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On today's show in the second hour we welcome Mike Holt of Restore Australia.
Restore Australia’s goal is to amend Section 128 of our Constitution to give all Australian voters, as well as the Parliament, the right to initiate a referendum to amend the Constitution.
Why should we do this?
"We are tired of the government taking no notice of the people. We want more say. The Voters are looking for change. Now is the time to re-assert the sovereignty of the People and take control of the manner in which we are governed."
In the first hour of the show we bring you a variety of stories including some breaking news regarding Schapelle Corby, who is to be the subject of a telemovie in 2013.
We also take a look at recent developments in the Peter Slipper sexual harrassment case and reflect on what this indicates about the level of corruption in government these days.
The ancient pyramidal structure of human society and its psychology
In today's show we come to grips with the psychology behind the power structure. What kind of people become "leaders" in the type of system in which we live? What are the traits that enhance a person's potential to move up the ladder in organisational hierarchies?
My guests today are Dan Collins (in studio) and Damon Crowe, who joins us by phone.
Empowerment begins in your mind - or is it just a meme?
On today's show we bring you analysis and commentary on a number of hot topics in Australian news at the moment.
We look at the embattled MP Craig Thompson, who, despite manifest evidence of fraud and criminal conduct, is being propped up by a Labor government desperate to hold on to the reigns of power.
We look at new revelations in the Schapelle Corby case which provide yet more evidence that the Australian government knew that the marijuana found in Schapelle's luggage was part of a well established drug trafficking syndicate involving corrupt baggage handlers, customs officials and police.
In the second hour I am joined by Josh Jackson as we look at ways in which we can become self-empowered. Josh steps us through some practical things we can do to free ourselves from the chains of inhibition and societal conditioning. We also look at the concept of "memes" as both inhibitors and motivators, and how we may be able to create new psychological memes to help us move into a state of empowerment in our lives.
A great show!
Highlights from Skid Row Radio with Hereward, Karla and Jack
Today we bring you highlights from the Workers Radio breakfast show on Radio Skid Row 2RSR 88.9 FM Sydney, from 1 December 2011. You can tune in to the show every morning from 6-9 AM, and if you're outside Sydney you can listen via the web stream here.
I am joined on air by the show host Jack Frost and psychologist Karla Cryer who previously was interviewed on TNRA.
During our discussion we cover a variety of topics, including geo-engineering, "chemtrails", and the Schapelle Corby case. We also take calls and engage in some robust debate.
I hope you enjoy the show.
Kim Bax gets a Supreme Court injunction
Kim Bax, webmaster of Women for Schapelle, reported that she had received a Supreme Court injunction (post since removed), which threatens her with severe consequences if she mentions certain "serious allegations" about the Seven Network. These allegations are connected to the disclosures found at the Expendable Project, a website dedicated to exposing fraud, disinformation and perversion of the course of justice perpetrated by the mainstream media and supported by successive Australian governments, in relation to the Schapelle Corby marijuana smuggling case.
More from Kim Bax:
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The injunction apears to be spurred by the allegations of former private investigator Col Chapman, who claims that while working as a contractor for Seven Network, he engaged in surveillance of members of the Corby Family, including bugging of homes and the use of GPS tracking devices.
We wish to empahsise that these allegations are as yet unproven, as is the authenticity of Col Chapman. Expendable.tv has since removed the audio of the Col Chapman interview from their website.
TNRA recently covered the work of the expendable project, including an interview with one of the key researchers.
The political sacrifice of Schapelle Corby
WARNING: this podcast will make you angry.
If you take the information seriously and research the links we provide, you will soon realise that the people who govern you have no decency or integrity. If you have a conscience at all this will force you to take a stand. You will not be able to sit on the sidelines any more.
You will be radicalised.
The substantive facts in the story of Schapelle Corby are not well understood, largely because the media has done such a good job of muddying the waters and putting doubt into the minds of the public. We wish to set the record straight, and we wish to inspire the people of Australia to demand accountability from their elected representatives in government. We wish to hold the media to account, and we want the purveyors of baseless smears and hit pieces to be brought to some kind of justice.
