Schapelle Corby

Judith said ‘tell someone who cares’ and I concur. According to DFAT (smarttraveller website)

Each year around 1,000 Australians are arrested overseas and more than 250 are in prisons overseas at any one time.

Yet this one person seems to be stealing the oxygen from others who are on death row. The NSW Council for Civil Liberties publishes a list of those Australians executed or on death row. Corby should be thankful to be released after serving less than 1/2 the time for her crime.

As for a so-called telemovie – really who could watch the following: a woman goes to Bali with a stash of marijuana and gets caught. She is convicted, sentenced to 20 years and serves 10 boring years in jail. Is that really the basis of a gripping movie? Will it show the daily drudgery, with the occasional change as the latest appeal is being heard?

Move on, nothing of interest here.

I would be much more interested in the story of Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu who was arrested  on 5 July 2009, pleaded guilty on 29 March 2010 to stealing commercial secrets and receiving bribes, and sentenced to 10 years in jail. At least that story has a bit of intrigue.

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64 Responses to Schapelle Corby

  1. A Lurker

    I would be much more interested in the story of Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu who was arrested on 5 July 2009, pleaded guilty on 29 March 2010 to stealing commercial secrets and receiving bribes, and sentenced to 10 years in jail. At least that story has a bit of intrigue.

    Personally I’m waiting on ‘Underbelly – The Gillard/Wilson Years’

    As for the Bogan Jailbird? My level of interest in her equates to this… [ ].
    Would much rather watch paint dry.

  2. mark

    Im pretty sure this “one person” isn’t doing anything of the sort. She has been in prison for 9 years on drugs charges. She has been given early release but still has restrictions on her movements. Exactly where has she arranged a telemovie or staged the media circus upon her release or asked Australian media people to fly over and cover her release. The media is the one that has made a mockery of the whole proceedings. She just wants to get out and try to lead a normal life. To say that she should be happy compared to the others is childish and mean spirited. She has had nothing to do with any of them or their offences.

  3. Samuel J

    Mark are you kidding? There would be no interest from the media if it hadn’t been drummed up by the Corby PR operation.

  4. Dave Wane

    Of course Judith does not care, you do not care, I do not care, and that is why I rarely write about this silly “poor-bugger-me” person from the Gold Coast. As you point out: there are plenty of people worldwide who most likely ARE actually innocent of any crime. Sure this person was dealt a harsh sentence ( by our standards) but that is the law in Indonesia. And while Indonesia has many problems, it is nevertheless a democracy, and its laws, therefore, must be respected, whether we like their legal system and their legal process or not.

  5. Mayan

    Don’t diss drying paint. It’s really a rather fascinating wonderland of polymerisation, evaporation, changes in colour and texture, and many other things besides. When you grok science, many things are really fascinating.

    That said, it’s probably even better on ‘shrooms :)

  6. Infidel Tiger

    Corby Pty Ltd will have cleared something like $5 mill in the last decade out of this schemozzle. If you had 6 kids by ten fathers it would be worth fitting one of them up.

  7. Scott

    Folks I spoke to around my area were livid at the media.
    Every time the news came on that was the lead. Tv’s were being turned off radio channels switched. Much swearing and ranting occurred. What about the fires? some asked.
    Keep it up Australian media you are engaging in a slow motion suicide.

  8. delfino

    Well what about a movie about the British guy who was supposedly murdered in China by the wife of a high up government person. He, the poor British chap had used his connections to get their son into a British Public School. Anyone remember that story? Kept me entertained for days.

  9. stackja

    I prefer to watch old USA movies. The DA rounds up the criminals and the judge sentenced them to life.

  10. James

    d while Indonesia has many problems, it is nevertheless a democracy, and its laws, therefore, must be respected, whether we like their legal system and their legal process or not.

    Cultural relativism is alive and doing quite well amongst Catallaxy readers, it seems.

  11. Rabz

    As for a so-called telemovie – really who could watch the following: a woman goes to Bali with a stash of marijuana and gets caught. She is convicted, sentenced to 20 years and serves 10 boring years in jail.

    This is the type of fare regularly dished up by the FTA commercial channels and the reason why they are basically insolvent.

  12. Infidel Tiger

    Could be worse. They could make a Tele-movie about INXS.

  13. Rabz

    Don’t diss drying paint.

