Ask For Answers

Posted: February 14, 2013 in HSU Saga, Media

As I mentioned in my last post, I will keep you up to date on any response from Michael Smith.

Last night I had a chat with Michael on some of the matters I raised in my post.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Telstra for delivering a voicemail late. Thanks.

Michael Smith tried to phone me on Tuesday night at around 9pm, unfortunately I was alerted to this not by my phone, but by Michael tweeting me last night…

I returned Michael’s call and we had a brief chat, that despite all the yelling, the abuse, and the foul language in the end solved little… Actually, I’m only joking, do not quote me on that please. I know many will be waiting for me to say how arrogant he was, how he lied constantly, and how he is in it up to his eyeballs, prepare to be disappointed, as I will call it as I see it.

My conversation with Michael was friendly and open, and I have to say that I thought he seemed like quite a down to earth bloke, not what I had imagined after “Go Back to Where You Came From”. In fact he was the kind of bloke I think I’d enjoy a beer with, actually I even offered just that.

Smith had been having trouble with his emails coming via his domain, something that has been sorted out now, that is why there was the delay in response time. Although getting back to me within 48 business hours I thought was fine at any rate.

Michael Smith. look no horns...

Michael Smith. Look no horns…

Smith is no doubt a busy man, and so I assume sometimes he finds it easier to phone than to type a response, I am usually the same. So I am not expecting him to respond to all of the questions I asked in the email, however he responded to much of what I was after on the phone.

His opinion of the arrest was that he thought that it was the way things work regarding the procedure of seeking information. Therefore the arrest is legitimate in his mind.

These are not Smiths words, but to me that says that Thomson should have jumped up and gone to Melbourne to help explain once again what he had already explained numerous times. The fact that it was during the Xmas break did not matter, apparently Vic Police can’t afford to send someone to investigate and ask questions. I don’t tend to agree with that, and if that is standard operating procedure in Victoria, it needs to change.

In regards to the warrant where the box marked “The person is avoiding the service of a summons” has been ticked, Smith believes that this box was simply ticked by mistake.

Oops, wrong box

Oops, wrong box

I’m sorry, I don’t believe that for a second, I think that this box was deliberately ticked in order to cover the lie about the summons that they claimed to have done in December and never issued. I don’t think a Police Officer with that much experience, or a Judicial Officer makes such a dumb mistake on a routine form, especially not on a case with this much profile.

In regards to their friendship, and time at the same station when Smith was a cop, Smith says he was unaware of Tyquin when he was there.This came up when they met to discuss Smith providing a statement regarding Thomson.

As Smith tells it, the conversation went along like general chatter, Tyquin asking him about where he was stationed when in the force. It turned out they discovered they had been at the same station, but didn’t know each other, kind of like meeting someone years later that went to your high school but you never knew whilst at school.

I believe his version of events regarding this, as it sounds totally normal and plausible. Although Smith didn’t say this, in hindsight this may have been what motivated him to put up the “full disclosure”, in case someone like myself found that link from his past.

In regards to the police statements regarding the Thomson interview on 2UE, Smith said this is procedure. As Smith performed the interview, his statement was needed in regards to verifying it was a legitimate recording of the interview.

Smith was also keen to say that he had no ties whatsoever with Kathy Jackson and is not aligned with her in any way.

When I asked his opinion on the evidence against her, he said he had not seen it, only what had been put in my most recent article regarding him, and he had not yet had opportunity to thoroughly go over it. However he is happy to look at the information, and I will be sending him more also.

Neranto, Child Care, Cash Cheques.... Not Me

Neranto, Child Care, Cash Cheques…. Not Me

Overall, I thought our chat was positive, and I hope he feels the same although I’m pretty sure he would.

In a democratic society there will always be differing opinions, that is healthy, it is how we handle them that is important.

