Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

Do not go gentle into that good fight
The Truth should burn and guide us on our way
Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

When the wise with their educated sight
Call for compassion in the Laws and say
Do not go gentle into that good fight.

Good men upon the Left must use their might
To make their deeds mount up and every day
Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

Young people with a vision now alight
Must gird their loins and gain in strength so they
Do not go gentle into that good fight.

While women know misogyny by sight
And violence fills their life they need to say
Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

So all of us who want to stop the blight
Curse, bless and shed those fierce tears I pray
Do not go gentle into that good fight.
Rage, Rage against the lying of the Right.

With apologies to Dylan Thomas

Refugee Boat Timeline to April 18th

Turnbacks abandoned, says Jakarta


18th APR

NO ASYLUM SEEKER ARRIVALS have been reported in any media, Australian or Indonesian, over the past couple of weeks. The Monsoon season is close to an end.

After taking a bit of a break, partly for the RI Elections, it appears that Refugees are again on the agenda and I would expect a few boats to begin setting out before the end of the month.



This week we have seen a little “ancient history” revealed.

The Guardian reported that ” An Australian customs ship entered far deeper into Indonesian waters than has previously been disclosed despite having digital navigational charts that displayed the correct boundaries of Indonesia’s territorial baselines, casting doubt on some of the findings of a review commissioned to investigate the incursions. The Ocean Protector entered Indonesia’s internal waters – placing it nine kilometres inside the country’s territorial seas and just 27 kilometres from Indonesia’s shore – on 14 January in Pelabuhan Ratu bay, according to digital navigational maps from the vessel, seen by Guardian Australia and published here.”


“Turnbacks abandoned, says Jakarta” was reported on the same day by Michael Bachelard in the SMH

“Indonesia’s top military commander says Australia has agreed to stop turning back asylum boats to Indonesia, but Australian minister Scott Morrison insists the Government’s policy remains unchanged.

Military Commander General Moeldoko said on Wednesday that his Australian military counterpart, presumably chief of defence David Hurley, had told him that no more boats would be returned to Indonesia.


Sydney (ANTARA News/AFP) – An Australian naval captain has been relieved of his command after his vessel was involved in an incursion into Indonesian waters while on border protection duty, the defence ministry said Thursday.  Six incursions took place during Australias military-led Operation Sovereign Borders to deter asylum-seeker boats in December and January, leading Canberra to apologise to Jakarta and set up an inquiry. The Department of Defence said navy chief Vice Admiral Ray Griggs had made a number of decisions relating to the seven commanding officers involved, noting that more than one ship was involved in each incursion. “The Chief of Navy will remove one Commanding Officer from his command and another will be administratively sanctioned,” a Department of Defence statement said. “The remaining Commanding Officers will be formally or informally counselled.”


Irregular Movement of Persons

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesia will address protection steps on the irregular movement of persons during an international workshop that is to be held in Jakarta on April 21-22. The Foreign Affairs Ministrys Director General of multilateral, Hasan Kleib, stated during a press conference at the ministrys office in Jakarta, on Thursday, that the workshop was a follow up of the Jakarta Declaration, which was pledged by high-level representatives of the Special Conference on Irregular Movement of Persons on August 20, 2013. “This workshop was aimed to come up with a guidelines on how to protect the victims of smuggling and trafficking when theyre arrested during their journey through the transit or destination countrys territory,” Kleib explained.

It almost sounds as though Indonesia is, very politely, losing patience with the “Australian Solution”.

The West Australian has reported, this morning, “Indonesia’s director-general for multilateral affairs, Hasan Kleib, will encourage Australia to “work together again” on the issue. He says seven asylum-seeker boats have been turned back since December – three of them using orange lifeboats. Mr Kleib says he understands Australia has opted for a “zero entry” policy, but it is “touching on other issues that relate to us”. There are now at least 10,623 asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia who face years of waiting for resettlement, and who are vulnerable to people smugglers in the meantime. “They go there in the middle of the sea, are caught by Australia, pushed back to us and become the burden of us again,” Mr Kleib told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday. “So we want to share the burden … it’s what I’ve said since the beginning, people smuggling is under the category of transnational organised crime. “If it is transnational, then there is no one country in the world that can handle it alone.





Bogor authorities to evict asylum seekers

(Bogor is a city of around 1 million people  60 kilometers south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta.)

