Nov 22nd 2016 – Is Minister Hennessy going to be charged for corruption and can a baby’s immune system cope with 100,000 vaccines at once?
Punchline – If this “brown paper bag” corruption is widespread in NSW, imagine what is happening with our Federal Government’s contracting departments where the $$$ stakes are so much higher.
“Public servant Kylie Vernon admits to kickbacks for multimillion-dollar government contracts” at corrupt public servant turns whistleblower in Sydney Morning Herald on 30 September 2016
But – “The investigation found no irregularities in the award of any tenders, nor any evidence to suggest preferential treatment was given to the firms in question.”
- Nick McKenzie, Kate McClymont, Richard Baker
The NSW corruption watchdog has been given an explosive statement from a self-confessed corrupt senior public servant about kickbacks she received in return for tens of millions of dollars of government contracts.
It is also alleged several public servants may be involved in the scandal, which involves potentially tens of millions of dollars of service contracts at key state government sites across NSW, including the Sydney Harbour foreshore, the Powerhouse Museum, the Art Gallery of NSW and the State Sports Centre.
Former public servant Kylie Vernon admits to taking bribes. Photo: James Brickwood
Fairfax Media has learnt former public servant Kylie Vernon was called to a secret hearing with the Independent Commission Against Corruption in September last year.
She gave the commission details of suspect contracts, colleagues and alleged bribes paid by several NSW contractors.
Ms Vernon was sacked from Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) in May after Fairfax Media revealed she had testified about receiving kickbacks when she was summoned to appear in a civil proceeding involving two cleaning contractors who had handled state government contracts.
But the involvement of ICAC and the extent of Ms Vernon’s allegations have not before been made public.
A former colleague of Ms Vernon’s told Fairfax Media that over the years her bosses received numerous complaints about Ms Vernon’s preferential treatment of the company at the centre of the allegations.
He also claimed that Ms Vernon was previously interviewed by ICAC in 2002 after two cleaning contractors complained about Ms Vernon’s actions in which her preferred cleaning company was awarded the $5 million contract to clean Darling Harbour.
Ms Vernon, who gave evidence of her corruption during a civil matter in the Supreme Court in March, also tendered a statement she had given to ICAC.
In her statement, she reveals she was first bribed by a large NSW contractor in 1998. She says the contractor “gave me a bag of cash totalling about $10,000”.
Ms Vernon awarded a five-year government contract to the company that had paid her the cash to provide various services at government managed buildings at The Rocks.
“Following the award of The Rocks [contract] … I would have regular Christmas meetings with” the contractor, Ms Vernon’s statement to ICAC says.
“On those occasions, [a company manager] … would give me a bottle of champagne and also in the parcel would be cash. This occurred during the period of the contract.”
Ms Vernon has told ICAC that in subsequent contracts, including a 2005 contract involving sites at Darling Harbour, she helped the company with its tenders.
“[I] was on the panel which awarded such contracts. I recollect telling [the contractor] … that they needed to improve their tender submissions and told them that they had to focus on environmental areas in their tender, as this would be a major criteria in the tender evaluation.
“Between about 1998 to 2013, I received approximately $200,000 in corrupt payments … relating to the assistance and the granting of contracts … by the SHFA.”
Ms Vernon’s statement discloses that she pocketed her last bribe in 2013. During a subsequent attempt to bribe her, Ms Vernon said she refused to take cash given to her by the contractor after a meeting in a car park.
“We then got into his car and drove around the corner to the carpark. We then put my items into my car and he put a cardboard bag into my car. When I got home I looked into the bag, I saw several envelopes containing cash. I decided I did not want it.”
It is understood that ICAC has been briefed on certain public servants, including a former senior official at a major government venue, who have been hired as consultants by private contractors.
However, in a statement to Fairfax Media, a spokesman for the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation said it had completed its investigation into Ms Vernon’s allegations. Ms Vernon refused to co-operate with departmental investigators who came to the conclusion that although Ms Vernon had taken bribes, she did nothing in return. “The investigation found no irregularities in the award of any tenders, nor any evidence to suggest preferential treatment was given to the firms in question.”
