3. Anyone for justice?
One night in late October 04 I awoke in the middle of the night and placed the transistor to my ear. I came across the talkback program on Five AA. The question discussed was: What is your favourite movie of all time? I was no movie specialist, but my answer, without a doubt, was a 3 hour film from the 1960’s, which has everything a good movie is made of - drama, love, betrayal, music, dance and even scenery. It is rare to get all of these in one motion picture.
I did get up and phoned the station to give my choice of best movie ever. I was the first caller after the 4 am News. The talk show host greeted me incorrectly: “Hello Steve … Steve? … are you there, Steve?” I knew I was already on air when he said it, so I spoke up:
“Hello, my name is not Steve, but Dieter, I agree with the previous caller. “Gone with the wind” is not my first choice of best movie either. It has to be “The Sound of Music. It has not just one love story, but two, as well as drama, scenery, history and music (of course). And where do you find a movie, where an adult kneels beside her bed and prays for the children?” I asked, ending the call with choking emotions.
There was another reason I become emotional. Why was I called Stephen? In the bible this apostle is regarded as the first martyr. In a historic moment in the early history of the Christian Church, this man spoke out bravely, calling for justice and repentance, and was stoned to death, on the spot, for this courageous act.
As the year 2004 drew closer I became increasingly aware that death could also be my fate and for similar reasons. Even 2000 years ago liberal thinkers of the day did not like the idea of man’s sin. If they were to accept the notion that human nature is sinful, they would have to accept the need for a Saviour. Instead of humbling themselves and accepting Stephen’s message, those religious people, killed this messenger for God. They continued living their lives trying to obey useless rules, man made regulations and ceremonies to please God.
Could this be my fate also? Like Steven I was outspoken, straightforward, without beating around the bush. I had placed my finger more than once on injustices. To this day I am calling for investigations into a number of crimes, some of which, in my mind, have not been punished or made the wrong people pay for it. The guilty so far have gone free.
I long ago stopped worrying about being done in. A security beyond human understanding surrounded me, knowing that nothing would be happening to me, without my Heavenly Father’s approval. Friends, this assurance is worth more than the best life insurance in the world. It is a most wonderful feeling of liberation and freedom. Life on earth is only temporary. The Apostle Paul clearly stated it: “If I’d die today, it would be for my benefit, good anyway.”
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Two weeks after the late night phone call on the radio, on Friday November 5th, I arrived home from an engagement in Adelaide. It was right on 8.30pm as I walked in, when Isobel informed me, “The Sound of Music is on”. I had seen it many times, but watched again. This time I saw uncanny parallels in the story of Georg von Trapp and his family to that of my life story:
“The Hills are alive with the sound of music” the theme song goes. I liked the words hills, alive and sound. Without going into the whole storyline let me point out a few sentences that caught my attention.
“The children will look up to me” (Baron von Trapp, justifying his military style approach to his children).
“I’m far too outspoken; it’s my worst fault”. (The nanny, Fraulein Maria, after arguing with the head of the house).
“You brought music back to this house.” (Baron von Trapp, falling in love with Maria, the bubbly nanny).
“Is there anything you can’t do?” (The Baron’s jealous wife-to-be, to Maria, the nanny).
“You have to live the life you were born for.” (Mother Superior, advising Maria to return to her love, the Baron).
“There is something about my children, I must have done something good.” (The Baron, feeling good about himself and his children)”.
“We make it our business to know everything about everyone.” (Nazi official to the Baron, after delivering telegram).
I found it highly ironic that only one week earlier I had sent an email to the Australian Federal Police, regarding privacy. What I had read on their website sounded almost like a joke: If you want to report a crime, click here. I expressed my surprise in the following email on 28th October 2004:
Would any whistle blower use email (as per your website)
to report a crime? Or even the telephone?
How private (and secure) is the average citizen from the
prying eyes of 'big brother?
Dieter R. Fischer
Towards the end of the ‘The Sound of Music’ Baron von Trapp, an Austrian, who was also a sea captain, received a telegram, calling him to Bremerhaven to serve the German Navy. The captain was obviously not happy with the forced enlistment. When the Nazi officer hinted that he knew the contents of the telegram and warned him against deserting (“we wouldn’t want you lost in the crowd”) Baron von Trapp replied: “In the Austria I knew, telegrams were a matter of privacy”.
The film ends with the miraculous escape of the whole family, after an entertaining performance at the Salzburg Song Festival; firstly in a car, then on foot across the Alps to freedom in neutral Switzerland. Dark clouds had gathered in Europe, ready to unleash the greatest bloodbath the world had ever seen. Anyone not willing to march to the beat of the Nazi drum became a target for bullying and nasty threats, which sadly were later carried out in places like Dachau and Auschwitz, names that sends a shiver down your spine.
