One would imagine that in the hiring process with all the checks and due diligences it would be easier to discern the good from the bad, and especially if the ones doing the hiring were Government Officials. They, at least, have every modern sources of information at their fingertips. And especially if the person is going to have buckets of taxpayer's cash at their disposal.
But it just ain't so. Imagination is so often far from reality.
There are many red faces about today. Again, that is imagination. Those that should be blushing with shame know not shame at all.
Without putting too fine a point on the issue we heard of from Michael Evans this evening, people of the Islamic persuasion are encouraged by their diabolical overlord to deceive we poor infidels in order to undermine us. So let him tell us about Emam, whose photo he showed around so we might recognise her if we bumped into her in the street and her face-mask floated off.
Of course it starts with the all-too usual tale of woe that tugs at the heartstrings.
How Eman Sharobeem hoodwinked everyone
from Mike Baird to broadcaster SBS
It's the redemption story that everyone wanted to believe: a teenager forced into an arranged marriage to her first cousin, widowed at 29 with two young sons, having endured years in a violent marriage.
She emigrates from Egypt, gaining not one but two PhDs, rising to become chief executive of government funded health services that care for new migrants and earns a long list of community honours – including as a finalist for an honour from her adopted country on its national day.
Dr Eman Sharobeem migrated to Australia more than 30 years ago. Since then she has earned two PhDs and campaigned against issues such as forced marriage and family violence.
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Of course. A Family Violence 'campaigner' has a seat at the top tables of Ministers, if they are female. Not male of course. Any woman who wants to get on the tax-funded gravy train needs to be on the side of the anti-male Family Violence bizzo, 'Wimmin's Health" (especially the almighty Breast cancer) and perhaps Immigrants 'Rights' too. Forced marriage? Heck who cares about that really. Marriage is going down the gurgler unless it is for homosexuals and 9 year olds.
But with an announcement this week that ICAC will hold public hearings into former Australian of the Year finalist Eman Sharobeem, following an investigation by Fairfax Media that revealed an asset freeze by the powerful NSW Crime Commission, the charade has come crashing down – allegations of misuse of credit cards, false invoices, spending on personal items, using public money to renovate a property she owned.
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On top of the alleged fraud ICAC is investigating is the outright deceit, also revealed by Fairfax Media, that Sharobeem paraded fake academic and professional qualifications.
Now a string of high-profile organisations and governments have egg on their faces – state and federal, Liberal and Labor, that appointed her to trophy boards;
organisations such as SBS that gave her a high-profile job;
and the Australian of the Year Foundation that not only waved her through to the final round of its awards but appointed her to their advisory council.
What's more, they all called her "Dr Sharobeem" – despite there being no proof of the degrees and evidence revealed by Fairfax Media that she was not a psychologist.
The high point of the charade came in late 2014, when then NSW Premier, Mike Baird, stood beside an Australian of the Year finalist, handing her a commendation from her adopted country, smiling for the cameras.
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It begs the question –
who did due diligence on Eman Sharobeem?
Who checked anything about her?
As her star rose around 2012-14 it doesn't appear to have been the media who focused on the story of her forced marriage as a child and escape from a violent marriage and her claims of academic achievement in Australia.
Fairfax Media understands workers at the Non-English Speaking Housing organisation (also run by Sharobeem) raised concerns about financial mismanagement around 2015. And it was the auditor of the Immigrant Women's Health Service accounts Nathan Boyd who rang alarm bells when he qualified his opinion on the organisation's 2015 accounts, saying the CEO owed at least $100,000 in wrongly claimed reimbursements, as revealed by Fairfax Media.
So how did Sharobeem seemingly hoodwink everyone?
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No doubt she took lessons from others who have climbed so high up the fruit tree. There are 'official' elements in Oz that laud and promote the most obvious charlatans and anti-Australian characters, especially if they are muslim.
The SBS gives them front page. The Government gives them OUR money. The Media 'celebrate' them and hands them 'Awards'.
Sharobeem ran the IWHS based in Fairfield for 11 years until 2015. Government funding was cut at the end of that year with a governance investigation acknowledged by the health department as the centre was about to close in June 2016.
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It was around this time broadcaster SBS hired Sharobeem to be its community engagement manager. It's understood SBS went through a regular recruitment process to hire her.
A press release hailing her appointment in April 2016 used the honorific Dr in the opening sentence.
Almost every achievement SBS heralded is now under question:
"Eman is a Member of the Settlement Services Advisory Council,
Justice Multicultural Advisory Council,
State Library CALD Advisory Board
and an Advisory Board Member of Multicultural NSW.
In 2014, Eman was honoured as an Australia Day Ambassador and became a finalist for The Australian of The Year Award.
The mind boggles. Thank goodness not all muslim women are 'like that'. Shame however that we can all rely on our govenment and media officials to be all 'like that'. Stupid, gullible, complicit. That is when they are not being deliberately traitorous with taxpayers' monies and doingtheir very best to change our society to be 'inclusive' and 'tolerant' of mendacious decievers, dissemblers and Liars.In 2013, she was a finalist in the Premier's Woman of the Year Award and was selected as one of 100 Most Influential Women in 2015 by The Australian Financial Review."
Perhaps the most revealing tale surrounding background checks can be gleaned from Social Services Minister Christian Porter appointing her to the Settlement Services Advisory Council.
That is to say, they took her resume, her CV, which she had written, as evidence of her standing. Hello !!When Fairfax Media inquired last month about the circumstances surrounding her appointment, a department spokeswoman said the department performed "due diligence", including on a "resume from Dr Eman Sharobeem identifying her educational background, including the attainment of a PhD in psychology, family and community and a PhD in management in organisational leadership".
But having confirmed details from the CV she submitted claiming to have two PhDs, (they didn't say HOW they 'confirmed') the spokeswoman suddenly claimed it would be a breach of privacy to disclose further information from the same CV when asked which institutions she claimed to have attended.
Fairfax Media was able to challenge her claim to be a psychologist in one phone call – to the Australian Health Professional Regulatory Agency. A search of their database revealed nobody named Eman Sharobeem was currently registered or had been removed as a psychologist.
It's illegal to practise as a psychologist if unqualified.
Our politicians also wanted to believe.
Any attempts to hold her to account, will, of course attract accusations of 'Islamaphobia'. Just as feminists, in fact any women in medium to high places who are caught our will shout 'Misogyny'.In 2014, the Upper House of the NSW Parliament moved a motion of congratulations to Sharobeem, listing in full glory what it understood to be her achievements. It makes for tough reading.
She is lauded for her professional roles and the subsequent awards she achieved.
The parliamentary motion mentions "Dr" Sharobeem's "greatest contributions in Australia" being her involvement in the Immigrant Women's Health Service.Our elected officials praised her for working with volunteer and part time workers at the health service – the same one she is now alleged to have defrauded, claiming bogus expenses and spending government money on a house she owned.Parliament members moved to wish "Dr Eman Sharobeem all the very best in her future endeavours".In truth, ICAC wants to know if she robbed us blind.The story that we all wanted to be true was, in fact, something else: it was too good to be true.
Of course there are women who would not dream of making bizarre false accusation while robbing you blind, but not all are like that.
Have a drink.
You need one.
I know I do.