What Courts Vouchsafe To Do in Tasmania

Melanie BartlettRetired magistrate Melanie Bartlett of Burnie

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Last year at the Melbourne Fringe, Dee McLachlan read aloud some of Martin Bryant’s July 4, 1996 chat with the police. It was the first time I noticed a certain remark that Bryant made:

You’re in a little bit of trouble Martin aren’t you? Would you say?

I dunno, I spose I am. I’d like to get, get hold of some bail money. He said, are you Mr Martin Bryant? I said, yes. He said, you’re remanded in custody till this … inaudible … I didn’t even come to the hearing, okay ‘cos I wasn’t well … inaudible… I should see me solicitor about bail.

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Phone Call to National Security Hotline


by Mary W Maxwell

Grass does not grow under the feet of Gumshoe’s editor, Dee McLachlan. If she sees a problem, she jumps at it, often in real time, as with her recent radio call to Jon Faine’s morning program, or her email yesterday to Front Bencher, Kate Ellis, which Brae Antcliffe then expanded on brilliantly. And you may recall that Mal Hughes has a stack of letters he sent to everybody-and-his-dog regarding the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. This is great! But now there’s a Mexican connection…    [Read more…]

The Goat on Parliament House — Is it Munching Our Politicians?

goat-and-baphometA goat, and Eliphas Levi’s drawing of Baphomet, the alleged god of the Knights Templar

The goat has allegedly been a powerful symbol for the occult.

Well again, Kevin Woodman’s “google-eye” spotted a goat on the top of the parliament buildings in Canberra.  [Read more…]

The Three Silver Cars, The “Blue Man” and Peekay

gargasoulisThe three silver unmarked cars following Gargasoulas down Swanston Street. This is a screengrab of the footage shown on Channel 7 — taken by the media attending the Mayor’s press conference at the Town Hall

by Dee McLachlan

For starters, look at the picture above. I screen-grabbed it from the footage shown in Channel 7. The video was shot from the balcony of the Town Hall. The red car — driven by the accused killer Dimitrious “Jimmy” Gargasoulas. Following and to his side are three silvery cars (one behind the flag). A further white car was following, but is not in view here.

This has not been mentioned by mainstream media! [Read more…]

Great Australians: Andrew Barton Paterson

banjoAB Paterson, circa 1910

 by Malcolm R Hughes

Andrew Barton Paterson was born in 1864 property near Orange, New South Wales. His father was a Scot and his mother was Australian born.  To appreciate the following story, the reader needs to undergo time warp back to the era of Paterson’s life span. During his life the country of Australia took on a new look in growth of towns, development of new towns, technology and population increases. (Albeit that progress was slow compared to changes made in today’s world!) [Read more…]

More Magical Thinking By The Australian Government

tpp-trumpPresident Trump signs an executive order to withdraw from the TPP

by James O’Neill*

The policy bankruptcy of the present Australian government has been exposed again with its reaction to the signing of an executive order by US President Donald Trump to withdraw the US from participation in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

They could not argue that they were not warned.  In the course of the election campaign, all three of the major contenders, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, had expressed their opposition to the treaty. [Read more…]

Australia Day Poems, Part 5: The Horse from Snowy River


by Mary W Maxwell

I found this on the website of Project Gutenberg which archives, for you pleasure, the Australian Dictionary of Biography. It’s a quote from Lord Houghton in Monographs (1873):

“When Plutarch placed in noble array for the contemplation of ages to come his images of heroes and sages, or when Dr Johnson drew that gallery of poets, so many of whom only survive in his portraiture, the writers must have been conscious how little of the real men lay behind those strong or graceful representations, how much that was even faithfully recorded may convey a false impression, how much was inevitably omitted which might contradict every deduction and alter every estimate. [Read more…]

Australia Day Poems, Part 4: The Cruelty of Us Today

aboriginal-artWater dreaming, artist unknown

by Mary W Maxwell

If you take the official tour of the Port Arthur Historic Site, the guide will mention that the 19th century prisoners there “dropped like flies” as much from exposure to extreme temperatures as anything else.

The poem that Judith Wright wrote about the old prison may or not refer to Port Arthur, but she sure caught the idea of the cold wind. (I guess they hadn’t yet invented “solitary confinement” – the men were at least in groaning earshot of one another.) [Read more…]

Australia Day Poems, Part 2: These Knew Their Hour

poetsPoet C.J. Dennis (1876-1938),  Activist  Judith Wright (1915-2000)

by Mary W Maxwell

We all know our hour, I suppose. But in Wright’s poem Black Cockatoos, printed below, we see that birds know their hour too. And poets know how to identify these great mysteries in just a few words.

CJ Dennis, on the other hand, was a fiction writer in verse. How could he so perfectly capture a type of person? When I hear people talk about Australian culture, I think of the men described by Banjo Patterson and CJ Dennis. The characters they created were not beholden to anyone outside of Oz. [Read more…]

Australia Day Poems, Part 1: My Love Is Otherwise


by Mary W Maxwell

All Aussie school children learned the poem “I love a sunburnt country”, by Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968). Well, that was only a part of the whole poem. They may not have realized that the poet, age 22 at the time, was in England, missing her native Oz. So please see below – preferably read aloud of course – “My Country.” She starts out with what “they” (the dear Pommies) like best.

After that please check the original poem “Advance Australia Fair” by Scots-Australian Peter Dodds McCormick (1834-1916). It has a couple of shockers in it. No need to stand, as it was written before this was made into our national anthem. [Read more…]

Official Secrets, Truth, and Society’s Law

pine-gapPine Gap, a secret US installation in Australia

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

What if you want to tell the truth, or “spill the beans”’ about something that you feel should be public knowledge, but are worried that you might be acting disloyally toward your employer?

I am writing this article in the context of the peculiar event of January 19, 2017 in which a man drove his car deliberately into pedestrians in Melbourne, killing some of them.

GumshoeNews.com received an extraordinary number of hits on its January 22 article Who Is The “Blue Man” Waving Instructions Before The Killing Spree? [Read more…]

Who Is The “Blue Man” Waving Instructions To Gargasoulas Before The Killing Spree?

222Outside Flinders Street Station, a man in a blue top waves instructions to the driver that killed several pedestrians along Burke Street Mall

Update article 6/2/17 here.

By Dee Mclachlan

I wrote an article yesterday about Dimitrious (‘Jimmy’) Gargasoulas, being chased by the police in Melbourne’s CBD. He was doing “doughnuts” outside Flinders Street Station — seeming waiting for and taunting police. Followed by three silver cars, he drove down Swanston Street (which is closed to general traffic), then ramping onto the pavement, he mowed down pedestrians. [Read more…]

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