Give back the Walkley Award, Kate McClymont!
  • Petitioned Kate McClymont

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Investigative journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald
Kate McClymont

Give back the Walkley Award, Kate McClymont!

    1. Petition by

      George Bludger

      South Yarra, Australia

Given that Kate McClymont's Walkley Award winning article “Thomson: new credit card claims” has been proven false should McClymont have to return the Walkley?

From Independent Australia's article 'Jacksonville 48: What a way to win a Walkley':

"McClymont’s public attacks on Thomson, and the attempts by others to help him raise funds for an adequate defence, do not portray her in a neutral light. To the casual observer, it seems like she is out to get Thomson; to the curious onlooker, it may even make them wonder why she has stuck her neck out so far."

Kate McClymont, Investigative journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald
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    • alan taylor MT NELSON, AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      to save the credibility of the walkley awards, this one must be rescinded

      • 10 months ago

      Mr Corbett Member of the Liberal Party in Tony Abbott's branch, Director of Walmart, Woolworths and Chairman of the SMH part owned by Gina Reinhardt, put this "Evidence" up to discredit Craig Thomson and therefore change the Government since the 2010 election result.

      Tony Abbott refused to accept the result and holds democracy in contempt, by today calling on the ALP to respect his mandate and not oppose his democratic right to implement his policies.

      This FAKE “evidence” that the Sydney Morning Herald put forward in Court as evidence of wrongdoing by Craig Thomson, it (the “evidence”) was provided to the SMH by the HSU to discredit and defame Craig Thomson, his name was misspelled as ThomPson, (the forgers first blunder) it was purported to be evidence to prove a transaction with a brothel using Health Services Union funds.

      Craig Thomson correctly defended his reputation and SMH settled out of court and declared himself vindicated. This document was never examined “forensically“ in Court by his defence lawyer and the judge.

      This little piece of paper caused years of turmoil in parliament. Tony Abbott even though he knew it was a crude set up, made it key, to a disgusting three year campaign of smear (goes to Abbott's character). The Coalition have attempted to drive Thomson to bankruptcy with legal proceedings, (so as to have him disfranchised and rejected from Parliament), the media have hounded him and printed lies, and he has become a human punch-line, the butt of a million jokes.

      Lets look at the 'evidence' Abbott relies on. The rejection code 211 is what banks use once they are called by a sales person, the banks will ask you to write this number on the front cover of the slip. This number (the forgers second blunder) indicates and instructs you that NO transaction should proceed.

      The slip is coloured pink, (the forgers third blunder) indicating it is the slip that should be sent to and held in the bank's records. It would not, in the ordinary process of business be in the possession of the (HSU) customer.

      Because it has blue and black pen ink on what is actually, a carbon copy, (the forgers fourth and fifth blunder) It becomes clear that this 'evidence' is fake.

      I am shocked by the deliberate avoidance and refusal to examine or publish any reference by the Australian mass media to this first crude attempt to bring down an elected parliamentary member, for whatever motive was involved.

      The reporting of this stupid forgery as 'proof of guilt' defies imagination, and is evidence of the criminal manipulation of the people's perception by billionaires who own our media, and are attempting to own our minds.

      The thing that really amazes me is the person who oversaw the Fair Work Australia investigation into Craig Thomson was the Vice President of Fair Work Australia, and HSU Secretary Kathy Jackson's partner Michael Lawler, a Fair Work Australia judge. Michael Lawler, is brother to the very same John Lawler who was AFP Deputy Commissioner of National Security in 2007 when Dr Mohamed Haneef was charged with terrorism offences — a decision later slammed by the Clarke Inquiry, and lately the Essendon fishing expedition) Michael Lawler FWA had been appointed by Abbott, Michael Lawler is the lover of Craig Thomson's union opponent Kathy Jackson. She had sworn to 'get ' him when he was elected to parliament after he had exposed her as ripping off the HSU.

      Kathy Jackson has been a respected Guest speaker at the the HR Nicholls Society. For those who are unaware HR Nicholls Society is a Liberal Party think tank. Contributors include Peter Reith, Eric Abetz, Peter Costello, Mal Brough, Andrew Bolt, Michael Kroeger, barrister Stuart Wood who is providing free legal services to Jackson, and of course Tony Abbott.

      As the Vic Police investigation cranks up a notch, it is becoming clear that people want to distance themselves from both Kathy Jackson and Michael Williamson, as things unravel.

      Now Abbott says he will stop taking Tobacco industry money, but only if Rudd stops "propping up Craig

      Thomson" and stops taking help from the HSU. He never stops and its about time He did.

      What a scandal, it is yet to land on the LNP smear machine. If it ever got on the MSM it could change the outcome of the Election.

      • 10 months ago

      Democracy, freedom and relationships are not handed to you on a plate. These are things you must fight to retain every day. Legislation can be written. Constitutions can be enshrined and carved in stone but there is no guarantee they will be with you tomorrow

      These three ideals, can be eroded by neglect unless cherished. They can be taken away, unless defended. And they will become dulled, if not valued and continually improved each and every day. We must cherish, protect, and improve them each day in order to preserve them.

      Neglect them and they become meaningless.

      We have a duty of care to democracy, to ensure that the people have well informed with factually based options on which to make their decisions.

      Truth is at the core of Democracy. Some participants in our recent election have chosen to inflame and misinform, thereby failing in their duty of care towards democracy through acts or omissions that could reasonably be seen likely to damage the very fabric of our democratic institutions.

      It is longer acceptable that political offerings can avoid scrutiny, be deceptive or misleading, or be distorted half truths and exaggerations or scandalous rumours that we have experienced which at led to the Coalition victory.

      "If it is not right do not do it;

      if it is not true do not say it".

      Marcus Aurelius

    • Patricia Ryan OURIMBAH, AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      Truth in reporting is a must. There appears to be orchestrated attacks with no regard for the truth in the media, both in Peter Slipper's case and also Craig Thomos. I smell a rat in both cases and I suspect that some big boys and girls from the LNP may have fingers in some very nasty pies.

    • Marion Riordan AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      Her misuse of journalism is a serious abuse of her position as opinion shaper of the publics opinion. This is mischievous to say te least when a persons life&career is in the balance as well as the outcome of a federal election


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