It is widely known in politics and the media that Bill Shorten uses online trolls to trash the reputation of anyone he sees as a threat or competitor to his interests. What is not widely reported is that Mr Shorten is also defaming the reputation of Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon and using his Parliamentary Secretary Michael Danby, at the taxpayer’s expense, to assist.
There would probably be enough evidence below to charge Bill Shorten, Michael Danby and their main troll Andrew Landeryou with attempting to pervert the course of justice. It also raises questions regarding the character of Bill Shorten and gives a guide to what he would be like if he was elected Prime Minister.
The allegation Shorten and Danby are making is extremely serious and false. They claim that Trade Union Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon supports rape in marriage. They do this via Twitter Troll Andrew Landeryou who is their friend and aligned to them in the ALP Unity faction. Danby is Bill Shorten’s Parliamentary Secretary and has made the mistake of also using his Twitter account to support the defamatory Tweets which leaves a trail of evidence directly back to himself.
The purpose of this is very clear given it also happened when Bill Shorten was in the witness stand on July 8th 2015. It is a blatant attempt to harass and intimidate Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon.
Bill Shorten claims how stressful it was on him and his family to have “abhorrent” rape allegations made against him yet he is more than happy to do something very similar to Dyson Heydon, Heydon’s family and others.
The false claim
The basis of the false allegations is a deliberate misinterpretation of a judgement by Dyson Heydon when he was a judge of the High Court of Australia.
A man was charged in 2009 for raping his former wife in 1963 when they were married. What Dyson Heydon and the High Court had to decide was if rape in marriage was a crime in 1963, not if it is a crime now.
“Most countries have criminalized marital rape from the late 20th century onwards; very few legal systems allowed for the prosecution of rape within marriage before the 1970s.” (Click here to read more)
Even one of the articles quoted to justify the defamatory comments about Dyson Heydon actually supports Heydon when you read it. (Click here to read more)
So a High Court decision about whether rape in marriage was a crime in 1963 is being used to falsely say that Dyson Heydon supports rape in marriage now.
Twitter messages (Tweets)
The attacks started last year including the “supporting rape” allegations. This was clearly done with the full support of Michael Danby and as Bill Shorten’s Parliamentary Secretary Danby would not have acted in such a way without Bill Shorten’s approval. And there is no way Landeryou would have Tweeted what he did when Bill Shorten was in the witness stand without Bill’s approval.
The below message was published in on the 19th December 2014 and Michael Danby helped promote it as you see his photo at the bottom of the message next to where it says “FAVORITES”.
There are a number of other Tweets to the same effect that make the same allegations against Dyson Heydon which Michael Danby also supported by either Retweeting and/or Favoriting. (Click here to see)
Andrew Landeryou says that “In 2012 judgment Dyson Heydon thought a husband ought be legally free to rape his wife #turc” and then puts a link to the judgment. That is a total lie and Landeryou knows it.
Very few people, if any, will ever read the judgment and Landeryou puts the #turc in the message so everyone following the Trade Union Royal Commission on Twitter will see the message. With Danby’s photo from his Twitter account at the bottom of the message he is letting everyone know he supports the defamatory message.
Two Tweets when Bill Shorten was in the witness stand on July 8th 2015
Landeryou lying about being an ALP member. His wife Kimberley Kitching ran for ALP preselection for three seats and a Senate seat at the 2013 election. She lost all of them.
Landeryou even lied last year on Twitter about knowing his wife Kimberly Kitching. Both are good friends of Bill Shorten. (Click here to read more)
The point regarding Landeryou’s lies about being an ALP member and not knowing his wife is that he is a compulsive liar which supports the fact that he is knowingly lying about Dyson Heydon.
Bill Shorten’s Crime Gang
Bill Shorten and his supporters are in a lot of trouble with the Royal Commission quickly closing in on them and they will do anything to try and survive. The problem is that are not overly intelligent and their time is almost up. The financial base for Bill Shorten’s behind the scenes political activities over the last few years has been the HSU Victoria Number 1 Branch and it is almost bankrupt.
The secretary of the branch, Diana Asmar, has lost legal cases in the Fair Work Commission and the Federal Court of Australia regarding criminal conduct by her and other staff members at the branch. Criminal charges have also been recommended against Asmar and 6 other staff by the Trade Union Royal Commission. Asmar is playing for time and continues to waste member’s money on appeals she knows she will lose. But Asmar is only the puppet for her husband David Asmar and Andrew Landeryou. Bill Shorten is the ultimate power behind the HSU Victoria Number 1 Branch.
