Vale the late Wing Commander Hedley Thomas AM MID (RL) - 9SQN RAAF SVN and Middle East

I've just received a note from a reader to let us know that Wing Commander Hedley Thomas AM, MID (retired) has died.

Wing Commander Thomas was a fighter pilot & helicopter pilot who served with distinction with 9SQN RAAF in Vietnam.

He's the father of Newscorp investigative journalist Hedley.

This notice was published in the Canberra Times obituaries today.

HEDLEY THOMAS


THOMAS, Hedley Robert AM
RAAF Wing Commander (Retired)

24 January 1940 – 14 March 2017

Dearly loved husband of Donna.

Loved and respected father, father-in-law and stepfather of Peta (Greece), Hedley and Ruth (Brisbane),
Rebecca and Brett (Gold Coast),
Kate and Paul (Sydney) and
Cameron (Melbourne).

Much loved grandfather of Candice, Ben, Georgia, Alexander, Alexandra, Sarah, James, Olivia and Mia.

Loved brother and uncle of Judith (NSW) and Claudia (Gold Coast).

To celebrate his accomplished and wonderful life, Rebecca and
Brett Frizelle will host a private function for his family and friends.

ENDS

Wing Commander Thomas was a great supporter of this website.

I'd often receive a note or a call from Hedley Jr when we published something of interest to his dad - I remember one video we published with some rare footage of helicopters in operations in Vietnam - Wing Commander Thomas passed on such a lovely message and wanted to make sure all his mates got to see the video too.

When the Mona Shindy scandal erupted Wing Commander Thomas went to press:

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Our condolences to the Thomas family and to Hedley, Ruth and the children in particular.

Lest We Forget.


Ralph Blewitt has been charged with fraud on each of 31 invoices to Thiess in AWU Scandal

Almost 5 years since he first came forward to assist police in the AWU Scandal, Ralph Blewitt was today charged by WA Police with 31 counts of causing detriment to a person by deception - more commonly known as fraud.

He has been bailed on his own undertaking to appear in the Perth Magistrates' Court next Wednesday morning.

He has not been served with a police brief of evidence, nor has he had the particulars of the offences police allege against him explained.

The WA Police describe the charge of fraud on their website

What is fraud?

Fraud is broadly defined as any person who, with intent to defraud, by deceit or any fraudulent means so as to gain a benefit directly or for another person, or cause detriment to any person or organisation directly or indirectly.

This may include;

  • Obtaining property or persuade any person to deliver property to another.
  • Gain a benefit or cause a loss, (financial or otherwise to another person).
  • To induce any person to withhold from acting lawfully or undertake any act that the person is lawfully entitled to withhold from doing.

Note: The term person, or any word or expression descriptive of a person includes a public body, company, or association or body of persons, corporate or unincorporated.

ENDS

As I understand it, police allege that Thiess was deceived by each of the 31 false invoices used to transmit the secret commission payments from Thiess to the Ludwig/Wilson/Gillard/Blewitt slush fund. 

I predict that charges of deception on Thiess will fail because Thiess knew exactly what it was paying for, there was no deception, there were secret commissions. Let's see what a court thinks.

Ralph Blewitt urgently needs a lawyer - if you know someone interested in taking Ralph on as a client I will be happy to pass on his details but I can't and won't act as an intermediary, the relationship must be solely with Ralph.


Major Peter Badcoe VC - 50 years since his feats of soldiering and leadership became legend

It's 50 years since this quiet, bookish bloke showed us all what leadership, guts and a dedication to looking after others really mean.

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Never judge a book by its cover!
 
Peter Badcoe didn't drink grog, didn't smoke and didn't raise hell on leave.
 
Not the typical Aussie Digger of the day, he was quiet and bookish preferring to read and discuss military history than play mess rugby. He was short and chubby with horn-rimmed glasses - more geek than grunt, but my God, underestimate him at your peril as the enemy discovered.
 
In 1966 after 16 years in the Army and at the age of 32, Major Peter Badcoe joined the Australian Army Training Team - Vietnam and was the Australian advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) in Thua Thien province near the border with North Vietnam, far removed from the Australian AO in Phouc Tuy province near Saigon.
 
On February 23 1967, he monitored a radio transmission stating that a US Army Officer advising a platoon of South Vietnamese Popular Forces had been killed during a contact, his body lying in front of a troublesome enemy machine gun post, and a US Army medical officer severely wounded. Sprinting across 650 metres of open ground, swept by machine gun fire, he married up with the besieged troops, tended the wounds of the medical officer, rallied the friendly forces, then led a frontal attack on the enemy inflicting heavy casualties and neutralising the machine gun post himself.
 
He picked up the body of the dead US officer and still under fire, led the troops on a fighting withdrawal over the 650 metres of open ground.
 
