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Sunday, 21st January 2018

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but his insidious 18C lives on

Larry Pickering

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.


When an “It’s Time” campaign swept the Whitlam Government to power in 1972, Australian hearts were full of hope. That hope soon turned to despair as we witnessed the rag-tag bunch of crooks, incompetents and union thugs that followed him into Parliament.

From Connor, Cairns, Crean and Cameron to the duplicitous Attorney General Murphy, Whitlam’s second Ministry was a potpourri of graft and corruption the likes of which, up until then, we had not seen. And it’s no secret how it all ended.

But the Press was sympathetic to everything Whitlam and had turned a blind eye to the Calabrian Mafia of which Gough’s Minister for Immigration, Al Grassby was an important player.

The well known Griffith Mafia had spent huge sums from its drug operations to get Grassby into Parliament via the “unwinable” seat of Riverina. 

Although Whitlam was aware of Grassby’s Mafia connections, he conceded him the Immigration Ministry. The Mafia had wanted it for good reason, and now little Al owed them.

Calabrian Mafia figures, previously denied entry to Australia, were now flooding in to run the Griffith drug cartel, courtesy of the new Minister for Immigration. 

Griffith up to that time had only dealt in marijuana but the Calabrian drug lords wanted heroin as the main game. 

Whitlam’s adoring Press again turned a blind eye.

In May 2005, the Melbourne Herald Sun produced evidence that Grassby had used his political clout to thwart a National Crime Authority investigation into the Griffith drug racket, and that he was paid and extra $40,000 from the Mafia to smear Barbara Mackay. 

Who was Barbara Mackay you ask?

Barbara was the wife of Donald Mackay who was in the process of blowing the lid off Grassby’s drug syndicate. He was murdered on the orders of a Toni Sergi, who was later identified in court and in Parliament as Australia’s Mafia Don and one of Grassby’s closest associates. Donald’s wife knew too much and needed discrediting.

Early in 1975 Grassby was busy drafting legislation for a new racial discrimination Act which was to disallow anyone saying anything that might offend his immigrant friends on the basis of race, namely the Calabrians. 

It was broad brush legislation that included not offending Poms, Yanks and Kiwis so as not to pinpoint his primary intention.

With the help of the Press, and despite what they knew of him, Al Grassby became known as the “Father of Multiculturalism”

Yep, Al Grassby was the original author of the insidious section 18C, which today still prevents anyone discussing immigration problems, or ethnic issues on the basis of “race” that might offend. 

Forty years after Al penned 18C, Andrew Bolt was found guilty of unlawfully discussing how “light skinned” Aborigines rort our welfare system.

When Senator Brandis recently broached the subject of changing 18C, the ABC and Fairfax went into overdrive calling the Coalition racist bigots... yes, the very same media that worshipped Whitlam and his bunch of crooks. 

The very same media that still decries Whitlam’s sacking. 

And the very same media that still worships Gillard and her team of crooks, incompetents and union thugs. 

Is it any wonder they hate Abbott? Is it any wonder that a wink is as good as a misogynistic put-down?

Offensive behaviour because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin
(1) It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private, if:
(a) the act is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people; and
(b) the act is done because of the race, colour or national or ethnic origin of the other person or of some or all of the people in the group

Footnote: [I was working at the SMH when Kerr sacked Whitlam. I was elated that it had finally come to an end, but every other journalist was either white with outrage or sobbing uncontrollably. That’s when I left Fairfax... it hasn’t changed.]


couldn't put it better myself

They have a statue of the little creep here in Canberra, but thankfully it's hidden away behind glass now inside a building in Civic Square across from the statue of 'Ethos' which is the very opposite attitude to what he had - he gave me the shivers whenever I saw his slimy smile on the TV.

And that master socialist Whitlam is still drawing breath, costing us a fortune with the 'everlasting golden handshake' and revered by the rusted on laborites whenever they have a function to celebrate the ALP. Don't blame Goff people, have a look at the unwashed masses from Melbourne/Adelaide/Canberra/etc that to this day think the scum is wonderful. If you agree then add Malcolm Fraser to the mix, Goff's twin.

Well I miss 'Flysa' - we seem to have lost some witty and very informed posters lately !!!!!

AS long as it isn't mass debating Saddler.

Why,,,,Smartgirl,,,was that,,,,,humor????

lol,,,cat got your tongue?

The more i think about it,,it can't have been a moderator,,a moderator would have stepped in to the conversation and laid down the rules,,no,,this seems like someone has hacked into the site and interfered with the process.

I added that before i was corrected.

Prim,,,should be prime,,,,,,,Larry,,please put an edit function on here,,,please.

someone has deleted,something.

All the honourable ones are on PP

saddler, don't take the bait, he needs our sympathy.

I hope they installed a grease trap in the prick's grave.

That hit the spot Gman. I bet it felt good

That episode was Yes Minister viz–Sir Humphrey: Have you finished with the list of departmental recommendations for the Honours Secretary?
Jim: Oh yes Humphrey, no problem there, Bernard will give it to you, Bernard.
Sir Humphrey: Thank you Bernard.
Jim: All right Humphrey?
Sir Humphrey: Yes Doctor, er Minister.
- Doing the Honours


Master of Baillie: How might one set about persuading a Minister of the importance of Baillie College?
Sir Humphrey: Oh, I don't know. Why don't you get him down here to a High
Table dinner?
Master of Baillie: Is he of the intellectual calibre to understand our case.
Sir Humphrey: (pauses) Oh yes. Well surely our case is intelligible to anyone with the intellectual calibre of Winnie the Pooh.
Master of Baillie: Quite, and Hacker is of the intellectual calibre of Winnie the Pooh?
Sir Humphrey: (pauses) Oh yes, on his day.
- Doing the Honours

I can hear the Days of our Lives music again.

Arcy, its been reposted at the top of the latest topic, he is sure to notice. Maybe ORs three law degrees will become useful if he does sue her.