Category Archives: Police
by Brent Melville
With government and elections on many people’s minds this week, is it possible for epistles written two millennia ago to be relevant to this topic today?
It’s not hard to find discussion somewhere on the topic of “biblical government” as referenced by St Paul in his letter to the Romans and his often controversial statement in 13:1: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”
People reading this immediately think “what about Hitler? What about Stalin? What about ….”
I think what Paul is driving at here is the broad issue of government authority and those who administer the law, not popularly elected parties or national leaders, or despots. St Paul goes on to explain: “For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”
God gave flawed mankind law and authorities in order to provide peace, security and justice for communities. Of course our human systems of government often do not work and are prone to corruption.
Many are aware of issues around our corporate state structure and will argue with cops on the side of the road about these profound issues.
Mostly it’s better to give the cop a break i.e. take the apostle’s big-picture advice and “submit to the authorities”. Pull over, say gidday mate, what’s the problem? Remember: “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
It’s better to take the matters of law to court or just deal with them as the system provides.
from Channel 9
A woman who was yesterday involved in a five-hour siege at a Perth property has died in hospital.
Officers were called to a home on Douglas Road in Martin, in the city’s south-east, about 9am yesterday following reports a couple in a home made threats after the sheriff’s office came knocking to repossess their home.
Police fired a single non-lethal shot as the siege came to an end at about 2.30pm.
The home is owned by Rodney and Janice Croft, who were arrested by police.
Soon after, Mrs Croft was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital in cardiac arrest and in a critical condition. Her husband remains under police guard in hospital.
It’s not clear when she suffered the cardiac arrest or if she was hit by the non-lethal police round.
Mr Croft was the former Deputy Mayor of Gosnells but in recent years the couple had battled long running and costly legal troubles.
It is understood they owed close to a million dollars.
No charges have yet been laid. (Against the police? Ed)
If women are left defenceless then they need self-protection. Pepper sprays, electric prods or handguns have been used in the United States for decades with very few reports of misuse. Heavy penalties apply if misused.
Many centuries of Common law gives us the right of self-defence, but the corporate political parties have denied honest citizens to use force against force.
The political parties claim they own our children and they will protect them and naturally us the parents. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Television news yesterday was awash with the funeral of the young girl, Aiiwa Maasarwe murdered in Melbourne by a young indigenous man. Could she have survived if she had some means of self-protection?
Probably because the conditions for self-carry are to have undertaken a rigid firearms handling course before getting a licence, but if it is widely known that women legally have a means of self-protection, such as a gun or mace then the attack most likely would not have occurred.
How many more women have to be murdered before the political party quislings take action?
Author Keith Noble, of ‘Mass Murder; official killing in Tasmania’ has published the most complete record of the Port Arthur massacre scam available in the world today. Below Mr Noble gives an up-to-date analysis of the case.
In his witness statement given on 28APR1996, Peter David Crosswell (spelt Croswell in other places) states this in relation to the gunman who he saw up close in the Broad Arrow Café at the Port Arthur Historic Site: “I didn’t move but I could see his sandshoes across the floor.” Mr. Crosswell who was wounded in that café has the reputation of being a decent person – a truth teller, not a liar. He was one of several eyewitnesses who saw the gunman and who stated that person was not Martin Bryant. Note that the only eyewitness (James Clement Laycock) who personally knew Martin Bryant BEFORE the incident clearly states in his witness statement (10MAY1996) that the gunman he saw was not Martin Bryant.
The following is an extract from the book MASS MURDER: Official Killing in Tasmania, Australia (2nd edition; 2014; n.23, p.388): “At least two other witnesses have said the gunman was wearing a soft type of footwear commonly referred to as runners, trainers, or sandshoes. But it gets complicated when two facts are raised: i. The alleged gunman was said to have been wearing lace-up boots before the shooting on that Sunday (see Kessarios); and, ii. The alleged gunman was said to be wearing Blundstone-type* boots during the incident, at the tollbooth specifically. (see Rabe) So how could this be? If there was only one gunman, it means he must have put on three different types of footwear and one of those times must have been inside the yellow Volvo, between the parking lot and the tollbooth. Why? To create uncertainty perhaps. Or, were there two people the subject of these different footwear sightings? (* Quality boot made by Tasmanian company Blundstone which did not make runners/sandshoes/sneakers in and prior to 1996.)”