Two weeks later whilst commanding the Ready Reaction Company of the province, he led a series of assaults which saved the besieged district headquarters of Quang Dien and its defenders, routing the enemy and forcing them to flee.
 
A month later, working with the ARVN 1st Division Reaction company and some APCs, the company came under heavy attack and withdrew to cover, abandoning Badcoe and his signaller. He ran back to the South Vietnamese troops, rallied them and spurred them to advance. They halted again, but Badcoe continued forward.
 
A stubborn machine gun post attracted his attention and he started lobbing grenades at it in an attempt to silence it. As he rose to throw another grenade, he was cut down by enemy fire.
 
For his service to his country and for these three individual acts of bravery, this unlikely hero from South Australia was awarded Australia’s highest honour… the Victoria Cross.
 
His medals were purchased by Kerry Stokes and are on display at the Australian War Memorial. Badcoe Hall at Royal Military College - Duntroon is named in his honour.
 
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Bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver star
Gold star
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Some of Peter Badcoe's medals
 
UK Victoria Cross ribbon bar.svg Victoria Cross[2][7][8]
Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975 (with Vietnam clasp)[8]
Vietnam Medal BAR.svg Vietnam Medal[8]
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal[8]
Bronze oak leaf cluster
U.S. Silver Star (with oakleaf cluster)[2][8]
Purple Heart ribbon.svg U.S. Purple Heart[8]
Air Medal ribbon.svg U.S. Air Medal[8]
VPD National Order of Vietnam - Knight BAR.png Knight of the National Order of Vietnam[2]
Silver star
Gold star
South Vietnam Gallantry Cross (with palm, gold star and silver star)[2][8]
RVN Wound Medal ribbon.png South Vietnam Wound Medal[8]
Vietnam Campaign Medal ribbon with 60- clasp.svg South Vietnam Campaign Medal (with 1960 clasp)[8]
Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal Ribbon.png South Vietnam Armed Forces Honour Medal, 1st Class[2]
 
This man embodies the ethos of the pre-Morrison Australian Army.
Leaders who put their men and others first.
Officers who fought hard and at the front line.
Duty and service before self.
 
 
Lest We Forget.


 


ACTU chief Sally McManus wants big boob ban - looking good is a symbol of ♂ oppressing ♀

IN 2010 the new Australian ACTU Chief Sally McManus laid out her personal manifesto in Erskineville Town Hall (sisters).

Big boobs - banned!

Plastic surgery - banned.

Diets - banned.

Anything to make women look better IN THE EYES OF MEN - BANNED!

You may laugh (not if it pleases men) - no you can't, that's BANNED too.

So rise up (no don't, has male overtones, sorry for inadvertent oppression).

 


John Setka (60+ charges in criminal history) asks if you want him in charge of what laws to break


It's important you can explain to your friends why Gillard is facing charges over the AWU scandal

Gillard will soon face court over her perjury to the Trade Union Royal Commission.

When she does, it's important that you can explain why she's being charged.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions can jump in and put a stop to a private prosecution at any time.

Fair enough too, it's an understandable safeguard.

Charges have to stack up with a professional and complete brief and compelling evidence of a serious enough offence.

But the CDPP looks beyond the criminal case and the evidence.

One of the factors the DPP will be considering as to whether or not to jump in and shut down the GILLARD prosecution is whether:

  1. (c)  to proceed with the prosecution would be contrary to the public interest - law enforcement is necessarily a discretionary process, and sometimes it is appropriate for subjective considerations of public policy,such as the preservation of order or the maintenance of international relations,to take precedence over strict law enforcement considerations;

That's where you come in.

We don't need a torches burning, pitchfork wielding mob.  We are not like that.  But we do need to be active.  And we need public support.

We need to be considered, fully conversant with the facts - but more importantly able to explain to our friends why it is in the public interest that these charges are laid and prosecuted.

Australians are fair minded people.  We give others a fair go.  It's a big ask to get a normal Aussie with a normal life to jump over the hurdle of agreeing to pull a former politician in to answer for 20+ year old offences.  Most people (unacquainted with the facts) would just say leave it.

I say Gillard went into Dyson Heydon's royal commission carrying a forged letter purporting to be from Ray Neal, the WA Corporate Affairs Commissioner.

She knew it was a forgery.  And she used it as if it was real. She gave false evidence about the way the AWU WRA was incorporated.  She knew it was false evidence.  She was covering up the truth - which isn't that hard to discover!

Yvonne Henderson, the Minister in Carmen Lawrence's government directed that the AWU WRA Inc be incorporated.

Gillard knows that because she prepared the submission asking for a ministerial review of the commissioner's decision to refuse incorporation.  And her submission included a filing fee of $22 - made out on an AWU WRA Inc cheque!

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But instead of "remembering" the truth, she "remembered" receiving a letter which turns out to be a forgery.  It was never sent to her.

