It is clear from my research that Debra always wants to be in control. First she left Melbourne and moved to Twowoomba, but did not want to submit to the legitimate authority of the Church especially where cash was involved. Then she managed to purchase a former convent in Helidon just down the road and was able to completely control the flow of funds. At that time the Euro was strong and she was able to get a lot of people to give her millions when they joined the community or they were married off as a kind communal arrangement so they could remain in Australia. Eilish Gaffney gave a wonderful testimony about these issues especially as they affected the Irish. Debra had the expert financial assistance she needed in Clare Murphy and then began a battle over taxation, the end of her marriage but not before many US supporters had made massive financial contributions. However, like many before her she located her gold scam in Vanuatu and her New Age ramblings became the substance of her vocabulary as she became completely mixed up about her theology. First she was a charismatic, with a whiff of Seventh Day Adventism thrown in. She was about to go over to them when Wal Maggs challenged her and she came back into line. Now she was about Herbal Life and making a buck where she could. She verged from Protestantism to the rejection of the Eucharistic teaching of the Vatican II. She was then using the Maronites and the Melkites to keep under the radar of the Catholic Church. Finally she swung to the Tridentine Rite and was in deep waters of schism. As the ATO was closing in she and Clare Murphy would go over to Vanuatu to avoid discovery and like most of the visionaries her world became a prison as the documentary in February described.
The area around the capital, Porta Vila is the least affected. However, it is likely that Debra has most of the funds she has managed to hoard on this island. From my intelligence contacts there might be other funds in banks in London, and Spain? I am not sure what her status is now in Australia as her former lieutenant Claire Birchley claims to have resolved her tax issues. Will she attempt to leave the island and move back to Helidon ?
I am not sure what her relationship is like with those on Mount St Mary’s and whether they have made common cause with her former team who are now trying to lead a dissident group. I am hoping to hear from academics who might be able to research the current situation. In summary it is likely that if Debra survived her hold on her property near the airport will become a major problem for her. Her vulnerability will increase and I know there are people on 3 continents waiting for her to come out of the woodwork?
The islands we now call Vanuatu were home to Melanesians for over 2,500 years. Then, in the 15th century, European explorers and missionaries began arriving and the islands changed forever.
Captain James Cook sailed through the chain in 1774, chartering and naming many of the islands. He collectively named them the New Hebrides, after the islands off the west coast of Scotland.
Known as the New Hebrides, they were administered jointly by Britain and France for 73 years. National pride finally took hold, forcing independence in 1980, along with its new name (Vanuatu) and a new constitution.
Located directly west of Fiji, Vanuatu is famed for gorgeous islands, active volcanoes and a very-intact Melanesian culture, especially on Tanna.
Vanuatu includes 13 larger islands and about 70 smaller ones. Most are mountainous (volcanic in origin) (some active), and covered in lush rain forests. Many are protected by coral reefs.
The islands are subject to devastating cyclones (hurricanes). The most destructive one ever (in 1987) damaged or ruined most of the local dwellings.
The local economy still revolves around agriculture and fishing, but tourism is a fast-growing industry and liberal tax laws have made Vanuatu a popular offshore financial center.
While most of the outer islands maintain their traditional Melanesian lifestyle, the impressive city of Port-Vila is crammed with colonial buildings,
The pictures below give some idea of the kind of damage that might have been inflicted on Debra’s property.
Please look at these pictures and give to the various agencies attempting to assist the victims of the cyclone.
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