    Yes, I had the unique pleasure of watching some paint drying last year after doing some plastering. A true visual and aural feast

    It was still about a thousand times more interesting than anything on Seven, Nine or Ten.

  14. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    But … but there are so many unexpected and exciting vital pieces to this particular mosaic.

    I heard a reporter fella on Channel 7 announce, in a steady and serious voice, “Sharrrpelle (was this and that at the moment of release, something about jiggling with a pen in her hand and so on) and:

    she, in fact, once blew her nose using a tissue supplied by (some bloke’s name).”

    That was in the opening minutes of the country’s national news coverage.

    Someone special, evidently, blew their nose. In fact.

  15. hzhousewife

    Someone special, evidently, blew their nose. In fact.

    the ultimate twitterification of news eh !

  16. Since you’re a resident of Gold Coast, Mick, as was Delachapelle Corby, perhaps you could explain to me wherefore people who already live in a tourist attraction, with beaches and warmth, pay to travel to another tourist attraction, with beaches and warmth. I understand the drinks in Bali are cheap though occasionally lethal. I also understand that Bali have lovely Hindu temples, and Culture dripping from the leaves, as well as some not so lovely features.
    (Mind you, I speak as one who’s never seen the appeal of travel or beaches—if beaches had greensward instead of sand and a lot less water I might like them more.)

  17. sabrina

    Re Stern Hu, I bet there will never be a movie by any of our media. They know if that happens, that will attract the wreath of the Chinese government and the diaspora.
    Re the Corby movie – media do what they think will attract audience and revenue. Apparently, there is an appetite for this sort of stories. As for me, I will have no time.

  18. Habib

    I think those crafty Balinese have pulled a bait and switch on the meeja mongs, having drummed up the usual scrum (and no doubt trousered some “access fees”), they’re going to let them meet the Elephant Man.

  19. sabrina

    apologies, wrath not wreath!

  20. Free Advice

    Paint, like milk is a Colloid. An emulsion if you like. Very interesting stuff, and generally quite unusual outside organic things.

  21. whyisitso

    And while Indonesia has many problems, it is nevertheless a democracy

    Crap, Crap, Crap. If that heap of shit is a democracy, I don’t want to live in a democracy.

  22. Viva

    I’m glad she’s out but she will never get back her life. People who don’t know her will forever gawk or sneer at the “convicted drug smuggler” – nine years to life without parole.

  23. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Hmm. Lemme see here……..



    ….

    Nope. Still don’t give a crap.

  24. Samuel J

    The fact she is wearing a mask is proof of her conspiracy with her PR group to maximise her sale value – they don’t want the press taking photos which would devalue subsequent photos taken under license.

  25. jumpnmcar

    Imagine how many text messages are left on her Nokia 3315.

  26. stackja

    Samuel J
    #1184927, posted on February 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm
    The fact she is wearing a mask is proof of her conspiracy with her PR group to maximise her sale value – they don’t want the press taking photos which would devalue subsequent photos taken under license.

    I prefer

    Departing on his white stallion, Silver, the Lone Ranger would shout, “Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!”. As they galloped off, someone would ask, “Who was that masked man, anyway?” Tonto usually referred to the Lone Ranger as “Ke-mo sah-bee”, supposedly meaning either “trusty scout” or “trusted friend” John Reid fashions a black domino mask, using material from his brother’s vest, to conceal his identity.

  27. Baldrick

    Schapelle Corby*

    *Warning – May contain traces of nuts!

  28. Viva

    The fact she is wearing a mask is proof of her conspiracy with her PR group to maximise her sale value

    Glad to see she is finally getting the smarts she was sadly lacking at the start of this saga.

  29. candy

    She may have been just upset and crying and wanted privacy with the mask.
    It’s a trifle bizarre, but perhaps she felt “safer” and less under attack by the media. Odd, but.

  30. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Deadman at 8:56 pm:

    “Since you’re a resident of Gold Coast, Mick, as was Delachapelle Corby, perhaps you could explain to me wherefore people who already live in a tourist attraction, with beaches and warmth, pay to travel to another tourist attraction, with beaches and warmth. I understand the drinks in Bali are cheap though occasionally lethal. I also understand that Bali have lovely Hindu temples, and Culture dripping from the leaves, as well as some not so lovely features.”

