THIS constitutes a disgraceful and morally revolting value judgement on the relative importance of Aboriginal versus non-Aboriginal suffering. As if the white bereft should pull themselves together – no more than ten at a time, mind you – but Aboriginal mourners not only cannot be expected to do so (because they’re like children) but should not be expected to do so (because native rituals are more, like, magical ‘n stuff).
Leave aside the Chief Health Officer’s pathetically dishonest attempt to boost the number of potential mourners (“thousands”). Such gatherings have been banned precisely because Annastacia Palaszczuk claims they will kill people. The CHO – Ms Young – presumably told the Premier that was the case. For everybody else in the state, there is no ‘but many people really want to be there’ exception. In fact, the more certain it is that an event will attract many people the more imperative it is – in the eyes of ‘health officials’ – to shut it down using the police. As the linked report proves, however, in Mackay police officers actually became funeral attendants butlering dutifully for mourners. On my reading, at least 25 to 30 government employees were recruited for the occasion. This will have cost detained taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A pandemic of authoritarianism
But then, the fact that taxpayers are now dole recipients without parliamentary representation explains why the Palaszczuk government – like all of its counterparts – is now behaving with such swaggering, sinister contempt for the public. They are utterly unaccountable. I said a week or so ago that only a revolt can redeem the nation. Only that sort of F.U. fusillade will correct the democratic balance of power between governors and governed. A gradualist emancipation at the leisurely discretion of the state will only normalise this illegal behaviour and the mendacious paternalism causing it. We can now say conclusively – and many of us said it from the start – that allowing a still-remunerated class of ‘officials’, police, politicians and public servants to rule over people is a far more serious threat to the well-being of Australians than the hysterically over-hyped Chinese ‘flu.