As Sydney does its best to emulate Paris, we had in our fair principality [the Canberra Times reports], a little love in to quell the fears of the residents and to show unity for peace and tolerence between differing races and religions. This is due to the Sydney fracas and also due to an under current of possible violence here.
Now as much as I think the love in is a good idea, it really doesn’t address the issues in ant way as the people who perpetrated the violence in Sydney are very unlikely to attend love ins. This is because they don’t have the time to do so, rioting and beating up innocent people must take it out of you.
From my point of view I see it as law and order issue. I don’t care if the perpetrators come from Australia, Lebanon or Upper Volta. This sort of violence needs to be punished for the anti social behaviour it is and as such the courts need to start handing down sentences in line with the crimes, and not fobbing them off under the guise of a disadvantaged background or some other equally ludicrous reason.
Personal responsibility is just that. These people, on all sides, show no tolerence to others so why should society offer them the same.
And I always think these symbolic things are a scream such as, ‘At the interfaith gathering in Barton, representatives began the service by lighting a row of candles from a single taper. ‘
Good on them for trying, but lets see it backed with action, not just words.