I couldn’t believe my ears today when I heard The Queensland Police Minister, Judy Spence interviewed about the paedophile who is living in the semi-rural town of Carbrook on Breakfast on ABC Radio National. As you no doubt know, there’s a baying mob there right now. I might be doing a bit of baying myself if I lived there with young kids.
But the Minister’s job is to uphold the rule of law. And that’s what she’s doing. So there she was patiently explaining that the community have more to fear from the 2,000 plus peadophiles that are free and not under police surveillance and guard, and that she can’t do anything until this guy is locked up which she hopes he is by a court.
Ken will, no doubt, know much more than I do about it all, and I can’t say I’m that interested in the details. But I must say I admired her for doing what all the professional minders would have had her duck which is defend the government’s actions as a matter of principle and logic. She even addressed a town meeting which was, it seemed from what she said, drowned out by a vigilante mob. Anyway, like she said, if they try to do the paedophile in, they’ll be arrested.
It’s a technical matter called the rule of law. Have a listen to the interview. It has an other worldly ring to it – like Gough Whitlam lecturing the community on any of the numerous things he lectured them on, or Don Dunstan getting genuinely outraged by Phillip (Sorry, Sir Phillip) Lynch simply making up allegations against him without a shred of evidence, or Malcolm Fraser defending the boat people.
It’s a bit of a different game these days. I expect the Qld Govt lost a few votes, but I thought the Minister did the right thing, and accordingly she wins the award – which comes with a fleet of Rolls Royces and a private jet (if only you guys will get clicking on the adds all around here.)