In history's page - Turnbull consigns Long Tan Cross and war veterans to a "PS" afterthought

Wiser men than us distilled the essence of their generation into 3 words.

Lest We Forget.

Lest we future generations forget what they did and why they did it.

I wonder what they'd make of this letter from the Prime Minister. 

Most Fridays Turnbull emails his extensive list of contacts with his weekly achievements.

It's always about him.

The more he says it's about you - the more it's about him.

Friday's was a biggie.

The email header - "This is your moment".


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Post Script.

postscript (P.S.) is an afterthought, thought of occurring after the letter has been written and signed.  The term comes from the Latin postscriptum, an expression meaning "written after" (which may be interpreted in the sense of "that which comes after the writing").

A postscript may be a sentence, a paragraph, or occasionally many paragraphs added, often hastily and incidentally, after the signature of a letter or (sometimes) the main body of an essay or book. In a book or essay, a more carefully composed addition (e.g., for a second edition) is called an afterword. The word "postscript" has, poetically, been used to refer to any sort of addendum to some main work, even if it is not attached to a main work, as in Søren Kierkegaard's book titled Concluding Unscientific Postscript.

An afterthought.

Turnbull has form - he insulted our veterans by not being there when the last 33 Australian men killed in action in Vietnam came home.

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If you wade through the same sex marriage self-congratulations to Turnbull's PS about Long Tan, you'll get to this.

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There's a video of Turnbull speaking on stuff he knows nothing about.

The "return" of the Long Tan Cross to Australian shores is completely incidental.

In 2012 the Vietnamese Government loaned the Long Tan Cross to the Australian War Memorial for public display.

But Turnbull makes the "return" of the cross - forever - the focus of his statement.

Here's a little of the history of the Long Tan Cross.

During the afternoon and evening of 18 August 1966, D Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment(6 RAR) fought an intense battle with a much larger force of Vietnamese communist troops near Long Tân in South Vietnam. While the Australian force comprised only 108 men, it managed to defeat the approximately 2000-strong Communist force with the assistance of supporting artillery and air strikes. 6 RAR and the other Australian units engaged suffered 18 killed and 24 wounded, making this the most costly Australian battle of the war. At least 245 of the Communist troops were killed in the fighting.[1]

6 RAR erected the Long Tan Cross to mark the third anniversary of the battle. According to an article in The Canberra Times, the cross was "the brainchild of Lieutenant Colonel David Butler and Warrant Officer James Cruickshank", and was constructed from concrete by Sergeant Alan McLean.[2] The cross weighs over 100 kilograms (220 lb) and is just under 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall.[3][dead link][4]

On 17 August 1969, A and D Companies of 6 RAR landed by helicopter near the former battle site and secured the area. The next morning, infantrymen and assault pioneers cleared the area around the location where 11 Platoon of D Company had conducted a last stand during the Battle of Long Tan. A Royal Australian Air Force helicopter then delivered the cross to the site. The remainder of the battalion arrived during the morning, and 6 RAR's chaplain led a ceremony to dedicate the memorial. Ten men from the battalion who had fought in the battle stood at the side of the cross throughout the proceedings. The ceremony concluded before noon, and 6 RAR returned to the nearby major Australian base at Nui Dat; D Company was the last element of the battalion to leave the site.[5]

At some time after the Fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, the Long Tan Cross was removed from the battle site. It was subsequently used as a memorial for a Catholic priest until 1984, when it was located by the Đồng Nai Province Museum in Biên Hòa. The museum added it to its collection, and placed the cross on display alongside other items from the war.[6] In either 1986[6] or 1989,[7] a replica of the Long Tan Cross was erected on the battle site by the Long Dat District People's Committee. This replica is often visited by Australian Vietnam War veterans and, as at 2012, was one of only two memorials to foreign military forces permitted in Vietnam (the other being a monument to the French forces who fought in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu during 1954).[6]

The original Long Tan Cross was loaned to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra in mid-2012. It was placed on display at the Memorial on 17 August, and was returned to Vietnam in April 2013.[7][dead link] In 2016 the Australian War Memorial unsuccessfully sought for the Cross to be loaned to it to mark the 50th anniversary of the battle.[8]

In November 2017 the Vietnamese Government gifted the original Long Tan Cross to Australia.[9] It was placed on permanent display at the Australian War Memorial on 6 December 2017.[8]

To Harry and his men - thank you for your heroic service.

Lest We Forget.

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Labor laying groundwork for Sam Dastyari to do a Richo

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Linda Burney is perfect for the role of Chief Sympathy Officer in the Dastyari Project.

Black.  Woman.  Muslim-friendly.

The Dastyari Project Team is hard at work crafting Sam's post parliamentary career.

Sam's done the hard yards for Labor - now Labor will do the hard yards for Sam.

For life.