In our system of laws a person is innocent until proven guilty. A person does not have to prove innocence, the prosecution must prove guilt. Like it or not, that is the underlying principle of the laws which govern our land, and that is what differentiates a country like Australia from despotic regimes around the world where people can simply disappear if they offend the tyrants who rule over them. It is central to democracy.
We are not claiming absolute proof that Schapelle is innocent. We are claiming an astonishing lack of proof that she is guilty. In addition to that, we have overwhelming evidence that the government colluded in covering up information which may have fully exonerated Schapelle and forced the Indonesians to release her.
For a detailed summary of the the key facts in the Schapelle Corby case, please visit the Expendable Project.
Today's show consists of 2 interviews. The first, conducted on Sydney's Radio Skid Row 88.9 FM, is an interview with one of the creators of the Expendable Project website, who details for us the bombshell evidence that senior members of the Howard government conspired to misinfom the Australian public, Indonesian prosecutors and defence counsel about crucial evidence that Schapelle's bag had been tampered with during her transit from Brisbane to Bali.
In the second interview we talk to Schapelle's uncle Shun Hatton, who knows Schapelle well, and who had been planning to meet her in Bali for the family reunion which ended in disaster in October 2004.
To those who think they know Schapelle is guilty, I wish to remind you that every assertion that has been made linking Schapelle to the drug trade has been debunked. Every single one. There is simply no extant evidence that links Schapelle or her family to the drug trade. Her sister Mercedes continues to live in Bali. She has never been a suspect in any criminal investigation and she won a defamation case against Channel 7 over a series of Today Tonight episodes in which Schapelle's former friend, Jodie Powers, made allegations about the family's drug dealing history. It later emerged that Jodie Powers was paid $100,000 by Seven network for airing these baseless allegations on national TV.
We have previously debunked other rumours about the Corby family which were circulated by mainstream press. For more information on the smear campaigns against Schapelle please check our previous episodes on the subject, and the Schapelle Corby Media Project.
On a final note, if there are visitors to this page who wish to share new information pertaining to this case, we urge you to contact us. Our mission is to find out the truth, rather than to protect or defend any point of view. We will absorb and reflect upon on any new information, regardless of its implications for the guilt or innocence of Schapelle.
Schapelle Corby: drug courier or political prisoner?
At the time of her arrest there was a great deal of diplomatic tension between Australia and Indonesia. The Australian government was pressuring Indonesia to arrest Abu Bakar Bashir, who was believed at the time to be behind the 2002 Bali bombing. Indonesia was not compliant, and many Indonesians felt that Australia was interfering in their affairs once again as they had during the East Timor crisis a few years earlier. After Schapelle's arrest the diplomatic row escalated and there were fears that brooding resentment on both sides could lead to violence.
Something had to be done.
Schapelle said from the beginning the drugs were not hers, and for six months the Australian people and even high level government representatives were right behind her, but then a funny thing happened. Suddenly the major news networks began running stories filled with innuendo and journalistic spin, hinting that Schapelle might be guilty after all. The first of these damaging stories was released one week before her final court hearing in Bali, and carried the unsubstantiated rumour that Australian hydroponic dope was commonly sold in Bali under the name "Aussie Gold". In between her conviction and final appeal scurrilous rumours about Schapelle and her family were circulated in every newspaper and TV channel in the country, including the tax-payer funded ABC. None of these rumours has ever been proven, and indeed the High Court found that Channel Seven had defamed the character of Schapelles' sister Mercedes.
Since her final appeal was rejected Schapelle's mental state has deteriorated. She is now in a state where she needs constant medical care. Her government and the Australian people have turned their backs.
What will you do?
Tonight we welcome Schapelle Corby's uncle Shun Hatton back to the show for the latest news on the case. If you would like to help Schapelle please visit www.freeschapelle.com.au.
