The Rosslyn Dillon situation

FEMINISTS insist we’re obliged to believe all women. There is scarcely a more dogmatic policy in their suite of ‘progressive’ ideas, in fact. Doesn’t it follow that Bob Hawke must be stripped of his AC following accusations by his daughter that she was raped three times by Victorian Labor MLC Bill Landeryou in 1982 and that her father covered up the crimes to protect his then imminent ascension to the Labor leadership?

ALP heavyweight Tanya Plibersek has refused to criticise Bob Hawke after the Labor legend’s daughter claimed he urged her not to tell police she had been raped by one of his union mates.

Apparently not. In the context of Dillon’s ongoing legal action to secure for herself a more generous portion of her father’s estate, a degree of scepticism is warranted. There are already doubts being expressed about the locations and times in her affidavit. Additionally, some will speculate that what was a relationship is now being conveniently re-characterised – possibly on the pretext that an exploitative or inappropriate affair was, ipso facto, ‘rape.’ Dillon and her three siblings were left $750,000 each, a generous amount but – even when added together – dwarfed by the multi-million dollar bequest to his wife, Blanche D’Alpuget.

What’s puzzling is why Mr Hawke did not take extra financial care of a daughter in necessitous circumstances; she is, after all, the former drug addict whose travails led to his famous breakdown as prime minister. Clearly, she intends to argue that with the knowledge he had of her trauma, he was more than conventionally obliged to make adequate provision for her. A sad case – bearing a resemblance to the The General’s Daughter – and hitting the news stands again on what would have been Bob Hawke’s 90th birthday.

UPDATE: Bitter texts between Blanche d’Alpuget and Bob Hawke’s grandson expose family’s fury.

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46 Responses to The Rosslyn Dillon situation

  1. Cui Bono

    The allegations more or less confirmed by the sister contemporaneously.

  2. struth

    And how did Bob become that wealthy again?

  3. stackja

    ALP “whatever it takes”?

  4. Mother Lode

    Labor politicians (and Democrats) have a habit of seizing upon the latest political opportunism against society dressed as a moral outcry (such as #MeeToo) and use it for their own more personal political opportunism under the guise moral outcry.

    It invariably comes back to bite them because the original purveyors of outrage were frauds, and Labor makes itself a fraud of a fraud without any of the original notional foundation.

  5. Crossie

    What’s puzzling is why Mr Hawke did not take extra financial care of a daughter in necessitous circumstances; she is, after all, the former drug addict whose travails led to his famous breakdown as prime minister.

    I am surprised that people are surprised by Hawke’s near heartlessness to his children. After all, this is a man who very publicly humiliated their mother by swanning off with the floozy.

  6. Mark A

    Crossie
    #3255738, posted on December 9, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I am surprised that people are surprised by Hawke’s near heartlessness to his children. After all, this is a man who very publicly humiliated their mother by swanning off with the floozy.

    That may be as it may, but singling out one child for special treatment financially bc. she is a ‘failure’ would be unfair for the others.
    750 big ones aren’t to sneeze at.

    Besides he amassed his wealth with Blanche at his side, and she probably had a fair deal in pushing him to achieve it too.
    I don’t think it would have happened with Hazel, she was happy to be his wife and a mother of their children, absolutely nothing wrong with that, but we are talking finances here.

    Rightly or wrongly, the right woman at your side can make a lot of difference in outcomes.
    In all sorts of ways of course.

  7. Crossie

    ALP heavyweight Tanya Plibersek has refused to criticise Bob Hawke after the Labor legend’s daughter claimed he urged her not to tell police she had been raped by one of his union mates.

    Of course not. If she did someone might remind the people of her husband’s criminal past. And that’s another problem I have with NSW Liberal governments. Are those louses unable to find any conservative people to appoint to plum, high-paying public service jobs that have been bestowed on Coutts-Trotter?

    He went from being appointed the Director-General of the Education Department to being made the Secretary of NSW Department of Justice. It’s not only Labor who are the dregs of the lower middle class so are the Liberals and they all stick together against the voters whom they obviously despise.

  8. Crossie

    That may be as it may, but singling out one child for special treatment financially bc. she is a ‘failure’ would be unfair for the others.
    750 big ones aren’t to sneeze at.

    Besides he amassed his wealth with Blanche at his side, and she probably had a fair deal in pushing him to achieve it too.