I respect those with a different opinion to me as long as they show respect back, both Michael and I can be abrasive and also take the piss at times, I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that. However I admire someone who can be not just tolerant in a pleasant manner, but genuinely friendly despite disagreeing on much.

I have dealt with a few from the “let’s get Thommo” side of the debate before, I’ve been misquoted, had my mobile number posted under a post that accuses me of stalking children, and received more than my share of abuse.

Michael Smith, for what it’s worth, I disagree with your politics and much of what you say, but for the way you have handled criticism and been so cool-headed and friendly about discussing these matters, you have my utmost respect.

Think I’d better buy me a lottery ticket.

In a further update to this post, I’d better buy me some humble pie as well, as i have had to make a correction re my previous post.

I hope this encourages others to correct their errors in a similar manner, not try and bury their mistakes where nobody will notice.

Correction Notice

It has been pointed out to me by a bloke named Bill on my comment site that I have royally screwed up. Turns out he’s right.

In my last post I had mistakenly not realised that there are 2 charges per sheet on the bulk of the Thomson charges sheets uploaded on Michael Smiths website, and the number of charges in fact totalled 154.

I apologise to Mr Smith, and to you all for my error, it was certainly not my intention to make such a huge dick of myself as I have clearly done in this case. If I make an error, I always correct it as soon as possible.

I have removed the incorrect part from the post now.

Thanks

Wixxy

Comments
  1. He stayed pretty cool calm and collected in the face of Jon Faine’s foolish diatribe also.

  2. sue says:

    If Smith believes Thomson should have gone to Victoria to answer questions and because he didn’t the arrest was legitimate then he must be very angry and confused why an Archbishop has not been arrested, considering children rather than fraud is involved

    “In 2010, Archbiship Wilson, Bishop Malone and Father Lucas became the subject of a police investigation over allegations that while working in the diocese, they failed to report McAlinden to police despite being aware that he had repeatedly abused children.

    Archbishop Wilson has refused to be interviewed by police about the allegations and denies involvement in a cover-up.”

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/archbishop-called-to-face-coverup-inquiry-20130213-2edc3.html#ixzz2Kp5HF3fz

  3. Just one correction Wixxy – it wasn’t Tyquin that filled in the bottom bit of the Warrant where the box is ticked, that’s the role of the Judicial Officer who issues the warrant, that bit of the form is the actual warrant instructing members of the police force. Tyquin would not have touched it.

  4. clarittee says:

    As long as the truth is the final winner it doesn’t concern us that there are a few bends in the road.

  5. denniallen says:

    Who ever ticked the wrong box – is obviously incompetent…how could a professional serving officer get something so vital so wrong. Just disgraceful that such a spectacle resulted from “someone ticking the wrong box”. Oops sorry to create such a humiliating experience…for heavens sake heads should roll over this debacle

  6. I think that Smith like yourself operates intellectually on the same level, he is not Hadley. He is obviously in a different league so It’s no surprise to me he is charming and measured. I knew Stan Z and he was the opposite of his theater personality, in fact he was a beautiful bloke. It would not serve Mitchael well to be obstinate to you as it would do his brand he is building a great deal of harm. There is no doubt in my mind that Michael is working toward a career in politics. What I will say Wixxy is it is blatantly obvious to me that you are a gifted investigative new media journalist and he has afforded you the respect you reserve, especially in regards to this matter. Keep with it, its such an important issue. He may just learn some new facts from you so it serves him well. Keep up the good work mate, we in the 5th estate fill the void of the rotting carcass of MSM.

  7. jaycee says:

    One comes across many “Smiths” in one’s travels…”positive..cool-headed…can handle criticism”..that sort of thing..and will remain that way…..so long as they have the weight and protective power of those who wield such power.
    I’d be “positive” too if I had the list of “friends” that Michael has…I’d be downright effusive w/positivism!….Murdoch?..tick!….Abbott?..tick!…Police mates?..tick!….comments for cash?..tick!
    Bloody hell!…what a great day!…hello sky!..hello twittering birdies!….Goodbye Thommo!
    Well, I don’t know about you fellows, but..I..am going down to “The Club” to have a Scotch-on-the-rocks out of a cut-crystal tumbler w/..”The Boys”….toodles!

