The Australian media, particularly one section of it, controlled by an American company, has a very short memory on the history of terrorism and the molly-coddling of terrorists in this country.

One Prime Minister made a very firm stand against terrorism in this country, a form of terrorism which was apparently being protected by our own security agency, ASIO.

In a statement praising the contribution of immigrants to this country, Whitlam commented: “It is therefore unfortunate that a minority of these migrants, enjoying the rights we offer for the free expression of views, have sought to aggravate old sus-picions and hatreds by importing the methods of terrorism to this country. My government is determined to stamp out this terrorism.”  [Tony Wright SMH 9 June 2017]

The terrorists were Catholics, not Muslims, and their immediate target was the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, Dzemal Bijedic.

These terrorists had carried out a series of some 12 bombings  in the 1960s and early 1970s. They intended to assassinate Bijedic during his visit to Australia.

The recently well publicized attempt at the defamation of Justice Lionel Murphy by our “Australian” media, in which all of his iconoclastic activities, as well as some of his less savoury  ‘protecting mates,’ were exposed, there was little mention of his “raid” on ASIO HQ in Melbourne.

In a letter written some 9 years ago to a newsletter “The Emperor’s Clothes”  Kerry Milte,  from 1967 to 1970  Commander of the Central Crime Intelligence Bureau of the Commonwealth, now Australian, Federal Police, wrote of those events.

In 1973 he was security adviser to Senator Lionel Murphy, Attorney-General under the newly elected ALP (Australian Labor party) government. []

He explained: “Prior to visiting Melbourne, Murphy went to the ASIO’s Canberra Regional Office, where he asked for a particular file on Croatian activities and was misled by ASIO officers who told him it was in Melbourne. Contrary to later attacks on Murphy, in Melbourne he did not rummage through files himself. He asked for the file on the Croats, and he questioned ASIO officials about what they had done to protect Bijedic. It turned out that they had not even vetted the chefs and waiters at Parliament House, and this less than a week before the planned State Dinner for Bijedic.”

Milte attributed the reluctance of the Liberal Party government to take a stand against the Ustasha terrorists, who were also undertaking occasional military training in the countryside, to the fact that the government needed   support from an extreme right wing Catholic party – the so-called Democratic Labor Party (DLP).

“The Croats could muster sufficient votes to help secure a few key Senate seats for the DLP upon whose numbers and preferences the Liberals depended for a majority.”

Nine years ago Milte warned of the danger of ignoring the old style fascists.  “I am not denying the threat posed by Muslim fundamentalists; however, it is incumbent on governments not to lose track of the ideologies that caused the Holocaust and which still persist amongst groups within the extreme Right.”

We are correct to be concerned  about the appearance once more of the swastika on so many streets in the Europe diaspora and in Europe itself. These old vicious ideologies have not vanished.


An interesting partly fictionalized account of the Bijedic assassination plot is in Tony Jones’ recently published “The Twentieth Man.”  [Allen & Unwin 2017] Several real people including Milte feature.