FAIRFAX IS NOT FAIR DINKUM
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.
The Age has today dug up retired Lieutenant Commander Barry Learoyd to say he was baffled that the Australian Navy didn’t know where they were when they “inadvertently wandered” into Indonesian waters numerous times.
Oh dear, Fairfax is at it again!
For the information of Fairfax; of course the RAN knew where they were! They are navy vessels with sophisticated navaids. Even the intending illegal immigrants knew where they were... exactly 7.5 miles from the coast sans navigation lights!
Would the RAN seriously commit an act of war without permission?
The Indonesian naval military chiefs were paid off! And Australia had agreed to say they had “inadvertently” entered their waters and were quite prepared to cop the flak while the Indonesian Government feigned effrontery.
Bribes of $60 million go a long way in the Indonesian military.
Fairfax is in fantasy land trying to prove our RAN has acted unlawfully, and it may have, but with Indonesian acquiescence, and it got the job done.