about the Foundation: it had been plagued by financial irregularities, alarming personnel turnovers and abuse of female staff.

The Foundation’s website has not published financial accounts since 30 June 2016, leaving 20 months unaccounted for at the time of the closure announcement. In just three years the Foundation had 16 different board directors, losing nine along the way. It has also had a revolving door of staff departures, with several leaving because they found it impossible to work with Rosie Batty.

I’m not surprised by the Foundation’s closure. Having been contacted by whistleblowers appalled by its management practices, I knew about its dysfunctionality. I was also aware of how the mainstream media didn’t want to know about this story. They had invested heavily in the legend of Saint Rosie and are in no position to turn around and now say: ‘We got it wrong’.

The whistleblowers who contacted me are very brave. They passed on documents and worrying reports about Rosie Batty. But they also lived in fear, believing they would be further harassed and victimised if their names became public. One actually was, receiving an intimidating email from Batty, simply on suspicion.

I am publishing this material because I believe the stories of the whistleblowers need to be told. The mainstream media often talk about ‘the public’s right to know’. Well here it is: the truth they won’t touch. This is the other side of the story and with it, a compelling lesson: Just because Australia’s political and media elites declare someone to be a saint, it does not mean they are saintly.

My involvement in this matter goes back several years. In 2015 I asked questions of the Luke Batty Foundation about its finances – specifically, if Rosie Batty was drawing a private income, given at that time she was not on staff. Acting on the advice of its spin-doctor, Essential Media, the Foundation tried to fob me off. It was a whitewash, a cover up, until late 2016 when new information emerged.

Whistleblowers gave me documents raising serious issues of financial mismanagement. These are people who wanted to help Rosie following the horrific death of her son Luke in February 2014 – a tragedy for which all Australians have felt sympathetic. But over time, the whistleblowers’ experience at the Foundation was so bad, so demoralising they decided to come clean and correct the record.

Why did they approach me? Two reasons: I had been unfairly brushed aside in my initial inquires about the Foundation; and I was the only person they could find willing to tell the truth. They had also approached a prominent Melbourne media personality but he was too scared to act.

The whistleblowers sent me LBF emails and financial statements detailing an administrative mess. After the Foundation was established in Melbourne in early 2014, Batty created a private bank account into which she paid donations intended for LBF projects. This account became an ongoing source of angst and protest by the Foundation’s directors.

On 17 June 2015, the LBF Treasurer, Anthea West, emailed Batty and other board members with her concern that:

“We do not have any income yet … to date nothing has been received (which is a problem). I need to speak to Rosie about the bank account she opened originally under the Luke Batty Foundation that was under a different ABN (that was setup by her accountant and has nothing to do with the LBF Ltd operations). This is the bank account where personal amounts given to Rosie have been deposited and where she has been paying expenses from.”

West was so alarmed by the operation of Batty’s private account, she wanted it “closed and the ABN cancelled by Rosie”. Another director, Annette Gillespie, urged Batty “to close that account and transfer any funds into the LBF fund account”.

Eight months later, the matter was still being debated. In Item 15 of her Treasurer’s report to the board on 25 February 2016, West had to ask: “Can Rosie confirm that the account has been closed and the ABN cancelled?” Item 1 in the report red-flagged a bigger problem: “Public Fund application of funds – note, $135,000 missing from amount authorised for CEO”.

Sources close to the Foundation said the missing $135,000 referred to “donations into Rosie’s personal bank account that were spent in areas that had no explanation (and) this led to the Treasurer’s resignation.” Batty, West and the CEO at the time, Loretta Mannix-Fell, refused to answer my questions about the missing money in late 2016.

A Foundation staff member confirmed the board was very concerned about the transparency of the private account and wanted it closed immediately. These are serious matters. The Luke Batty Foundation Ltd has been a public company under the Corporations Act, with the specific purpose of “the prevention or control of family violence”. Its directors have had clear fiduciary duties, including the sound management and auditing of its finances.

When I spoke to the Foundation’s auditor, Bradford Baker, he said he had never heard of the separate account. None of the information had been presented to him, either in finalising the 2015 accounts or working on the 2016 report.

“After the concerns aired about the Shane Warne Foundation we have to get things right with these charities”, he said. A few days later he told me, “The material (from the private account) is being forwarded to me, but it will take some time.” After that, he refused to talk about the matter. With the Turnbull Government having granted $500,000 to the Foundation, public money was also on the line – another reason for LBF to make a full public disclosure about its finances before its books are finally closed.

The Foundation has also been troubled by poor workplace practices. Board members and staff found it extremely difficult to work with Rosie Batty. Six of the eight original board members resigned. Foundation employees also left on a regular basis, burnt-out by their experiences with Rosie.