    • sue says:

      Senator Brandis!….. tick!
      He comes in handy, as he has direct contact with States Attorney Generals

    • CHAFF BAG says:

      JAYCEE,

      AND OF COURSE, LABOR POLITICIANS DON’T HAVE ANY VERY RICH AND POWERFUL FRIENDS. THEY ONLY DRINK BEER, NEVER NEVER SIT IN THE VIP BOX AT THE TENNIS OR FOOTY, THEY REFUSE TO ACCEPT THEIR MASSIVE GENEROUS SUPER.

      PAUL HOWES WOULD NEVER EVER DRINK FRENCH CHAMPAGNE AND MINGLE WITH THE BIG END OF TOWN AT THE MELBOURNE CUP, TROPHY WOMAN ON HIS ARM.
      LIKE CRAIG THOMSON HE HAS A DOUBLE.

      IT WOULD APPEAR YOU NEED TO GET OUT AND ABOUT A BIT MORE.
      REMOVE YOUR ROSE COLOURED GLASSES.

      • jaycee says:

        Chaff Bag…If Howes drank French Champagne over the local brew, I too would say he must be a ‘rotter’..cause the local product is sooo much better!
        And as for “the big end of town”…even we know as Howes has expressed before..: The “big end of town” is where most of the “lowest folk of the town reside!”

    • CHAFF BAG says:

      JAYCEE,

      I HAVE BEEN ON THIS EARTH FOR A VERY LONG TIME, AND I HAVE NOT COME ACROSS TOO MANY PEOPLE LIKE MICHAEL SMITH.
      IF THERE WERE MORE IN THE WORLD LIKE MICHAEL, CORRUPTION WOULD NOT BE FLOURISHING..

  8. CHAFF BAG says:

    I THINK MICHAEL SMITH IS BRILLIANT.

  9. owen1967 says:

    the question that begs to be answered is how the Victoria Police department could claim economic rationialism (and therefore not send officers for a one-day pickup of Thompson during the holiday period) yet still afford to send 5 officers (is that the correct number) to Terrigal overnight to manage an interception the following afternoon (co-incidentally precisely when Mr Abbott was addressing the Press Club (if you can call them “Press”)?

    sounds more like economic irrationality than a cost saving measure.

    or perhaps there was another agenda? … the whole thing is fishier than a the Great Barrier Reef …

    • Redneck Country Boy says:

      Owen, I think they only sent two and the others were NSW officers, though I could be wrong. Either way you cut it, whether he should or shouldn’t have been arrested in the way he was, the evidence looks to be pretty damning so he certainly deserves to be facing court having his innocence tested.

    • Max says:

      The 5 officers included 2 VIC officers who would have escorted Thomson back to VIC if Thomson had not applied for bail. Two officers would have been NSW and it has been suggested elsewhere (but unconfirmed) that the 5th person in attendance was a driver.

      Police officers travel in pairs for corroboration, and the VIC officers would have been present at the arrest to ensure that nothing untoward which might have prejudiced the process occurred. This way the VIC and NSW services had independent corrorboration of the circumstances of the arrest.

      5 police officers may well have been the minimum number that the two services could have got away with to ensure all possible eventualities were covered.

    • wixxy says:

      My understanding is that there were 2 detectives from Victoria who were with NSW Police for the arrest as it had to be done by NSW Police due to jurisdiction etc

      Still I agree that it would have been cheaper to send a detective up to ask questions, alternatively there are new devices such as telephones and email….

    • Lorraine says:

      If you read the reports I think you will see that it was NSW police officers who went to Thompson because Vic Police not able to arrest someone not in their jurisdiction This information might alter your assumptions?.