Watch as Sam is loaded up with as much Chinese fund-raising blame as those skinny shoulders will bear.

He'll be re-cast as a misguided Lone wolf - but driven by a noble cause.

Labor will tell us the slate has been wiped clean - it was all Sam, we don't do fund-raising that way any more.

And like his predecessor Richo, Sam's reward will be great in Labor heaven.

Here's the first plank in Project Sam.



When the next step (signed sealed and delivered employment contract) is delivered, Sam will resign.

Here's a reminder of his predecessor Richo's blaze of glory departure from The Senate.


On 25 March 1994, Richardson resigned both (ministerial) positions and retired from parliament, citing ill-health. However, at the same time, allegations were mounting that Richardson was involved in acquiring prostitutes for his personal use, supplied by Robert Burgess and Nick Karlos. Karlos reportedly had been accused of having serious criminal connections; meanwhile Richardson had signed a letter of support on Ministerial letterhead for Burgess which was then used to set up a meeting between Richardson and the senior executive of a US defence company, where Richardson discussed Burgess' interests. Richardson denied the allegations.

Turnbull's video from Government House on gay marriage

Turnbull has gleefully, joyously allowed this issue to dominate over the past few months.

What a peanut.

I think he'll find the warmth he's luxuriating in is as transitory as wee in a wetsuit.

And the company he's kept, the agendas he's advanced have ripped his party to pieces.

When the transition to Shorten arrives we'll hardly notice.


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One of our Liberal Party People sent me the Chairman's video - with this note:

Dear Michael,

This was certainly my moment, in which I screamt in despair!

I was just so upset receiving this and then having the Cross of Long Tan added on this same page, just was beyond me, has the man no idea, what that means? This is a prime minister, who has no idea, that these two subjects do not come together very well in my opinion. According to me it is the clashing of two principles. They should not appear on the same page!

May be I am just wasting my time.


NSW Liberals light up the Sydney Opera House over same sex marriage

It's now "marriage equality law", even to a Liberal Party minister.

A tiny minority of people will benefit.

A significant minority of people are staunchly opposed.

But that's not the party line.

Turnbull, Shorten and others have dropped their promises of protection for religious freedom now that they have what they want.

Divisions haven't been healed.

So Minister Harwin, party on mate.   Light her up.  Get on it tonight courtesy of the taxpayer.

But don't think we're all with you.

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Andrew O'Keefe leaves 7's Sunrise "to spend more quality time with family". Michael Pell "Australians have woken up to his style".

Channel 7 needed a separate media release to carry O'Keefe's fawning, self-serving "spending more time with the family" paragraph.  The one that comes after "Andrew made the decision to step away" and "focus on other projects".

Sunrise Executive Producer Michael Pell - perhaps with tongue firmly in cheek - put it beautifully.   "Australians have woken up to his irreverent style".

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Let's put the Prahran disco incident to one side for a moment and focus on Andrew's better-lit on-air moments.

Would love to hear from you with your Andrew O'Keefe hits and memories.

Here's Mark Latham to kick us off.

From UTS and SBS - We have marriage equality, now we need LGBTQI+-inclusive sexuality education in schools

The very next day!

SBS carries this rather demanding log of claims from Melissa Kang, an Associate Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney.

You'd think polite society might ask a few day's reprieve from ceding territory.

But The Left abides no stay, let or hindrance.

Gay marriage is the new zero.  It's a given. Money in the bank to be used for the next and next and next steps.

Barely had dawn's early light and the last echoes of Gloria Gaynor disco anthems brought us The Morning After than - BANG!  The first shots in the next battle.

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    LGBTQI+-inclusive sexuality education reduces negative stereotypes and biases, creating a safer school environment for LGBTQI+ students. (Shutterstock)
    "When schools adopt inclusive policies across all school curricula (not just sexuality education), all students feel safer."
Melissa Kang
The Conversation
8 DEC 2017 - 10:25 AM 
The results of the same-sex marriage postal survey were clear: Australia voted in favour of equality. The marriage equality bill has passed, and the mandate to deliver inclusive sexuality education in schools is more pressing than ever. LGBTQI+-inclusive sexuality education should embrace diversity in the classroom, the staff-room and in whole-of-school policies.

LGBTQI+-inclusive sexuality education reduces negative stereotypes and biases, creating a safer school environment for LGBTQI+ students. When schools adopt inclusive policies across all school curricula (not just sexuality education), all students feel safer.

How many young Australians identify as LGBTQI+?

The acronym stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and more. Adolescents might not want a specific label, or might not feel safe disclosing their identities or attractions. So, we’re talking about a varied group, and about a lot of our country’s young people.

Around 10% of Australian secondary students are same-sex attracted. A smaller percentage will identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual.

Gender identity is how an individual conceives of themself as male, female, both or neither. Usually, this develops in the pre-school years.