The Jakarta Post reported on 12th April, “Bogor authorities are set to crack down on asylum seekers and refugees in the mountainous resort region of Puncak, although many local people have no objection to their presence and activities, which have reportedly caused no trouble for the community.

Residents of Batu Kasur village in Batulayang said the asylum seekers and refugees, who have left their home countries in the Middle East, should not be removed, but that the relevant authorities should instead help them to solve their problems.



Christmas Island;

The monsoon trough lies in the vicinity of Christmas Island and is expected to
remain nearby over the coming days. A weak low may develop within the trough,
to the east of Christmas Island, during the weekend.

Forecast for the rest of Friday 18 April
A shower or two with the chance of a thunderstorm.
Winds: East to southeasterly 5 to 10 knots.
Seas: Up to 1.0 metre.
Swell 1: South to southwesterly around 1.0 metre.
Swell 2: Southeasterly 0.5 to 1.0 metre.

Max 29



Flying Fish Cove 17th Apr Courtesy of Arthur Floret http://christmas.mondoblog.org/le-fil-du-temps/

Flying Fish Cove 17th Apr
Courtesy of Arthur Floret

Cocos Island;

The monsoon trough lies to the north of the Islands with an embedded low
pressure system situated to the northwest of the Islands. The low is expected
to slowly move west-southwesterly away from the Islands during the next few
days. Winds will tend more northeast to northerly in the broad circulation of
the low.

Forecast for the rest of Friday 18 April
Occasional showers with the chance of a thunderstorm.
Winds: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas: Around 1.0 metre.
Swell 1: South to southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell 2: Southeasterly around 1.5 metres.

Max 31


Cirabon; 31C, wind; 5 Kmh variable, clear 0 mm


arrival list


The weekly figures I have collated.

This will be updated each week.


To find older information click here

(the dates are all “skewiff” so keep opening “new page” to find recent posts)


Coincidence? I Think Not

harridineHard on the heels of news of thebullock election of  hard-right DLP inspired Senator, Joe Bullock comes the news of the death of hard-right DLP inspired Senator Harridine.

Senator Harridine was anti-Gay, Anti Contraception, Anti Choice, Anti anything progressive.

Senator Bullock will be Anti-Gay, Anti Contraception, Anti Choice, Anti anything progressive.

I wonder how long it will be before Bullock “does a Harridine” and resigns from, or is sacked by, the ALP so he may easier support his University friend, hard-right DLP inspired Tony Abbott.

About the only difference between the two, other than state of origin, is that Brian Harridine had thirteen children!

Choose Greens

Who Is Left?

First they came for the Asylum Seekers, But I said nothing because I am not an Asylum Seeker

Then they came for the Bikies, but I said nothing because I am not an Bikie.

Then they came for those on Welfare, but I said nothing because I am not on Welfare.

Then they came for the Unionists, but I said nothing because I am not a Unionist.

Then they came for the Scientists, but I said nothing because I am not a Scientist.

Then they came for the Indigenous People, but I said nothing because I am not an Indigenous Person.

Then they came for the Public Servants, but I said nothing because I am not a Public Servant.

Then they came for the Thinkers, but I said nothing because I am not a Thinker.

Then they came for the Protesters, but I said nothing because I am not a Protester.

Then they came for me, but there was no-one left to help.

Song For Liberty

I stumbled across this last night. I wrote and posted it back in 2010. To me there is in it a truth which still needs to be told.


Perhaps it is just age, perhaps it is a souciant cynicism or perhaps I am reading the signs aright.

For much of Homo Sapiens’ existence, the species has not had liberty. Economically the early families and tribes could not afford it. Then the tribes and the nations had to band under a leader for protection against other tribes and nations. The leaders varied in their character but the most successful were always ruthless.

Then, about 300 years ago, an idea appeared. Based upon a failed experiment in ancient Greece a new system of governance was attempted. Democracy.

And it seemed to work. At least the leaders were accountable at regular intervals. Accountable to the general populace.

Or were they? Or has the real leadership gone into hiding and is now playing with the elected leadership as puppeteers play with their toys? Feeding them three word slogans instead of policies for the good of the people.

Liberty has been a short-lived heroine. She is dying today, as she did in ancient Greece. To find the killers, follow the money and the influence.

Yes, Rupert Murdoch. I am looking at you!

