ALL military medals are for service, whether it be active, distinguished, gallant, peacekeeping, or just long.
To an informed observer, the medals and ribbons worn on military uniforms are a succinct encapsulation of an individual’s service history.
There has been much uninformed commentary on the LNP’s Longman candidate Trevor Ruthenberg’s online claim to have received an Australian Service Medal for his 6½ years of RAAF service.
That Ruthenberg (pictured) served and was awarded a medal is not in doubt.
It’s just that he received an Australian Defence Medal, awarded to all those who have served for four years in the Australian Defence Force since the end of World War II.
Gazetted in 2006, the ADM was something of an afterthought, intended to recognise those who have served and contributed to Australian defence efforts, including those who may not have been deployed outside the country.
There are three Australian Service Medals.
The first was awarded to all those who served a minimum 18 months in the ADF during World War II, whether they were deployed overseas or not.
In 1996 an exhaustive review of Australian awards recommended the introduction of two Australian Service Medals: one to recognise certain categories of service, short of war, from 1945-1975, and a second to cover similar service post-1975.
The medals have different, distinctive ribbons and are never issued alone, having a series of clasps that indicate either the geographic location or nature of the operation for which they were awarded.
Individuals may be awarded multiple clasps for different deployments.
Both medals were replaced in 2012 with the Australian Operational Service Medal, which will have different ribbons to identify separate operations. Anyone who has served four years who has qualified for an ASM will also have an ADM.
The post-1975 and the ADM both have on their reverse side the words “For Service”.
It is not unknown for those of us with a more than passing understanding of Australian medals and awards to inadvertently refer to the ADM as an ASM.
Given Ruthenberg’s age and service, had he been deployed to a qualifying area, he would have received the post-1975 ASM.
Ruthenberg’s behaviour does not fit the pattern of military impostors who habitually inflate their actual military service or invent personas they never had.
He openly admits his RAAF service in a ground support role was entirely in Australia, and that he has no entitlement to an ASM with an appropriate clasp.
No evidence has been produced so far showing him wearing anything but the ADM to which he is entitled. Misidentifying a military medal is not a hanging offence – except, it seems, in the cauldron of politics.
Claiming non-existent military awards or service is an offence under the Defence Act.
In May, West Australian federal Labor MP Barry Urban resigned after being exposed as a military impostor.
He’s not alone.
This is the kind of journalism favoured by the journalists union, the MEAA which has made Ms Badham its Victorian vice-president and member of its national council.
Ms Badham also features regularly on the ABC, particularly The Drum.
I apologise in advance for Ms Badham's language.
Victoria Police has announced it will send a $68,000 invoice to a young Canadian woman who's scheduled to deliver a speech in Melbourne tonight.
I've asked Victoria Police to tell us how much they've billed the CFMEU over performances like these.
(World's Greatest Treasurer Wayne Swan features on Low IQ magazine's cover - source Twitter)
Do you have the smarts to extract video from YouTube and repost it?
Your country needs you!
These magnificent examples of The World's Greatest Treasurer's economic expertise at work are threatened with removal - by The Labor Party - from YouTube.
Let's work together to save them from destruction! If you know how to download the videos and can repost them to YouTube you'd be doing Australia a great service.
Ms Southern's schtick is very popular - this video of her excursion in Melbourne a day or so ago has been watched 207,000 times.
She appears to have avoided the "far-right" tag in the press reports I've read and is most often referred to as a professional provocateur. It's quite fitting.
Here's the agent-provocateur pretending not to be herself.
Tickets are available if you'd care to see more of her:
Tim Andrews and the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance are running an important campaign against the CFMEU/Labor Party's police force in Victoria.
TAKE URGENT ACTION TO SUPPORT FREE SPEECH: CONTACT THE MINISTER TODAY!
Victorian Police have just announced that they will charge Canadian speaker Lauren Southern a staggering $68,000 after violent thugs threatened to protest her talk in Melbourne.
That’s right: A law-abiding speaker giving a legal speech is being charged because of threats by rabid far-left activists.
Protecting people from violence literally is the core duty of the police (and one VicPolice seem to be failing at consistently). To charge the law-abiding because of the threats made against them makes a complete mockery of our legal system.
These protests are organised by the “Campaign Against Racism and Fascism” (CARF) – an organisation started by members of the radical Socialist Alternative, which previously had members arrested for violently attacking attendees at a speech last year and has already created a “Solidarity And Defence Fund” to defend members arrested for violence.
It doesn’t matter if you agree with Lauren or disagree with her. This goes to the very heart of freedom of speech in Australia. If the police can force someone to pay $68,000 or else be silent, then freedom of speech in Australia is dead.
Make no mistake: The Victorian Police literally want to charge someone $68,000 to exercise the right to freedom of speech because of threats made AGAINST them. If anyone should pay the bill, it should be the protestors who are the once threatening violence.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights state “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
This is the behaviour of tin-pot dictatorships, not a free society like Australia.
I wanted to let you know I’m resigning from @SkyNewsAust and @FOXSportsNews. A big thank you to the team at ANC. I sincerely apologise to Inala, the organisers, sponsors and those attending last week’s fundraiser. I deeply regret taking some of the shine off Inala’s great work.— Greg Thomson (@Thomson_Greg) July 19, 2018
Here's some commentary we prepared earlier.
That's Sky News (possibly former) sports guy Greg Thomson proving the wisdom of the Confucian saying "If you drink and mike you're a bloody idiot".
Mr Thomson must have tied a ripper on - he was hosting a lunchtime event.
The unfortunate organisation on whose behalf Thomson was MCing was Inala:
Inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, Inala was established in 1958 as a school for children with intellectual disabilities. Today Inala is a community supporting over 200 adults living with disability with a reputation for the excellence, warmth and individual care given to clients and their families. We are proud to be celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2018.
I can't imagine the $10,000 sponsors or $2,500 corporate table purchasers would have been terribly impressed. Mr Thomson may be in need of some charity himself.
Everyone lives like shit in a socialist shithole.
Thanks to https://twitter.com/RobertSacco18 for the tip!
“I’m sure you will join me in saying neoliberalism’s time is done. It is time for the failure to end and if it doesn’t end itself we will end it” - @NadineFloodCPSU chairing a panel on neoliberalism and trickledown economics at #ACTUCongress18 #ChangeTheRules pic.twitter.com/p3FrhRLIF0— CPSU (@CPSUnion) July 18, 2018
What a great night out that'd be!
Wayne Swan and the ACTU discussing neoliberalism and "trickle-down economics".
I had to look them both up:
- Neoliberalism is a modified form of liberalism tending to favor free-market capitalism.
- The term "trickle-down" originated as a joke by humorist Will Rogers and today is often used to criticize economic policies which favor the wealthy or privileged while being framed as good for the average citizen.
So we have Wayne-the-joke-Treasurer discussing a joke about economics while Nadine Flood from the public sector union works out how to dismantle capitalism!
By the way, here's the damage capitalism has wreaked on poverty.