It is this type of evidence, given by many witnesses in their statements (see extracts in the book MASS MURDER), which confirms again and again that there is so much REASONABLE DOUBT associated with the case, that only unthinking sheeple, corrupt officials, and the complicit barristers (all of whom are officers of the court) in Tasmania say otherwise. And because there are so many truthful facts which disprove the allegations of the State, the innocent and retarded (IQ66) Martin Bryant was coerced and mentally tortured for over six months after which he repeated what the convicted criminal lawyer John Avery pressured him to say – then he was locked away FOREVER WITH NO TRIAL – repeat, FOREVER WITH NO TRIAL. Note that a hearing in a courthouse or anywhere else is not a trial. And also note that scum Avery was supposed to defend Martin Bryant. But all Avery did was pressure him relentlessly to repeat Avery’s plea of guilty. The truth is, Martin Bryant never had any ethical legal representation at any time and he was unable to engage another lawyer because the State had confiscated all his assets – his money and his home. That is what you are to accept as justice in Australia. The State accused innocent Martin Bryant of so much – yet, it was unwilling (and unable) to prove one single thing against him in a sound trial conducted by an ethical judge. Martin was the doomed PATSY.
There is no hard evidence proving Martin Bryant was the gunman or one of the gunmen. For example, not a single fingerprint was ever presented as proof of Martin Bryant’s involvement in the massacre. It is known with absolute certainty from the witness statements and from a police video that the gunman handled food-related things and a tray inside the café and that he left a video camera on a café table. All these things would have been covered with his fingerprints – obviously not Martin Bryant’s or we would have heard about them. The official narrative of the Port Arthur Massacre is grossly corrupt – in the Australian vernacular, it is complete bull! free pdf copies of the 694pp. book MASS MURDER: Official Killing in Tasmania, Australia (2nd edition 2014), of 20 YEARS CORRUPTION, DECEPTION, LIES, of CLASSIC KANGAROO COURT CASE, and of INTERNATIONAL MEDIA RELEASE (relates to that embalmer, ex-cop, and ex-senator Stephen Parry who has confirmed – in writing – prior knowledge of the massacre) are available from firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com) There is no copyright on any of these documents.
Note: Now based in Austria, Mr Noble has written other books about government-sponsored murder including the disappearance of Peter Falconio near Barrow Creek in the Northern Territory in 2001. Bradley Murdoch was eventually convicted of Falconio’s murder. Keith Noble says the NT police grabbed Murdoch after a hopelessly compromised and bungled investigation including a dodgy statement from girlfriend Joanna Lees then charged him for the murder without ever finding a body.
by Gil Hanrahan in Townsville
The next time you are forced to submit to a roadside breath test and drivers licence check, do yourself a favour and ask the policeman to give you the used breathing apparatus which you placed between your lips.
Otherwise you have just provided a DNA sample to the cops without your knowledge or consent. The cop then surreptitiously correlates your licence data from the hand-held reader with the saliva on the breath tester.
The DNA sample is sent off for testing and the results stored in the vast electronic data banks held in Roma Street police HQ and the Main Roads Department.
Do you trust big brother with your DNA?
The Activist Post has revealed the level of citizen surveillance in China today with this worrying trend emerging in Queensland after the emergence of numerous, roadside infa-red cameras on the Kuranda Range and overhead surveillance cameras such as being erected east of Mareeba on the Kennedy Highway.
Australia has developed a massive facial recognition data bank
Nearly 80 per cent of people over 16 hold a drivers licence and 55 per cent have a passport. More than 600,000 citizens have a photographic gun licence in Queensland.
Justice Minister Michael Keenan told News Corp that passport photos would be accessed(for the data bank) in the coming months and drivers licences would be tapped into after ongoing discussions with the states were finalised.
If talking to you, individual police officers are recording your image and voice on their body cameras (without your consent), the data from which can be stored along with your DNA from the breath or drug saliva test.
In response to a query about newly installed roadside cameras in North Queensland, the Main Roads Department advised Cairns News:
“The fixed roadside cameras on Flinders Highway, near Woodstock, are Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.
We use this state-of-the-art technology to collect information about travel patterns of vehicles using the road.
The cameras take an image of all passing vehicles.
Infra-red cameras and illuminators are used to automatically capture the registration number, date and time of passing vehicles, providing statistical data on travel times, volumes and vehicle types.
