Ben Roberts-Smith backer Ross Coulthart now a leading UFO truther

CBD brought you the news earlier this week of parliament’s resident UFO-spotter Peter Whish-Wilson sensing a change of the wind on little green men from Mars, following explosive whistleblower testimony before US Congress.

It seems we missed the real Australian angle. One of the key journos helping blow the lid off this government conspiracy is none other than former 60 Minutes correspondent Ross Coulthart.

Australian author and journalist Ross Coulthart is a big thing among UFO aficionados in the United States.

Australian author and journalist Ross Coulthart is a big thing among UFO aficionados in the United States.Credit: John Shakespeare

Coulthart was last seen being commissioned by Seven Network commercial director Bruce McWilliam to investigate war crimes allegations against Ben Roberts-Smith. He subsequently worked as part of the soldier’s spin team, trying to convince media figures that BRS was squeaky clean. In June, the Federal Court found Roberts-Smith was a war criminal who killed unarmed civilians in Afghanistan, a judgment he is appealing.

But in American UFO circles, Coulthart is something of a cult hero, ever since publishing a bestselling book on the subject in 2021. More recently, he’s been fronting UFO coverage for upstart American cable channel NewsNation.

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His bombshell scoop was the first TV interview with David Grusch, a retired military officer on a Pentagon UFO taskforce who claims the US government has a secret UFO reverse-engineering program. Online, UFO spotters hang off his every revelation.

“I have spoken to people who have told me they have seen alien bodies. Roswell was true,” Coulthart told Australian audiences last month.

“I don’t care if people say this is crazy. I know, from the sources I have spoken to, this story will eventually come out.”

One thing UFO truthers and war criminal defenders have in common is little appetite for scrutiny.

Reached via phone, Coulthart accused CBD of running “another puerile hit job”.

“Perhaps, if you are genuinely interested in an objective report, you could comment on the implications of the legislation, proposed by [US] Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, which demands the DOD [US Department of Defence] and Intelligence Community disclose what it knows about nonhuman intelligence,” he said.

“I find generally what CBD does is it belittles and takes the piss,” he said.

At least he’s right about something.

GASSED UP

We now turn to teal territory, where North Sydney MP Kylea Tink has cashed in after selling her Northbridge home for a cool $6.35 million.

The six-bedder features a swimming pool, luscious green lawns … and gas cooktops. Now, it was only weeks ago when Tink called NSW Premier Chris Minns’ decision to rule out stopping gas connections in new builds a “climate crime”.

Was the move all a bid to get away from all that ghastly gas? Not necessarily. Tink told CBD she’s downsizing, but pointed to the 10 kilowatts of solar panels on the Northbridge roof as evidence of her climate bona fides.

GOING NUCLEAR

CBD thought the Bureau of Meteorology’s failed $220,000 campaign to get people to please stop calling them the BOM would act as a cautionary tale for public agencies thinking of attempting ridiculous rebrands. Obviously not.

CBD must now wonder what Utopia-esque Canberra workshop produced the “brand playbook” for ANSTO, who definitely do not want to be referred to as the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Just ANSTO please, the book says, “like that other iconic Australian brand, Qantas”.

“We have moved away from referring to ourselves as ‘Lucas Heights’, or ‘the place of the reactor’ (We’re not sure who was actually using this?) and we need to be disciplined about this to achieve coherence,” the playbook notes.

In a rather extraordinary effort at distracting from what they actually do, bureaucrats are advised neither organisation’s brand, vision, short or long description should include the word “nuclear”. And instead of Lucas Heights, they are to say that “ANSTO is home to Australia’s most significant landmark”.

It all feels very “don’t mention the war” to CBD.

DORE TOPIC

NSW Liberal leader Mark Speakman might be voting Yes on the Voice to parliament, but many of the party’s local branches are a hard No.

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On Thursday, three federal electorate conferences in deep teal country – Warringah, Mackellar and North Sydney – joined forces to hold a town hall on the Voice to parliament featuring lead No campaigner Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, and nobody else. Apparently, none of the pro-Yes Liberals were available.

While we’re not sure how opposing the Voice will win the north back from socially progressive teal defectors, Warringah MP Zali Steggall’s pro-Yes event with Thomas Mayo this week drew a fairly lacklustre crowd.

The Liberal event had around 200 registered, with Warringah Liberal head honcho and perennial preselection hopeful Alex Dore out spruiking it to state executive office-bearers last week.

Dore, who declined to comment, hasn’t yet taken a public stance for or against the Voice, but his employer certainly has. Embattled consulting firm PwC, where the party operative works as a director, joined much of corporate Australia when its now-departed boss Tom Seymour backed the Voice to parliament earlier this year.

Employees there are free to follow their own hearts on such matters, making it a broader church than Peter Dutton’s front bench.

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