From “Nabucco” G.Verdi

When you sing I’m singing with you liberty
When you cry I cry with you in sorrow
When you suffer I’m praying for you liberty
For your struggles will bring us a new tomorrow

Days of sad darkness and fear must one day crumble
For the force of your kindness and love make them tremble
When you sing I’m singing with you liberty
In the void of your absence I keep searching for you

Who are you dream illusion or just reality
Faith ideal desire revolution
I believe you’re the symbol of our humanity
Lighting up the world for eternity

I can see why men die to defend you
Try to guard to protect and attend you
When you sing I’m singing with you liberty
With your tears or your joys I love you
Let us sing and rejoice make our own history
Songs of hope with one voice guide us to victory
Liberty, liberty

Acrosticly Cursed

I am not depressed although I

See clearer than my countrymen.

The two paths and their parting.

Having choice is now behind us.

In a dark and dangerous forest

Showing no escape, no relief, no safety, 

Till Time’s Ending.

Heedless my words drift on to silence.

Embezzled of all hope.

Treat my failure not kindly

Rather stone me for

Unheard my lament is purposeless.

This is not depression, simply

Hopeless unutterable sadness.


Cursed once by Apollo,
And blessed with the power to see
Seeing dreams turned to dust
Seeing darkness fall

Alive still in a Southern land
Not to be believed again
Dreams being destroyed
Repeating myself helplessly

And endlessly the darkness falls.

Is Chrissie Losing It?

With the failure of the Libs to gain power in South Australia


The Libs losing their majority in the Territory


Tony Abbott likely to rule for several decades


Poodle Pyne beginning to show the strain?


Has Tony Abbott Always Voted Liberal?


In the lead-up to the Senate Byelection in Western Australia we have been treated to a major character assassination attempt on the lead Labor candidate, Joe Bullock.

One of the big right-wing talking points is, “Joe Bullock has said he has not always voted for the ALP.”

Bullock himself has said that in 1975 he did not vote ALP.


abbott1In typical Murdoch Mania not one mention has been made of the fact that Tony Abbott’s mentor in his youth was one BA Santamaria, ex-ALP and founder of the DLP. The Catholic Church was pressing the claims of the DLP to be a major player in the Australian political landscape.

Are we to believe that at that same 1975 election, young Anthony John Abbott voted for Malcolm Fraser’s Liberal Party at a time the DLP was holding the balance of power? At a time Tony Abbott was very close to the Catholic Church.

I don’t know and I don’t think I will ever find out because he will not be asked by the Murdoch owned gutter journalists we have creating Australia’s opinions.

We will have to learn to think for ourselves, Australia.

Remember This When Abbott Slags Bullock!


Destroying a Glass Door at University.

Published university reports show that after a narrow defeat in the university senate elections in 1976 – Mr Abbott’s first year of an economics-law degree – he kicked in a glass panel door.In the ensuing two years, he was repeatedly accused in the university paper of being a right-wing thug and bully who used sexist and racist tactics to intimidate his opponents. Lawyer David Patch, who is a Labor candidate in the federal seat of Wentworth, recalls an AUS conference in the mid-1970s, which had initiated a special “women’s room” for females to discuss political issues. “Tony used to stand outside the women’s room with his right-wing mates and loudly tell sexist and homophobic jokes,” he said.

There are a number of other “accusations” against Tony Abbott from this time. From encouraging indecent behaviour towards women, running a mob of heavies to calling on the KKK to destroy the Left Wing of University politics. They are all a part of a pattern and I won’t go into them here.


Charge of sexual Assault

Helen Elizabeth Wilson, whose age was given as 29, a former student teacher, claimed she was assaulted in October 1977 when she was addressing students at Ku-ring-gai College of Advanced Education in a debate about whether the college should withdraw from the Australian Union of Students (AUS).

She told the North Sydney court that someone had called out: “Why don’t you smile, honey?” Then a youth had touched her on the upper part of her leg.

Mr Abbott, then 20, pleaded not guilty.

The Daily Telegraph report said: “Miss Wilson said as she approached the microphone . . . two youths moved up behind her.

“She said: ‘I had just commenced speaking when I felt a hand between my legs on my lower buttocks. I was wearing jeans. I jumped back, turned around, and saw Tony Abbott laughing about two feet away. The people in the audience began laughing and jeering’, Miss Wilson said.”

