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Man sets himself on fire

By Thumper - 3 December 2008 61

The Herald Sun is reporting that a man has self immolated like a Buddhist monk outside Parliament House.

He is believed to be part of a group seeking permanent residency.

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Man sets himself on fire
colourful sydney rac 2:31 pm 03 Dec 08

p1 said :

Interesting, doesn’t that show a pretty serious desire to become an Australian the whole being willing to die for it?

This sentence doesn’t make much sense.

While I definitely highlights a level of despair and desperation, I imagine that most people consider suicidal behaviour to be a sign of mental ill-health. I don’t know what exactly the policy on letting mentally ill people become Australian is.

Um, yes. user error….

Spitfire3 2:31 pm 03 Dec 08

Except his family.

H1NG0 2:28 pm 03 Dec 08

Ironically, setting himself on fire would have been a solution to the problem for everyone involved.

p1 2:25 pm 03 Dec 08

Interesting, doesn’t that show a pretty serious desire to become an Australian the whole being willing to die for it?

This sentence doesn’t make much sense.

While I definitely highlights a level of despair and desperation, I imagine that most people consider suicidal behaviour to be a sign of mental ill-health. I don’t know what exactly the policy on letting mentally ill people become Australian is.

colourful sydney rac 2:17 pm 03 Dec 08

Special G said :

Send him home. Any person prepared to hunger strike/set themselves on fire/ similar acts should not be considered for citizenship – any person applying should be told of these things.

Interesting, doesn’t that show a pretty serious desire to become an Australian the whole being willing to die for it? How many of us would do that?

gingermick 2:14 pm 03 Dec 08

I thought there was a total fire ban.

H1NG0 2:14 pm 03 Dec 08

Yes, that is very un-Australian. Maybe if he roasted a few snags on his fire or maybe sniffed the petrol he would have fit in a bit better.

fnaah 2:13 pm 03 Dec 08

He doesn’t *have* a home, Special G.

Desperate people do desperate things.

Special G 2:11 pm 03 Dec 08

Send him home. Any person prepared to hunger strike/set themselves on fire/ similar acts should not be considered for citizenship – any person applying should be told of these things.

jessieduck 1:56 pm 03 Dec 08

Luckily he’ll just have a headache from the fumes but it sounds as though he nearly killed his poor old mum from the shock of it.

Could have been really horrible for the first responders and other visitors.

Thumper 1:52 pm 03 Dec 08

yeah I know, but I have this image of a Bhuddist monk toasting himself just before tet in Saigon.

Skidbladnir 1:51 pm 03 Dec 08

Self-immolation has never been exclusively a practice of Buddhist monks.
Hindu widows and charas do it, the Russian Orthodox church did it, Jesuits did it…

Still, its a terrible way to go, worse if you survive..

Thumper 1:49 pm 03 Dec 08

In that case, as you were.

Mr Evil 1:48 pm 03 Dec 08

Well, he sounds like he’d be a great candidate for Australian citizenship – can’t really understand why Immigration wouldn’t consider his application in the first place.

colourful sydney rac 1:48 pm 03 Dec 08

Apparently didn’t go through with it.

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