ANPR cameras are strategically placed at key locations to provide:
- Journey time,
- Congestion information,
- Origin and destination information, and
- To monitor the use of the network by heavy vehicles.
Collected data helps us understand vehicle movements, plan for future improvements and achieve efficient control and management of the road network.
The cameras are also used to detect unregistered and uninsured vehicles.
Only authorised officers, including Queensland Police and TMR Transport Inspectors are able to access information from the ANPR cameras where an offence is suspected.”
The reply did not include the camera’s ability to photograph each occupant of the vehicle in high resolution.
Now we have biometric identification rampant on every street corner and road checkpoint in China and most of Queensland’s main roads.
Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reveals the covert plan to digitalise and record the images of every person living in Australia, a plan Current Affair interviewer Tracey Grimshaw labelled the “New World Order.”
China Accused of Using Biometric Surveillance to Send Thousands to Political Detention Camps
By Nicholas West, Activist Post
As we continue to chart our path down the slippery slope of biometric identification for human beings, we’ve had to speculate about how far we could slide. Well, it appears that China is providing an early example that we would all be wise to take notice of.
It is now a fact that nearly all areas of the modern world have adopted some form of surveillance camera apparatus. Meanwhile, biometric identification technology has advanced to a degree where it’s now possible to merge the two and create not only a pervasive surveillance network, but a nearly real-time identification system that police can use to act upon.
Back in May I highlighted a Russian company called NTechLab that combined CCTV cameras with the vast database of Russian social media giant VKontakte with 300 million users. Using its FindFace system, they announced that they could not only identify people by using facial recognition, but that their system had advanced to integrate emotional identifiers. They claimed a 94% success rate in being able to detect markers that indicate stress, anger or anxiety. The company believes that the merger of these technologies would be a natural fit for surveillance cameras to aid police in pre-crime detection.
Meanwhile, the U.S. has implemented its own pre-crime detection programs in many locations. Additionally, the U.S. was revealed to be one of a number of countries who were using facial recognition billboards to identify political persuasion and manipulate people’s views. It’s called Neuropolitics.
This got the “conspiracy theorists” to wonder what might happen if the biometric surveillance state that was emerging might start using both sides of the technology as a form of political identification and even punishment.
It didn’t take too long for China to confirm that this conspiracy is now a reality.
from Gil Hanrahan
Embattled former policeman David Walter will fight on at the Cairns Magistrates Court on October 30 and 31 against trumped up assault charges laid by two court protective officers.
On Friday Walter summonsed the Magistrate, Jane Bentley, to appear as a witness. This Magistrate unlawfully jailed him for one month for contempt in May this year.
So far his defence has eight witness statements which allege Walter did not assault the two burly protective officers when they threw him to the floor and handcuffed him. The Court Protective Service is a private company owned by Queensland Police Service, contracting to Queensland Courts.
Walter said the police have tried to have the charges dismissed but so far had failed to do so.
He is calling on all patriots to attend the court to witness the judiciary in action.
It seems the Queensland Chief Magistrate will preside over the hearing.
Walter will challenge the validity of the State Government and the court system which he says can only hear civil law.
“I will question her and point out she only has the authority and actions at civil law,” Mr Walter said.
When Walter challenged Magistrate Bentley’s and the court’s authority at the original hearing, she refused to allow the questions and eventually jailed him for one month charged with contempt.
He said Beattie sealed the Electoral Act 1992 for ‘My Government’ as ” I will demonstrate they cannot hear anything as they are paid by Peter Beattie in ‘ My Government’ with no people inside Queensland’s Constitution as in force 2002.”
“It is held to Civil Law or the Common Law.”
Former Labor Premier and architect of the 2001 Queensland Constitutional changes, Peter Beattie, now has a plum Government job as Commonwealth Games head on the Gold Coast.
Last week Walter was fined $750 for not correctly filling out a form attached to his bankruptcy proceedings.
He said he thanked the Magistrate for ‘convicting’ him which now allows the case to be filed in the High Court.
Gun happy cops of Victoria have historic records of shoot first then apply the white wash.
Understandably personal safety of police and the public must be paramount however the question why deadly ammunition first then Tasering the victim in a room full of people reflects to policy and training given to Victorian Police.
We await the first application of White Wash layered to factual evidence overshadowing the enforcers on a mission.
