Friday, 20 July 2012

The Weather Maker Slayer

Author of The Weather Makers Re-examined  

This introduction to Wes Allen is written by Bob Brinsmead
Irenic Publications ( )

David Weston (Wes) Allen was born at Gympie in Queensland in 1946, and grew up on a dairy farm. He excelled in mathematics at High School, even detecting errors and ambiguities in a text book and a maths exam, earning him a bonus point and 101%.

After graduating in Medicine at the University of Queensland in 1969, he obtained his FRACGP in 1975, a high distinction in exercise physiology in 1976 and a post-graduate Diploma in Physical Medicine in 1998.

From 1976 to 1982, Wes pioneered predictive and preventive medicine in Australia.  He developed a computerised Health Age assessment, using multivariate linear regression equations based on the Framingham Study, and introduced to Queensland the Bruce protocol still used today in stress testing.  He ran programs across Australia for the Family Medicine Program and had papers published in three Australian medical journals.

In 1988, Wes performed the first reported trial on the use of transdermal nicotine in assisting smokers to quit, his paper being presented at Athens and published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

More recently, Wes participated in the National Primary Care Collaborative to improve chronic disease management in Australia; and his clinic was shown to be so successful in managing diabetes that he was asked to run local and national workshops for the NPCC.  He was until recently a director and vice-chair of the Tweed Valley GP Network. 

In 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was wrongfully convicted and jailed for life for the murder of her infant daughter Azaria, who was taken by a dingo at a campground near Ayer’s Rock in 1980.  Wes immediately initiated a movement to have the case reviewed on the grounds of the questionable forensic evidence presented at the trial.  He helped to form a 10-member Chamberlain Innocence Committee responsible for gathering and collating new evidence.  This was eventually submitted to a Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice Trevor Morling, who handed down his finding in 1987 that the forensic evidence presented by the Prosecution was seriously flawed.  The murder conviction was quashed and the Chamberlains received a compensation payment from the government.  Very recently, a fourth Inquest into the death of baby Azaria found that a dingo (a relative of the Asian wolf) had indeed taken the infant from the Chamberlain’s tent – just as Lindy had claimed from the beginning. So ended the most famous mystery killing in the history of Australia.

In 1965, Sandy McLeod-Lindsay was wrongfully convicted for the attempted murder of his wife in their Sydney suburban home. After serving nine years in prison, Sandy wrote the book An Ordinary Man in which he presented his case for innocence. After reading this book in 1988, Wes thought the matter deserved further investigation. He recreated the crime scene and, using his own blood, carried out a series of novel blood splatter experiments.  These proved to his satisfaction that the forensic evidence had been flawed and that Lindsay could not have committed the crime.  His work resulted in the case being reopened in 1990, the Inquiry being held by Justice Loveday with Justice Trevor Morling assisting. When Wes explained to Justice Morling that he was not a forensic scientist, the judge reassured him that he had presented more real science to the Loveday Inquiry than all the expert witnesses for the Crown.  In 1991, Lindsay was exonerated and awarded $2 million in compensation.

In 2007, Australia’s medical magazines, Australian Doctor and Medical Observer, began to publish alarming articles on global warming.  When Wes countered these with evidence-based letters and short articles, his scepticism was attacked by members of Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) and by David Karoly, a well-known climate scientist and alarmist who engaged Wes in an ongoing debate in Medical Observer during 2009.

In January 2010, Wes published a 10-page document, Climate Change: the Science, Spin and Politics, which Senator Abetz widely circulated to his political colleagues shortly before their leader was dumped over his support for Kevin Rudd’s emissions trading scheme. Prime Minister Rudd then abandoned his ETS and was soon thereafter replaced by Julia Gillard. 

Wes then wrote a damning critique of Tim Flannery’s best seller, The Weather Makers, and his 400-page review (The Weather Makers Re-examined) was published by Irenic Publications in 2011.  Flannery's book on climate change alarmism resulted in the author receiving lots of acclaim and being made Australian of the Year in 2007. Dr. Allen's book was the first published critique of Flannery's book. His review thoroughly dismantled not only Flannery's global warming alarmism, but every significant argument that others had raised in support of global warming alarmism. He did this without making any unkind remarks about either Flannery or any of his fellow climate alarmists. The publishers considered that The Weather Makers Re-examined deserved to be printed because it was convincingly reasoned, carefully researched and thoroughly documented with more than 300 peer-reviewed references - and furthermore, the author had distinguished himself as a scholar and a gentleman even in the context of furious debate.   

