Ungrateful Colin Russell

Colin Russell (one of the Greenpeace criminals jailed in Russia) has complained that the Australian Government did not do enough to assist him.

Julie Bishop has come out swinging, noting that Russell’s antics have cost the Australian taxpayer $35,000 and that he had been warned not to participate in the Greenpeace action in Russia.

While I have argued that Australian passport fees - used to pay for consular support – are among the highest in the world, Russell deliberately put himself in danger and acted criminally. Greenpeace is an organisation of pirates.

There are genuine consular cases where the Australian Government should provide support to its citizens – for example when a person is killed in a country that is not on the do not travel list.

But where a person, such as Russell, acts deliberately and recklessly costing the taxpayer a significant sum, the money should be recovered to consolidated revenue.

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71 Responses to Ungrateful Colin Russell

  1. Docket62

    By all means send green peace a bill! add some interest to it! and when they refuse to pay it bankrupt them. An organisation of pirates operating outside the law. If they were on Harley’s they’d be arrested (at least in QLD)

  2. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    It’s the hippie mentality.

    ‘You are obliged to pay for my indulgences’.

  3. Bruce

    He’s a ratbag. The Russians may have the last laugh though as the ship is still stuck in Russia:

    the Arctic Sunrise is still moored in Murmansk and has not yet been released by Russian authorities. Greenpeace International is calling on the Investigative Committee to facilitate the return of the ship and the personal belongings of the Arctic 30 now that the criminal prosecution against the Arctic 30 has been terminated.

    Expensive bit of kit. Useful source of scrap metal though.

    So Greenpeace has engineered some leverage. What a nice bunch they are.

  4. Gab

    He can whine all he wants to – and let’s face it these Green types do love a whine – however he is just being yet another self-important entitled cry-baby dickhead and I am so grateful that Ms Bishop did not pander to the little criminal like gillard and Rudd did with Corby.

    They really are hypocrites. First Class, rolled-gold, entitlement-seeking, snout in the taxpayers trough, hypocrites:

    From the Greenpeace website:

    WE take personal responsibility for our actions, and we are committed to nonviolence.

  5. Dave of Cossack

    With no passport he should be left in Tasmania to frolic with that thing called Bob Brown and he can whinge to silly Milne.
    No restitution of us taxpayers money that paid for his release means he can rot down there.
    He is an insult to all sane Australians with his antics.

  6. Infidel Tiger

    A shame he wasn’t executed. His carbon footprint sounds enormous.

  7. JC

    Samuel,

    Can the government send him the bill or would this require legislation?

  8. Habib

    Good start, also idiots such as Perfesser Warmy and his Climate Cubs should be billed for putting a vessel in peril. Same for peanuts who have to get winched off cliff faces or out of ther drink trying for Darwin awards.

    Often rescues and first responder interventions are interfering with evolution. It’s a bit of a pity the Winter Games intervened, I doubt the Ruskies were in any mood to offer clemency to those hippy halfwits; I think any of them who incur loss or cost to business or individuals through their attention seeking should be personally liable for said loss or cost. See how important their cause is when they have to accept responsibility for their actions.

    Also remove the tax free status of Greenpeace and all other activist organisations, including unions andd political parties.

  9. JC

    He is an insult to all sane Australians with his antics.

    Why is he and insult to any of us? He’s complete scum, but I don’t feel in any way responsible for him because he was born in Australia. He deserves to be executed but that’s a discussion for another time.

  10. squawkbox

    If there was one man on earth you could reliably expect not to be a total softcock on the subject of Greenpeace, it was Vladimir Putin. What went wrong?

  11. cohenite

    What went wrong?

    Winter Olympics.

  12. JC

    If there was one man on earth you could reliably expect not to be a total softcock on the subject of Greenpeace, it was Vladimir Putin. What went wrong?

    International pressure. It’s easy to see how he arrived at that decision as those pricks aren’t worth fighting over and he’s sent a signal to the rest of this human garbage that next time they will be de-balled without anesthetic. Why keep them in Russia where it would cost the Russian taxpayer money to maintain them in jail. Better off sending them back to the West so they cause more damage.

  13. JC

    I’m serious when I say this, they should have been executed for piracy. They’re criminals.

  14. cohenite

    Well JC, it’s easy to say they should be executed, but how are you going to execute them?

  15. gnome

    Vlad is becoming aware of his mortality- knowing what happened to his great great great uncle Ras Putin has softened him.

