How very bemusing to read that a public sector superannuation fund's exposure to a corrupt business is part of the background to Warren Anderson's present efforts to obtain many tens of millions of dollars from taxpayers in the West Australian Supreme Court. I wonder if he feels any similar interest in revisiting his role in the Cairns Conservatory scandal that cost another public sector super fund many millions of dollars?

Anderson wants the WA government to give him back the $50 million, plus interest, that he put into crooked Laurie Connell's Rothwells merchant bank in 1988, allegedly at the government's behest, to try to prop up the dying enterprise. As The Australian reported on Saturday Anderson claims a government officer negotiating a real estate deal made the $50 million payment a condition as it would allow “the government Employees Superannuation Board to get an "embarrassing" $50 million loan to the merchant bank off the books."

Anderson seems to have no concerns about PNG public sector superannuation funds making a very dud deal six years later – when he sold them a building in Cairns for $18.72 million that he had purchased a fortnight earlier for $9.75 million. As Andrew Fowler reported for Four Corners in 2002, a PNG Ombudsman's inquiry found the former prime minister, Sir Julius Chan, and others stood to make considerable financial gains from this transaction:
ANDREW FOWLER: In October 2000, Morauta's government lodged a court claim in Cairns and Port Moresby for $30 million damages against Chan, Anderson and the former finance minister Chris Haiveta, among others.

DR JOHN NONGGORR (respected former PNG Government lawyer): I understand that the government of Prime Minister Mekere Morauta approved for the writ to be filed in court, and I received instructions from the lawyers in Melbourne to file the writ in Port Moresby, which I did.

ANDREW FOWLER: A few weeks later, the National Executive Council – PNG's Cabinet – reviewed the case after seeking a second legal opinion.

DR JOHN NONGGORR: The National Executive Council had decided that, ah, this matter should not be pursued. That's the conclusion I've reached.

ANDREW FOWLER: Why do you think they decided that?

DR JOHN NONGGORR: Um, I don't know because, um, I cannot say what went on through the minds of the people in the National Executive Council. But, of course, ah, people can draw their own conclusions from what has happened. Um, a number of people who were named in the writ are members of the National Executive Council.
The matter not being pursued no doubt would have been welcomed by Warren Anderson. And the idea of Warren Anderson not winning his present case in Perth no doubt would be welcomed by people still fighting the good fight in PNG.