A MURPHY MALADY IS NOT A NICE TUNE
... but it's genetically sealed in ALP history
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Last week after 30 years, Parliament unsealed documents detailing Attorney General, Lionel Murphy’s accused criminality within the Whitlam Ministry. Murphy was just one of many… Grassby’s Mafia links, Cairns’ Communist links and Connor’s illegal borrowings were just a few instances of what probably convinced Whitlam appointee, Governor General (Sir) John Kerr, to eventually sack Whitlam.
I had a special dislike for Gough Whitlam, and he for me. As a token measure I stood against the Labor Party in Canberra. That was personally costly, but I would do it again if I was a bit younger.
There have been some bloody awful Labor Governments and Whitlam’s was up there with the worst and living within the beltway provided incredible insights into government criminality that a craven media dared not touch.
By 1973 Lionel Murphy had been married to Ingrid Gee for three and a half years. A stunning catch, for such an aesthetically challenged crook as Murphy, who was sentenced to 18 months in gaol for bribery. Another former High Court justice, Michael Kirby, gave a character reference for Murphy at the time of his trial. Murphy was later excused and released due to cancer and he died in 1986.
Ingrid Gee (above right) was a fashion model and TV celebrity hosting a daytime quiz show on Channel Ten in Sydney. Uninterested in politics until she met Murphy, she nevertheless had hard-line progressive Labor views, supporting abortion and child-care at a time when such radical ideas were just part of the new wave of feminism.
A pet aim of the pair was to establish a Family Court, which they did, and even today the Court is a bane on judicial practice, run by feminists and overtly favouring all female cases.
But after a short investigation by ASIO officers, it was found that Ingrid Gee was not her real name. As a young woman her family name was Grzonkowski and she had been born in Poland. As a young woman she had changed her name to Gee for convenience sake -- or so she said.
The field inquiries of the C branch which conducted the Murphy inquiry then peeled back another layer. Ingrid Gee was Murphy's second wife. Details of his first wife were obscure. When a new Senator took his or her place they qualified for entry in Who's Who.
Routinely a bloke in Who's Who listed his wife’s first name, her parents' name and details of any children. Murphy omitted all of these details. His first wife, Nina, was a secret and known only to Murphy's intimate inner circle, and for good reasons.
Born in the town of Chita in the far flung Siberian East of the USSR, Nina Murphy was the child of Russian parents who emigrated from Vladivostock to Australia in 1925. She had met Lionel while at Sydney University and married him in 1950. The marriage ended in divorce after 15 years.
A second phase of the ASIO investigation concerned one of Ingrid Murphy's friends -- Junie Morosi (above). The Attractive Morosi was introduced by Murphy to Jim Cairns who was stunned and soon publicly proclaimed his undying love for her, despite the fact that she was known to be entertaining others, including Murphy, in the Whitlam ministry.
By mid 1974, well-known Communist Jim Cairns (above with Morosi), had attained the title of Deputy Prime Minister despite that he was an accident prone, bumbling fool, which aptly described most of Whitlam’s Cabinet. In his short stint as Treasurer, Cairns’ far Left talents were also found wanting after a few months.
[I apologise for what must seem a self-indulgent post-precis of the Whitlam mob, but I won't be long.]
Murphy had been a suspected KGB ‘sleeper’ as he was active in Communist cells within the ALP. As Attorney General he had issued strict instructions to ASIO Chief at the time, Peter Barbour, demanding that he no longer target radical student groups and that he stop bugging certain Canberra embassies in particular the Soviet Embassy.
Barely a cleanskin among them
Labor’s close links to Soviet Communism were well known in those days, it was almost excused as a small flaw to be ignored in a wonderful, progressive Government of and by Left wing University eggheads and media/entertainment luminaries. At the time I was lecturing part-time at the ANU and criticising Whitlam was considered a capital offence.
ASIO at that time was preoccupied with budding Green movements and their association with the Soviet. Nothing much has changed except that Communist links are now considered okay by Labor and ASIO.
Not even Islam is a threat according to recent ASIO Director David Irvine who says: “Islam is one of the world’s great and enriching religions.” Hmmm.
ALP Federal Conferences at the time were debauched f**kfests
At the time, one of ASIO’s investigators had tipped off Murphy over what had been discovered about the High Court Judge and Attorney General. It was not long before Murphy engaged a group of Melbourne-based Federal Police and raided ASIO’s St Kilda Road offices late at night. Whitlam said he was unaware of the planned raid… I didn’t believe him.
Soviet spy Ivan Skripov exchanging notes at Sydney Zoo with a double agent
The real purpose of Murphy’s notorious and unprecedented raid was to recover his own file which showed, among many other things, his close, and clearly improper, association with the Soviet spy, Ivan Skripov. Skripov had been expelled and deported in 1963.
It's hard to believe I have actually outlived these two bastards
Many other incriminating ASIO files on Whitlam’s Cabinet Ministers were then sent to Sydney for a ceremonial burning.
So we will never know the complete story of one of Australia’s worst ever Governments.