Yesterday I was blessed to have some free advertising from a most unlikely source, Ray Hadley.
Ray was talking about a defamation case that concluded in NSW against someone who published material online regarding a councillor. The court heard the publisher had put blog articles online that were allegedly “irrational allegations” and that were the cause of considerable stress to a local councillor, as well as emails that were sent to residents, media and other councillors.
The publisher of the material, Allan Powell chose to represent himself and failed to file a final amended defence, which left him in the position of being ordered by the court to pay $80K to the councillor Richard Graham.
Ray Hadley used this as a reason to send out a warning to all online publishers or bloggers who may now face the wrath of those that claim to have been defamed by their publications.
However he only named one such publisher, and guess who the lucky beneficiary was?
Below is a recording of the section of Ray’s broadcast.
Apparently I should consider myself “on notice”.
Now I’m not in any way going to claim that Ray doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to defamation, after all he has been sued twice recently for defamation himself. Once by the Liberal Member for Hawkesbury Ray Williams, and another time by the owners of a Carlingford take-away shop.
So why single me out?
There may be a few reasons.
Hadley has claimed that I made defamatory comments about him and his family in the past.
I have previously published some articles on claims of an intoxicated child being assaulted at a party that seemingly turned nasty at the Hadley residence. Allegations were made against both Ray and his son Daniel, an off-duty probationary policeman who had returned home with some friends after what sources allege was a long session drinking at a local pub.
Although I approached Hadley for comment none was given, and as yet none of the allegations I raised have been disproved. It is also to be noted that there were many articles around the same time from Fairfax on the subject as well as mine.
All of my articles on the matter can be found through this link.
Ray told his listeners that I have made outrageous claims about him and about other people.
One of those people he may be referring to is Kathy Jackson whom he has had on his programme several times and piled praise on for being a whisteleblower. Several times he referred to what I assumed was me when discussing the HSU on air with Jackson, referring to me as the “blogosphere” or something of the sort, telling everyone that Jackson was being smeared and defamed online.
Suddenly those apparently outrageous claims of mine are now mainstream and Jackson finds herself trying to avoid questioning over $1.4 Million worth of allegedly misappropriated union members funds.
Another possibility would be Jackson’s right hand man, Marco Bolano someone else Ray has had praise for in the past. Bolano is currently receiving workers compensation payments of around $170K pa for stress after his union branch was put into administration by a Federal Court Judge.
I have in fact had several letters from lawyers regarding defamation, however none of them have amounted to anything as I ensure I have ample evidence to back up my claims.
In the past I have co-operated with some who have asked that I remove material they wished to remain private, and when necessary I have corrected the record quickly if an error is made, offering sincere public apologies if the need arises.
I have also seen fit to expose those on the left where I think it is necessary, such as my recent piece on the Labor candidate for Seven Hills Susai Benjamin and his at best sympathetic stance on domestic violence. Domestic violence is something all men need to take a stand against as it is only a coward that would take to his partner with his fists and only a lowlife that would defend them. In my piece I was critical of the Labor Party for endorsing him and critical of Laurie Ferguson for backing him.
On his programme Ray also made a point of saying he checked me out. Perhaps if I’d known Ray was checking me out I would have worn a nicer frock.
But as for Rays checking me out he claims that I was a former Labor Councillor in North West Sydney which is completely false. I have never been a councillor anywhere nor run for council at all. But we’ll put Ray’s fact checking ability to one side for today…
Ray claims to have checked me out with Labor operatives who don’t seem to have much time for me according to Ray.
I would question the loyalty or authenticity of any “Labor operative” whom would tell a right-wing shock-jock like Ray anything at all, and if they did, I wouldn’t have an abundance of time for them either.
Ray may be surprised to know that his defamation lawyers have been in touch with me some time ago.
They contacted me in regards to the Ray Williams defamation matter given that I had written several articles on Mr Williams and had run against him as a State candidate.
Despite our differences I know Ray Williams reasonably well and although I have criticised him for many of his decisions I have a good relationship with him and have a great deal of respect for the man. He is someone who will take a differing opinion into account and will take healthy criticism on the chin, rather than react by saying he’ll “put one on the chin” of his critics…
Ray says that I tend to fly under the radar and that is fine by me. Seeing the recent defamation cases against Ray as well as the out of court settlement with one of his own staff he was found to have bullied gives me an indication of how Ray appears to fly.
Straight into walls.