      • owen1967o says:

        thanks Redneck Country Boy, Max, Wixxy and anomyal for the correction on the number of officers and jurisdictional nuances … as anomyl rightly asserts, i spend too much time fishing (it’s just that barra bite so hard – and give themselves away so obviously – i find it difficult to resist).

        i still wonder at the arrest timing, the economic irrationality and the arrest procedure … and whilst i am in no way in agreement that an MP should be pardoned for wrongdoings simply because they are an MP, i wonder at the behaviour of people who (when it suits them) describe themselves as “servants of the people” … whilst at the same time flouting laws, currying favour (yes, fishy curry – of course), seemingly manipulating police actions, and behave like they are above the law.

        i apologise unreservedly for my error … and thanks for the correction/s.

      • wixxy says:

        Totally agree Warren 🙂
        I wasn’t criticising…

  10. CHAFF BAG says:

    I WAS ONCE TOLD BY A WISE MAN “NEVER EVER UNDERESTIMATE ANYONE.

    GILLARD ‘S UNDERESTIMATION OF MICHAEL IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE.

    MICHAEL SMITH, CREATOR OF AN EXTRAORDINARY WEB SITE .
    SEEKER OF TRUTH AND JUSTICE.

    • jaycee says:

      I did wonder why “Chaff Bag” had to write his posts in large print…With his observation that : “MICHAEL SMITH, CREATOR OF AN EXTRAORDINARY WEB SITE .
      SEEKER OF TRUTH AND JUSTICE.”
      one can see that an appointment with an optician is required!

      • kevin says:

        Or spend a bit more tiime at school rather than on the computer

      • Extreme Centrist says:

        Chaff Bag is a regular comenter on Michael Smiths site, as am I. Don’t get upset about his upper case. It is all he does, probably has a permanently stuck caps lock. He means nothing by it, I’m sure.
        I personally follow Smith’s site, I don’t agree with a lot of what he say’s. He and the bloggers on his site are pretty much a fair bunch of people who do accept criticism.

      • wixxy says:

        I found him quite fair indeed

      • CHAFF BAG says:

        JACEE,

        A VERY CATTY REMARK.
        I MAY BE VISUALLY IMPAIRED HOWEVER, I AM INTELLIGENT, AND CONSIDER MYSELF A VERY GOOD JUDGE OF CHARACTER.
        I AM ALSO WELL MANNERED.

      • jaycee says:

        Well, “CHAFF BAG” (and others)if you are as bloody intelligent as you claim you would have detected a note of sly sarcasm directed to your observation concerning Mike Smith’s blog rather than your eyesight…but then the right-wing are known for a lack of credible humour.

  11. Catching up says:

    wixxy, I find it hard for two men to work at the same police station, and not know of one another.

    • jaycee says:

      You gotta remember, CU….all Smiths’ reccolections are in retrospect!!

      • CHAFF BAG says:

        I SUGGEST YOU HAVE A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE AND CHILL OUT.
        YOU SEEM TO BE A VERY SARCASTIC UNHAPPY PERSON.
        IF YOU HAD TAKEN THE TIME TO READ MY REPLY YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN AWARE THAT YOUR SLY CATTINESS WAS NOTED.

      • wixxy says:

        Maybe everybody needs to chill out

        Just sayin’….

    • kevin says:

      Read what he has written
      ” I do not remember him as a friend”
      Try to post honestly when criticising somebody.
      [take a leaf from wixx’s book]

  12. anonymal says:

    Owen1967,
    can VIC police arrest people in NSW? Weren’t those NSW police?
    Maybe you are just too much of a fisherman…

  13. RL says:

    Mate, outstanding article and integrity. With any luck you and smithy are paving the way for the new media age.

  14. kevin says:

    You can’t be a professional journalist.
    They never admit to an error or misapprehension.