Many times I felt like Baron von Trapp. Ever since I was, or felt I was, targeted by the Government apparatus (for trying to bribe a Government Minister) I felt my every move was being watched. I had no doubt that none of my emails were private, many phone conversations tapped into and some mail opened. All the Government needs is a law to act in this way against State enemies, terrorists, pedophiles, crime suspects etc. An efficient Government needs such a law. The problem is that a corrupt system may use it on ordinary, outspoken citizens, to keep them in check. I was convinced I fitted into this category.
Baron von Trapp and I had this in common, feeling a stranger in our own country. Society had embarked on a course, which I could not agree with. The new driver training system was nothing, compared with what I perceived to be happening later – murder, deceit and corruption. I was as dissenter, a whistle blower, drawing attention to injustices to the highest authorities. Would it get so bad that I also would have to leave my country, because I spoke out and asked the hard questions?
The most recent series of questions concerned the Federal Election of October 04. I had cast doubt on the scandalous story of a Christian family man, a Federal MP, who admitted to having had an affair with a young woman years earlier. (Mind, Chapter 44).
One morning, driving in the car, I listened to a regular spot on Adelaide’s ABC Radio. The editor of a National Current Affairs Magazine was interviewed. He told of another scandal, which was coming to light in Canberra. An independent Member of Parliament alleged that he had been offered an overseas diplomatic post, in return for not contesting his seat in the October Federal Election. The MP concerned pointed an accusing finger to the highest level of leadership in our Nation, the Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson.
Hearing this scandalous claim that morning, I wondered who told the truth? The short interview triggered my brain to follow up my suspicion about the Christian MP, whose admission to having been unfaithful to his wife, most likely cost him his seat in Parliament.
I wrote the following letter to the Editor of the Magazine, with copies to the Federal Police, the Attorney General in Canberra and ABC Radio News. I also sent two more copies to undisclosed recipients, prominent clergymen interstate:
November 17th 2004.
Mr. T. W.
C/The … Magazine
Re: Tony Windsor’s twin brother
Whenever possible I listen to your spot on Radio 5AN Adelaide. Today’s main theme was the mystery surrounding an offer of an overseas diplomatic post to MP Tony Windsor in return for giving up his MP’s position. There are many unanswered questions, which I trust will be dealt with forthwith, or justice will go begging again.
Why do I say - again? I have asked questions in regards to another mystery surrounding this Federal Election. Liberal MP C.R. may not be a twin brother to Tony Windsor, but certainly created his own mystery when he admitted, at a crucial time prior to the October Election, to having had an extra-marital affair years ago. On the surface it was plain stupidity, but was it?
There are four possible scenarios in the C.R. case. I think the Federal Police, which will receive a copy of this letter, ought to investigate, which one resembles the truth. The public quietly swallowed up the first one, the sensational story, the tabloid press dished up. What if it’s not true and the MP lost his seat as a result? I urge you and any thinking Australian to consider the three alternatives. Please pray with me that the relevant authorities act, until the full truth is made public.
1. The Christian family man and MP for Parramatta committed a cardinal sin four years ago and lived with the guilt until just before a Federal Election. He was not only sinful, but stupid in his timing of repentance.
2. He was pressured to admit to an affair he did not have. Somebody, who wanted him out of Canberra, paid Mr. C.R. a sum of money, which he accepted and promptly paid for by losing his seat.
3. He was pressured to admit to an affair he did not have. Somebody, who wanted him out of Canberra, threatened Mr. C.R. - he better go along with an affair-story to be printed in the media, or else.
4. He was pressured to admitting to the affair at this time, which indeed he did have.
Another question comes to mind: Why did the media never chase up the woman, with whom the MP committed adultery? A committed Christian, who started the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship, sleeping over at a young woman’s place, normally causes a media frenzy. Why did it disappear within a few days? Who is the woman? When do we hear her side of the story? Unless, she doesn’t exist at all.
If the MP took money for saying he had an affair, is he committing an offense?
Would the MP be committing an offense, if he did not go to police after being threatened of blackmailed?
If indeed outside forces were pressuring Mr. C.R. as you reported in the Windsor case, we must find out, who are these influential forces, and instigate legal proceedings.
The very existence of our democracy is at stake, if we don’t act to find the truth.
The Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson vehemently denied allegations of corrupt behaviour. He also is known for his strong Christian faith. If he were also a target for character assassination, it would make sense. It would fit neatly into the pattern of lies, told by anti-Christian forces to blacken the name of good people.
My question in above letter is worthy of a thought: If I am being blackmailed, do I have to report it to police, like any other crime, or is this only an option? If both MP’s, mentioned in my previous book, had indeed been pressured into admitting something they did not do, was there a law that compels them to report the blackmail? If there is, their silence may be in breach of this law. In the short term the easier and safer option is - go along with a blackmailer.
While this is more convenient, justice is only deferred. Justice comes back later, calling for truth and punishing with vengeance, if ignored. The pain of facing and exposing an ugly truth is worth the reward that comes when justice is finally done.