    The least he could have done then is split his estate evenly between his children and Blanche. As it stands her child gets to inherit the lion’s share.

  9. Up The Workers!

    Have no fear…any minute now, that towering Leftard Boadicea of wymminses rights, Juliar Gillard – sworn to ‘call out’ all instances of sexism, discrimination and misogyny – will swoop in to screech her views on the whole disgraceful affair.

    Juliar…

    Juliar?…

    Crickets chirping…

  10. Cassie of Sydney

    “ALP heavyweight Tanya Plibersek has refused to criticise Bob Hawke after the Labor legend’s daughter claimed he urged her not to tell police she had been raped by one of his union mates.”

    I don’t know whether these allegations are true or not but what I do know for a fact is that the left…both here in Australia and overseas….are utterly selective and hypocritical when it comes to censuring and condemning their own..particularly when it comes to sexual allegations. The left go to ground to protect their own. And all of this #Metoo nonsense has nothing to do with principles…it is only about ideology. We saw this with Clinton when leading feminists went out of their way to protect him and to smear Lewinsky….we saw this with the absurd Kavanagh hearings and we saw this here in Australia with the absolute silence from the feminists about the Bill Shorten allegations. What about believing Bill Shorten’s accuser? Imagine if similar revelations came to light about well known Liberals and Liberal ex-PMs. Imagine if such allegations came to light about Abbott? With the left it is always “whatever it takes”…..and it is only about “believing all women” when there is an ideological point to make. Do I believe Rosslyn Dillon? I don’t know. What I do know is that Bob Hawke was a grub…a putrid grub. But why didn’t Rosslyn air these allegations this time last year….when both her father and Landyrou were still alive? Something smells….oh that’s right…it’s the money! Besides…chickens come home to roost and I am enjoying the spectacle. I love it when the left and their endless stinking hypocrisy is exposed. I don’t read the stinking SMH but I am curious as to whether they will plaster these allegations over their front page….like they would if such a story surfaced about Howard or Abbott. Don’t be silly Cassie.

  11. Iain Russell

    This follows closely on the systerhood refusing to call out Assange no #MeToo or Believe the Victim there. Others who were spared the Harpies wrath included Wee Willie Clinton, a serial rapist. He was sound on abortion, you see.

  12. Tel

    Additionally, some will speculate that what was a relationship is now being conveniently re-characterised – possibly on the pretext that an exploitative or inappropriate affair was, ipso facto, ‘[email protected]

    That does seem the most plausible conclusion here.

    That said … if she was working for the bastard and she was quite young at the time and he pressured her to put out for him, that’s a highly dodgy “relationship” and although probably not technically illegal … it sure is a scummy thing to do. Those type of guys get protected all too often … and then of course it ends up becoming “Men’s violence against women” as if every man was doing it.

  13. stackja

    Andrew Bolt: Holes in Rosslyn Dillon’s account of r-pe

    We’re told to believe r-pe victims, but there are good reasons to approach with caution historical r-pe allegations, like those made by Bob Hawke’s daughter Rosslyn Dillon, writes Andrew Bolt.
    Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only
    December 8, 2019 10:00pm

    Note that Dillon makes this claim when her parents and Landeryou have died and can’t respond. (Landeryou died in February, Bob Hawke in May.)

    I’m not saying Dillon wasn’t r-ped. But her memory seems faulty.

  14. a happy little debunker

    I haven’t seen this @ the ABC online.
    Wonder why?

  15. Mother Lode

    Another example of an organisation (although not Labor) adopting causes to hammer their opponents only to find that they are more guilty than their intended targets is the ABC.

    Diversity!

    Now the ABC is contacting its staff asking them to nominate what victim group they are to be counted under to prove the ABC is diver-city!

    About as credible as their audience breakdowns for Q&A where conservatives never get support from the audience and the most lunatic lefty such thunderous applause they have had to reinforce the walls.

  16. Mother Lode

    Andrew Bolt: Holes in Rosslyn Dillon’s account of r-pe

    Doubting her is making the victim suffer all over again.

    For the sake of justice can’t we just condemn people without dredging up the truth?

  17. Cui Bono

    Classic Tanya. Lectures about low standing of politics and politicians and at the first chance to do some straight talking….silence.

  18. mh

    FEMINISTS insist we’re obliged to believe all women.

