The Australian’s website contains a copy of a statutory declaration by a former union official, Wayne Hem, sworn on Remembrance Day 2012.[pdf]
The person who witnessed the stat dec holds themselves out as an “Australian legal practitioner at Kelly Hazell Quill solicitors”.
VEXNEWS readers will recall that the firm works for News Limited in Melbourne and while we have no beef with them at all, they did have the unpleasant task of initiating defamation proceedings against us on behalf of the Herald Sun’s poisonous midget loser columnist Alan Howe, who we understand is paid $250,000 per annum for writing a weekly column that is chock full of stupidity and racism and doing precious little else. Some had hoped the extravagance of keeping such an overpaid dilettante on the payroll would be curtailed in light of the deep and controversial cuts being made by News CEO Kim Williams but no such luck as yet. Rarely is loyalty a curse, but HWT’s highly regarded el supremo Peter Blunden’s loyalty to the unemployable and useless ex-editor is not commendable, especially when editorial costs are being in unprecedented and undoubtedly essential ways.
History shows that the perpetually angry, bitter and vengeful dweeb Howe withdrew his defamation claim, acknowledging the truth of all VEXNEWS has ever said about the little man who occasionally wears red pants and has had occasion to leave company cars parked without using the handbrake causing them to fall off cliffs or down mountainsides or some such.
The involvement of the media law firm in assisting Mr Hem suggests they might be providing further legal services to him, although company sources thought that unlikely when we inquired.
Anyway, VEXNEWS can exclusively reveal that Kelly Hazell Quill’s legal practitioner appears to have committed an offence, breaking section 109 of the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1998, according to legal experts consulted by us today.
While the unnamed person has put what appears to be their signature on the stat dec and has supplied his or her address, they have not legibly written their own name as required by section 109. Oops:
After witnessing the signing of a declaration, the person by whom it is
witnessed must legibly write, type or stamp his or her name and address below
his or her own signature. Penalty: 1 penalty unit.
The Australian, quick to judge the poor old PM in their repeated reporting on the embezzlement conspiracy theory tale to which they have dedicated enough space to land a jumbo jet, has some tricky issues of its own to face in relation to the unlawful swearing of the statutory declaration.
Did they know an offence had been committed in swearing the stat dec?
If they did know, did they engage in a cover-up?
Having been so informed of this rather worrying situation by their friends at VEXNEWS, will they immediately report the matter to Police for urgent investigation?
If not, why not?
The same breathless questions might well be put to the Deputy Opposition Leader, Julie Bishop. Bishop is certainly vulnerable after massively over-reaching on these issues and accusing the PM of criminal behaviour without evidence and while consorting with Ralph Blewitt, whose activities we have lavishly chronicled here. The only thing that might have saved here was one silly Labor MP calling her a “bimbo” – an act of stupidity that probably would have caused an international scandal had a Coalition MP so slagged the PM.
These questions are obviously inspired by the Woodward&Bernstein style enthusiasm for scalp-hunting we have seen in the Gillard slush fund embezzlement conspiracy saga.
Australian politics has been stuck on stupid for weeks and weeks about this. It’s time we moved on.