Oct 28, 2011

CHOGM: Barnett’s evocation of security on the money, but target is not

People don't feel that you're serving and protecting them when you're taking to their neighbours with a baton.

Matthew Clayfield

Journalist, critic, screenwriter and playwright

By the time this article is published, I will be somewhere in Perth’s CBD, marching through the CHOGM security area and hoping I don’t get my teeth knocked in.

I will have taken the train into the city. What with all the police helicopters about, driving anywhere south of Leederville is beginning to make me feel a little like Henry Hill in Goodfellas‘ “Sunday, May 11, 1980” sequence. (“He thinks I’m paranoid. I should bring him the f-ckin’ helicopter. Then we’ll see how paranoid I am.”) Besides which, the train stops at Forrest Chase, the hive of fast-food outlets and speciality stores where the anti-capitalists are meeting. Where better to protest corporate greed, after all, than a strip-mall in a strip-mined state?

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2 thoughts on “CHOGM: Barnett’s evocation of security on the money, but target is not

  1. Clytie

    Good luck with the protest march. I’m pretty much housebound by illness in rural SA, but I’m with you in spirit. 🙂

  2. Stephen Orourke

    It’s easy for Governments to spend taxpayers money on overt policing. It’s hard to Goverment wisely educate the young run proper housing and transport policies. Our policiticiians are just as lazy as the Greeks and the Irish it’s just that the Chinese workers work hard to keep them in allowances.

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