When it came to court the following January, Mr Abbott was flanked by his parents, a legal team including a QC, and seven witnesses. Advocates for Ms Wilson are to this day flabbergasted at the firepower Mr Abbott wheeled in, which left their under-represented side wilting.

Punching a Wall

In the latest Quarterly Essay, journalist David Marr quotes former Sydney University student Barbara Ramjan as saying an angry Mr Abbott threw two punches at a wall near her after she beat him for the student representative council (SRC) presidency

“When he was interviewed for the article, Mr Abbott said he had no recollection of the incident. “It would be profoundly out of character had it occurred,” he is quoted in the essay as saying. “

David Patch, is a barrister and former judicial registrar of the Industrial Relations Court. In 1977 he was Ramjan’s campaign manager. Patch claimed that although he did not witness the incident reported by Marr, he did speak with Ramjan moments after it took place. ”She is a small woman … She was very shaken, scared and angry. She told me Abbott had come up to her, put his face in her face, and punched the wall on either side of her head.”

Next day another witness emerged. This man told The SMH that he saw ”Abbott’s famous flying squad of goons” arrive at the SRC office. They ”threw me against the wall, kicked in the doors of the SRC, and started creating havoc”. The witness followed the squad into the SRC office. ”I saw Abbott throw a punch at Barbara Ramjan but didn’t see it land … When I next saw her, she was in an extremely shocked condition …” The witness wanted to remain anonymous. He said he was, however, willing to sign a statutory declaration.

OK, so we have already seen his character.

Late 1977

Lindsay Foyle recounts an evening meeting with Tony Abbott and his klingons at a pub;

. . . . The interlopers were soon identified as radicals involved in student politics at the University of Sydney. We were about to chip our colleague about bringing contacts into such a low-class establishment when he brought them over and introduced them to us.

It did not end well. They quickly explained how the world went around and why they had to extinguish their opposition at the university and the rest of the country. Unfortunately, I did not agree with everything that was said and a few feathers got ruffled. The main point of contention was a woman’s right to control pregnancy, either via contraception or abortion. My view was that it was something those involved should settle on, not people like me who didn’t have to live with the consequences of the decision. To the activists that view was just as unacceptable as abortion.

The largest of the lot was a person named Tony Abbott. He decided the quickest way to settle our differences was to take me downstairs and demonstrate how I was wrong by punching my head in. This was not the way I wanted the evening to go. Yes, we could have gone downstairs. Yes, he probably could have punched my head in — provided I did not faint of fright first — and yes, the evening’s discussion would have been brought to an end.


While celebrating passing his final economics exam, Tony Abbott was also charged with bending a street sign, which was witnessed by two policemen. Tony Abbott was found guilty of this offence, although no conviction was recorded.


Punching Peter Woof

On Monday, 8 January 2007 sydney alternative media posted; “The editor had an interesting interview recently with long time qualified high school teacher here in NSW, and Canada, Peter Woof, a long time supporter of environmental causes.” The post continued, “In 1978 25 year old Woof stood up to student politician, now federal government health minister, Tony Abbott who he says was allegedly caught doing unethical or perhaps illegal things like changing the locks on the student union offices and other things.

Woof says Abbott, a well known boxing enthusiast now if not then, punched Woof in the face. Woof was a 24 year old technician employed at Sydney University.

The date can be corroborrated by reference to civil assault suit documentation against Abbott presumably created for Woof in the Glebe local court at the time. Woof represented himself but was totally out muscled financially, he says,

by ‘half a dozen’ barristers and lawyers who turned up at the preliminary hearing turning the civil suit into a high risk of huge legal costs against the alleged assault victim Woof.

Woof assumes these expensive lawyers taking a student activist dispute to another level were paid for by Abbott’s ‘rich father’. (It also suggests a serious fear of a  blossoming conservative political career almost destroyed at birth.)

Editor’s comment; This is the second time (check the Wilson incident) that we read of Tony Abbott fronting Court with a swarm of Legal people. It seems Abbott always works best in a pack. Is that what he has turned the Federal Opposition Front Bench into? A pack of slavering wolves following an alpha male? It was Tony Abbott who was called John Howard’s Attack Dog and now “Poodle” Pyne is known as Abbott’s Attack Dog.


Is The GG Visiting Your Place?

Is the Governor General Visiting You?

Know Your Place!