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Graeme Little né Peter Pope
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LI 69 – Andrew Wakefield live exposes Dr Offit
The punchline –
The world is witnessing a collision of truth –
there will be only one winner.
You be the Judge.
Thirty two minutes of Andrew Wakefield up close and personal on Facebook Live – a man still unyielding in his warning to the world and totally committed to the whole truth coming out.
Lots of highlights, but tune in at the 12 minute mark to hear what Dr Wakefield thinks of the VACCINE King, Dr Offit, the main vaccine spokesperson and a massive personal beneficiary of mandated vaxcines for children, but now also becoming the norm for many adults.
At the 20 min mark, all Australian politicians, health regulators and medical lobby groups should tune in because Dr Wakefield discusses the cover up of the data as to timing of the MMR vacxine, and the fact that the adverse event risk is greater if the monopoly Merck drug is given around 24 months or earlier?
MEGA PUNCHLINE FOR AUSTRALIANS AGED 18 MONTHS – Why does the Australian corrupt regulators mandate our children to get the second MMR vaxcine at 18 months, but the USA regulators hold back the second MMR vaxcine until 48 months.
I am sure someone conflicted at the NHMRC Council level, or the NHMRC CEO Professor Kelso (who received a $14m grant form the NHMRC the year before she was appointed in 2015), or the ATAGI committee, which came up with the Australian Immunisation Handbook recommendations, will have some seriously high powered fairy floss science to explain why we live in the lucky country and get the second MMR jab so early.
Or will I just be given the sound of silence again by the NHMRC, just like my myriad letters to the NHMRC over the last 6 months, and my personal queries at five public forums I attended around the country in July. I might have to dig them all out and show you one by one, to explain why all my energy next will be put into exposing the NHMRC extraordinary corruption and their intimate link with “hyena” style lobby group, the Friends of “cherry-picking” Science in Medicine. Check out the link at “cherry-pickers”, and the 1000 plus members with fingers in EVERY PIE of Australia’s health system. In addition, the cherry-pickers are directly linked to Dr Offit’s lobby group in the US, the Institute of Science in Medicine at ““sin bin” .
At the 47 min mark, Dr Wakefield slams the Australian censorship policy of Australian governments noting “Australia is quite unlike any other country I have ever seen” for censorship.
That just gave me an idea for my next post in relation to vaxcine fraud cover-ups.
First I will write a letter to Quentin McDermott, Four Corners interviewer who is a genuine human being, but unfortunately his ABC bosses covered up my 30 min interview on Four Corners exposing massive corruption in the Essendon peptides story implicating the AFL, ASADA, Essendon officials, the Players Association, and WADA – lucky I have a copy(or two) thanks to a lucky break out there in whistleblower world. My detailed spreadsheet and correspondence with seven officials at Essendon Football Club is a time bomb and would have ensured WADA could not have found the players guilty. This information was provided to most of these parties mentioned above so has been covered up for nearly four years.
Secondly I will write a letter to Ms Pauline Ireland, chief of staff for Victorian Health Minister Jill “foot in mouth disease” Hennessy. I had a recent meeting with Pauline and found her to be a genuine human being with a long track record of public service. Luckily for me, she had never heard of my main foe, the lobby group Friends of Science in Medicine, so that gave me hope that there is still a possibility of senior bureaucratic advice to Minister Hennessy which could represent the balanced truth as to the safety and efficacy of vaccines.
What will I provide Quentin and Pauline?- well why not the original taped conversations of the CDC whistleblower, top scientist William Thompson – naturally covered up by the USA politicians and the CDC for two years so far.
BUT YOU CAN LISTEN FOR YOURSELF AS TO PRECISELY WHAT THE WHISTLEBLOWER WANTS TO SAY WHEN HE GETS HIS DAY IN COURT. Don’t hold your breath –Bush et al still got away with the War on Terror with 9/11 — and guess which countries were in on that UK, Saudia Arabia and Australia.
