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news­pa­per’s web­site says the show doesn’t tell it like it was, and that that wouldn’t be so bad if they ad­mit­ted drama­tis­ing and mak­ing bits up but it is pro­moted as a true story.

The Mer­cury ac­cuses the mak­ers of ig­nor­ing their own con­sul­tants, whose Un­der­belly book is ac­cu­rate and doesn’t con­tain the bla­tant er­rors in the se­ries.

“The whole Mackay/ Trim­bole/Mr Asia af­fair is too im­por­tant not to point out the Un­der­belly er­rors.

“Oth­er­wise, gen­er­a­tions of Aus­tralians too young to re­mem­ber what re­ally hap­pened will have Un­der­belly’s dis­torted ver­sion im­planted in their minds.”

And not just Aus­tralians.

Some of the non­facts The Mer­cury lists from just the first episode alone: • Trim­bole didn’t meet Clark un­til the year af­ter Mackay was mur­dered, yet Un­der­belly has them dis­cussing the still-alive Mackay and even has Clark just about dar- ing Trim­bole to do some­thing about him. • To sug­gest Trim­bole had any role, let alone an im­por­tant one, in the Great Bookie Rob­bery is laugh­able. • Trim­bole never con­fronted Don Mackay at a po­lit­i­cal rally in Grif­fith. Mackay’s son Paul is not aware his fa­ther and Trim­bole ever met or spoke. • Trim­bole wasn’t with crooked cops in a Grif­fith restau­rant the night Mackay was mur­dered, some­thing Un­der­belly made much of. He was in a mo­tel in Syd­ney where he made a big thing of com­plain­ing about the wine. He also left a big tip so the wait­ress would re­call him, aid­ing his al­ibi. • Clark didn’t come back cov­ered in blood af­ter killing Harry “Pommy” Lewis and then leap into bed with the per­pet­u­ally naked girl­friend without tak­ing his blood­stained clothes off. Her ev­i­dence was that she didn’t see Clark un­til three days af­ter the mur­der – and he cer­tainly wasn’t wear­ing blood­stained clothes then. • The Vic­to­rian woman de­tec­tive get­ting a tip that some­body was scouting around Mel­bourne for a hit­man to do a job in Syd­ney never hap­pened. Vic­to­ria’s po­lice only be­came aware five years later of the se­quence of events in the Mackay mur­der.

And ver­dict on the fic­tion about his fa­ther’s mur­der: “I’m dis­ap­pointed that the show went to air with a num­ber of his­tor­i­cal er­rors.

“The pro­duc­ers claim th­ese er­rors, most of which they were aware of, help tell the es­sen­tial truth.

“I can’t see how screen­ing events that never occurred help to tell a truth.”

A “sense of what hap­pened”?

Dig­ging up old mis­ery for in­no­cent fam­i­lies and shot full of de­lib­er­ate er­ror.

I rest my case – with one last wit­ness whose tes­ti­mony I value.

From a long time ago and a dis­tance away, a mes­sage from Mur­ray Wil­liams, a key mem­ber of that Auck­land Star Mr Asia in­ves­tiga­tive team and now in ru­ral New South Wales.

Mur­ray knows plenty about Mr Asia and Clark.

He was the man who pen­e­trated the Mr Asia Sin­ga­pore head­quar­ters for us af­ter John­stone’s mur­der and re­turned with ev­i­dence and pho­tos.

He also flew with me to Perth to make cru­cial jail con­tacts there which were the likely ba­sis for John­stone be­ing ar­rested and ex­tra­dited and, I be­lieve, prompted Clark to kill him. His ver­dict: “Our re­ac­tions on Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion’s Mr Asia stuff are iden­ti­cal.

“It was served up in typ­i­cal lo­cal style, the pro­duc­ers hav­ing hit on a for­mula de­vel­oped to cash in on the Mel­bourne po­lice/ gang­land cor­rup­tion scan­dal of years ago.

“No, I’m not watch­ing ei­ther.”

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