Craig Kelly has a huge following on Facebook. His daily posts were ‘liked’ and ‘shared’ by thousands, until he was blocked – disallowed, censored. His page is still there. He just can’t post anything. The banner at the top of his page says:
Today’s truth is frequently tomorrow’s error. There is nothing absolute about the truth … if the truth is to emerge and in the long run triumph, the process of free debate – the untrammelled clash of opinion – must go on.
Craig is quoting Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies.
Last Tuesday, on 23rd February 2021, he handed his letter of resignation to the current Prime Minister, Scott Morrison. That was in the Great Hall of the Australian Parliament in front of the joint party room: 110 Senators and Members of the House of Representatives belonging to the Liberal and National Parties.
He has been a member of Parliament for over a decade, and he does make close friends. In making the speech that he did at 11.20 am that morning/Tuesday morning, Craig knew he would be losing some of his closest friends, and perhaps forever.
Craig phoned me yesterday to chat about it – while he packed up to leave Canberra after a tumultuous week. He was heading home: back to Sydney where he lives. But there is no refuge anywhere for Craig. Just two weeks ago, during a home invasion, someone flew the Islamic flag from his bedroom window and photographed it there while accusing him of being a supporter of the caliphate. Also recently, he was accused in the Sydney Morning Herald of being anti-Semitic because he described Dr Zev Zelenko as having a long Jewish beard. That is a fair description of the physical appearance of the American doctor who has recommended the drugs Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc and Azithromycin as a treatment for Covid. Craig is actually a fan of Zev’s – on the public record as describing Zev as a true hero, and someone from whom he (Craig Kelly) draws strength, courage and inspiration.
Craig likes people, and people of all ethnicities. He grew up in the 1970s, with a father who travelled the world buying wholesale for his successful furniture business in south western Sydney. Craig got to go on some of these overseas adventures: down the back streets of far-flung places from Hong Kong to Istanbul, where his father would seek out, not only the best business deal, but also the best of the local foods – especially the sweets.
Like his father, Craig cares about small business and also people, and their capacity to make their own decisions about how they furnish their home, what they choose to eat, and what medications they choose to take or reject. In his letter of resignation given to the Australian Prime Minister on Tuesday Craig wrote:
I acknowledge that some of my conduct over recent months has not helped … has made it difficult for you and the government. However, at all times I have acted upon my conscious and my beliefs – not political expediency.
My goal has only been to save lives and ensure that my constituents and all Australians, were not denied access to medical treatments if their doctors believe those treatments could save their life.
Craig was censored by Facebook for posting a quote from Professor Tom Borody who advocates Ivermectin, when combined with Doxycycline and Zinc, as an early treatment for Covid. Professor Borody is another of Craig’s heroes: recognized worldwide for his innovative clinical work and research into complex gastrointestinal disorders and infective disorders.
Another professor, probably Australia’s most senior immunologist, Robert Clancy, has also suggested there are alternatives to vaccination for the treatment of Covid. In a recent interview on ABC radio Professor Clancy made mention of a recent scientific review that summarises 43 different studies on Hydroxychloroquine, concluding that:
HCQ is consistently effective against COVID-19 when provided early in the outpatient setting, it is overall effective against COVID-19, it has not produced worsening of disease and it is safe.
So, why is Facebook banning Craig and why did the Australian Prime Minister’s Office ask that Craig Kelly remove – that he delete – 20 previous Facebook posts?
It was reported by The Guardian newspaper that up to 70 posts had disappeared from Craig’s Facebook page – the inference being that he/Craig had deliberately deleted them.
Craig has told me that all his Facebook posts are still there, and he has no intention of removing any of them. Craig tells me that he stands by everything that he has written on Facebook as accurate and correct. He acknowledges that others may disagree, and that he is keen to discuss why, especially with reference to clinical trials and published scientific papers.
Craig acknowledges that he is neither a scientist nor a doctor – but rather a politician with a keen interest in these issues who will always make-up his own mind based on reading and consulting widely. I know from personal experience that Craig will spend hours discussing detail and seemingly anomalous results always in search of the truth. Craig and I both enjoy the technical, and we both like puzzle solving.
My expertise, and most recent peer-reviewed published papers, are in climate science. Craig has been known to text me at midnight, asking for clarification about some detail pertaining to how air temperatures are measured and/or the historical temperature record for Australia remodelled/homogenised by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
Craig attempted to raise the issue of the world’s longest heat wave record in the Australian parliament a couple of years ago. Specifically, Craig was attempting to draw attention to how the historical observations/temperature measurements have been changed, and how the values as originally recorded at Marble Bar between 31 October 1923 and 7 April 1924 have been adjusted down.
