Wednesday, 25 April 2012

ANZAC day: What sort of courage does it take to becoming and remaining PM?

Sent to The Australian a few mins ago:

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ANZAC day: What sort of courage does it take to becoming and remaining PM?
'Contracts are lovelier the second time around' [ Geoff  Seidner]

I look at The Australian this ANZAC day morning -see the photograph of the  visage of magnificent twins Don and Peter Field. 

Contemplate their courage, joi de vievre and larrikinism and magnificent grace as they tricked the medical examiners to enable the one with heart problems to serve his country.

What sort of courage does it take to becoming and remaining PM?
In vain one persues this with Julia Gillard.

 Larrikin John Gorton had the style and moral courage to vote himself out of office in 1969.  And he resigned in protest from the Liberal Party at the blocking of supply.
A magnificent man who served as a pilot in WWII - and whose physical visage was as a result of his crashed aicraft.

It is incumbent on Prime Ministers to be aware of the honour of the office bestowed on them.
None have so plainly vitiated their right to office!
She has not only regularly lied to Parliament - but has also regularly lied in justifying those lies.
Tony Abbott has a prima - facie justification for moving for the sacking of this woman by the Governor General - who is sadly the mother - in - law of the next leader of the [Labor] Opposition.

  • Compare with Gillard who not only lied in a matter of vital policy, but confected excuses, lies and apolital justifications for sad lie. Then  continued to virtually daily mislead Parliament AKA the people via her convoluted distortions / porkies repeated ad nauseum.
  • Never mind what she did to get into office: even this she inverted to blame the opposition! Many times - in many realms! 
  • Why - Gillard is in the process of resuming negotiations AKA lying to / with Wilkie - having vitiated a written contract earlier. 'Contracts are lovelier the second time around' [ Geoff  Seidner]
  • But it will be her greedy continuous embrace / support for two members of Parliament who have plainly abused even basic standards of behaviour. Again - this stylish woman has inextricably blamed the opposition!  
As Tony Abbott has said: this government should die of shame - ne'er a taint of courage!
Geoff Seidner
13 Alston Grove
East St Kilda 3183
03 9525 9299

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  • Geoff Seidner
    13 Alston Grove
    East St Kilda 3183
    03 9525 9299


    You're the spitting image of your brother: the ruse that sent twins off to a secret war

    AFTER all these years, Don Field has never grown weary of the siblings' high jinks that landed him and his twin brother Peter at the centre of one of the more extraordinary Australian stories of World War II.

    With a mischievous look, he passes over a photograph of two identical teenage Diggers in slouch hats, and challenges anyone to tell which one is which.

    The only clue is that one brother is sporting a slightly forced grin. Surely that must be Peter, the one with something to hide?

    Don Field, now 88, laughs and takes the photograph back.

    It was 70 years ago that the brothers pulled a swifty on the medical examiner at the Ripponlea drill hall in Melbourne's southeast, enabling Peter to enlist despite his history of heart problems and against his father's wishes. As it turned out, neither brother would have any trouble keeping a secret.
    The switch, Don Field admits, was his idea. As the would-be recruits were called in alphabetical order, Field, DC presented first and was given a clean bill of health

    He then joined Peter in the bathroom, where the brothers quickly changed clothes. When Field, PC was called, the doctor was amazed. "You really are the spitting image of your brother," he exclaimed.

    Later in life, the Fields would march together on Anzac Day, carrying the banner for the Australian Special Wireless Group. By then, the story of how they fudged the medical exam had become the stuff of legend.

    Ask them what they actually did in the war, however, and you'd be met with a short response.

    It was only two years ago, when a brown paper package sent by the British government arrived in the letterbox of Don Field's Melbourne home, that the full wartime exploits of the brothers could finally be told.

    Inside the package were three things: a gold medal emblazoned with the words "We too served"; a citation from the head of Bletchley Park, home to Britain's famous wartime code-crackers; and a separate citation from then British prime minister Gordon Brown.
    The citation from Mr Brown ran to a paragraph. For Mr Field, they were words he never expected to read: "The government wishes to express to you its deepest gratitude for the vital service you performed during World War II".
    Over a cup of coffee at his house in Melbourne's eastern suburb of Nunawading, Don Field yesterday said Mr Brown must have authorised the citation just before he lost his own job. "I don't know if that means it is worth more now or not," he joked. For his wife Patricia, the revelation of her husband and his brother's feats came as a shock. "He never told us anything," she said, shaking her head.
    Peter Field died before the package arrived but the recognition from Britain meant that for the first time, Don Field could speak freely about the two years he and his brother spent in the jungles of New Guinea intercepting Japanese radio messages as part of a covert operation overseen by General Douglas MacArthur, the US Supreme Commander of the Southwest Pacific Area.
    For three months at a time, the Field brothers and other members of a hand-picked group would live in jungle sites behind enemy lines, 

    monitoring Japanese communications around the clock. They were armed with basic infantry skills, high-speed morse code, a working knowledge of Katakana, one of three Japanese scripts, an old Simpson radio and a concealed cyanide pill in case of capture.

    The communications they intercepted and sent to London via Brisbane, provided critical intelligence to MacArthur's strategy of cutting supplies to Japanese troops in the Pacific.

    The most spectacular success were the intercepts that enabled the US to plan the mid-air assassination of Isoroku Yamamoto, the Japanese admiral who had planned the Pearl Harbor attack. From their jungle camps, the Fields could see MacArthur's strategy also working on the ground. "They would come into the camp," Don Field said of the starving Japanese troops. "You couldn't help but feel sorry for them. They would come and raid our cookhouse at night. You always knew when they had been around because they used to wear funny shoes with one big toe. You would see the foot prints in the jungle behind.

    "They knew we were there but they didn't know what we were doing. They weren't getting supplies and they didn't have much fight left in them. A lot of them were giving themselves up."

    It wasn't just the Japanese who were oblivious to what the Australians were up to. When they were first recruited for their mission, the specially trained members of the ASWG were sworn to secrecy. No records of their mission were kept. "All the young fellas that were in this unit had to sign a statement that they wouldn't divulge what they did to anyone - any of their parents or loved ones - for 60 years," Don Field said.
    "Everyone kept that secret. Whenever anyone asked me what I did I just said signals. That was it. For years Peter and I could carry the banner on Anzac Day. But I have never told anyone."

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