She tried to be vague in the Royal Commission

Once again, my view about this is informed by documents.  If I hadn't seen the documents I'm not sure I would have recalled these matters, but it is evident on the documents that some inquiry was made, I presume of Mr Blewitt, about the nature of the Association and whether  or not it was a trade union and that was then referred to me.

She then goes on to give a dubious account of having no memory of "the documents" but treating them (ie the Ray Neal forgery and the memo to Blewitt) as the real deal, which triggered memories of what she "must have done" at the time.

It was over 20 years ago you see.  She's looking for wriggle room so as to avoid the perjury charge she knows she's risking.

Trouble for Ms Gillard is that line is nicely snookered by her own evidence to the Royal Commission:

Q. You have been answering questions about these issues for many years; correct?

A.   I most certainly have, Mr Stoljar.

On 29 November 2012 Ms Gillard held a public press conference and said this:

PM: I dealt with this extensively at the marathon press conference that I did in August and before I answer your question let me just go to some of the issues here about the amount that I've dealt with this on the public record. 

There has been an emerging kind of consensus amongst the media, perhaps egged on by the Opposition, that I need to give a full and frank account of these matters. Let me just remind, I first answered these matters on the public record in 1995, when they were raised by a Liberal Party minister. 

I then dealt with these matters on the public record again in 2001 when they were raised by a Liberal Party backbencher.

I dealt with these matters on the public record in 2006 when I filmed an Australian Story.

I dealt with these matters on the public record in 2007 after the shopping around of a dirt file by persons employed then in the ministerial office of the Liberal Party. 

I dealt with these matters on the public record in a marathon press conference in August, one of the longest prime ministerial press conferences ever held.

I have dealt with these matters at press conferences in Melbourne, in Brisbane.

She dealt with the WA Corporate Affairs matter in the parliament for a week.

As she says, over the years she's regularly gone on the record to explain what went on.

And she's never once "remembered" the forged letter from Ray Neal - until the Royal Commission.

In November 2012 she had McTernan produce this after the reports that said she'd done a lot more than just give advice as a lawyer:

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And when Fairfax broke the story that Gillard's initial claim that she only provided advice on the incorporation was false - that she'd argued the case with the WA office of state corporate affairs - she wrote this little number to Greg Hywood.

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And to quote Kevin Rudd, "You know something?"; not once did she ever mention anywhere that she'd written back to a letter from Ray Neal offering to incorporate if the association promised to make a rule change.  Nor did she mention the memo she now says she sent to Ralph all those years ago.  Nor did she mention anywhere until the Royal Commission Ralph's purported role as the head honcho in getting the rule change up etc etc etc.

In fact, she didn't mention Ralph Blewitt at all in her explanations to Peter Gordon.

Just her and Bruce. And a note from the regulator that said the entity was ineligible for incorporation.  In answer to which she made a submission arguing the case for incorporation.  And sent a $22 cheque made out to the corporate affairs people.  And 2 men from the WA office of state corporate affairs who say the decision to incorporate was made by the minister.  And that the letter Gillard used in her false evidence is a forgery.

So get ready for lots more detail.  Share it with your friends.  Let's get Ray Neal and his offsider Ralph Mineif cleared of the implicit defamatory imputations in Gillard's forgery.

And let's all make a stand for the truth!


Ralph Blewitt to attend WA Police CIB for interview over AWU frauds today

God Speed for today Ralph!

Today Ralph Blewitt is scheduled to attend the WA Police CIB offices for a formal interview about the AWU Scandal.

It's just on 5 years since Ralph first put his hand up, admitted his guilt and offered to tell all.

Ralph is 71, a Totally and Permanently Incapacitated war veteran who suffers from PTSD, Type 2 insulin dependent diabetes and the mental scar tissue of the past 5 years of unnecessary bullshit and drama.

It's an insight into the man's character that he hasn't given the one finger salute to the Australian legal system and pulled down the shutters.

Ralph's a tough and determined battler.  And he's proven over the past 5 years that he has principles - and he's sticking to them.

We can leave the recriminations and investigation into the investigation for another day - today's focus is on Ralph, his wife Ruby and the police.

You stick to your guns Ralph, tell the truth and let your conscience be your guide.

And for the rest of us - it's worth a moment to remember why Ralph chose to come forward.

He was sickened when he heard what happened to Bob Kernohan.

He was shocked when he heard about Wilson's broader corruption - particularly clearance for asbestos laden earth fill on a Melbourne road site.

And the biggie - something happens to a man when he puts his life on the line in the Anzac tradition.  As a young man Ralph fought for freedom. Gillard shutting down a free press in its inquiries and publications about her role in the scandal was the final straw.

He's never wavered in his commitment - nor in his moral clarity about why it's worthwhile persisting in his efforts to get the whole truth out.

