In history's page - Turnbull consigns Long Tan Cross and war veterans to a "PS" afterthought

Wiser men than us distilled the essence of their generation into 3 words.

Lest We Forget.

Lest we future generations forget what they did and why they did it.

I wonder what they'd make of this letter from the Prime Minister. 

Most Fridays Turnbull emails his extensive list of contacts with his weekly achievements.

It's always about him.

The more he says it's about you - the more it's about him.

Friday's was a biggie.

The email header - "This is your moment".


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Post Script.

postscript (P.S.) is an afterthought, thought of occurring after the letter has been written and signed.  The term comes from the Latin postscriptum, an expression meaning "written after" (which may be interpreted in the sense of "that which comes after the writing").

A postscript may be a sentence, a paragraph, or occasionally many paragraphs added, often hastily and incidentally, after the signature of a letter or (sometimes) the main body of an essay or book. In a book or essay, a more carefully composed addition (e.g., for a second edition) is called an afterword. The word "postscript" has, poetically, been used to refer to any sort of addendum to some main work, even if it is not attached to a main work, as in Søren Kierkegaard's book titled Concluding Unscientific Postscript.

An afterthought.

Turnbull has form - he insulted our veterans by not being there when the last 33 Australian men killed in action in Vietnam came home.

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If you wade through the same sex marriage self-congratulations to Turnbull's PS about Long Tan, you'll get to this.

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There's a video of Turnbull speaking on stuff he knows nothing about.

The "return" of the Long Tan Cross to Australian shores is completely incidental.

In 2012 the Vietnamese Government loaned the Long Tan Cross to the Australian War Memorial for public display.

But Turnbull makes the "return" of the cross - forever - the focus of his statement.

Here's a little of the history of the Long Tan Cross.

During the afternoon and evening of 18 August 1966, D Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment(6 RAR) fought an intense battle with a much larger force of Vietnamese communist troops near Long Tân in South Vietnam. While the Australian force comprised only 108 men, it managed to defeat the approximately 2000-strong Communist force with the assistance of supporting artillery and air strikes. 6 RAR and the other Australian units engaged suffered 18 killed and 24 wounded, making this the most costly Australian battle of the war. At least 245 of the Communist troops were killed in the fighting.[1]

6 RAR erected the Long Tan Cross to mark the third anniversary of the battle. According to an article in The Canberra Times, the cross was "the brainchild of Lieutenant Colonel David Butler and Warrant Officer James Cruickshank", and was constructed from concrete by Sergeant Alan McLean.[2] The cross weighs over 100 kilograms (220 lb) and is just under 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall.[3][dead link][4]

On 17 August 1969, A and D Companies of 6 RAR landed by helicopter near the former battle site and secured the area. The next morning, infantrymen and assault pioneers cleared the area around the location where 11 Platoon of D Company had conducted a last stand during the Battle of Long Tan. A Royal Australian Air Force helicopter then delivered the cross to the site. The remainder of the battalion arrived during the morning, and 6 RAR's chaplain led a ceremony to dedicate the memorial. Ten men from the battalion who had fought in the battle stood at the side of the cross throughout the proceedings. The ceremony concluded before noon, and 6 RAR returned to the nearby major Australian base at Nui Dat; D Company was the last element of the battalion to leave the site.[5]

At some time after the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, the Long Tan Cross was removed from the battle site. It was subsequently used as a memorial for a Catholic priest until 1984, when it was located by the Đồng Nai Province Museum in Biên Hòa. The museum added it to its collection, and placed the cross on display alongside other items from the war.[6] In either 1986[6] or 1989,[7] a replica of the Long Tan Cross was erected on the battle site by the Long Dat District People's Committee. This replica is often visited by Australian Vietnam War veterans and, as at 2012, was one of only two memorials to foreign military forces permitted in Vietnam (the other being a monument to the French forces who fought in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu during 1954).[6]

The original Long Tan Cross was loaned to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra in mid-2012. It was placed on display at the Memorial on 17 August, and was returned to Vietnam in April 2013.[7][dead link] In 2016 the Australian War Memorial unsuccessfully sought for the Cross to be loaned to it to mark the 50th anniversary of the battle.[8]

In November 2017 the Vietnamese Government gifted the original Long Tan Cross to Australia.[9] It was placed on permanent display at the Australian War Memorial on 6 December 2017.[8]

To Harry and his men - thank you for your heroic service.

Lest We Forget.

AWM 2b

Labor laying groundwork for Sam Dastyari to do a Richo

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Linda Burney is perfect for the role of Chief Sympathy Officer in the Dastyari Project.

Black.  Woman.  Muslim-friendly.

The Dastyari Project Team is hard at work crafting Sam's post parliamentary career.

Sam's done the hard yards for Labor - now Labor will do the hard yards for Sam.

For life.

Watch as Sam is loaded up with as much Chinese fund-raising blame as those skinny shoulders will bear.

He'll be re-cast as a misguided Lone wolf - but driven by a noble cause.

Labor will tell us the slate has been wiped clean - it was all Sam, we don't do fund-raising that way any more.

And like his predecessor Richo, Sam's reward will be great in Labor heaven.

Here's the first plank in Project Sam.



When the next step (signed sealed and delivered employment contract) is delivered, Sam will resign.

Here's a reminder of his predecessor Richo's blaze of glory departure from The Senate.


On 25 March 1994, Richardson resigned both (ministerial) positions and retired from parliament, citing ill-health. However, at the same time, allegations were mounting that Richardson was involved in acquiring prostitutes for his personal use, supplied by Robert Burgess and Nick Karlos. Karlos reportedly had been accused of having serious criminal connections; meanwhile Richardson had signed a letter of support on Ministerial letterhead for Burgess which was then used to set up a meeting between Richardson and the senior executive of a US defence company, where Richardson discussed Burgess' interests. Richardson denied the allegations.

Turnbull's video from Government House on gay marriage

Turnbull has gleefully, joyously allowed this issue to dominate over the past few months.

What a peanut.

I think he'll find the warmth he's luxuriating in is as transitory as wee in a wetsuit.

And the company he's kept, the agendas he's advanced have ripped his party to pieces.

When the transition to Shorten arrives we'll hardly notice.


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One of our Liberal Party People sent me the Chairman's video - with this note:

Dear Michael,

This was certainly my moment, in which I screamt in despair!

I was just so upset receiving this and then having the Cross of Long Tan added on this same page, just was beyond me, has the man no idea, what that means? This is a prime minister, who has no idea, that these two subjects do not come together very well in my opinion. According to me it is the clashing of two principles. They should not appear on the same page!

May be I am just wasting my time.