    I cannot explain the wherefore Deadman – we have increasing numbers touring here from Dubai and Qatar, who come here to look at Dubai and Qatar with trees and way less grand hotels.

    I’ve long maintained that I live in as pleasant a large city as one could find in Australia because it is a holiday destination. We’re close to the tourist centre and half the people one sees have a silly grin on their face as they amble about, all affable and relaxed -not scurrying busily, urgently about their business day back home in Melbourne or Sydney. This lends a much less intense atmosphere.

    I said my say here a couple of days ago about the Corbogans and their well known presence in a couple of key business locations – the matriarch, for example, had a fish and chip / hamburger shop opposite the Workers Club a few streets from here, and very close to the lucrative peripheral trade from the Centrelinkers’ early opener. They had a certain “well known” standing on the Coast.

    I will repeat that the Balinese are obliging, shy, polite and whisper quiet. What they have done to deserve ugly, ugly, chundering, blundering Australians is a mystery. Their Kuta habitat is as Friday night Kings Cross/ St Kilda / North Perth as you can imagine – a “not so lovely feature”. Bali is way better than that one hose out tiled public bar of a township.

    I very much enjoy the sly rip off they experience from the blow ins from other parts of Indonesia who stalk them most effectively, in terms of relieving them of their money for laser pointers, steroids, multi bladed chucking knives and so on.

  31. Amazing just how much unintended consequences there can be in the wrong customs officer taking a sickie on the wrong day.
    Woooops…

  32. jumpnmcar

    Apparently the best of the movie was #MercedesTeeth.
    But I don’t do twitter so this may be false.

  33. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Said my piece on Judith’s thread. I still feel sorry for Corby. For many reasons. She was a young girl from a hopeless family setting her up for drugs, who wanted to better herself and went to beauty school – and she is now eternally mocked for her choice of career training by oh-so-smart men and women who have had many more advantages. Whatever did she have but her good looks to offer her something to aspire too? So she went bad? So the media are making a meal of it. So fucking what? Leave her alone.

    I haven’t watched, heard or read any of the media hype currently going on. You all have, of course.
    No telemovie will ever do her story justice, btw.

  34. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Two words to think on here – Lindy Chamberlain.

  35. Des Deskperson

    ‘Whatever did she have but her good looks to offer her something to aspire too? .

    She was white!! This whole thing is about how white people shouldn’t be treated like brown people!!

  36. whyisitso

    Two words to think on here – Lindy Chamberlain.

    We all know Lindy was guilty because most women “feel” she didn’t show the correct “emotion” about the death of her baby. There wasn’t any evidence, but in the legal world “reasonable” doubt doesn’t mean what non-legal people like me think it means.

  37. whyisitso

    The fact she is wearing a mask is proof

    Yes “proof” doesn’t need actual proving of fact, does it? Just an instinctive perception will do anytime. She’s guilty if I “feel” she’s guilty.

  38. egg_

    Two words to think on here – Lindy Chamberlain.

    Wasn’t this her 72nd visit to Bali or some such?

  39. dlb

    Yes, lets privatise the ABC.

    This Corby media circus demonstrates market failure at its worst.

  40. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    She was white!!

    I’m talking about in Australia, Des, where most people are white, and some are definitely more white than others when it comes to early advantages.

    BEAUTY therapist! the acolytes of education mock such a lowly and bogan ambition. It really pisses me off. Imagine being fifteen, and no good at school (for whatever reason), and with chaos at home, but knowing you were a bit better looking than most. How to capitalise on that? Do you opt to work at Coles, or try for something ‘better’ for yourself? Corby at least tried. It is the mocking tone about her choice that gets on my nerves. Something of the old leftie rising in me, the old hatred of the sneering middle classes who jump on everything you do?? Hope not. I’d prefer to see it as a battle for freedom, requiring a respect for, and understanding of, other people’s choices.

    I know I might be projecting somewhat here (similar story for my early years and ambitions to get out from under by using my looks), but perhaps that’s the value I can add to this discussion.

  41. Luke

    10 bucks says the ABC buys the movie rights for a record amount. They make the TV movie and guess who the bad guy is? The Howard government, and probably the Navy and the police too. Why not? Good old Kevin and Julia will probably cameo as some kind of hero of the little guy.