  15. Max says:

    For fraud there has to be a complaint (and complainant with standing) doesn’t there?

    Jackson may be the complainant for Williamson’s investigation (she had standing at the time of the complaint ) but who would be the complainant against Jackson particularly if the union doesn’t want the attention?

    By way of comparison Smith made the complaint re a false document because this was a matter in the public domain. WA could not proceed with fraud against the AWU WRA because Thiess (the source of the AWU WRA money) would not lodge a complaint.

  16. You have 1,772 followers, Michael Smith’s are in the millions… long way to go son…. by the way, the millions wish to talk about the AWU scandal, Gillard being investigated and probably charged., you don’t, thats the reason you have less followers than my mum……..

    • wixxy says:

      If you actually check Internet traffic, you will find Independent Australia generate more hits than Smiths sites, that is where my HSU posts are published
      Anyway, it’s not about who has the most hits, it’s about doing the right thing for union members

    • wixxy says:

      Actually, you were referring to twitter followers with my numbers, Michael Smith News has 1,199 followers on twitter, not quite in the millions….

      • Who’s arguing about twitter, I am not…. But I have got the statement that “Gillard is being investigated and will probably be charged with fraud” on a left leaning site….. The main stream media just ignores a fact that strikes at the very heart of democracy and trust towards unions. I and millions of Australian’s read Michael Smiths site, no not all rabid right wingers, some like me are disgusted with Gillard’s nasty grab for power sponsored by Howes and Shorten. Kevin Rudd was voted in by the people, they did not vote for a puppet with such a disgraceful background. I will refer to your site from time to time to see if finally lefties news media will investigate and ensure Gillard is brought to account for her actions….. but then certain powerful lefties will have to have the balls to fight injustice, not support it….

      • wixxy says:

        You quoted the number of my twitter followers, as for the numbers who read the Smith posts, you are simply wrong, when I am home next I will get the numbers for you…
        We were discussing the arrest of a man under false pretenses on my post, not Gillard.

      • Redneck Country Boy says:

        Lets not get into a “who’s is bigger” debate. I’m quite certain Michal Smith (who’s site I regularly visit) and also am inclined to believe wixxy (who’s site I came across via the Smith’s site) are both coming from a good place i.e. wanting to see justice done. We may, and probably will, disagree on political ideology, but surely that is irrelevant when it comes to exposing corruption in our society.

  17. And if you don’t print that, it will be noted on Michaels site, our whole discussion….. so lets see who’s side you are on….

    • wixxy says:

      Don’t print what? Don’t start telling me what I can and can’t print on my site…. I don’t take orders from arrogant assholes mate so I suggest you tone it down

  18. Wixxy,
    I am a regular on Michael Smith’s site. I am a card carrying union member, and not a right wing nut job by any stretch. I visited this site from a link in Michael Smith’s blog.
    This is the first site I have seen that provides argument against Smith in a responsible manner. Most left wing sites set about flaming and belittling anybody who doesn’t preach from their playbook.
    Keep it up, now I’ll follow both sides.

  19. You mean the man who embezzled money from the lowest of the low, spent on whores, booze and alike. Your not being deadly serious are you? this man needs to be found guilty as soon as possible. Then we can turn our attention to a matter far more serious, hidden for years by the union. Gillard must be held accountable and will be by the support and pressure of Michael Smith. Perhaps you should look at http://www.craigthompsonapp.com a new application he should have used…. sorry correction to that website….

    • wixxy says:

      You must be referring to Jeff Jackson, his credit card statement is on my post…

    • Redneck Country Boy says:

      Nigel, lets not discount the possibility that there is further union corruption than just that that Michael is attempting to expose. I have been following Michael’s blog religiously for months now and he has certainly exposed a LOT of documented evidence that requires hard answers from certain powerful people, but just because Michael has not been on a certain case and just because we may be coming from the “other side” of the political fence does not mean that wixxy is not on to something. We should read his evidence and arguments objectively and with reason, just as I hope we have read Michael’s evidence and arguments objectively and with reason.

