There are many lessons to be learned from the deceitful and despicable conduct of James Rowe, the NSW Liberal party member who fabricated a story that he’d been physically attacked by factional rivals.
It was reported this week that Rowe was expelled from the party after lying to The Australian’s Imre Salusinsky and making false reports to NSW Police in a sad effort to make nice with his factional overlords in what their opponents call the “Taliban Right” of the party.
VEXNEWS readers might recall that last month James Rowe claimed to all the world he was brutally assaulted at a Sydney Karaoke club “Karaoke World” last month.
He told The Australian newspaper:
Mr Rowe – who has come out of the dust-up with a chipped tooth, back pain and minus a $235 glass contact lens – has little doubt the alleged assault is connected with the internal factional troubles that have split the Right in recent months…Mr Rowe says the alleged assailant stood on a table, placed him in a headlock, struck him repeatedly on the back and attempted to force a karaoke microphone down his throat.
What James didnâ€™t know was that CCTV cameras recorded Rowe’s every moment at the Karaoke club, and proved beyond all doubt that the â€œbrawlâ€ he claimed had occurred never did. Presented with the CCTV vision, the NSW police cleared Liberal Right patriot Tobias Lehman of any wrongdoing and a furious NSW Liberal Party State Director Mark Neeham took decisive action to cut out this canker of calumny from his party.
We have obtained a confidential email from the NSW State Director setting out the reasons for this removal. While it says he is to be suspended for six months, it is not expected that Rowe will be permitted to return.
He is potentially also the possible subject of defamation proceedings that could cost him a fortune.
—— Forwarded Message
From: Mark Neeham
Date: Fri, 02 Oct 2009 13:25:56 +1000
To: ‘State Executive’
Cc: Richard Shields
Subject: Notice of Suspension of Member
I give you notice that today I have suspended Mr James Rowe from the Party for a period of six months under Section 3.17.2 (3) of the Constitution.
On 24 August 2009 Mr Rowe made comments to The Australian newspaper and appeared in a photograph depicting him lying in a bed. I attach PDFs of these articles.
I have been informed that the police have closed the case and Mr Rowe withdrew his complaint. I have also viewed the closed circuit television footage of the alleged incident. The footage contradicted the allegations and comments in the Australian and that Mr Rowe made to me in a telephone conversation on 22 August 2009.
These false comments and press coverage have resulted in damage to the reputation of the Division.
I am notifying Mr Rowe of my decision in writing as required by the Constitution. My decision is subject to the ratification of State Executive at the next meeting.
Mark Neeham | State Director
Liberal Party of Australia
New South Wales
T (+61) (0)2 8356 0300 | F (+61) (0)2 9361 6301
Locked Bag 2 | Kings Cross | NSW 1340 | Australia
Enterprising NSW Liberal patriots have obtained the vision of the event which we present for your entertainment. It shows that nothing went on. Once Rowe realised there was evidence of this kind he withdrew his false report to the NSW Police and would only interact with them through his lawyers. They are believed to be contemplating charging him in relation to the matter. A number of his “Taliban” colleagues could also be dragged into the matter, as the NSW Police understand that a number of them attempted to obtain the CCTV footage in order to destroy it.
Rowe duped a number of people including our chum “Mad Dog” Marie Ficarra who we made famous by revealing her crazy throat-slitting threats aimed at factional foes. She plastered Rowe’s now defunct Facebook page with messages of concern for the lying lad’s welfare. Some believe Barry O’Farrell has had a gutful of Ficarra’s factional antics and is planning on bumping her off as Parl Sec after the next state election.
A senior source in the Mainstream Right has said “James Rowe’s little antics are just a symptom of a much broader problem. Everybody thinks that this guy was put up to it by people much higher up the chain, but the truth is that he carried on with it, he lied to the police, and heâ€™ll have to take responsibility for his actions. We think a lad of his build will be very popular in jail.â€
“One thing is clear: these extremists will go to any extent, they will tell any lies they can, do whatever it takes. They have a proven track record of lies, harassment and intimidation. They just run to the media with a sob story, purely fictional, and they’ve got a few mouthpieces out there that will just run whatever they tell them. Their radical extremist religious views have no support in the Liberal Party and they are just getting desperate.â€
Senior Liberal Party sources have said that James Rowe’s suspension from the party is going to be the first of many as other Taliban Right operatives will be exposed for breaching party rules and spreading lies to the media.