Gillard picked the wrong bloke to have a blue with over right and wrong.

Duty First Ralph.

Here's Ralph Edwyn Blewitt in one of our first 10 minute interviews - originally published 1 November 2012!

 


Eric Abetz fires up on loony Greens after Di Natale's press club speech today

You may remember Senator di Natale from his $3.75 per hour advertisement for an "extra pair of hands to entertain the lads".

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Today he was being taken seriously by the Press Club in Canberra.  Go figure.

Amongst other things he shared his proudest moment - this from The Australian just now.

Di Natale’s proudest moment


Greens leader Richard Di Natale gives the podium to Nada Kalam to address the National Press Club in Canberra. Picture: Kym Smith
  • The Australian

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has labelled his party’s walkout on Pauline Hanson’s “hateful” first speech one of his “proudest moments” and invited a young Muslim woman on stage at the National Press Club to share her story, who warned her right to exist was “constantly under fire”.

In his first address to the club since the election, Senator Di Natale declared it was not “our people” who were broken but “our system” and urged Australians to embrace a “path that is based on love and compassion, not on hatred and division”.

As he hit out at the One Nation leader, who he called a “bigoted woman attacking Muslims”, he said his speech was not for the nation’s influencers and decision-makers but for young people “being screwed right over now and see their future being ripped away”.

“I have to say one of my proudest moments was leading the team out of the Senate in response to Pauline Hanson’s hateful first speech. It was a gesture of protest, a gesture of resistance in the nation’s parliament,” Senator Di Natale said.

ENDS

And you've got to hand it to Eric Abetz!

Loony Greens deliver delusional spiel
Published: Wednesday, 15 March 2017 13:51
Greens Leader Richard Di Natale’s address to the National Press Club today delivers a scary insight into the mindset of the Australian Greens who would be a key part of any Shorten Labor Government.

“Senator Di Natale’s bizarre address to the National Press Club would have been better programmed during the Loony Tunes hour. His speech was delusional, out of touch and dangerous,” Senator Abetz said today.

“The Greens proposal to shorten the working week to four days would have a devastating impact on the Australian economy and its productive capacity. Indeed, I’m not sure how Senator Di Natale intends on funding his socialist health, education and foreign aid proposals with a dramatically reduced revenue base.”

“The Green’s acrobatic performance was also on full display, for example:

Senator Di Natale says political donations are corrupt – unless it’s the largest political donation in Australian history, from Graeme Wood to the Australian Greens, or the union bosses’ donations to the Australian Greens.
Senator Di Natale says we need ‘deliberative democracy’ to put Australian people at the centre of democracy yet opposes a plebiscite on marriage.
Senator Di Natale calls anyone who opposes 18C a racist yet supports Palestine where women and minorities are brutally murdered.”
“It’s also disappointing that Senator Di Natale avoided addressing the serious questions about the Greens’ suitability to be a part of a Shorten Minority Government.”

“I am pleased that more and more Australians are finally becoming alert to the scary and delusional policy agenda of the Australian Greens,” Senator Abetz concluded.


The Dutch go to the polls later today with Geert Wilders leaving no doubt on his policies

The Dutch go to the polls later today, with counting to start at 7AM Sydney time tomorrow.

Geert Wilders wants to be PM.  His party's platform includes a ban on the Koran, shutting Mosques and Islamic schools, zero refugee intake and a ban on immigration from Muslim countries.

Wrap all that up into a slogan - "The Netherlands Ours Again."

He certainly leaves the Turks in no doubt about where he stands.  The Moroccans (another major source country for Holland's Muslims copped a serve too, "There is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe, mostly young people — and that should change".

Wilders has led the polls since November and he appears likely to win the popular vote - however the prime ministership may elude him, this synopsis of the Dutch parliamentary system from the ABC. 

The Dutch House of Representatives has 150 members who are elected in four-year terms. Like the Australian Senate, their lower house is elected by a system of proportional representation.

This means the seats are split between an array of major and minor parties. The next prime minister will probably have to form a coalition with a range of parties. 

All major parties have ruled out striking a power-sharing agreement with Mr Wilders, even if he wins the popular vote. They consider his policies to be either too extreme or simply unconstitutional.

This does not mean a high vote for Mr Wilders would be meaningless. If he does do well on Wednesday, it will put pressure on whoever wins to move closer to his agenda. 

It will also put the frighteners up the established political parties in the EU who are facing voters in the coming months.

Our two major parties should take notice.  They are suppressing discussion about Islam - and pretending it's wonderful and a force for good.  That has very powerful consequences.  People aren't stupid - we can read the Koran and listen to the sermons.  The sooner we cut the feel-good crap and start to get real on dealing with Islam the less pain and blowback we will suffer.

I wish Geert Wilders well - the sooner the brakes are put on Islam's growing influence in Europe the better.