Police wound ‘armed’ man and bystander at Melbourne fancy-dress party
A man is fighting for his life in hospital after being shot by police after pulling what appeared to be a handgun at a Melbourne nightclub.
About 40 police responded shortly after 3am on Saturday to what they said were reports that a man armed with a pistol was in an upstairs room of the King Street club in the CBD’s entertainment district.
Melbourne radio station 3AW reported that officers were told by bouncers that the reveller, who was dressed as the Joker from the Batman movies, was not a threat and that the gun was a toy.
Fairfax Media has reported that the wounded man, 35, was engaged in a sex act with the woman when police stormed the dance floor.
The unnamed man’s companion was taken to hospital with a wound to the leg and is listed in satisfactory condition..
The party, promoted as the Saints and Sinners Ball, was billed as “Australia’s raunchiest party”.
Victoria Police Superintendent Lisa Hardeman said the man took the gun from his pants and aimed it at police when called upon to disarm.
“I do believe that security were informed that it was a fake gun,” she said.
“That was told to police and that formed part of our planning, but when the firearm was leveled at police and police asked the man to drop it, police at that stage were not aware whether it was an imitation or a real firearm.”
Witnesses said that the man was also Tasered after being struck by at least one bullet in the torso.
Supt. Hardeman declined to confirm if a Taser was deployed after he was shot, saying only a “number of police options were used”.
She also would not be confirm if the purported gun was real or a fake, saying that forensic experts were still studying the scene of the shooting.
“Police fired at the man, hitting him in the torso. He was taken to hospital under police guard,” the statement said.
Detectives will investigate the shooting with oversight by Professional Standards Command as is usual when there has been a police shooting.
From where does Keenan get authority to call in firearms?
The Federal Government is terrified of internal security assessments warning the nation is teetering on a powder keg of mistrust and discontent over Muslim immigrants and mendacious politicians implementing policies in unison with the largely despised United Nations.
Domestic intelligence has warned the now unraveling corporate system of government, surreptitiously introduced first by Whitlam and continued by successive governments could dissolve from civil unrest into civil war.
Any casual observer of social media would discover that all governments are held in contempt by a majority of Australians.
The Federal Cabinet is desperate to disarm law-abiding citizens who hold unregistered firearms for many reasons. The main theme found throughout social media and alternative news sites is a distrust of government and more expected violence by Islamists which have infiltrated communities throughout Australia.
As depicted in the lauded 1984 film of doomsday preppers, ‘Red Dawn’ starring Patrick Swazye, when the Russians and Cubans invade rural American towns, their first ploy is to round up and incarcerate gun owners, found from searching firearms registration records.
One reader, a member of the firearms industry, has told Cairns News an estimated one million or more unregistered firearms are held nationwide by the public, which is in fear of losing easily traceable registered firearms when the ‘shit hits the fan.’
Between the seventies and early nineties the industry estimates more than one million Chinese semi-auto SKK and SKS combat carbines were imported. At the 1996 amnesty, only a reported 4000 of these military styled weapons were handed in for crushing. One does not have to be an Einstein to work out the fate of the remaining 996,000, he said.
“The police and military will seize all registered firearms from licensed gun owners across the nation when the trouble starts, leaving the public completely at the mercy of the government,” the industry member said.
“This is why people will hide them, especially ex-military members seeing what happens to a disarmed population when the invaders have all the guns.
“If the government thinks normal people will hand in their guns they are dreaming.”
Another report from a NSW investigator, who wishes to remain anonymous, says that in NSW during the 1996 amnesty, a pistol club and several rifle ranges reported that people of Muslim or similar ethnic appearance toured gun clubs buying whatever firearms they could get their hands on, rather than shooters handing them in for destruction.
Homes of licensed gun owners in NSW were accurately targeted by thieves stealing dozens of pistols and rifles several years ago. Gun club members said many homes in close-together suburbs were raided by thieves who stole their locked up guns. The clubs complained that the NSW firearms registry records had been hacked or deliberately given to thieves. No action was ever taken by authorities.
The Liberal/ALP/Greens Party disarmament
While terrorists continue to kill Australians on home soil, the gun-hating Liberal Party wants to completely disarm 25 million responsible citizens by crushing their firearms and leaving them at the mercy of those who have guns. The criminal element in the ethnic ghettos of Sydney and Melbourne will never voluntarily hand in their firearms.