    At the time of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings almost the entire MSM insisted that we must believe women, including the Australian media.

  19. amortiser

    Mark A:

    That may be as it may, but singling out one child for special treatment financially bc. she is a ‘failure’ would
    be unfair for the others.

    That would be the responsibly of taxpayers. How long has she been on a disability pension?

  20. OldOzzie

    From The Oz

    Daughter Rosslyn Dillon’s rape claims mar Bob Hawke legacy

    Caroline Overington
    Associate Editor

    Where there’s a will, there’s a wounded relative, and in Bob Hawke’s case it’s his daughter.

    Rosslyn Dillon — Hawke’s youngest child — wants more money from the Labor icon’s ­estate, saying she is not only broke but terribly broken.

    And for this she, in part, blames her father.

    He abandoned her, she says, when she was raped by one of his friends and Labor colleagues.

    He was, at the time, in pursuit of his own ambition.

    Hawke never claimed to be a saint and his candour in that regard was appreciated by the Australian public. However, these allegations, if true, put his legacy as the grand Labor statesman under serious pressure.
    Ms Dillon’s affidavit, sourced by The New Daily website at the weekend, cannot be defended by either of the men in question.

    The alleged rapist is former Labor Victorian MP Bill Lander­you, who died earlier this year. Hawke, too, is dead.

    “Landeryou sexually assaulted me three times — at the Hilton Hotel, at Parliament House and at his home in Sunshine, where he sneaked into the spare room where I was sleeping,” Ms Dillon said in an affidavit before the NSW Supreme Court.

    She says when she told her ­father about the rape in the 1980s, he responded by saying: “You can’t go to the police. You can’t. I can’t have any controversies right now. I am sorry but I am challenging for the leadership of the Labor Party.”

    She says, at the time, she saw her willingness to keep quiet about the alleged rape as a “sacrifice” she had to make for the sake of her father’s political career.

    “He asked me to let the matter go for him, and I did so for him,” Ms Dillon said.

    “I am still haunted by the sexual assaults. I feel that I may have had a chance to get over these rapes if I was able to report the ­incidents to police.”

    She now wants her father’s widow, Blanche d’Alpuget, who was formerly his mistress as well as his official biographer, to give up some of her bequest so she might have a $2.5m Sydney house fully fitted with various appliances, and $4000 worth of towels.

    She also wants $30,000 to pay for dental implants.

    “I have no teeth of my own in my mouth,” Ms Dillon said.

    “I had them removed around five years ago at a cost of $8000.

    “I do have dentures, however they are uncomfortable and cause me pain.

    “I cannot afford to have them replaced. I receive the government support pension. It is my only income.

    “I struggle to meet my necessary day-to-day living expenses and live from fortnight to fortnight. The rent on my apartment is $500 a week.

    “My son David pays the rent. He is on the lease as I am unable to meet the cost of accommo­dation on my income.”

    Her sister, Sue Pieters-Hawke, told the New Daily she had known of the rape allegation since the 1980s

    “She did tell people at the time,” she said.

    However, the report also acknowledges problems with Ms Dillon’s claim.

    For one thing, Landeryou never owned a home in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine. He did live at one point in Sunbury.

    There are also problems with the timeline — some of the dates just don’t add up.

    Ms Dillon in her affidavit to the court lays bare her suffering over many years.

    She has battled drug and alcohol addiction and mental health problems and lives on a disability support pension.

    Her mother is the late Hazel Hawke, who suffered terribly during Hawke’s long affair with his biographer.

    The public loved Hazel, but Hawke left her after leaving ­office, and married Ms d’Alpuget instead. He paid tribute, in his lifetime, to both women.

    Hawke died on the eve of the last federal election, aged 89.

    Under the terms of his will, Ms d’Alpuget would receive the bulk of his estate. Asked what the children would get, one wag on the memorial steps said: “Probably lawyers.”

    It’s an old estate joke, but it’s relevant in this case.

    Ms Dillon says Hawke failed to make “adequate provision”, given her circumstances. He left each of his three living children — a fourth, Robert Jr, died at birth — a one-off payment of $750,000.

    Those amounts were decided in 2009, and had never gone up.

    They comprise a relatively small portion of the estate.

    Hawke and Ms d’Alpuget sold a harbourfront mansion shortly before his death for a touch over $14m.