When the Australian Bureau of Meteorology cools the past – as it does with most of the 112 temperature series used to construct the official statistics – current temperatures appear hotter. The remodelling of Marble Bar has, to quote Craig, also robbed Australia of the world’s longest heatwave record. This now goes to Death Valley in California.
Whether it is climate science or medical science, Craig revels in the detail. It is his current inability to communicate this detail, or to defend himself against accusations that he is promoting unproven treatments for Covid, that left him with no choice but to resign from the government on Tuesday.
He made up his mind last weekend. He finished drafting his letter of resignation to the Prime Minister Monday night. He also wrote a letter that same night to the Speaker, informing him of his resignation and asking for a reallocation of seating in the chamber and that he be given indulgence to address the house/the parliament.
Last Tuesday morning was really difficult for Craig.
The first thing the Prime Minister asked Craig when he gave him his letter of resignation was, ‘Why didn’t you tell me first’.
Had Craig told Scott Morrison of his intension to resign first, Craig believes that the Prime Minister would have denied him the opportunity to address his colleagues that morning in the joint Party room. There was nothing more important to Craig, than what he calls ‘eyeballing’ his colleagues, and explaining his decision: a most difficult decision – to leave the team, the government – his government.
Looking people in the eye, and having a firm handshake are both characteristics of Craig Kelly.
They are traits I so remember of my father, who like Craig’s father, travelled the world through the 1970s – but as an agricultural scientist working on international aid projects. Dad would often take me with him, and I also got to eat the most delicious foods. Dad liked his sweets, but also the hottest chilli sauces in the back streets of Jakarta.
I never got to meet Craig’s father, but I did go to his funeral, out of respect for Craig.
Craig Kelly is a good friend of mine, and his particular perspective on alternative treatments for Covid are worthy of scrutiny. And like Craig, I am of the opinion that the Covid vaccines now being rolled out across Australia may not be the best choice for everyone. More than anything else, just like the flu vaccines, it should be up to the individual whether they choose to be vaccinated – or not.
Update 31 May 2021
David Archibald just published this data on Ivermectin and ‘whole of country trials’ that backs up what Craig has been asking for … choice in terms of what we can use to prevent and/or treat Covid, there should be more options than just vaccine:
Writing in the Mountain Home magazine, Michael Capuzzo has put together a compelling narrative in support of Ivermectin that is also damning of mainstream medicine and their ability to act in the best interests of the individual when it comes to the oh-so political Covid-19: https://www.mountainhomemag.com/2021/05/01/356270/the-drug-that-cracked-covid
The feature image shows Craig Kelly in the Australian National Archive checking actual historical temperature records, and comparing them with values currently listed by the Bureau.
Rona Gitsham says
Thank you for outlining the goodness and common sense of Craig. I hope the people of his electorate realise they are represented by somebody who cares more about them than himself
robert rosicka says
Craig is a hero of mine too, a politician with a conscience and more interested in the truth than lining his own pockets and career.
Only thing I haven’t seen or heard yet is Kelly actually say anything bad about the vaccines , he is just pointing out that there are medications available while waiting that could save lives .
Morrison is a leftard tool and will regret the way he has treated true Liberal Statesmen like Kelly and indeed Tony Abbott he has split the Liberal Party and disenfranchised the whole of the conservative side that had made Australia the best place in the world to be…sadly all that is gone now I fear and left us floundering with no real alternative….Morrison needs to go NOT the Kelly’s because the intention of his regime is very dark and very globalist and goes against the Australian spirit
Dr Christine Finlay says
My gut feeling from the news coverage is there’s money involved – and some may not have society’s best interests at heart. Vietnam used HCQ most successfully – jammed next door to China & a popular Chinese tourist destination – its dense population did remarkabley well. What’s the payoff for the current strategies & for whom? Be interesting to follow the money trails to the key players – political parties & their “lobbyists”, research funding & big business.
Rodger Bailey says
Craig good luck to you Champ give them heaps from the cross bench and keep the ‘Bastards Honest ’ !
Mike Burston says
Its worth reading Terry McCrann writing in The Australian Finance pages on the 21st February. Amongst other things he describes how CSL makes a profit of 66c in every vaccine revenue dollar and earns untold millions.
Noel Emselle says
Well said. Follow the money!
Tracy McConchie says
We are living through a very dangerous political era of censorship and propaganda that only leads to a very deep mistrust of the government and media. (Just look at the US) The public has every right to be availed of the whole truth about a vaccine they are being asked to inject themselves with. Mr Kelly’s departure is a detrimental loss to public discourse if scrutiny, transparency and honesty are valued in any way.
