The Commonwealth Police don’t think any harm was done by poor Hodges when he told a woman where Abbott was and, accurately, what he had said. Nor do they think much harm was done by the elderly demonstrators banging on some glass that did not break. It has all the lineaments of what we used to call a victimless crime except it is not a crime; a victimless sin, perhaps.
Yet the Liberals want an enquiry into what the Prime Minister knew, and when she knew it, of an incident in which no-one was hurt and only a shoe was lost, and that shoe given back and the Prime Minister and her opposite number together fled out of harm’s way, not that any harm was likely, as it turns out, in the same white car. They want to spend, oh, a million dollars on this public enquiry into what the Prime Minister knew of a non-crime that was eventually not committed, from which she and Abbott, like absconding lovers, escaped by the skin of their teeth in a shared getaway limousine.
What are they really up to? What are they really doing?
Well, the Karl Rove method is to go after your enemy’s strengths, not his weaknesses, and once you look at what has occurred through that particular cunning inverted lens you realise it was Tony Abbott not poor Hodges that probably incited violence, and should probably go to gaol.
He used Australia Day to tell the first Australians to ‘move on’. It’s a not too subtle way of saying, ‘Get off the earth.’ Or how else would you read it?
He said the Apology and the new Constitutional Amendment had pretty much done it all and they should be satisfied with that and get off the lawn. Compensation for being stolen? Forget it. Compensation for being raped, enslaved, impregnated, deprived while lactating of a child of rape? Forget all that. Move on. Get off the lawn.
So the whole frantic move for an enquiry into what the Prime Minister said or what Hodges said or what the staffers knew or let on is a desperate cover-up of what Abbott did when he said what he said, which was incite racial hatred, or racial contempt. He may not have meant to do it, I’m sure he didn’t, but that’s what he did. Otherwise they would not have come after him.
On Australia Day, which is also known as Invasion Day he told the invadees to ‘move on’. Get off the lawn. Get off the earth.
Or perhaps you disagree.