The Courier-Mail

Protest para­noia taken for a ride

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COLUM­NIST Paul Syvret ( C-M, Sep 1) was cor­rect, to a de­gree, but per­haps he was a tad para­noid at the ham-fisted Aus­tralian Bor­der Force stuff-up in Mel­bourne that may sim­ply have been a memo slip-up miss­ing two key words.

The two words I think that may have been miss­ing from the poorly worded press re­lease were “in taxis”.

The ra­bid Left in Mel­bourne only has to get the faint sniff in the air that the state is con­tem­plat­ing tak­ing away copies of the Com­mu­nist Man­i­festo from any­one it en­coun­ters and it will make you be­lieve with loud hail­ers that a po­lice state with brown shirts is just around the cor­ner.

Where have the protests been from the So­cial­ist Left about its com­rades in the taxi in­dus­try who have been sub­ject to racial pro­fil­ing by gov­ern­ment agen­cies?

For years there have been blitzes of the city’s taxi in­dus­try by ev­ery level of bu­reau­cracy in Bris­bane, tar­get­ing so-called “visa fraud­sters” mas­querad­ing as re­spectable cab­bies.

Yes, the event last Fri­day in Mel­bourne was far­ci­cal and made a non­sense of the new Bor­der Force cham­pi­oned by the Ab­bott Gov­ern­ment.

But the like­li­hood of this new agency be­com­ing some type of Or­wellian jack-booted po­lice-state force look­ing for visa in­ter­lop­ers around the coun­try is no more than the Left look­ing for a con­spir­acy over its schooners on a Fri­day af­ter­noon at the pub. Paul Hen­der­son, Wyn­num

FOL­LOW­ING the aborted Bor­der Force op­er­a­tion in Mel­bourne last Fri­day we have seen de­nials and blame shift­ing from the po­lice com­mis­sioner, the min­is­ter and the Prime Min­is­ter.

It seems the Westminste­r sys­tem of min­is­te­rial re­spon­si­bil­ity and ac­count­abil­ity is dead, re­placed with the Sergeant Schultz “I know noth­ing” de­fence. David Price, Run­corn

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