Interesting our Australian Health Minister Sussan Ley had a chunk of her childhood in Saudia Arabia, where her father was a British Intelligence Officer. When Sussan came to Australia, her father moved into the Australian Federal Police. Might be a co-incidence but neither Minister Ley or Victorian Health Minister Hennessy appear to have any experience in the health industry. Maybe that is not necessary when your intention is to create disease in my opinion.
I am not going to tell you where the gems are in this audio link other than about the 3 min mark where the comment is made that the CDC admits the mercury (thimerosal) in the vaccines causes ticks and admits why mercury is still included in the influenza jabs for all of us, including poor pregnant women and their babies to be.
If you cannot be bothered listening – don’t moan to me in a few years complaining you wished you had listened when you get the catch up immunisation schedule for Australian adults linked to passports, drivers licences, health insurance and the 65 year old aged pension.
Wake up all my old venture capital network who are in the 55 to 70 year category and probably run most accountants, solicitors, investment banks, stockbrokers and fund managers- do you want 8 vaccines in a single day with mercury, aluminium, formaldehyde, foreign substances, and trace elements too small to tell us but they say TRUST YOUR GOVERNMENT . Your 6 week old grandchild has been mandated out of a say when the baby lines up for the 8 vaccine jab on one day. Mind boggling and ZERO science for the impact of 8 jabs on a 6 week old baby.
And by the way, what a farce was the 4 year drama about injecting fit Essendon football club players with peptides, compared to the zero interest in why vaccines injected into tiny babies contain undisclosed PEPTIDES?
Graeme Little né Peter Pope
P.s. Whistleblowers call me 0402 904749 if your conscience is burning or if you suddenly realise why your grand kids are crook.
LI 68 – Why does Friends of Science in Medicine use a bio medical engineering students to run its Facebook page?
I have asked the President of Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM), Professor John Dwyer, whether his FSM executive authorises these important responses by unqualified students?
I will also be asking all health regulators whether this amounts to false and misleading information – a topic they eat for breakfast when reading any website of a natural therapist. Surely the public deserves more respect from Professor Dwyer and the labyrinth of big name medical establishments and practitioners running their political agendas through the social media gang warfare waged by FSM.
My last post on the FSM Facebook follows – the full threads would run for 20 pages or more when I transferred to a word document, and naturally my question remains unanswered:
Luke Corish I am sorry you have misunderstood my point as to the authority of KvR to represent FSM in its provision of scientific and medical advice on behalf of the Friends of Science in Medicine.
Starting a new Post because I cannot find the relevant thread which has been overrun by lots of other students tagged in with great glee no doubt in order to avoid answering the topic, namely the evidence base supporting ADHD drugs, a prime topic of social concern for large numbers of families and teachers.
My point is that FSM purports to authorise as a FSM spokesperson the person I assume to be KURT VAN RYSWYK, whilst he is a student studying biochemical engineering at your own University Luke, namely Flinders University.
I would think your FSM President, Professor John Dwyer, would not be aware of this Facebook strategy of Friends of Science in Medicine to use students to run the evidence based debates.
Perhaps I should post the Professor’s comments to me when he thought it was inappropriate for me to ask a Friend a question which Professor Dwyer considered to be outside his scope of practice.
A large portion of the FSM’s complaints about natural health practitioners relate to this issue of scope of practice. Even a prominent doctor with a history of nutritional experience and advice has been challenged by AHPRA as to his qualifications to provide nutritional advice. A time bomb for all the GP’s I suppose too.
So hope you understand the importance of the question I asked – I make no inference as to how competent a biochmechanical engineering student Kurt might be – the issue is whether the FSM executive are aware of Kurt’s background and have given him actual authority to represent the FSM doctrines as supported by the 1000 plus members of FSM.
Unless a member of the Executive responds the issue of authorisation remains unanswered.
Linkedin no 69 – Is Dr Jack Christie the world’s bravest politician?
I am in awe of this man for standing up when so many are so scared and afraid to follow Dr Christie’s example. No doubt he will pay for it.