Behind Dr. Wes Allen’s softly-spoken and unassuming persona is a patient and tenacious scholar who quietly pursues the trail of the evidence regardless of public opinion or even that of his own medical fraternity.  He is a man who will stand up for those who are wrongly condemned even against the current of popular sentiment. As an old verse puts it-

They are slaves who will not speak
     for the fallen and the weak.
  They are slaves who will not be
      in the right with two or three,
  Rather than in silence shrink
      from the truth they needs must think.” (Lowell)

In the 48 years that I have known Wes, it has always been his conviction that the truth of a matter is not determined by its orthodoxy or popularity.  At the same time there have been occasions in his life when he has ungrudgingly changed his own opinions when facts emerge that he should do so. 

As a quiet family man, he is more inclined to be a tad reclusive than socially extroverted.  As a doctor, he has always been greatly appreciated, not just because he is a competent practitioner of prodigious learning and broad experience, but because he has a genuine empathy for people.

Wes is also a dedicated family man. He introduced his children to many sports, and his son, Stephen, went on to win 10 world titles in windsurfing.  Now in his sixties, Wes remains fit and active, participating in triathlon events and playing with his grand-kids.

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See also a post by Dr Allen's sister Elizebeth Flower - HERE and original review of the great book The Weather Makers - Re-examined here.

"Life, learning and growing in understanding, often through conflict, is always a challenge and mostly a lot of fun."  Wes Allen.


Julia Gillard and Bruce Wilson and Union Funds

Michael Smith
Alan Jones interviewed ex-broadcaster, ex-policeman Michael Smith regarding the misappropriation of union funds by PM Julia Gillard's former lover, Bruce Wilson.

Interview between Alan Jones and Michael Smith on 2GB  is available here.
Although this blog has written of these events before (See here, here, here and more recently here)  a few interesting things came out of Michael Smith's forensic analysis of the events.

  • $18000 was paid to a woman's fashion boutique in Melbourne. No one knows what for.
  • Julia Gillard herself rang News Ltd boss John Hartigan. "Threats were made to harm the interests of News Ltd if it did not comply with her direct demands."
  • Ian Cambridge, a former union official, was the first union official to call for a royal commission into his own organisation and former Attorney-General, then a lawyer prepared the paperwork for that.
  • Julia Gillard subsequently appointed Cambridge to Fair Work Australia.
  • Bruce Wilson had Julia Gillard set up the account named “AWU Members Welfare Association No 1 Account”. (link)
  • The AWU management claimed they knew nothing about the accounts and when they found out the joint national secretary Ian Cambridge put a freeze on the accounts. Somehow money kept on going in and out of the accounts. (link)
  • Some of the money was also used to buy a house, 85 Kerr Street, Fitzroy and Ian Cambridge put a caveat on the house so it could not be sold. (link)
  • Wilson and Mr Ralph Blewitt sold the house bought with the "union" funds and kept the money. The union got nothing.

Ian Cambridge swore an affidavit  as reported by Glen Milne:
"I am unable to understand how Slater & Gordon, who were then acting for the Victorian branch of the union, could have permitted the use of funds which where obviously taken from the union, in the purchase of private property of this nature, without seeking and obtaining proper authority from the union for such use of its funds," Mr Cambridge said.
"To my knowledge, none of the $388,564.92 which passed through this account was used for authorised union purposes."
Victorian HANSARD report is here.

See also Murray Hogarth's opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald reproduced HERE.

Much more at the Pickering Post's article: 


 and a link to the Cambridge affidavit is HERE (Thanks to comment below)

Green Ideological Disaster

Image: The Age.
From an article by Sam Fielding in American Thinker.

Australia's Green Ideological Disaster

Australia is providing a case study in the self-destructive politics of green ideology, when believers of the religion of global warming gain political leverage.

Mr Fielding describes the "responsible economic management" of the Howard government  and the change to "worst prime minister in Australia's history, Kevin Rudd," and the subsequent transfer of power by a hung parliament to "there will be no carbon tax under the government I lead" Julia Gillard.
Despite her declaration to the contrary, Gillard was now over a (green) barrel and was forced to renege on her commitment not to introduce a carbon tax in order to honor her agreement with the Greens, whose agenda not surprisingly included a carbon tax.
It's taken Gillard two years to implement the controversial tax, during which time she has been irreverently referred to as "Ju-liar."
The tax came into effect at the start of the 2013 financial year, yet after only a few weeks, the vociferous reaction from the Australian public can't be ignored.  They are smarting not only from a new controversial tax, but also from a prime minister who expressly said she would not implement it.  The foundation of the Labor Party, working-class families, are feverishly adjusting their weekly grocery budgets to account for a policy that many would have never thought possible.  Long-term voters of the left are shell-shocked, feeling cheated and abandoned.
Far from serving the working class, a carbon tax is the Trojan Horse of what many view as eco-terrorist environmentalism designed at saving trees -- or worse, generating a warm fuzzy feeling inside -- rather than jobs and a sustainable future.
Read more at American Thinker.