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Revealed: “Markd” steps out from behind the keyboard

THE mysterious Markd has been an active and often controversial commenter on the My Daily News website since July 2010, and today we expose the man behind the name.

Some have speculated he is a politician, but today we can reveal he is an ordinary bloke.

Mark Dwyer is a 52-year-old ex-navy serviceman who describes himself as having no real allegiance to any major political party.

However, Mr Dwyer said his views have been shaped by the death of his son Brett Dwyer who followed his father's path into the navy.

Mr Dwyer blames his son's death on government policies.

Brett was 26 when he took his own life after serving in Singapore and his father said a funding cut to military mental health programs was a key reason the tragic event occurred.

"They took $30 billion since 2009 from the defence forces," he said.

"So I lost my son because of that."

Mark Dwyer at home in Tweed Heads.
Mark Dwyer at home in Tweed Heads. Blainey Woodham

Mr Dwyer claims his son was the victim of a botched operation, causing constant blood loss and debilitating pain.

Other factors were claimed to also be at play, including bullying by fellow navy personnel including officers.

He believes his son had post traumatic stress disorder.

"They had a failed operation and he committed suicide.

"They're letting guys out of the friggin' navy and army...with serious problems and hoping one in 10 comes back.

"It's a time bomb waiting to happen, they're filling them up with anti-depressants which is making them worse."

Mr Dwyer said he felt politics in general was losing people's interest and the real issues were constantly veiled beneath spin and public relations managed campaigns.

"I reckon it needs to go back to basics," he said.

"We need to have people who fight for their electorate."

Mr Dwyer agreed his comments on the My Daily News website were often controversial, but said he was aiming to bring a bit of truth to the political spin.

"If you don't turn around and put it out there people don't know," he said.

"You fire 'em up for a simple reason, because they're not telling the truth and they make mistakes."

Mr Dwyer said he had not considered entering politics, but said he was glad to continue to tell it as it was.

"I just see the issues that are coming," he said.

"You need to be able to sit down there and talk to everybody and you know some issues are going to be non-issues, where you can't do anything, but be honest about it."

Mr Dwyer said he worked at an investment company and as a used car salesman after his navy service, but is now on a TPI service pension as a result of crushed vertebrae in his back.

HELP AT HAND

Do you need help? If you're dealing with a personal trauma or thinking about suicide call Lifeline 24-hours a day on 131114. For help with depression and anxiety, contact BeyondBlue 9am-5pm weekdays on 03 9810 6100. For help dealing with mental illness symptoms and treatment, call SANE Australia 9am-5pm weekdays on 1800 18 SANE (7263) or order a free info pack. 



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