Please watch this extraordinary 7 min youtube clip of testimony before the Houston City Council on 30 August 2016 by Vaxx movie producer Del Bigtree, Dr Andrew Wakefield and comments from Houston Councillor, Dr Jack Christie (see Jack’s comments at 2 min 40 sec in).
(see end of this article for the video link)
Here is Councillor Member Dr Jack Christie’s CV from Houston City Council website
“Jack Christie is a native Texan, businessman, chiropractic physician and community leader. Jack’s broad range of experience has taken him through Houston’s numerous and richly diverse neighborhoods, and he is proud to serve the entire city as At-Large Position 5 Council Member.
Christie received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College and served in the Army Reserves Medical Corps for six years. He received a certificate in International Relations upon completion of graduate courses at the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M. He now runs two successful Houston-area practices that care for over 20,000 patients. As a dedicated small business owner for over thirty years, Christie lends his expertise to the local business community through his position on the Board of Directors for the Spring Branch-Memorial Chamber of Commerce.
Jack’s previous elected positions prior to arriving at Houston City Council include his three terms as a State Board of Education board member and three terms on the Board of Trustees of Spring Branch Independent School District. Christie was elected President of Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees and was appointed Chairman of Texas State Board of Education from 1995-2000.
Christie’s background in science and education has made him a sought-after education and technology expert. He has appeared on NBC’s Today, ABC’s World News, CNN and CNN Money networks and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and Time, Fortune and Wired magazines. After being selected from a pool of nominees by the state’s premier names in science, Dr. Jack Christie was inducted into the Texas Science Hall of Fame in 2000.
While an accomplished businessman and a recognized name in his many fields, Jack Christie is most clearly defined by his unrelenting drive to serve his community. Thirty years ago Jack founded the Annual 5th Ward Ice Skating Party and has acted as its organizer and underwriter every year since. He served on the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Houston Board of Directors for five years; he volunteered as a Big Brother himself for eight years and has had the unparalleled privilege of watching his “littles” grow into successful and self-assured adults in their own rights.
Jack is the proud father of John, Katherine and Patrick. He is an active member of St. Cecilia’s Church and an Eagle Scout. Jack has been an avid runner for more than forty years, competing and finishing marathons and the Ironman triathlon in Hawaii. “
No doubt Microsoft ( whoops politically incorrect – Linkedin) will censor me for posting this link.Who stole my initial 66 Linkedin Posts last week?
Enough is enough.
Let’s debate not intimidate.
Graeme Little né Peter Pope
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Linkedin Post 68 (first 66 posts were stolen) – Why is Australia’s peak health and medical research authority, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) planning big time for its future, but ignoring its past in its Structural Review of NHMRC Research Grants Program, which just closed for submissions on 25 August 2016?
My punchline in my lodged submission is :
The NHMRC review committee should first conduct
a HEALTH BENEFITS OUTCOME REVIEW
of how grants of nearly $9 billion
have actually benefited
the health of Australians since 2000.
This is my full submission to the NHMRC Grants Program review lodged 25 August 2016.
(In addition, I am making a separate related submission to the NHMRC for the establishment of a targeted minimum 5% p.a. to be applied to natural therapy research grants, mirroring a similar targeted grant for indigenous health).
“My submission is designed to protect the longevity of the NHMRC’s Grant Program in its entirety, by recommending an initial HEALTH BENEFITS OUTCOME REVIEW to account for how the near $9 billion of grants has actually benefited the health of Australians since 2000 in accordance with your annual report at page 118 – Note 1.
.Accordingly, I will not be discussing any individual alternative models currently put forward for consultation, due to a fundamental gap in the source information provided.
From my experience as a venture capitalist specialising in translating the cream of Australian scientists’ work, primarily in the fields of biotechnology and IT, I consider a fundamental step has been bypassed in the formulation of Alternative models 1 to 3.
I attended personally five of the NHMRC forums and spoke extensively to various members of the Committee and key staff after these excellent consultations. My discussions clearly established there has been no adequate analysis of the outcome of 15 years of grant funding approaching $9 billion to date.