Those who will keep guns include police and the military. Today a lot of law-abiding citizens actually fear the government which wants to leave us defenceless against the estimated 120,000 Islamic ‘refugees’ who entered the country by air during the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd regime.
It has been acknowledged by security agencies, with the exception of the head of ASIO, that a large number of single males who entered Australia posing as refugees, were between the ages of 16 and35, just the right age to qualify for military service.
Many of these immigrants have had military training in the countries from which they claimed to have fled. Right amongst us now exists a potential fifth column of fighters. Stashes of firearms have already been found in Australian mosques, no doubt many more exist.
Justice Minister Michael Keenan should be targeting firearms held by ethnic groups and actually allowing responsible citizens to carry arms for their self-protection. But Section 18c of the Anti-discrimination Act won’t allow the government to target criminal gangs by ethnicity. Interestingly Keenan was one of the ‘wet’ Liberals who did not support amending this offensive section.
High profile politicians such as Senator David Leyonhjelm and Bob Katter have demanded law abiding citizens be able to carry firearms for their self-defence.
Instead the arm draggers of the LNP/ALP/Greens nexus want to leave us defenceless against Muslim infiltrators and other armed criminals who will never give up their guns.
Crime in Victoria this year increased 10.2 per cent and a spate of home invasions and car-jackings has left police extremely worried.
Public concerns have also been raised about gangs of migrant(Muslim) teens, with reports some parents are sending their teenage children back to countries like Sudan to break the spiral of offending.
Victoria Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane told reporters on Wednesday teenagers from a range of backgrounds were committing home invasions and car-jackings.
“It’s the United Nations — we’re seeing a cross group of offenders who are stealing cars in that way,” he said.
It is believed people in areas suffering from violence and crime are buying bats to arm themselves.
Mr Leane told 3AW they weren’t using the words home invasion or carjacking two years ago and the community had a right to be concerned.
“I understand the nature of fear in our community and for many it’s real for those who have been victimised by those offenders who have come into their house, probably the first time they’ve ever had to call the police,” he said.
“The issue around whether you think a baseball bat and your expertise will defend you in those circumstances, I’m not sure even I could defend myself against a gang that wanted to break into my house.”
As crime statistics reveal, potentially armed citizens are a threat to any criminal or terrorist.
The dumbed-down Liberals and the ALP with their equally irresponsible bureaucracy have some esoteric belief the police will save the public from being shot by a terrorist or a home invader. The families of those killed at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney would disagree.
The Lindt saga would not have got off the ground if just one patron had a legal .22 pistol in their handbag or pocket.
Why doesn’t Mr Keenan look at the avalanche of evidence that has surfaced since the Port Arthur training exercise revealing some of the alleged victims did not exist, or the numerous other anomalies proving Martin Bryant was not present at Port Arthur when the shooting took place at the Broad Arrow Café.
Mr Keenan should ask his colleague, the Liberal President of the senate and former Tasmania police officer, Stephen Parry for confirmation of these facts. Mr Parry was smack in the middle of the Port Arthur training exercise and has subsequently admitted as much in a speech to the Undertakers and Embalmers Association.
In 2016 Parry was outed by Austrian author and forensic investigator, Dr Keith Noble, for his part in the official training exercise cum massacre cover-up.
The Islamists and the crooks know we can’t fight back, unlike our American cousins, who repel fire with fire. Now Australia has assumed the official status of the 51st State of the United States, every responsible citizen should have the option of concealed carry.
It has been announced that the homicide rate has substantially fallen in Australia and the weapon used by criminals in 37 per cent of cases is a knife.
If Minister Keenan has his way, soon you will be eating your food with chopsticks.
The Federal Government will soon finalise the complete and ultimate facial recognition records for all Australian citizens.
And Pauline Hanson wants a national ID Card?
A national data base of passport, driver, gun owner and high risk equipment operator licence photos will be kept for access by just whom remains unknown.
Federal and State police, immigration officers and Border Force will have access, but it seems more clandestine bodies will get their hands on your complete identity.
ASIO, ASIS and reciprocal overseas spy agencies will also have access to all of your personal data.
It should be noted that Australia has arrangements with some rather dubious nations for exchanging the personal information of all our citizens.
CCTV footage as depicted in US television shows such as NCIS Los Angeles will end up in captured data as supposedly trained facial recognition experts scan your face while you browse the shopping mall, fuel your car at the service station or sit on a park bench.