Female staff claimed to have been harangued and screamed at, enduring long hectoring phone calls with language better suited to a shearing shed. One departing staff member said, “No one can work in a place like this, the culture is not right”.

Another woman who worked alongside Batty recalls, “She did yell, scream and swear, and often put the phone down on me. She always seemed tense and needing to be in control.”

“When I left, Rosie confessed to me that she had been
difficult to handle and at times had been a bitch (her words). There was no apology, just the acknowledgement.”

An observer of these workplace practices says, “Rosie is not unaware of what she’s doing, she just can’t control herself when little things go wrong.”

This is the great irony of the Batty story. For someone who has spent several years lecturing the nation about male behaviour and respect for women, her own behaviour has been dreadful. If a man had acted this way in a relationship, she would be calling for him to be locked up.

The hypocrisy gets worse. A former staff member has said that many of Batty’s abusive phone calls were made while travelling in the government car of the then Victorian Minister for Women, Fiona Richardson (now deceased). In an extraordinary arrangement, Batty had on-call use of the Minister’s car and driver entitlement.

Richardson’s portfolio was designed to build respect for women, yet in the vehicle, women were copping it left, right and centre. When I asked them about these incidents in 2016, both Richardson and Batty refused to answer questions.

On 31 October 2016 I was interviewed about the LBF by Alan Jones on Radio 2GB – the first time the true story had been made public. It sent Rosie Batty into a witch-hunt for suspected whistleblowers, against the women who had been victims of her abuse.

Later that day I received emails from one of them. “I have asked Rosie to stop contacting me, but she is still harassing me”, she wrote, “If I am contacted by Rosie again, I think I might have to report her for harassment. Funny thing is: if she were a man it would probably have greater repercussions; oh the irony.” The irony indeed.

In July 2016, following Mannix-Fell’s resignation, Batty took over as the Foundation’s CEO. With other female staff having fled, she was the last woman standing. It only lasted 20 months before the Foundation had to be closed and its money dispersed to other charities.

The whistleblowers still live in fear of repercussions. Abuse of any woman is wrong. What happened to Rosie Batty and her son was tragic, an indescribable loss. But then taking it out on other women was also wrong. The whistleblowers’ story should not disappear into history. It carries an important lesson in how to handle similar matters if they occur in the future.

I believe Rosie Batty was used by Left-feminists in the media to make a political point when she was in no fit state of mind to be pushed forward this way. They shoved her into the spotlight even though she had just been through a traumatic event. The outcome has piled serious problems on top of a personal tragedy, yet the feminazis care little about this. It was only ever about pushing their narrow ideological view of the world, using Rosie Batty as their messenger.

In one of its key strategy documents, the Luke Batty Foundation set a goal of “getting men to recognise they are looking through the lens of privilege and entitlement”. This is the fundamentalist theory of “patriarchy”, arguing that all men are privileged and all women oppressed. The LBF was intensely ideological, using a family tragedy to push a Left-wing view of the world onto the Australian people.

It was also more about status than results for women genuinely in need. The Foundation set a goal that by 2018, for whenever the public thought about domestic violence issues, they would “think Luke Batty Foundation rather than White Ribbon”. This type of institutional rivalry and territory gouging is a terrible refection on the true nature of the DV propaganda machine. It suggests they are in it for themselves, not for real-life victims. Plus it’s a significant waste of public money, with the duplication of resources in this empire-building process.

The LBF has failed, not just in its misguided strategies and poor management practices, but in failing to do justice to an issue that affects Australians in many disadvantaged parts of the country. In its final form, like all propaganda-based projects, it fell over because it wasn’t focused on evidence and results.

This is the inevitable fate of Left-wing campaigns that push their mutant, manufactured ideology onto normal people. Time after time, they fail and LBF has been no different. When will our governments learn not to support this flawed approach and its waste of public money?

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Tupperware mum, 33, charged with burning her husband alive while he ‘slept in an armchair’ appears in court with bandaged arm – as footage emerges of her proudly showing off her wedding ring

Angela Surtees, 33, of Whittington, Victoria, has been charged with murder

  • She is accused of setting her husband Daniel Surtees, 36, on fire on Saturday
  • The pair had been married for four years and shared five children 
  • Ms Surtees showed off her wedding ring and sang in videos posted online
  • She appeared in a Melbourne court with her left arm heavily bandaged  
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A woman accused of burning her husband alive while he relaxed on the front porch proudly showed off her wedding ring and sang a song for him just three years ago.

Angela Surtees, 33, of Geelong, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday days after she allegedly doused her husband Daniel in accelerant and torched the father of five.

Sporting a large bandage on her left arm from an injury she sustained on the day of the alleged murder, Surtees sat with her head down throughout the brief court hearing.

