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The “Stupid And Wrong” Syndrome – And The Expulsion of A Geelong Grammar Student


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This is one of the most startling stories to emerge from the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse. It should be a great lesson for society.

A man (known as BIW) told the royal commission that he was abused when boarding at Geelong Grammar’s Highton campus for two weeks in 1989. He was 14 years old at the time and woke up one night with the abuser touching him (report here).

The next day he told his mother, and she reported it to the boarding house matron. A few days later he was called in for a meeting with the master of Highton House, Robert John Bugg, and the deputy, Paul Claridge. They drilled him for detail.

He agreed not to discuss the abuse until the school completed its own investigation. But after two students told him they had seen someone near his room that night, he told Mr Claridge. As reported in The Age, the vice-principal “exploded” and dragged him to the office.

He was made to sit for six hours until his mother collected him – then he was EXPELLED from the school (for telling lies?). It is now known the man was boarding house assistant Philippe Trutmann, who was later convicted of sexually abusing 41 Geelong Grammar students in the 1980s and 1990s.

Blind Institutional Allegiance

The expulsion case describes perfectly the blind faith and allegiance that people have for institutions that care for them.

And like our governments and the politicians that reside in Canberra, they too behave like Mr Claridge. Facing a crack in the prestigious Geelong Grammar school, Mr Claridge “exploded” – and probably called the young 14 year old lad “stupid and wrong”.

And facing a question from Member from Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg, the then prime minister Julia Gillard said that Mr Kevin Braken was “stupid and wrong” to question the official story of 9/11.

With September 11 only a few days away, Gumshoe will again be “stupid and wrong” in questioning the official lies.

It took 24 years for BIW’s expulsion story to get through. Maybe in 2025, or when Cheney is dead, there will be a retraction of the official 9/11 myth.

It seems that politicians and those running our institutions suffer from the “stupid and wrong” syndrome. They become institutional defenders, regardless of the facts. And they will automatically punish those trying to expose wrongs. Whistleblowers lose their jobs and are now threatened with jail.

It is time we exposed them as suffering from SWS – the stupid and wrong syndrome.




  1. Frightening to see that Frydenberg fellow now clammering up the political pole toward the Prime Minister’s nesting and being supported by the media stupids and wrongs.

          Any person who:
          (i) is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power, or is a subject or a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power; or

          (ii) is attainted of treason, or has been convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced, for any offence punishable under the law of the Commonwealth or of a State by imprisonment for one year or longer; or

          (iii) is an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent; or

          (iv) holds any office of profit under the Crown, or any pension payable during the pleasure of the Crown out of any of the revenues of the Commonwealth; or

          (v) has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any agreement with the Public Service of the Commonwealth otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company consisting of more than twenty‑five persons;

          shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.

          • “Right of return”…..

            He’s a dual-citizen, as is Dreyfus and the odious Minister-for-Israel Danby on the other side of the House.

            If you read Bob Carr’s diarized travels you’ll see an insight into how Dreyfus and Danby conspired to direct Australia’s foreign policy into support of Israel, against the advice of the then Foreign Minister, not that PM Gillard needed much goading, frequent flyer to Israel that she (and Tim the beard) were before her ascension to the PM position. Basically, two active members of the House joined forces to advance the interests of a foreign power ahead of those of the Nation in which they were elected as representatives of the people. I admired Carr for putting that anecdote in his book, because he must have known what was in store for him for having done so.

          • OK, Paul, but as you have just said re Gillard, one does not have to be a dual citizen to show favoritism to Israel.
            Anyway the Constitution is clear: No “duopolies” in Parliament. But if an Israeli obtains a certificate from israel saying “This guy has renounced his israeli citizenship” he can always get it back.
            Sorry I still don’t know which members of Parliament are illegally holding other passports.
            In regard to Tony, i think he was grandfathered in. He took his seat in 1994 and the Heather Hill case (High Court affirnming that UK is foreign) was not til 1998. Still, I see that 25, 000 people signed a petiton asking him to say if he has the certificate and he scorns them by not answering.
            I consider that totally unacceptable (whether or not he was grandfathered in). Like it’s an exercise in scorn for scorn’s sake.

  2. “The commission heard Mr Bugg has no recollection of the meeting with BIW.” — national news.com.au

    Would the expelling of the student be obstruction of justice? The statute of lims has past. Does anyone know of legislation or jurisprudence that covers a new tolling where the obstructor was in a position that made him/her able to obstruct?

    Wow, Dee, you have opened a wonderful can of worms. And that’s on top of the SWS thing!

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