In particular, the main allocation method has been by peer review panels focusing upon track record as the key driver. Track record has been generally interpreted as the breadth of academic journal citation, and was fondly denoted even by the NHMRC CEO as a bit of an old boys club.
As a venture capitalist, I have had vast practical experience, including pioneering the $5 billion dollar Pooled Development Fund program in the 90s and operating under the Management and Investment Company Scheme from the 80’s.
I submit any new taxpayer dollars should be channeled into research models that best achieved the single outcome that drives the NHMRC – see Note 1 of your Annual Report 2014-15 which clearly states on page 118 ( why is it buried there?)
“The NHMRC is structured to meet one outcome – That Australia’s health system benefits from high quality health and medical research conducted at the highest ethical standard, well-developed research capabilities and sound evidence-based advice that informs health policy and practice.”
So I would like to recommend to the NHMRC review committee you first conduct a HEALTH BENEFITS OUTCOME REVIEW to account for how the $9 billion of grants has actually benefited the health of Australians since 2000.
This audit style examination should consider a cross section of say 10% of the grants randomly chosen with an analysis of KPI’s such as grant amount received; grant dollars spent; third party dollars leveraged in partnership or commercial collaboration; stage of translation; time to translate commercially; intellectual property capitalised; jobs creation; economic growth and related indicators; impact upon the health budget; impact on health outcomes for Australians; citation of science in peak journals such as Cochrane; whether discarded by Cochrane due to flawed methodology or bias or conflict of interest; and which “science research model” alternative was adopted under each particular grant.
Once this audit style information becomes available, the Committee would then be armed with appropriate data to decide which of Models 1 to 3 would best maximize these key KPI’s from the last 15 years NHMRC grants’ experience.
The NHMRC CEO, Professor Kelso, made it clear at the public forums of her key aims to ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY, INNOVATION and FLEXIBILITY.
Please take the time to be creative and flexible with your approach to the current consultation and carefully consider my submission as a precursor to locking in a plan for the next 15 years.
My experience with the Pooled Development Fund program, which commenced in 1992, but closed for new investment in 2006, was that NO OUTCOME STUDY was completed to show how the $5 billion raised by 128 individually, managed investment companies targeting medium and small size Australian companies, actually contributed to our economy. I consider this typical approach of so many Government incentive programs using taxpayers’ money to be a disappointing one as I think there is frequently a catalytic impact rarely discovered.
So for the sake of all Australians, please complete first a HEALTH BENEFITS OUTCOME REVIEW to satisfy your reason for existence:
“The NHMRC is structured to meet one outcome – That Australia’s health system benefits…”.
Unfortunately the NHMRC’s current evaluation prime tool called Measuring up 2013, does not address how Australia’s health system benefits, but focuses upon the peer group citation frequency, a debatable correlation with Australia’s health. It states:
“Measuring up 2013 is the latest in a series of bibliometric studies, first published in 1996, of the outputs of NHMRC research funding. For the first time, this analysis focused on comparing the impact of NHMRC-supported research with that of other Australian health and medical research.
The findings in the report show continuing strong performance by Australian health and medical research overall and by NHMRC-supported research in particular. For example:
- 20,960 NHMRC-supported publications accounted for about 31% of all Australian health and medical research output in 2005– 2009, up from 26% in 2002–2006.
- The number of health and medical research publications that have NHMRC support was 68% higher in 2005–2009 than in 2002-2006, whereas the total Australian health and medical research publications increased by 44% during the same period. Australia now contributes 3.1% of the world’s biomedical research.
- NHMRC-supported publications received 60% more citations than the world average. The average citation rate for Australian health and medical research publications was 17% above the world average.
- In all fields and sub-fields, NHMRC-supported publications had a relative citation impact above that of other Australian health and medical research publications that were not supported by NHMRC funding
- More than 2.5% of NHMRC funded publications are in the top 1% most cited papers world wide.
- Australia had 1,214 papers in the top 1% most cited papers in the world, and almost half of those had NHMRC support.
- Nearly 40% of NHMRC-supported publications involved international collaborations, from over 110 countries.