NOTE: At the beginning of the show we announced an interview with futurist Jacques Fresco which did not take place. TNRA apologises for any inconvenience caused.
- Schapelle's case discussed on Channel 7 Morning Show
- The truth about "Aussie Gold"
- The Schapelle Corby Media Project
- TNRA: The Schapelle Corby files
- TNRA: Mass media deception and Schapelle Corby
- Australian Censorship History
- Pasolini's 1975 film "Salo" (based on a novel by the Marquis de Sade), is legal in Australia, for now
Mass media deception and Schapelle Corby
In tonight's program we continue our investigation of the Schapelle Corby case, which we began in an earlier podcast.
I have as my guest Schapelle's uncle, Shun Hatton, who joins us from Darwin.
Tonight we examine in depth evidence which suggests that mainstream media organisations engaged in a deliberate campaign to discredit Schapelle and her family, and we present the startling revelation that this campaign of vilification was orchestrated at the highest levels of government, with active collusion from Australia's public broadcaster the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
In particular we focus on the allegations made by investigative reporter John Stewart, in a Lateline program aired on 4 July 2008, which asserts that Schapelle's father was involved in the drug trade. When originally broadcast these assertions were offered as "facts".
The ABC later acknowledged that they "should have made it clear that these were allegations, not facts", however this retraction did little to reverse the massive effect on public opinion caused by the original program.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of Schapelle's incarceration in Bali. Her health is deteriorating rapidly. Clearly there is more than enough "reasonable doubt" in this case to warrant major diplomatic efforts to have Schapelle returned to Australia. Instead we have seen a carefully crafted campaign to turn public opinion against her - and the only plausible reason for this is political expediency.
We all suffer as a result of this assault on our democracy and human rights.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmJBTK-fpOk | PART 2
The Schapelle Corby files
Her subsequent trial and guilty verdict were covered extensively in the news, and in 2005 there was a groundswell of support from all over Australia due to the inconsistencies in the evidence against her, the main one being that the street value of marijuana in Bali is roughly one eighth of the Australian value. Why would someone take enormous risks to import a drug into a foreign country for a massive loss?
The weakness of the case against Schapelle was compounded by the fact that the Indonesian prosecutors could not offer a single piece of forensic evidence to support their case, despite repeated requests from Corby's defense team. The marijuana was not tested for its origin, finger prints were not taken and CCTV footage was mysteriously unavailable.
The case against Schapelle was based exclusively on circumstantial evidence, bolstered by (disputed) claims that her behaviour during the initial search demonstrated guilt.
The final twist was a "trial by media" which occured after Australian television program "Today Tonight" payed Jodie Power $100,000 cash to air extremely damaging allegations about Schapelle's sister Mercedes and the Corby family.
In May 2008, a New South Wales Supreme Court jury found that Channel Seven defamed Mercedes Corby, after which Seven Network settled the case for an undisclosed sum.
Schapelle's mental state is reported to have deteriorated dramatically in the past year. Psychiatrist Jonathan Phillips visited Schapelle in jail earlier this year, and described her condition as follows:
"She is lost in her own bewildering world where fantasy, hallucinations and bizarre ideas dominate her mind... I really fear for her."
"I know from experience that her illness will not get any better in the current situation, and will probably worsen with the risk of calamity."
"Whether she's innocent or guilty, her needs are medical."
"She is in huge trouble."
"I've never known a similar situation before and the things that might go wrong are beyond reckoning."
Tonight TNRA welcomes Roy Reeves, a close friend of the Corby family, to discuss these issues and the miscarriage of justice which now threatens Schapelle's life.
Links for tonight's interview:
- Corby Family Police Record Transcripts: A | B | C | D | E
- Schapelle Corby 'insane'
- Schapelle Corby book sorts fact from fiction
- Holly Wilson - “When You Tried To Tell The World”
- Tara Hack - “Saya Tidak Bersalah”