Governors General

Tony Abbott and the Church

Do as I say or you will regret it!


Tony and the Church

Protect Our Borders




Refugee Boat Timeline to March 27th



27th MAR

NO ASYLUM SEEKER ARRIVALS reported in any media, Australian or Indonesian, over the past week. The Monsoon season is close to an end. By throwing our entire Naval and Customs strength at this “problem” we seem to have managed to begin intercepting everything which comes our way. Providing it is headed for Cocos Island, Christmas Island or Darwin. And providing it is at sea level. How did MH370 escape the net? It appears to have passed between Cocos and Christmas Islands. Just another question which will not be asked of this incompetent, navel-gazing Government.

However  – - -



Peter Alford and Telly Nathalia of The Australian have reported “

A BOAT carrying about 50 asylum-seekers is heading for Christmas Island in a renewed test of Australia’s border crackdown, Indonesian police believe.  The boat left the West Java coast early yesterday (Tuesday 25th Mar)  morning, a reliable anti-people smuggling police source told The Australian.

The latest group, believed to be Afghans, were tracked by Indonesian police earlier this week using an informer.  They left the Sabanoz Hotel, central Jakarta, late on Monday night, headed by road for Sukabumi, West Java, and yesterday morning boarded a boat at the coast nearby.  Four people in the smuggling group were new to the trade in Indonesia, the police source said.
Another Indonesian policeman investigating that case told The Australian this week that passengers each paid 3000 Malaysian ringgit (about $1,000) for the journey. Six months ago the going rate for a passage from Java was $US3,000-$US5,000 ($3,270-$5,450).

So that is another BOL (Big Orange Lifeboat) which will be turning up on Indonesian shores within the next fortnight.



I just reread that last paragraph of Peter and Telly’s report.

Operation Sovereign Borders has successfully driven the ticket price on a People Smuggler’s down by 70-80% in the past six months? Making it more affordable to those running in panic from killers and oppressors. Looking not so much for a better life but for A life!

The Monsoon is coming to an end and we can expect a rise in the number of boats setting off from Indonesia, from Sri Lanka all headed for Australian soil. The fact that by focussing all of the Australian resources, Naval and Customs, which are operational, very few of these refugees will reach Australian soil yet the smugness of Scott Morrison will remain. He has forgotten that it was a THREE word slogan “STOP THE BOATS” which Western Sydney and other Bogans voted for. Not a SIX word slogan; “STOP THE BOATS FROM REACHING AUSTRALIA”.



Christmas Island; The monsoon trough lies to the north of the island. Forecast for the rest of Thursday 27 March  Chance of a shower. Winds: Northeast to southeast about 5 knots. Seas: below 0.5 metre. Swell 1: Southwesterly 1.0 to 1.5 metres. Swell 2: South southeast about 1.0 metre. Max 29 (BOM)

Flying Fish Cove 26th Mar Courtesy of Arthur Floret http://christmas.mondoblog.org/le-fil-du-temps/

Flying Fish Cove 26th Mar
Courtesy of Arthur Floret

Cocos Island; The monsoon trough lies to the north of the island. Forecast for the rest of Thursday 27 March Chance of a shower or storm developing in the evening. Winds: East to southeasterly around 10 knots. Seas: to 1.0 metre Swell 1: Southwesterly 1.0 to 1.5 metres. Swell 2: South southeasterly about 1.0 metre. Max 31 (BOM)

Cirabon; 29C, wind; 15 Kmh SW, showers est 11 mm


arrival list


The weekly figures I have collated.

This will be updated each week.


To find older information click here

(the dates are all “skewiff” so keep opening “new page” to find recent posts)


Malaysian Airlines MH370 and AMSA

After I posted the first part of this discussion, I was gratified to see it had been mentioned in the Poll Bludger Blog.

Then I read the comment and was a little miffed.

I think this is the usual blogging overreach. Australia starting searching the so called southern corridor before the info from the satellite came to the fore. It appears aircraft were assigned to the search of the Southern Ocean on the 17th and started the search on the 18th. HMAS Success & merchant vessels were added to the search by the 19th. This info is available on the AMSA website. The announcement re the satellite photos of possible debris was not the start of the search but was a change to the main search area. Abbotts speech might certainly have been grandstanding but not think significant to the conduct of the search.