Angela Surtees, 33, of Geelong, appeared briefly in Melbourne Magistrates' Court (above) charged with setting her husband on fire while he allegedly slept on an armchair

Angela Surtees, 33, of Geelong, appeared briefly in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court (above) charged with setting her husband on fire while he allegedly slept on an armchair

She worked as a Tupperware lady before she allegedly set her husband on fire as he sat on a couch outside their front door on Saturday

She worked as a Tupperware lady before she allegedly set her husband on fire as he sat on a couch outside their front door on Saturday

Police were called to the couple's Boundary Road home around 8.30pm where they found the father with severe burns. Pictured above is the charred remains of the armchair where Mr Surtees is alleged to have been sitting

The pair, who were married for four years with five children had been reportedly involved in a 'petty argument' before Mr Surtees' death

The pair, who were married for four years with five children had been reportedly involved in a ‘petty argument’ before Mr Surtees’ death

Woman accused of burning her husband talks about their wedding

 

Moments earlier, Surtees had blown her family a kiss as she was led back to prison.

While silent in the prison dock, Surtees had enjoyed a vocal presence on social media where just a few years ago she proudly showed off her wedding ring.

‘So I got married,’ she proudly shrieked in a YouTube video posted after her wedding three years ago. ‘This song is what was supposed to be our first dance but somebody hijacked our playlist.’

Surtees is seen breaking out into an awful rendition of Celine Dion’s Tale As Old As Time from Disney’s Beauty and The Beast.

It is one of many covers the alleged killer posted on social media before last Saturday’s horrific turn of events.

 

A neighbour told the local news station she had previously heard sounds of a verbal altercation coming from the home

Footage of the scene showed the blaze reached the walls and ceiling, damaging the interior of the home

Footage of the scene showed the blaze reached the walls and ceiling, damaging the interior of the home

Other renditions include When Doves Cry, by Prince, Stay, by Rihanna, Someone Like You, by Adele, and My Precious Child, by Karen Taylor.

Mystery surrounds exactly what led to the shocking events at the Surtees property, located just out of Geelong in Victoria.

Neighbours have described Mr Surtees as a friendly person who would go out of his way to mow the lawns of his elderly neighbour.

On Tuesday, a half-finished can of Jim Beam remained beside the seat where Mr Surtees was allegedly sleeping when he was set ablaze.

The couch was positioned just outside the front door of the couple’s family home.

It was reported the pair could be heard arguing on Saturday before the incident happened.

Angela Surtees had been a frequent contributor to her Facebook page, encouraging people to raise money for bushfire victims

Angela Surtees had been a frequent contributor to her Facebook page, encouraging people to raise money for bushfire victims

The mother and sister of Angela Surtees are pursued by media as they leave the Melbourne Magistrates' Court. They made no comment

A post by Angela Surtees on Facebook in 2016. She often took to Facebook to vent

A post by Angela Surtees on Facebook in 2016. She often took to Facebook to vent

‘I had heard yelling, screaming, but I thought nothing of it because it’s just Geelong,’ a neighbour told 9News. ‘I feel sorry for the kids.’

According to social media, Surtees and her husband met in 2012 and had a photography business in Geelong.

She had recently shared numerous posts about providing aid to bushfire victims and urged friends to donate to the cause.

The young mum had a strong social media presence and frequently took to Facebook to post angry rants.

She described herself as a ‘selfish b**th’ in one post who had a ‘short fuse’.

In 2013, she posted: ‘Has come to the conclusion that harnessing my hurt pain and sorrow and turning it into anger is making my normally short fuse paper thin.’

A year later she she warned people about the consequences of ‘talking s**’ about her.

Surtees continued her rants in 2016, telling the world she would not be forced to live in the kitchen ‘serving her husband’.

Angela Surtees said she would not be a slave to any man

Angela Surtees said she would not be a slave to any man

Angela Surtees, husband Daniel and family in happier times

Angela Surtees, husband Daniel and family in happier times

‘Happy wife, happy life. Unhappy wife and you bet your ass s**t is going to hit the fan. A king will take care of her king, a slave will pray the day he dies.’

Ms Surtees has revealed her husband was a hard working chef who had done time in Italian restaurants and as a baker.

She regularly posted about her struggle to find work  and over the years had done everything from selling Tupperware to bar tending.

At one stage, she even attempted to get on the hit cooking show Masterchef.

Surtees rated herself as a working artist and photographer, who was doing her best to remain off welfare payments to survive.

‘I am who I am,’ she posted in 2016. ‘I’ll be who I’ll be. I’ll never apologise for simply being me.’

Surtees did not apply for bail and will return to court in May.

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