  16. Gab

    Oh dear. Gnome that was terrible :D

  17. Baldrick

    With no passport he should be left in Tasmania …

    I don’t want him here … send him to the ACT!

  18. Infidel Tiger

    Well JC, it’s easy to say they should be executed, but how are you going to execute them?

    Ice bath or hot oil.

  19. JC

    Cohenite
    I’m sure, or at least reasonably sure the Russians would treat piracy under their criminal law as capital offense.

    Look, on reflection life in Siberia would also work for me too.

    Candy.

    No with a trial. No biggie. I’m not sure that the trial would be that important in terms of evidence disclosure. It’s not as though it would be hard to prove this piece of human garbage wasn’t on the pirate ship.

  20. JC

    Ice bath or hot oil.

    I think the ruskies generally use a bullet. However out of the two options I’d probably go for the hot oil as it would be far more painful.

  21. JC

    Vlad is becoming aware of his mortality- knowing what happened to his great great great uncle Ras Putin has softened him.

    Oh shit, they’re related.

  22. Samuel J

    An ice bullet JC? I saw this on Myth busters

  23. squawkbox

    I think the ruskies generally use a bullet. However out of the two options I’d probably go for the hot oil as it would be far more painful.

    I’d prefer the Ice bath, if only so I could say “How’s the global warmening working!”

  24. JC

    I’m a little surprised with the hold outs here getting tingly feet.

    It’s not as though I’ve ever hidden my support of execution for very serious crime. I think what these scum did were serious crimes. In fact piracy was always considered a capital crime. So what’s wrong with suggesting the entire lot of them should be executed?

  25. Samuel J

    Surely the execution should be by impaling? Vlad the Impaler!

  26. nic

    Good start, also idiots such as Perfesser Warmy and his Climate Cubs should be

    billed for putting a vessel in peril. Same for peanuts who have to get winched off cliff faces or out of ther drink trying for Darwin awards.

    Often rescues and first responder interventions are interfering with evolution. It’s a bit of a pity the Winter Games intervened, I doubt the Ruskies were in any mood to offer clemency to those hippy halfwits; I think any of them who incur loss or cost to business or individuals through their attention seeking should be personally liable for said loss or cost. See how important their cause is when they have to accept responsibility for their actions.

    Also remove the tax free status of Greenpeace and all other activist organisations, including unions andd political parties.

    All worth remembering the next time a grinning backpacker or some youf in a stinky koala suit start whining about Greenpeace’s ‘work’ and how we need to save the world/siberian vicuna/Nathan Rd Panda etc.

  27. Megan

    WE take no personal responsibility for our actions, and we are committed to nonviolence malevolence.

    Greenpeace reality.

  28. JC

    Surely the execution should be by impaling? Vlad the Impaler!

    Works for me. Okay fine impale the scumbag, hang him or send him to Siberia, or all three. It all works for me. Work it out amongst yourselves and then let me know what you’ve all come up with.

  29. I’m a little surprised with the hold outs here getting tingly feet.
    It’s not as though I’ve ever hidden my support of execution for very serious crime. I think what these scum did were serious crimes. In fact piracy was always considered a capital crime. So what’s wrong with suggesting the entire lot of them should be executed?

    The best thing Russia could have done would have been to immediately string up the entire bunch of greenpeace pansies.

  30. Gab

    Boiling in a drum of crude oil? There’s a certain synergy to it. circle of life stuff.

  31. Seal them in drums marked with the radiation symbol and entomb them in the pack ice? :P

  32. Oh come on

    What is current international law re. dealing with pirates in international waters?

  33. JC

    A little history. The US navy came into being because of the despicable behavior of Muslim pirates along the North African coastline. I don’t think would be much disagreement that the US at the time was a pretty decent model of a libertarian state.

    Pirate were immediately executed on the ship after a court marshal. It’s not barbarous executing those Greenpeace pirates. In fact it’s a very civilized thing to do.

  34. 2dogs

    Replace passport fees and the departure tax with mandatory travel insurance. Any consular help provided gets claimed against the insurance.

    This will allow our embassies to operate on a fee for service basis, and idiots will soon found the cost of future overseas jaunts prohibitive.

  35. JC

    Samuel

    Is there any reason why Colin Russell shouldn’t face charges of piracy on return back to Australia? He committed the criminal act while in international waters and although Russia dealt with him it may not mean we can’t have a second bite at the cherry.