Not only had the commentor (kevjohnno) denigrated bloggers as “Overreaching”, a cry I normally hear from the under-reaching MSM defending its patch but he also completely disregarded what was said in the post.

So please allow me to explain my reasoning step by step and I apologise in advance for excessive wordage.

Yes, aircraft were assigned to the search on 17 Mar and that was recorded in Release No 1 (All times will be Eastern Daylight Savings Time)




Then on the 18th, as kevjohnno stated, the search actually began and all the assets in use were detailed.


Not a single sea asset mentioned yet. The search area is “about” 1500nm sw of Perth. That is around 2800km sw of Perth

Yes, Kevjonno, the search did begin on the 17th but that was not the point of my post. Hang around, things may become clearer.




Here we are at 6.30am on 19th and we are told that some sea-going vessels are now being involved. The search area is 600,000 sq Km more than 3,000Km SW of Perth.


It is now 5pm on the 19th and for no apparent reason the search area has been reduced to 305,000sq Km and moved closer to Perth. This is despite the comment that “Neither the ships or the aircraft have reported sighting anything in connection to the aircraft.” Additional ships are mentioned and there is still no Naval involvement, or even the possiblity of naval involvement. Look at the language in the release. “A further ship is expected to arrive on Thursday afternoon.” This was released on Wednesday.

This is despite the fact that HMAS Success is within an hour of leaving Fremantle. Planning MUST have been in train for some hours at least yet it is not mentioned.

Two facts to consider, kevjonno -

  • Search area reduced and moved closer to Perth
  • No mention of HMAS Success




Suddenly we are at 6.30am Thursday morning. Now we come to the unexplained part of the events. There is no mention of size of search area or its location. There is mention of merchant vessels but no mention of HMAS Success. It is now 12 hours since she set sail.

To digress for just a moment, many will remember that a Pommy chap named Bullimore was trapped under his yacht in this general area (100E 52S)  some years ago. Australia sent a frigate to rescue him. A frigate travels at around 28Kts. HMAS Success is an oiler and travels at around 17Kts. This is a sign of how far our naval resources have dropped.amsa6

Now, at 3.30 pm on Thursday, an hour after the Prime Minister has reported to Parliament that there is satellite evidence of debris, the area is “redefined” to 2500Km south west of Perth. This miniscule redifinition is from the 2,600Km south west of Perth announced on Wednesday at 5pm! HMAS Success is mentioned at last, 22 hours into its voyage. The mention gives the impression that the despatch of this vessel was recent and urgent although no details are given.

RCC Australia received an expert assessment of commercial satellite imagery on Thursday.

Yet action on the information in that “Expert Assessment” appeared to be being acted upon some 24 hours before with the dispatch of HMAS Success.

This is apparently where I, as a blogger, “over-reached.” I took the facts we are all now aware of and reached a conclusion. One which you, kevjonno, disagree with while making some basic errors about the order of events.



Somehow some echoes of disquiet within the wider community must have been heard within AMSA because they felt it necessary to add to the details about the time of receipt of the satellite imagery.

This followed the receipt of satellite data imagery from the Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation on Thursday morning. The imagery, on analysis by AGO,identified two objects possibly related to the missing aircraft. The images were captured on March 16..Due to the volume of imagery being searched,and the detailed process of analysis that followed , the information was brought to the attention of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on Thursday morning

There is no explanation of why HMAS Success left 22 hours before this imagery was received. There is no explanation of why the search area was reduced and moved prior to the apparent receipt of this imagery. Of course, AMSA may be technically correct. They may have received an analysis of the satellite data on Thursday morning. It is equally possible, within the accuracy of that statement, to have received other, unmentioned, analysis at an earlier time.

That is why I asked the question. What did Tony Abbott know and when? Was the satellite information kept under wraps until the PM could announce it at Question Time on Thurday 20th March? Was it a coincidence that the PM was due to receive severe questioning on the Arthur Sinodinos affair during that question time and that it would be advantageous for him to deflect the Press, and the public, to a new shiny thing?

THAT is the question I posed, kevjonno. What interference was there in AMSA’s role?

And if asking that question, after finding and considering the facts, is “over-reaching” I accept that criticism with pride. I would rather over-reach than under-reach as our MSM has increasingly done for the past decade.



Malaysian Airlines MH370 and HMAS Success

The fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has captured the imagination of the world.

