No short­age of knuck­le­heads

Plenty of can­di­dates for my list of Aus­tralians who should just shut up

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION - Jes­sica John­ston jes­sica. john­ston@ news. com. au

IF women are sup­posed to be the mas­ters of multi- task­ing, I must be a man.

Af­ter a fairly lengthy colum­n­writ­ing hia­tus due to al­ter­na­tive com­mit­ments work­ing be­hind the scenes to de­liver your Week­end Bul­letin, I have re­turned to the opin­ion pages to en­sure your morn­ing cof­fee will taste a lit­tle more bit­ter.

And bit­ter I am, with an ar­ray of ig­no­ra­muses who un­for­tu­nately have been blessed with the right to call Aus­tralia home.

Bernard Tomic wasn’t go­ing to come into this, but I was just dis­tracted by his smug mug on TV.

Note to Bernie: You may be able to play ten­nis OK, and get paid a motza for it, but that does not make you above the law.

You acted like an en­ti­tled lit­tle twerp with your drink- driv­ing and speed­ing in your swish car on the Gold Coast, and have now backed it up by be­ing a com­plete idiot in a US ho­tel, re­fus­ing to turn down your mu­sic and then re­fus­ing to leave when evicted. The Yanks don’t give a stuff about this Aussie rat­bag — let’s hope that is re­flected in court.

Next on the hit list would have to be the five “Peace Pil­grims”, as they call them­selves, who have tres­passed onto army train­ing land at Shoal­wa­ter Bay near Rock­hamp­ton dur­ing ex­er­cise Tal­is­man Sabre.

Ap­par­ently, their aim was to peace­fully protest against Aus­tralia’s al­liance with the US, which they per­ceive as detri­men­tal to our coun­try as we will end up in­volved in Amer­ica’s wars.

Per­haps we might, but who would they rather as al­lies? Rus­sia?

Or maybe we should team up with the In­done­sians. Their gov­ern­ment seems to be com­pletely ra­tio­nal and just.

If they reckon Aus­tralia would be bet­ter off with­out the US as close mil­i­tary al­lies, they must be as stupid as peo­ple who would even con­sider hid­ing in the bushes dur­ing an army ex­er­cise with sol­diers fir­ing live ammo. Oh ... wait ... Which brings me to the sim­ple­tons closer to home, be­ing the Townsville res­i­dents who have or­gan­ised and will par­tic­i­pate in to­day’s Re­claim Aus­tralia rally.

There is fear in the broader com­mu­nity re­gard­ing ex­trem­ists in­fil­trat­ing our coun­try, and the Syd­ney siege showed that we are not im­mune to the hor­ror oc­cur­ring across the globe.

But if they reckon iso­lat­ing an en­tire sec­tion of our com­mu­nity, largely be­ing Mus­lims or fol­low­ers of Is­lam, is go­ing to bring peace, they are about as smart as our afore­men­tioned peace­ful protesters.

And the peo­ple plan­ning this gath­er­ing must know it.

Any event which re­quires or­gan­is­ers to re­quest that no “neoNazis” or “white su­prem­a­cists” at­tend so as not to be per­ceived as a pack of ir­ra­tional big­ots should prob­a­bly not go ahead.

One of the beau­ties of liv­ing in Aus­tralia is that our so­ci­ety em­braces the right to free speech. Re­gard­less, there are times when some peo­ple should just shut up.

Happy to have me back?

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