Bibliometric analysis involves many variables and should not be used to draw conclusions selectively or in isolation from other measures. Some caveats to keep in mind:
- There are differences in methodology between this report and the previous 2009 report, mainly the change to a different classification system for fields of research and the addition of three new NHMRC grants schemes.
- As there are wide variations in citation practices between fields of research, citations are quoted relative to the norm in the field.”
Do you have any comments about how our taxpayers funds can be better allocated to benefit our health?
Graeme Little né Peter Pope
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LI 67 – This is my first post since “forces” unknown last night stole the 66 Linkedin Posts I have written since May 2015.
Coupled with strange “goings-on” with my Facebook account in recent weeks, I am learning the hard way that being the founder of http://www.fightpharmacorruption.com.au is like being a rabbit at night with an army of shooters with spotlights. Good luck you might say. Well rabbits know a lot about holes to dive into to survive.
But, you get to the point in life at 60 when you fear nothing, particularly as I reflect today at my mum June’s second “funeral” celebration after her official funeral on 2 June 2016. This time I was at Lovell House in Caulfield, a Melbourne suburb, the amazingly caring nursing home in which my mum spent around 30 months coping with her dementia meltdown. A special memorial service was held to celebrate the sad end to eleven lives of nursing home patients who had passed on this year, from a total of around 40 resident patients.
A moving service entitled “A time of Reflection and Hope” was conducted with grieving relatives and many of the current residents in various conditions, many sadly close to their finale too. For four or five of those who passed on, no one was present to say goodbye. Wow.
I have long held the dream to establish a health retreat after my dinted faculties post a messy and devastatingly unexpected divorce in 2004, led to life changing health regimes learnt at many of Australia’s famous health retreats.
Visits started in late 2004 including the two Golden Doors, Camp Eden (now Eden), Gwinganna, and the most amazing of all, Living Valley Springs, when I was accompanied by my then teenage son Andrew, now 28, who later went on to win a State Boxing Championship at 21.
I have had two false starts launching a health retreat – one with a joint venture proposal from Golden Door in 2007 at my former majestic stud farm at Shoreham on the Mornington Peninsula, then known as The Pines Stud. The 2008 global financial crisis, finished that dream off after the lengthy divorce battle weakened my financial position.
The second false start flowed from my purchase of a special 50 acre farm on French Island in 2009, “Beauciel”, the private retreat of Australia’s iconic family, the Minogues, where Kylie and Dannii spent infrequent visits during their hectic schedule. The Minogue ownership since 2005 included the special period when Kylie was recovering from her well publicised battle with breast cancer. I often sat on the couches the family left behind wondering what Kylie was thinking back then, and whether she would ever get to sing again. Her comeback concert DVD chilled me to the bone as I watched it on my own so many times, visualising the day Kylie would join me in my fight for natural health respect.
A year prior to my French Island purchase, I recall a special time on my near month long walk in China in 2008, when I sponsored that dream of Australia’s other “Grease” fame darling, Olivia Newton-John, in her Great Walk to Beijing, to raise funds for the Austin Hospital’s proposed cancer centre to be named after Olivia. I recall the day I walked for some period alone with Dannii Minogue in the desolate Gobi Desert, when Dannii shared her feelings about her sister’s brave challenge, but also the tragic loss of her best girlfriend to cancer.
The mind numbing desert walk that day finished with just three of us trudging through the sand road to a never ending finish line – myself, Andrew Gaze, Australia’s celebrated basketballer and another great Australian, fireman Scott Morrison, who last month lost his long 15 year battle with cancer, after experiencing his first bout of chemo incredibly on the same day, 9/11/2001, as the Twin Towers were brought down in that terror attack of all time. Thanks for the batton change Scottie on that final leg – one of your mottos I will carry for ever – Fear of Nothing – surely a fireman’s lot in life.
I always knew I was destined to open my French Island Retreat, with the support of the Minogue sisters. But alas, my constant visualisations failed to be realised, as strange quirks of fate have drawn me into first using my unique life, network and business experiences to do my small part in the goal to Fight Pharma Corruption, rampant I say in Australia.