      Any corruption deserves to be exposed, not just that exposed by those who may share our political ideology.

      I’d also urge wixxy to have an open mind regarding Thompson, there seems to be a shi* load of compelling evidence.

      • Max says:

        Redneck Country Boy … I could not agree more. I think that both sites are trying to be fairly thorough and accurate (and well documented) in their reporting. It is a refreshing change.

        I also read Pickering’s site, but I I think there is a degree of overreach (certainly on the AWU WRA matter) which tends to undermine its credibility and this is not helpful.

        I have followed Michael Smith’s blog for some time but I think he has a couple of blind spots. Nonetheless I think that with regard to the main issues that he has got his teeth into (AWU WRA, HSU-Thomson) his reporting is pretty much on the money. I am inclined to think that he has been too ready to exonerate (without investigation) some of the players whose documents/testimony support his case but I don’t think that necessarily undermines the documentary evidence that he has published.

        Fundamentally I think that readers are desperately looking for depth as well as accuracy … the MSM suffers chronically from the Joe Bjelke syndrome. Joe understood the total reliance of the MSM on the crumbs he trotted out from time to time. He called it … “feeding the chooks”.

        I also don’t think at the present time that the Australian public is well served by either side of politics. There is no guaratee that TA (assuming the conservatives win) will pursue some of perpetrators. After all the AWU WRA was known in 1996 and John Howard had nearly 12 years to do something about it. There is also no guarantee that the conservative side of politics doesn’t have its share of skeletons.

        Michael Smith’s political leaning is obvious … he certainly has issues to work with but I am cynical about his motivation … the timing is convenient. I don’t think a change of government s the necessarily the answer. Indeed there is good reason to believe that the conservatives prefer the ALP/unions to remain riven by this clear corruption … it is an easy whipping boy.

        I agree with you … corruption should be pursued relentlessly wherever it can be found.

      • wirilda says:

        I suggest you do a bit of reading young feller. Let’s know your tHoughts.
        http://www.independentaustralia.net/jacksonville/

    • Katbabble says:

      Whoever bought that domain & linked it to a porn site should be charged. You can’t use a public figure’s name like that in such a defamatory way. I hope Mr Thomson’s lawyer is looking into this. The person gutlessly used a privacy service to hide their name, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find out who they are.

      craigthompsonapp.com
      Creation Date: 13-Feb-2013
      Expiration Date: 13-Feb-2014
      Status: ok

      Registrant ID: 0
      Registrant Name: Domain Privacy Services
      Registrant Organization: Domain Privacy Services
      Registrant Street 1: PO BOX 270
      Registrant City: Broadway
      Registrant State/Province: NSW
      Registrant Postal Code: 2007
      Registrant Country: Australia
      Registrant Phone: +61 2 9934 0501
      Registrant FAX: +61 2 8079 0742

      • wixxy says:

        Their stupidity could end up helping to fund Thomson’s defense…. That would be ironic and idiotic in one…

      • Brilliant catch, Katbubble.

        It begs the question however as to why Michael Smith didn’t legitimately use this privacy protection service to avoid placing his home address in ‘his’ domain WhoIs.

        The use of someone else’s legal name without permission is indeed an actionable tort in Australia, and NSW in particular – for example, see Kaplan and Anor v Go Daddy Group Inc and Ors [2006] NSWSC 250 (6 April 2006).

      • http://www.adultservicesapp.com a Porn Site? how stupid are you…. this is exactly the same as a newspaper, nothing more nothing less. Come on show me some filth you are expecting, shows you never even use the app…. This site was developed to give working people a much cheaper alternative to being ripped off by Newspapers and publications. It also gives workers the ability to work when and when they wish, without hangers on…. and the safety factor have been adopted by the industry as a standard… Katbabble, your just another right wing closet queen…..