It has also been accused of fuelling a Parliamentary diversion tactic to help minimise the damage from the resignation, or “Standing Aside” of Arthur Sinodinos from his portfolio of Assistant Treasurer. Surely our Government would not stoop to such self-serving tactics!

One of my associates in attempting to bring truth to the National Narrative has put a couple of facts together to draw an interesting conclusion. By putting together media reports of Tony Abbott’s pre-question time announcement on Thursday and previously unpublished screen grabs from the publically available “http://www.marinetraffic.com” he has spotted an apparent anomoly in the public timeline. Thank you Vince.


Beginning with the announcement by Tony Abbott, the public record is consistent with its reports of the announcement being made in Parliament at 2;07pm on Thursday 20th March.

While the Hansard is not yet available, reports at the time as well as live blogs all confirm that fact.

One example is that of the Canberra Times in its “The Pulse” blog

2:07pm: The PM now updates the house on the missing Malaysian plane.

“I would like to inform the House that new and credible information has come to light …”

The PM says that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information from satellite imagery about two objects that have been identified.

They may be related to the search.

A plane has been diverted to try and find it.

Three more will follow.”

News.com.au March 21, 2014 11:52AM has commented that there may be further questions to be asked about Tony Abbott’s handling of the situation.

. . . . if nothing of use is discovered Tony Abbott could be asked to further justify his announcement of ‘new and credible’ information before it could be further tested. Mr Abbott had not alerted Opposition Leader Bill Shorten yesterday of the statement he was to make – just before the start of a Question Time in which stood-aside Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos was going to be the chief subject of discussion. There is no hard rule on notifying an Opposition Leader of a statement, but frequently Prime Ministers will share information on a nonpartisan matter before it is released.

The big question comes from the Prime Minister’s own official website where, on Friday 22nd March 2014 it reported on a press conference held in PNG.

QUESTION: Prime Minister, what’s the latest on the search for the plane outside of Perth and also did you jump the gun yesterday by talking about it in Parliament?

PRIME MINISTER ABBOTT:  Shortly before Question Time yesterday we received credible evidence that there was debris in the Southern Indian Ocean, very close to the southern search corridor for ill-fated Flight MH370 and shortly after receiving that credible evidence, as you’d expect, I communicated it to Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia.

“Shortly before Question Time”! This was the phrase I thought I had heard as the PM rose to his feet in the House of Reps. Fine. So it was all happening and the information had been just handed to the PM, who, nontheless, had contacted the Malasian PM before coming into the House.

As Tony Abbott said, vessels and aircraft were already on the way to the area where the possible debris had been reported. Swift action by a very active Government. Very creditable.


Yet these screen grabs from the Marine Traffic website change the impression of urgency and instant responses.



Which looks quite innocuous until we find the next screen grab – which has a date and a time on it.


So I looked at Success on 19th march and saw that she had left Port Kwinana at 03.11 on 19th March. That is 8 hours behind WA time so WA time was 11.11am. On 19th march.

Here is a grab of its route to the time it went out of range.


Here is a screen grab, taken today, of the distance travelled (straight line), showing when it left Fremantle in a rather hard to read green box. Success is in about the same position as is shown in the image above which shows a UTC time of 12.03 (20.03 or 8pm WA time – I think) so the 7 hours from 11.11pm WA time fits when you take the northerly diversion around the North of Rottnest Is. into account


So, after a long, involved and documented discussion about what our Prime Minister said and how at least one media outlet had concerns, along with a series of screen shots showing the position of HMAS Success and when she left port, we come back to the question. Who knew what and when? Why did he not follow the convention of informing the Opposition Leader about the development? Had this information just come into the hands of our Prime Minister as he claimed or had he been sitting on it since the day before and waiting for the optimum time to release it? Not in any way to distract from his Government’s embarrassment over the Sinodinos affair.

On 20th march 2014 Abbott made his announcement about the Satellite Debris.  He said he got creditable information just before Question Time on 20th. However he must have known at least 24 hrs before because HMAS Success left port 26 hours before the announcement was made in Parliament. Before that sailing there would have been  a process of planning to equip, provision and man the ship. Even more hours to be added to the time.

I leave you, my patient reader, to draw your own conclusions.

Whew, I got through that whole post without mentioning the phrase “Lying to the Parliament”
I also failed to mention Peta Credlin, éminence grise extrordinaire

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