We don’t have good Australian data yet, but a national survey in New Zealand found 1.2% of secondary students identified as transgender.

About 1.7% of children are intersex, which means they are born with physical sex characteristics that don’t fit medical and social norms for female or male bodies. A recent survey suggested intersex adults are more likely to be non-heterosexual.

“Corin was nine months old when we walked down the aisle” Jac says. “Going to Canberra to see the law passed is important, because this has been their fight too. They’ve contributed in their own right.”

What does LGBTQI+-inclusive sexuality education look like?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation defines “comprehensive sexuality education” as being age-appropriate, culturally relevant, scientifically accurate and non-judgemental and acknowledges diversity. This means it includes information about, and resources relevant to, sexuality and gender diverse students.

Comprehensive sexuality education also addresses values, relationships, consent and pleasure, and provides information about access to relevant health services. It has a positive impact on knowledge, decision-making skills, communication with parents or carers, and use of protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for sexually active students.

Canada and some states in the USA already mandate LGBTQI+-inclusive sexuality education.

Australia now has a national curriculum on Health and Physical Education that generally adopts these principles.

The problems are insufficient time, training, resources and policy support. This makes it difficultfor many of our teachers to cover the range of topics that constitute comprehensive sexuality education for all students. A massive 44% of same-sex attracted Australian young people rated their sex education at school as not useful at all.

What do young people want to know?

A recent survey of 2,000 students in Victoria and South Australia found young people want less repetition of biology and more information about gender diversity, violence in relationships, sexual pleasure, intimacy and love.

I was the medical writer for Dolly Doctor for 23 years before the magazine closed. I found adolescents’ concerns about sex were mostly about changing bodies, feelings of arousal and attraction (including same-sex attraction), and relationships. Adolescents who were thinking about having sex wanted information about consent, communication, how to negotiate various types of sexual experiences, and pleasure.

Heterosexual and LGBTQI+ young people generally want information about the same kinds of things when it comes to sexual education. Shutterstock

Research among LGBTQI+ young people found tthey would like specific content about STI patterns in non-heterosexual relationships, how to prevent STIs, information about anatomy and diversity, more information in general about relationships, and where to find relevant resources and services.

Basically, when it comes to sexuality, heterosexual and LGBTQI+ young people are curious about the same things. They want to know about bodies and how they work, emotions (love, pleasure, desire and intimacy), relationships and consent, safety, STIs and how risk varies, contraception, and where to go for help with these things. More than this, they have the right to know.

What should happen now?

The school environment should promote understanding of and respect for sexuality and gender diversity. Policies and programs to address homophobic and transphobic abuse and support the professional development of school staff, are crucial to inclusive sexuality education.

Involving parents in information sessions within schools and listening to their views helps alleviate concerns.

recent study of 342 Australian parents found the majority support sexuality education in primary school, including information about same-sex attraction. This was because it can be difficult for them to discuss at home, but they believe it’s important for children to learn about.

Respectful classrooms are great places for young people to learn about sexuality and where to go for relevant information. Much better than the sorts of places the internet could take them if they Google. Leaving young people to figure it out themselves because we’re nervous or uncomfortable could result in ill-informed decision-making. It also withholds knowledge that is their right to have. Sexuality education should be empowering and provide young people with the skills to live sexually healthy lives.

The ConversationMarriage equality has been a long time coming. Let’s treat our sexuality and gender diverse young people with the respect they deserve.

Melissa Kang, Associate professor, University of Technology Sydney

Juanita Broaddrick's comments on being excluded from Time Magazine's #MeToo piece

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Juanita Broaddrick (born c. 1943) — birth name Juanita Smith — is an American former nursing home administrator. In 1999, she alleged that United States President Bill Clinton raped her in April 1978 when she was 35 years old and he was Arkansas Attorney General. Clinton's attorney, David Kendall, denied the allegations on his client's behalf. Clinton declined to comment further on the issue.

Rumors circulated about Broaddrick's allegations for many years, but she refused to speak to the media. In a sworn statement in 1997 with the placeholder name "Jane Doe #5",[1] Broaddrick filed an affidavit with Paula Jones' lawyers stating there were unfounded rumors and stories circulating "that Mr. Clinton had made unwelcome sexual advances toward me in the late seventies... These allegations are untrue".[2]

Nevertheless, speculation that Broaddrick had more to say on the matter persisted. Finally, in an interview with Dateline NBC that aired on February 24, 1999, Broaddrick told her story in public in full for the first time, this time stating that Clinton had indeed raped her.[3] It is the most serious of the claims that emerged during the 1990s and comprise the Bill Clinton sexual misconduct allegations.

Broaddrick's claims have received new attention as a consequence of the 2016 presidential campaign and the 2017 #MeToo phenomenon.