  36. Gab

    Russell’s antics have cost the Australian taxpayer $35,000

    Why do we have to foot the bill when Greenpeace makes a quite a few million ($35m?) each year, tax-exempt. The Australian Government should be sending the bill to Greenpeace, if it had any balls. FFS.

  37. JC

    Why Dogs/ I don’t go OS to commit crimes, so why should I have to fork out for insurance other than voluntary health insurance?

    Have the ATO go after these miscreants.

  38. Ant

    Is this man a child?

    The Australian government should not have lifted a finger to assist him.

    Stupidity should have consequences.

  39. Craig Mc

    Couldn’t you have kept the wanker a bit longer Vlad?

  40. WhaleHunt Fun

    Any responsible government would have requested of the Russians that piracy charges be prosecuted and a maximum sentence be applied. Again, Abbot fails Australia by not protecting us from home grown anarchists.

  41. 2dogs

    I don’t go OS to commit crimes, so why should I have to fork out for insurance

    By virtue of which, you will have claims history meaning you will pay less than you are paying now in passport fees and departure taxes. So more to the point, why should you continue subsidise the likes of Russell, which is what you are doing now?

  42. Andrew

    Can Bishop666 revoke his passport? Seems it should be like a drivers licence. People travelling OS to commit crimes shouldn’t have one.

  43. Jim Rose

    Don’t they have their own lawyers?

  44. Dave of Cossack

    Why is he and insult to any of us? He’s complete scum

    Insult equals embarrassment as lowlife like this gives people of overseas countries the wrong impression about the majority of Australians except for Labor and the Greens.
    He has to be deemed a dishonorable Australian now so why is he not gaoled with hard labour?

  45. squawkbox

    And why the **** is Greenpeace eligible for tax-deductible donations, rather than being an an illegal organisation? F**ing softcock liberals.

  46. deiseal

    I work in an area of the world where pirates are a genuine threat to offshore facilities and I am disappointed that that Russian Government has not vigorously prosecuted the people who invaded that facility.
    There actions put at risk the safety of everyone who was legitimately on the rig and I think that they should have been tried for piracy and if convicted they should have received the maximum sentence available.
    It is sad that the Russians bowed to the pressure imposed by the EU and others instead of protecting the lives and livelihoods of the offshore workers.

  47. JohnA

    As quoted, from Greenpeace website:

    “WE take personal responsibility for our actions, and we are committed to nonviolence.”

    Immaturity defined: Refusal to accept personal responsibility for one’s actions, and the consequences arising therefrom.

    Childish whiner – give him nothing except a bill, an arrest warrant and a revocation of his passport.

  48. Alfonso

    Modern Australia is about the art of living on other people’s tax money. Col baby’s path is clear, he will be rewarded with a paid writers festival gig / assoc professor of Freedom Studies by Luvvies Inc.

  49. Cold-Hands

    Alfonso is unfortunately right on the mark. One only has to look at the near-deification of self-confessed misogynist and jihadi David Hicks by the progressive movement. The government might as well cover their costs from Russell; he’s still bound to end up ahead once the book deal and speaker’s fees are added in.

  50. Louis Hissink

    As quoted, from Greenpeace website:

    “WE take personal responsibility for our actions, and we are committed to nonviolence.”

    There’s the problem – if you adopt a collectivist social system in which behaviour is pro and prescribed by a myriad of laws and regulations, whether the Talmud, Quaran/Sharia or the secular socialist state we live under, then personal responsibility disappears since it isn’t needed anymore since one’s behaviour is predefined by those rules etc. One further does not need to think too much, just make sure one complies.

    And on what do these systems base their authority? Ideological monopoly.

  51. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Greenpeace is NOT a charity. It is an activist political organisation. Remove its tax exemption.
    Remove. It. Now.
    Best and quickest thing the Libs could do to claw back some funds.
    Big donors such as Wotif guy might be less keen to offer millions then.
    Gee I hope he goes broke soon. Don’t use his site, peoples. It supports piracy.

  52. Eyrie

    Bruce, regarding the Russian trawler in Senegal. Sounds like Senegal needs a visit by a Spetsnaz unit.

  53. Outraged

    Russell reckons our Government did little for him? This guy is typical of these Green peace people. They are always on the high moral ground and arrogantly project themselves as shining beacons of humanity. He is a legend in his own lunchtime. Send him the bill, Julie.

