Ad as it appeared on page 17 of The Adelaide Advertiser, Feb 23, 2017
by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB
Dear Aussies Who Hate “Conspiracy Theory,” and Who Believe that Martin Bryant Was the Killer at Port Arthur,
Someday you may be arrested for something you did not do. You may think you can straighten it out. In the first place, you may think the normal workings of the law will take care of the mistake. Or, if that fails, you will get members of your family or community to seek redress for you.
I have news for you. It will not turn out like you think. The courts have stopped doing the right thing. It is a very, VERY frightening situation. I follow it rather closely as regards both the Australian and American legal scene. Trust me, for the moment: it is not like it used to be.
If you have a rellie who is a conspiracist, I ask you to stop running away or showing contempt. It really hurts him or her, as he or she is trying to do the right thing by you!
In regard to one important event, the Port Arthur massacre of 1996, I can walk you through it quickly below. I’m not a person who “gets off” on crime thrillers. I basically hate this stuff. But I felt obliged to learn about it.
I’ll state only the facts for which there is plenty of support. Or, if I speculate, I will say so.
I speculate that elements within the Australian government planned and carried out the Port Arthur massacre, just as the some officials in the United States government planned and carried out the 9-11 destruction of the World Trade Center.
One major indication of the guilt of government, is that, regarding 9-11, all branches of the US government refuse to hold an inquiry. Similarly at Port Arthur, two of the most normal, well-established ways to handle a murder scene were ignored – the use of an inquest and the use of a trial.
You may have heard Prime Minister John Howard say that there should be no inquest out of respect to the bereaved families. Well, that just doesn’t cut it. That sort of exception is just not done. It was a way of covering up.
The state government of Tasmania took many unusual steps to see to it that a patsy (Martin Bryant) got thrown into prison and that no one looked for any other wrongdoer. He’s still in there fulfilling this “role.”
In both cases, 9-11 and Port Arthur, the government was able to do illegal things, things that no other person or entity can get away with. Quite a cute arrangement, eh? It’s because they are the “authority.” Every government gets tempted to take full advantage of that set-up. Think about how easy it is.
Walking Through the 19 Hours of Port Arthur
The facts of the PA (Port Arthur) case are simple: a young person, witnessed by many people, gunned down a lot of lunchtime customers in a café at a touristy historic site in Tasmania. This was Sunday, April 28, 1996. (Six weeks previously, a person in Dunblane, Scotland children killed many first-grade kids in a school gym.)
I am saying “a person” rather than “a man.” The public was told that the Port Arthur shooter was Martin Bryant. Scots were told that the Dunblane shooter was Thomas Hamilton. But when you don’t have an inquest or a trial, you don’t really get to find out who did it, do you?
One PA witness said the person with long blond hair could have been female. I think it was a male, but it pays to be over-cautious. In Dunblane I think more than one shooter was onsite.
Anyway, to continue: by about 1.45pm on April 28, the shooter left the café. (That’s the Broad Arrow Café which had been privately owned for many years but which the government of Tasmania purchased!!!). He proceeded to kill and wound others outside, first in the parking lot and then after he started driving.
I assume that was the end of the main activity, although a very reliable witness, Wendy Scurr, said that a few gunshots were heard somewhere on the campus of the PAHS (Port Arthur Historic Site) later in the afternoon.
Note: the reliability of Wendy can be judged, by you, per a long public speech she gave a few years later; it is now on Youtube. She was a tour guide at PAHS and was busy looking after the wounded for 6 hours.
In my opinion, Mrs Scurr’s reliability is easily deduced from the fact that the police did not seek her out for a written witness statement despite her being hugely important witness. (Can you imagine such nonsense!)
Now we must talk about what happened at a separate location, a few miles from the PAHS. I refer to Seascape cottage, which faced the ocean. It was run as a B&B by David and Sally Martin. At some point, no later than 6pm that same day as the café shooting (Sunday), sporadic shooting was reported to be occurring inside Seascape.
As of today, the public, including myself, does not know what was going on inside Seascape. We do know Martin Bryant was there. His voice is heard on a walkie-talkie in the evening, and the next morning he emerged from the cottage and was arrested. But it seems unlikely that he took part in violence during his time inside Seascape.
