Monday, July 21, 2003

Where did you say you reside Mr Carr?

Ruddock protest 'in good taste': Community

New South Wales Premier Bob Carr says a protest outside Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock's Sydney home should have been called off for moral reasons. Mr Carr says people who want to protest against the Federal Government's immigration policies should do it in Sydney's CBD, not outside Mr Ruddock's home.

The New South Wales Community says, Ruddock is immoral and they should protest outside the homes of people who make immoral decision on behalf of the whole community.

The Community said, "People who are immoral and who neglect community attitudes should have people protesting out side their homes, if that's what it takes to have them account for their immoral behaviour."

The Supreme Court had refused a police application to prohibit a demonstration organised by the Refugee Action Coalition, which was due to take place outside Mr Ruddock's Pennant Hills home. Police argued the demonstration would significantly disrupt traffic and could lead to confrontations with residents. Police then went on to prove their point by inciting violence!

Police significantly disrupted community peace, which led to a confrontation with the whole community at large over the ethics of the protest and excessive Police Force, later used to trick three protestors that were arrested.

Carr says regardless of the legal position (the judge), the organisers should abandon the protest because it is in bad taste. But police were in bad taste. Carr is the judge or above the judge? Not just that! Carr insured police were in bad taste and that was in breach of the separation of powers doctrine. A doctrine that does not seem to rate in this State.

But Bob Carr like John Howard and Phillip Ruddock are clearly not in the same boat as the asylum seekers.

Carr: "It causes distress to family and they can't be held accountable for the policy decisions of the politician in the family," Carr said. "It causes an upset to neighbours and it's a thoroughly bad precedent. "I think the organisers ought to feel obliged, morally obliged, to cancel this plan."

Community: "It causes distress to the community and they (Ruddock, Howard and Carr) can be held accountable for their policy decisions."

Decisions about people which the community finds repulsive. "It causes distress to Australian's that our asylum seeking policy is inconsistent with human rights, and the rights of the child."

The asylum seekers policy, children in detention and children over-board are thoroughly bad precedents. "We think the organisers ought to feel obliged and morally obligated, to stand up for human rights issues that are repugnant. "

Refugee advocates have described the Supreme Court decision allowing the protest as a victory for free speech. Protest organiser Ian Rintoul said: "We think it's been a big success for democratic rights in this state."

By Human Rights 21 July 03

THE ELEPHANT: Nice protest but shame about police violence. Why are police so violent Mr Carr? Did you order them to incite violence? Is that in respect of your morals or your deviance?

If you want respect in this country and you work for the government then it's time for the government to start leading by example, by not asking some politicians, police or their employees to treat other human beings like dogs, and that includes you Mr Carr.

When the towns criers rang the bell!

THEY scaled the walls of the Sydney Opera House, sent a strong message to the people of Australia, with their "No War" message and reinforced the will of the people.

Beattie starts spreading the news in old New York!

What did Peter Arnison major in? War! What do we want? No War. So how do you think this person is going to react when crucial decisions are made about pre-emptive strikes?


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