Flat White

Ultimo must fall

15 June 2020

5:00 AM

15 June 2020

5:00 AM

Over the weekend, we saw police officers being punched, kicked and spat on.

We saw riots, looting, property destroyed and statues ripped down and vandalised.  

In Britain, Boris Johnson condemned acts of “racist thuggery”, saying such behaviour had “no place on our streets”.  

In Australia, Scott Morrison slammed vandals who attacked the statues of Tony Abbott and John Howard at the Prime Ministers Avenue in Ballarat as “pathetic”.   

One would hope that our national broadcaster would echo such sentiments?  

Nope.  

Take it away, Julia Baird, host of the(ir) ABC’s The Drum…

Writing in Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday, she described toppling statues as “enriching not erasing”, saying it had “thrilled my heart”.

“What has happened to statues – rolled into harbours, set aflame on their plinths, defaced with graffiti, hung with signs – is merely the visible form of what historians, buried in archives, wrestling with raw material, have been quietly doing to the myths of the past for decades,” she wrote. 

What?  


Rolling statues into harbours is… fine? 

Setting them alight is… acceptable? 

Why are sections of our national broadcaster stoking anger and inciting public disorder? 

How can anyone with Baird’s bizarre relish for destruction host a supposedly serious current affairs program anywhere with pretence to credibility – let alone objectivity? 

Julia, there is a reason inquiries have been instigated to look into the rising rates of anti-police violence – and such rhetoric isn’t helping.

Justifying violence, in any form, has become a worrying, recurring theme at the(ir) ABC, which appears to be run by little more than a lawless mob itself.  

Reckoning with history does not involve a spray can.  

Evolving as a society does not involve ripping down statues and lobbing them into harbours.

ABC is not meant to stand for Activist, Antifa or anti-Australian Broadcasting Cooperation.

While we’re starting afresh, perhaps our conversations about ripping down legacy ought to include putting an end to legacy media?  

There are YouTube stars, commentators and writers with more of a moral compass than these morons with their snouts in the trough at the(ir) ABC.  

Sensible discussion and peaceful protests is a world away from justifying violent and criminal acts.

No one, especially on the public purse, should be condoning people destroying cultural heritage as part of this intolerable wave of wholeness.

No one working at the(ir) ABC should be inciting hatred or vandalism.

We have David Shoebridge, who performs with the Green’s travelling circus, whinging about police using a “sound weapon” on protestors (aka a megaphone).

And yet, we have an ABC employee saying ripping down statues is “thrilling”?

The(ir) ABC is undertaking a “harm and offence” audit of its past and present programming, while putting to air an offensive Q&A condoning violence?

On the programming audit, Michael Sukkar tweeted over the weekend, “The ABC shouldn’t engage in this unhinged madness.”

He is correct. The majority of taxpayer’s will, in fact, find it “harmful” and “offensive” that someone will be collecting a wage for trawling through endless ABC repeats looking for offence on our behalf.  

Illustration: ABC.

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