Australian Critters Dragged From the Swamp

by Phil Hingston

You can’t make this s–t up.

Aussie taxpayers and citizens have, in the last days, been exposed to a bona fide Australian Swamp Critter. None other than the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, Michael Cranston. He has been charged with being involved in a tax fraud perpetrated by his son, daughter and various unnamed individuals, amounting in total to around $165million. [Read more…]

Just What Must the Americans Do to Lose Australia’s Fealty?

By James O’Neill*

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has once again declared that the United States alliance is the “bedrock” of Australia’s defence policy.  That and similar words have been used by Australian prime ministers for at least the past two decades.

One alleged pillar of this reliance upon the US is the ANZUS Treaty, perhaps more accurately described nowadays as the AYS treaty as New Zealand effectively withdrew in 1984.  Curiously, the sky did not fall in and no Chinese, Japanese, North Korean, Indonesian or other imaginary peril swooped on New Zealand and declared it part of “their” empire, as opposed to either the British or American empires to which allegiance had previously been owed. [Read more…]

Striking Journos Worried about Democracy. Really???

Journalists on strike outside The Age building

by Dee McLachlan

Fairfax journalists are on strike.

Staff at the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in Melbourne voted to walk off the job for a week after Fairfax Media announced cutting about a quarter of its newsroom — 125 jobs — as a result of a $30 million restructure.

The ABC reported:

“newspapers’ advertising revenues had slumped from around $4 billion to little more than $1 billion over the past decade… [Read more…]

Martin Bryant Birthday Series, Part 3: Where’s Mum?

Carleen Bryant describes son’s innocence to 60 Minutes

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

This coming Sunday, 7th May 2017, is Martin Bryant’s fiftieth birthday. We’re making a “card” with pictures of cakes, to be sent as a laminated poster, rolled up. Surely they will let him see it. Surely he will be pleased. No doubt his Mum will bring him a real cake.

This article is about Carleen. Recently, I googled for “Port Arthur anniversary” and was shocked to see a headline “Martin Bryant’s mother now believes he is guilty.” I am not shocked that she said it. I am shocked because surely she did not say it – it is a lie.

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An ANZAC Day Puzzle: Should the Monarch of Oz Be Australian-Born?

    (L) no introduction needed   (R) book cover of “Australians All”

by Mary W Maxwell

This article is mainly about the role of the monarch in Australia. Although I have long been a monarchist, I now say it is absurd for the monarch of Australia to be simultaneously the monarch of a foreign country. If Oz is to have a monarchical government, the person in the role should be Australian. The whole royal family ought to look like a bunch of Aussies.

Many societies have a king; some do not. There were no kings in early human society and in the last few centuries some republics got formed by specifically eschewing monarchy. [Read more…]

Gotcha Back, Martin!


by Mary W Maxwell

On March 15, 2017, I was aware that a West Australian had made the trip to Adelaide for my Fringe show “Moot Court for Martin Bryant.”  And three days later a New South Welshman emailed Gumshoe to report that he and his whole family had hopped over to Adelaide.  Wow.

Today I got quite a surprise when a friend of mine who was in the audience told me that, while eavesdropping during the Interval, he learned that at least one woman from Tassie attended.

Nobody came up to greet me after the show, so I was unable to gauge the response!  On the other hand, no one made any trouble during the show, which is supposedly a miracle!

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Act I, Scene 1 of the Moot Court Trial. Martin Bryant Introduces Himself to the Fringe Audience.


by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

It’s me. It’s me Martin. You never met me. The only time the public heard my voice was when I was 12 years old. I lit some firecrackers and ended up on television, in my pajamas.  But since April 28, 1996 I’m an Australian icon. Not like Arnott’s biscuit sort of icon, you know, more like the bad kind. Like a monster. The worst possible human being.

Today is December 10, 1996. Last month, November, I was sentenced to a thousand years in prison for killing 35 people. I most certainly did not kill anyone. Actually there is an exception. I may have killed one man by mistake, but it wasn’t at Port Arthur. I’ll tell you about that later. [Read more…]

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…]

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