Eric Roozendaal MLC Gets His CV Corrected

January 8 2006
Dr. Jim Saleam


Eric Roozendaal, Member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, had a lot to say in the Australian Jewish News of January 5.

In response to the re-emergence of the Australia First Party in this State, Eric let rip with his usual well-choreographed invective aimed at this writer. He said of me: "I clearly remember the photos of Jim Saleam wearing a Nazi uniform. I don't think he has any contribution to make to a democratic country like Australia."

Come, come, Eric. It is a matter of record that it was I (and another man) who 'sorted out' the so-called Nazi party back in 1975, establishing its links with political police agencies especially in Queensland and Victoria, and unearthing its amazing 1971-3 link with Melbourne Jewish identity, Abraham Cykiert, a man who assisted in planning with these Nazis, violence against anti-Zionist communists. That explains in every real way why I had dealings with these 'Nazis'. And right now, Eric could if he wanted to, ask David Clarke who sits opposite him in the Chamber, for information dealing with a Liberal Party member (this person is well known to Mr. Clarke) who has had a close and special relationship with the current crop of Nazis. However, trying to uncover that the neo-nazis are provocateurs is of no use to a state agenda that demands there are neo-nazis to sprout off with hateful rhetoric so as to justify laws to suppress free speech on matters of race or on the Internet.

Of course all this is off the track from the present issue, but is necessary background to the fact that Eric just doesn't like me. Rightly so.

Sadly, Eric and I have another place in history drawn from a confrontation at Macquarie University in March 1984 when he served as president of the student union. Eric's account of our 'meeting' - and its sequel - meant so much to him that he has made it all part of his 'CV' (sic); indeed, he cited the event (his spin on it) to the press when he entered the parliament as proof of his bravery and his undying commitment against racism (except possibly, Israeli racism - but that's another story which can keep for the day he campaigns in Moslem Lakemba for the re-election of Morris Iemma). Let's see!

In mid-March 1984, a liberal journalist from SBS, Marti Georgieff, had arranged with me to film National Action members running a literature stand at the University of New South Wales. Good intelligence revealed that Ms. Georgieff had conspired with Steve Black of the Builders' Labourers Federation for a confrontation between our members and six of his heavies. When we phoned Ms. Georgieff and told her we were heading to Macquarie, the lady was most distraught - obviously because the thugs could not be 're-directed' in time. So she phoned Roozendaal. When we set up at Macquarie, Roozendaal appeared and with the camera rolling, he made a big scene of tipping the table over. National Action lads set up the table again and intervened in his way to forestall another such action. The hero stepped forward to harangue me about 'racism'. Needless to say, I told Eric he was a good actor. SBS had its required confrontation between the light and the dark. The day ended.

Well, National Action didn't like bulldust of any sort and considered that we had to reappear at Macquarie the following week. So, on March 21, a dozen members fronted and set up the table and distributed material to the great interest of the students. Three members entered the student bulding looking to photograph our anti-racist hero. Eric wasn't there. On the way out, one of the blokes up-tipped a file on the reception table. So what? After an hour or so of ordinary political work elsewhere, we all decamped.

That night, the television news reported our storming of the student union. And lo and behold, one file of papers upon the floor had become an office ransacking with the contents of entire filing cabinets strewn about. Eric was a hero of the anti-racist struggle. The Vice Chancellor of Macquarie University, Di Yerbury, banned National Action from the campus.

My question has always been: who dirtied-up Eric's office? While I might want to think bad things about this former party hack appointed to parliament, I shouldn't. The student union was populated by all sorts of anti-racist totalitarians who saw a good opportunity. I assume they acted upon it.

Eric's CV should be rewritten. First up, the hero wasn't a hero when he confronted me. He was an actor with a TV camera filming everything. A gentle clip to Eric's ear to restrain his overenthusiasm would have become an act of fascist barbarity - which we could all have done without. So, we put up with his performance. Second up, the legend of the big office smash-up is just a load of invention on someone's part. Nonetheless, it might have served us in an odd way, establishing our record as no-nonsense fighters for our cause, but I'll leave that to the historians.

I am sure that Eric and I will clash again. It is inevitable. I appreciate his point that I could be someone without a lot to contribute to bourgeois liberal democratic society, but before Eric casts a few stones he should recall the sordid history of Labor in recent decades: bashed MP's, criminal fraternities, sex offenders, paedophiles. If my comrades in National Action were ever judged for a few negative incidents, I wonder what could be made of Labor? Yet, just for now, Eric can start the honesty program - by rewriting his political CV - or the spread of the truth will do it for him.


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