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Could Canberra’s “sophisticated” community answer the Ferguson question?

By I-filed - 18 September 2009 23

The mob disquiet [over the residential placement of Dennis Ferguson] in Sydney raises an interesting issue for Canberra: if we are an educated, aware community that can debate and balance issues, what solution would we recommend for government re the Ferguson/housing problem, that looks insoluble.

I’m inclined to agree that focusing on the paedophile next door may be ignoring the fact that most child abuse happens in the home by a non-stranger.

There’s also the issue that Ferguson has served his time -and undoubtedly had a dreadful childhood. Something must have turned him into such a criminal.

What if he were to choose to move to Canberra? What should we do with him, if he were our problem?

[ED – In my experience what slight edge Canberra may lose in bogan ignorance we more than make up for with hysterical shrieking nimby’s, self serving misapplication of the precautionary principal, and borderline shut-ins with no sense of perspective]

If Dennis Ferguson moved into my street

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ACTing like a Mama 8:57 am 20 Sep 09

I have kids and I frankly would be more concerned at the vigilante behaviour that would occur should he move into my street. While I would never want him to live in close distance to me, at least if I was aware of it, I could explain to my children, and be wary of any unsatisfactory behaviour. He has served his time, right or wrong, the system has declared him rehabilitated. I too, am more worried about the people we don’t know – possibly living in my street, or in my family – the statistics show that’s where the real danger is.

But to expose my kids to homemade bombs, and stake-outs is not something I would comfortable with.

astrojax 2:43 pm 19 Sep 09

yet hunting down DF seems to be an unsavoury idea to most people. Why is that?

um, because df has ‘been hunted down, caught, tried, sentenced and has served his alloted punishment’ while callous mongrel poisoning lowlife is at large for his or her crime – ‘hunting down’ the former is akin to a lynch mob, is why it is unsavoury… you sort of answer your question, but ambiguously. ; )

busgirl 7:38 am 19 Sep 09

…interesting how ok many of us are with hunting down the person who poisoned the dogs in Richardson (myself being one of them)…yet hunting down DF seems to be an unsavoury idea to most people. Why is that?

I would never, ever condone or excuse what he has done…he hurt another living creature…however…people of Australia, he has served his time.

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