ABC doesn’t appeal Heston Russell defamation – and doesn’t apologise

On Wednesday last week, the appeals process for my judgement against the ABC closed.

With this, the ABC has, by default, accepted that they and two of their journalists were guilty of irresponsibly defaming me and my soldiers and, in doing so, have caused serious harm.

Writing this today, there is still not a word, let alone acknowledgement or apology from anyone at the ABC.

The same journalists are still working and receiving their full income (paid for by you, me and every other Australian taxpayer).

Zero responsibility, zero accountability.

This from the same media who are the first to profess their self-appointed position as a ‘fourth-pillar’ in our democracy and seek to hold others accountable.

This absolute hypocrisy goes against our core Australian values and sets a disgusting example for all young Australians to learn from, and for our country to be seen with internationally.

At the start of this month I sent a request to both the Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Defence Minister Richard Marles to meet with them in Canberra during the Parliamentary sitting week.

My request was to discuss this and the Veterans’ Protection Act we propose to better protect our Veterans from this irresponsible trial by media back home in Australia after serving on operations for our Nation.

Richard Marles’ staff replied and said I should meet with the Veterans’ Affairs Minister instead.

I am still yet to receive any response from the Prime Minister.

It’s fascinating to realise how quick Albo was to jump in next to me when I campaigned for the Royal Commission and be unwilling to even respond now, even after the Federal Court ruling, let alone the devastating impacts we have seen these ongoing media attacks cause our veteran community and families.

I find myself standing in a position where I see so clearly how those in government, elected by us, for us, are not with us.

How they are not willing to support those who fight for all freedoms, including free media, when it is a choice between only allowing members of the media to report on war crimes once they are proven in a court to the criminal standard (beyond reasonable doubt).

As a 5th generation veteran who has been proved to be targeted and having serious harm caused by our government-funded media, I am so dejected by this rejection.

I need your support – because only through strength in numbers and making enough noise to get their attention, can we collectively achieve what is needed for our current and future Veteran community.

Please take the time to contact the Prime Minister directly via his online form, here.
Please ask him to meet with me to at least discuss these issues.

Please also take the time to contact the Defence Minister (and Deputy Prime-Minister) Richard Marles directly via his online form, here.
Please ask him to meet with me to at least discuss these issues – and not to push me off to the Veterans’ Affairs Minister.

Please ask them why they have not made any statement or even comment after the ABC have been found to have defamed me and my soldiers – calling us war criminals for an incident they claimed happened when we weren’t even in Afghanistan at the time.

I need your support to please flood these two elected officials with letters that will require their unavoidable action.

Albo and Marles have the power to ensure that this devastation to our Veteran community ends.

With your support we can make this happen.

Please forward this far and wide to anyone and everyone.

The power of the people must again be released.

Word of mouth and individual action are the weapons we have in this fight.

Can I please call on your support to help win this fight for the freedoms of our veterans.

If you haven’t already, please also sign the survey calling for the Veterans Protections Act – again, our strength in numbers must compel these politicians into action.


Yours in Service,
Heston Russell





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4 thoughts on “ABC doesn’t appeal Heston Russell defamation – and doesn’t apologise

  • 07/01/2024 at 9:22 am

    How very typical of the ABC.
    Shame they can’t support and protect those who protect us. As a parent of defense members I can attest to a lack of support in so many areas for our defence personnel.

    Well done Heston taking on the big end of town. Great work! You and your teams have the support of many everyday Aussies.

  • 24/12/2023 at 9:33 am

    I feel so sorry for all in our defence forces what goes on tour stays on tour ,but the survey the other day said 70% of 18 to 30 year olds wouldn’t fight for there country it just goes to show if you get given everything you won’t respect it the same as ABC and this pathetic Labor party and greens ,And still bringing in people who have no respect for Australia and it’s people , and the wonderful defence forces that risk there lives so the spoon fed ABC can hang them out to dry, After they protect us in war times, surely to god Australia can do better then this poor excuse for a national broadcasting channel

  • 29/11/2023 at 6:08 am

    This is disgusting but not surprising from them.
    I can’t locate the form to complete.
    Please send to my email address.
    With you on this . Happy to support.

  • 28/11/2023 at 11:34 pm

    Typical labor,typical ABC!

    Albanese and Marles happy to take the Photo Ops. but are gutless in “calling out” and defending armed services personnel who are defamed!
    No wonder no one trusts Labor!


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