GRASSBY IS DEAD...
but his insidious 18C lives on
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?
RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT 1975 - SECT 18C
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.]