One day my dream will be realised to create a rural health retreat close to the city surrounds, but I now want to expand the concept to embrace the teenagers battling for their minds and a purpose, and the elderly, in the twilight of their life. The joys of nature are such a support for fragile minds as I experienced so personally with my love of medicinal herb growing. I looked around today at the dementia home inmates and thought how cruel to effectively lock up our old in city “prisons” as their countdown to future realms takes its course. The nurses are amazing – a job well beyond me – but surely we can create something more appropriate to see out our days.
If you managed to read to here, I am deeply indebted and my mum would be proud.
So because I am saddened my post written on the day of my mum’s funeral on 2 June 2016 has been stolen last night, I am repeating it below. Maybe you can read it another time, and think of your mum, and how you think we should work together to create happier end games for those who have reared us with so much love and caring.
My mum deserved better but I did not know at the time how to help her – I did manage to wean her off anti-psychotic death drug Risperdal, subsequently banned by our TGA in August 2015 for my mother’s condition. So hopefully at least on that Big Pharma drug front, I helped my mum survive her final year in a more mobile, and less comatised state.
My post written on 2 June 2016 (but removed from Linkedin on 22 August 2016 by forces unknown)
“Peace with my Mum” or
“Imagine two special mums turbocharging you for life”
Stairway to Heaven
Imagine two special mums turbocharging you for life.
My first mother I never met, Kathlyn Hilary Pope, born 23 December 1930 and died 26 December 1980, aged 50 years.
My real mum with the mercurial job of caring for me for over sixty years, passed away peacefully on Thursday, 26 May 2016, after 11 days palliative care at Lovell House in Alma Road, Caulfield in Victoria, a very special high care nursing home owned by the Anglican Church.
Lovell could well be short for LOVE ALL – for that is what those beautiful nurses do no matter how antagonistic the “guests” become, as agitation is a common symptom in nursing homes these days. I know I would be for sure.
My mother’s name was Irene June Little, born on 16 May 1926. They say you never really accept your mum has gone. I kinda feel she is very much with me now, and who knows, maybe we will find scientific evidence to substantiate what I very strongly feel.
So how is your maths?
That makes my mum’s lifespan 90 extraordinary years, taking in the Great Depression, of course the Second World War, then TV, then Man walking on the moon, and then well – the bulk of us know the rest of the main stories.
Luckily we got to celebrate the big milestone two days before her true birthday, with a small family gathering at mum’s nursing home with my 95 year old dad Ian, my sister Ruth, and my youngest son Andrew (27). Eldest son Christopher (29), lives and works in Copenhagen.
Christopher just flew in last night in time for the funeral today. Sadly he lost a 24 year old cousin to suicide only a few months back so sadly this trip will rekindle that horror movie of life, played out in gripping tragedy for family after family these days. They haven’t invented the drug for the suicide disease – I guess you know what I’d really like to say but today is Mum’s day and I will hold my disruptive tongue for other mental health conditions.
We have a funny family just like yours, and for reasons which I am too choked up to find answers this week, I was not asked by the family to speak about my mother at the funeral service today.
Close friends know that “making THE speech” has been my family duty at all milestone family events in the past, so this will be the first time in family history that I was denied the privilege. Fear of how I speak from the heart can be validly confronting to those who would like to be politically correct, whether family, friends or foe, and I guess particularly so on such an occasion of tribute to my mum.
Maybe I was meant by my mum to instead go public about how I feel about her, perhaps on social media, a medium which my mum never got to experience. Mum never shirked emotions with me and we often would have competitions in “door slamming” and “decibel voice training” when I was young – usually kissing and making up pretty quickly – mind you the kissing stopped for a while going through that teenager phase, such a long distant memory now. Don’t think I got too many elsewhere for that matter – a bit of a late bloomer, and incredibly shy, a trait I obviously overcame as my confidence in myself grew.
And of course, being such a special caring and empathetic mum, she was highly supportive of my attempts not long after my first divorce at 35 years of age to find out about my first mother too. My mum was always ready to talk to me about my adoption, which effectively happened on day 5 of my life back on 2 September, 1955. That makes me a “TV baby I reckon” with Australian TV starting up back then on 19 September, 1956, just after I turned one.
