Jul 17, 2017

Liu Xiaobo deserved better than Australia’s pathetic half-arsed platitudes

Liu Xiaobo was an extraordinary man, and even though it would piss off China, Australia should have made a stronger statement about who he was and who killed him.

Michael Sainsbury — Freelance correspondent in Asia and <em>Little Red Blog</em> Editor

Michael Sainsbury

Freelance correspondent in Asia and Little Red Blog Editor

Australia has embarrassed itself with a timid, lightweight response to the effective state-sponsored murder of Chinese poet, political activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who died on July 13 as his body shut down in response to terminal liver cancer.

Liu was, as many of his obituaries have said, a moral giant of the very bravest of human beings and great citizens of modern China — a man now mentioned in the rarefied company of Andrei Sakharov and Nelson Mandela. He died under guard in hospital, having been admitted only two weeks earlier.

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5 thoughts on “Liu Xiaobo deserved better than Australia’s pathetic half-arsed platitudes

  1. Barbara Haan

    Australia’s pathetic response to Liu Xiaobo’s death is an utter disgrace. NO ONE amongst our “so-called” political leaders stood up to support the huge bravery of this man. Where are all of you cowards hiding? As for Julie, she is and always has been a totally self-interested Foreign Minister, following on in the footsteps of Alexander Downer.

  2. lykurgus

    “Does the Minister seriously expect the house to believe a Liberal donor who she knows well set up a company in the Minister’s name, the Julie Bishop Glorious Foundation, but never raised it with her on the many occasions that they met?”
    -Member for Burt

    Spoiler alert – she DID expect them to believe it

  3. klewso

    “Turnbull heir”? Up there with her deal with Sri Lanka to send refugees back.

  4. AR

    Profits before principles, business is sacrosanct.
    For love of money is the root of all kinds of evil“, 1Tim 11:4 would seem to apply.

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