Jennifer, Craig has been captured by the anti vaxxer brigade. And now he has all lost credibility when advocating for the important issue of non existent global warming. Politically, strategically that is stupid.
Jo Nova did the same thing with her long drawn out campaign from last August till February to protect Trump from the will of the American people.
I hope you do not make the same mistake.
Frances Lilian Wellington says
I am curious to know what role our smart hero Craig will take up next. Smart hero Zev stood out right from the start. Excellent work chaps!
I’m smart enough to track my nutrition data, optimised for immunity targets since early 2020 to reduce risk of cancer (after reversing diabetes). This virus was just 10 days distinct lethargy as my (properly resourced) immune system just *did it’s own thing* early last year. I was the first person in Brisbane to obtain the antibody test. I suspect lots of others also got it, but, like me, the antibodies dissipated by the time the tests became available 7 months later. My only concern is for eldery forced to get this jab against their will.
I notice the cases/deaths occurring overseas with symptoms starting within 2 hours after receiving this (so called safe) CVD19 vaccination jab (deaths unreported by MSM). Especially when the experts claim they don’t know what was the cause of death (claiming it can not possibly be the vaccination). Especially when the experts refuse to get autopsies done (why refuse? surely they want to *prove* the vaccination is unrelated?)
So… apparently there is some new unknown cause of death that’s attacking those who have just had the jab… and none of the experts are concerned about this*lethal thing* that takes hold within hours of the jab. Could it be a usual morning cup of tea with biscuit? A swig of water from a water flask? A vegemite sanger for lunch?
Who? Or what?… is causing these deaths?
Carolyn Eaton says
Craig has my utmost respect. A politician with a conscience and an unswerving commitment to honest debate and freedom of choice. Good luck on the cross bench. There are thousands who stand behind you
Damien Rogers says
Facebook and our governments are certainly working overtime to shut down all inconvenient facts. I just got banned for another month for re-posting Factual science posts, apparently facts are now against “community standards” maybe they mean ‘Communist’ standards?
Allan Cox says
Bill+Hankin, I think you’ve lost your way in commenting here, where the truth, and nothing but the truth, is Jennifer’s basic tenet of life; and most other people on this page, too.
steve craig says
Craig Kelly resigning from the now left leaning Liberal Party was necessary as he would not be able to fulfill his obligation to his constituents had he remained to toe the party line. Well done Mr. Kelly it is a relief to know that we had at least one principled member in the Liberal party. The Liberal party is on a downhill run with the lies and corruption coming from the top and will get the shock of their lives at the next election as the true conservatives have had enough .
Richard Bennett says
The vicious attacks on truth by the Marxist woke establishment must be countered relentlessly and shut down by the people. The wokists are following the agenda of destroying society, culture, traditions, language, religion, and anything else that does not conform to their version of a communist dictatorship. The people must rise up and remove the wokists from any position of influence in society. Remember, only the wealthy can afford to be socialist or green.
Gary Parker says
This whole saga disappoints me. The liberal party stands for free speech and a member has the right to cross the floor of the parliament and will not be persecuted for doing so. If you are a member of the Labor party you will be booted out of the party quicker than Flash Gordon. This is a terrible day for democracy and if we don’t start screaming at the head of the party we are no better than these gutless left woke mob. I will be forcing my opinion to our current Qld members and even directly to Scott Morrison himself. This is a very slippery road to go down.
As I have mentioned I have taken the quinine mentioned for arthritis at no detriment . Also yes follow the money from USA via phizer to China and back to phizer and Bayer
Hi Jen, good article needs to be said. You may remember years ago July 2011 I wrote an article on your blog which you edited http://jennifermarohasy.com/2011/07/natural-gas-more-polluting-than-coal-only-according-to-the-ipcc-a-note-from-cementafriend/
I repeated it when I started my own blog. Recently, I referred to the article on the EA (Engineers Australia) forum. No one in all the years has disputed the points I raised. On the EA forum I also put up some facts on so-called Climate Change. The first point was that the 2nd law of Thermodynamics (which has existed since about 1831 when propsed by Engineer Sadi Carnot) means that both CO2 and water vapor in the atmosphere can not radiate back to the Earth Surface which is at a higher temperature than everywhere in the atmosphere. I could send you a copy of my post. You have my email address.
A little off topic, but with some sting to it:
Noel deGrassi says
“No prophet is accepted in his own country”. Cory Bernadi, Dr Ridd, Malcolm Roberts, and now the straight talking Craig Kelly. They should all be in Cabinet.
Craig certainly gave me a hearing about some truths about the banks and their role in restricting Freedom. Incidentally BOM and NASA are involved too.
History shows that censors of free discussion are always the bad guys.
We have a lot of censors working very hard these days.