  42. kevin

    Here is a “racist” comment.
    On your referred website only 5 names were Australian, the rest are Asian. They came here to get citizenship to pursue their drug dealing with what they thought would be the protection of an Australian passport.

  43. Des Deskperson

    Lizzie, where on this blog or anywhere else has she been sneered at because she’s a beauty therapist? Where are the mocking tones? On the other hand, its hard to feel sorry for someone who’s achieved a considerable advantage because her supporters played on Australian racism.

    Corby is while. female and photogenic. A strong undertone in the Corby campaign over the last nine years is that a white woman shouldn’t be put in jail with all those brown people and have to eat brown people food.

    By contrast, no-one seems to give a toss about the Bali 9 and in particular the ringleaders – dark skinned males – who still face the possibility of a death sentence. I guess they’re used to mixing it with non-whites. Nor has anyone given much of a toss about the Australians – all men and the majority non-white – executed for drug smuggling in Asian countries over the years.

    Then, of course, there’s the reported 3 million dollars she’s going to collect for her story!

    post x

  44. Bruce

    Judging from a photo in the Sunday Telegraph she’s been in an extremely good paddock.Now that there’s so much more of her to “love” I wonder if her sex appeal to the bogan-classes will diminish or is really,really big still beautiful.

  45. Andrew

    Lindy was probably guilty. There was more than enough evidence for the jury. Expert testimony that the jump suit was cut with scissors. Blood in the boot of the car. Maybe the forensics got it wrong but that’s hardly the jury’s fault. She was released only because the public sided WITH her.

    And suggestions that we’re soft on the Bali 9 are wrong. The public want all Aussies to be allowed to smuggle drugs with near impunity – not just pretty girls. I’m still hearing whining that Howard666 didn’t do enough to save a potential Blabbersac husband from the noose in Sing. (Like they give a fuck – they hung a 15yo schoolgirl from China)

  46. Lindy was probably guilty.

    Tee hee.
    Oh, wait, you’re serious?
    Actually, I have it on the best auhority that Lindy Chamberlain framed Ivan Milat; she was the Backpacker Murderer. Also, she killed Peter Falconio—having developed a taste for running around dressed as a dingo in the Northern Territory—and framed Bradley Murdoch, the witch.

  47. MT Isa Miner

    Samuel J, You and me both mate. Not a squeak about him for a couple of years now or any of the others. Stern Hu’s not on his Pat Malone either. There’s form.

    “CHINA defended the jailing of an American geologist on state secrets charges overnight, rejecting US protests over the sentence and telling Washington not to interfere on the issue.
    US geologist Xue Feng was sentenced to eight years in jail on Monday on charges related to the sale of a database relating to China’s oil industry.”

  48. kae

    Lindy was probably guilty. There was more than enough evidence for the jury. Expert testimony that the jump suit was cut with scissors. Blood in the boot of the car. Maybe the forensics got it wrong but that’s hardly the jury’s fault. She was released only because the public sided WITH her.

    Bullshit.

  49. Stephen of Glasshouse

    If Corby does score a motza for a TV interview, her parole time in Bali will be ” interesting ” methinks.
    Talk about putting sugar on the table for the corrupt contingent who seem to get about that place..

  50. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Judith asks – who cares?

    Clearly a lot of Cats do. This “beauty student” has her hooks into lots of you.

    I’m with Judith.

  51. Des Deskperson

    ‘I’m with Judith’

    Me too, lets move on!!

  52. nic

    If I have any feelings of compassion, its for Ms. Lawrence, the less attractive member of the Kerabokan Sheraton, who is going to be ignored.

  53. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Sorry, that was a quote from Johanna, above (Judith’s thread, 8th Feb, 1.38), and should be in blockquotes, it is not me speaking there. I was putting up a reply to Des’s statement to me that no-0ne puts Corby down for her legit activities and hit submit too early.
    I was using Johanna’s quote to show that there is quite a lot of ‘put down’ talk around the notion of ‘beauty’ student when it comes to Corby , and I’m not just picking on Johanna; a lot of people have this same dismissive view of Corby’s chosen study. Give the girl a break. I wasn’t ever a ‘beauty’ student but I was desperate to be an actress and a model. It was the only role that I could see to take me out of where I was and Corby probably felt the same way. At 14, I went on a one-way path to exploitation, till I got wise. No-one talked to girls like us about being a scientist or a corporate lawyer.