Queensland Traffic Police and their contractors have had this technology for three years, photographing you in your car every time you pass a highway patrol vehicle or stationary camera car, storing your image and that of passengers, vehicle description, direction, time and date of travel.
The police cars have infa-red ability and can photograph the driver and all passengers in the car as you pass. By then your number plate will have been read by the on-board computer and sent online to the huge data bank in Roma Street Police HQ and another massive data bank held by the Main Roads Department.
Soon after the facial images of the car occupants will be sent to the national Face Identification Service.
Nearly 80 per cent of people over 16 hold a drivers licence and 55 per cent have a passport. More than 600,000 citizens have a photographic gun licence in Queensland.
Justice Minister Michael Keenan told News Corp that passport photos would be accessed in the coming months and drivers licences would be tapped into after ongoing discussions with the states were finalised.
The Face Identification Service will match a photo of an unknown person against multiple government records to help establish their identity.
“These biometric services will change the face of crime fighting in Australia,” Mr Keenan, a Liberal, said.
The final piece of the identity jigsaw is about to come into place. Tasmania MP Andrew Wilkie has warned Australia will become the police state, test case for the final solution.
The advice of Sydney security expert Mike Petersen: Do not vote at any election. If everybody does this the government will fail and the people can lawfully take control, elect their own representatives and return to Constitutional rule.
by Robert J Lee in Cairns
Cairns will soon be graced with an unexpected visit by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who has been subpoenaed to attend the Cairns Magistrate Court on May 22 to give evidence for the defence in a vexatious and false prosecution.
Not only will Cairns city host the PM, but none other than The Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove has been joined in the action to explain how he holds office under the fictitious Queen of Australia and is being paid in dollars instead of pounds, shillings and pence, as required by the Constitution. It should be noted the Queen has not ever assented to the Decimal Currency Act 1965.
In case the GG gets lonely in the Far North, his Queensland counterpart, former Chief Justice Paul de Jersey and now Governor also has been served with a subpoena to attend.
He has been requested to explain how he, as Governor continues to allow the State business to function after former Premier Peter Beattie turned Queensland into ‘My Government’ of the Smart State, in effect a republic, without a referendum of the people in 2001.
Then if things get out of hand, Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has been commanded to appear to tell the court how he allowed armed SWAT policemen to gate crash David John Walter’s Herberton home then steal his firearms when the state government is a registered foreign corporation listed on the Washington Stock Exchange and has no authority over any person
who is not a member of a political party.
Prosecutor, David Walter says Mr. Malcolm Turnbull MP, like all Australian politicians is only a private person and a member of a registered political party within the Unicameral Parliaments of Australia, attested by holding a signed, dated, sealed, commercial contract with former Premier Peter Beattie of Queensland – Queensland the Smart State – in the creation of unicameral parliaments of Australia, known as the Australian Government.
The Cairns show promises to be a blockbuster of unimaginable proportions the likes of which have not been seen since federation in this country.
All citizens are invited to attend the Cairns court at 9am on Monday, May 22, 2017 to witness freedom in the making.
by Don Aitkin
I’ve written a few times (here, for example) about ‘the nanny State’, and the way in which well-meaning people want to protect ourselves from ourselves by making illegal things that we like to do. Of course, virtually all domestic law is about protecting us from us, but every now and then I want to cry ‘Enough!’ And I do so in this essay, which is about the efforts of a Green MLA in Canberra to protect us, or more specifically, her grand-daughter, from the wicked writing on Wicked camper vans.
If you haven’t come across a Wicked camper van, then here is a photographic example:
If you travel our fair land by road you are likely to see such vans almost anywhere. I’ve seen one in Birdsville. Would I rent one? No. Would I write on my own car, let alone write stuff like that? No. Do I need to be protected against such writing? No. Am I offended, outraged or appalled? No. You just shrug, and ignore it. Life is too short.
Before I go any further, I should say that the Green MLA who felt otherwise, Caroline le Couteur, is someone I like. Elected several years ago, when the Greens had three seats in the Assembly, she turned out to be a useful and generally sensible MLA. She didn’t make the cut at the next election, but came back last year, as one of two elected Greens MLAs. But we all have our weaknesses, and this is hers. Here is the beginning of what she wrote in the Greens Magazine.