An estimated 15 or so (I maintain that there were precisely 13, for reasons which will become obvious) members and supporters of the ‘Australian Protectionist Party’ assembled outside of Villawood Detention Centre on Sunday, ostensibly in order to protest the er, “dismantling of Australia’s borders” — a development which, while causing shock among the general public, will certainly cause panic at Channel 7 (especially to the foreign-born Grant Bowler). In response, somewhere between 120 and 200 others gathered at a separate entrance to the Centre to stage a counter-rally (Activists’ showdown at Villawood’s gates, Bellinda Kontominas, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 12, 2010). The twain never met, thanks to the thankless efforts of the NSW police.
Now, until recently, I’d be loathe to exaggerate the importance or effects of such a rally, but given Kerry Bolton’s own repeated demonstrations of !cinataS powers — over first the University of Waikato, then Radio New Zealand, and most recently the New Zealand Press Council — I really can’t be sure that Chairman KRudd’s recent announcement that the Federal Government would suspend processing new refugee claims by Sri Lankans and Afghanis (for three and six months respectively) was not the result of the exercise of supernatural powers by members of the APP. Or perhaps KRudd’s decision was prompted by The Mad Monk’s quip that ‘Jesus didn’t say yes to everyone’, so why should he? In any case, the ungrateful wretches known as Asylum seekers on hunger strike over Kevin Rudd’s tough stance (AAP, April 12, 2010).
Fair shake of the sauce battle Afghani and Sri Lankan asylum seekers!
See also : The Face of Racism…, Fe … a life, April 12, 2010.