The Pickering Post
Monday, 17th December 2018

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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.


One night in March of 1973, and unbeknown to PM Gough Whitlam, Attorney General, Senator Lionel Murphy QC, with a squad of Federal Police raided the offices of ASIO in Canberra and on St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. 

I sat stunned in my Canberra Times’ office, and reached for a phone to call super sleuth journo Alan Reid, ...surely he would know what the hell was going on. He didn’t, well not right then he didn’t, no-one did. 

It turned out that Murphy was after his own file. 

ASIO Chief, Peter Barbour, had let them in and opened the safe that held the file incriminating Murphy with, among other things, a 'close association' with the Soviet spy Ivan Skripov, who had been deported in 1963.
Murphy had been a suspected KGB ‘sleeper’. He was active in Communist cells within the ALP. As Attorney General he had issued strict instructions to ASIO demanding that it no longer target student groups and peace organisations and that it stop bugging certain Canberra embassies including the Soviet Embassy.

Very few people knew the real Murphy, at the time only his close ALP friends knew of his first wife, a girl called Nina who was born in the town of Chita in the Siberian East of the USSR. Nina was the daughter of White Russian parents who emigrated from Vladivostock to Australia in 1925. 

She had met Lionel while at Sydney University and it was believed that both had been working as Soviet operatives. 

But ASIO had another interest in Murphy, a person called Junie Morosi. Morosi was bonking both Murphy and hard-line Communist and Trade Minister, Jim Cairns. Morosi’s dalliances with Tom Uren and other Ministers were a poorly kept secret. 

The following year Jim Cairns was promoted to Deputy Prime Minister by Whitlam and ASIO became even more concerned that Morosi was now a serious security risk.

The far Left of the ALP was always unelectable but they used electable cleanskins like Whitlam to gain government. They used Kevin Rudd 35 years later in the same way. 

Whitlam did not last a full term (he struggled through two half-terms) before his incompetent, Soviet-sympathetic, Cabinet rabble crumbled and passed on prematurely, including Murphy and drug honcho Grassby. Many escaped what should have been certain jail terms. 

On December 14, 1984, the DPP had finally decided to charge Murphy with attempting to pervert the course of justice. Murphy was convicted in July of 1985 and sentenced to 18 months in jail. He was acquitted 11 months later suffering from terminal cancer.

It is claimed Murphy had no legal authority to seize ASIO files. The Labor Party believed ASIO was a law unto itself, even though the organisation never had the extensive powers and massive budgets it has today. (Since 2001 ASIO’s budget has increased 500 per cent with Abbott throwing another $630 million at it only last week.)

Sorry, I got a little carried away with that preamble but, since 1973, the Murphy affair has served to beg the question: Should the executive arm of government reign superior over a nation’s security and intelligence agencies? 

At the time, ASIO’s Peter Barbour could have refused Murphy entry to ASIO offices and asked the High Court to sort it out, despite the fact that Murphy as Attorney General held the highest judicial post in the land.

J Edgar Hoover kept files on all US politicians, but he was smart enough to let each politician know he held damning information on their private lives, thereby ensuring his own longevity in office. Hoover was untouchable, and he only headed up the FBI, not the CIA.

So, what’s it to be? If members of Whitlam’s Cabinet were working against Australia’s interest in a cold war environment, who then holds the ascendancy? An elected Attorney General, or the Chief of ASIO who holds explosive files on him and others? It may never be tested.

So we come to the current ASIO Chief, the rather openly self-opinionated David Irvine (pictured). Irvine is an unusually noisy career diplomat and academic. He has enjoyed breaking the tradition of ASIO silence and comparative anonymity.

It’s more than a little disconcerting that Irvine claims Islam as, “ of the world’s great and enriching religions.” He has also loudly praised our successful multiculturalism and the efforts of leaders in the Muslim community in helping counter terrorism and has roundly criticised “Right wing nutters” as un-Australian for suggesting that immigration from Islamic countries be limited.

But Mr Irvine doesn’t stop there; he suggests that, “some of those home-grown Muslims who travel over to Islamic hotspots, may not have gone with extremist intentions but were motivated instead by a wish to help other Muslims or live what they believe to be a truly Islamic lifestyle”. 

WTF? Can you run that by me again Mr Irvine, sir!

Perhaps Irvine, as ASIO Chief, should be aware of those Australians who trained with Al Queda in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the 1990s and 2000s. Almost all returned to Australia and subsequently became involved in some form of terrorist-related activity. 

Around a third of them were arrested and/or convicted of terrorism offences. Two thirds remain free to continue their studies in the virtues of radical Islam.

Mr Irvine described his attitude to terrorism in a recent public address as this: “After five years in the job, my advice remains that the Australian public should not become paranoid and jump at the shadows of immediate, impending or inevitable catastrophe. 

