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Trouble at the old Tent Embassy

By wooster - 2 September 2011 128

Just looking to share an unfortunate incident that I happened to be witness whilst on my lunchtime constitutional.  A group of tourists, composed of a number of adults with cameras and children in tail, happened upon the grassy area that encompasses the area usually associated with the Tent Embassy.

As innocent as their endeavours appeared to be to the passer-by, one of the local ‘residents’ proceeded to share his views on the tourists encroaching in a manner that would make angels lose their wings.

The youngish looking chap who copped the brunt of the tirade appeared too bamboozled to do anything: he stood completely still while the local shared his thoughts, in the meantime aggressively pointing a sizeable piece of sharpened wood into the younger man’s face.

It would be ungentlemanly for me to share the exact words – needless to say that they were the amongst the worst available to users of the English language.

These tourists clearly had not done anything wrong.  Sadly for them, this will befoul their impression of this town.  This act of aggression was a real head-shaker for myself and the many other people who witnessed it.

Having worked in the area for over 12 mths now, I have personally seen the constabulary called to the location on a handful occasions.  Although I acknowledge the right to protest and the significance of the site; the goings-on of the place are an affront to Canberrans, and just as importantly, to indigenous Australians wherever they may reside.

Apologists in our midst are welcome to canvass exactly how today’s (and previous scraps) are somehow justified by past misdeeds.  However, I assure you that your ideology and your sense of solidarity would not afford you any better treatment, were you to find yourself in a similar situation.

Over to you Rioters – what’s to be done with the Trouble at the old Tent Embassy?

Pip pip,

Bertram Wilberforce Wooster

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Trouble at the old Tent Embassy
Mysteryman 10:36 am 02 Sep 11

staminaman62 said :

Bluey said :

Raze is completely and forget it ever happened.

Thats what we do best in Australia.

If “that’s what we do best” then what is nearby Reconciliation Place? Chopped liver? What was the apology? Or perhap that never happened? I can hardly attend a meeting now that doesn’t begin with an acknowlegement of the traditional owners or open an email which dosen’t have a similar homily at the bottom. If you think Australia has forgotten our indigenous past I don’t know what planet you’re on, but it’s not Terra Australis.

As for the tent embassy, its time to move them on. Protesting is one thing but camping in the parliamentary triangle should either be legal for all Australians or illegal for all Australians (regardless of the colour of your skin).

+1 on all points.

johnboy 10:30 am 02 Sep 11

I think if you’re going to set up camp in the middle of the nation’s ceremonial areas it’s a good idea to accept not everyone will know what you’re about, and that in fact presents a great educational opportunity.

Thumper 10:26 am 02 Sep 11

Hate to point it out but really, it’s now their backyard.

Gumby typing skills.

‘Not’ their backyard.

what_the 10:22 am 02 Sep 11

“Apologists in our midst are welcome to canvass exactly how today’s (and previous scraps) are somehow justified by past misdeeds.”

Why do people act as if past misdeeds were committed only in 1788?

I worked with a guy who’s now gone on to head one of the ACT’s Aboriginal Legal Services. He told me about his experiences of having the police chase his family all across WA because they were trying to take him. His family was on the run for years because they didn’t want to give their child up to be taken. Eventually they caught up with him and took him. He’s only just recently found his family again. This issue still effects him today. Hardly past misdeeds mate. Try and walk a mile in someone elses shoes and see where the anger may come from.

Captain RAAF 10:07 am 02 Sep 11

Thumper said :

I don’t think being a rude jerk to a bunch of people is necessary most of the time. But if a bunch of strangers started walking through my front yard all ladeeda-like, i’d probably have serious words with em too.

Hate to point it out but really, it’s now their backyard.

I think you mean it’s ‘not’ their back yard?

Bulldoze the lot into LBG, arrest anyone that obstructs the process and warn them that if they try and rebuild it or re-occupy the site, they’ll be shipped to an aboriginal commune out in the never-never!

Bennop 10:03 am 02 Sep 11

Thumper said :

I don’t think being a rude jerk to a bunch of people is necessary most of the time. But if a bunch of strangers started walking through my front yard all ladeeda-like, i’d probably have serious words with em too.

Hate to point it out but really, it’s now their backyard.

I think thats my point- if they consider themselves traditional owners and all.
Unless the point you are making is the distinction between front and backyard- then i don’t get it.

Onceler 9:56 am 02 Sep 11

I always tend to walk around that area rather than traipse through it. But one time as I was passing by, a bloke who was frying some snags over his campfire called me over, said g’day and offered me some of his lunch. He was up for a chat. Nice bloke he was. And just the other day I saw another embassy resident chatting amiably with some tourists about what one can do with a few bits of wood and some ingenuity.

Thumper 9:51 am 02 Sep 11

I don’t think being a rude jerk to a bunch of people is necessary most of the time. But if a bunch of strangers started walking through my front yard all ladeeda-like, i’d probably have serious words with em too.

Hate to point it out but really, it’s now their backyard.

EvanJames 9:51 am 02 Sep 11

These people are just trouble-makers, they’re not there for any high ideological reasons. What they’ve done to that area is a disgrace, it’s a rubbish-dump now. Whatever point they think they’re making, what people see is a pretty spot defiled. I wish the government would get some guts and clear them out. If they want to make their point, why don’t they move up to the current parliament house? Yeah. Fat chance.

staminaman62 9:47 am 02 Sep 11

Bluey said :

Raze is completely and forget it ever happened.

Thats what we do best in Australia.

If “that’s what we do best” then what is nearby Reconciliation Place? Chopped liver? What was the apology? Or perhap that never happened? I can hardly attend a meeting now that doesn’t begin with an acknowlegement of the traditional owners or open an email which dosen’t have a similar homily at the bottom. If you think Australia has forgotten our indigenous past I don’t know what planet you’re on, but it’s not Terra Australis.

As for the tent embassy, its time to move them on. Protesting is one thing but camping in the parliamentary triangle should either be legal for all Australians or illegal for all Australians (regardless of the colour of your skin).

fgzk 9:47 am 02 Sep 11

Ah wooster your inviting RA’s form of abusive, offensive, if not bigoted reaction. Shall we compare what is to come with what you saw.

Ben_Dover 9:46 am 02 Sep 11

Shouldn’t these bozos be reminded that they are only alloowed to keep up their alleged “protest” due to the good will of the Canberra community? That the “turning of a blind eye” can be stopped.

Bennop 9:38 am 02 Sep 11

I don’t think being a rude jerk to a bunch of people is necessary most of the time. But if a bunch of strangers started walking through my front yard all ladeeda-like, i’d probably have serious words with em too.

Just sayin.

Ello Vera 9:36 am 02 Sep 11

Wot Ho Bertie!

A cad is a cad and this particular piece of uncouthery should earn said cad a jolly good punch on the snoz.

My own experience with these chaps was quite the opposite. The fellow I met with came up to us and was, while strongly opinionated, very civil. I guess some ambassadors are better at this advocacy malarky than others. Diplomatic immunity aside, we might ask the chaps to give this fellow a sabbatical to work on his diplomatic skills.

Bluey 9:19 am 02 Sep 11

Raze is completely and forget it ever happened.

Thats what we do best in Australia.

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