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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Threatening a PM is now OK in Australia !

No arrests have been made from the disgraceful riot which sent PM Julia Gillard fleeing in the arms of her security squad losing a shoe in the process. Few countries in the world would allow their leader to be treated in such a manner but it seems that it is OK in Australia where police are reluctant to be seen as politically incorrect in arresting indigenous demonstrators and supporters from the eye-sore called the "tent embassy" in Canberra in front of the beautiful old Parliament House.

From Miranda Devine

The 100 people trapped at an awards ceremony with Gillard and Abbott inside the Lobby, a 1968 building wrapped on three sides by floor-to-ceiling glass, felt rattled as protesters outside screamed obscenities and banged on windows.
Gillard can play down the offence to her, but it's not her sole preserve.
The office of prime minister belongs to the nation. People may not respect the way she took office or the actions of her government. But they respect the office and it has been humbled and humiliated.
The disrespect shown to the Prime Minister by the protesters, right down to brandishing her lost blue Midas shoe as a trophy, is a disgrace that will live in infamy.
And yet the instant reaction of the ACT police on Thursday was to rule out making any arrests.
"We believe in being quite flexible in our policing actions with these people," Sergeant Chris Meagher, of ACT Policing, the "community policing" arm of the Australian Federal Police, told reporters.
"We have no intention of arresting anybody for no unreasonable cause."
Is he kidding? The protesters' actions were deemed by the PM's security detail to be so aggressive that they posed a serious threat to her safety. So much so that her dignity was sacrificed to save her skin.
The AFP changed its tune next day, saying charges couldn't be ruled out. But by then it was too late for a deterrent to future misbehaviour.
Instead of rounding up protesters that afternoon, or hitting the Tent Embassy the next morning, the message was sent that anything goes. You can threaten a prime minister and cause her to flee for her life without consequences.
The protesters were so emboldened they marched up to Parliament House the next day to burn the Australian flag and spit on it.