Hetty Johnston: Fraud?

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 01/10/2004 - 18:44

Hetty Johnson is part of the greater feminist push to see men stigmatised as child abusers ... and that used against them by women to retain custody in family law disputes.  She is actively supported by mothers' rights groups.

Readers comments at Crikey.com.au
* Is Hetty doing a Cheryl with the truth?
* Hetty Johnston and adoption in the 1970s
* ALSO ... Hetty's "Sunrise" spit


Is Hetty doing a Cheryl with the truth?

Subscriber email - 28 September

By Democrats expert Cheryl Chipp

Has high profile anti-child abuse hysteric Hetty Johnston done a mini-Cheryl Kernot by releasing her autobiography in the middle of her campaign for a Queensland Senate seat and failing to tell the truth?

Hetty is parading around the State campaigning on two claims - that she is an honest, straight shooter and that she puts the interests of children above all else.

But her autobiography In the Best Interests of the Child, launched yesterday to great media disinterest, gives the lie to both. As readers of last week-end's Sunday Mail know, the best interests of the child apparently includes parading your daughter, adopted out at birth in 1975, before the media complete with a happy snap of the reunited mother and child.

In her book, the patron saint of children says that she had desperately wanted to keep her baby but explains in heart wrenching detail that she simply had no option but to give it up back in those dog-eat-dog days.

Take it away Hetty:

"In those days there was no pension for single unmarried mothers, or anything that resembled it. The reality was cruel. I simply couldn't seriously consider my preferred option of keeping my baby." (Page 36)

The reality is Hetty, that is a pile of inaccurate, self-serving tosh! Had Hetty really been so desperate to keep her child, all she had to do was apply for the single mothers benefit, introduced by Whitlam government Treasurer Bill Hayden in May, 1973 - two years before Hetty adopted out her daughter due to this cruel system.

Oh dear! So the self-proclaimed child protection hero and honest "non-politician" (on the political make) unnecessarily gave up her baby and is now telling porkies in public to justify it all.

And this coming so soon after she was found exchanging preferences with Family First, which has a pro-corporal punishment for children policy considered to be officially sanctioned child assault by most children's advocates.

Is there nothing pure and true left to hold onto in this cynical, calculating world?


Hetty Johnston and adoption in the 1970s

A subscriber writes:

Your remarks about Hetty and her adopted-out baby hit a nerve with me. As the father of two children adopted in 1973 and 1975, I can vouch for the HUGELY altered state of play at that time. The only reason we got a second child at all was that we were living in the country and were happy to take a "mixed-race" child. Our daughter’s natural mother insisted on a country placement and voilà!

To cut a long story short, we were told by the Department at the time that there was a minimum 14 YEAR wait for our second child and that we would be too old to adopt when that time came round . Discreet suggestions were made that overseas adoption was a good option (we had friends who adopted two Korean children and the Whitlam government lied to everyone about bringing in orphans from Vietnam).. but the most interesting part was the continuing rumours about a black-market for SELLING unwanted babies in Oz at the time.

Given the almost impossibility of adopting an Oz child by 1975, these rumours persisted and perhaps raise some interesting questions. Hetty’s own inaccurate remarks about the Supporting Parent Benefit and the REAL situation at the time regarding adoption are enough to raise a few niggling doubts.

Do ya best
Ian Carr


ALSO ... Hetty's "Sunrise" spit

Subscriber email - 29 September

A subscriber writes:

I hope you caught the extraordinary performance of Hetty Johnston on her 'sponsors' program this morning. A dummy spit of epic proportion re the format of the interview. Now that Hetty has slammed Sunrise, will she return the money they stumped up for her candidacy? The amusing and entertaining episode only seemed to underline the error in selecting this well known political operative for a format purportedly designed to support political unknowns having a crack at a seat in Canberra.

Given the regular contributions of David Koch to this forum I'm sure all subscribers who witnessed this morning's ripping live TV would appreciate his views on the whole affair.

We emailed Sunrise's executive producer Adam Boland for an explanation and he replied:

Hi Crikey,

We invited Hetty on the show this morning to talk about issues other than child abuse. After all, any member of the house of review needs to be more than a single issue candidate.

Hetty felt she couldn't provide answers to topics in the allocated time (the same time we allocate to any pollie or wannabe pollie appearing on our show) - so instead chose to launch an attack on the concept of Vote for Me.

Hetty is a passionate woman - which we admire. Unfortunately, it's been my experience than she feels many people are out to "get her" - even those trying to help her.

The other Vote for Me candidates remain happy with the process. They understand that I have no intention of turning Sunrise into Lateline or the Hetty Johnston Variety Show.

She had a chance this morning to convince Queenslanders to vote for her - but if our soapbox is anything to go by, she convinced many NOT to vote for her.


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Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 23/01/2007 - 15:10.

She is just another extremist feminazi lesbian.



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