  54. jack

    an australian passport is not a basic human right. once a person has abused an australian passport,by drug smuggling,jihadi tourism,or voluntary acts that demand australian consular assistance,then the passport gets withdrawn,until the cost of the taxpayer funded intervention is repaid. bishop had better things to do than to respond to demands of the left to give time and energy to their cause.

  55. adrian

    Bishop should send Colin Russell DFAT’s BPAY details.

  56. coz

    oh he’s grateful now, just disappointed that the Australian gubbmint ‘had not expressed its concern about the arrest of peaceful protesters in international waters, as had German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron’.

    http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/greenpeace-activist-colin-russell-thankful-for-australian-consular-help/story-fnj4f7k1-1226796953084

  57. Toiling Mass

    The lot of them should have been sent in a hike within the arctic circle to collect evidence of warming, dressed in T-shirts, shorts and thongs to help them manage the sweltering heat they wish to convince us is there, and laden with water bottles to help them over the blistering parched landscape.

    Then bill Greenpeace for the lost equipment when they don’t come back with government-accounting style prices: $250 for each thong, $1,000 for a T-shirt etc.

  58. Bruce

    Eyrie – Mr Putin is usually more subtle that that, reflecting his personal er, experiences.

    I suspect the Greenpeace vessel is racking up some quite high port fees while tied up at dock. Every day. Sorrowfully the Russian port authorities will tell their Greenpeace contacts that nothing will be possible until certain official stamps are obtained on the release papers, and oh of course this invoice for port services will need to be paid.

    I had an experience once sending some stuff to a Russian uni. The customs fees were more expensive than the goods were worth. But strangely they were waived when the uni went down and explained it was for them, they needed the stuff for good Russian purposes and that the Aussie company wasn’t about to pay.

    Every day the trawler is stuck in Senegal the Arctic Sunrise will “enjoy” port services in Murmansk, methinks.

  59. egg_

    peaceful protesters in international waters

    About fossil fuels?
    Conveyed there by fossil fuels?
    Illegally boarding others property?
    Sanity check?

  60. struth

    So far, you must admit, Julie Bishop has out performed everyone.
    I state that she would have made a better prime minister than Abbott, just as I stated it here before the election. Things may change and Abbott may come good. I doubt it. Even if he does, Bishop has been good right from the start. She can cut through. She is just a much better politician.
    Abbott could only hope to get one sentence out as clearly and on target as she does.

  61. Talleyrand

    Next time just shoot them as they attempt to board a vessel without prior permission. You have a natural law right to defend yourself and property from invasion by Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves. (and Cher)

  62. OldOzzie

    Agree with posters above

    Withdraw Colin Russell’s Australian Passport until he repays the Australian Taxpayer the $35.000.00

  63. jupes

    Work it out amongst yourselves and then let me know what you’ve all come up with.

    Well as he’s a pirate and a hysterical warmist, I reckon he should be made to walk the plank from a ship stuck in Arctic ice. If he survives the fall he then has to survive the weather and – best of all – the polar bears.

    You know it makes sense.

  64. Did the Russians bill the prisoners their boarding fee?

  65. Andrew of Randwick

    But what would Australia’s reaction be in 2014 to the Hunter 30 environmental terrorists? You know, the ‘AGW activists’ who shut down the railway line to the coal export terminal for 2 weeks and then did ‘non-violent protesting’ and damaged the line causing 2 months of repair work. All in the name of publicising Australia’s contribution to global warming by exporting a fossil fuel.
    Perhaps: arrested, charged with being a public nuisance, released on bail, fined $150 + costs, free to go.
    Let’s hope that Brandis has a plan for a better response offering more deterrence.
    Otherwise, after the Hunter it will be the Bowen basin in QLD, and then…, and then…
    .
    P.S. And yes I waiting for the Jonathan Moylan trial on 30 June 2014.

  66. Expecto Patronum

    Bruce

    You are all too correct about the Russian character and I know of many examples you highlight.

    Yes he released them due to Sochi as he doesn’t want the media attention they can garner, but they will bleed with money and the highly likely loss of their vessel from regulations.

    Greenpeace will learn its lesson the hard way, just like the Dutch, Georgians and other CIS countries will have economically if they piss Russia off.

    If they try anything that stupid again (high probability) you will find them less accommodative.

  67. Paul

    Execution? Why not just strap a mobile phone to him and dump him at Sunshine or Dandenong train Station after dark. Diversity will do the rest.

  68. crocodile

    Pirate indeed. Fuck you lot are precious.

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