We know that a car was burnt on the premises and we know that the cottage itself was destroyed by a fire that began around 8am on Monday April 29, 1996. We also know that three dead bodies were found inside the cottage — those of the cottage’s owners, David and Sally Martin, and one other, said to be the body of Glenn Pears. (I have my doubts about that identity.)
Coroner Ian Matterson’s Report
Few Australians are aware that an inquest did occur. It began the very day after the massacre – that is the proper procedure.
But it was was ordered to desist by January of 1997. The report by Coroner Ian Matterson is in the public record, in the Post Arthur Seminar Papers of 11-12 March 1997. I’ll paraphrase him:
By 3.30pm I — the coroner of Southern Tasmania — received a call that there had been deaths at Port Arthur. At 3.30pm I started to go there but had to stop at Taranna, for safety reasins. Thus I did not commence my inspection of the Port Arthur Historic Site (PAHS) until 8.05pm. I was joined by Inspector Warren.
We first looked into the bus area and found 4 bodies. Then we went into the Café and found 20 deceased. Then walking 600 meters up the road, we found the body of an adult clutching a child, and another child behind a tree. Another 55 meters along we found a body on the road, near a yellow Volvo.
Just past that we found three more bodies, A further 100 meters, which was outside the boundary of PAHS we found the body of a person behind the steering wheel of a Ford Laser. Total: 32 dead.
Around 11.35 on Monday morning, I was asked to come to Seascape cottage. There I met Inspector Kemp. I saw the burned-out BMW, and other cars that had been shot at, including police cars. The building was still too hot for us to search through.
“At 2:35pm I returned to ‘Seascape’ following a message that a body had been found. I viewed a badly burnt head, torso and legs of one body in the southwest corner of the building and a smaller, but similarly burnt body … along the western side.”
As I said, I want to urge you who are opposed to “conspiracy theory” to have an open mind now as to who did all the killing at the campus of the PAHS, and the nearby shop, and much later that evening, at Seascape cottage.
If the whole episode were happening today you would undoubtedly expect there to be great efforts to find who was responsible. Just hearing the huge death toll, your mind would probably go on the direction of assuming there to have been several troublemakers involved, not just one man.
Officer Scott’s Witness Statement
Listen to one officer’s report of the goings on at Seascape that night:
My full name is Malcolm James SCOTT and I am a Constable in the Tasmania Police Force stationed at Launceston, member of the Special Operations Group.
At about 10.00pm I was deployed into position on the western side of the Arthur Highway, where Constable BROWNING was already present. …From the time I arrived at the Seascape until the arrest of Martin BRYANT, I heard numerous gunshots coming from the Seascape residence. I saw what appeared to be muzzle flash from first floor windows on several occasions and periodically heard gunshots towards the immediate vicinity of my location.
At about 7.30am on Monday …I withdrew to the SOG area …. I was briefed in relation to an arrest plan. Sometime shortly after 7.30am I became aware of smoke… . As a member of Team 3, I moved forward when directed on the rear of a four-wheel drive vehicle … When I arrived the Seascape residence was well ablaze. I observed a male person, who is now known to me as Martin BRYANT, kneeling on the ground with his back to me a short distance away.
When about five metres from BRYANT, I moved from the shields to maintain cover of BRYANT while Constable HAWKINS and another police officer arrested him … after a short struggle handcuffed him with assistance.
We now know that there were many drills and ‘security’ exercises going on during the lead-up to the 1996 massacre in Tasmania. Some of them are referred to in the aforementioned Port Arthur Seminar Papers that came about from a 1997 conference.
Dee McLachlan and I have recently authored a book that spells out many details of the media’s involvement and the machinations within the legal system. The book, Port Arthur; Enough Is Enough, is a free download at GumshoeNews.com.
So, as I said above in this letter to you, O Conspiracy-Rejecters, it is in your interest to stop rejecting. Don’t be so fearful of learning that your government, or some warped part of it, thought it OK to destroy live in order to achieve a goal.
Better you should look around and achieve solidarity with the many persons who are very seriously pursuing “what to do about it.” Your holding back is a major drag on those of us who are trying to help YOU.
Postscript: Over three thousand concerned citizens have asked the premier of Tasmania to look into “Port Arthur.” Isn’t that wonderful?
— Mary Maxwell lives in Adelaide. Her “Moot Court Trial for Martin Bryant” is part of this year’s Adelaide Fringe. You are invited to attend it on March 14 at 3pm in the Burnside Library Hall.