Derryn Hinch

Former ‘Naki boy could be Australia’s Winston Peters

via SMH

via SMH

A New Zealander is likely to be a key kingmaker in Australian politics after a tight election result threw its Parliament into turmoil.

Former Taranaki journalist Derryn Hinch is being courted by the two major parties desperate to form a government.

From shock jock, to power player Mr Hinch is the Kiwi now holding one of the keys to Australia’s political future.

“I spent 15 minutes last night on the phone with the Prime Minister of Australia, and on Friday I got a call from Bill Shorten wishing me well, so they’re out there trying,” he says.

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Derryn Hinch out of jail after 50 days


Derryn Hinch leaves prison after a 50-day stay. Photo: Channel Seven

Derryn Hinch has been released from jail after spending 50 days in the pokie for not paying his $100,000 fine for naming pedos and other scumbags with name suppression.

A shaved and shaken Derryn Hinch has emerged from prison after spending 50 nights locked up for failing to pay a fine incurred after breaching a suppression order about Melbourne woman Jill Meagher’s killer.

The Seven Network personality was released from Langi Kal Kal jail in Trawalla, about 150 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, just after 8am on Friday.

In January, Hinch, 70, was ordered to pay the $100,000 contempt of court fine – or face 50 days in jail – with the broadcaster vowing to do the time, saying his decision was based “on principle”.


Asked if he was harassed by other prisoners, Hinch said, ‘‘for the first few days, because I had shaved the beard, nobody really knew who I was’’.

‘‘But, yeah, the guards and other guys treated me pretty well but it was no picnic,’’ he said. ‘‘You are talking strip searches, bend over the whole lot.

‘‘And to wake up on your 70th birthday and have a guard saying happy birthday, it was tough.’’  Read more »

Derryn Hinch: “very unpleasant, very right wing, and very popular”

Who on earth was Derryn Hinch talking about?

Firstly he explains a bit about his recent issues regarding name suppression.

Without boring you with all the details of my recent expensive court battle I should point out that in his judgement – explaining why I should be fined $100,000  for contempt of court  – Judge Stephen Kaye ruled that I could have deleted an offending blog  from the humanheadline website 12 hours  before I did.  That the night before, I could have called my lawyer – as if a one-man editorial band has 24. /7 access to a law firm.  Hey judge, I’m not Rupert Murdoch.

He also was of the opinion that as a ‘news junkie’ who reads The Age and the Herald Sun I should have been aware of a suppression order brought down in Melbourne when I was in Sydney.  A suppression order implemented five hours after my editorial had been published from another city.

Judge Kaye’s verdict also has opened a can of worms that I don’t think has registered yet with MSM.  He ruled that a website story is deemed live on the net if somebody accesses it days or weeks later after a suppression order has kicked in.

That is different to a printed newspaper article.  I mean, no court would rule that archive copies of the Herald Sun should be burned because they contained a since-suppressed name.  They wouldn’t. Would they?  Read more »

Derryn Hinch sticks one up the road vermin

Last night Sunday ran a story about cyclists  cockroaches on wheels/road maggots/losers in lycra, as usual trotting out the sob stories about the poor losers in lycra that get run over, hit by cars,  abused and yelled at by motorists. All I saw was what I expected, ignorant tools on tires riding in the wrong places, riding in stupid places, and completely oblivious to road rules and their own safety.

Derryn Hinch unleashes his opinion on cyclists and doesn’t hold back:

Yep. OK. That’s the line I used to describe some cyclists in an interview for a Sunday Night story on Channel 7 last night. And I got twitter bombed – even before the story went to air. Talk about ‘onya bike’.

Included in the more pungent comments were these:

CallsInLate @ I Hate Hills: ‘If cyclists are cockroaches on wheels then @HumanHeadline is an oxygen thieving maggot living on borrowed time’.

Darren [email protected] mitchell2: ‘Why don’t you just hurry up and die’. Read more »

A curious omission

Media are reporting this story in relation to the Jimmy Savile case in the UK, but aren’t naming who it is, which is curious.

A prominent Australian entertainer has been arrested and questioned by British investigators connected to the Jimmy Savile child sex abuse scandal.

The unnamed 82-year-old man, who lives in Berkshire in the south of England, was arrested on Thursday.

His was the 11th arrest so far by police investigating hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse levelled at Savile, a once much-loved DJ and public figure. Savile died in 2011 aged 84.

The London Metropolitan Police would not name the entertainer unless he was charged but told British media the man fell into a category of people “who were in the public spotlight at around that time”.

The entertainer was interviewed under caution in late November, five days after a search warrant was executed at his Berkshire home, media reported.

There aren’t too many 82 year old Australian entertainers. Derryn Hinch wonders why media won’t name him either:  Read more »

Derryn Hinch on Craig Thomson

Derryn Hinch, announcer from 3AW in Melbourne, blogs and tweets on Craig Thomson and his payments on a union credit card for hookers:

Gotcha!  It was a real gotcha moment for Craig Thomson last night. That was just after 6.30 when A Current Affair revealed a $770 payment by the much-sullied MP, on May 7, 2005, to a front company for an escort agency.

After all the protestations outside and inside the supposed safety of Parliament. All the claims about forged signatures cloned phones, stolen credit cards, conspiracy theories, tears, claims of persecution and a plea for mercy. After all that, one credit card bill for $770 brought him undone. Gotcha.

Why is it different to all the other suspicious credit card transactions allegedly involving hookers and those dozens of $500 withdrawals from ATMs?

Because on this one Thomson has admitted to the Fair Work Australia investigators  that he incurred that expense, that he was in  Sydney that night and – although he couldn’t remember the exact details, it was for dinner expenses on union business.

The account, for $770, was in the name of an outfit  called International Immobiliare – a front, a holding company for a sex agency called  Boardroom Escorts, operating out of an apartment at Circular Quay. Later that night Thomson’s Commonwealth Bank MasterCard was used for services with Boardroom Escorts for…. $770. What a coincidence. Boy, that card got around,

And, according to the ACA investigation ‘By his own admission to Fair Work  Australia, he made that transaction for what was identified as a dinner function’. To be fair, he didn’t say what he was eating.

His tweets are hilarious:

Followed up with:

Derryn Hinch courting trouble again

Derryn Hinch isn’t afraid of Australian courts, he tweeted this yesterday:

Someone complained that it would hurt the victim, to which Hinch replied:

Now it is all over the news:

THE broadcaster Derryn Hinch has defended naming a man convicted of sexual misconduct with his stepdaughter, despite in effect breaking a court suppression order.

On his Melbourne radio program yesterday, Hinch named the prominent Sydney property developer who was sentenced last week to 18 months’ jail in the District Court.

An edited version of the text of the show appeared on the station’s website but the full version appeared on Hinch’s Human Headline blog with the disclaimer ”A Warning! Access Illegal in NSW”.

The convicted man’s barrister, Anthony Bellanto, QC, last week successfully argued to have the defendant’s name suppressed in NSW to ”minimise any ongoing damage to his reputation”.

Hinch wrote in his blog that Mr Bellanto asked the District Court Judge Ken Taylor to ”reduce the damage that will no doubt occur if these matters reach the [media]”.

Patrick George, a senior partner at the Sydney law firm Kennedys, said Hinch had in effect opened himself to contempt of court given that anyone from NSW could access the article.

”He has effectively published the name by putting it on the [website], and if it’s accessible in NSW, despite his disclaimer, the means of access that he’s given people means that he’s published it,” Mr George said.

”I think he’s in breach of the suppression order.”