Australian Federal Police (AFP) raids on the public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and News Corporation journalist Annika Smethurst’s private residence, are clear indications the AFP is being used to intimidate journalists and ‘whistleblowers’, meaning public servants willing to leak information about questionable government activities.
Gifted Australian rugby player Israel Folau has been in the news quite controversially lately.
He claims to be a devout Christian, as justification for social media posts that seem, to me, to be more hate speech than religion.
When the coup against Malcolm Turnbull was inevitable, some in the Liberal party room thought Scott Morrison was a better choice than hardline reactionary Peter Dutton. They may have been wrong.
In a nutshell, it’s dogmatism, religionism, stupidity. And a bit of Lord of the Flies savagery.
It is regrettable that a fine soldier should be the sacrificial lamb for the political incompetence of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, Defence Minister David Johnston, and Shadow Defence Minister Stephen Conroy. These men are unfit to hold public office.
Nevertheless, even a veiled public threat against civilian authority is unacceptable from Chief of Defence, General David Hurley, and he certainly made such a threat when he referred directly to Conroy’s ridiculous, crass outbursts to say publicly: ‘Once said, the shadow will linger.’