    Ms d’Alpuget has held an auction of some of his precious ­effects (cigar boxes, cricket helmets, claw foot bowls and the like) — so there is presumably cash as well. Also relevant is the fact that her son Louis Pratt, from her first marriage, gets the same amount — $750,000 — as the Hawke children. Ms d’Alpuget has said Hawke regarded him “like a son” but when she dies, he presumably inherits again.

    The tension between family members was apparent to many who attended the otherwise joyful memorial service for Hawke in Sydney in June.

    Ms d’Alpuget mentioned Hawke’s first-born daughter, Susan, by name. She did not mention his firstborn son, Stephen, nor Ms Dillon.

    The 75-year-old author declared from the stage that Hawke’s life had been “triumphantly well lived”.

    “We glow with pride for the presence among us, for almost 90 years, of a great human being,” she said.

    Ms Dillon, who acknowledges her history of drug abuse, depression and anxiety, paints a rather different picture of an absent father, hellbent on political success.

    She left school at 15 and was rescued by her parents from a drug squat, when she was 23.

    When the former prime minister cried on television in 1984, his tears were for her.

    Hawke’s other children have made no claims against the former prime minister’s estate.

    Ms d’Alpuget’s was previously in dispute with Ms Pieters-Hawke over her portrayal of Hazel in her biography: Hawke: The Prime Minister. Ms Pieters-Hawke wrote her own book about her mother: Hazel: A ­Biography.

    There was an incident between the two in a Qantas lounge when the books were duelling on the shelves. Police were called, but it blew over.

    Ms d’Alpuget secluded herself for several weeks after her husband’s death to honour Buddhist concepts related to grieving.

    Her first outing after the grieving process was to a circus.

    After Hawke been dead for 100 days, she organised an auction of personal effects, titled: “Bob Hawke & Blanche d’Alpuget: Mementos, Curiosities Art and Design.”

    She attended his memorial service in a floor-length cape, ending the ceremony with a triumphant call: “Long live love!”

    And litigation, obviously.

  21. Mark A

    amortiser
    #3255808, posted on December 9, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Mark A:

    That may be as it may, but singling out one child for special treatment financially bc. she is a ‘failure’ would
    be unfair for the others.

    That would be the responsibly of taxpayers. How long has she been on a disability pension?

    Hope you are being sarc.
    It shouldn’t be the responsibility of the taxpayers but of the family with tax relief to look after them.
    Our system is no such thing.

    I simply pointed out that just because she was a wastrel, she shouldn’t be getting more.
    As to the total distribution of assets it was B H’s privilege to do as he saw fit, I’m sure Blanche had a hand in it as well but it’s not my business to criticize.

  22. feelthebern

    This follows closely on the systerhood refusing to call out Assange no #MeToo

    The Hillary Clinton part of that movement have been on his case non-stop.

  23. feelthebern

    I feel very uncomfortable with the media:
    1) publishing allegations against people who are dead, when financial gain is clearly the goal (this case);
    2) suppressing allegations against parties who are very much alive & with zero financial gain to be made (Shorten).

  24. thefrollickingmole

    feelthebern

    Im in about the same place.

    Lets pretend everyone involved was still alive and this was heading to court.
    Assuming the accused isnt a catholic cardinal what would you estimate the chances of a conviction would be?

    A 30 year old allegation by a person who was a drug abuser at the time.
    Its also important to remember a junkie will do/say nearly anything to score, her telling her sister may have been good for a few hits if she managed to weasel out some sympathy money.

    Im on the deceased side in this one.
    Hawke was a grub in his personal life, and the ALP machine & media aided and abetted his cuckolding of his wife over a decade.

  25. Snoopy

    Hello? Kimberley? Hello?
    #believeallwomen

  26. Roger

    FEMINISTS insist we’re obliged to believe all women. There is scarcely a more dogmatic policy in their suite of ‘progressive’ ideas, in fact.

    Yes, there is: A woman has the right to abort the child in her womb.

  27. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #3255822, posted on December 9, 2019 at 9:28 am”

    I think you have said it best.

  28. Neil

    Hawke also publicly stated that he only stayed married to Hazel because it gave him an extra 3% of the vote

  29. sabena

    The allegation that Hawke asked her to keep quiet to protect his political career is consistent with his asking her mother Hazel to have an abortion so he could take up his studies at Oxford.

