SBY CHUCKS A WOBBLY
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 the Government applied to the Victorian Supreme Court for a suppression order regarding Reserve Bank subsidiaries’ alleged bribery of Asian leaders, it also asked that a senior diplomatic whistleblower’s explosive affidavit be suppressed. Inexplicably, it submitted that the suppression orders also be suppressed. Justice Hollingworth agreed.
As reported here yesterday morning, "...the affidavit involved the names of 17 Asian notables including Presidents, Prime Ministers and Finance Ministers".
Today, one of those “notables”, Indonesia’s President Susilio Bambang Yudhoyono, has publicly issued a terse “please explain” to Tony Abbott in what promises to be a worse diplomatic crisis than either his boats or our phone tapping:
"I ask that Australia issue a statement that both former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and my (SBY) names are unstained, and so they do not defame other Indonesian officials. We want to hear directly from Australia."
Indicating his rage, SBY then tweeted, “The Government of Australia should be completely open and make transparent its law enforcement process and not cover it up... the Government of Australia should not issue policies or statements that may raise suspicion about people who are outside Australia”.
Last night, in a desperate attempt to put the toothpaste back in the tube, the Abbott Government replied, in part: “The Australian Government obtained suppression orders to prevent publication of information that could suggest the involvement in corruption of specific senior political figures in the region, whether in fact they were or not.”
The problem is that the names involved in the suppression order, including the name of the diplomat and full details of the (suppressed) suppression order itself are freely available to be inspected on the Wikileaks web site.
Outgoing President SBY’s fledgling democracy still doesn’t equate to our democratic separation of powers. When Corby and the Bali nine are involved in a corrupted Indonesian system of justice we refrain from interfering.
When Indonesian "notables" are involved in our mostly uncorrupted judicial system he (SBY) demands our Government steps in to influence it!
Clearly SBY is under the misapprehension that our judicial system is as corruptible as his.
Justice Hollingworth’s ill-advised suppression order has hit an organic raw nerve in Indonesia’s hallowed halls of Islamic government, and it is reverberating throughout nervous Asian power bases.
By tweeting his irritation SBY has given notice to the world that he is a person of interest.