    • Strange how craigthompsonapp.com (with the protected WhoIs) redirects to adultservicesapp.com – who owns that, I wonder….

      Registrant ID: 484137
      Registrant Name: Nigel Williams
      Registrant Organization: adultservicesapp
      Registrant Street 1: PO Box 1109
      Registrant Street 2:
      Registrant Street 3:
      Registrant City: Maroubra
      Registrant State/Province: NSW
      Registrant Postal Code: 2035
      Registrant Country: AU
      Registrant Phone:
      Registrant FAX:
      Registrant Email: nigel@inigel.com

      Nigel Kenneth Williams, you are invited to present yourself at Maroubra police station.

      • wixxy says:

        Thanks for that, I have removed Nigel’s phone number from the details posted for his privacy

        I like to think he’d do the same for me

      • Nice to see you have information about me, I hide nothing unlike you boys…. have you dropped into adultservicesapp.com? would have saved a lot of people’s reputations….

  20. “Arrogant Arsehole”, A title I relish as long as Gillard is brought to justice… thank you Mr Wixxie…..

    • Redneck, I don’t discount the possibility. I have no doubt that within many levels of the union there is gross corruption

      I remember the Australian Seaman’s Union whilst at sea during the 80’s. I represented the Radio Officers Union and meetings were dominated by the ASU, sometimes threateningly and sometimes spitefully… always in the favour of the ASU bullies, because you “don’t argue on the ocean”, a good piece of advise that served me well.

      I have no doubts there are elements of corruption in every layer of this government and the union officials who control the show. The very fact that unions have a 50% voting right over independent party members is a disgrace that ensures corruption extends to the highest level.

      At this moment of time we have the probability that union corruption will at last be investigated, so be it, a full judicial investigation is needed.

      I am angry that the government lie so much, the latest a smear heaped upon Australian sport for political milage.

      My estimation would be only 3 out of 10 like this government, so really it does not matter what they do, they would lose an election if it were held on mars….

      And the more they jail the better… even the biggest fish of all…..

      • wirilda says:

        And what of the seditious corruption in the LNP Nigel?

      • Katbabble says:

        I just hope Nigel that you apply the same standards to the political side you favour. Such as the conspiracy & lies that led to Justice Rares’ withering judgement & comments about senior figures in the Liberal Party, in their attempt to overthrow an elected government. The AWU affair has been done-to-death by the MSM, & Gillard made herself available for hours of grilling by the media, & also in parliament – over something that happened almost 20 years ago. In spite of all the allegations, accusations, & the three-ring-media-circus, they still couldn’t prove she’d done anything illegal.

        In contrast, Tony Abbott has basically gone into hiding; won’t be interviewed on the Coalition’s sedition attempt – or on anything really. He only gives scripted talks with dumb slogans put together by his PR team. I’m not against digging out corruption in any organisation, but there should be equal scrutiny of all sides. Don’t forget Peter Reith’s enormous phone bill charged to the taxpayer, & the many Liberal MP’s in the Howard govt. that were stood down over allegations of misconduct; the AWB affair, & the corrupt actions to try to bury it at the time. Where were all the court cases then? How many of them were publicly arrested, with a waiting media pack – how many were strip-searched? None. It’s not as though the conservative side of politics are smelling of roses either; but they sure do seem to get preferential treatment by the police, & especially by the media.

      • wixxy says:

        Yes indeed, and what of Abbotts taxpayer funded book launch?

  21. Same as seditious corruption in the catholic church, the financial market… I am sure the LNP have their own crooks. Catch them, sentence them and jail them, simple. Gillard must be held accountable or at least come clean…Clinton did!

  22. Tibor dombi says:

    I truly believe the greatest power any of us can wield is the truth, but boy sometimes you have to earn it. Well done Wixxi, I really like what you are doing here
    Oh and Nigel….. you’re a goose

  23. wirilda says:

    Sedition has nothing to do with corrupt churches or stock markets!
    “In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order.”
    Ie Justice Rares comments re Brough.
    Why must we continually have to educate the “learned” right!!!!

