Australia’s Secret War

The Labor leopard has not changed it’s spots

As the Abbott government began to take on union power and corruption and then a Royal Commission exposing Union liars, thugs & thieves, a new book reveals the union movement’s role in one of the most shameful periods of Australian history. What the wharfies did to Australian troops – and their nation’s war effort – between 1939 and 1945 is nothing short of an abomination.

Perth lawyer Hal Colebatch has done the nation a service with his groundbreaking book, Australia’s Secret War, telling the untold story of union bastardry during World War 2.

Using diary entries, letters and interviews with key witnesses, he has pieced together with forensic precision the tale of how Australia’s unions sabotaged the war effort; how wharfies vandalised, harassed, and robbed Australian troop ships, and probably cost lives.

One of the most obscene acts occurred in October, 1945, at the end of the war, after Australian soldiers were released from Japanese prison camps. They were half dead, starving and desperate for home. But when the British aircraft-carrier HMS Speaker brought them into Sydney Harbour, the wharfies went on strike. For 36 hours, the soldiers were forced to remain on-board, tantalisingly close to home. This final act of cruelty from their countrymen was their thanks for all the sacrifice.

Colebatch coolly recounts outrage after outrage. There were the radio valves pilfered by waterside workers in Townsville which prevented a new radar station at Green Island from operating. So when American dive bombers returning from a raid on a Japanese base were caught in an electrical storm and lost their bearings, there was no radio station to guide them to safety. Lost, they ran out of fuel and crashed, killing all 32 airmen.

Colebatch quotes RAAF serviceman James Ahearn, who served at Green Island, where the Australians had to listen impotently to the doomed Americans’ radio calls: “The grief was compounded by the fact that had it not been for the greed and corruption on the Australian waterfront such lives would not have been needlessly lost.”

Almost every major Australian warship was targeted throughout the war, with little intervention from an enfeebled Prime Minister Curtin. There was the deliberate destruction by wharfies of vehicles and equipment, theft of food being loaded for soldiers, snap strikes, go-slows, demands for “danger money” for loading biscuits.

Then there were the coal strikes which pushed down coal production between 1942 and 1945 despite the war emergency. There were a few honourable attempts to resist union leaders, such as the women working in a small arms factory in Orange, NSW, who refused to strike and “pelted union leaders with tomatoes and eggs”.

This is a tale of the worst of Australia amid the best, the valour and courage of our soldiers in New Guinea providing our last line of defence against Japanese, only to be forced onto starvation rations and to “go easy on the ammo” because strikes by the wharfies back home prevented supplies from reaching them. A planned rescue of Australian POWs in Borneo late in the war apparently had to be abandoned, writes Colebatch, because a wharf strike in Brisbane meant the ships had no heavy weapons.

There was no act too low for the unionists. For instance, in 1941, hundreds of soldiers on board a ship docked in Fremantle entrusted personal letters to wharfies who offered to post them in return for beer money. The letters never arrived.

At one point in 1942 a US Army colonel became so frustrated at the refusal of Townsville wharfies to load munitions unless paid quadruple time, he ordered his men to throw the unionists into the water and load the guns themselves.

In Adelaide, American soldiers fired sub-machine guns at wharfies deliberately destroying their aircraft engines by dropping them from great heights. Australian soldiers had to draw bayonets to stop the same Adelaide wharfies from stealing food meant for troops overseas. You will read this book with mounting fury.

Colebatch offers various explanations for the treasonous behaviour of the unions. Many of the leaders were Communists obsessed with class warfare. Fervent “identity politics” led them to believe they were victims, and that servicemen and women were “puppets of capitalism whose lives were of no consequence”.

Contrary to popular belief, strikes and sabotage continued to the end of the war, even after the Soviet Union became an ally, writes Colebatch, who contends that the Australian Left may have wanted to undermine the military in preparation for revolution after the war. Whatever the reasons for the defective morality of those unionists who sabotaged our war effort, the traitors have never been brought to account.

This story has been largely suppressed for 70 years because Labor and the Left have successfully controlled the narrative of history.

But no more, thanks to Colebatch.

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About Editor, cairnsnews

One of the few patriots left who understands the system and how it has been totally subverted under every citizen's nose. If we can help to turn it around we will, otherwise our children will have nothing. Our investigations show there is no 'government' of the people for the people of Australia. The removal of the Crown from Australian Parliaments, followed by the incorporation of Parliaments aided by the Australia Act 1987 has left us with corporate government with policies not laws, that apply only to members of political parties and the public service. There is no law, other than the Common Law. This fact will be borne out in the near future as numerous legal challenges in place now, come to a head soon.

Posted on June 19, 2017, in Federal Politics, Labor Party, mythmanagement, Politicians, treason and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hey, goodday,

    Government, on both sides of the sick community theatre we see as Parliaments, are the mouthpieces of intuitive, poorly(?) organised crime who governs through the back door of everywhere. The bribed, paid and bullied elected members play the song that their masters pay for. The faceless and many-faced and the trolls and the freaks – they are in charge via media, banks and marketing, P.R., whatever mindless dirty game they play for their short-term amusement and benefit. They are all pretty much terminally insane, and some of them probably have to hire a consultant to tell them what time it is, or if their arse is on fire.

    And the Labour Movements of the 1930s were a feeble reaction to that, and became absorbed by the meanness that they were trying to fight in the “owners” and the fellow workers.

    They all represented money, and that is not a resource. Until that fact is widely discussed and used as a major premise in the decision making processes at all levels, humanity has only a very short lease left on this sad ball with it’s thin and fragile biosphere, abused by a seemingly never-ending supply of terminal idiots in the leadership, and their masters and willing slaves.

    I am afraid your right-wing, childish, union bashing, conservative bulldust is just another manifestation of humanity’s ultimate irrelevance to the building blocks of life. Wake up, you sad trolls. The dirt is everywhere, especially between your ears, and in the other empty, dusty or muddy spaces of a polluted land. Clean up at home, spread the effort. That’s our only hope for an extension of residency.

    A somewhat tragic publication, Cairnsnews. Who are you?

    Kay Schieren


  2. Oh Please, I detest ones like you who actually excuse the Marxist enemies of our Democracy with this predictable tripe, placing blame on everyone because they are all the same, rubbish. Your statement “The faceless and many-faced and the trolls and the freaks – they are in charge via media, banks and marketing, P.R., whatever mindless dirty game they play for their short-term amusement and benefit.” Is the usual diatribe used by Unions and all Communist controlled Media to justify their actions and clear themselves of the most treasonous acts perpetrated during and since the war. Once again blame free enterprise and it’s supporters to take the spotlight off the actual culprits. A sad comment, unfortunately, it is NOT new but the norm for Union Supporters who are “left wing” supporters.

  3. The union that let this sort of crap go on when our people are dying and bleeding on the battlefield we’re only trying to come home should be facing a military tribunal and afterwards they should be shot for there treason this type of thuggery should not have occurred this is an outrageous act of home grown terrorisam and should be exposed for what it is.

  4. Absolutely agree with your comments

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