“The threat of terrorism will be with us for some time but it must not be allowed to dominate our lives. We should maintain our awareness, use the anti-terrorist hotline if necessary and, above all, place our trust in Australian governments to be vigilant on our behalf.” 

Golly, did he really say, “trust Australian governments”? Blimey! And did he really say we should, “use the anti-terrorist hotline, if necessary”?

Irvine continued, “Our efforts are designed to protect both Muslim Australians and non-Muslim Australians alike. It was for this reason that I was upset by the headline in ‘The Australian’, it read: ‘We’ll fight Islam for 100 years’. Let me reiterate, we are not fighting Islam, in Australia or anywhere else.

“We will continue to work with the community of Muslim Australians, whom it is our duty to protect in exactly the same way as we seek to protect all other Australians.” Hmmm, is he fair dinkum or is he under the spell of 18C?.

Irvine, a close friend and appointee of Kevin Rudd, is a living example of why politically partisan appointments to the upper echelons of our Security Agencies should never happen. 

ASIO itself should be keeping a file on its chief spook Irvine, the man is a dangerous idiot of radical Green proportions with exceptional powers and too many buckets of unaccountable brass to play with. 

He refuses to keep his head down, loves selfies and the sound of his own voice, as does his mate Kevin, and espouses the ridiculous notion that Islam should be of no concern, is not a threat, and is one of the world’s “great and enriching religions” and that we should all take a chill pill. 

Well, it’s probably a good thing that this Rudd remnant is to be replaced in two weeks’ time, albeit with another diplomat, Duncan Lewis.

The career diplomats I have known were mostly intelligence deprived and had filled cushy appointments used by political parties to shuffle their mugs sideways into never ending, harmless cocktail circuits. 

In this climate of Islamic extremism Abbott should look further afield than the diplomatic circuit for his chief spook.

After all, ASIO will already have files on many in the Labor Party and certainly on treasonous Greens like Lee Rhiannon and dangerous fools like Sarah Hanson-Young.

So, should have Barbour told Murphy to piss off all those years ago? 

Yes he should have because the radical Left, those who seek to destroy Australia, will always find a way into our governments.

And all that stands between us and our security is our chief spook.


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You what?

If you don't know how to use a text box, you could look it up, you could ask - you could do all sorts of things but sarcastic complaint is unlikely to get you much positive assistance.

Don't know if you are talking about comments here or on Bolt's blog, though. I can use paragraphs in either.

Bongo 2 hours ago
Thanks Chris, dropping off this thread now.

IE, also agree with you , however we have to see where will this end, I think that Larry has better things to do , but will this be resolved at all...just saying

Bongo, well done! finally

Guys, I really think that you both should settle down and agree to disagree, no one losers, just shake hands and walk away, Cheers

I think some have veered off the road again.

Eric you find it on He is back by the way.

Buy a colloidal silver generator which supplies you with a constant stream of colloidal silver to ward off vampires (I wonder if it works on DJT ).

Just appalling that Tony Abbott has seen fit to more or less pander to the Muslim fraternity by allowing them special audience. Now more than ever, it needs reinforcing that we are an English language speaking country with predominantly Christian values. Abbott and Co. cannot just mouth need for national unity without addressing core issues such as counter-productive multiculturalism. We can only be an harmonious multiracial society if adequate standards of the English language are mandated for all people allowed to reside in this land.

That needs to be checked as well BBS

If Lionel Murphy had been dropped on his head at birth numerous things would be way better in this nation as a result. The Family Law mess he created would never have been instituted and thousands of fathers would have been treated more fairly. His influence in Whitlam 'changes' to Australian society would also never have come about. He was perhaps (after Whitlam/Grasby) the most evil asshole ever to be inflicted upon the people of Australia.

Turn your TV onto channel 2 Monday night now .

Five year plan for global domination:

Bruce what have you done? I opened this up and the next thing I have my husband singing along and now I can't stop him. He says what happy memories it has brought back to him. You have made one old codger happy today.

W124, your combination would work. Corey was always on the line with his comments, Abbott caved in eventually when Cory suggested how liberal is our society going to get suggested same sex marriage, then bestiality etc. I guess its all online somewhere. Throw this in with his common sense opposition to Islam and he had to go.

Aren't there a lot of Yanks interested in our country? They all seem to be in the National Parks and any area where the Greens are. Go home and look after your own country.

Just saw a short promo for a show on Thursday night on 7 called "Border Security: International", in the liitle promo there seemed to be an awful lot of effort being put into stopping a man called Mr. Wong from setting foot in Australia.

Why can't this Border Security mob put the same kind of effort into stopping the moslems from flodding in?

Bruce is if I am correct in his 80's Darth. A time in your life when you look back and see the truth of everything even your own mistakes. I believe Bruce when he talks about Pauline and all it takes is one person to believe you to know that your time has not been wasted on this earth.

I`m sure I`d love your JR W154. Dogs are the greatest. BTW.... Here`s a couple of clips of my two dogs (Mutley & Punky)