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Police chase suspect into Bus Interchange at high speed, 21 year old woman in critical condition.

By johnboy 31 July 2005 36

ABC Online is reporting on a tragedy in civic in the wee hours of Saturday morning when a car doing 80km/h hit a woman pedestrian.

Police spokesman Rob Gilliland says undercover police were following the car but it was not a high-speed chase.

“We’re very confident that police have complied with our protocols and procedures,”

“All procedures have been followed” has to be one of the least convincing excuses for tragedy in all the world of bureaucrat-speak

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Thumper 1:59 pm 02 Aug 05

Fair comment by Jazz. Makes you wonder what these kids were up to previous to being caught.

johnboy 1:20 pm 02 Aug 05

no time like the present to be starting…

Jazz 1:17 pm 02 Aug 05

bulldog thats funny. consider this, if 13, 14 and 15yo boys are out stealing cars and running down people in the street, what makes you think that their parents were EVER responsible.

bulldog 1:08 pm 02 Aug 05

Don’t give a damn about their age, they should rot in prison for a very very long time. And I’m thinking their parents/guardians should take some responsability as well.

Thumper 9:45 am 02 Aug 05

Thanks Jazz,

In that case, you can imagine a rather paltry sentence, given their age.

No responsibility, no consequences, a young woman’s life ruined….

Jazz 9:07 am 02 Aug 05

ok, just to bring this whole discussion back on track, The individuals allegedly involved in the hit and run were 13, 14 and 15 year old boys in a stolen car

Thumper 10:10 pm 01 Aug 05

And yes, I’ll speak up Mael in that he spent a year in Timor so he has lived overseas in a very foreign country where he managed to learn both Indon and Tetun (sp?)languages.

In this case I believe what Mael has said is what most people have as a small nagging fear or doubt somewhere in the back of their minds. And I will agree that this is not helped by the current media frenzy, but it is also not helped by stereotypical ethnic groups doing stereotypical things that, us, as Australians, and I include all in that description, find repulsive.

An interesting sideline to all of this is that my son used to get discriminated against, in one school he attended, for being Australian. What was worse was that the teachers and staff did nothing to address this, and yet I can imagine the consequences if it were to be the other way around.

Sadly we are seeing an age where doubt and fear could become, if they have not already, the norm. This is not because of the majority of citizens in this country or in any other, however, at present there is, without doubt, a terrorist threat, however small it may be, and that predominantly comes from Muslim extremists (I hate that word extremist).

We have a country that is run, on both sides of the political spectrum, by people older than us, and who grew up in a world much different than what we did. As such their views invade everything we do, see, hear, and read. That is inevitable and a fact of life.

Those fears are, to an extent, justified. However, it is a different point of view to, say, me, or others that may have had my background.

There are good and bad in all societies. However, as I previously mentioned, the current threat of terrorism towards this country, comes from Muslims.

As such, it is not hard to see why some attitudes exist.

It was mentioned to me today that IRA would have done much better to get themselves into the British political scene way back in the 1960s as if they had, they would be in a much greater position of power today and would be able to influence policy.

What happens if, in years to come, this country suddenly finds that its elected officials are those who actually don’t believe in democracy, but are just using it as a way to meet an end?

Of course this is doubtful, but once again, i will reiterate that there is that underlying fear and doubt and people cannot be blamed for feeling that way.

We can only but wait and see what the future holds.

Thumper 9:48 pm 01 Aug 05

I think that one of the tragedies of the whole multiculturalism experience in Australia over the past twenty or so years is that the culture now being held onto in Australia by those from overseas, has not evolved, and instead is a remant of what that culture actually was some decades ago.

My old anthropology lecturer once said, when culture stagnates, it either dies or is twisted into something it never was by those who wish to assume power in this vacuum.

Wise words I believe.

And possibly what Mael was getting at in one sense or another.

johnboy 5:12 pm 01 Aug 05

It’s not about having a go at you Mael, they’re understandable things to think and a few years ago I could well have written the same things.

But them some friends explained why I was wrong and after going away and thinking about it I realised they were right.

bulldog 5:08 pm 01 Aug 05

goes back in box! Damn you rant well!

Don’t worry Mael, I think your heart is in the right place. It’s not often someone is so patriotically in love with their homeland they will stop at nothing to ensure it is left untainted.

I salute you for not being afraid to stand up. On the other hand I urge you to open your mind and walk a mile in someone elses shoes. If you have done so and still feel the same then more power, you’ll have fuel for your fire.

Maelinar 4:56 pm 01 Aug 05

*goes back to corner*

johnboy 4:44 pm 01 Aug 05

I dunno Mael, there’s a pretty solid australian mafia running in london, as for what our football teams get up to in Bali or our DFAT bureaucrats in Cambodia, well the less said the better.

Once you get in and have a close look there’s not that much difference between our traditional values and those of either muslims or chinese.

Drugs and pack rape certainly aren’t muslim values and don’t get tolerated out of any sense of multiculturalism.

Where they do get tolerated is by a community that’s built up an “Us v. Them” mentallity, partly because of people shouting “why aren’t you more aussie” at them.

not saying it’s an excuse and you might have noticed police and politicians working pretty hard to stamp down on that practice.

sure the nasty boys’ mums go on TV trying to justify or rationalise their sons actions, but lots of people’s mums would do that.

(mine wouldn’t, but that’s another story)

Just leave them be and invite them round to your BBQ, it’ll all work out and, if they can find the ingredients, they’ll probably cook you a mighty fine meal in return.

justbands 4:41 pm 01 Aug 05

“I’m saying that Australians (in general habit) don’t congregate together overseas, spike young ladies drinks and pack rape them. Please notify me if I’m misinformed.”

Of course they don’t. However, by the same token…Lebanese people in general don’t run around pack raping young ladies either. Some do….but also some Aussies do. If it were a bunch of Aussies in question…would that fact have been mentioned? Probably not. Hence, the original comment is basically racist. Sorry…but I have a very, very, very low tolerance of racism.

Maelinar 3:28 pm 01 Aug 05

AnuTiamat, No.

(the rest) The comment ref. foodstuffs was in relation to previous posts regarding American produce, I was linking into that…

Somebody mentioned to me today that they’d like to see an anglo suicide bomber go into a mosque and detonate it.

The irony would make him a martyr.

I’m talking about deeper issues than just foodstuffs, however they do play a minor influence.

I’m saying that Australians (in general habit) don’t congregate together overseas, spike young ladies drinks and pack rape them. Please notify me if I’m misinformed.

They don’t get together and form drug cartels, prey on the local populace (other than work and drink harder), We don’t do drive by shootings, kneecap people for the fun of it, we don’t drive axes through other peoples heads.

We play rugby, dress up funny, get pissed a lot and maybe defecate and spew everywhere (generally in Oktober)…

A different kettle of fish. Pardon the pun…

johnboy 2:42 pm 01 Aug 05

Hmm, eating other people’s food. Like aussies overseas drinking VB, importing vegemite, and getting together to get vomiting drunk on ANZAC day, wearing silly hats on cup day?

hate to see australians copping abuse overseas for that sort of thing.

you can descibe people as “olive skinned men with dark hair and prominent noses”, and if that’s still relevant leave it in. but notice how that de-powers the language? Becomes a lot less relevant?

Also describes me and I’m a welsh-anglo-german. Stereotypes can be usefull internal references.

For example fat men in suits talking jargon are almost allways trying to rip me off.

But they aren’t so great for public broadcast where the dangers of reinforcement are present.

Spitfire3 2:38 pm 01 Aug 05

(Sorry, my last post was addressed to Maelinar)

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