Our media hunts in packs, sniffs the breeze and generally follows the same prey (or more appropriately bait)
To thine own self be true. It's all you can ask of yourself in matters of principle and truth. Be careful about fashionable opinions and things that can be summed up on Twitter.
I published this piece (below) on 26 November last year after police confirmed to me how seriously they were taking my complaint about Gillard's apparently criminal behaviour.
Grace Collier "got it" and pursued and reported the investigation into Gillard accurately. Grace has copped heaps by way of sniggers and snide "Brucer" nutjob remarks for doing that. Good on Grace for her grace, guts and singular regard for the truth in the face of a media pack in Australia that always knows better. Hedley Thomas, Steve Lewis, Mark Baker and some other notable independent thinkers have formed their own views on the facts as well, uninfluenced by the safe adoption of the party line.
But as for the bulk of the institutions we used to rely on for investigative analysis and critical reasoning - well they let us down badly and as a direct result of that failure, we've had to endure Gillard for much longer than is healthy.
So here's this blog's published story of 26 November, 2012.
Note to editors/journalists - Julia Gillard is currently facing very serious allegations and Victoria Police are investigating those allegations
Michael Smith News, published 26 November 2012
The government's approach to The AWU Scandal is for each Labor member to parrot a line.
"No allegation of wrongdoing has been made against the Prime Minister".
Here are just a few examples of the mantra trotted out over the weekend.
Tony Burke, the environment minister, "there is no actual allegation for Ms Gillard to take on."
Foreign Minister Bob Carr said that ''as we in the Labor party see it, this is a conspiracy theory fastened on by the opposition''.
The Prime Minister herself said that after years of examination of the AWU matter there was “not
one substantiated allegation of wrongdoing” against her.
Well that is just plain wrong.
On 11 October, 2012 I interviewed Ralph Edwin Blewitt for the first time. He stated that the Power of Attorney that purports to have been witnessed by Julia Gillard simply wasn't witnessed by her. He said that the document was backdated, was brought to Perth by Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard was not present when he signed it.
I thought about that overnight 11 October. I sought expert legal advice from a Queen's Counsel who practices in criminal law.
I reviewed Section 83A of the Crimes Act Victoria. - Creation of False Documents, penalty 10 years gaol.
In particular I noted this provision of Section 83A:
(6) For the purpose of this section, a document is false if it purports-
(g) to have been made or altered on a date on which, or at a place at
which, or otherwise in circumstances in which, it was not in fact made
On 12 October, 2012 I wrote to the Prime Minister to get her side of the story.
I waited 5 days for an answer. I received no answer. That left a substantial allegation of a serious indictable offence against Julia Eileen GILLARD unanswered, the evidence unchallenged by her.
As a result of her silence, on 17 October, 2012, I reported the Prime Minister's conduct in the matter of the Power of Attorney to the Chief Commissioner of Police, Victoria Police Force.
Here is a link to my original letter of 17 October. There's a note on the top of it that I added about 4 weeks later after I received some information from police that I thought would remain confidential.
On 12 November, 2012 a Detective Sergeant with the Fraud Squad contacted me to tell me that he was in charge of the initial investigation. He and I had several conversations that day and I furnished further and better particulars to him as well as some further documentary evidence.
The detective then asked me if I could contact Ralph Edwin Blewitt and if so could I invite him to attend on Victoria Police to make a statement. It's now widely known that Mr Blewitt did in fact return to Australia as a result of the detective's request.
I wrote this letter to Blewitt's lawyers that day - it's not been published and as the confidentiality provisions have now lapsed here it is for the record.
As a result of the request made by Victoria Police, Ralph Blewitt attended at various lawyers offices in Melbourne last week for the purpose of producing detailed, admissible and relevant statements to police regarding certain events in The AWU Scandal.
On Friday, 23 November, Mr Blewitt attended with his lawyer at the Victoria Police Fraud Squad offices in Melbourne. He voluntarily made written statements to police without the benefit of immunity from prosecution himself. He is in jeopardy of being charged with serious offences. Ralph's statements to police contain a provision that those statements in and of themselves cannot be used against him, but that does not stop police using other evidence or statements from other people to charge Blewitt.
From Friday, 23 November to today Monday 26 I have remained in contact with the Detective Sergeant who is responsible for assessing the case against the known offender in the matter I reported on 12 October.
So it is a manifestly false statement on the part of Ms Gillard and her government to say that "no allegation of wrongdoing has been made against the Prime Minister".
I have made such an allegation, the report to police has been accepted and it is being investigated.
Perhaps someone who works in the media and gets paid for it might wake up some time soon to the phenomenon of news being generated other than through a Canberra Press Gallery Media Release.
Then next time Julia Gillard hits the pack with the "there's no allegation" bulltish they might remind her of the serious charges she may face.
It's great to hear Ben Fordham speak the unvarnished truth on this issue today. Just imagine if the country's investigative organs had not gone to water when Julia Gillard threatened them almost 2 years ago. I know I would have been there on 2UE day in, day out asking questions and presenting my findings. Exactly as I'm doing with your help now on this blog.
One day, this story will become an overnight success with people in nice suits and fashionable opinions! But you'll know the truth and you and I might have a wee drink or two on the strength of it. After all, in vino veritas.
NB -Just for the record, I've republished the 26 November piece once before. That was on 23 January this year. Here's the link http://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2012/11/note-to-editorsjournalists-julia-gillard-is-currently-facing-very-serious-allegations-and-victoria-p.html