Friday, April 28, 2006

A Letter From Morry.

Way, way back in january, I mentioned correspondence with a certain Mr Morris Iemma from Lakemba, who happens to be the (Labor) Premier of New South Wales.

Dear Ms Nilk,

I refer to your email of 16 December, 2005 concerning last year's unrest in Sydney.

The acts of violence that took place at Cronulla and other locations have no place in our society.

Hardworking, responsible Australians from every background are rightly appalled at this behaviour, and that is why my Government acted swiftly to introduce tough new laws, including powers for the police to lock down areas, search people and vehicles, and confiscate cars and mobile phones used in riots and public disorder.

We've also increased the maximum gaol term for rioting from 10 to 15 years and for affray from 5 to 10 years, as well as toughening the bail laws to make it much harder for people involved in rioting to obtain bail.

The bottom line is simple - thugs and hooligans will pay a high price for any anti-social behaviour because the police will not hesitate to use these new powers to ensure our public spaces remain safe.

But stronger laws will only go so far. The problems highlighted at Cronulla will only be fully overcome when everyone in our community starts taking seriously their duties as citizens. And that means showing respect and responsibility.

A peaceful and prosperous future can only be achieved if we are united by the responsibilities of citizenship and by the respect we all show for the law, for the people around us and for our common values as Australians.

Yours sincerely

Morris Iemma MP

This is an amazing piece of blather, but considering I hadn't expected a reply, it is even more amazing. I've not responded yet and have also not decided to.

I have no qualms about posting this because it says very little at all.

My mail was quite strongly worded, and a lot longer than the following opening:

I am not a member of your constituency - I live in Victoria.

Like many Ausralians, I have been watching the events unfolding in the suburbs of Sydney with horror and not a little anger.

From the events last Sunday, where what started as a peaceful protest on the beaches of Cronulla deteriorated to a riot, to today, where Christians cannot practise their religion without fear of attack - particularly in your own electorate of Lakemba - there seems to be a pattern of not addressing the 'root causes'.

For years, there have been complaints about young people who feel no need to become active, worthy members of our society. Instead, these elements prefer to intimidate and harrass people to the extent where said people are frightened to walk the streets at night.

For years, the police have been seen as emasculated and less than useless. This is not the fault of the police - they work within the constraints of the laws, and the laws bind them tightly.

We have a judiciary that bends over backwards to protect the rights of the accused, without addressing their responsibilities. The silent majority are not going to remain silent for much longer, I suspect.

I did say a fair bit more, and all without profanity, too! I refrain from posting the whole letter as it was quite succint, and as I live in Braxtopia I am well aware of what tolerance means. I don't consider my letter over the top, but in this state, in this day and age, I figure there is no sense in being too careless.

I post my snippet, as I believe that this insipid response tells me little other than spin.

I especially like: "....when everyone in our community starts taking seriously their duties as citizens. And that means showing respect and responsibility."

So where is the respect, Mr Iemma? Where are the arrests for the reprisals by the (self-labelled) Lebs? Why is it that the skips have enough respect for our laws and some even take upon themselves the responsibility to turn in their own family members, but those who are bashing and stabbing people, causing high levels of property damage - cars, shops, restaurants - don't?


At 10:58 PM, Blogger Olivia said...

Root causes - yes, he deftly avoided that sticky one. Iemma definitely doesn't want to go there. They're all like that though. Any forum or discussion on Cronulla has focussed on the horrid white Skips, and that's all. No root causes mentioned. Just racist Aussies, coz that's what we are, according to some - racists. International pariahs.

Funny about the root causes thing - whenever ethnic groups destroy and murder, their appeasers will go through all sorts of mental and verbal contortions to come up with the "root causes", and find someone else to blame. Yet, Cronulla - no, no root causes are mentioned. It's just racist Aussies. International pariahs.

The problems highlighted at Cronulla will only be fully overcome when everyone in our community starts taking seriously their duties as citizens. And that means showing respect and responsibility.

So that means, the problems will be overcome in, like, never.

At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got the same pro forma letter from the lickspittle as well. What a gutless worm.


At 10:03 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

My mind just boggles at the contortions the lefty appeasers must go through. How on earth do they sleep at night?

Or are they really so blind?

At 3:42 AM, Blogger meredith said...

I can't work out if they are (leftys)genuinly blind or playing a nasty game...

I saw the problem put quiet well on Online Opinion the other day:

In other words, if you threaten to kill people often enough, it will be seen as part of your vibrant cultural tradition — and, by definition, we’re all cool with that. Celebrate diversity, etc. Our tolerant multicultural society is so tolerant and multicultural we’ll tolerate your intolerant uniculturalism. Your antipathy to diversity is just another form of diversity for us to celebrate.

Posted by yoyogitoj,

But good on you for writing to Imemma, The only thing that will keep him in power next round is his seat is Lakemba!!!

At 4:23 PM, Blogger MK said...

Oh yeah Morris, a high price indeed, 6 of the thugs and hooligans were let off on a technicality.

I'm sure they are sweating about how to pay the high price, oh no will Morris take a cheque. Can we work out an installment plan.

What a waste..


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