Once Diana Asmar and the HSU Victoria Number 1 Branch crumble so will Bill Shorten’s credibility as he is the one who had them installed and they are his supporters.
Shorten’s displeasure with the Royal Commission lifting the lid on the corruption at the HSU Victoria Number 1 Branch and recommending criminal charges against some of his supporters is another motivator for the defamatory Tweets.
Michael Danby was in the audience at the Royal Commission on the 8th of July for no reason other than to support Bill Shorten. Should taxpayers be paying for Danby to fly to Sydney and sit in audience at the Royal Commission for the day and to be on Twitter helping defame Commissioner Dyson Heydon?
Shorten has form on the board for this type of tactic. Last year I wrote about Bill Shorten using Trolls to defame and harass journalists and witnesses at the Royal Commission. (Click here to read more) And last month Fairfax Media wrote about Bill Shorten’s main Troll Andrew Landeryou and said this:
“Shorten is renowned for editing friends and allies as politically required, but one key player has remained close throughout his ascendancy – old Melbourne university mate, notorious former blogger and sometime business consultant Andrew Landeryou.”
With keen political instincts honed from childhood at the feet of his Labor Right stalwart father, Bill, Landeryou is Shorten’s unofficial adviser, wordsmith and watchdog.
“Bill’s muse” is how Stephen Conroy, Shorten’s joint Right faction chief, is known to describe him.
“As Shorten worked towards a seat in Parliament and then the Labor leadership, Landeryou ran vicious blogs The Other Cheek and VEXNEWS, turning his ire on anyone who challenged his friend’s political interests: politicians, unionists, business figures and journalists were targeted. He was relentless in his attacks on Sercombe during Shorten’s move on Maribyrnong.”
“In July 2013 ahead of the September federal poll and Shorten’s elevation to Labor leader, Landeryou finally closed down VEXNEWS. His old friend had offended so many in the ALP he was now in danger of becoming a political liability.”
“But the pair still talk often and socialise regularly. Landeryou spends time with Shorten at weekends; he helps with tactics and speeches, and plays the role of a backroom factional fixer.” (Click here to read more)
Just for the record Fairfax did get a few things wrong. The only consulting Landeryou does is when it relates to committing fraud at unions such as the Melbourne University Student Union and in recent times the HSU Victoria Number 1 Branch. Other than that Landeryou is nothing more than an alcoholic Twitter Troll going nowhere.
Landeryou is also the Grim Reaper of the Australian Labor Party because wherever he goes political careers die. Best example of that is Landeryou’s own wife, Kimberley Kitching, whose political career has been destroyed because of Landeryou’s corrupt and criminal habits. Landeryou’s “skills” are also playing a huge part is destroying Bill Shorten’s career as well.
In legal proceedings it is a game of strategy – Bill’s Big Blunder
Bill Shorten made a huge mistake in demanding to give evidence at the Royal Commission earlier than the RC had requested. (Shorten wanted and received a July hearing instead of the initial date of August or September the RC planned) Shorten did this hoping the Royal Commission were not as prepared as they might be. Problem for Bill is that the Royal Commission have in effect used it as an excuse to call him a second time if need be which is 99% guaranteed of happening. (Click here to read more) The Royal Commission is currently investigating all the perjury that Bill Shorten told on the 8th and 9th of July when he was in the witness stand. (Click here to read more) They will use the evidence they are currently collecting to question him a second time.
The Royal Commission should be asking Shorten when he is next in the stand about the “rape in marriage” allegations being published on Twitter by Andrew Landeryou and promoted by his Parliamentary Secretary Michael Danby.
It is the constitutional right of every Australian to make allegations of corruption against government officials (see Coleman v Power – HCA) but making deliberately false allegations in an attempt to harass and intimidate a Royal Commissioner is another story.
Shorten has bush fires all over the place as more and more people line up to dump on him and his corrupt empire starts to unravel. This will likely come to a head in the next 4 or 5 weeks when Bill Shorten is back in the witness stand at the Trade Union Royal Commission and they put the blowtorch back on Shorten’s dodgy past.
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