It seems those anti-terror laws were passed just in the nick of time.
All those cosmopolitan elites who said we didn’t need laws against the
incitement of racial violence should be hanging their heads in shame
over their skinny decaf lattes today in the wake of the outbreak of
Skip-on-Leb violence on Sydney’s beaches. How shameful that anyone
could have questioned the Attorney General’s determination to rush
these laws through Parliament.
The awful violence at Cronulla and Maroubra was proof of the threat
posed to our democracy by evil forces (in this case pissed white
Cronulla home-boys) determined to stir up hatred against people for no
other reason than their suspected ethnicity or religion. No doubt
federal authorities – armed with the new anti-terror laws and with the
full backing of Mr Ruddock – will move swiftly to track down and
prosecute the malevolent ringleaders responsible for sending those text
messages that drew the rioting yobs to the beach yesterday afternoons.
I am joking of course. It’s unlikely Ruddock would want the laws used
in this case, although it might have been different had those text
messages originated from a mobile belonging to someone of
middle-eastern appearance. Even though the anti-incitement provisions
of the legislation are ideally suited for this event, it’s a safe bet
no one in the Government ever thought a situation would arise where the
wrong-doers would fit the profile of Howard battlers.
Before Paul Sheahan of the Sydney Morning Herald accuses me of
turning a blind eye to the behaviour of people he refers to as Lebanese
gangstas, I am not excusing violence perpetrated by anyone. The people
who beat up on the lifeguards at Cronulla on the previous weekend
should be caught and prosecuted.
However there seems little doubt that
the incitement of yesterday’s violence was the the work of people who
regard themselves as true blue Aussies. This kind of white-bread
fundamentalism wasn’t in the Ruddock/Howard script when they whipped up
hysteria about the threat lurking within our midst in order to justify
their stupid and contemptible laws.