    • I may be a goose boys, but at least the message is clear about Gillard…….. then again Synonyms of sedition are, rebellion – mutiny – revolt – riot – insurgency… all caused by the actions of the church, economic reason and of course the government…. as Michael would say, have a nice day gentlemen…..

  24. jaycee says:

    What is all this about Mike Smith being “a good bloke”…he’s a bloody opportunist!….he was sacked for being a public broadcasting smart-arse…he’s a promoter of rumour under the guise of quasi-confirmed evidence!
    I wouldn’t give him the time of day!

    • Redneck Country Boy says:

      Actually, he was not sacked as so many assert, he resigned after 2UE management refused to let him play a prerecorded interview with Bob Kernohan re the AWU scandal that had been vetted by the legal dept and given the all clear. Word is management had the heavy put on them by a certain politician to have the interview canned and so it was. I find the

      Michael relies on documented evidence for most of what he says, and makes it available on his site for us to read and make up our own minds. Calling it “rumour under the guise of quasi-confirmed evidence” is unfair in my opinion and very much sounding like some prejudices are coming through and heavily clouding reasoned opinion. I’d urge you, as I did Nigel, to put aside political bias and just look at the evidence at face value.

    • CHAFF BAG says:

      THE EVIDENCE IS INCONTROVERTIBLE NOT QUASI-CONFIRMED.
      THERE IS NO WAY A PERSON OF MICHAEL SMITH’S INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE WOULD TAKE ON THE MONUMENTAL TASK OF PRESENTING THE TRUTH TO THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE. ABOUT THE AWU SCANDAL.
      OH! AND THEN THERE IS NICK STYNE BROWN’S COMMENT’S.ABOUT THE MATTER.
      YOUR REMARK ‘S ABOUT MICHAEL ARE FILLED WITH MALICE.\

      MICHAEL SMITH RESIGNED FROM 2UE HE WAS NOT SACKED.

    • CHAFF BAG says:

      JAYCEE,

      POOR POOR MICHAEL HE WILL BE SOOOO UPSET.
      SPEAKING OF SMART ARSE’S …….. GET MY DRIFT.

  25. I have never met or talked to Michael Smith but have the greatest respect for the forensic detail in which he has unwound the AWU scandal. Before you dismiss him out of hand, look at the documentary evidence he has put together on his site. I find it quite compelling as do many others including those better qualified in the law than me. Nor have I ever found him a smart-arse. That is an act usually well performed by politicians.

  26. Hey Wixise, I am still waiting for the stats on the millions of people viewing your site…. did you lose them in the rush?

  27. I see the Financial Review has produced a breakdown on the discussions via electronic media, over a sample period of the first 10 days this month….. surprise surprise the AWU scandal is large and looming….

    http://afr.com/p/national/infographic_social_media_users_think_od7MkqyBanQguW9vibd1lN

    Now tell me that the AWU scandal is not on everyone’s mind, except main stream media…. Gillard will be gone soon….

  28. Yes, Wirilda, I have seen those entries and am reading them. To me an important difference is the HSU scandal and the Slipper affair have been investigated by the police and are before the courts. I trust that Victoria Police operate competently and professionally in such mattters. The AWU scandal is different in that the perpetrators have been able to escape proper investigation for a long time. Gillard has successfully used tactics of bullying, smear and lies to prevent not only proper scrutiny but any mention of the allegations in the media. Many reporters and commentators who should know better simply read off the script written by McTernan. But for the persistence and investigative skills of Michael Smith, Gillard would have continued to escape proper scrutiny. Now that Gillard is being investigated by Victoria Police, we will soon see the truth of the allegations.
    wixxy, apologies for intruding on your site.

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