  54. egg_

    Lindy was probably guilty. There was more than enough evidence for the jury. Expert testimony that the jump suit was cut with scissors. Blood in the boot of the car. Maybe the forensics got it wrong but that’s hardly the jury’s fault. She was released only because the public sided WITH her.

    From previous, rumours in legal circles at the time was that it was the youngest son whodunnit.
    Ballsed-up evidence, yet again.

  55. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    There is not a shred of doubt about Lawrence’s intentions, the stuff was strapped onto her.

    Renee has been given a fair bit of consideration. I’ve seen a few WW sort of mag articles about her as well.
    Scott Rush is the one I feel the most sorry for. He was so young, just a baby really, shopped by his well-meaning dad and left to roast by the Feds, and given a death sentence by the Indo’s just because he was in with the two ringleaders.

  56. Rabz

    For bruised and nervous executives at Seven and Nine the signs are that Schapelle Corby, the once sure-fire ratings draw, just ain’t what she used to be – the one-time viewers’ sweetheart appears to have become a turn-off.

    After Nine’s ratings disappointment with its Schapelle telemovie on Sunday night, a fresh round of Corby programming on Monday evening delivered even more embarrassing figures

    Gee, FTA commercial channel idiots stuffing up again by broadcasting utter shite no-one is remotely interested in subjecting themselves to – I’m shocked, shocked, I tells ya!

  57. nic

    Lizzie, correct. I just wonder if Renee were more attractive how much more the media etc would support her cause. Alternatively, if Corby had been beaten with the ugly stick a bit more, would she be getting $2m?

  58. tomix

    The forensic “expert” that was brought out from the UK for the Chamberlain case had form.

    The Birmingham 6, Bridgewater 4, and Winston Silcott murder convictions in the UK were all eventually overturned on Appeal due to problems with the credibility of the blokes evidence.

    Private Eye featured this story many times in the mid 80s.

  59. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Sure, Nic. You are 100% correct.

    It always surprises me when people say looks on a chick don’t matter. Feminazis are big on that.
    Goes against all human experience. :)

  60. candy

    or bruised and nervous executives at Seven and Nine the signs are that Schapelle Corby, the once sure-fire ratings draw, just ain’t what she used to be – the one-time viewers’ sweetheart appears to have become a turn-off.

    I think it’s more than that Rabz. Seven and Nine are just cottoning on to the fact that most people are a bit aghast that a convicted drug smuggler is set to make around $5 millions dollars for an interview, because she’s pretty. She’s done her time and people wish her well but …

  61. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Rabz at 7:11 pm:

    ” For bruised and nervous executives at Seven and Nine the signs are that Schapelle Corby, the once sure-fire ratings draw, just ain’t what she used to be – the one-time viewers’ sweetheart appears to have become a turn-off.

    After Nine’s ratings disappointment with its Schapelle telemovie on Sunday night, a fresh round of Corby programming on Monday evening delivered even more embarrassing figures

    Gee, FTA commercial channel idiots stuffing up again by broadcasting utter shite no-one is remotely interested in subjecting themselves to – I’m shocked, shocked, I tells ya!”

    One of those present here has reset Comrade BargeArsks Firstest Wymminses proim mister’s spot on the TV remote to hear and reject the “Corby” word, replacing the image with a test pattern until the report is estimated to be over.

    The other present wondered quietly about the likely TV coverage, with the “winner” channel laying out its fab story and the “loser” running a series on how it considers cheque book journalism to be a disgrace. Remember when they first sent Ray Martin down the rescue bore hole to have Stuart Diver sign the exclusive Channel X contract before extracting him from underneath the snow avalanche at Thredbo? Plus ça change …

    This reminds me of the Goddess Diana saga – with the sad faced victim and the media spruikers simultaneously sustaining and devouring each other, easily interchanging their respective roles of one being utterly unscrupulous and the other entirely deceitful.

    I did hear some plant operators and truckies on their UHF radios on site today, entertaining us all with fabulous Sharrrpelle and Mercedes jokes.

  62. Evan James

    I find it hilarious seeing Mike Willesee putting on the coy and aloof persona in Bali. Does he not understand the warnings issued by the Indonesian Authorities surrounding the repercussions on Corby conducting any interviews so why is he continuing to hover around like a fruit fly?
    I hear the next movie will be called Fat Corby and Co.

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