Hopefully one day I might be on TV again – perhaps Millionaire Hot Seat and win some money to get back on my feet again – my son Christopher won $20,000 two years ago. I am sure my mum would have been beaming when I went on that school kid quiz show called “It’s Academic” with Danny Webb the host – my two fellow school mates and I back then were in Year 7. Strangely one became a Queens Counsel, and the other is now a Victorian Supreme Court Judge.
Not easy talking about your mum but sadly on the actual day of her 90th birthday, 15 May 2016, Mum’s doctor decided it was time to start on that dreaded phase – palliative care where all medicines are eliminated, food restricted, and you can guess the rest.
Mum suffered that well known end of life disease called dementia, potentially the biggest killer of them all, and in particular, vascular dementia, involving frequent mini strokes.
All of our family have had very special experiences trying to cope with this slow meltdown over six or seven years of mum’s capacity to arrange her thoughts, recall events, or even do the simple things we take for granted like reading or eating. Curiously Mum’s childhood passion for numbers, and work experience in banking (her father was a bank manager), allowed her to still do my tests of additions of simple integers deep into the closing phase of her debilitating and sad ending in many ways.
Our minds are curious things, and mine is right up there as all my close friends and family would well know, and mum and I would often exchange ideas about how our thoughts worked, or didn’t work, or occasionally overwork, in my case. I think I did understand a lot about her failing of the mind.
Lucky for us with Mum, she always seemed to recognise us, and her close friends – I was always preparing myself for that recognition to fade away, but we were all spared that horror movie.
Visiting mum was difficult in the 11 days of palliative care, as I trundled in each afternoon, wondering if today was the day. What a fighter, she wanted to hang on – she must have had her thoughts which we can only ever surmise.
With mum being largely motionless and unable to say words after about seven days in palliative care, I just became resigned to the thought that was the end of my physical connection with Mum.
But then on Day 8 when she had been moved to lay on her side, rather than face up – she moved her hand and placed it on my cheek, and held it there for what seemed at least ten minutes.
Not only could I strongly feel her touch, but she was able to make a facial expression, and actually smile at me, gazing deep through my eyes as if to EYEPRINT me for life, maybe thinking:
“Graeme you are truly chosen.
Follow your passion.
You are called to stand up
and always respect your mums”
The life of an adopted son is one of being chosen.
I sense that feeling of being chosen keeps repeating in my various life passions.
How lucky I am. In this day and age, that right to be chosen has disappeared in most western countries, as “unwanted” children are aborted legally – sadly one in four pregnancies in Australia. I certainly understand a mother’s right to freedom with her body, but I kind of feel for the foetus that never got to have a mum like I did, and an extraordinary life I have lived, with a future shaping up to be possibly my most fulfilling.
Freedom of Choice is such an exceptionally complex issue. Easy to say. Another time and place.
So I prepare to head to my mum’s funeral.
Today is that one day of the year – the day you dread. The day you have to bury your mother, and prepare for the afterlife of possibilities and speculations, which has intrigued mankind since the garden of Eden.
Whilst I no longer bat openly for any religion, I do sense an extraordinary spiritual presence at special times, and often unexpectedly.
I sense we are all connected.
I know my connection with my mum will never die.
To my brave mum – my pink ballerina we made together at the end will be near me, not that I will need any reminders.
Learn how to spot if a “Friend” is really a “Foe”
Two parts tonight —
A My tribute to my Great Walk to Beijing walking mate – Scott “Fireman” “Rat” Morrison – the most amazing tribute today at his funeral service which packed out Heidelberg Town Hall
Q. Why I fight Big Pharma ?
A. One of many answers is because they
“CALL US CONSUMERS ”
B. Their CEO’s get paid mainly based upon the share price?
C. The share price is driven by profits and growth prospects?
D. Therefore YOUR HEALTH is not A KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR
E. But YOUR CONSUMPTION OF DRUG COCKTAILS is THEIR ULTIMATE DRIVER