Smith wrote an undated "Short Summary of Problems with Rod Meldrum's 'Heartland'' that is astonishingly irrational. I first thought it was a parody, but people are still passing it around as if it is to be taken seriously, so I'll address it. Although undated, at least one citation refers to a piece published in February 2011, so Smith can't use the excuse that much of his analysis has been superseded by more facts. He ought to acknowledge his errors and/or retract the piece entirely. If he does, I hope he contacts me so I can modify my review accordingly.
I know Meldrum, although I didn't at the time of many of the incidents cited by Smith. I agree with some of Meldrum's conclusions and I disagree with others, but I'm focused here on the logical and factual merits of Smith's arguments. Unlike Smith, I don't care much for ad hominem attacks. I don't know or care about Smith's background, what he's said or done elsewhere, etc. (although he is still writing for the Interpreter, I noticed). I'm focusing purely on what he wrote here.
Here is the entire piece, with my comments.