  30. feelthebern

    No matter how one feels about Hawke, the allegations are driven by financial gain and should be face that level of scrutiny.
    Maybe it happened.
    But let’s get told where, when, who else was around etc.
    Some level of fact checking should be undertaken.

  31. Cynic of Ayr

    When Hawke went into Parliament, he didn’t own his own home.
    A few short years later? Millions!
    All for the benefit of the workers.

  32. dover_beach

    The allegation that Hawke asked her to keep quiet to protect his political career is consistent with his asking her mother Hazel to have an abortion so he could take up his studies at Oxford.

    Just wow.

  33. [grrrrr – repost without the commonly used and understood term that sounds like ‘vape’]

    If she said she was paped then she was paped and must be believed.

    Alinsky Rule #4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

    On another point this just shows (yet again) what vile, power-hungry grubs the left are. Imagine telling your daughter to keep schtum about being paped just so that you get your shot at power. And if that is how Socialist Scum treat their own flesh and blood imagine how they would treat the general population.

    Oh wait…we already know, after all they imported papists that decimated towns like Rotherham, buried the stories, then told the girls to shut up when it was all finally exposed. All so they could get the votes of their beloved immigrants and maintain power.

  34. 8th Dan

    The 75-year-old author declared from the stage that Hawke’s life had been “triumphantly well lived”.

    “We glow with pride for the presence among us, for almost 90 years, of a great human being,” she said.

    Pass me a bucket.

    She attended his memorial service in a floor-length cape, ending the ceremony with a triumphant call: “Long live love!”

    And adultery. And Deceit.

  35. Women who have strong male family members (father, brothers) usually are not stuffed around with for fear of what the male family members might do.
    When Weinstein tried his shit on Gwyneth Paltrow, her then boyfriend Brad Pitt threatened the bastard who never tried it on her again. This is a norm across all cultures.

    This leads me to believe that either Landeryou thought of Hawke as a weak prick, hence he was not worried about any consequences, or the allegations are false or not quite what they seem.

  36. Gordon Smith

    Given Daniel Andrews was appalled that Tony Abbott visited Pell I await his response on this affair.

  37. max

    The BBC reported on this a few days ago. The ABC ? It knows nuttin’.

  38. Lee

    Given Daniel Andrews was appalled that Tony Abbott visited Pell I await his response on this affair.

    He attacked Tony Abbott for all the hurt the publicity would allegedly cause to the victims of child molestation by priests (what has that got to do with Cardinal Pell?).

    Very hypocritical of Andrews, because, by bringing it up in front of the media, he is ensuring that the news about Abbott visiting Pell is disseminated even further.

  39. candy

    Similarities with George Pell case. Victims drug users, consorting with users and dealers, most likely neuroligical damage and lost memories, a grudge, under influence of media attention journalists and lawyers, potential for much cash, and the biggest similarity – no evidence.

  40. Des Deskperson

    ‘The BBC reported on this a few days ago. The ABC ? It knows nutting’.’

    And yet the story was broken by the New Daily, a publication bankrolled by union super funds. who knows what is going on here?

  41. For the sake of justice can’t we just condemn people without dredging up the truth?

    Very droll.

  42. RobertS

    Struth,
    Maybe Bob got wealthy by doing the bidding of a very wealthy man.

    http://vision.net.au/~apaterson/aviation/1989_pilot_dispute.pdf

  43. It is not clear to me just how evidence of these sexual assaults would be relevant to a challenge to the will. There is however evidence to support the allegations, being the contemporaneous complaints to the sister and others. The uniform Evidence Acts permit these statements to be used towards proof of the assaults, and have greater weight than claims made in the witness box. (Compare here the Pell case.)

  44. Old Lefty

    Plibersek has more to protect than her husband’s criminal record. As secretary of DOCS, he was a key figure in the legal and bureaucratic persecution of the victims of the appalling abuse in system institutions such as the Parramatta Girls Home and the Hay Institution. On behalf of Labor governments (including Keneally) and the Lin’s, the department had a policy of denying everything and fighting every inch of the way in court until the victims gave up in despair or died. The MSM, of course, think that isn’t fit for mention in polite company; the ABC has never reported the conviction and the long sentence of former Parramatta superintendent and DOCS regional director Frank Valentine – doesn’t fit their narrative.

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