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20 Sep 2006, Comments Off on Not over the top at all, really, not at all.

Not over the top at all, really, not at all.

Author: Helen

Declan the Work Experience kid* was on the job today in the ABC online news section:

ABC online news 20 09 2006

I don’t know who organised the Steve Irwin extravaganza funeral, but they seem to be continuing the trend to turning the death of an “ordinary bloke” into a complete schemozzle.

Irwin’s public memorial will take place at Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from 9:00am AEST and will be telecast both throughout Australia and internationally.

A red carpet will be rolled out to welcome more than 1,000 invited guests and 3,000 people who secured free tickets.

Prime Minister John Howard is expected to begin the hour-long proceedings, which will be attended by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, zoo staff and friends of the Irwin family…

…The service will include a performance by singer John Williamson [BCIB: Hasn’t that family suffered enough?], but the identities of other celebrity guests and details about the order of events have not been confirmed. There will be a burlesque performance by Amanda Vanstone and Alexander Downer, who will don fishnet tights and balloons, encouraging the guests to pop them.

Actually, I made that last sentence up.

A family friend, showing an alarming irony deficiency, was quoted as saying “I think I’d like to keep it as a simple ceremony …”

er, yeah.

*Some people think Declan the Work Experience Kid is a figment of the GG’s imagination. I expect the GG to be on the red carpet, poppin’ them balloons.

6 Sep 2006, Comments Off on Flinging Faruquie Out

Flinging Faruquie Out

Author: Helen

Why are Amanda Vanstone and her monkeys going to such an effort to kick this man out of the country?

Today, the hard men and women of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs had intended to set a deadline for ‘removing’ Muhammad Faruquie from Australia. ‘Remove’ is the immigration department’s euphemism for deport. After 19 years in Australia he was to be ‘removed’ to Pakistan.

Very well, he started off as an overstayer. Nineteen years ago – and he’s been working to rectify the situation for about a decade. He’s received encouragement from DIMIA itself.

So, he must be a suspicious character, right? Smoke, fire, and all that?

Well… it would be pretty difficult for him to have built a distinguished career in the New South Wales police force if he was really some kind of bomb-toting nutter.

Image from http://www.brushtail.com.au/july_06_on/faruquie.html

His workmates and friends are begging DIMIA to let him stay. But DIMIA is really, really keen to kick him out.

Why? There are tens of thousands of overstayers in Australia at any one time, most of them British or Irish. Why not start on some of them?

But, you’re right, I don’t know much about Muhammad Faruquie. I shouldn’t even be blogging this. So, here’s a challenge. Can anyone find a good reason why Muhammad Faruquie should be made to leave this country after nearly twenty years?

It couldn’t possibly be because he’s a brown person with a Muslim-sounding name, could it? Because the White Australia policy was chucked out years ago.

Wasn’t it?

Update: First suggestion: Maybe he’s a member of the sinister Al-Gebra movement. Hey, with the level of our “intelligence”, anything’s possible.
Any others?

30 Dec 2004, Comments (0)

Sunday Morning

Author: Helen

If you’re not doing anything, come to the Bourke St Mall… or if you’re not such an early riser, a rude email to Amanda Vanstone might be timely.