Australia’s mini race riot: defending the indefensible
Such squirming does Kim Sattler no favours.
A UNION official accused of stirring up protesters at the Aboriginal tent embassy on Australia Day said the rally had originally been told that it was the Government which wanted the 40-year-old camp shifted.
Unions ACT chief Kim Sattler said today she had told just two people at the rally of news reports, later found to be incorrect, that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott wanted the tent embassy “moved on”.
Aboriginal activist Barbara Shaw had heard the reports and relayed them – adding her own major error – from the stage of the rally, Ms Sattler told Canberra ABC today.
Could the ABC’s overall reporting on this be any softer? The fact is Gillard staffer Tony Hodges, union boss Kim Sattler and Aboriginal activist Barbara Shaw were all implicit in starting a mini race riot – on Australia Day no less – based on completely false allegations of what Opposition leader Tony Abbott said – a race riot that threatened the physical safety of not just Abbott, but of the PM herself.
And the point bears repeating that even if Abbott had said what many privately think – that the Aboriginal Tent Embassy should be abolished – that is absolutely no justification whatsoever to become violent in a country that supposedly respects free speech .
In the first segment of his daily MTR slot, Andrew Bolt delves deeper into the worst controversy of the year (so far).
A disturbing revelation:
A senior parliamentary officer gave permission to indigenous protesters to light a fire, which was later used to burn the Australian flag outside the main doors of Parliament House.
To be fair, permission was given for a ceremonial fire to be lit. Permission was not given to light a fire intended for burning the Aussie flag. Now 20/20 hindsight is a wonderful thing, yet one would hope, upon reflection, the man responsible, Usher of the Black Rod (the person responsible for maintaining order in the upper house) Brien Hallet, would at least privately concede to himself that considering the atmosphere that was prevailing that day, he made an error in judgement.